Bulgarian Relics of John the Baptist are Probably Authentic

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First it’s vampire graves, and now the relics of John the Baptist: Bulgaria is just totally cornering cool archaeological news for the month of June. Go Bulgaria! It almost makes us want to forgive you for trying to kill Bl. John Paul the Great. Almost. Two years ago, in an altar in the ruins of [Read More...]

Sexting and Teens: The Myth of Safe-Sexting

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Offered with my standard caveats about “studies,” here’s your depressing factoid of the day: high-school students appear to be texting sexually explicit photos of themselves at a rate of about 20%. Previous studies had put the rate for high-school kids closer to about 13%, with college students admitting to either sending or receiving sexually explicit [Read More...]

Shariaphobia!

Everything is a phobia these days. It’s not possible, for example, to have a complex position on the ability of two people of the same gender to marry. That opinion is meaningless because it must be based in an irrational  fear, and thus it’s nothing more than a manifestation of “homophobia.” (Let’s leave aside that [Read More...]

Book Sculpting

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Strange and beautiful, these book sculptures by Alexander Korzer-Robinson are created by sealing old books with glue and carving down through the pages to create layered works of art. Gorgeous. My Kindle will one day be landfill. It will never be art. My library of some 6,000 volumes will one day be someone else’s to [Read More...]

Tolkien + Lego + Videogames=AWESOME!

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Awwww-yeaaaah! Coming this Fall: And don’t forget to accessorize with the new Lego Lord of the Rings building sets. There are some neat preview movies at the official Lego site. [Read more...]

The Cyber War: Dispatches from the Battlefield

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In “The Coming Global Cyber War,” I wrote about some of the more frightening developments we can expect as computer/viral warfare evolves. Recent viruses such as Stuxnet, Duqu, and Flame are showing the path towards a dangerous future in which terrorists and foreign governments can damage our industry, power, and transportation with viral attacks. This is [Read More...]

Shakespeare’s Curtain Theater Discovered

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England’s second permanent theater was built by the actor-manager James Burbage in 1576. Burbage called it …  The Theatre. (Look, they were making the greatest works of drama in the English language at the time: they couldn’t be bothered  to come up with a good name as well.) Not far away, in Curtain Close, Shoreditch, another [Read More...]

Monday Morning Chicken

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The girls are enjoying the posh digs we made for them: a nice coop with plenty of run and a spot to roost. What more could a chicken desire? (Bella the Ineffective Chicken-Herding Dog is the background.) [Read more...]


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