Chaput: “Embody it, witness it, live it.”

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Cardinal Dolan gets the lion’s share of the headlines, but we have another brilliant leader in the American church: Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. I’ve had an opportunity to report on the Philadelphia diocese over the past few years, and his work there has been astonishing: bold, decisive, charitable, intelligent, and, always, deeply faithful. He [Read More...]

Millions of Mummified Dogs…

anubis

… discovered at Saqqara, the ancient Egyptian city of the dead. During routine excavations at the dog catacomb in Saqqara necropolis, an excavation team led by Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo (AUC), and an international team of researchers led by Paul Nicholson of Cardiff University have uncovered almost 8 [Read More...]

Netflix For the Well-Dressed Gentleman

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It’ called FreshNeck, and it’s… well, it’s Netflix for ties, pocket squares, and other gentlemen’s accessories. Pay a monthly fee ($15, $35, or $55 depending upon designer/brand), select up to 3 items, and then wait until they arrive in the mail. Keep them as long as you like, and then return them for the next [Read More...]

Amazon Autorip Goes Live: Free MP3s From CDs

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Have you bought a CD (as opposed to an MP3 album) from Amazon since 1998? Then you should check your Amazon Cloud Player, because the songs on that CD just may be available as free MP3s. Amazon’s new “AutoRip” feature provides free MP3 files for CDs purchased directly from Amazon. The entire library is not [Read More...]

The Mote In Sauron’s Eye

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I shamelessly stole the headline from this PopSci article on Fomalhaut B, a weird rogue planet-like object in the vast debris field surrounding a star called Fomalhaut. Here’s what that star and debris field look like: Gaaa! Have we accounted for all the Palantirs? Fomalhaut B was imaged in 2007 (or maybe earlier or later, the article [Read More...]

Avocado: An App For Couples

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I’m always fiddling with my reminder/calender/task manager utilities. Right now I’m entering all my tasks into three different apps–Astrid, Wunderlist, and Toodledo–in a kind of task throwdown to see which will replace Pocket Informant, an app that’s more of a chore to use than the chores it was meant to track. One thing I’ve never [Read More...]

Sexting is Stupid, But Is It Criminal?

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So here’s the story, far as I can make out. A 13 year old Pennsylvania girl texts a topless photo of herself to her 14 year old boyfriend. The boyfriend (in what must have been a titanic exhibition of self-control for a teenage boy) deletes the photo, but the girl’s mother finds the original on the girl’s [Read More...]

Try Some Bluegrass Gospel: You’ll Like It

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Del McCoury is the best bluegrass vocalist alive, and perhaps the best ever. His voice is so pure, so high, so lonesome, it could cut glass. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but for those who love the old sounds, it doesn’t get much better. I’ve seen Del live (in concert with the late great [Read More...]


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