7 Quick Takes: Personal Edition

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Regular readers know that I’m not really a confessional blogger. I don’t talk about my personal life or use this is space as a kind of public diary. So, in the interest of slightly correcting that, I’m using Jen’s 7 Quick Takes format to share 7 things about me, personally. –1– During the period when [Read More...]

Someone Finally Finds a Good Use for “The Message”

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Stopping a bullet: Rickey Wagoner told police in Dayton, Ohio, that he was repairing an electrical fault in his bus early yesterday morning when unknown attackers approached him and shot him three times. One bullet struck the 49-year-old’s right leg and the other two hit him in chest, reports the Dayton Daily News. Sgt. Michael [Read More...]

Medieval Book Shrines

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Medieval Fragments has a terrific, well-illustrated post on book shrines: shrines designed to look like books. Called a cumdach, the book shrine was a kind of reliquary contains pages from books associated with saints, and occasionally first class relics: Usually quite small, they served as a portable vessel meant for the preservation of a sacred [Read More...]

Jaguar E-Type [Beautiful Machines]

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Considered by many to be the most beautiful car ever made: the Jaguar E-Type [Read more...]

The Rising (and Fall) of Flappy Bird

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One strange new spectacle of the information age is the accelerating lifespan of fads. Things flash across the web, are seen by millions, and then vanish. The social media drawing game Draw Something was, for a brief time, the biggest game in the world. It was so huge that social gaming powerhouse Zynga paid $200 [Read More...]

Advocacy Group Claims the Vatican is Full of Winos

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And I sure hope they’re right.  The Wine Institute, a group that promotes the California wine industry, has released the results of a study* saying the Vatican consumes more wine per-capita than any other country in the world. The average Vaticanian sucks down 74 liters of wine per person: double that of Italy and France. [Read More...]

Child’s Heart Surgery Aided By 3D-Printed Model

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Kentucky heart surgeon Erle Austin knew that fixing 14-month-old Roland Lian Cung Bawi’s heart would be a delicate process, and he wanted as much information as possible before going in. He went to the engineering school at University of Louisville help with a computer model of the boy’s heart, and they were able to use a 3D printer to [Read More...]

Even “Trivial Pursuit” Isn’t Safe

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I got my daughter a Trivial Pursuit page-a-day calender I found on sale. She’s been enjoying it. Then we got to today’s entry: So, we began the day with my daughter asking, “What’s a lap-dance, mommy?” And the pornification of America continues, drop by drop. Thanks Hasbro! [Read more...]


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