About Thomas L. McDonald

Thomas L. McDonald writes about technology, theology, history, games, and shiny things. Details of his rather uneventful life as a professional writer and magazine editor can be found in the About tab.

5 Minutes, 17 British Accents

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Do you know what separates the accents of Bilbo, the Dowager Countess, and Eddard Stark? Well, watch this and you will. H/T Open Culture [Read more...]

Piercing the Unicorn

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Now here’s as elegant a visual metaphor for the loss of virginity as you could want. The unicorn (a symbol of virginity) is resting on the maiden’s lap. The knight has pierced it with his spear (of obvious symbolism, as is the horn of the unicorn). Blood flows from the wound (also of obvious symbolism) [Read More...]

‘Desire of the Everlasting Hills’: A Powerful Witness to Catholic Teachings on Same-Sex Attraction

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Last Saturday, I spent the evening at Villanova speaking with three impressive and eloquent people. Paul, Dan, and Rilene all have same-sex attraction, and all have embraced the Church’s teaching on chastity. Their stories are told in Desire of the Everlasting Hills, a new documentary from Courage International. The approach is powerful and effective because [Read More...]

Muslim Professor Murdered for Supporting Christians

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Christians and Muslims lived side-by-side for centuries before the ISIS hoards descended upon Mosul.  Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, a law professor from the University of Mosul, knew this well, and spoke out against the persecutions of Christians. He paid for his principled stand with his life when ISIS forces killed him. From Vatican Insider: Chaldean website [Read More...]

German Government Returning to Manual Typewriters?

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More fruits of our despicable surveillance culture: The head of the Bundestag’s parliamentary inquiry into NSA activity in Germany said in an interview with the Morgenmagazin TV programme that he and his colleagues were seriously thinking of ditching email completely. Asked “Are you considering typewriters” by the interviewer on Monday night, the Christian Democrat politician [Read More...]

After 1600 Years, Monks Ejected From Mar Behnam by Islamists

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The Mar Behnam Monastery (The Monastery of the Martyrs Saint Behnam and his Sister Sarah) was built in the 4th century as an act of penance by Sennacherib II. The Assyrian king had Behnam and Sarah, his son and daughter, executed for converting to Christianity, but later converted and repented. From that time until this month, the [Read More...]

Cumberbatch As Alan Turing

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Here’s the first trailer for The Imitation Game, about building the machine that breaks the German Enigma cipher. It looks like it’s focused on Turing the Quirky Genius, not Turing the Gay Martyr, which is a good thing. He should be remembered for his important work, not his tragic end. Related: Turing at 100 [Read more...]

Islamists Marking Christian Homes for Targeting/Confiscation

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Christians in Mosul had until Saturday to “accept Islam, pay extra taxes to Islamic Sharia courts or face ‘death by the sword,’” according to a message distributed by ISIS. Christians are fleeing, of course, and ISIS thugs are marking Christian homes in order to take care of them later. If the people have not left, [Read More...]


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