Always Bring Your Weasel to a Basilisk Fight

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If only this man had remembered to bring his weasel when he decided to draw on a basilisk… From Pliny’s Natural History: There is the same power also in the serpent called the basilisk. It is produced in the province of Cyrene, being not more than twelve fingers in length. It has a white spot [Read More...]

Culture and Colossus: Two Visions of Technology

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Grant Morrison, Professor Emeritus of History at Long Island University (not the comic book writer), offers a superb essay comparing two opposing visions of humanity’s technological past, present, and future: O. B. Hardison, as put forth in Disappearing Through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century, and Neal Postman, in his classic Technopoly: The Surrender [Read More...]

Pentacycles

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From our Failed Inventions files: pentacycles, designed for mailmen in 1882. I can’t understand why they didn’t catch on. [Read more...]

Photos From My Visit With the Dominican Nuns of Summit

Where the magic happens: the nuns make soaps and other things here.

I spent Saturday with the lovely, incredible, joyous, and Spirit-filled nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey. It was a rare gift not only being able to speak with Srs. Mary Catharine and Judith Miryam and meet many of the Sisters, but also getting a tour of the Monastery. [Read More...]

Free Copy of “Life of John Chrysostom” For Verbum

The Life of John Chrysostom by Frederic M. Perthes (1854) is being offered for free by Verbum Bible Software. Get your copy now! [Read more...]

The Latest Federal Power Grab: Navigation Apps

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Government bureaucracy is the kudzu of modern civilization. It’s a smothering, all-consuming, self-perpetuating monster that sucks the life out of everything it touches.  Case in point: for some bizarre reason known only to the infantile minds of government functionaries, Obama’s Transportation Department (go ahead, I defy you to explain why a such thing even exists) [Read More...]

Tinfoil Hats: The Next Generation

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As governments become ever-more cavalier about basic privacy rights, human ingenuity will continue to be applied to thwarting their ability to scan our digital tools. With luck, it won’t all look as ridiculous as this: The CHBL Jammer Coat is a piece of clothing that enables its user to disappear: Google cannot find you anymore. [Read More...]

The Round Book: Codex Rotundus

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Coming from Bruges at the end of the 15th century, the Codex Rotundus is a 266-page miniature Book of Hours in Latin and French. The pages are only 9cm across.   [Read more...]


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