Your Friday Moment of Inspiration

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Whenever you feel down on yourself, or disappointed in a failure, remind yourself that the richest, most successful man on the planet bet all his chips on this… ..and he still thinks it failed because it was too ahead of its time. [Read more...]

LEGO Used to Restore Ancient Sarcophagus

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LEGO: is there anything it can’t do? A 3000 year old mummy case in the possession of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, has been restored to its former shape using LEGO. The conservation of the cartonnage [a kind of linen papier mache] mummy case was undertaken with the assistance of the Department of Engineering, who helped [Read More...]

Mysterious Structure Under the Sea of Galilee

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I filed this one away in Evernote this summer and forgot to blog it, but it’s too cool to let pass: A huge, cone-shaped monument has been discovered by a team of Israeli archaeologists conducting a geophysical survey on the southern Sea of Galilee. According to a paper published in the International Journal of Nautical [Read More...]

The Radical Traditionalism of … Prince Charles?

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I honestly didn’t not see this one coming. Stratford Caldicott writes about the well-nigh Distributist sensibilities of Prince Charles, a man I always filed under, “Daffy Monarchy: see also, Environmental Extremist, Sordid Love Affairs.” Shows you what I know. Let’s start with a good pull quote from Bonnie Prince Charlie, who says he is motivated [Read More...]

Pauline Site Excavated, Church Discovered

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“When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to molest them and to stone them, they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycao’nia, and to the surrounding country; and there they preached the gospel.” Acts 14:5-7 Digging is going on now at one of the [Read More...]

A Word About Books…

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Spinoza’s Excommunication from the People of Israel

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Humanities has a good article analyzing the causes for the uniquely vicious writ of excommunication pronounced upon the philosopher Baruch Spinoza by the leaders of the Portuguese Jewish community in Amsterdam. The text is notable for its eye-popping condemnations, curses, and vitriol, particularly since it was written before Spinoza had published any controversial opinions. Let’s [Read More...]

The Technophobic Traditionalism of “The Prisoner”

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I started showing my daughter Patrick McGoohan’s classic surrealist spy show The Prisoner last night, and she had a lot of questions (as does everyone who watches) about the symbols and meaning. This kind of thing is hotly debated, and has been since the original series ended its run with a cryptic ending that left [Read More...]


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