Newsify [App o' the Mornin']

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RSS feeds are essential to my work. It’s the only way to track hundreds (sometimes thousands) of headlines as I try to keep abreast of several major subject areas: games, technology, religion, archaeology, and science. Dozens of RSS readers, both PC and mobile, have passed through my life in the last decade or so. Sometimes [Read More...]

Johnny Cash “Redemption”

Johnny’s stark and beautiful faith makes him one of the great Christian artists of the 20th century. In a century in which Christian art was at low ebb, Johnny was a powerful witness. He wrote “Redemption” for American Recordings, the first of a series of albums recorded at the end of his life that gave [Read More...]

Two Prayer Requests

Blogging has been light this week because we’ve been dealing with a serious injury in my family. We’ve turned a corner and the worst may be behind us, but please pray for continued healing and for a special intention. Second, please keep Mark Shea’s mom in your prayers. She’s facing stage 3 lung cancer, and [Read More...]

The Stanley Parable [App o' the Mornin']

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The Stanley Parable (PC/Mac: $15, free demo available) is one of the most peculiar, unusual, and daring games to come down the pike in a long, long time. Where Papers Please has a clear gameplay element, The Stanley Parable has none. Like Dear Esther, it’s part of the new genre of “first-person walkers” in which [Read More...]

Bach Cantatas [App o' the Mornin']

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Today we have a guest post from my friend and former collaborator Gary Parker Chapin. We went on a bender in the early 90s and wr0te a best-selling* humor book called Sun Tzu’s Ancient Art of Golf. (Seriously, the entire thing came out of a Guinness tap from two young men under the influence of [Read More...]

A 2,000-Year-Old Eggshell

Eggs are very important at Casa McD, so I was tickled to see this amazing discovery from Turkey: a nearly-intact eggshell from about 17 AD. The town of Sardis had been hit by an earthquake, and when residents rebuilt, they buried a pierced egg in a pot to ward off further dangers. The intact egg [Read More...]

240-Year-Old Automaton [Beautiful Machines]

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Lost Cities [App o' the Mornin']

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The original tabletop version Rainer Knezia’s Lost Cities, originally released in 1999, found a loyal following, and even migrated to the Xbox about 5 years ago. The premise and design of Lost Cities is very simple. There are five archaeological “expeditions”, each represented by a different color: white, red, green, blue, and gold. Within the [Read More...]


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