Government Grabs Church Land for Road Project

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Not far from where I live, the Diocese of Camden (New Jersey) just lost 6 acres from one of their cemeteries in a government land grab under eminent domain, and for far less than the asking price or the assessment: New Jersey invoked eminent domain to grab the land for a highway project, and offered the [Read More...]

A Legend Has Died

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Ray Harryhausen was one of the heroes of my youth. His visions of monsters and mythological creatures brought my dreams to life, and there are sequences from Jason and the Argonauts and the Sinbad films that are as vivid in my mind’s eye as memories from life. Computers may make things look better and more realistic, [Read More...]

Tobit, And Tamerlan: The Dignity of Burial

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No one wants the body of marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. His uncle Ruslan, who seems to be the only sensible member of the family, finally stepped forward to claim it, saying “A dead person needs to be buried.” Meanwhile, a petty tyrant named Robert W. Healy, City Manager of Cambridge, intends to block any attempt to bury this killer [Read More...]

Under the Weather

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Last week was finals and work, and this week is being sick. Yay me! Sorry folks, things are going to be light around here while I cough up interesting things. Since I hate leaving you with nothing, I want to share two of my favorite things: Dolly Parton and Led Zeppelin. I’m too weak to [Read More...]

Streamageddon: Your Netflix Queue Just Got Shorter

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Mayday is Doomsday for lovers of classic films on Netflix. Today, the Warner/MGM library of classic films–the stuff I actually watch–vanished from the service. My queue was 49 films lighter this morning, and I’m feeling a little grumpy about it, particularly since I was preparing to cut my cable TV at the end of May. [Read More...]

Best Game Soundtrack of the Year

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I have to put in some more time on Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine to really get a good sense of it, but so far I’m lovin’ it. It’s been in development for years by Andy Schatz and his Pocketwatch Games: a team smaller than the one responsible for the credit scroll in Bioshock Infinite. It has a [Read More...]

Is This the Voice of Alexander Graham Bell?

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The Smithsonian thinks it is. They’ve been using imaging technology to listen to unplayable experimental recordings by non-destructive means, and accidentally hit upon this snatch of audio, in which the speaker says, “In witness whereof—hear my voice, Alexander Graham Bell.” You have to click the link the hear it, since I can’t embed it, but [Read More...]

Dungeons and Dragons and Demons and Dopes

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So last week I shared a little video on Facebook, adding some mocking comments. Here it is: Oh Pat. PatPatPatPatPat. What are we going to do with you, you crazy knucklehead, you!? I decided, at the time, not to post it here because it gives Pat Robertson a kind of credibility and importance he’s never [Read More...]


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