Tour the Priscilla Catacombs on Google Maps

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After years of restoration work, the Priscilla Catacombs in Rome were reopened last fall. This 8-mile network of tunnels was used for Christian burial and worship from the 2nd to 5th centuries. The catacombs were forgotten, looted, ignored, and ultimately reclaimed, and now centuries of grime has been removed to reveal striking art work. The [Read More...]

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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