Ancient Viking Thing Discovered

No, I’m not being vague or cutesy. An honest-to-Odin ancient Viking Thing was discovered under a parking lot in Scotland. A “Thing” is what the Norse called their parliament. One more reason to love the Vikings: Excavations at the Cromartie Memorial car park in Dingwall uncovered evidence of a mound that archaeologists believe was established [Read More...]

How Many People Does It Take to Crash Obamacare?

No, that’s not a setup for a joke, like “How many Libertarians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” (“None, the market will provide correction.”) Really, how many do you think? The administration is saying that Healthcare.gov is non-functional because millions and millions of people are trying to access it. In other words, it’s [Read More...]

World’s Largest Shakespeare Collection Going Digital

STC 22328 title page

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC is the largest Shakespeare collection in the world, and beginning next month it’s going online. The Library will be releasing scans of their collection, as well as publishing an app called The  Luminary Folger Shakespeare for accessing it all. The project eventually will make 50,000 digital images available to the [Read More...]

Dick Cheney’s Unhackable Heart

Let’s take the cheap “Dick Cheney has a heart?” jokes as read and move on to the story at hand, viz: Dick Cheney had the software for his implanted defibrillator altered to prevent remote hacking. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Cheney admits to asking for wireless features to be disabled: Cheney says that he [Read More...]

The Congressional Stenographer and the Holy Spirit UPDATED

When I first heard that a congressional stenographer had grabbed a microphone and started ranting about Masonic conspiracies on the floor of the House, I assumed she’d had some sort of mental break. That’s always a safe guess when people deviate from the script in public, and it wasn’t helped by the lack of clear [Read More...]

A Bluegrass Legend Regains His Voice

Tony Rice is giant in bluegrass music, as famous for his innovative guitar picking as for his voice: clear and strong and high, like a bluegrass voice should be. If you want to know what this means, here’s a taste: That’s how it’s done, folks. Tony has been through tragedy, and 19 years ago his [Read More...]

Stunning Jeweled Saints

Saint Deodatus in Rheinau, Switzerland, by Paul Koudounaris (Thames and Hudson)

Smithsonian has a long, heavily-illustrated piece on photographer Paul Koudounaris and his amazing work cataloging the heavily bejeweled skeletons and corpses of saints. He’s gathered them in a book called Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs (Thames and Hudson), and they are simply astonishing. Here’s a taste: You should read the entire [Read More...]

The Church Gets dotCatholic

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The Church has taken control of the top-level domain .catholic, which has been in the works since they applied for it last summer. The decision was the anticipated result of ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) radically expanded the number of “dot” extensions, which they are awarding based on consultation with entrails. [Read More...]


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