Avocado: An App For Couples

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I’m always fiddling with my reminder/calender/task manager utilities. Right now I’m entering all my tasks into three different apps–Astrid, Wunderlist, and Toodledo–in a kind of task throwdown to see which will replace Pocket Informant, an app that’s more of a chore to use than the chores it was meant to track. One thing I’ve never [Read More...]

Sexting is Stupid, But Is It Criminal?

So here’s the story, far as I can make out. A 13 year old Pennsylvania girl texts a topless photo of herself to her 14 year old boyfriend. The boyfriend (in what must have been a titanic exhibition of self-control for a teenage boy) deletes the photo, but the girl’s mother finds the original on the girl’s [Read More...]

Try Some Bluegrass Gospel: You’ll Like It

Del McCoury is the best bluegrass vocalist alive, and perhaps the best ever. His voice is so pure, so high, so lonesome, it could cut glass. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but for those who love the old sounds, it doesn’t get much better. I’ve seen Del live (in concert with the late great [Read More...]

Game Review: The Room

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The Room Developer/Publisher: Fireproof Games Platforms: iPad 2 or later: $2 (free demo level for iPhone 4S or later, with $2 in-game unlock of other levels) Rated: 9+ for “infrequent/mild horror/fear themes” Content descriptors: Occult symbols and references in both text and gameplay, persistent mood of unease. There are no characters per se, and therefore [Read More...]

Same-Sex Romance Comes to Star Wars

“Always two there are, no more, no less: a master and an apprentice.” Yoda’s observation about the Sith is about to take on a whole new kind of meaning, and let’s not even think about those long lonely nights on the Millennium Falcon. BioWare, Electronic Arts, and LucasArts are set to introduce same-sex romance to [Read More...]

7 Things I Liked in 2012

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I don’t “do” New Year’s. It’s a lame un-holiday, notable only for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. We usually watch an old movie, eat snacks, and go to bed. It is, however, a useful time for looking back on the Year That Was, seeing who died, and remembering all the awful things that [Read More...]

Jim Henson: How to Make Puppets

I’m finally home, and taking a couple days just to clean the house and soak up some time with family and presents, but Open Culture has a great 15 minute video full of ideas for kids on Christmas vacation. Jim Henson and friends teach you how to make puppets out of that fabled thing: “Ordinary [Read More...]

A Christmas Gift From Logos/Verbum Bible Software

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  Until December 31st, Logos is giving away the Documents of Vatican II and Verbum Domini. Use the coupon code MERRYCHRISTMAS2012. This is the perfect way to use these documents, and it’s a great deal. Swarm! Swarm! Read all about it.     [Read more...]


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