Pope Francis on the Internet as a “Gift from God”

Pope Francis Tweets, old skool.

In anticipation of the 45th World Communication’s Day tomorrow, Pope Francis offers some observations on the centrality of communication in the modern world and the ways in which it can help forge solidarity and bridge gaps, but only if used properly. In a world like this, media can help us to feel closer to one [Read More...]

Storytelling With Maps

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Here’s a fine site for map lovers. Storytelling With Maps uses annotated maps to explain and teach. I found it through the interactive map of the journey of Odysseus, but there are plenty of other interesting ones as well, such as Santas Around the World and the flight of Wiley Post. They’re not deep, but they’re [Read More...]

Read More Trashy Books! For Free!

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My twin literary passions are at the absolute opposite ends of the spectrum: great literature, and pulp “trash.” I have no interest in almost anything  in between. I love the Western canon: Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare, Donne, Dickens, Trollope, Yeats, Eliot, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and similar hacks. And I love vintage pulp fiction and comics: Doc Savage, [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...]

Facebook’s “Shadow Profile” Problem

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Sometimes it takes a big screwup to reveal a bigger problem. The news that Facebook maintains so-called “shadow profiles” of both users and–some allege–non-users is not new. Privacy groups started raising red flags about the policy at least two years ago, but the details remained obscure. A “shadow profile” is, basically, extra data on you [Read More...]

Disqus and Combox Blacklisting

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It looks like it’s time for my quarterly reminder that there is a combox policy, and that dialog with trolls is not part of my job description. I know a lot of bloggers just have a free and open comment policy: anything goes! I don’t. If you’re too tired to check out the whole combox [Read More...]

Who Was Tom Collins?: Internet Trolls Before the Internet

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It’s been a rough week here at Casa McD, so last night I settled in with an Adult Beverage and a couple episodes of Archer (these two things go together like peanut butter and jelly) and decided to look up a man who brought so much happiness to my life: Mr. Tom Collins. Turns out [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...]


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