The Synod on The Family and Technology

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The issue of communion for the divorced and remarried has occupied so much attention in the run-up to the Synod on the Family that the many other topics addressed in the working document are being largely ignored. One issue was how technology effects the family, and I addressed it in two pieces: Tech Addiction: Technology & [Read More...]

Universalis [App o' the Mornin']

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Universalis (Universalis Publishing, iOS/Android: $14) may be my most used app. A lot of people have different tools to pray their hours or get their mass readings. I bought a Universalis PC codeyears ago and have used the offline, app version ever since. Before I had a tablet and a smartphone, I’d turn the months [Read More...]

My Home Screens

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Slacktacular August continues as I soak up some R&R following a harrowing month of personal tragedies and my annual Giant Project (the Games Magazine Games 100 guide). Today I have to break from my break to tackle some curriculum writing, but not wanting to leave a me-shaped hole in the blogosphere, and indulging the narcissism [Read More...]

Ridiculous Fishing: Catch Fish, Shoot Fish, Have Fun

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Ridiculous Fishing: A Tale of Redemption Vlambeers, iPad/iPhone: $3; Rated: 12+ Content: Fish erupt in little clouds of pixelated blood when shot. Drop a hairdryer-, toaster-, and chainsaw-equipped hook into the water, let it sink as low as possible, snag as many fish as you can on the way up, fling the fish into the [Read More...]

iPads & Pacemakers: The White Noise of Safety Warnings

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This story is making the rounds today: iPad2 Heart Patient Risk Found by 14-Year-Old Gianna Chien is somewhat different from all the other researchers reporting on their work today to more than 8,000 doctors at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting. Chien’s study found that Apple Inc.’s iPad2 can, in some cases, interfere with life-saving heart [Read More...]

Instagram, Vine, and Porn: What Parents Should Know

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This post contains mature images that have been obscured, but may still offend some readers. As Vine, Twitter’s new 6-second-video sharing service is swept up and spun around by the inevitable pornado, it’s worth looking at how Instagram handled a similar issue, and where they’ve failed. Social networks and porn don’t mix well. For a [Read More...]

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...]

The Magnificat Advent Companion: eVersions Now Available

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The annual booklets from Magnificat are a regular feature of my Advent and Lent observance. Just in time for the beginning of Advent this Sunday, this year;s version is now available for iPhone/iPad, Kindle, and nook for a buck. I prefer this format since it’s always with me, it’s easy to navigate, and it doesn’t add to my [Read More...]


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