Alienation: Technology & The Synod on the Family

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The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod. Yesterday, I wrote about Tech Addiction as one of several technology- and media-related problems cited in working document for the upcoming Synod on [Read More...]

Supreme Court: Police Need a Warrant to Search Cell Phones

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They made the right decision in ruling that the police need a warrant to search your cell phone or other electronic devices. Given the way the government (at all levels, from federal down to local) has been behaving lately, you’d think the Fourth Amendment had been repealed. In fact, it’s time for it to be [Read More...]

The Latest Federal Power Grab: Navigation Apps

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Government bureaucracy is the kudzu of modern civilization. It’s a smothering, all-consuming, self-perpetuating monster that sucks the life out of everything it touches.  Case in point: for some bizarre reason known only to the infantile minds of government functionaries, Obama’s Transportation Department (go ahead, I defy you to explain why a such thing even exists) [Read More...]

The Dirty Little Secret About Ellen’s Oscar Selfie

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You know, this one: It was a wacky, seemingly spontaneous moment in which Ellen and a bunch of stars took a selfie, and then she urged people to make it the most retweeted photo ever. And they did! I think it got almost 3 million retweets. That’s the only reason I even know about: it [Read More...]

Jack Lumber [App o the Mornin']

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Jack Lumber hates trees, and he has a good reason: trees killed his beloved granny. Now, Jack has sworn everlasting vengeance against all forms of lumber. He has an axe, he has a mission, and he has a woodchip on his shoulder. Jack’s tale of vengeance forms the extremely silly connective tissue for this funny, [Read More...]

Pudding Monsters [App o the Mornin']

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Cut the Rope is one of the best and most successful mobile games to date, with over 100 million downloads and a shelf of awards. So when the Russian team at ZeptoLabs did a follow-up to their hit franchise, gamers paid attention. Pudding Monsters (iOS/Android: $1) are little blobs of jello that slide around on [Read More...]

30/30 (Time-Management Tool) [App o the Mornin']

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Sometimes getting things done isn’t a matter of inspiration and talent or even motivation, but of just sitting in the same place for 30 minutes and refusing to move or shift your concentration from anything other than the task at hand. For me, the task is writing, and I can usually turn out a column [Read More...]

Fulton Sheen Audio Library [App o the Mornin']

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This is short and sweet folks, since there isn’t too much you need to know other than, “You really should probably get it.” The Fulton Sheen Audio Library (iOS/Android: free, with in-app purchase) is–and you might have already guessed this–a library of audio by Fulton Sheen. It includes almost 300 talks from various times and [Read More...]


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