“Angel of Death” [Dark Country: Songs For October]

Series introduction and other entries. Hank Williams: "Angel of Death" Hank again (it always comes back to Hank), with a down-tempo meditation on death asking a simple question: "are you ready?" Like so much country music, the dark themes aren't just for kicks: they're a serious warning for people to prepare to meet the Lord, just like it says in "the great book of John."  … [Read More...]

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North Carolina Satanist Killed and Ate Two Victims

A North Carolina man named "Pazuzu Algarad" (he changed it to the name of the demon from The Exorcist) has apparently confessed to murdering two men and eating parts of their bodies during Satanic rituals. The men--Joshua Wetzler, age 37, and Tommy Welch, 26--were then buried in his backyard with the help of two women.There was also indications of animal sacrifice during Satanic rituals, with "Pazuzu" boasting of eating the "still beating hearts" of animals. The Winston-Salem Journal has … [Read More...]

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Facebook Offers Something Useful

I didn't put "for a change" in the headline, but it's implied.After a disaster, phone lines can be stressed to breaking by people checking on loved ones.Now, Facebook offers Safety Check, so people can alert loved ones to how they're doing following a disaster, and others can check on the status of friends in afflicted areas: When the tool is activated after a natural disaster and if you’re in the affected area, you’ll receive a Facebook notification asking if you’re safe.We’ll deter … [Read More...]

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Frozen Eggs? Apple & Facebook Have You Covered

Are you a driven professional woman who wants to silent that ticking body clock so you can focus on your career? Apple and Facebook have your back: they're providing up to $20,000 in coverage for egg freezing so women have a greater chance of conceiving late in life. Apple will begin paying for employees to freeze their eggs in January. Apple and Facebook will pay female employees up to $20,000 to help cover the cost of freezing their eggs.The goal is to enable women who want to continue … [Read More...]

“If I Die Young” [Dark Country: Songs For October]

Series introduction and other entries. The Band Perry: "If I Die Young" The combination of Kim Perry's sweet voice, the rather jaunty descriptions of her rotting corpse, and a good hook made this an odd song to become a breakout hit, but it shows that new country knows its roots, and has plenty of life left in it. … [Read More...]

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A Guide to Spiders

Don't click on this story. Really, seriously. Just don't. I did, and now I have that to live with among the other fears that plague my waking thoughts and haunt my dreams.This is all you need to know about spiders: … [Read More...]

“Midnight in Montgomery” [Dark Country: Songs For October]

Series introduction and other entries. Alan Jackson: "Midnight in Montgomery" Alan Jackson is probably my favorite country singer/songwriter working today. In this one, he encounters the ghost of Hank Williams. … [Read More...]

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Baal Cultic Complex Discovered in Israel

This is a pretty big find, and the connection to Baal seems likely: A massive cult complex, dating back about 3,300 years, has been discovered at the site of Tel Burna in Israel.While archaeologists have not fully excavated the cult complex, they can tell it was quite large, as the courtyard alone was 52 by 52 feet (16 by 16 meters). Inside the complex, researchers discovered three connected cups, fragments of facemasks, massive jars that are almost as big as a person and burnt animal bones … [Read More...]

“The Ghost in This Guitar” [Dark Country: Songs For October]

Series Intro:October is a month of lengthening shadows and stirring shades, as the chill creeps in, all things green turn beautiful colors before dying, and the dark presses ever closer.Country and traditional music captures darkness the way no other genre really does. Songs of loss, damnation, violence, madness, murder, suicide, and terrors of both this world and the next are all shot through with a rich vein of pathos and old time religion.I have a playlist where I accumulate “dark … [Read More...]

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The Great Tree Massacre of Farm Sim 15

I wrote about the strange little niches of simulation and strategy gaming in Simulating The Mundane, And What It Means. I also noted the appearance of a Street Sweeper simulator, apparently aimed at OCD sufferers who don't find enough opportunities to make things just right in the real world.Thanks to Rock Paper Shotgun (the last gaming site I still enjoy), I found this little preview video of the upcoming Farming Simulator 15, and I'm not gonna lie to you, I find it entrancing, and not just … [Read More...]

“Hurt” [Dark Country: Songs For October]

Series Intro:October is a month of lengthening shadows and stirring shades, as the chill creeps in, all things green turn beautiful colors before dying, and the dark presses ever closer.Country and traditional music captures darkness the way no other genre really does. Songs of loss, damnation, violence, madness, murder, suicide, and terrors of both this world and the next are all shot through with a rich vein of pathos and old time religion.I have a playlist where I accumulate “dark … [Read More...]

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Things St. John Paul II Didn’t Say …

Judging from my social feeds, the message isn't getting across. I like this from Jonathan Sullivan:My new logo?A warning sign for readers of panicky blogs: What my social feeds are like today:Relax. Pray. Have a drink. Read some Pope Benedict or maybe a little St. Thomas Aquinas. Engage with truth and charity. All else is noise. … [Read More...]

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Fisking the Synod “Relatio”

I'm going to do my first read-through of "Relatio post disceptationem" by Card. Péter Erdő, which is being described as an "earthquake" at the synod, and add comments as they occur to me. This is just me shooting from the hip without reflection, and should be taken as a first reaction rather than a considered response.By the way, it's not an "earthquake." That's overstating things. It's a summary of the discussion as it stands midway through the synod. Most of it is fine*. Out of 58 pa … [Read More...]

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The Greatest Desk For Book Lovers Ever

And I'm not even kidding. Behold the book wheel, for people who like to multitask: Erik Kwakkel's indispensable Medieval Books blog has a great series on medieval desks, and describes the above contraption this way: The image from 1588 shows the bookwheel invented by the Renaissance engineer Agostino Ramelli, whose concept was based on medieval designs. The upside to the carousel is obvious: there was space for a lot of books. This practice is not unlike deciding to hook up a … [Read More...]

Four Artifacts From the Time of Jesus

This is a short and interesting little video in which Marc Turnage, director of the Center for Holy Lands Studies for The General Council of the Assemblies of God in Springfield, Missouri, uses artifacts to illustrates elements of the New Testament. … [Read More...]


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