“I’m a Fiddler Crab!”

Every time I see a story like this: Grandmother boasts: “I’m Long Island’s first female priest” I think of this (at the 18-second mark): Sweetie, you ain’t a priest: you’re just a sad old lady with delusions, playing dress up. And now you’re something else: excommunicated. PS: Also: Uncle Teddy: [Read more...]

Ancient Monastic Site Destroyed by Islamists

Egypt’s Christian community continues to suffer attacks by Muslims, including destruction and looting of archaeological and historical sites dating to the first centuries of Christianity. From Daily News Egypt: The latest attack targeted Ansana, a historical Egyptian site believed to have been used as a Coptic monastery. Yet, information about it is scarce. “[The site] [Read More...]

Turn Your Finger into a Speaker

  Disney: finding new ways to creep me out. Okay, it is pretty cool, if pointless. Ishin-Den-Shin allows you to record a message into a special microphone, and then transmit that message directly another person just by touching his ear. The effect is as though you’re whispering right in the person’s ear … through your [Read More...]

Ancient Jerusalem’s Economy Powered by Animal Sacrifice

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The Journal of Archaeological Science had published a study of animal remains uncovered around the Temple complex in Jerusalem, suggesting that animals raised and traded for temple sacrifice drove a large portion of Jerusalem economy: An analysis of bones found in an ancient dump in the city dating back 2,000 years revealed that animals sacrificed at [Read More...]

Game of the Thrones in 8-bit Style

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Winter is Coming in Abel Alves’ retro “Game of Thrones” platformer, complete with swordplay, magic, and crows. Alves used Arcade Game Studio to really nail that 80s feel. You can download and play the whole thing here, or just check out the trailer: [Read more...]

South Korea to Build Invisible Skyscraper …

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… right next to an airport. What could go wrong? International architectural firm GDS Architects reports that it’s received a construction permit to begin building “the world’s first invisible tower.” The Tower Infinity will stand 450 meters (1,476 feet) and be situated in Cheongna, near the Incheon Airport just outside of Seoul. Like other concepts [Read More...]

A Snail With a Translucent Shell

A new species of snail discovered deep in a Croatian cave has a translucent shell: Zospeum tholussum – belongs to a genus of minute air-breathing land snails that cannot see to find their way around and are considered to be true eutroglobionts that only live in dark, underground caves. The fragile snail has a beautifully [Read More...]

Masturbating Man “Doing the Lord’s Work”

Why yes, today is a strange news roundup day for me, why do you ask? SPOKANE, Wash. — A registered sex offender was allegedly caught exposing himself on Spokane’s south hill Sunday afternoon. William “Billy” Ogan was arrested near 53rd and South Regal for indecent exposure around 2:00 p.m. Authorities said when they confronted Ogan [Read More...]

Your Friday Moment of Inspiration

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Whenever you feel down on yourself, or disappointed in a failure, remind yourself that the richest, most successful man on the planet bet all his chips on this… ..and he still thinks it failed because it was too ahead of its time. [Read more...]

Mysterious Structure Under the Sea of Galilee

I filed this one away in Evernote this summer and forgot to blog it, but it’s too cool to let pass: A huge, cone-shaped monument has been discovered by a team of Israeli archaeologists conducting a geophysical survey on the southern Sea of Galilee. According to a paper published in the International Journal of Nautical [Read More...]

The Radical Traditionalism of … Prince Charles?

I honestly didn’t not see this one coming. Stratford Caldicott writes about the well-nigh Distributist sensibilities of Prince Charles, a man I always filed under, “Daffy Monarchy: see also, Environmental Extremist, Sordid Love Affairs.” Shows you what I know. Let’s start with a good pull quote from Bonnie Prince Charlie, who says he is motivated [Read More...]

Pauline Site Excavated, Church Discovered

“When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to molest them and to stone them, they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycao’nia, and to the surrounding country; and there they preached the gospel.” Acts 14:5-7 Digging is going on now at one of the [Read More...]

A Word About Books…

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Spinoza’s Excommunication from the People of Israel

Humanities has a good article analyzing the causes for the uniquely vicious writ of excommunication pronounced upon the philosopher Baruch Spinoza by the leaders of the Portuguese Jewish community in Amsterdam. The text is notable for its eye-popping condemnations, curses, and vitriol, particularly since it was written before Spinoza had published any controversial opinions. Let’s [Read More...]

The Technophobic Traditionalism of “The Prisoner”

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I started showing my daughter Patrick McGoohan’s classic surrealist spy show The Prisoner last night, and she had a lot of questions (as does everyone who watches) about the symbols and meaning. This kind of thing is hotly debated, and has been since the original series ended its run with a cryptic ending that left [Read More...]


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