The World’s First Radiologic Technologist Was …

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… Sister M. Beatrice Merrigan, of the Sisters of St. Anthony. She took and passed the first exam to earn the first certificate from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). A radiologic tech deals with the patients and actually take the images, which at the time would have been early X-rays. Sr. Merrigan and her [Read More...]

Want Some Free Audiobook Classics?

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I’m not talking about Librivox, although some of those can be quite good. I’m talking about a great, almost-hidden deal from Amazon to promote their Wispersync for Voice titles for the Kindle. When you buy a Whispersync version of a Kindle book together with the Audible audiobook (usually priced at a steep discount, as with [Read More...]

Habemus Appam: The Pope’s Own App

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I may have to take back all the bad things I’ve been saying about Vatican communications. (Okay, some of them.) First, the Pope starts Tweeting, and now they roll out an app. And … it’s actually a pretty good one! Given how crummy the Vatican’s own website is, this is nothing short of amazing. The [Read More...]

News From Verbum: Android App, Ignatius Study Bible, & More

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Verbum (formerly Logos Catholic Bible Study Software) has some news: First off, the software is finally available for Android devices, with a free app that provides access to your Verbum library. Check it out at either Google Play or Amazon.  The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible is coming to the system and is now on pre-order. This [Read More...]

Meet the New Mega …

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… worse than the old Mega? The MegaUpload saga exploded a year ago when 76 law enforcement agents, a couple of helicopters, and quite possibly sharks with laser beams on their frickin’ heads raided hacker/entrepreneur Kim Dotcom’s sprawling New Zealand lair, complete with 18 luxury cars, a panic room (it took them hours to find Dotcom), [Read More...]

The Altar Server

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I found this at Fr. Z, and thought it was worth a share. It’s a very reverent look at the role of the “altar boy” (in this case, not a boy but a man), what he needs to bring to his job, and what he does for the mass itself. The focus is pretty clearly [Read More...]

Amazon Takes a Bite Out of Apple’s MP3 Business

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One of the little irritations of the iOS ecosystem is the inability to purchase digital media from anyone but Apple. With Amazon’s Cloud Player now stuffed full of MP3s ripped directly from your CDs, it would be nice to be able to also purchase from Amazon’s MP3 store directly from an iPhone or iPad. Apple, thus far, [Read More...]

“And Don’t Skimp On the Pâté”

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The Mighty Flynn has the original story and Mark Shea has the jokes. Yes, scientists have finally achieved the ultimate in mechanization: vomiting robots: The robot is named Vomiting Larry, and isn’t being used for sight gags, but is helping scientists to better understand the spread of noroviruses, also know as the winter vomiting bug, which can cause projectile vomiting, [Read More...]

The Perils of Texting, Circa 1906

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Buzzfeed dug up this Punch cartoon from 1906, on the perils of telegraphy and tickers. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” [Read more...]

Data Mining by … The President?

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I almost let this story pass without comment, figuring in my infinite pettiness that, if you’re the kind of person who would download an app celebrating the reelection of a tyrant, you deserve to be spammed until you can’t tell a real email from a Nigerian erectile dysfunction cure. (I said was a Christian. I didn’t say I was [Read More...]

Who Knew Our President Was Such a Great Comedian?

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This arrived from the White House Press Office today. I thought, “Oh, those crazy guys at Eye of the Tiber must have hacked the WH servers and sent this out as a gag.” But, no, the man who’s grinding his jackboot into our religious liberty actually issued this statement today. As the kids today say, [Read More...]

Alison Krauss: “Jacob’s Dream”

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If this doesn’t give you chills, you should probably check your pulse. This woman’s voice is one of the treasures of our time. (Oddly enough, her early reputation was made as a virtuoso fiddler at the age of 10. Her voice matured gradually.) The story told in the song is known as Lost Children of [Read More...]

Courage Ministry Draws Fire at University

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Well, maybe “fire” is the wrong word. It’s more like a slight irritating warmth, like the kind you get from a rash. This story floated to the top of my News360 feed this morning like curdled cream. Canadian cub reporter Marco Chown Oved seems to have been buttonholed by a screeching hysteric named Stuart Graham [Read More...]

A Novena to End Abortion, Via Texting

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Good for the USCCB: they’re making savvy use of technology to help end abortion. As part of their “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” (January 19-27, 2013)to coincide with Roe v. Wade and the March for Life, they are sending out daily texts for a novena to end abortion. Just text “9days” to 99000 and the [Read More...]

Game Violence Debate Returns to Washington

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Yesterday, leaders of the video game industry met with the vice-president and congressional leaders to discuss violence in computer and video games in the wake of the Newtown massacre. On Tuesday, the vice-president is expected to produce a package of recommendations to the president for dealing with the issue of gun violence, and games are just [Read More...]


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