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...]

“Five Flat Rocks”

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In case I didn’t convince you that $5 was a steal for some great gospel bluegrass from The Del McCoury Band, here’s a little more proof for your consideration. Just the thing to light up a dreary, damp Saturday morning: Israel rebelled in peril back in David’s time ‘Cause Goliath was the champion of the [Read More...]

iPoop

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Behold! It’s called iPotty, and it’s a training potty with an iPod mount and potty training software. Because potty training and expensive electronics go so well together. Supposedly it will come with apps that will encourage the tot to master his excretory functions, and also get an early start on a lifetime of psychological problems. [Read more...]

Chaput: “Embody it, witness it, live it.”

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Cardinal Dolan gets the lion’s share of the headlines, but we have another brilliant leader in the American church: Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. I’ve had an opportunity to report on the Philadelphia diocese over the past few years, and his work there has been astonishing: bold, decisive, charitable, intelligent, and, always, deeply faithful. He [Read More...]

Millions of Mummified Dogs…

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… discovered at Saqqara, the ancient Egyptian city of the dead. During routine excavations at the dog catacomb in Saqqara necropolis, an excavation team led by Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo (AUC), and an international team of researchers led by Paul Nicholson of Cardiff University have uncovered almost 8 [Read More...]

Netflix For the Well-Dressed Gentleman

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It’ called FreshNeck, and it’s… well, it’s Netflix for ties, pocket squares, and other gentlemen’s accessories. Pay a monthly fee ($15, $35, or $55 depending upon designer/brand), select up to 3 items, and then wait until they arrive in the mail. Keep them as long as you like, and then return them for the next [Read More...]

Amazon Autorip Goes Live: Free MP3s From CDs

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Have you bought a CD (as opposed to an MP3 album) from Amazon since 1998? Then you should check your Amazon Cloud Player, because the songs on that CD just may be available as free MP3s. Amazon’s new “AutoRip” feature provides free MP3 files for CDs purchased directly from Amazon. The entire library is not [Read More...]

The Mote In Sauron’s Eye

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I shamelessly stole the headline from this PopSci article on Fomalhaut B, a weird rogue planet-like object in the vast debris field surrounding a star called Fomalhaut. Here’s what that star and debris field look like: Gaaa! Have we accounted for all the Palantirs? Fomalhaut B was imaged in 2007 (or maybe earlier or later, the article [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...]

Sexting is Stupid, But Is It Criminal?

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So here’s the story, far as I can make out. A 13 year old Pennsylvania girl texts a topless photo of herself to her 14 year old boyfriend. The boyfriend (in what must have been a titanic exhibition of self-control for a teenage boy) deletes the photo, but the girl’s mother finds the original on the girl’s [Read More...]

Try Some Bluegrass Gospel: You’ll Like It

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Del McCoury is the best bluegrass vocalist alive, and perhaps the best ever. His voice is so pure, so high, so lonesome, it could cut glass. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but for those who love the old sounds, it doesn’t get much better. I’ve seen Del live (in concert with the late great [Read More...]

Game Review: The Room

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The Room Developer/Publisher: Fireproof Games Platforms: iPad 2 or later: $2 (free demo level for iPhone 4S or later, with $2 in-game unlock of other levels) Rated: 9+ for “infrequent/mild horror/fear themes” Content descriptors: Occult symbols and references in both text and gameplay, persistent mood of unease. There are no characters per se, and therefore [Read More...]


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