Our Weird and Wonderful World

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Magnetic Putty Time Lapse would be an excellent name for a rock band: Posted by Scott Lawson, who has this to say: Magnetic putty time lapse as it absorbs a rare-earth magnet. Taken over 1.5 hours at 3fps, played back at 24fps. The magnetic putty will eventually arrange itself so that the outer surface is [Read More...]

Why I Am Catholic

St. Thomas Aquinas gave me the tools I needed to understand my experience of God

Patheos has asked bloggers to finish the sentence: Why I Am A … They’re giving us 200 words to answer. I don’t need 200 words to tell you why I am Catholic. I only need four: Because Catholicism is true. It’s that simple. It’s not a matter of “belief.” Belief presumes that there’s some option: [Read More...]

Free Audio Bibles On Amazon Today UPDATED

I don’t know how long this offer will be available, but I just got an IFTTT alert about a free version of English Standard Version, which is a decent translation. It’s Protestant, and thus incomplete, which is bad. But it’s free, which is good.  The readers are … variable: some fine, some … eh. I [Read More...]

BioShock Infinite: First Impressions

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Since I’ve written about BioShock quite a bit, I’ve been getting a lot of questions here and on Twitter and Facebook about the newest title–Bioshock Infinite–which just released yesterday. I’m wrapping up an issue of Games Magazine this week, and only just managed to get about four hours of play in last night. So, here [Read More...]

Eyes in Your Tongue

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I haven’t had a good upbeat ain’t-tech-wonderful post in a little while, but the recent approval of Wicab’s BrainPort V100 device for use in the EU gives me a chance to show this bit of coolness: Here’s how it works: The BrainPort V100 includes a video camera mounted on a pair of sunglasses. The camera works [Read More...]

Chicken Progress Report [Photo Post]

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The new batch is growing quite nicely. They’re changing from little balls of fuzz into perching, flying (yes, chickens can fly), feathered fowl. Also, Ruby the Wonder Chicken is doing poorly. She’s been in the house with an impacted crop. We let her out of the cage now and then, and the chicks are fascinated. [Read More...]

Lego: Habemus Papam Edition

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Here’s a closeup, but I want you to go to Shower of Roses to see the whole thing from various angles. Too cool. [Read more...]

Upcoming from Verbum (Logos)

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Verbum is charging ahead with more releases, many now on “pre-pub.” This means they’re gathering interesting by taking pre-orders, at a reduced price. That enables them to determine user interest in a certain title or bundle. For example, Edward Schillebeeckx Collected Works (14 vols.), isn’t really something at the top of my list. But tell me [Read More...]

Do You Remember Bobby Sands? [Catholics Blogging to Close Gitmo]

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Susan Windley-Daoust (The Ironic Catholic) and Sherry Antonetti (Chocolate for Your Brain!) are launching one of those perennial Doomed Quixotic Efforts that makes Catholicism the Greatest Thing in the World.  See, we’re a little weird, and America has always rightly understood this and been suspicious of us. Our beliefs cut right across party lines. We value truth [Read More...]

Kim Kardashian and The Pilgrim Soul

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If you think modern society is humming along just fine and we all need to hope aboard The Good Ship Future, then you probably haven’t seen this picture: “That’s horrible!” you may be thinking, if you’re still sane. “Clearly the woman has been in a terrible accident.” Nope: that’s a Kardashian, and she’s just had [Read More...]

Pope Francis Is a Dangerous Modernist!

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Pope Benedict XVI wrote everything longhand, the way God intended. Now, word is leaking out that Pope Francis … I can’t even say it. I’ll let the report speak for me: In a fast-paced, globalized world in which billions send emails, share photos on smartphones and get their instant news online, the newly elected pope [Read More...]

Aliens Over the Vatican!

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Or, you know … not. Here’s the “story“: A UFO was caught on tape by the BBC as the world awaited the naming of the new Pope. The object, caught as the camera showed a view of the Sistine Chapel at night, is circular and glowing a strange red color. The UFO doesn’t move at [Read More...]

Roger Mahony: Twit UPDATED

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What a contemptible little weasel. I know I should respect the office, and I’ll have to confess that, but this man is beyond the pale. He needs to just shut up. UPDATE: Yeah, I blogged this one angry and intemperate, and shouldn’t be hurling insults at a prince of the Church. But this is so [Read More...]

Yeah, This is The Guy

Just a quick follow-up to my longer post. Just watch this. Look at his demeanor, body language, quick smile, and easy laughter. And buckle up: it’s gonna be an interesting ride. None of this is to say anything against Benedict. It’s just … different. From shyness to openness. We can embrace all of it.     [Read more...]

Press F1 For Help: Thoughts on Francis

The Conclave Of Cardinals Have Elected A New Pope To Lead The World's Catholics

On a computer keyboard, the F1 key is used to get help. An F1 is also the fastest car on the race track: it holds the road tightly but corners quickly. (Memo to pedants: I know he won’t be “Pope Francis I” until there’s a Francis II. Duly noted. Now go bother someone who says [Read More...]


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