Gate to Hell Discovered

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And it’s in New Jersey! (Audio link.) Nah, just kidding. It’s actually in Turkey.  The Plutonium was believed to be the portal to the underworld in the ancient world, and it was known for its lethal properties, provided courtesy of carbon dioxide. It was long believed to be at the Phrygian city of Hierapolis (modern Pamukkale). Strabo wrote [Read More...]

It’s Raining Fundie Atheists Today!

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You know, they’re actually less entertaining than fundie Christians. Judging by the sewage suddenly washing up on my shores, it was pretty obvious that I was linked somewhere evangelical atheists roam. Turns out the always-hateful “Friendly Atheist” was offended by the Happy National Atheist Day post and the comment that atheism is as intellectually credible [Read More...]

Pssst, Michelle: I Think Jesus Is Involved Somehow

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Our Nanny-in-Chief has repurposed the most important day on the Christian calender, the celebration of the risen Christ, into some kind of nutritional Nuremberg Rally, calling the White House Easter Egg Roll (mmmm, eggroll) a “celebration of nutrition and health and activity.” Because everything has to be jammed through your little agenda, Shelly. Here’s the whole thing. (Bonus!: See if you can spot the missing word in [Read More...]

Happy National Atheist Day!

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“I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers.”–Thomas Nagel Go ahead and hug an atheist today. They need it. They live lives of sad desperation caught in a meaningless universe and protest that they’re happy because [Read More...]

Second Nature Journal

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Brantly Millegan, Benjamin Robertson, and Read Mercer Schuchardt are announcing the official launch of Second Nature today. Described as “an online journal for critical thinking about technology and new media in light of the Christian tradition,” it published longer, more thoughtful pieces on the intersection of faith and technology. There’s an appealing McLuhanite sensibility and an impressive roster of contributors [Read More...]

He’s Alive

He really is, you know. I’ll let Dolly (and Peter) tell you how it happened: If that doesn’t give you chills, you should probably check your pulse. God bless you all, and have a very blessed Easter. Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If [Read More...]

All Depart In Silence

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Last night was the most striking moment in the Church year for me: the sanctuary lit only by candles, the priest processing with humeral veil and monstrance to the altar of repose, the Pange Lingua echoing in the church, the altars being stripped, and then the final instruction of the missal: “all depart in silence.” And so [Read More...]

The Shroud of Turin 2.0

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Three big news items about the Shroud of Turin for Holy Week: new dating, a live broadcast, and a new app: 1. New Confirmation of Shroud’s Antiquity The flawed 1988 radiocarbon tests dating the shroud to the Middle Ages have been challenged for years. Giulio Fanti, professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at the University of [Read More...]

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

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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...]


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