Talmud and Tech

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How do we respond to changes in technology that call into question how we understand and practice our faith? Perhaps the example of the rabbinic sages can offer a clue. Daf Yomi is the practice of reading a page of the Babylonian Talmud every day in seven and half year cycles. (There are 2,711 pages.) [Read More...]

In Baltimore With Bishops and Bloggers

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So if you’ve been cruising around the Catholic blogs and news sites, you may have already heard about the bishops and bloggers meeting that took place on Sunday, a day before the official start of the USCCB’s general convention. Security was light and I was able to sneak in and pretend to be worthy of [Read More...]

Verbum: The New Logos for Catholics

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I’ve used Logos Bible study software for used for many years, so when they began creating products aimed at the Catholic market, I was delighted. In the past year, Logos has been adding new titles and features specifically for Catholics, and now they have decided to turn that product line into its own brand: Verbum. [Read More...]

Hairy Tales [Game Review]

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Hairy Tales Developer: Arges Systems Platforms: iOS: $1, Mac: $3, PC: coming soon Rated: n/r Content: Nothing objectionable, unless brainless hairy fairies occasionally falling to their doom off a flat world somehow offends you. As further proof that the most interesting game mechanics are now being developed for mobile systems, I offer Hairy Tales, a weird [Read More...]

Stoker at 165

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There is some debate about what is truly the first horror, Gothic, or vampire novel, but there’s no debate at all about the most important: Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Vampires have become so ubiquitous and cliched that it’s difficult to read Stoker’s tale with a mind unsullied by Buffy or sparkling or other nonsense. It [Read More...]

“Be content to trust in the Lord”

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No profound thoughts or gnashing of teeth this morning. There’s simply relief that this is all over at last, and that we can get back to living and worshiping as we shiver in the shadow of tyrants. Our faith was forged in the shadow of tyrants: a shadow that fell upon the ground in the shape of [Read More...]

Planned Parenthood is the Right Hand of Satan

“Dear mommy, please vote yourself the right to kill me.” Perhaps the sickest ad of a sick election season, in which the “products of conception” (to use the “choice” movement’s terminology) beg mommy for the right to get rid of any potential little brothers or sisters. Nothing like having cute little moppets who managed to [Read More...]

How Prayer Works, And How It Doesn’t

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After posting on prayer in the wake of our experience with Sandy, I got a chance to see it work up close. Two days after writing that post, my wife was struck with symptoms which everyone (GP, EMT, and ER personnel) thought were classic signs of a heart attack for a woman: nausea, pressure/pain in [Read More...]

Things I Learned in the Storm

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  Seaside Heights, NJ Sandy was as bad as advertised. Here in South Jersey, we got our butts kicked. It wasn’t too bad around my neighborhood, but it was bad enough. Power was out, which meant we also lost water since we’re on a well. Trees were down in the area and took wires with them, [Read More...]

The Lord Was Not in the Wind

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In the shadow of thy wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. Prayer works. No, I don’t mean “I prayed fer The Lord ta spare mah family/life/house/pets/car and bah gum He did! Not a branch scratcht a so much as a winder!” That’s not what I’m talking about. Because, you [Read More...]

It’s Quiet … Too Quiet

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We’re just waiting for the storm to hit, watching old Universal horror movies until the power goes out. The wind has been gusting most of the day, and we’re ready for the worst. I may be offline for a while, so mind the gap and I’ll see you soon. Probably. Update: Monday 12:15pm: Still have [Read More...]

XCOM: Enemy Unknown [Game Review]

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I’m still kicking around the idea of doing one straight-up game review a week, with some material at the top with content warnings for parents. We’ll call it Fun Fridays and have cupcakes and lemonade! This week, we turn to a remake of the third greatest PC game of all time, a little something called… [Read More...]

But Will It Have an Austrian Accent?

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I’m starting to get fed up with creepy new robots that look like they were designed solely to smash through walls and tear John and Sarah Connor apart piece by piece. DARPA’s Robotics Challenge has yielded this potential Cyberdyne Systems T-101 hunter-killer prototype. It’s called “Pet-Proto” and it’s the work of Boston Dynamics. The critter is [Read More...]

We Have a New Weapon

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And it’s a doozy. In the tradition of giving cute names to terrifying weapons (eg, Fat Man and Little Boy, Bubble Girl, Busy Lobster, etc.), this one is called CHAMP. Remember the neutron bomb as the ultimate symbol of man’s depravity, because it killed people with a powerful blast of radiation, but left buildings standing? (And [Read More...]

Frank Moore Cross, Requiescat in Pace

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It’s impossible to have even a cursory knowledge of the Dead Sea Scrolls without encountering Frank Moore Cross, who died last Wednesday at age 91 from complications from pneumonia. His work on Semitic languages and Canaanite myth informs a great deal of what we know about the development of Hebrew writing. Cross retired from a long and distinguished [Read More...]


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