Conviction Upheld in Dead Sea Scrolls Identity Theft

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In yesterday’s news about the final stop for the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, I mentioned some of the controversy surrounding scroll scholarship. One of the more bizarre sideshows in the world of the DSS is The Sorry Saga of the Golbs. Raphael Golb is the son of scroll scholar Norman Golb, a man who has [Read More...]

Weird Medieval Marginalia

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I guess it’s nice when the internet discovers the much-better-than-the Renaissance-or-Enlightenment awesomeness of the Middle Ages, but like schoolboys searching for the dirty words in the dictionary, they often only seems to find the bizarre or outrageously sexual stuff. Case in point: Buzzfeed’s 20 Bizarre Examples of Medieval Marginalia. Please, please, PLEASE do not click that [Read More...]

Dead Sea Scrolls Heading to Boston Next

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I wrote about the Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times exhibit when it visited Philadelphia last year. The scrolls still fascinate because they’re a kind of missing link between the closing of the Old Testament and the opening of the New, giving us a picture of some elements of Judaism as it [Read More...]

Our Ongoing Holocaust

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By most estimates, the death toll since Roe v. Wade 40 years ago today stands at 55 million people. I was never indifferent to the slaughter of the unborn, but I was at one time “pro-choice” because I didn’t believe it was “right” or “practical” to ban abortion. In time, I realized what a facile [Read More...]

When is a Catholic School NOT a Catholic School?

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Answer: when it’s a “School in the Catholic tradition.” And when your bishop already told you he doesn’t want another school in his diocese. Trinity Hall is supposedly opening its doors in September, but it doesn’t seem to have a campus yet, just a location somewhere in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The problem is, Bishop David [Read More...]

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...]


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