Saturday Song — “The Lord’s Prayer”

In honor of Brian Wilson turning 70 this week, here’s a very neat clip of the Beach Boys doing their a cappella version of the Our Father, along with some interesting commentary from Carl. I’m sending this one out to Steven Greydanus, who needs a crash course in the BBs stat. And let’s not forget their lovely cry [Read More...]

Turing at 100

Tomorrow is the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, whose work made computers possible. I’m already seeing the trend in these memorials, and it is so very tedious. Turing is briefly acknowledged for his pioneering work, and then is immediately transformed into a martyr for gay rights. Like Oscar Wilde, his genius becomes secondary to his [Read More...]

Congressman/Priest Accused of Sexual Assault

In a piece published at Slate, writer Emily Yoffe recounts a sexual assault by Fr. Robert Drinan, who passed away in 2007. Yoffe, who writes Slate’s “Dear Prudence” agony aunt column, relates three tales of sexual abuse from the course of her life, ending with this account involving Fr. Drinan: The last incident was not [Read More...]

Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine (Trailer)

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Tanner’s Annunciation

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1896

Today is the 153rd birthday of Henry Ossawa Tanner, the great American artist who painted my favorite depiction of the annunciation: Mary is depicted as a young, humble Jewish girl encountering the Holy Spirit as light. Her expression is a mixture of fear, wisdom, understanding, and resignation. I don’t see joy in Tanner’s Mary: I see girl [Read More...]

Doctor Who Meets Snoopy

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A couple of my favorite things come together. Nerdtastic. My son and I are watching David Tennant’s spectacular run as the Tenth Doctor, and we finally got to “Blink,” one of the best hours of TV I’ve seen in ages. HT: Kat via Facebook.   [Read more...]

Facebook Status: Married, Single, or Pervert

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Beginning on August 1st (unless it’s challenged by the ACLU) (and it will be challenged by the ACLU), registered sex offenders in Louisiana will have to declare their criminal status on Facebook or any other social networking sites. The law essentially expands existing registration and notification requirements to social networks, except … Facebook already bars registered sex offenders. So [Read More...]

The Illuminated Sketchbook of Stephen Schriber

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Regular commenter Ron19 post this link to an amazing little late-medieval sketchbook by a monk named Stephen Schriber. Brother Schriber is quite obviously doing studies and practice work for his marginals and capitals. I have a lot of books about medieval illumination, but I’ve never seen one like this, where you see the process of [Read More...]

“Dear Jew … Shield Your Eyes”

photo from The Forward

A group of Haredi Jews (those typically characterized as “ultra-orthodox” by the media) have placed a giant red billboard beside the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, warning in Hebrew “Dear Jew: You are entering a dangerous place. Shield your eyes.” The words “Shield your eyes” are also written in English. Considering the kinds of speeds people do on [Read More...]

But Wawa’s Ordering System IS Pretty Amazing

So this story has been making the rounds today. Smirking leftist tool Andrea Mitchell and some chattering jackass guffaw at a highly edited tape of Mitt Romney claiming to be amazed by Wawa’s touchscreen ordering system. Before rolling the tape, DNC operative Mitchell prepares the viewers for a George Bush Sr. “supermarket scanner” moment. (Brief [Read More...]

Some Very Cool Evidence of Early Eyeglass Use

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Medievalist.net found this story about some incredibly neat evidence of eyeglass use from a medieval manuscript. No, it wasn’t a mention in the manuscript: it was on the manuscript. Witness: Someone placed their eyeglasses, most likely leather-framed spectacles, inside the flyleaf, closed the book, and then went off and forgot about them or got killed [Read More...]

Arne Saknussemm, Is That You?

I am totally investing in this: The North Pole Inner Earth Expedition is the Greatest Expedition in the History of the World! Become part of History. Donate. The film record made during this expedition may be the rarest, most awakening ever produced. More than 40 million enthusiasts are following this Voyage. If you ever considered [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan on “True Freedom”

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In his new ebook, published this morning, Cardinal Dolan makes a quick and bracing call for a return of natural law against the utilitarianism and moral relativism that currently define modern law and public policy. Adapted from his speech for the Law and the Gospel of Life Series given at Fordham Law School’s Institute on [Read More...]

The Digital Pamphlet

The American Revolution was fueled in part by pamphlets: cheap, short booklets that bypassed conventional publishing routs and brought new ideas straight to the masses. It’s hard to imagine the revolution without Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and the ability of colonists to express and share ideas inexpensively and rapidly thanks to the printing press and a literate [Read More...]

eBook Sales Surpass Hardcover

Well that didn’t take long: American publishers are now bringing in more revenue from ebooks than hardcover books, according to a report published by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). The figures, which were posted on GalleyCat on Friday, show that net sales revenue from ebooks exceeded that of hardcover books in the first quarter of the year. The data was compiled from [Read More...]


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