Why Did Apple Ban A “Cecil the Lion” Game?

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The moral panic over the shooting of a wild lion was one of the more fascinating and stupid cultural panics of the year. Suddenly, people cared very deeply, for a very short time, about a wild lion they’d never heard of. A big bad hunter had killed this lion in a legal hunt on allowed hunting [Read More...]

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How I Work: Will Duquette

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Will Duquette completes the ora et labora circuit by adding a How I Work to his How I Pray entry. Here’s a little bit: I use Evernote for storing general notes I’ve got no better place to put—ideas for blog posts, for example. I’ve drafted a fair number of blog posts in Evernote as well; [Read More...]

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How I Work

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The How I Pray series was inspired by Lifehacker’s How I Work series, which asks tech and business folks a set of questions about their work habits.  I decided to answer those questions myself as a counterpart to the prayer series: ora et labora.  Location: The New Jersey Pine Barrens Current Gig: Writer, editor One word [Read More...]

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Dig Quest: A Biblical Archaeology App for Kids

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Dig Quest (iOS: free) is a light but entertaining educational app that gives kids a chance to explore Biblical archaeology by solving puzzles. Produced by the Israel Antiquities Authority, the app offers two sites to explore: Lod (location of an elaborate mosaic) and Qumran (of Dead Scrolls fame).  In Lod, you brush away dirt to [Read More...]

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Apple Nixes App About Female Masturbation

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Steve Jobs was always adamant about keeping the App Store porn free. Of course, anyone with a mobile browser can tap a gusher of porn on their Apple mobile devices, but Jobs didn’t want to be part of selling sexually explicit material. Whether or not HappyPlayTime is porn is probably in the eye of the [Read More...]

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CRS Rice Bowl [App o the Mornin']

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Remember getting your little cardstock rice bowls each year at CCD class, folding them into shape, and dropping in change to support Operation Rice Bowl? You can still do that (and you should) but you can also bring the practice into the 21st century with Catholic Relief Service’s Rice Bowl app (iPhone/Android: free). CRS has [Read More...]

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The Mass Explained Volume 1 [App o the Mornin']

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The full title of this amazing app is The Mass Explained Volume 1: The Introductory Rites & The Liturgy of the Word (iPad: $25), and its title page lays out its goals: “Fostering a deeper understanding of and appreciation for thee Ordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Mass.” And boy does it do that: in [Read More...]

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Fulton Sheen Audio Library [App o the Mornin']

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This is short and sweet folks, since there isn’t too much you need to know other than, “You really should probably get it.” The Fulton Sheen Audio Library (iOS/Android: free, with in-app purchase) is–and you might have already guessed this–a library of audio by Fulton Sheen. It includes almost 300 talks from various times and [Read More...]

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