“It’s not real: it’s Twitter”

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Yet another tempest in tweetcup exploded on Twitter yesterday after conservative columnist Michelle Malkin called out brain-dead fake-thug rapper “The Game” for his offensive album cover. The artwork depicts Jesus as a black gangsta type, mixing imagery of the Sacred Heart with typical thug-life iconography. It was offensive, and calculated to be so. It’s pure [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...]

Give Out Free Copies of Plants vs. Zombies This Halloween

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You read that right. PopCap and the American Dental Association are teaming up to offer free copies of Plants vs. Zombies to trick or treaters this Halloween. The “Stop Zombie Mouth” campaign is aimed at replacing tooth damaging candy with a healthy addiction like computer gaming.  Just go to the site and print out a [Read More...]

Uncovering Hidden Texts at the Mountain of God

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St. Catherine’s Monastery occupies a spot at the base of Mount Sinai where Moses is believed to have encountered the burning bush. We know monks have been there since at least the late 4th century, since the peripatetic Egeria noted its existence in the early 380s, but it’s possible monastic life there stretches back even further. So: really old. St. Catherine’s [Read More...]

You Know What Makes New York’s Spy Computer a Little Less Terrifying?

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The fact that it’s not run by the FBI. Nationwide. With facial and voice recognition as a core feature. Because that would be so much worse: Birthmarks, be damned: the FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American [Read More...]

The Panopticon Awakes

I wrote some quick reactions to New York’s and Microsoft’s new spy computer when the news first broke, and the National Catholic Register asked me to expand on these ideas in a column. An excerpt:  “The head of Argus (as with stars the skies) / Was compass’d round, and wore an hundred eyes.” So writes [Read More...]

Beyond the Cloud: DNA is the Next Storage Frontier

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I try to resist computer-to-human analogies like “the brain is just an organic computer!” They’re facile and, ultimately, inaccurate. One role of DNA, however, is to act as a kind of data storage. It’s a wild oversimplification to compare genetic code to computer code, but there’s a kernel (geek pun: sorry) of truth in there. [Read More...]


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