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2013-08-13 10.28.18

Slacktacular August continues as I soak up some R&R following a harrowing month of personal tragedies and my annual Giant Project (the Games Magazine Games 100 guide). Today I have to break from my break to tackle some curriculum writing, but not wanting to leave a me-shaped hole in the blogosphere, and indulging the narcissism [Read More...]

Ridiculous Fishing: Catch Fish, Shoot Fish, Have Fun

2013-06-20 13.21.42

Ridiculous Fishing: A Tale of Redemption Vlambeers, iPad/iPhone: $3; Rated: 12+ Content: Fish erupt in little clouds of pixelated blood when shot. Drop a hairdryer-, toaster-, and chainsaw-equipped hook into the water, let it sink as low as possible, snag as many fish as you can on the way up, fling the fish into the [Read More...]

The Missio App

2013-05-20 13.09.08

The new Missio app, launched last week, is being touted as the “first official app from the Vatican” is some quarters. That’s not quite right, since The Pope App from the Pontificium Consilium de Communicationibus Socialibus is pretty dang official. I’m not sure what the long-term plans are for Missio, but right now it’s a [Read More...]

Avocado: An App For Couples

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I’m always fiddling with my reminder/calender/task manager utilities. Right now I’m entering all my tasks into three different apps–Astrid, Wunderlist, and Toodledo–in a kind of task throwdown to see which will replace Pocket Informant, an app that’s more of a chore to use than the chores it was meant to track. One thing I’ve never [Read More...]

The Magnificat Advent Companion: eVersions Now Available

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The annual booklets from Magnificat are a regular feature of my Advent and Lent observance. Just in time for the beginning of Advent this Sunday, this year;s version is now available for iPhone/iPad, Kindle, and nook for a buck. I prefer this format since it’s always with me, it’s easy to navigate, and it doesn’t add to my [Read More...]

Electronics for Liturgical Use?

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The bishops in New Zealand have banned the use of iPad versions of the Roman Missal on the altar, saying that their ability to perform multiple tasks such as gaming, checking email, and so on, “makes their use in the liturgy inappropriate.” I go back and forth on this issue. Right now, I find it [Read More...]

The End of Stolen Cell Phones?

In 2011, 42 percent of all property crimes committed against individuals in New York City involved the theft of a cell phone. Cell phone theft may seem like a fairly minor crime in the grand scheme of things, unless it’s your phone, and then it’s the worst thing ever. It’s also a crime that can [Read More...]

Computers Down, Smartphones Up

Charts: is there anything they CAN'T do?

Further proof that the world is changing: a market analysis from Canalys shows that smartphone sales have passed computer sales for the first time. There’s even a chart! Here’s the money quote from the report: In 2011 we saw a fall in demand for netbooks, and slowing demand for notebooks and desktops as a direct [Read More...]


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