The Technophobic Traditionalism of “The Prisoner”

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I started showing my daughter Patrick McGoohan’s classic surrealist spy show The Prisoner last night, and she had a lot of questions (as does everyone who watches) about the symbols and meaning. This kind of thing is hotly debated, and has been since the original series ended its run with a cryptic ending that left [Read More...]

MamaNatalie: The Childbirth Simulator

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Before I get to the news part of this post, let’s start with the led graph: from the CNet story: In some glorious day in the future, babies will be born via artificial uterus. The technology exists in science fiction so it’s bound to become science fact. But until then, we’re stuck with the miracle of [Read More...]

Lost Techs of Ancient Rome and Renaissance England

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One of the more persistent myths is the idea of continual progression: man advances, building on the great wisdom of those who came before. This notion of movement towards an achievable ideal is one of the more charming delusions of liberalism. I really do wish it were true, and that mankind was advancing towards a [Read More...]

The Temple Mount: A Virtual Tour

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Courtesy of the Israeli Minister of Construction and Housing and a group called The Heart of the Nation comes this virtual tour of the Temple Mount, complete with 360-degree views of various locations. It’s was released to coincide with Tisha B’av, which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples. A couple of caveats: [Read More...]

A Face From the Past

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You can be excused for thinking the face pictured above is a modern mugshot of some dude who just robbed a Piggly Wiggly. In fact, it’s an archer who died in the sinking of the Mary Rose,  a ship from the fleet of Henry VIII (spit). The Mary rose was sunk in 1545, discovered in [Read More...]

PRISM, Tech, and Trust UPDATED

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“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges, to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.” Barack Obama “Unfortunately you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of [Read More...]

Verbum Prepares a Massive Patristic Collection

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You don’t spend any time in deep study of the Church Fathers without coming across some reference to the Patrologiae Cursus Completus of Fr. Jacques Paul Migne. Fr. Migne’s goal was truly epic: create a cheap series of books collecting the complete writings of the Church Fathers, Greek and Latin. His editions were massive and done with [Read More...]

iPads & Pacemakers: The White Noise of Safety Warnings

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This story is making the rounds today: iPad2 Heart Patient Risk Found by 14-Year-Old Gianna Chien is somewhat different from all the other researchers reporting on their work today to more than 8,000 doctors at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting. Chien’s study found that Apple Inc.’s iPad2 can, in some cases, interfere with life-saving heart [Read More...]


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