Lost Techs of Ancient Rome and Renaissance England

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

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

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...]

Streamageddon: Your Netflix Queue Just Got Shorter

Mayday is Doomsday for lovers of classic films on Netflix. Today, the Warner/MGM library of classic films–the stuff I actually watch–vanished from the service. My queue was 49 films lighter this morning, and I’m feeling a little grumpy about it, particularly since I was preparing to cut my cable TV at the end of May. [Read More...]

Second Nature Journal

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Brantly Millegan, Benjamin Robertson, and Read Mercer Schuchardt are announcing the official launch of Second Nature today. Described as “an online journal for critical thinking about technology and new media in light of the Christian tradition,” it published longer, more thoughtful pieces on the intersection of faith and technology. There’s an appealing McLuhanite sensibility and an impressive roster of contributors [Read More...]


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