Islamists Destroy Manuscripts of Timbuktu UPDATED

Islamist militants fleeing from Timbuktu in the war-torn nation of Mali have destroyed a vast cache of documents dating back to the 12th century. The documents were torched by extremists along with a mosque, the Ahmed Baba Institute, and other Muslim structures. (Islam in Mali is moderate, and mostly Sunni or Sufi. The country is [Read More...]

iPoop

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Behold! It’s called iPotty, and it’s a training potty with an iPod mount and potty training software. Because potty training and expensive electronics go so well together. Supposedly it will come with apps that will encourage the tot to master his excretory functions, and also get an early start on a lifetime of psychological problems. [Read more...]

Sexting is Stupid, But Is It Criminal?

So here’s the story, far as I can make out. A 13 year old Pennsylvania girl texts a topless photo of herself to her 14 year old boyfriend. The boyfriend (in what must have been a titanic exhibition of self-control for a teenage boy) deletes the photo, but the girl’s mother finds the original on the girl’s [Read More...]

Talmud and Tech

  How do we respond to changes in technology that call into question how we understand and practice our faith? Perhaps the example of the rabbinic sages can offer a clue. Daf Yomi is the practice of reading a page of the Babylonian Talmud every day in seven and half year cycles. (There are 2,711 [Read More...]

We Have a New Weapon

And it’s a doozy. In the tradition of giving cute names to terrifying weapons (eg, Fat Man and Little Boy, Bubble Girl, Busy Lobster, etc.), this one is called CHAMP. Remember the neutron bomb as the ultimate symbol of man’s depravity, because it killed people with a powerful blast of radiation, but left buildings standing? (And [Read More...]

Is Print Really Dead?

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My mother says she always knew that I’d be a writer, which is odd since I assumed I’d be a filmmaker, or maybe Indiana Jones. (I hedged my bets in college and got degrees in both film production and English, after dropping out of the Anthropology program, thus ending my Indy dreams.) I worked for [Read More...]

Truesound: Trying to Recreate the Original Baroque Organ Sound

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Europe has some 10,000 medieval and baroque organs. These monuments to the organ-makers’ art reflect the liturgical needs that gave rise to the organ. In order to be worthy for use in the liturgy, an instrument needed to be created which would use pipes and reeds to accompany and mimic the human voice. They’re also [Read More...]

Custom Organs and Co-Creation

I write about these stories from time to time, and with each new headline the ball seems to be a little further down the field. I was particularly taken with a line in this article about Andemariam Beyene, who received a new windpipe to replace one ravaged by cancer. The windpipe was “grown” on a plastic scaffolding using [Read More...]


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