Google-mapping Ancient Mexico

The ruins of Uxmal.

Blogging will remain light while I soak up the last two weeks of summer with my kids. Besides, there’s a giant black hole in the internet from about now until after all the kids are back in school, so traffic is very low in late August. I’m not even sure you’re reading this right now. [Read More...]

eGuns: 3D Printing a Firearm?

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When rapid prototyping and 3D printing first started to emerge, few people dreamed that one day we would be printing bones and human organs. Now a group is claiming it’s possible to print guns. The Wiki Weapon Project is an effort by a group calling themselves Defense Distributed, and they claim to have succeeding in printing and testing a functional [Read More...]

Scripture Study During the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Glossed medieval manuscript.

Andrew Jones, of Logos Bible Software’s Catholic division, has written an excellent pair of posts about the way Christians of the Middle Ages and Renaissance approached scripture study. Although medieval Christians were known for striking feats of memory (some of them achieved using techniques I still teach to my own students), Jones points out that [Read More...]

“Person of Interest” Becomes Real

So the TV show Person of Interest just became real in the city where it’s set. In the show, Michael Emerson (Ben Linus from Lost) plays a computer programmer who created The Machine for the government. This black box system sorts all the data feeds from all the CCTV cameras, cell phones, computers, and other digital detritus looking for [Read More...]

The Oxyrhynchus Project: Desktop Papyrology

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el-Bahnasa is a sand-blasted village about 100 miles south of Cairo. Once known as Oxyrhynchus (“City of the Sharp-Nose Fish”), it prospered under the Greeks, and became largely Christian under the Romans and Byzantines. It had a gradual decline until about the 7th century, when Arab invasions finished it off. Its structures–including a number of churches and monasteries–were [Read More...]

When Disability Becomes an Unfair Advantage

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No, this isn’t a cue for me to start complaining about how the disabled are so lucky because they get all the best parking spaces and cool motorized chairs and awesome things like that.* What I’m talking about is this man: Oscar Pistorius, who I admire tremendously, and about whom I’ve written before. Pistorius was born [Read More...]

Technology and Archaeology in the Holy Land

Thomas Levy, the Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands at the University of California (San Diego), gives a TEDTalk about the convergence of technology and archaeology in the Holy Land. In particular, he explains about “cyber-archaeology”: using the latest tech for visualization, data collection and management, and site analysis. New techniques are pumping out vast amounts [Read More...]

The Very First Tech?

“Technology” is a pretty broad category. It encompasses the practical application of knowledge to the fabrication of tools or methods for solving a problem. Picking up a rock and hammering a nail with it is not technology, because the rock has not been modified for a particlar purpose. If we had to guess, the first [Read More...]


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