Archives for December 2008

Quote of the Day (Catherine Heszer)

“Scholars of classical antiquity have argued that ancient literary composition was essentially an oral process based on one’s memory rather than on piles of written notes. What was composed orally was subsequently dictated to a scribe who was the actual writer of the text. Once the author had “published” his work by allowing its reproduction [Read More…]

Beautiful Beyond Words

Bad Astronomy has the top ten astronomy images for 2008. Number 4 is aptly described as “beautiful beyond words”: Be sure to go take a look at it at full resolution. [Read more…]

I Love Facebook

I have to say it, even though it may lose me some credibility in the eyes of older academics (although I suspect they already view me with disdain for blogging, so it probably won’t matter much, except to solidify their impression). I love Facebook. It has allowed me to reconnect with friends from childhood, from [Read More…]

Sacra Scripta

Given my Romanian connections, I had to share this (HT Mark Goodacre): Sacra Scriptathe new Romanian journal for Biblical Studies edited by the Centre for Biblical Studiesof Babes Bolyai Universität Cluj-NapocaChief editor: Stelian TofanaExecutive editor: Korinna ZamfirEditorial board: Gjörgy Benyik, Ioan Chirilla, Erik Eynikel, Marius Furtuna, Hans Klein, Lehel Lszai, Ulrich Luz, Sorin Martian, Janos [Read More…]

Battlestar Galactica Webisodes 1 and 2

Here are the first and second of the new Battlestar Galactica webisodes: [Read more…]

Sydney Carter

I recently posted an excerpt from “Every Star Shall Sing a Carol” by Sydney Carter. You can listen to the piece online here, and can find sheet music for the melody here. I also came across a small poem called “Interview” that expresses Carter’s outlook: So what do you believe in?Nothing fixed or final,all the [Read More…]

The Latest Dharma Special Access Video

The latest of the Dharma Special Access videos have been made available. In the first, the producers give intentionally ambiguous answers to fans’ questions. The only straight answer is when they tell us that the smoke monster existed on the island before the Dharma Initiative got there. There is also another clip from the season [Read More…]

Looking for Goodness

On tonight’s Heroes finale, Sylar puts a bunch of the show’s “heroes” together in circumstances planned to bring out the worst in them, to see whether they are capable of killing, of being “monsters” like he is. But in fact, as he confronts Angela trying to get at the truth, he almost begs her to [Read More…]


I’ve created a countdown timer until the big event: The NT Wrong interview, scheduled for February 1st, 2009. WRONG: THE INTERVIEW&size=giant&mo=02&da=01&yr=2009 [Read more…]

Gnostic Flow Chart

This semester in my “heresy” class, the relationship between various aeons, archons and entities in various Gnostic texts became confusing, as it often does. I looked into it, but was disappointed to find that there didn’t seem to be a flow chart readily available outlining the Gnostic emanations. Well, one student decided to take matters [Read More…]