Archives for January 2010

Like a Real Life Smoke Monster

Tonight on PBS there was a documentary about the wildlife in the Danube Delta in Romania. I was particularly impressed with the footage of European Starlings flying as flocks or swarms that seemed to behave like a superorganism. I didn’t find online footage from that region, but there are some other videos on YouTube that [Read More…]

Conservative Bible Project Translation of Matthew 25:35

This isn’t from the Conservative Bible Project, but presumably when they see it they will want to use it: From the Perplexed Observer via Atheist Revolution. [Read more…]

Biblioblog Top 237

Jeremy has posted the Biblioblog Top 50 – in fact, a list of the top 237 biblioblogs – for this past month. [Read more…]

Almost LOST

The season premiere of the final season of LOST is only two days away. If you can’t wait, there are some clips available – but they really are spoilers, so if you’d rather not see them, then don’t! Presumably if Jack managed to prevent the plane ever crashing on the island, then presumably this season [Read More…]

American Movies, Arranged Marriages

There are two recent romantic comedies that explore a scenario that overlaps in involving two individuals, one of whom actually loathes the other, getting engaged or married without genuinely wanting to, only to find themselves actually falling in love with their fiance/wife. One is The Accidental Husband and the other is The Proposal. I find it [Read More…]

Embedding Archive Books: Trying It Out With Ignatius

I was glancing at some older editions of the Letters of Ignatius on, trying to find out what the earliest extant manuscript is as well as the earliest clear citation. I discovered in the process that one can embed books from the Internet Archive much as one can embed books from Google Books. So [Read More…]


As a PC user, I’m curious what experience if any readers have had with Tablet PCs and Convertibles. It doesn’t seem to me that the iPad offers anything obviously superior to what is already out there. Although I can see why those who already use Apple for most things would go with Apple for this [Read More…]

The von Daniken School of Biblical Interpretation

Today’s religion and sci-fi class focused on the writings of Erich von Daniken, the movie Knowing and other interpretations of ancient depictions of encounters with the divine in terms of extraterrestrials, of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Two students have already posted over on the course blog about the subject, one asking whether ancient prophets would be judged [Read More…]

LOST Time Travel and Board Game

While the science blog Cosmic Variance at Discover Magazine discusses time travel on LOST as a metaphor as well as a scientific subject, the LOST metaphor of the board game (whether chess or backgammon) has become a reality as IO9 offers a J. J. Abrams board game: Also relevant is Buddy TV’s list of ways [Read More…]

Bunches of Grapes from the Syriac Vineyard: A Review

I am grateful to Gorgias Press for sending me a gratis copy of Martin Zammit’s book `Enbe men Karmo Suryoyo (Bunches of Grapes from the Syriac Vineyard) – A Syriac Chrestomathy for review. The volume is a chrestomathy (i.e. a selection of readings) “intended primarily for students who have covered the essentials of Syriac morphology [Read More…]