Solar Eclipse 2017 LibGuide

You are probably aware that a solar eclipse will be visible across the United States on August 21st of this year. That’s the day after Gen Con, and also during Butler University’s Welcome Week for new students. Our Butler University librarians therefore put together a LibGuide about this year’s eclipse and about solar eclipses in general: http://libguides.butler.edu/c.php?g=34069&p=4563879. Vox [Read More…]

Religion Census

James Garth created the above questionnaire in response to those who complain that the question about religion in the Australian census were not detailed enough. Those recently-released census results are interesting, with a large number of people self-identifying as having no religion. If you were answering the spoof census above, what box would you tick? [Read More…]

Humans

I wasn’t sure when I started watching it if I was going to blog about Humans. I had wanted for a long time to watch the Swedish original, but hadn’t found the time. Now that the English version is available, I knew I ought to watch it. It had so many interesting elements, precisely the [Read More…]

William Blezard, The River

There is no other reason I am sharing this other than that I think it is a wonderful piece of music. Please do let me know whether you enjoy it too!   [Read more…]

Regenerating Doctor Who Times Two

I just had a wild thought about the final part of the season finale of Doctor Who. Some have speculated that the Doctor is dying, given that he couldn’t use regeneration energy to cure his own blindness. Perhaps he used his own regeneration energy to save Missy from the execution machine. And so he may believe [Read More…]

Is Science Fiction Prophecy? Is Prophecy Science Fiction?

One of the questions I posed in my class on religion and science fiction last fall was about the relationship between prophecy and sci-fi. The key question is whether predicting the future and getting it right is the point of these two genres. On the one hand, if Jesus predicted the end of history and [Read More…]

Doctor Who: World Enough and Time

SPOILERS AHEAD! The episode begins with the Doctor exiting the TARDIS on a frozen landscape and beginning to regenerate, and shouting “No!” That’s certainly a dramatic way to lead into the first part of a season finale! After the credits, we see a 400-mile space ship trying to reverse away from a black hole. The [Read More…]

The Handmaid’s Tale

I watched the first couple of episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale miniseries. It does a good job of moving Margaret Atwood’s story into the present day, and of exploring the inner life of Offred’s thinking. The story explores a world in which biblical fundamentalism is used to justify coping with rampant infertility by turning fertile women [Read More…]

Digital Humanist Wanted

This job announcement came to my attention via the NASCAS e-mail list, and I thought it worth sharing here. The Institute for Medieval Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, is seeking a Digital Humanist (f/m; 50%) with experience in XML-technologies and the development of language corpora. You will join an internationally networked team, pursuing [Read More…]

The God Who Cannot Be Defined In Words

Richard Beck shared this quote from St. Columban, and it immediately struck me as memeworthy. Since Columban was using words to instruct in the very act of writing this, we are protected from going to an extreme to which the one who wrote these words would not have wished. In their broader context, the emphasis is [Read More…]