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…]

iPads and Avatar around the blogosphere

Archaeology of the Mediterranean World is looking at the usefulness in education of the iPad and other technologies. AKMA and Art Boulet blog about the iPad too. Targuman will be getting one. Daily Hebrew finds the iPad reminiscent of older tablets. The Austringer looks at the iPad’s relevance for students. Political Jesus is unimpressed. Jeremy [Read More…]

Three Irish Polkas

Here’s my son playing a medley of three Irish polkas. [Read more…]

Forgiving Darth Vader

Today in my religion and science fiction class, we brought together earlier discussions of Star Trek and Star Wars as mythologies for our era. In order to provide a humorous introduction to a comparison and contrast of these mythologies, I started things off with this video: We ranged far and wide, but one interesting theme, [Read More…]

Talking Tech

It has been a while since we’ve had a conversation about technology here. At present I use a number of devices that are antiquated if not obsolete, including a laptop which I rarely use because the battery doesn’t charge and the hard drive freezes if it is on for too long. And so I hope [Read More…]

The Bible and the Environment

Today another colleague in religion and I made a guest appearance in a class on environmental biology. I covered primarily the Jewish and Christian traditions (with the main focus on Scriptures and the use to which they are put), while my colleague focused on Hinduism and Buddhism. We were both able to talk about our visits [Read More…]

Shadows of Doubts

The title of this post comes from Naked Pastor’s illustration posted today: One can obviously proof-text for views like those expressed by Pat Robertson about Haiti. But Father Matthew offers a well-rounded response that is more profoundly Christian and Biblical: This is relevant to faith and doubt, because for some, accepting complexity and being critical as [Read More…]