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…]

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…]