Recipe for Disaster?

I’m in Lethbridge, Canada, and seem to have contracted some sort of gastrointestinal bug. I wouldn’t normally mention such things, but since it hit me last night at Jim Linville’s house, I wanted to deflect blame from him and the food he served. In other circumstances that might not be necessary, but given the incriminating [Read More…]

Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh Revealed

  HT Jonathan Robinson and everyone else who shared it! (via here) UPDATE: The cartoon is apparently by Tim Davis. [Read more…]

Richard Strauss, Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome

In the category of quasi-Biblical music from my favorite era, here is music by Richard Strauss! [Read more…]

Traveling to Lethbridge

I’m traveling to Lethbridge, Canada today to speak at the University of Lethbridge’s Tenth Annual Research in Religious Studies Conference. Jim Linville has made the program available online, as well as saying a bit more about the conference. I may manage to post from there but just in case, I’ve scheduled some posts to ensure [Read More…]

Happy Star Wars Day!

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Doctor Who: The Mind Robber

The Doctor Who episode The Mind Robber ventures into strikingly postmodern ground, as the Doctor and his companions Zoe and Jamie find themselves in the land of fiction. The Doctor uses an emergency feature on the TARDIS to take it outside of time and space. They find themselves in a strange realm which turns out [Read More…]

Erno Dohnányi – Symphony No. 2 in E Major Op. 40 (1945)

If you like this piece by Hungarian composer Ernő Dohnányi, and were previously unfamiliar with his music, be sure to check out his “Variations on a Nursery Tune“!   [Read more…]

Divine Author and Intelligent Designer of Killing Machines?

Steve Douglas has a post on the idea of God as author of Scripture which combined insight with a way of putting things that is simply delightful. Here’s a taste: To put it bluntly, I am no longer of the opinion that Scripture is layered with a special coating of “what God meant” sauce; neither [Read More…]

Is the Puddle Half Smart or Half Stupid?

Two posts commenting on the same image with a quote from Douglas Adams from very different perspectives seemed worth sharing and commenting on in turn. First, here’s the image: On the one hand, the point about apparent fine-tuning (emphasized at Open Parachute) is a good one. Regarding the universe’s suitability to the existence of ourselves [Read More…]

Ferengi Religion

SF Signal shared this video, featuring all the (known) Rules of Acquisition of the Ferengi, in order: Feel free to speculate on what the (as yet) unknown Rules of Acquisition might be…   [Read more…]