Doctor Who: The Dominators

It seems that I somehow managed to neglect blogging about the episode “The Dominators” after listening to the episode as an audiobook some months ago. Here are my thoughts on it! The episode “The Dominators” sees the Doctor landing on a world that has embraced pacifism completely. The planet has no prisons, and an island [Read More…]

Biblioblogging according to Mark

On his Gospel of Mark blog, Mike Kok has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival, a round-up of a month's worth of biblioblogging from a variety of blogs, including this one. Posted with Blogsy [Read more…]

Happy Independence Day!

Whether you are an American celebrating the 4th of July, or an Ewok celebrating the downfall of the Galactic Empire a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, may your day see you free from tyrannical rule by the Sith and all who resemble them! [Read more…]

Hello Higgs!

The shower of high velocity subatomic particles produced by particle accelerators can seem like fireworks. And so it is nice that it is on the 4th of July that the official announcement was made by the scientists who have discovered the heaviest boson yet, which will either turn out to be the long sought after [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death

The episode “The Ambassadors of Death” has as its downside something characteristic of a great many Doctor Who episodes, and arguably of the entire phenomenon of LOST: a suspense-filled and intriguing premise is eventually resolved in a manner that doesn’t live up to the build-up. Nevertheless, the premise and the exploration of it is itself [Read More…]

Doctor Who and the Silurians

“Doctor Who and The Silurians” introduced for the first time a race that has continued to reappear throughout the show’s history right up until recent seasons: the Silurians, also referred to as Homo Reptilia, reptilian bipeds who sought safety underground from a potentially cataclysmic encounter with a planetoid (which became our moon, ending up orbiting [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The War Games

“The War Games” has long been a favorite episode of mine. It is fantastic that the Second Doctor went out on such a high note. And the episode introduced a number of important new revelations – about the Doctor and his people as well as about how the next season of Doctor Who would be [Read More…]

Claude Champagne (1891-1965) – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D minor (1948)

Thanks to a Facebook group I am in, I had the pleasure of discovering, and now of sharing with you, this surprisingly short and quite magnificent romantic piano concerto. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Wait Just a Second!

Most readers will have already heard that a leap second will be inserted just after midnight tonight. If you are someone who obsessively ensures that their clocks are set just right, the thought that you can have it set perfectly when you go to bed, and when you wake up it will be a second [Read More…]

Tackling Denialism With Painful Logic

Compared to historians and scholars dealing with Jesus mythicists, those who tackle other forms of denialism seem to have it somewhat easier – or would, if denialism could be combated with logic of the sort illustrated in this XKCD cartoon: In related news, while I myself have used the comparison between the tactics used by [Read More…]