Nightmare League

I’m drafting my rotisserie-league baseball team today, after last year’s heartbreak. If I weren’t re-acquainting myself with the worthwhile players in the American League, I’d be explaining why I was thinking about rhetorical questions and burying your lede; but that will have to wait. Worst comes to worst, I kept Johan Santana and Travis Hafner…

The Answer To Your Search?

Judging by the referrer logs, a great many people have been combing the series of tubes for ideas for Good Friday sermons. I’m not sure what about my site attracts those readers, and it’s too late for most preachers (I hope), but here’s some ideas about what one might or might not say on Good…

You Would Think

If there’s a two-hundred fifty dollar 3D figure modelling program that makes photo-realistic human avatars, you might think there would be a fifty dollar figure modelling program that produces very basic cartoon-like shapes. (Poser Figure Artist is about $99, and specifically excludes cartoon figures).

It’s Official

In this morning’s mail, I received formal notification from the Episcopal Church’s Conant Fund that I had been granted the amount requisite to support my four hitherto un-funded months of leave time next spring. Woohoo!

Links Stromateis

When I agree with Stanley Fish, I do so with trepidation (as someone who thinks he knows which shell is holding the pea) — but I think Fish is quite right about “The Bible Without Religion.” “The truth claims of a religion — at least of religions like Christianity, Judaism and Islam — are not…

Laying Down the Law

I was delighted to observe in James Darlack’s blog a transcription of some of the mandates inscribed in cuneiform tablets in the libraries of the Ancient Near East. You just have to sympathize with librarians who faced the problem of people spilling coffee on their clay tablets, though few of us would think to pray…

Thank Heaven For Mainstream Media

The diligent newshounds at CNN have rolled back the curtains of ignorance and misinformation in the Kathy Sierra death threat controversy. I found the link thanks to Dave, who points to Norm Jenson’s blog. Apart from the clip reporting mostly what everyone who read Kathy’s post already knew more than a week ago, it only…

Do You Have Any?

Chapel Hill, NC – Researchers at the Dean Smith Center for Interspecies Cooperation have released a report that should be required reading for every dog owner. Their preliminary findings suggest that the thin plastic bags that many owners use for cleaning up after their dogs transmit some of what they’re expected to contain. “We ran…