Archives for November, 2008

Sunday Confession of a Lapsed Priest

Dear Reader Michael Merren of the Religion, Philosophy and Other Oddities blog is a married man and a father of three. He also used to be a Catholic priest. Learning this, I asked Michael to write a guest entry on his personal history. And now I know whom to turn to with any theological question…

You Gotta Listen To These Two

Driving home from our auto mechanic shop (notable not only for its brisk service, but also for being run entirely by first-generation immigrants, which is rare in that business) yesterday, I heard two new songs on the radio that made a big impression on me. More exactly, the two singers amazed me, each in their…

Ploughed-Out Bomber Airbase

Here’s something pretty damn cool: Ossington airbase in Nottinghamshire, England. From 1942 to 1946 it was an RAF bomber airfield, and then it reverted to farmland. Just look at the big X on the aerial photograph from Google Maps. Six decades of abandonment, and it’s an archaeological landscape! Thanks to Kai for the tipoff.

When Am I Researching Now?

Chris, the most highly allocthonous of the SciBlings, just did something neat over at his place that immediately called for emulation. He’s a geologist, and he’s graphed what periods of Earth’s history he’s been studying when. So, Dear Reader, here’s my graph: not as pretty as Chris’s, but hopefully legible. You may note that I…

Affiliation

You know the Iggy & Stooges track “Penetration”? The one where Iggy sounds like he might be the penetratee rather than the penetrator? Now, I want you to imagine me singing that song, only with the word “affiliation” rather than “penetration”. For the second time, my friend and frequent collaborator Howard Williams provides me with…

Science Fiction Is Where I’m From

I’ve been a science fiction fan since I was four. It started with TV shows like the original Star Trek, The Six Million Dollar Man, Batman (the shapeless tights 60s version) and Saturday morning superhero cartoons. One of my first visits to the movies was when my mom took me to see Star Wars in…

The Ethics of Overpopulation

There are too many of us on Earth, our numbers keep growing, and we need to do something about it. Now, let’s never lose sight of the reason we want to do something about it. I’m not an ecological romantic. I don’t think the planet would be better off without humanity. In fact, I think…

I’m here to tell you there are lots of Christians who aren’t anything like the preconceived notions you may have. We’re not all into “turning the other cheek.” We don’t spend our days committing random acts of kindness for no credit. And although we believe that the moral precepts in the Book of Leviticus are…

A Window into Winter

Our kitchen window on the first day of winter.

Bones of Copernicus Get Positive ID

Polish bishop asks archaeologists to find the unmarked grave of Nicolaus Copernicus under the floor of Frombork Cathedral. Archaeologists find a damaged burial including a jawless skull, and note that it’s a male of the right age and with signature wounds visible on contemporary portraits of the astronomer. But they’re still not quite sure if…