Monthly Archives: July 2007

34 posts

What Is the Purpose of Honors Education?

The following is cross-posted from my engage.shc site. For those who don’t know, in addition to posting witty blog entries about biblical studies, Apple gadgets, and religious humor, I am also the Dean of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. So, without further ado… I read a number of blogs and one that I have followed for a year or so is called “Confessions of a Community College Dean.” It is an anonymous blog […]


And who needs to be mocked more than televangelists? Thank you Tyler for this gem!Does Jesus Make You Laugh? This video is worth watching. WPvideo 1.10   It appears that there is a documentary (mockumentary?) in production that takes on Christian excesses in the USA. Looks like a no-brainer!(HT John McLaughlin) Tags: Christian Kitsch, Humour, Christianity   (Via Codex: Biblical Studies Blogspot.)  

Apple form factor evolution

This is very cool for those of us who are Apple fans. I have owned (note, I did not say “bought” 😉 most of my machines have been courtesy of my parents or my employers) 26 (!) of these items (not including monitors or mice). Granted, that does include two Shuffles and two Nanos. Apple form factor evolution Filed under: Hardware, Cult of Mac, Apple Donationware app MacTracker is great for those times when you […]

HP7 – Do you still want more?

The Expanded Epilogue from Rowling herself is available here. Spoiler alert! Don’t read it if you have not finished the book. If you found the epilogue of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” rather vague, then J.K. Rowling achieved her goal. The author was shooting for “nebulous,” something “poetic.” She wanted the readers to feel as if they were looking at Platform 9¾ through the mist, unable to make out exactly who was there and […]

If prayer isn’t enough, you can always call Jesus on your iPhone

This really is disturbing. A history changing event is about to occur. Soon over 2.1 billion Christians worldwide will be able to have private, verbal conversations with virtual Jesus from any phone, anytime, anywhere on a daily basis. TalkToJesus uses advanced speech and AI technology to help millions connect with God personally and hear the Bible read interactively like never before. TalkToJesus will be a personal tool to help those in need. TTJ will have […]

The Perils of IMing

Below is an edited transcript of a chat I had this afternoon. I have an IM account (drcbrady) for chatting with students so it is not rare that I get messages popping up from folks I do not recognize. There are moments when how I decide to reply is very important (and amusing). While at Tulane I received an abrupt IM asking “who the &^%$ are you?” After pointing out that they had initiated the […]

SBL 07 in San Diego – Dinner & a Podcast

I don’t think it is too early to begin thinking about this fall’s SBL, do you? I will be there for the duration and I have SBL’s permission, assuming the permission of our speakers, to record the papers in our Aramaic Studies session for podcasting purposes. But what do you all think about another gathering of Bibliobloggers (and friends) for a podcast? We could either meet just for that purpose, whoever is able and willing […]

Reports From the Vienna SBL

I have been delinquent in keeping up with these reports while trying to get back on top of work here in the office. Fortunately Jim is always on top of everything! (I meant nothing untoward by that! Get your head out of the gutter Chris Tilling.) Another Report From the Vienna SBL This one’s from Darrell Bock, who reports on the Historical Jesus session at which he presented. His comments about trends are pretty interesting, […]

Podcast – Katrina Two Years On

Cross-posted from my SHC blog: I have just uploaded a podcast recorded in mid-April with Karen Swensen, Scholar class of 1991, and former WWL-TV anchor. Karen lived in New Orleans from 1992 until early 2006 and she remained in NOLA during Katrina, as did her husband, a homicide detective with NOPD. She is now living near Boston and is an anchor for a cable news network and last year completed a documentary on Katrina. We […]

The Deathly Hallows – A Very Good Read

…especially if you have 9 hours in a plane. So yesterday morning I set out from my hotel in Slovenia at 5:30 (yup, AM) for a 7:45 flight to Zürich from whence I would go to Philly and then on to State College. But shortly after checking in I was told that my flight had been canceled, they were rerouting me through Frankfurt and I would miss my connecting flight. In the end, I rented […]