Monthly Archives: July 2010

27 posts

Do we need anything more in a desktop OS?

The following story from TUAW produced an exchange between me and my brother about what we really need in an OS. We’ve seen the Magic Trackpad name before, and we’ve even gotten a glimpse of what the device might be — a larger, Bluetooth-enabled multitouch surface designed to bring all of the gestural and multitouch capability found on the iDevices and MacBooks to the desktop itself. Now, Engadget notes that it appears the FCC has […]

Second Qumran Institute Symposium

The following was sent to me this morning. My Scandinavia trip for this year will be spent attending the IOSOT/IOTS next month but for those who can attend, this should be excellent. Second Qumran Institute Symposium, 21-22 October 2010 Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, the Netherlands The Jewish War against Rome (66-70/74): Interdisciplinary Perspectives For more information on the conference, short abstracts and to register, please go to¬†www.rug.nl/qumraninstitute Programme Thursday, 21 […]

Doctor Who, World War II, and writing history

This post was sent to me by a colleague. I wasn’t sure of the WW2 connection at first. The other was talking about how Babylon 5 wasn’t that great, but at least the plot was “consistent and believable.” Unlike Doctor Who where if it were the least bit realistic the Doctor would have been killed the moment he stepped in front of an invading alien nation with nothing but his sonic screwdriver and some unkept […]

Teaching religion at a secular university

NB: Rick’s comment made me realize that I did not clarify at the outset that I was not commenting directly on the merits of Howell’s hiring or firing. I was commenting on the practice of allowing an organization or donor outside of the university dictate the hiring or firing policies. The University of Illinois is receiving a lot of flak right now over the decision to not reappoint a lecturer of Catholic thought. From Inside […]

Boaz in Targum Ruth

In just a few weeks I will be in Finland for the triennial conference of the International Organization for Targumic Studies.1 The program has already been published and I will be presenting a paper, The Figure of Boaz in Targum Ruth. So while procrastinating working on the paper I thought I would share a sample of what you can expect from this study. Targum Ruth 2:11 gives a good example of how the Targumist has […]

Mary’s challenge, what to do when Jesus leaves?

This morning, as usual, our priest gave a very good sermon. The Gospel was Luke 10:38-42 (of course preaching on the Gospel is a bit of a copout, the OT texts were particularly good and challenging ūüėČ Amos 8 and Psalm 52) and he preached the expected trope that Mary was doing the better thing by recognizing that Jesus’ time with her was fleeting. “Mary understand that God was with them and that this was […]

I Write Like lots of folks (and reflections on biblical authorship)

I am late to the party here but I thought I would try and experiment. Do I always write like the same person? First I put in the opening paragraphs from my paper on Boaz from MAR-SBL. The result? I write like¬†Kurt Vonnegut. Next I pasted in a portion from a sermon for 6 Easter ¬†2009. The result? I write like James Joyce. Finally, I used a portion from this blog, specifically where I was […]

A little over the top – Orange Eucharist

I just saw this on a clergy list and it may be old news for some. I love sports and particularly both¬†all kinds of football myself, but I think this is really taking things too far. What do you all think? Too much? AKMA has already commented (and likely others) and he doesn’t like it at all. And he is right not to do so.  

Really? “Atheists Using Hair Dryers to ‘De-Baptize'”

I suppose one’s symbolism is as good as another’s but still, this strikes me as a bit silly. (It is better than what I thought when I read the headline, however, which was that they were standing outside of services and “drying” people off as they left the church.) U.S. Atheists Reportedly Using Hair Dryers to ‘De-Baptize’ American¬†atheists lined up to be “de-baptized” in a ritual using a hair dryer, according to a report Friday […]

Kudos – Blubrry Podcasting Plugin

I just want to give a quick shout-out to the folks at Blubrry. I have been trying to use their free podcasting plugin and had various errors. I posted a note for help via their site assuming I would hear nothing. None other than Mr. Michael Dell (presumably not that Michael Dell) responded and help me get my php sorted. Now all sorts of things work! So kudos to Mike and Blubrry for such great […]