We Like ‘Em Fast, and We Like ‘Em Orange

My alma mater has had great influence in the world of high-powered computers. I love news stories that open with paragraphs such as this: Big orange and white cabinets that will form one of the world’s fastest supercomputers for open science research are arriving at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The high-performance units are part … Read more

What’s Good About Good Friday?

Long before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah had this to say about him: Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought … Read more

Mass Manipulation

S. M. Hutchens has some good thoughts on television and the mass media: I have found that many people who have to maintain their minds at top form have an intuitive dislike of having them manipulated by the organs of the mass media, which they find not only stupid, but having a drug-like quality that … Read more

Court-Appointed Murder

I haven’t weighed in on the Terri Schiavo matter on this blog, due largely to the fact I’ve been preoccupied with things other than the blog. I think, however, that an issue like this deserves to commented on—even if my position echoes countless others. Sadly, the media focus has confused many into thinking that Terri … Read more

Follow-Up on iWorld

Douglas Kern writes a follow-up to the Andrew Sullivan “iPod article” which I commented on a while back. Ostensibly, Kern disagrees with Sullivan, but then, ends up agreeing for the most part. At least that’s how I read it.

The Vocal Ignorant

Victor Davis Hanson on those who label Bush as Hitler: So what gives with this crazy popular analogy — one that on a typical Internet Google search of “Bush” + “Hitler” yields about 1,350,000 matches? One explanation is simply the ignorance of the icons of our popular culture. A Linda Ronstadt, Garrison Keillor, or Harold … Read more

Keanu Reeves Translation Contest

In the comments section, leave your translation of Keanu Reeves’ unitelligible statement in a recent interview regarding his new movie Constantine: Q: What are your notions of heaven and hell, eternal damnation vs. eternal bliss? Reeves: Well, I hope I get the bliss. And I know I’m going to have to work for it. But … Read more

Cavity Emptor

If, as James tells us, the tongue is a fire, then the tooth must certainly be its kindling. After all, what other part of your body is so small that can cause such trouble? For the first time in seven years, I went to the dentist today. That’s right: seven years. It wasn’t as if … Read more