Edward Feser: The comedy keeps coming
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but while we’re on the subject of humor, here’s another mistake that is often made in discussions of it: failing to identify precisely which aspect of the phenomenon of humor a theory is (or is best interpreted as) trying to explain. via Pocket
Pocket 
9 hours ago
Happy Catholic*: The City by Dean Koontz
The City by Dean KoontzThat’s life. Always something, more good than bad, but always interesting if you’re paying attention. Recommended by my daughter, Rose, the voice in this book reminds me of Odd Thomas in its sweetness and innocence. via Pocket
Books 
13 hours ago
DC-Laus Deo: Galileo Galilei on Heaven
Galileo Galilei on Heaven via Pocket
comment 
yesterday
One Thing Well | mdless
mdless mdless is a utility that provides a formatted and highlighted view of Markdown files in Terminal. via Pocket
Pocket 
yesterday
Diocese punishes group that let woman perform sacrament rite | KCRG-TV9 | Cedar Rapids, Iowa News, Sports, and Weather
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines bishop has told a Des Moines Catholic group that it no longer may host Masses because it let a woman perform sacrament services in December. via Pocket
dissent 
2 days ago
The Problem with Pews - Crisis Magazine
The queen consort of George V was consistent in her sense of duty and unswerving in how she expressed it. Crowned with dignity and corseted with confidence, at five feet six inches, Mary of Teck was the same height as the king, but they were called George the Fifth and Mary the Four-fifths. via Pocket
Catholic  editorial 
2 days ago
In Memoriam | John C. Wright's Journal
The Hugo Award voters paid me the signal honor of burning down two or perhaps three whole categories of awards merely to prevent me from being awarded the spaceship which the breakdown of the votes shows I was due. via Pocket
Books 
4 days ago
Nothing more need be said | Brad R. Torgersen
From first-time Worldcon attendee Michael A. Rothman, who brought his boys along to see what Worldcon and “Fandom” was all about. See his original Facebook comment here. via Pocket
Books 
4 days ago
Inventing the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden | Articles | First Things
Within a month of the attacks of September 11, 2001, former president Bill Clinton gave a speech to the students of Georgetown University. via Pocket
Catholic  history 
5 days ago
Book Reviews and More: I Am Margaret - Corinna Turner - I Am Margaret Book 1
Sometimes it really pays to follow authors you really like. Regina Doman recently posted about this book, and it caught my attention. To be honest I had never heard of the author or the series. I am so glad it did. via Pocket
books 
6 days ago
Mac App Store - Loose Leaves
Loose Leaves lets you instantly create lightweight, beautiful, hosted pages from the Markdown you write.Just select the Markdown you want to share, use the keyboard shortcut ( [⇧ shift] + [⌘ command] + [ C ] ), and you instantly get back a secure link you can pass around.Try Loose Leaves for posting drafts to Slack, notes to Twitter, project documents to Trello, or wherever you need to share your words. via Pocket
osx 
7 days ago
It's Business As Usual For the LCWR |Blogs | NCRegister.com
Ever since the mandate to reform the 1,100-member Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) was concluded in April, speculation has swirled around what changes the LCWR would actually implement. Now that the major addresses from the Aug. via Pocket
dissent 
7 days ago
In 1975, this Kodak employee invented the digital camera. His bosses made him hide it.
Imagine a world where photography is a slow process that is impossible to master without years of study or apprenticeship. A world without iPhones or Instagram, where one company reigned supreme. Such a world existed in 1973, when Steven Sasson, a young engineer, went to work for Eastman Kodak. via Pocket
history  gadgets 
8 days ago
The famous Robert Frost poem we’ve read wrong forever | New York Post
It is the most famous poem in American literature, a staple of pop songs, newspaper columnists and valedictorian speeches. It is “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost: Everyone can quote those final two lines. via Pocket
Pocket  books 
10 days ago
Planning for Beauty | Joel Morehouse | First Things
Discussions of liturgical music in many Catholic parishes have become needlessly polemical. The one thing we all agree upon is the poor state of liturgical music in most Catholic parishes. via Pocket
liturgy 
10 days ago
Better iTerm Integration in Alfred - Alfred Blog
Did you know that Alfred's Powerpack integrates with OS X's Terminal? Alfred can also integrate with third-party Terminal apps like iTerm. With the upcoming release of Alfred 2.7.2, the default iTerm integration has been replaced by the "Custom" scripts option. via Pocket
OSX  alfred 
10 days ago
“When I look back over my life Catholicism was always there”…
… I’ve taken on a side project called The Catholic Five. It’s basically five Catholics sitting around talking about Catholic-y things. The host, David Gray, has also started compiling video interviews of people telling their conversion stories. via Pocket
video 
11 days ago
J.R.R. Tolkien & The Fall of Arthur - The Imaginative Conservative
A circuitous review of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fall of Arthur, ed. by Christopher Tolkien (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2013). For those of us who have had a life-long passion for and of all things Tolkien, his unpublished poem “The Fall of Arthur” has always been a loving mystery for us. via Pocket
books 
11 days ago
The Consistent—and Not So Seamless—Ethic of Life | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views
Abp. Blase Joseph Cupich (left) was installed as head of the Archdiocese of Chicago on Nov. 18, 2014 (CNS); Joseph Cardinal Bernardin (right) was Archbishop of Chicago from 1982 until his death in 1996 (Wikipedia). via Pocket
abortion  editorial 
13 days ago
johncwright: Lauds for SOMEWHITHER
Perhaps my only criticism of this book is that these two characters are reminiscent of each other with the bravado and inventive cursing. At first another aspect of this book was putting me off regarding an extended sequence involving escape. via Pocket
Books 
14 days ago
Microsoft releases a Remote Desktop Preview app for Mac
Mac users who need remote desktop access from their device already have the Remote Desktop app at their disposal however, Microsoft is now beginning a new preview program to update that app with several new features. via Pocket
OSX 
16 days ago
There is no equivalence - Catholic Philly
Chaput Here’s a simple exercise in basic reasoning. On a spectrum of bad things to do, theft is bad, assault is worse and murder is worst. There’s a similar texture of ill will connecting all three crimes, but only a very confused conscience would equate thieving and homicide. Both are serious matters. via Pocket
abortion  editorial 
17 days ago
Humility is Hard - A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility - Community in Mission : Community in Mission
Pride is our most pervasive and serious sin; humility is its antidote and the foundation of our spiritual life. And as the remedy to our most deep-seated pathology, it must be strong medicine. Humility is hard to swallow and has a lot of things it needs to work on. via Pocket
theology 
19 days ago
August 9, 1945: Our Lady of Sorrows, Takashi Nagai and "A Song for Nagasaki" | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views
It is often the case that global events are best understood when viewed through the prism of the individual lives caught up in them. With the coming of the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, the life of Takashi Nagai, as told in Fr. via Pocket
saints 
20 days ago
Chesterton, Tolkien and Lewis in Elfland - The Imaginative Conservative
It is difficult to overstate the influence of G.K. Chesterton. Apart from the numerous converts who have come to Christianity, at least in part, because of an encounter with his writings, two of the bestselling books of all time were written, at least in part, under Chesterton’s benign patronage. via Pocket
books 
20 days ago
Replacing QuickCursor with Keyboard Maestro – MacStories
QuickCursor was a great app which allowed you to use your favorite text editor to edit text anywhere on the Mac. via Pocket
osx 
22 days ago
Pope Francis on the Divorced and Remarried: 10 Things to Know and Share |Blogs | NCRegister.com
Pope Francis recently gave a general audience in which he discussed the situation of those who have divorced and remarried without an annulment. His remarks are particularly significant in light of the upcoming Synod on the Family and the proposals to give Holy Communion to those in this situation. via Pocket
Catholic  sacrament 
23 days ago
Planned Parenthood and the muted humanity of the unborn child - Chicago Tribune
The release of videos of Planned Parenthood physicians discussing the market for tissue harvested in abortions has produced varied and strong reactions, and has, ironically, given us a reason for hope and an opportunity as a nation. via Pocket
Catholic  abortion  meh 
23 days ago
douthat.blogs.nytimes.com
I’m hoping to do something broader about the abortion issue in this space soon, given the prominence that the debate over Planned Parenthood funding has suddenly assumed. via Pocket
abortion  editorial 
23 days ago
Ten Strange Medieval Animals You Might Not Have Heard Of - Medievalists.net
You can learn more about medieval bestiaries at Bestiary.ca and read the Aberdeen Bestiary at www.abdn.ac.uk/bestiary/bestiary.hti. You can also read these articles: via Pocket
history 
26 days ago
A Saint for Our Sex-Crazed Times | The Christian Review
In the icon I have of her, her face is weathered, her hair gray, her body gaunt, her legs and arms like sticks. She wears nothing but a cloak. The Jordan River flows behind her, while St. via Pocket
saints 
26 days ago
Nuns, guns and the Wild West – the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
CNA/EWTN News).- Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister Blandina Segale. According to legend, and to Sr. via Pocket
Catholic  history 
27 days ago
Mount Angel Monks | OregonLive.com
At 7 a.m., after the first worship, Grassel grabs a small scoop of potatoes with eggs and ketchup for breakfast. He tries to eat no more than he needs. It’s an act of spiritual discipline, he says. via Pocket
religious 
27 days ago
How to set your default browser in Windows 10 in just 5 steps
You would think changing the default browser in Windows 10 was near impossible with all the discussion around it over the last couple of days. via Pocket
windows 
28 days ago
Happy Catholic*: Catholic Bytes - a great new Catholic podcast
Each episode features a different priest who is in Rome right now. They discuss a variety of topics such as the importance of the body, prayer, how Christ makes us free, saints, and much more. No matter the topic, the explanation is simple and understandable. via Pocket
podcast 
29 days ago
A Question about the Global Warming Hoax | John C. Wright's Journal
The measured US temperature data from USHCN shows that the US is on a long-term cooling trend. But the reported temperatures from NOAA show a strong warming trend. via Pocket
climatechange 
4 weeks ago
The Pity of Christ - Crisis Magazine
Christ cannot be psychoanalyzed because he is perfect.  It would be like seeking flaws in pure crystal or long shadows at high noon. via Pocket
thelogy 
4 weeks ago
Obama and UN Must Declare That ISIS is Guilty of Genocide
This week, former Congressman Frank Wolf — the House's most courageous crusader on religious freedom — and the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative asked President Obama and the Secretary General of the United Nations to fully declare that the Islamic State’s actions against religious and et via Pocket
religiousliberty  islam 
4 weeks ago
mobile.nytimes.com
IN an essay in his 1976 collection, “Mortal Lessons,” the physician Richard Selzer describes a strange suburban scene. People go outside in the morning in his neighborhood, after the garbage trucks have passed, and find “a foreignness upon the pavement,” a softness underfoot. via Pocket
editorial 
4 weeks ago
San Francisco introduces urine-repellent walls that pee right back at you
Public urination is such a problem in San Francisco that the city's Public Works Department is hoping to curb the issue by introducing a special paint with a repellent surface that makes urine splash right back onto the offending reliever. via Pocket
Odd 
5 weeks ago
A Vatican conference with a pronounced leftward political tilt - Catholic Culture
If we had the name of a Republican politician who was invited to attend last week’s Vatican conference on climate change and human trafficking—any Republican, just one Republican—we might feel just a bit better about the result. via Pocket
vatican  climatechange 
5 weeks ago
New Language Features in C# 6 · dotnet/roslyn Wiki · GitHub
roslyn - The .NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") provides open-source C# and Visual Basic compilers with rich code analysis APIs.
c# 
5 weeks ago
Flannery O'Connor and Catholic Realism | George Weigel | First Things
From this vale of tears, one can never be sure about the boundaries of acceptable behavior at the Throne of Grace. Is laughter at earthly foibles permitted? Encouraged? I like to think so. via Pocket
book  essay 
5 weeks ago
Bernie Sanders's Politics of National Socialism | National Review Online
Marshalltown, Iowa — “​All foreign-made vehicles park in designated area in rear of building. via Pocket
politics 
5 weeks ago
South Jersey sculptor crafting staff for pope's Philly visit | The Olympian The Olympian
In his studio in his serene backyard in Deptford, Frank Seder Jr. meticulously shaved a fine layer along a curve of a wooden crook. A chisel in the wrong direction, the artist noted, could cause an unsightly crack in the majestic, exotic purple wood from South America. Perfect, for the pope. via Pocket
Pocket 
5 weeks ago
Amazon.com: anker lightning cable - AnkerDirect / Anker: Electronics
Online shopping from a great selection at Electronics Store.
shop 
5 weeks ago
Techies Hire Witch To Protect Computers From Viruses and Offices From Spirits - Slashdot
schwit1 writes: It may seem like your computer or smartphone is possessed by an evil spirit sometimes when a mysterious bug keeps causing an app to crash, but if you truly think your machine has been invaded by an evil spirit, there's someone who will take your call — Reverend Joey Talley. via Pocket
Odd 
5 weeks ago
The hyperbolic and exhausting papacy of Francis | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views
Pope Francis gestures as he answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Asuncion, Paraguay, to Rome July 12. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Earlier this week, the Catholic men's reading group I've been meeting with for several years discussed Pope Francis' "Laudato Si'". via Pocket
pope 
6 weeks ago
Progressive Catholic Authoritarianism | George Weigel | First Things
Back in the day (the late 1960s or thereabouts), Fr. Andrew Greeley—the model of an old-fashioned liberal Catholic—accused Fr. Daniel Berrigan (the beau ideal of post-conciliar Catholic radicalism) of harboring an authoritarian streak in his politics. via Pocket
Catholic  dissent  editorial 
6 weeks ago
Putting Women in Combat -- Ineffective, Terrible Idea | National Review Online
No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. — General George S. Patton via Pocket
military 
6 weeks ago
CatholicHerald.co.uk » Vatican welcomes Iran’s historic nuclear deal
The Holy See welcomed Iran’s historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that breakthroughs will be made on other issues. via Pocket
Catholic  foreignpolicy 
6 weeks ago
7 Gandhi Quotes That Are Totally Fake
We love quotes from famous dead people. Words just sound more important when they’re coming from the mouths of important historical figures. And when we need that extra dash of moral authority, Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most quotable. But as Gandhi once said, “Half my quotes on Pinterest are fake.”
quote  false 
6 weeks ago
It's time to uninstall Adobe's Flash from your Mac - here's how
The recent tidal wave of critical vulnerabilities in Adobe's Flash Player has prompted many security professionals to call for the much-maligned software's demise, and we agree. AppleInsider shows you how to uninstall Flash from your Mac, and what to do if you can't live without it. via Pocket
osx 
6 weeks ago
The Knights of Malta’s pivotal role in the American Revolutionary War - The Malta Independent
Next week on 4 July, the United States of America marks Independence Day but few here in Malta are aware of the fact that the Knights of the Order of St John and a number of Maltese had played a concerted role in the American Revolutionary War − on the American side of the equation. via Pocket
Catholic  history 
6 weeks ago
GWK049: What Will New Horizon's Pluto Fly-By Uncover?
In this episode: Iron Giant returning to theaters; New Horizons shows first glimpses of Pluto; Blade Runner in water color, Doctor Who Season 9 trailer.
comment 
6 weeks ago
No Rust Belt Revivalists Need Apply | Chronicles Magazine
Earlier this week, Michael Gerson, formerly a speechwriter for George W. Bush, now a scribbler for The Washington Post, trained his sights on those he termed “Rust Belt revivalists. via Pocket
politics 
7 weeks ago
German Section of Vatican Radio Receives 'Wild Verbal Slap' |Blogs | NCRegister.com
An article published July 3 on the German edition of Vatican Radio’s website headlined “Moral Theologian: Church’s Sexual Morality is In Motion”, together with an accompanying picture featuring two lesbians kissing, has caused consternation on the blogosphere and in social media. via Pocket
Catholic 
7 weeks ago
Ayn Rand, Fairy Godmother of Sexual Orientation
When I first purchased Atlas Shrugged with money I begged from a street corner, it was with no other intention than to delight in a world where every problem is the fault of poor people, Communists, and poor Communists. via Pocket
politics  gendertheory 
7 weeks ago
Catholics and the Administered Society | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views
Should Catholics today work, as a matter of conscience, toward ever broader bureaucratic responsibility for human well-being in general? That result seems to follow from current ways of thinking. “Love thy neighbor” implies an ethic of mutual assistance. via Pocket
Catholic  politics 
7 weeks ago
VS Refactoring Essentials (formerly) NR6Pack - Free analyzers and refactoring for Visual Studio 2015 - Scott Hanselman
There are some amazing free and open source C# and VB.NET analyzers and refactorings that you can download and use now in Visual Studio 2015. Formerly called "NR6Pack" they have now be renamed VS Refactoring Essentials, a nice nod to VSWebEssentials I must say. via Pocket
visualstudio  extension 
7 weeks ago
Marriage? What’s That? | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views
Last week’s decision by the Supreme Court that same sex marriage should be legal in all fifty states says far more about contemporary American culture than it does about the particular issue of homosexuality. Obergefell v. via Pocket
marriage  Catholic 
7 weeks ago
Many Rape Victims Have a Bit of Trouble with St Maria Goretti. Here’s Why
I’ve spent a fair amount of my adult life, trying to help rape victims. I know that many women, including most rape victims, are affronted by the story of St Maria Goretti. via Pocket
Catholic  saints 
7 weeks ago
Catholic Church gets first-class relic | StAugustine.com
So when the Diocese of St. Augustine was loaned a first-class relic of St. Augustine of Hippo late last month, it was considered a blessing and the culmination of many years of effort. via Pocket
blog  saints 
7 weeks ago
This amazing remote-controlled contraceptive microchip you implant under your skin is the future of medicine - The Washington Post
By 2018, it may be possible to purchase a contraceptive microchip that you implant under your skin that delivers birth control hormones automatically into your blood stream every day for as long as 16 years. via Pocket
contraception 
7 weeks ago
Japanese Bishop Laments Country's Population Dropping to Dramatic Lows | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome
According to AsiaNews, Bishop Isao Kikuchi of Niigata has released a statement in which he explains how the aging population is currently the most urgent problem for the country, which threatens to collapse the pension system and welfare. via Pocket
population 
7 weeks ago
Heads LGBTs Win, Tails Christians Lose | The American Conservative
So, a Canadian Christian jeweler custom-made a pair of engagement rings for a lesbian couple, Nicole White and Pam Renouf, at their request. Later, when they found out that the jeweler personally opposes same-sex marriage, they went to pieces and demanded their money back. via Pocket
religiousliberty 
7 weeks ago
TidBITS: A Tour of Apple Music
Apple Music has launched with much fanfare, giving iOS and Mac users access to streamed music from the iTunes Store, iCloud-based synchronization of your existing music library across multiple devices, the Beats 1 streaming radio station, and the Connect service for interacting with artists. via Pocket
osx 
8 weeks ago
DON’T JUST STAND THERE, DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR YOUR COMMUNITY !!! | ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP
When churches got together to make their city a better place to live, they succeeded in doing just that. They also changed a lot of minds along the way. In 2008, Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon, had seen better days. In fact that’s an understatement. via Pocket
faith 
8 weeks ago
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