Archives: June 2011

The author of Mark

Doing some badly needed reading today, and I thought of an old question of mine: How did the author of the Gospel of Mark introduce the text to an audience? There’s always been the assumption that it was done anonymously, but I’ve never read an explanation of precisely how that was done. Did he drop

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New York and Obama

New York just legalized gay marriage. I doubt we’re going to see that particular civil right granted in Texas anytime soon, but it does prompt in me a mild criticism of the President. Where’s his leadership on this? Now let me be clear, to borrow a common Obama line. The President’s beliefs on this issue

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Brief Bib

I just got word of another accepted article, and I figured that I have enough now to constitute a brief bibliography. Most are forthcoming this year.

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More Blade Runner tech

There is now a camera that can take photos sort of like the one that Deckard analyzes in Blade Runner, in the sense that the perspective and focus can be shifted after the shot. It’s but a few more steps to the Esper Photo Analysis device itself.

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Short contest – Identify Ten PC gaming badasses

If you can identify all ten, I will be suitably impressed and think of something apropos. 10. Third ring finger keeps itching? Surprisingly easy to keep bloodstains out of your white outfit? Manipulated by your descendants a thousand years in the future? Can’t walk where an insane, near-suicidal acrobatic leap could be done? 9. Aliens

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Backlash – Duke Nukem Forever

I’m not sure why nearly all of the pre-reviews (and now, post-reviews) of Duke Nukem Forever are so negative. Conspiracies, as ever, are less appealing explanations than incompetence. So I thought I’d run down the list of complaints. It’s not funny, and borderline tasteless. Subjective, of course, but I’m not sure what isn’t funny about

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Changing the question

Claiming that reason is the product of evolution seems awfully old hat to me, a bare-basement assumption if we accept Darwin. More interesting would be to ask if “reason” existed before it evolved in humans.  Logic didn’t, that’s pretty well established, but I can see a case for reason being a purely human activity that

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No sense pretending

Yes, I haven’t written lately, mostly due to work. I’m trying to eliminate all outstanding writing projects before summer teaching begins tomorrow, so I don’t have to do the Ye Ole Traditional Summer Writing that English professors tend to do.  I’m happy to report I’ve almost succeeded. I have five things in some sort of

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