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Lent: Not Doing Too Much

Quite a bit happened this week. We started Lent’s 40-day stay with our Lord in the desert. Not literally. That’s mentioned in today’s Gospel: Mark 1:12–15. I’ve talked about deserts and Deuteronomy, penance and porridge, before. (February 11, 2018; February … Continue reading

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Mars and Beyond

Falcon Heavy’s test flight last week wasn’t perfect. But I’ll call it a success. That’s good news for SpaceX. Not my opinion: the largely-successful flight. The test flight’s dummy payload included an actual dummy. “Starman” is the mannequin wearing a … Continue reading

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Smoke and Monkeys

Folks in the United Kingdom may be changing their rules for wood and coal fires. Or maybe not. It depends on whether their rules match Europe’s. Volkswagen paid researchers to mistreat monkeys and people. Or maybe not. We know the … Continue reading

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Books and Flying Cars

That’s a photo of the Malatestiana Library. It’s a public library in Cesena. The Malatestiana Library was built around the mid 1400s. It’s named after a local aristocrat, but is the first civic library in Europe: not a private collection. … Continue reading

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