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The Subtle Horror of Mad Men:

mad-men-season-6-key-art-amcMad Men is a horror series. There… I said it. I didn’t believe this until recently. My impression was that it was a dark and brooding drama about the desperate and horny realities of life. This was until I had a conversation with a woman who could not watch the show. “Not watch Mad Men?” I thought… “How could you not watch Mad Men?” “You don’t understand,” she said… “Watching Mad Men to me is like watching horror movies to you.”

Why Does God Care about My Sex Life?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a little piece for Christ and Pop Culture about a Q&A session with Tim Keller at The Gospel Coalition conference. I asked about revival, and among other things, Keller said something about sex and the complex nature of doubt. Given that what he said was fairly conservative, had to do with sex and doubt, and, in all fairness, could have been reported more clearly by me, the unsurprising result was a lot of pushback—some legitimate and some not so much. Feel free to read the article and peruse the comment section for yourself.

Is the News Making Us Dumb?

7618660_600x338If you’ve been following the news the past few days you may believe that an Elvis impersonator from Mississippi is being held for mailing ricin-laced letters to President Obama, that more than 60 people died in a fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, and that two Eastern Orthodox bishops were kidnapped by terrorists and released the same day. But while each of those items contains a grain of truth, they are mostly false. The bishops were abducted, but major news agencies were fooled into believing they had been released; the death toll in the West, Texas, explosion is 15; and Paul Kevin Curtis was released by investigators who believe he might have been framed. The irony is that the people who were blissfully unaware of the latest news would be accused of being uninformed, when news hounds were likely to be the most ill-informed of all.

‘Clone Wars’ still has life in the ‘Star Wars’ universe:

Obi-Wan-Bo-KatanThere are still some battles to be fought in The Clone Wars.

The Star Wars animated series ended its run on Cartoon Network after five seasons of bringing new characters — and reintroducing some old favorites — into the franchise’s expansive mythos.

But it’s not done yet: Supervising director Dave Filoni is heading up the completion of a few story arcs that were slated for production before Lucasfilm announced in March that it was taking its animation slate in a new direction following its purchase by Disney.

The so-called ‘health foods’ that are probably killing you:

There are so many products on the market these days that are supposed to be good for us — much of it based on zero evidence. Here are 11 commonly touted “health foods” that are actually quite harmful.

1. Fruit Juices

The fruit juices you find at the supermarket aren’t always what they seem. They may have small amounts of real fruit in them, but often they are little more than water, artificial flavor and sugar.

The Future of iOS Is Looking Flat:

The odds are looking good that Apple will ditch the textured, bubbly look of its iOS software in favor of something more modern.

Citing “multiple people who have either seen or have been briefed” on iOS 7, 9to5Mac reports that the software for iPhones and iPads will sport a flatter look:

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One comment

  1. Regarding the “health foods” there’s a school of thought that genetically modified wheat may be the problem, not wheat itself. I’ve only begun investigating this issue myself, so I don’t know a whole lot, but I do believe it’s worth looking into. Especially as Monsanto seems to be at the heart of it.

    Regarding the news. Of course it’s making us dumb. Sensationalism brings ratings and ratings is what it’s all about. It’s also controlled by those with the power to pay or deny access to interviews. I found the addendum to the article interesting, speaking to filling space. I’ve always been annoyed by breaking news….how they just repeat the same thing over and over again ad nauseam. I suppose it’s to catch people just joining up to speed, but why not just break back in at specified intervals. To just say the same thing over and over in dramatic tones has always struck me as “ambulance chasing” in a way.

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