Irish Travellers at Dale Farm: Land, Housing & Eviction

September 20, 2011 / 0 comments

This post represents the beginning of some research I’m doing on the Irish Traveller community at Dale Farm. The working title is “When Nomads Fight To Stay: Land Zoning, Globalized Activism and Forceable Eviction at Dale Farm” On July 4th, 2011, decades of legal battles came to a head with an eviction order for around…

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Hams

April 2, 2011 / 0 comments

My reaction to finding this article, in which neighbors complain about an Amateur radio operators antenna, was to remember how important Amateur Radio is. Amateur Radio operators (known to one another as Hams) continue to provide the only long distance rapid communication in and out of regions on public, open airwaves during revolutions, disasters, military crack-downs, etc. when…

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Imprimatur for iOS App

February 8, 2011 / 0 comments

Catholic News Service reports on the release of “Confession,” an iOS app that walks users through confession.  And once they’ve confessed, the sins are “erased”: “Once you go to confession, all that information is wiped out,” said Kreager. “All it’s going to remember is personal data like your name, age and date of last confession.”

Religion, Technology: In Print: 1880-2000

December 17, 2010 / 0 comments

It would appear that 1980 was the year… Run your own Books Ngram here.

In Search of a Free System: WikiLeaks & Tron

December 9, 2010 / 0 comments

In The Hacker Ethic, Pekka Himanen argues that the hacker community’s values are a “general social challenge” which include “the goal of getting everybody to participate in the network and to benefit from it, to feel responsible for longer term consequences of the network society, and to directly help those who have been left on…

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LDS “Handbook 2” online

November 30, 2010 / 0 comments

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has put volume 2 of their “Handbook” on the web.  This has already produced some interesting media content.  For example, the Huffington Post reports “the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints takes no stand on drinking Coca-Cola.”  This suggests one of the immediate effects of…

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What are “Indigenous Religions”?

November 19, 2010 / 0 comments

As I browse publisher’s web sites for forthcoming volumes on religion, anthropology, sociology and other topics relevant to my research, I’m struck by one of the categories frequently used: Indigenous Religions.  Listed with categories for books on Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Comparative Religions, etc. this Indigenous genre stands out. The other genres are, for the most part,…

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Aqua Buddha

November 18, 2010 / 0 comments

Rand Paul, Libertarian candidate for Kentucky’s seat in the US Senate and son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, is set to take office January 2011 to replace Jim Bunning. During the election campaign, an article in GQ magazine “revealed” that while an undergraduate at Baylor (the world’s largest Baptist university) he was a member of a…

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Bibliography: Religion in Cyberspace

November 17, 2010 / 0 comments

In the New Religious Movements email list (NRM_Scholars), a request for sources on “Religion and the Internet” brought some interesting responses.  I’ve collected the references offered by the wise community of researchers on that list, added my own and aggregated some from other lists to start a new bibliography on Religion, the Internet and Cyberspace….

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Ethnometaphysics

November 16, 2010 / 0 comments

Oversoul, Alex Gray, 1997 In the Fall 2010 issue of Anthropology of Consciousness, Marc Blainey looks at the “discord in the West between viewing psychoactive substances as either ‘hallucinogens’ or ‘entheogens’,” and makes the case for renewed interest in ethnometaphysics. His article has me thinking more about anthropologists produced by a (mostly) entheophobic culture looking…

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Statistics

November 11, 2010 / 0 comments

Some data to share from the site statistics over the last month. Usually, an English language website will have the US, UK and Canada as the top three countries of origin for visits. For some reason, Kenya is currently number two for this site between the US and UK. The visitors are mostly from Nairobi…

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Fierce OS

October 22, 2010 / 0 comments

The interpretation of symbolic structures is forced into an infinity of symbolic contextual meanings. M. M. Bakhtin Historically, Lions have been symbols of power from the Persian to the British Empires, from Hinduism (Narasimha) to Judaism, Islam and Christianity (see Kings, Judges, Proverbs, Samuel, Isaiah, Daniel, Numbers, Revelations, etc. and of course The Lion, the Witch and…

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Google’s Autocomplete Algorithm

October 21, 2010 / 0 comments

A friend shared this series of Google autocomplete search results on a social network, it contains screen captures of Google’s autocomplete feature along with a venn diagram produced from the resulting terms: I was curious if I would get the same terms, so I tried it. As soon as I found that my results for…

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Mutiny and Modernism

October 20, 2010 / 0 comments

The morning watch was come; the vessel lay Her course, and gently made her liquid way; The cloven billow flashed from off her prow In furrows formed by that majestic plough; The waters with their world were all before; Behind, the South Sea’s many an islet shore. The quiet night, now dappling, ‘gan to wane,…

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Cyberactivism, iPhone 4 and The Courage to Be

August 25, 2010 / 0 comments

(Note: This post was originally published on an blog about Apple technology, based on a few requests I’m making it available here. -MOR) Apple has been hard at work the last few years building their reputation as a ‘socially responsible’ company.  Like other greenwashing corporations (Whole Foods for example), this reputation is 9/10ths marketing and…

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