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September 14, 2007, 4:31 pm
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Gracious Goodness!

When not tormenting the Binklings or surfing the interwebs, this nerd enjoys combat simulations like Rome: Total War; and Battlefront’s Combat Mission series; not to mention Silent Hunter III* and IV [think Das Boot: The Game]. Video of SH-III is online via Youtube.

Yes, in addition to spiritual and interwebs interests, your Binky is a historian, war-nerd, and game-geek.


But note: this ain’t PacMan. These are seriously accurate games, with deep historical roots and tougher-than-average gameplay. They demand patience, and want a steeper-than-average learning-curve. But more: hundreds of nerdy game-geeks and history-nerds out there make huge numbers of free game-modifications [ or ‘Mods’] which can change the look, music, gameplay, or even basic structure of the original games.

Thus Rome: Total War boast about 10 full revisions of the game, including the one I’m busy with now: the ancient world according to all the ‘barbarians’ and not only the Romans. Ancient history & famous battles come to life.. and more. Just of the love of it. Free.

More here

All of this means you can get off the game-treadmill of bigger and more flashy and machine-intensive games, and enjoy a game for 3-5 years or more. Of course, it takes patience to look about for interesting mods and tweaks, and to have the imagination to enjoy a game over a long time, but it’s worth it. To those who don’t computer-game, it’s like having your favourite series of novels to savour and re-read over the years: Patrick O’Brien and Tolkien spring to mind, amongst others.

History is to be pondered, corrected as needed, learned from and passed on– especially since so many of our current civilizational crises led up to– and stem from– the two World Wars that even now, we cannot see all of the forest for the trees. To see the hollowness of civilization in AD400 or 1914 or 1939 Europe, and the tide of war and totalitarianism and Cold War that ensued reminds me of the Eutopian muddle of 2007; to see the continuing contest of militant Caliphate Islam and Western civilization and Christianity, takes us back past the Crusades to the original Jihad boiling out of Arabia, and sweeping across the remaining Romano-Byzantine Empire. It’s not so far away, or long ago.

Under the eye of eternity, all of it is as a passing day, and the lives of men as a flicker: yet it is within our time and space, and through us and our human history, that God has been pleased to reveal himself in Christ Jesus, and within our passing empires and moments and choices to work out the coming of His Kingdom. Even us, here and now. Hence, this blog.


* Yes, U-Boats were a dreadful threat in the two world wars, and war is very, very bad. My own paternal Grandfather was torpedoed on a ship by the U-124— captained by this top ace, no less– on June 18th, 1942, but was lucky to survive. I get it.

Next Time: thinking about legions of dead people.

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Friday, September 14th, A.D. 2007

Regular Religious News

Persecution of Christians – kidnapping african girls

THE BENEDICTION of Children: “Bravo to the Pope and his recent plea that abortion should never be deemed a “human right” …. (spectator)

AL MOHLER: “An Enforced Secularism” — A Threat to the Pulpit …. (albertmohler)

JESUS & MOHAMMED, Version 2.0 — In academic revision, Christ is confused, the Prophet humanitarian …. (victorhanson)

OH DEAR: Archbishop Ncube resigns …. (crunchycon)

ISRAEL— Archaeologists Abuzz with Ancient Beehive Find …. (neatorama)

CHINESE CATHOLIC BISHOP dies in custody (cremated and buried within 6 hours) …. (freerep)

AT ROSH HASHANAH, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Head of the Church of England, hopes and prays for the returns of the three kidnapped Israeli soldiers …. (irenelancaster)

GOD IS ON THE MOVE— Religion is spreading ‘like a cancer’ among the armed forces of North Korea …. (timescolumns)

WHO KNEW? Radical Islam Starts to Create a Backlash of Young ex-Muslims …. (markshea)

HAIRY LEFTY ABP. of Canterbury: US “oppressor” …. (jihadwatch, fulcrum-anglican)

NOT RIGHT AWAY, THEY MEAN— Christians will not be Prosecuted for Voicing Opposition to Homosexuality Northern Irish Judge Rules. UK Evangelicals grateful …. (lifesite, ekklesia)

CANUCKIAN Archbishops Hiltz and Hutchison: Anglican extremists? …. (magicstatistics)

RICHARD DAWKINS presents “Enemies of Reason, Part 94? …. (magicstatistics)

FLAKY LEFTY British Columbia mulls court ruling on polygamy ban. Does the law violate Charter guarantees of religious freedom? …. (CW)

THE POPE REPENTS during this time of repentance …. (irenelancaster)

LOTS OF Provinces to Boycott Lambeth Make Nice-Nice Tea Party, Crumpets. African Anglicans Split Over Homosexuality …. (anglicanplanet, christianpost)

The Lost Empire : Byzantium. Part I

Other episodes here

REMEMBRANCE “Wrinkle In Time“ Author Passes Away. Farewell, Madeleine L’Engle …. (celebritycafe, babybluecafe)

ONTARIO’S CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: To keep faith or to lose it. Link Via…. (torontosun, proudtobecanadian)

GODS OF THIS WORLD: All hail, Bill Gates the Great …. (getreligion)

NEW CANADIAN Mental Health Commission an “opportunity” for Christians …. (canadianchristianity)

BRITISH Archbishops’ Council responds to Single Equality Bill proposals; here’s Peter Ould on the UK Equality Bill …. (mainstream, PO)

GET RELIGION: How technology affects religion …. (getreligion)

AN EXCITING TIME TO BE CATHOLIC: “Next Friday, 14 September, the worldwide restrictions on the celebration of the ancient Latin liturgy of the Catholic Church will be swept away. With a stroke of his pen, Pope Benedict XVI has ended a 40-year campaign to eradicate the Tridentine Mass, whose solemn rubrics are regarded with contempt by liberal bishops. In doing so, he has indicated that the entire worship of the Church — which has become tired and dreary since the Second Vatican Council — is on the brink of reformation. This is an exciting time to be a Catholic” …. (

AN CANADIAN ANGLICAN Explains: “Where Do I Stand (On the issue of Same-sex Blessings)” [Part One] …. (standfirminfaith)

TRUSTING JESUS with our Fallenness …. (

CHIMING IN— Dr Nazir-Ali and the chimera …. (reader)

PUZZLED YURPEANS: This milquetoast consensus is unnerved by radical faith. Tristram Hunt: “By ignoring the influence of religion on progressive politics, the new atheist orthodoxy reveals itself as stupid and solipsistic” …. (guardian)

CHRISTIAN PRISONER tortured to death in Eritrea …. (magicstatistics)

GO FIGURE: The Prophecy of the Popes …. (wiki)

MARK SHEA ON 9/11: “When you throw away the good of the intellect you don’t become less clever, you just deploy your cleverness to achieve especially stupid ends. Humans who sell themselves to evil put themselves in exactly the same boat” …. (markshea)

PRISONS PULLING Jewish and Christian books from libraries so as to bar prisoner access to jihadist books …. (jihadwatch)

PUCKER UP: So what ever happened to the holy kiss? …. (

STONE FROM WHICH a church was made …. (getreligion)

ON ANGELS— a two-parter from flagrant Papist Mark Shea. More him, here …. (catholicexchange)

A HISTORY of Orthodox Missions Among the Muslims …. (

ANGELS FLY, Chesterton said, “because they take themselves lightly.” Maybe they provide an example Richard Dawkins could learn from …. (timesonline)

AN ACADEMICAL Redrawing of Jesus and Mohammad …. (

HOLY WHAPPING: An Irish Ecclesiological Curiosity. We prefer the radical X-treme Monkishness of Skellig Michael. “Hmph: worst place ever: cold, isolated, pointy and dangerous. Let’s set up here!” …. (holywhapping, Google)

Colbert on Mother Teresa
Colbert & Mother Teresa

IRD VS. TILTY METHODISM: Pacifism, Moral Equivalence, Anti-U.S. Stereotypes Continue to Characterize Official UM Resources for 9/11 Anniversary …. (ird-renew)

CHRISTIANITY finds a fulcrum in Asia; More Christians than Communists in China …. (atimes,

GILES FRASER, the fragrant Vicar of Putney, thinks the Beeb shouldn’t give equal time to ‘extremeists’ (such as narrow-minded & hateful non-liberal Christians). In Britopia, some speech is more free than other speech. Elsewhere, “Will the Trade Unions defend democracy?” …. (churchtimes, politicalopinions)

THE PERPLEXITIES of Conservative Judaism …. (commentarymagazine)

IRENE LANCASTER: SOMETIMES you just know that there is a mysterious something that transcends us …. (irenelancaster)

THIN-SKINNED, HYPOCRITICAL RELIGIONS WATCH— “I guess it’s true what they say about broken clocks. The Church of England angers British Hindus” …. (

THE TALIBANIZATION of Britain, by Adrian Morgan …. (islam-watch)

FREEDOM FETISHISTS: “The cultural contradictions of libertarianism” …. (opinionjournal)

DIRTY SECRETS— UK: My mother was the victim of honour killing, reveals Muslim playwright …. (JiWa)

THAT FERTILITY GAP: More Christians on the Way …. (breakpoint)

AN EPISCOPAL LIBERAL sees light and calls it darkness …. (captainyips,

FIRST THINGS— The Pagan West, By Peter Leithart …. (firstthings)

PRAYERS FOR Defeat, By Mark D. Tooley …. (frontpagemag)

FR. STEPHEN: Looking for God in All Places …. (fatherstephen)

REMEMBERING THE GLORY: Walking through Byzantium is printed …. (byzantium1200)

MARK SHEA: Some of you May Remember the Reformation …. (

THE BLOGOSPHERE The blogosphere just got stupider …. (theanchoressonline)

PISKIE JIM NAUGHTON & LEFTIANITY: to kill it with sunshine …. (offtherecord)

THE QUR’AN and Higher Criticism …. (

CHINA CHURCH Leader Jailed Over Massive Bible Imports From South Korea …. (bosnewslife)

ON SAINTLY COURAGE, by David Warren …. (proudtobecanadian)

“CRAPTACULAR NONSENSE!”… is my response to the the latest report on the so-called differences between “liberal” (i.e., leftist) brains, versus “conservative” brains …. (

PATRISTICS and Early Christian Studies …. (

SOUTH KOREAN hostages told ‘convert or die’ …. (jihadwatch)

LIBERALS LOVE THE SIN and hate the sinner, By Star Parker …. (

PEACE-LOVING Muslims threaten to seize Christian land in Nigeria ….(magicstatistics)

ISRAPUNDIT: State’s ‘hate crimes’ code used against ‘pure speech’ …. (

PEW FORUM: How the Public Resolves Conflicts Between Faith and Science …. (pewforum)

FR. CANTALAMESSA on Mother Teresa’s ‘atheism’ …. (ncregister)

HOW ANGLICANIZED Cultural Elites Deal With Richard Dawkins …. (

Islam: What the West Needs to Know – Trailer

The DVD for sale

CURT JESTER: Why the Shoah still matters …. (curtjester)

EUROPEAN SLAVERY and Modern Doctrinal Revision …. (sameo416)

MAGISTATS visits historic Glasgow Cathedral …. (magicstatistics)

FAITH & FREEDOM Vs. The Super – State …. (

MOTHER TERESA REMEMBERED, By Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. …. (firstthings)

FREE ONLINE: Zefferelli’s Jesus of Nazareth (Part One)

Part Two

World War IV — The New Crusade….

Thousands of Deadly Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11

REMEMBERING 9/11: Where were you six years ago? And “Bad News For The Truthers”. Diogenes: “Thank you for sharing” …. (CQ, CWN)

BY THA-A-AT MUCH— A bomb-sniffing dog in Ankara helped Turkish authorities stop a massive terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11 …. (captainsquartersblog)

EURO POLICE arrest leaders of protest against Islamization of Europe …. (jihadwatch)

U.S. CONFIRMS Israeli Strikes Hit Syrian Target Last Week …. (israpundit)

SHAIDLE— Who was behind 9/11? “Alleged terrorists,” says CBC Newsworld “anchorman.” Stay classy, Canada! …. (fivefeetoffury)

THE NEW FORIEGN MINISTER “of Britain is either a brilliant liar or a fool. The trouble is, even he may not know which it is” …. (americanthinker)

WORLD WAR IV By Jamie Glazov: Norman Podhoretz discusses the long struggle against Islamofascism …. (frontpagemag)

WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD: Another Benign Dry Run in the Friendly Skies …. (

PROTEIN WISDOM— “The Amazing Spectacle of Moral Relativism” …. (proteinwisdom)

WISHFUL THINKING: “Every promotion of the misunderstanding of Islam, even if the desire to dissemble is prompted by the idea that “if only we evade reality, and use an apologetic escape-word, then we and those ‘good, moderate, trustworthy’ Muslims can appeal to this construct, this pretend-Islam, and convince Muslims everywhere to believe it really is Islam” …. (newenglishreview)

ROGER L. SIMON: A New Strain of Anti-Semitism is Spreading …. (rogerlsimon)

INSTA-PROPHET? Glenn Reynolds, writing on 9/11/01, six years ago today …. (intheagora)

Six Years Ago

ON TO TEHRAN WATCH: Fox News says the US is crafting a plan to bomb Iran …. (crunchycon)

EUTOPIA: “It is very important to remember that the freedom of assembly and expression can be restricted to protect the rights and freedoms of others, including the freedom of thought, conscience and religion” …. (

AMERICAN DIGEST: The Wind in the Heights …. (americandigest)

GATES OF VIENNA: All Our September Elevenths; the other big one …. (

CLOSET CASE: The U.N.’s worldwide inventory problem …. (canadafreepress)

THE NYPD GETS IT: “Daniel Pipes draws attention to an excellent document produced by the New York Police Department on Muslim radicalisation in the west” …. (melaniephillips)

A LOOK INSIDE a Secret Taliban Training Camp …. (counterterrorismblog)

HEY, TRUTHERS: here’s a real conspiracy from back in the day– USS Liberty: Dead in the Water. It was called Operation Cyanide” according to those who think they’ve figured it out …. (Various)

LifeWatch ….

AMAZING NEW GOODNESS— The National Geographic Online Store – In the Womb DVD …. (nationalgeographic)

DAWN EDEN— ‘Don’t look,’ said the midwife …. (dawneden)

MERE COMMENTS: “A lot of people don’t have children anymore — too much trouble, too many years being housetrained. They have dogs instead, and spend lavishly on canine sportswear and spas and nonsense that dogs themselves must know are stupid, but are too good-natured to complain about. So to kill a dog — that is horrible, inexcusable, like killing a child” …. (merecomments)

RUSSIA: A Day of Conception, &c. …. (nro)

THE DAILY MAIL Pulls Graphic Account of Abortion After Blogger Excerpts It …. (newsbusters)

MOLOCHCORP: Planned Parenthood’s Recent Hypocrisy …. (orthodoxytoday)

SPERM-PRODUCERS Fathers no longer needed for IVF; and in other news, “A fertility clinic in Los Angeles, California, has announced that in response to overwhelming international demand, it will offer the first fertility programme especially designed to assist gay men to become parents” …. (anglican-mainstream)

WARNING: EXTREMELY DANGEROUS! The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys …. (americandigest)

PANDORA, REDUX: The Orange County Register claims that more than 100 fertility doctors in dozens of states may have brokered unauthorised transfers of human eggs …. (familyscholars)

PROFILING men as predator …. (

BRAVE BRITISH COLUMNIST and TV host Amanda Platell, “Why I, as a feminist, abhor how the abortion law has been so abused,” in the Daily Mail …. (dawneden)

BABIES: The new SUVs …. (worldmagblog)

BECOMING A MAN by John Thomas: He knows the “what,” but what’s the “how”? …. (boundless)

AND IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT: HIV still rampant but not as rampant as in the 1980s among New York City gays …. (

WHEN BAD SCIENCE Meets Bad Law …. (

AMERICAN College students are complaining about the higher price of baby preventers/ killers contraceptives on campus this year …. (cwnews)

Oh, Canadia ….Currently Under Disappointing Management

‘STUBBORN’ Elections Canada blamed for veil controversy; Muslim uses ‘race’ card against veil voting critics. Gender-card also waved about threateningly …. (, dustmybroom)

SHRUGS ALL ‘ROUND! Toronto Police Slough Off Gay Pride-Related Criminality …. (lifesite)

FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS are calling for a crackdown on open displays of religion in government workplaces, using a provincial commission yesterday to outline their concerns …. (theglobeandmail)

ABORIGINAL Grandmothers unite to fight alcohol abuse …. (

AVALANCHE? TRICKLE? Census data on same-sex married couples released …. (theglobeandmail)

WHY IS FED-GOV still ripping off veterans? …. (shotgun)

WHITEWASH: “There is a faux controversy brewing in the media and among Liberal bloggers about Conservative ads that ran in the last election” …. (stephentaylor)

LIBERAL LOGIC— Murder-suicide: it’s the military’s fault …. (canadafreepress)

A FINE CANADIAN EYE: Julien Roumagnac’s photoblog of Montreal & area …. (

Blogs, Interwebs, ‘Puters, Media ….

BUZZMACHINE: Cable companies must die! …. (buzzmachine)

BIG BROTHER PAYS WELL: US hedge-funds wax fat by investing in Chinese surveillance …. (boingboing)

GOOGLE & the wires …. (buzzmachine)

RECOMMENDED TO ME BY AMAZON, says InstaPundit: “: A book on How People Blogging Are Changing the World And How You Can Join Them. I just might give it a try!” …. (instapundit)

CANADA’S privacy commissioner has been googling Google, and she’s raising concerns over the search engine’s new Street View web photo application …. (stephentaylor)

COMPUTERS: Making it Possible for Ordinary People to Do Odd and Amazing Things …. (

Pop Culture, Media, Technology, Leftovers ….

FREE GOODIES for the best browser out there– Firefox Add-ons …. (mozilla)

That French Taunting

YOUR FATHER SMELT OF ELDERBERRIES! Monty Python Day at lovely old 14th century Castle Doune …. (neatorama, wiki)

THE MODERN LEFT views the Jihad in much the same way that the modern Right views global warming.” …. (

ANCIENT gladiators’ graveyard discovered in ephesus; 48 minute Google video here …. (romanhistorybooks, Google)

The Simpsons visit Blockoland

NEATORAMA— The Real World, Darth Vader Edition …. (neatorama)

MORE FREE COOLNESS: New! Explore the night sky in Google Earth 4.2. More via the GoogleEarth Blog …. (google)

REALITY-CHECK: Biofuels Cause Higher Food Prices and Destroy Nature …. (newsbusters)

RELIKS.COM— a Canadian site for all your sword, dagger, and armour needs. This one is lovely …. (reliks)

MIKE ADAMS— SOC 357: The Sociology of Ballistic Idiocy …. (proudtobecanadian)

WELCOME to – strange things in google maps …. (

ETEREA STUDIOS – Top quality computer graphics gallery from their website. Via …. (etereaestudios)

Felix Zenger beatboxing

FREE FIX: Increase your Internet connection speed. It seems the MicroSerfs apportioned 20% of XP’s bandwidth to the operating system itself, just because …. (

Y2KYOTO: The Great Google Headline Search …. (smalldeadanimals)

AMAZING DIGITAL SHORT FILM: A Gentleman’s Duel …. (youtube)

BELOIT COLLEGE’S MINDSET List for the Class of 2011 …. (

HOLD THE PHONE: It’s Rambo IV …. (ZzzzZz)

New Zealand vs Scotland in rugby

More Haka [Maori war-dance] here;
a gingerbread version here


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Heh – you’ll find me gaming too from time to time. Favorites are Sudden Strike and ARMA (Operation Flashpoint sequel). The latter is very, very good and has been taken, in modified form, and used for real mil training.

Glad to see that I’m not the only crazed warmonger out there :-)

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