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Live long and prosper

Leonard Nimoy has died and we shall miss him.

His best known character would say “Live long and prosper.”

We would say “Rest in peace and rise in glory.”

Here Nimoy discusses the origins of the Vulcan greeting:

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The vicar of Grantchester and the wrong whiskey

Fans of the PBS series Grantchester will have noticed that vicar-sleuth, Sidney Chambers, has a taste for whiskey and ale. But not sherry, which people assume must be the vicar’s drink of choice. He drinks to get drunk at upper-class dinner parties with Amanda and her set, and with the detective Geordie Keating at the pub. Alcohol plays a role in every episode. It’s not giving the plot away to say the murder in Episode 1 is solved when Sidney realizes it’s […]

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Changing attitudes in the church of football

The story goes like this: A prayerful quarterback is rewarded by God with a winning pass. Or, God will favor the faithful athlete with “good health and success.”

At the same time, many Americans who are both religious and love football think that players should be banned from the game for domestic violence and that teams should draft openly gay players.

Robert Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, told RNS “One in four Americans believe there will be a 12th man on the field, […]

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The numbers say shop less, spend more time with people

FiveThirtyEight takes a look at the numbers and concludes we’re making ourselves unhappy with all the time we spend Christmas shopping.

Americans spend increased time [during the holiday season] on stressful activities they claim to dislike, and decrease time spent on activities they say make them happy. And there is a relationship between these changes. When the data is explored to see how the different activities are related to each other, it becomes clear that increases in time spent shopping are […]

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