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Satire

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Satire. If you're looking for a place to start, I suggest Religion Within the Bounds of Amusement. You might also like Orthodox Humor.

Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary: A Free Online (Satire) Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce wrote a classic of wit and satire, called The Devil's Dictionary. This book follows in that tradition, and comments on any number of things in American life.

Inclusive Language Greek Manuscript Discovered

There is a considerable buzz among New Testament scholars among the discovery of a nearly complete manuscript to the book of the Bible called Romans.

Religion Within the Bounds of Amusement

Inspired by a visit to a "seeker service." To those unacquainted with Christian lingo, this means a church service which tries to reach out to people seeking God—but "reach out to people seeking God" really means, "put on a circus."

A Strange Archaeological Find

Read a 26th century historian as he extols the poetic beauty of a light bulb, praises Darwinism as a truly great myth... and analyzes a rather strange archaeological find.

Unvera Announces New Kool-Aid Line

A leading nutriceutical supplement MLM announces a line of Kool-Aid for its distributors, containing some of the most powerful plant toxins available to humankind.

Short Stories

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Here are short stories you can read online for free. Besides the short stories, there are some works of fiction in the assorted creations and free online novels. If you're looking for a place to start, I suggest Unashamed.

The Commentary

This is a piece of wisdom literature about a man who has been searching for the Commentary on the Old and New Testaments, in One Volume, Containing a Careful Analysis of All Cultural Issues Needful to Understand the Bible as Did Its First Readers... and why he is so very unhappy when he finds what he desires.

A Glimpse Through a Crystal

A dream about another world.

The Metacultural Gospel

A fictionalized Gospel account set in contemporary America. It tries to convey how genuinely shocking a person is described in the Gospels—and how he'd still be stunning, today.

The Monastery

The story of a traveller moving deeper and deeper into a monastery—in more ways than one.

A Picture of Evil

What, exactly, is the nature of evil? Read about three painters who tried to show it.

The Spectacles

There is more to this man than meets the eye. He appears quite ordinary; he's learned that skill well enough...

Stephanos

Stephanos begins when a boy enters a temple to get away from his sister...

A Strange Picture

Why was a picture of beauty so disturbing?

Unashamed

Abigail loves to sit down at a keyboard and improvise with her father. Why is she afraid one day?

The Voyage

A disillusioned young man wants to escape into another world, a magical world, and finds an old man who might help him.

The Wagon, the Blackbird, and the Saab

There's more connecting these three items than you might think. But the differences are more than meets the eye, too.

A Wonderful Life

It really doesn't matter if the situation is ordinarily bad or extraordinarily bad. Not for what really counts.

Socratic Dialogue

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Socratic dialogue: philosophy with more than a dash of drama. If you're looking for a place to start, I reccommend The Watch.

The Damned Backswing

A dialogue about a "damned backswing" that keeps coming up in life and society.

How Shall We Live This Instant?

Humans have long lived as hunter-gatherers, then in a geological eyeblink adopted the agricultural revolution, and then in an eyeblink even compared to the agricultural revolution, spin out in a cascading, coruscating, coruscating, coruscating succession of technologies.

How shall we live in this? There are hints and suggestions answering the question of "How Shall We Live This Instant?"

The Law of Attraction: A Dialogue with an Eastern Orthodox Christian Mystic

In shaky times, many people look to the Law of Attraction. Orthodox Christianity has a way to delve deeper.

The Martian Human Complete Set of Working Instructions to Happiness: Life, the Paleo Diet, (Paleo) Orthodoxy, and Other Things

A Socratic dialogue between a fan of Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land and an Orthodox theologian about Martian and human life, happiness, and the Paleo diet.

The Mindstorm

A dialogue which has a brilliant alumnus return to his school and discuss philosophy of education with its founder.

Plato: The Allegory of the... Flickering Screen?

A slightly updated look at Plato's Allegory of the Cave... or perhaps not really an updated look at all. Should the most famous piece of Socratic dialogue have been called the Allegory of the Television?

Spirit

God is spirit, and he invites us to be spirit too.

Veni, Vidi, Vomi: A Look at "Do You Want to Date My Avatar?"

"Do You Want to Date My Avatar?" is a viral music video that is funny and demure by music video standards. At first glance, at least...

The Watch

On the surface, it's about a watch that has another way of telling time. Under the surface...

Within the Steel Orb

Does Einstein's theory of relativity say anything that relativism does not? Or does relativism say anything that Einstein's theory of relativity does not?

Is there a difference that matters?

A sleek car under starlight, a different kind of information technology, a deep, blue-robed host, and the wisdom of a Socratic dialogue in a science fiction world.

Yonder

Yonder is a science fiction story that starts in a world where mind and body are separate. Or at least that's one way of looking at it. You could also describe it as a miniature Divine Comedy, a journey which begins in Hell and ends in Heaven, but uses none of the traditional imagery: Hell is a place where you can have any pleasure you want, while Heaven is a place with intense suffering.

Technology

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Here are a collection of works about technology, programming, web design, and hackerdom. You may also be interested in the open source software projects section and possibly Technonomicon: Technology, Nature, Ascesis. If you're looking for a place to start, I suggest The Luddite's Guide to Technology: Fasting from Technologies or Passwords Maker.

Ajax Without JavaScript or Client-Side Scripting

It's common knowledge among front-end web developers that Ajax is not necessarily "Asynchronous JavaScript and XML": XML can quite well be replaced by JSON. But JavaScript and client-side scripting languages aren't strictly necessary, and here is a proof of concept.

All I Really Needed to Learn About Programming, I Learned From Java

As I look back on my programming experience, the most important things were not writing low-level serialization routines, or stunning optimizations that drew on deep theory. All I really needed to learn about programming, I learned from Java.

The Case for Uncreative Web Design

Many people think good web design means making a design that's different from other websites. This article argues another perspective.

The Luddite's Guide to Technology: Fasting from Technologies

The title "The Luddite's Guide to Technology" is quite deliberately ironic. The content, a work of Orthodox mystical theology, is not ironic, and is a discussion of spiritually disciplined use of today's technology. The discussion is meant to provide a roadmap and provoke reflection.

Passwords Maker

It can be surprisingly difficult to make a password that is both strong and secure on the one hand, and not impossible to remember. Sure, if your password is "BQRaW3@8-i--d5bce" it is going to be a hard password for anyone malicious to guess, but that kind of password is hard to remember, and for that matter hard enough to type in!

Passwords Maker makes passwords that are hard to guess but easy to remember. Curious how that is possible? Take a look!

So, You've Hired a Hacker (Revised and Expanded)

This is a revision of a classic guide for managers confused by hackers they've hired. Not the vandals who break into other people's computers—the other kind of hacker, the law-abiding kind. Haven't heard of them? Here's a chance to do just that.

Tinkering with Perl

Something I wrote when my brothers were twelve to introduce them to programming. It tries to be very simple—just enough so kids can start tinkering.

Usability for Hackers: Programmers, Anthropology, and Making Software More Usable

Programmers can easily enough make software with an interface that makes sense only to them. This is a discussion of personal attributes that many programmers can draw on to make software that is much more usable.

Usability, the Soul of Python: An Introduction to the Python Programming Language

An introduction to Python that looks at usability as one of the most fundamental aspects of the language.

Your Site's Missing Error Page

Think you've covered the bases in appropriate error pages? 404 and 500 covered professionally? You've still got at least one left.

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