Word of the day  


Definition: v. & n. tr. (foll. by to infin.) try earnestly.
Synonyms: enterprise, endeavor
Etymology: ME f. put oneself in DEVOIR (more...)

Quote of the day  

For disappearing acts, it's hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.
by Doug Larson

Birthday of the day  

Philipp Nikodemus Frischlin

Philipp Nicodemus Frischlin (also spelled Nikodemus) (September 22, 1547 – November 29, 1590), German philologist, poet, playwright, mathematician, and astronomer, was born at Erzingen, today part of Balingen in Württemberg, where his father was parish minister.

Joke of the day  

A man and his wife were sitting in the living room discussing a 'Living Will'. The man said 'Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.' His wife got up, unplugged the TV and threw out all the beer.

Thought of the day  

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Fact of the day  

480 BC – Battle of Salamis: The Greek fleet under Themistocles defeats the Persian fleet under Xerxes I.

Biography of the day  

George Boole

George Boole [bu?l], (November 2, 1815 - December 8, 1864) was a British mathematician and philosopher. As the inventor of Boolean algebra, the basis of all modern computer arithmetic, Boole is regarded in hindsight as one of the founders of the field of computer science, although computers did not exist in his day. Boolean algebra was also used in the development of information retrieval, a major subfield of information science.

Article of the day  

System Shock

System Shock is a 1994 first-person action role-playing video game developed by Looking Glass Technologies and published by Origin Systems. It was directed by Doug Church with Warren Spector (pictured) serving as producer. The game is set aboard a space station in a cyberpunk vision of the year 2072. Assuming the role of a nameless hacker, the player attempts to hinder the plans of a malevolent artificial intelligence called SHODAN. System Shock's 3D engine, physics simulation and complex gameplay have been cited as both innovative and influential. The developers sought to build on the emergent gameplay and immersive environments of their previous games, The Stygian Abyss and Labyrinth of Worlds, by streamlining their mechanics into a more "integrated whole". Critics praised System Shock and hailed it as a major breakthrough in its genre. It was later placed on multiple hall of fame lists. The game was a moderate commercial success, with sales exceeding 170,000 copies; but Looking Glass ultimately lost money on the project. A sequel, System Shock 2, was released by Looking Glass Studios and off-shoot developer Irrational Games in 1999.

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  • that the Journal of Contemporary Religion, covering new religious movements and trends in mainstream religion, was founded in 1985 as Religion Today, with Peter B. Clarke as its founding editor?