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5 tips to make your Mac the best college wingman ever

Cult of Mac - 1 hour 24 min ago
Transitioning to the college lifestyle can be awkward at first. Being away from home, having a heavy workload and still wanting to hangout with friends can be a lot to manage all at once. Luckily, your Mac can help relieve a…Read more ›

Apple flips the switch on massive content delivery network

Cult of Mac - 1 hour 35 min ago
Apple has put a massive amount of money and talent into the construction of its own content delivery network (CDN) for the last few years and its finally starting to pay off. The new CDN has already gone live in…Read more ›

Shiny, happy shooter game will ruin your cool by level 3

Cult of Mac - 2 hours 19 min ago
Lovely Planet is a twee little game for your Mac (or Linux/Windows box) that distills the essentials of the first-person shooter genre down to the basics: shoot, jump, run. You’ll do this, over and over, across five distinct worlds and…Read more ›

USB security is fundamentally broken, claim security experts

Cult of Mac - 3 hours 39 min ago
According to findings by researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell, USB security may be profoundly broken, with no way around it. Nohl and Lell have highlighted a flaw in USB devices which potentially offer hackers the ability to sidestep all…Read more ›

Yo wants copycat app booted out of App Store

Cult of Mac - 4 hours 21 min ago
Where there’s a popular idea, you can be sure the clones will follow. Earlier this year the popular app in question was Flappy Bird, and here in July it’s simplified message app Yo, which has to date received $1.5 in…Read more ›

Last chance to keep your Mac running smoothly with Techtool Pro 7 and Checkmate [Deals]

Cult of Mac - 5 hours 21 min ago
You already know that your Mac computer is one of the best designed machines on the market. Even the best machines, though, can fall victim to a variety of problems, either on the software or hardware side of things. Keep…Read more ›

Eighth Ohio Apple Store to open later this year in Toledo

Cult of Mac - 7 hours 26 min ago
Apple is set to open a new Apple Store in Toledo, OH’s Franklin Park Mall sometime during the fourth quarter of 2014. This will be Ohio’s eighth Apple Store, with its seventh opening last month in Dayton. The company has…Read more ›

The NomadPlus turns your iPhone charger into a battery pack

Cult of Mac - 7 hours 46 min ago
When you hit the road, you take your iPhone charger. If you’re hitting the road for a long time, you might also take a portable battery along with it. So redundant. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way…Read more ›

Shazam unleashes new always-on music recognition app for Mac

Cult of Mac - 8 hours 6 min ago
Song recognition service Shazam has launched a cool new Mac app. Called, originally, Shazam for Mac, the always-on app lives in your Mac’s menu bar, and offers some neat features. Constantly listening for songs to identify, Shazam for Mac springs…Read more ›

Thanks to iOS 8, 1Password will become just as good as the Mac app

Cult of Mac - 8 hours 16 min ago
On the Mac, 1Password is a perfect Swiss Army Knife of tools for the forgetful and lazy, guaranteeing that they never have type in a password, address field, or credit card number into an online form ever again. But on…Read more ›

Chinese smartphone maker trying to beat iPhone 6 to market with sapphire display

Cult of Mac - 8 hours 36 min ago
As has been seen time and time again, all Apple needs to do is hint at an area it’s interested in exploring (see: smart watches) and much of the tech world will trip over itself trying to beat it to market…Read more ›

Why Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s iWatch

Cult of Mac - 8 hours 36 min ago
A comic book movie about misfit space superheroes might not seem to have much in common with Apple’s long-rumored entry into wearable computing. However, for a handful of reasons, Guardians of the Galaxy is to Marvel Studios what the iWatch…Read more ›

Does Apple’s deal with IBM signal ‘the end of desktop?’

Cult of Mac - 8 hours 36 min ago
Does the iOS-centric IBM-Apple deal equal the end of the road for desktops? Absolutely it does, if you believe Bob Tinker, CEO of the newly-public company MobileIron. Discussing the recent alliance between the two tech giants during his company’s first…Read more ›

Ultra-compact studio monitors deliver huge sound

Cult of Mac - 9 hours 6 min ago
If you make music of any kind, or are just looking to upgrade your sound system from the decent-yet-not-audiophile Bluetooth speakers you currently use, you know you want a set of speakers that can handle the highest of highs, the…Read more ›

How startup Cubr might kill the business card and foster dangerous liaisons

Cult of Mac - 9 hours 36 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO — Sébastien Leidgens wants to put a new angle on the business card. His invention, Cubr, is a six-sided die that connects people through private mobile web chat. When a red, blue or green Cubr is tossed your…Read more ›

Not What They Think It Means

Augoeides - 9 hours 37 min ago
Normally an article like this one wouldn't rise to my attention here on Augoeides. It's just another conservative group protesting same-sex marriage, which has become pretty run-of-the-mill and increasingly ineffective these days. Perhaps in an effort to step it up, the group has called for a 40-day fast as part of the protest, which sounds pretty hardcore. At least, until you get to this part:

Only the “fasting” part of Fasting and Repentance for Marriage, won’t be as dramatic as one would think. In a follow-up, the group added that they “are asking the entire Body of Christ to join us for this feast – giving up physical food isn’t necessary – but feeding on the spiritual food provided is vital.”

Emphasis added. In other words, you don’t have to really fast, just kind of think of yourself as fasting. You know, go through the motions. It’s official: Family Foundation found the laziest form of protesting possible – protest by imagination.
So what they're calling a "fast" is actually a bunch of people pretending that they're fasting? Because the word "fast" does mean to give up food in some fashion. Some traditions with more nuance than Family Foundation's version of Christianity don't give up fasting entirely, but impose limitations during extended fasts such as giving up food during daylight hours. The point is they do something that rises to the level of physical action.

It's profoundly confusing to me how threatening these groups seem to find same-sex marriage for other people. I get that they disapprove on religious grounds, but nobody is telling them who they can and can't marry. Furthermore, the constitutional separation of church and state protects any church from the sort of government intrusion that they imagine might force them to perform same-sex weddings.

So it seems to me that if Family Foundation wants to hold an imaginary fast they can, but everyone involved would probably be better off if they just minded their own business.

Categories: Occulture

How Apple’s smart music tech could push you harder in workouts

Cult of Mac - 11 hours 47 min ago
If you’re a runner or a gym user, chances are that at some point you’ve put together a workout playlist of some sort, full of the kind of Rocky-esque power ballads you want entering your ears and coursing through your…Read more ›

Hundreds of Beats workers lose jobs as Apple deal is finalized

Cult of Mac - July 30, 2014 - 7:53pm
  Apple is finalizing its acquisition of Beats Electronics ahead of the August 1st closing date, and while most of Beats’ top talent will be migrating to the mothership, about 40% of Beats’ global workforce will be cut during the…Read more ›

Apple releases first OS X 10.9.5 beta to developers

Cult of Mac - July 30, 2014 - 7:06pm
The impending fall release of OS X Yosemite has been on the minds of most developers since WWDC, but Apple is continuing to make improvements to OS X 10.9 Mavericks with the release of the first OS X 10.9.5 beta…Read more ›


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