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daily 02/21/2014

    • This vessel was supposed to be the source of all things good, such as unquenchable food, health, success in battle, etc.
    • The most popular of these stories says that the Holy Grail was the cup that Jesus used at the Last Supper and which Joseph of Arimathea later used to collect drops of Jesus’ blood at the crucifixion. This legend has it that Joseph of Arimathea or his descendants brought the cup to Britain where it was lost. This is where the legend of the Holy Grail becomes intertwined with the legend of King Arthur and his knights. Because this mythical vessel was supposed to be the source of all things good and the source of divine favor, those who were noble and pure in heart—such as King Arthur and his knights—desired to possess it and use its power for good.
    • The legend of the Holy Grail seems to arise out of the Celtic church’s claim to apostolic succession, which they traced back through Joseph of Arimathea to the apostle John. In the midst of oppression by the Catholic Church, which claimed that its apostolic succession and priesthood authority was through the apostle Peter, the legend of the Holy Grail represented hope to the Celtic church through an alternate line of apostolic succession. While the Catholic Church claimed that they were the only church with apostolic authority, the Holy Grail became a tangible symbol of the Celtic church’s claim to equal authority, also by a direct line of apostolic succession.
    • Apple is famously a company that believes in integration and believes in the value and importance of controlling every aspect of the user experience. But as a heavy user of Apple’s products, I can tell you that they are currently failing to do this. And it’s a problem for Apple.
    • Not only is my residential broadband slower, but it’s less reliable than it was a year ago—a situation a Comcast rep I spoke to on the phone blamed on the fact that more people live in my neighborhood.
    • The decision fits logically within Islam’s general proscription on suicide. The Quran condemns it, reading: “Do not kill yourselves or one another,” and “…do not throw yourselves with your own hands into destruction” (verses 4:29; 2:195). Traditionally, Muslim-majority countries have had the lowest suicide rates in the world.
    • S120 got faster lens (F1.8 vs F2.0)
    • Couple it with the S95 and you have a very light main and backup camera. 

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