Doxacon Seattle weekly digest (May 19-25)

To all of our western Christians, happy (belated) Pentecost! May the Holy Spirit bring you many graces and gifts as we move from Easter joy into the work of the great commission.

On the geeky front, we are delighted to share some work on behalf of our friends over at Bored Dragon Woodworking. If that name sounds familiar, it is because they had a booth at our convention this year. They’ve got a kickstarter going on right now for exotic wood dice sets. They’ve graciously shared some images (below) – check out their official kickstarter page for more information!

May 19 – For Christians in the west, today is Pentecost Sunday. At liturgical celebrations, a special hymn called a ‘sequence’ is chanted. This particular sequence – sometimes nicknamed the ‘Golden Sequence’ is titled Veni, Sancte Spiritus (‘Come, Holy Spirit’). It dates back to the thirteenth century and is a sung prayer calling on the Holy Spirit to descend on all the faithful.

A sephia theatrical poster of the 1908 movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The title is spelled out above an image of an image of two men, one dressed in black and the other in grey, standing in an office room before a window looking out at a moonlit night. At the bottom of the image reads the caption "The transformation. 'Great God! Can it Be!!'"

May 21 – First horror movie (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) premiered in Chicago (1908). Though little is known about that particular edition, many attempts have been made to bring Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde book to stage and cinema. Read about his story and these efforts at LitHub.

A black and white photograph of Sir Arhtur Conan Doyle by Walter Benington, taken in 1914

May 22 – Happy 165th birthday to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859)! Though he is most popularly known for his novels featuring Sherlock Holmes, he was also (first!) a doctor and surgeon. He spent most his career splitting his efforts between medical work and writing. Read about him at the BBC website.

A graphic representation of morse code, indicating the code for each letter.

May 24 – Today is the 180th anniversary of Samuel Morse tapping out the first telegraph message out – “What hath God wrought”, a quote from the book of Numbers. Read the story of him, his invention, and its use even today at howstuffworks.

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