Doxacon Seattle weekly digest (June 30 – July 5)

Happy Independence Day! We hope that you all are enjoying plenty of rest, relaxation, and time with family today.

As you may have read in last week’s announcement, we have a lay keynote speak for Doxacon Seattle 2025: S.K. Ehra. Learn more about her at her website and on Instagram (skehra_author) – we’re excited to for her presentation on our 2025 theme “Extasis: Escaping Reality in Pursuit of Truth”.

On a related note, we’d love to hear from you about what you’d like – or even how you might want to be part of the convention programming. Check out our call to action post for details and contact information.

A photo of an icon of the twelve holy apostles. Four apostles are in the foreground with gold halos, the remaining eight are behind them, all against a gold leave backdrop

June 30 – On this day, Orthodox Christians following the new calendar celebrate the Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles. It is a commemoration of their faithful discipleship. Though not without struggles and falls, they committed themselves to the Lord, becoming icons of Him Whom they followed. Read more at the Orthodox Times.

A black and white photograph of the Zeppelin LZ 1 taking flight over a crowd at Lake Constance in Germany

July 1 – 124 years ago today (1900), the first Zeppelin took flight in Germany. It was the first successful rigid airship. Though the flight was a moderated success (it had to make an emergency landing and investors were decidedly not impressed at the design flaws), airships began to capture the imagination of engineers and the public in general. Read more about it at Google Arts & Culture.

The phrase 'Back to the Future' in the style used in the movie of the same title

July 3 – Great Scott! Today is the anniversary of the release of the movie Back to the Future. Pick your reasons about what makes it iconic (the DeLorean, Michael J. Fox as ‘Marty McFly’ or Christopher Lloyd’s ‘Doc Brown’), but it remains a classic for a reason! Check out Vox’s article exploring some of them.

July 4 – In the United States, today is Independence Day – the day celebrating American independence from Great Britain on this date in 1776, as proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. Though the day has been marked fairly consistently in formal and informal ways, it was made a federal holiday just shy of 100 years later. Read more about it at the Library of Congress website – and for those who celebrate: Happy Fourth of July!

A photo of breakfast for two on a table on a patio. Each person has a plate with toast, spam, an egg, and a bowl of rice, with mug of coffee next to each.

July 5 – Almost ninety years ago today, Spam made its debut in the world (1937). During the Great Depression it was invented as a way to offload what was at the time unprofitable pork shoulder. Composed of pork, salt, water, sugar, potato starch and sodium nitrate, it takes its name from the combination of the words ‘spiced ham’. While admittedly a generous use of the phrase, it took the world by storm!Check out the official page about Spam at their website.

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