August 27 – today we celebrate the life and faith of St Monica – Mother of St Augustine

One night she had a vision that assured her Augustine would return to the faith. From that time on, she stayed close to her son, praying and fasting for him. In fact, she often stayed much closer than Augustine wanted. When he was 29, Augustine decided to go to Rome to teach rhetoric. Monica was determined to go along. One night he told his mother that he was going to the dock to say goodbye to a friend. Instead, he set sail for Rome. Monica was heartbroken when she learned of Augustine’s trick but she still followed him. She arrived in Rome only to find that he had left for Milan. Although travel was difficult, Monica pursued him to Milan. In Milan, Augustine came under the influence of the bishop, St. Ambrose, who also became Monica’s spiritual director. She became a leader of the devout women in Milan as she had been in Tagaste. She continued her prayers for Augustine during his years of instruction. At Easter, 387, St. Ambrose baptized Augustine and several of his friends. Soon after, his party left for Africa. Although no one else was aware of it, Monica knew her life was near the end. She told Augustine, “Son, nothing in this world now affords me delight. I do not know what there is now left for me to do or why I am still here, all my hopes in this world being now fulfilled.” She became ill shortly after and suffered severely for nine days before her death. Image 1-Pedro Berruguete; 4-Gozzoli; 5-PdellaFrancesca

Happy World Elephant Day! Here are some fast facts about African elephants to help you celebrate these awe-inspiring creatures:

  • The African elephant is the largest living land mammal. 
  • Both male and female African elephants have ivory tusks. 
  • The average lifespan of an African elephant is 70 years! 
  • For the most part, elephants are hunted for their ivory. 

In 1930, as many as 10 million of these majestic creatures existed in Africa. But due to ivory hunters and habitat loss, that number has dwindled to about 470,000 according to the @wwf

Learn more about African elephants.


League of Legends - Fast Facts!

FAST FACT: There might be two possible reasons for a person to acquire coulropobia, or fear of clowns. One is through his own personal negative experience with clowns; and the other one is through the negative impressions mass media gives to clowns. Famous personalities who have Coulrophobia are rapper P Diddy and actor Johnny Depp.


When you hover your mouse on someone’s display picture in your dashboard, the i that’s usually located on the bottom right of the picture is now on the left. And when you click this, you’ll have see the ask button and the unfollow button. 

Happy 5th Birthday, LORE!

To honor five years of LORE cartoons on YouTube, I’m going to show off my top five favorite Fast Facts animations that I worked on together with funymony.  Fast Facts is a weekly, thirty-second cartoon series about video games that premiers on the LORE channel on YouTube.  Since joining up with LORE in 2013, I helped with the production of over twenty cartoons.

(You can see more LORE cartoons by funymony right here!)

Banjo Kazooie was one of the very first Fast Facts episodes.  It was made almost entirely by funymony, but it’s still one of my favorites. Spring 2013

Animal Crossing is when I started getting more involved with production, providing half the jokes and art assets. Summer 2013

Sonic the Hedgehog with Chad Quandt.  At first, funymony and I were like, “Who’s this guy?”  But Chad’s sleepy voice and enthusiasm for classic Sonic won our hearts in the end. Winter 2013

Double Dragon!  At this point, funymony and I had a strong, collaborative work dynamic.  It’s worth watching this one to the very end! Spring 2014

Transistor demanded special artistic attention; the game is full of beautiful colors and shimmering textures.  The soundtrack is rich, moody and electronic (also available for free listening on the game’s official YouTube channel).  We loved it so much, funymony and I beat this game twice in one night! Summer 2014