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Rome – March 29-April 2

IMG_0960March 29, 2018 – So this trip started back in December. As we were driving to Mažeikiai for Christmas, I suggested to Rasa that we invite her mom to go to Rome for Holy Week and to see the Pope deliver his address from the balcony on Easter Sunday. Rasa thought it was a great idea, since her mom hadn’t been on an airplane in probably 40 years and had really never traveled. What a fun way to have a little break and, for someone who is as devout as her mother is, a (probably) once in a lifetime event. Continue reading

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The US has 11 separate ‘nations’ with entirely different cultures – Business Insider

Each region in the United States, from “Yankeedom” to “El Norte,” has its own cultural identity, says author Colin Woodard. This is a fascinating theory. While I’m not entirely convinced by the geographic breakdowns, it certainly makes a lot of sense as to why different areas of the country think the way they do.  Continue reading

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A history of the TV remote control as told through its advertising

Was having to explain to my wife, who is from a different culture and generation, what a “clicker” was… after she was lamenting the “old days” of having to actually put the key in the car door to lock/unlock it. So here’s what we found. Enjoy “flipping through channels of the past to check out early television clickers that look like ray guns and complex calculators.”

Source: A history of the TV remote control as told through its advertising

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Comic Book Plus – Free And Legal Public Domain Books

When you absolutely, positively need comic books and pulp magazines from decades ago.

Seriously… how amazing is it that these things are all online and available for research or just plain fun!

Source: Comic Book Plus – Free And Legal Public Domain Books

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Happy Holidays! Neil Gaiman Reads Charles Dickens’s Original Performance Script for “A Christmas Carol”

Happy Holidays!!!

“No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.”

Source: Neil Gaiman Reads Charles Dickens’s Original Performance Script for “A Christmas Carol” – Brain Pickings

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He kept his Star Wars legacy a secret in Boulder for decades. At 85, the sci-fi pioneer is ready to step out. — The Know from The Denver Post

This is an amazing story! Holy crap the things this guy has done and how much he’s been an invisible part of my life, childhood and overall creative development!

My takeaway though, is this line:

“Colin told me one time that this is the way he went through life, that he liked to create things that people couldn’t un-think,” Dall said. “That’s how he got into a lot of things: he would come up with such original, creative and intelligent ideas that people would look at it and then they couldn’t go back.”

And if you want a piece of signed artwork, check out Colin Cantwell’s own website.

Source: He kept his Star Wars legacy a secret in Boulder for decades. At 85, the sci-fi pioneer is ready to step out. — The Know from The Denver Post

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A Virtuoso Graphic Novel, Painted While in Hiding From the Nazis | Literary Hub

Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943) was the last Jewish student at the Berlin Fine Arts Academy. The danger for her had become so great by late 1938 that her family decided to get her out of Germany.

This is an amazing, and sad and angering, story. What sucks is we’re STILL learning the extent of the damage done to the arts and sciences some 70 years after the fact.

What a different world we might have had.

Source: A Virtuoso Graphic Novel, Painted While in Hiding From the Nazis | Literary Hub

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Len Wein Dies, At 69 – Bleeding Cool News And Rumors

When I lived in LA, I met Len through mutual friends and we became friendly. Every couple of months or so, we would go out for lunch or meet up at a movie and hang out. Yes, I was a comic fan, but honestly, I didn’t know the half of who he was or what he’d done (hell, I’m still learning now as I delve deep into comics history for my own research).

What I did know was that he was a hell of a guy. He took the time to hang out with a young punk who thought he knew much more than he did. And even though we hadn’t really seen each other in years, the mark he left on my life is indelible and he will certainly be missed.

Rest easy, my friend. And may they have great delis wherever you’re going.

Source: Len Wein Dies, At 69 – Bleeding Cool News And Rumors

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One of the greatest science fiction magazines is now available for free online – The Verge

I love that all these great magazines are finding new homes online (that said, I do own several of the original copies, including the three part series of Bester’s The Demolished Man). I’ve even noted it before, specifically when IF magazine, Galaxy’s sister publication, went live online and when Omni hit the digital archives.

So now, most of Galaxy is available online for you to read and enjoy. I suggest you do.

Source: One of the greatest science fiction magazines is now available for free online – The Verge

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This Land is YOUR Land | David Magazine

Visit a National Park this Summer to Celebrate Your Citizenship & the Glory of the Great Outdoors.

My latest piece for David!

Source: This Land is YOUR Land | David Magazine

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