Of General Interest

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Science and art coming together to create beautiful and practical things.

If this has inspired you at all, turns out Robert J. Lang has a YouTube channel with talks and tutorials. As soon as I have spare time again, I’m going to try my hand at this. I have a feeling it’ll be very zen.

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TNBBC’s The Next Best Book Blog: The 2017 David Bowie Reading Challenge

Okay, I know I said I’m going to be doing the PopSugar book challenge, and I’m sticking to that, but then I came across this reading challenge and I just had to share it.

I don’t know how far I’ll get with this one, but I like it too much to not at least add it to my own personal reading challenges of the year. Once you take a look at the (admittedly huge) list, I’ve gone ahead and made a PDF of it for your very own tracking purposes. Let’s see how many songs you can get through – I’m gonna start with Ziggy Stardust and work my from there!

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1978/2017 Spider-Man Calendar Desktop Wallpapers – Andertoons Cartoon Blog

Mark Anderson, who is a great cartoonist and prime level geek, realizing the cyclical nature of calendars decided to scan his old superhero yearly markers for everyone to enjoy. This year, it’s the 1978 Amazing Spider-Man edition he’s gracing us with. In the past, it’s been the 20th anniversary of Marvel and DC Super Powers (and then there was the amazing superhero Valentine’s day cards). Anyway… enjoy. And when you get a chance, thank Mr. Anderson for what he’s doing!

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Paper Stunts

Here’s a bunch of really cool paper tricks you can do at home!

Source: DOWNLOADS | quirkologyblog

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Free Historical Costume Patterns

A list of free historical medieval, Elizabethan and Victorian costume patterns.

Source: Free Historical Costume Patterns

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Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial Museum – http://sioctopusdisaster.com

The Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial Museum hopes to preserving the memory of those lost in this tragedy and educate the public about the truth behind the only known giant octopus ferry attack in the tri-state area.

Source: Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial Museum – http://sioctopusdisaster.com

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What Makes a Hero and the True Measure of the Human Spirit: Walter Lippmann’s Stunning Tribute to Amelia Earhart – Brain Pickings

“The world is a better place to live in because it contains human beings who will give up ease and security and stake their own lives in order to do what they themselves think worth doing.…

Source: What Makes a Hero and the True Measure of the Human Spirit: Walter Lippmann’s Stunning Tribute to Amelia Earhart – Brain Pickings

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An Ancient Device Too Advanced to Be Real Gives Up Its Secrets at Last | Big Think

I’ve long been fascinated by the Antikythera mechanism and what it could have been used for, how it was built, etc. Now, an interesting article, An Ancient Device Too Advanced to Be Real Gives Up Its Secrets at Last, gives some possible insight.

To be fair, though, I’m also fascinated by the Nazca Lines in Peru, I once did a diorama project on my explanations for the Bermuda Triangle, and have gone looking for The Loch Ness Monster (not in any organized official way, but I did take a tour boat out onto the water). Pretty much any unexplained phenomenon is okay in my book (and I’m really excited out new cable package included The History Channel in English!)

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BBC – Culture – The monsters hidden beneath the sea

Okay, I admit it. I’m a sucker for underwater monsters. Give me a giant squid, a Kraken, an octopus of unusual size, hell, even an overgrown shark and I’m there. For me, America said it best – “The ocean is a desert with its life underground and the perfect disguise up above.” It’s that “perfect disguise” which makes it interesting. No matter how calm, there could be any number of unknown dangers lurking just out of sight. 

This is why, despite being terrified of the water, I’ve been certified as a scuba diver, twice. In another reality, I’m a marine biologist, who spends his days as a dive instructor on a tropical island and doing research on the side. In this one, though, I’m just a writer who likes the monsters hidden beneath the sea

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How To Create Monsters & Mythological Creatures

So one day my friend Ian Rowland directed me to the site of his friend Gianni Sarcone, a designer of optical illusions. Specifically, the post on How To Create Monsters & Mythological Creatures. That’s an example over there to the left. 

Once you see the method, like a number of magic tricks, it is deceptively simple. And yet, the results are awe inspiring. As someone who has a penchant for the idea of urban fantasy (I’d love to write one, just don’t quite see it so instead, I read ’em) all I can see are a number of powerful beings trapped in static forms or natural figures waiting to make themselves known in that luminal time between dark and light. 

Maybe you’ll be able to find inspiration here. Or maybe you’ll just enjoy some clever photography. Either way, it’s definitely worth a look. 

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