Things That Make Me Smile No.137: The Amazing Octopus

Like many Victorians, I am fascinated by the octopus even though they’ve never appeared in my steampunk adventure, The Steamship Chronicles. This is a truly alien species with apparent intelligence and amazing adaptability. However, I had not known this particular … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 01-19-2018

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Comics (Interesting People) How Kelly Sue DeConnick uses social media to raise the visibility of female artists in the comic field. http://www.player.one/women-comics-comic-book-artists-writers-visiblewomen-kelly-sue-deconnick-118826 Trauma (Psychology) The genetics of PTSD sufferers and … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 01-12-2018

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Photography (Interesting People) A late 1800s photographer used a spy camera to capture candid photos of people on the street, giving us a glimpse of daily life. https://www.boredpanda.com/spy-camera-secret-street-photography-carl-stormer-norway Hair (Digital … Continue reading

What Makes for a Good Guest Post?

I’ve been invited to do a guest post a time or two and really struggled with what to say that would both be welcome and encourage new readers to check me out. A short bio is hard enough, but a … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 01-05-2018

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Confusion (Language) A good explanation of words that are often misunderstood: https://qz.com/432285/20-misused-words-that-make-smart-people-look-dumb/ Mars (Space) Solar winds produce enough electric charge on one of the moons of Mars to complicate exploration. … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 12-29-2017

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Inspiration (Robots) Using natural abilities observed in the octopus, a robotics team is developing camouflage for soft robots. https://www.livescience.com/60669-octopus-inspired-robots-camouflage.html Revitalization (Interesting People) A look at two lives seeped in West … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 12-22-2017

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Tuna Fishing (History) Tuna fishing was brought to Sicily by the Arabs, but this part of the history is not given the attention it deserves as shown by the decaying … Continue reading

Things That Make Me Smile No.134: Science Made Approachable

I’m a great fan of science made approachable. It’s easy to see science as magic when you lack the foundation to understand complex explanations, but so much is observable if we are only pointed in the right direction. This explanation … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 12-15-2017

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Influence (Reading) How The Monster at the End of This Book (a Grover story I enjoyed with my kids) helped teach an author about the power of literature and its … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 12-08-2017

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Tips (Travel) 25 tips from experienced travelers to make your trip less expensive and more enjoyable. http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers Reviews (Promotion) Techniques to get book reviews on a title within the rules … Continue reading