5 Interesting Links for 03-24-2017

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Psychology (Fonts) I never understood the slam against Comic Sans. I was never a fan, but it did me no harm either. Here’s another perspective on the psychology behind it. … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 03-17-2017

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Luminescence (Botany) Gorgeous pictures of plants that demonstrate their light-emitting qualities. Makes me wonder how insects see them. https://www.wired.com/2017/01/craig-burrows-fluorescence-plants-glow/ History (Fonts) The fascinating history behind a specific style of penmanship.

5 Interesting Links for 03-10-2017

Social Studies (Education) I was unaware social studies was among the classes targeted for budget cuts until reading this article. Certainly that wasn’t true for my sons, both of whom found the history and social studies courses among their favorites. … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 03-03-2017

Technology (Archaeology) A new technique using X-ray phase-contrast tomography is making it possible to read badly damaged scrolls like those from a library buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD without destroying them. http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/27/europe/charred-roman-scrolls-trnd/index.html Writing (Art) A … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 02-24-2017

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Pollination (Agriculture) A lucky happenstance has led to the first steps toward robotic pollinators to supplement falling bee populations. While an interesting idea, it should not take the place of … Continue reading

Things That Make Me Smile No.114: Automata

One of the incredible automata built by Pierre Jaquet Droz in the late 1700s, this is “The Writer,” a scribe created by a Swiss clockmaker and capable of writing any message limited only by the number of characters. It still … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 02-17-2017

Scientists (Interesting People) Maria Sibylla Merian was a female scientist before the Victorian Era who, through keen observation, recorded details about plants, animals, and insects that refuted the commonly accepted beliefs of the time. She was celebrated…until the Victorian Era … Continue reading

Of Sea Urchins and Hook-Worms (redux): the Power of Fairy Tales.

I posted this originally in 2013, but I think it has odd resonance in a time when truth and fact have given way to media and public figure pronouncements, when something shared on Facebook could look just as true as … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 02-10-2017

Sounds (Audio) A library of free sounds under the Creative Commons Zero license. http://freesound.org/browse/ Events (History) In a clever way of encouraging an interest in history, a Southern California rail museum is hosting a steampunk carnival. It’s in March for … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 02-03-2017

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Technology (Art) A good tip for GIMP users on how and where to set custom shortcuts. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/gimp-set-custom-keyboard-shortcuts/ Contamination (History) The Irish potato blight came from South America to devastate Ireland … Continue reading