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

5 Interesting Links for 01-27-2017

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Felting (Art) Beautiful felted dragons by Russian Artist Alena Bobrova. There are 15 pages, and some of my favorites are on the later ones. I’ve seen felting in action and … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 01-20-2017

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Restoration (Houses) While Brian in Becoming Home was not attempting to stay true to the period in restoring the dilapidated Victorian he purchases in Foster’s Way, this is still an … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 1-13-2017

Note: Videos may auto start with sound so be prepared. Claw Clipping (Cats) Some tips and the reasons why trimming your cat’s claws is important both for you and the cat. http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-health-grooming-care-trimming-nails-claws-ask-a-vet Dress (History) For those curious about Victorian Era … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 12-23-2016

Invasive Species (Animals) The capture of a Burmese python in the Everglades gives more data on the impact of this invasive species based on what was in its intestines. http://www.livescience.com/57028-invasive-python-ate-three-deer.html Gretna Green (History) A quick look at the reasons for … Continue reading

5 Interesting Links for 12-16-2016

Don’t forget to join me all day tomorrow for the Dark Humanities Release Party on Facebook. I’ve prepared some fun games, quizzes, and giveaways for your entertainment. Sign up here to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Note: Videos … Continue reading