5 Interesting Links for 03-24-2017

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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.

Medicine (Interesting People)

A retired nurse has made it her business to reduce hospital waste by both raising awareness of the costs and taking donated “waste” that is still good but falls into a discard procedure to deliver to hospitals worldwide that are desperate for such items US hospitals throw away. Continue reading

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An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney

An Almond for a Parrot by Wray DelaneyThis is an odd book falling somewhere between historical fiction and romance. It is erotic in detail, and the main character, Tully, works out of a brothel for much of her life. At the same time, there’s a kind of innocence to her that suffers her state, and yet Tully finds beauty and joy where she can.

It’s a historically accurate presentation of the mid-18th century with all the light and dark of England in those times. There is no allowance for modern sensibility in how it shows the state of women of that time, and as such, there is nearly every horror and abuse possible either in passing reference or on the page. This is not a read for the weak-hearted. Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No.116: Steampunk in Action

While the logical follow up to my essay last week would be a work of steampunk art I had created, I have only the one mechanical dog that I’ve shown you before (the artwork for my article is a celebration of my love of gears more than intended as steampunk). Instead, I’m going to share something my husband created that falls right into the territory of the article.

He’s a long-term Nerf collector from when he used to roam the streets as a teen playing “Killer” to now when he falls in love with Nerf automatic machine guns at yard sales. A few years back, though, a buzz started in his brain about how one of his Nerf pistols could be steampunked using little more than miniature paint. I can’t remember how long it took, but I think it was at least a couple of days as he lovingly embellished, enhanced, and tweaked existing characteristics on this matte black gun to give it a flourish characteristic of the steampunk aesthetic. It has no visible moving parts, and the modifications are in paint only, but in keeping with my comments last week, it inspires. Continue reading

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5 Interesting Links for 03-17-2017

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Luminescence (Botany)

Gorgeous pictures of plants that demonstrate their light-emitting qualities. Makes me wonder how insects see them.

History (Fonts)

The fascinating history behind a specific style of penmanship. Continue reading

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Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson

Forged in Desire by Brenda JacksonI was of half a mind not to review this book as I read it. The characters are interesting, the space they’re in is complicated, and I liked the premise of this a new series. So why was I wavering? There’s a lot going on, and a lot of scene setting. I could have accepted that, but at the same time, I was being told a sexual tension was there and not feeling it. The encounters, though detailed and explicit, felt too analytical, more a laundry list than two people uncontrollably drawn to each other. And the telling isn’t limited to the sex because though both the threat and attraction are real, they didn’t seem that way for the longest while.

Yet, here I am reviewing it, and I’ll tell you why. The people are good people. I can understand both what horrible circumstances brought them together and why they’re acting the way they are. The bodyguards have all been wronged by the system in one way or another, and yet came out of it wanting to fix the problems rather than destroy the system in part because of the intervention of a man with a wonderful outlook on life. The conflict between Striker knowing Margo is related to his friend and boss but being unable to reveal it to her offers a nice tension on its own. I even noted at one point that I hoped the informant wasn’t someone who had been mentioned but we hadn’t met yet, because there was potential for a later book dealing with that couple. From my notes, there is no question I was committed to the characters. Continue reading

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