Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It’s sort of a gloomy Wednesday here today, so here are some downbeat links. But there’s a light at the end.

How best to spread the word about Ebola? Through a dance song, of course. This is a brilliant idea.

From Cassandra: a vintage story about murder and vengeance from beyond.

Andrew Leatherbarrow found there was a lack of focused reporting on what exactly happened at Chernobyl. So he put the story together, along with hundreds of photos which trace the history of the plant, the nearby city Pripyat, and the 1986 meltdown. The photos by themselves are available on imgur, and are worth looking at on their own.

Finally, a bit of cheerfulness. Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins is back on tour, and there will be t-shirts, and I am hoping that soon there will be more available to Americans. Go Tom!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Retronaut has a YouTube channel, filled with retro goodness! Like Star Wars PSAs, for example! And much more.

Via Gizmodo’s article about a mobile geology lab meant to go to the moon, I found SpaceRef, which has more information on moon vehicles. I think these are great. Possibly because I liked the Moon Patrol video game.

Shades of Snow Crash: in Washington, DC, they’re planning housing made from shipping containers. Er.

The centennial of World War I has resulted in many articles and retrospectives. Here’s one which talks about how the weapons of the past met the weapons of the future during the conflict.

Monday, August 18, 2014

If it’s Monday, that means it’s time for arty links…

A 1970 Charley Harper mural was covered up in a Cincinnati convention center, but now it’s being uncovered and it’s fabulous. And it's about space!

Crayola once had “prussian blue” as a crayon color – now it’s known as midnight blue. The story behind the actual Prussian Blue and its associated objects is pretty fascinating.

Iceland is a nation of readers – so much so that at Christmas, so many people give each other books that it’s a phenomenon called the “jólabókaflóð” (Christmas book flood). My kind of people.

The Pet Shop Boys wrote an operatic tribute to Alan Turing, and they talk about their creation and inspiration.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone!

From Julie: A letter from Admiral Nelson has been discovered. The important aspect is that it was written before he lost his right hand!

From Cassandra: Hooray for dissent! Also, it’s time for a Costume Party, regardless of your gender identification.

Found on Kate Beaton’s tumblr: a dictionary of Nova Scotia phrases and idioms. Lots of great stuff here.

Found on Metafilter: X-rays of toy robots! These would make great framed prints.

Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Wall Street Journal speaks up for public libraries. Thanks, WSJ!

The Oxford Dictionary Online has updated its vocabulary. Get ready for many internet-based slang words.

Reading online is a different experience than reading paper. This may not be news, but now we have research! 

LawComics is brand new and aims to demonstrate law via the power of the graphic arts.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This week is full of bad news, isn’t it? We’re going with the escapism theme today.

Also, today is International Left-Handers Day. Celebrate accordingly.

Bill Coperthwaite built amazing yurt structures in northern Maine, and here are the photos to prove it. 

When traveling the world, it’s important to know where to get good tea. 

A national park on the moon? It’s possible!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Insight comes from strange places at times. Cracked, of all sites, has a sensitive article on Robin Williams and the dark world of comedians.

In completely unrelated news, we now have an Instagram account. Check out our exciting (?) life! (Spoiler: there’s not much there yet.)

The August list of steampunk events is up at Tor. In other steampunk news, an Indonesian artist creates a giant turtle from metal trash, and a new game adapts Around the World in Eighty Days to create a story-driven travel experience.