The Magic of Miniatures

This is just the briefest of looks at an artistic approach going back millennia, straight back to the oldest surviving works by early man. Miniatures. Defined in umbrella terms, this is art that is made captivatingly small, capturing the essence of...

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Exploring the Biodome Trope… since we really built one.

Alright sci-fi fans… I hate to burst bubbles here. We’re a long way from self-sustaining bases in space, and especially far from them on other planets. Thankfully we have fiction! In our little fun worlds, we can accept that...

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Inspiration Station – Tour a Town

By way of inspiration, you really don’t have too far to look. It’s unnerving (at least to me) to think the only real things that have happened are in the past. Guess I live in fiction a lot. It’s weird...

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The Language of Trees

Last year, an author giving a talk described how difficult it was to describe the communication of a tree in her fantasy short story. She wanted it audible, but not exactly articulate. She’d finally settled on “singing” analogies, using...

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The Wren Hunt and the New Year

A recent tweet via The Library of Congress shared an article from The Citizen, a publication out of Kentucky. This particular article was published in 1909 and was written by Edward Foster. You can read Myths, Customs and Superstitions...

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Fossilized Lightning

Time for an awesome found thing! I was fudging around on the internet and ended up jumping down a rabbit hole. Actually, it’s even better than rabbits – I investigated fossilized lightning! That sounds far catchier than saying I was reading...

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Alnwick Castle’s Poison Garden

Poison garden. Sounds interesting, right? And there’s a famous one in Alnwick Garden that’s been making the rounds on oddity and travel sites for years. I can’t remember the first time I saw a post about what they’re doing...

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Art in a Box of Water

So I saw this post and the thing that "goes ding when there’s stuff” went off like a fire alarm in my head! The Incredible Underwater Art of Competitive Aquascaping | ThisIsColossal I may be just a teensie bit biased, but I’m...

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NOVA: The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

I’ve always been a huge fan of NOVA. PBS has always been a window to the world. I still keep an eye out for new specials because, and I now own this with pride, I’m a documentary junkie. Everyone has their...

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