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Metal for Friday: “Revelations” by Judas Priest. [audio]

If you love metal, you love Judas Priest by definition. Judas Priest is to heavy metal what Shakespeare is to drama. You just can’t get smoother, heavier or a more … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

The undead revolution is imminent: you can now preorder “Zombie Rebellion”!

We’re inching–more like careening–ever closer to June 3, the release date for my new zombie novel Zombie Rebellion from Samhain Horror! This morning I discovered to my delight that the book … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location: Joan Holloway’s apartment, 42 West 12th Street.

Ready for some more Mad Men Geography? This very fashionable address is on West 12th Street, and is evidently the apartment of Joan Holloway (played by Christina Hendricks), the extremely buxom, … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 26: Ludwick’s Revolutionary War-era bakery molds.

I love it when I can do entries in this series about everyday objects that have become historical by virtue of simply having survived. You wouldn’t expect to see cookie … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nine Men’s Morris, Everywhere

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
Nine Men’s Morris really is everywhere. When I first noticed the scratches on the side of Charlemagne’s throne back in 2008, I had no idea what they…

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

The death of Hu Yaobang: the first chapter of a story that changed the world.

Twenty-five years ago today, on April 15, 1989, a man named Hu Yaobang died in a hospital in Beijing, China following a heart attack he’d suffered several days earlier. You’ve … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Happy Pesach: the Fifth Cup of Passover. [video]

This week is Passover, the most significant holiday in the Jewish year. It’s my first Passover, so its traditions are pretty new to me. While searching for a YouTube video … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

The last thing Lincoln ever saw: the play “Our American Cousin.”

One hundred and forty-nine years ago tonight, April 14, 1865, was the most famous “night out” in American history. On that Friday evening Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: Grape harvest, Shea Wine Cellars, Newberg, Oregon.

This is kind of an unusual Earth Panorama post, as it’s not scenery-heavy, but I found it very interesting. These are workers sorting grapes and preparing to put them into … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment
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