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42 Historical People, No. 3: Thuya, Egyptian noblewoman.

The still-regal mummified head of a woman who lived over 3,300 years ago attests to the beauty and poise she must have had in life. Her name was Thuya (also … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bikini Atoll: the sad, outrageous nuclear semi-wasteland of the Pacific.

Smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean there is a very beautiful but very sad place called Bikini Atoll. A ring of coral reefs and small sandy islands … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday: Dispatched “Dispatched” [audio].

This epic 14-minute mostly (but not totally) instrumental slab of melodic death metal may seem like an odd choice, but it’s a very special song to me. This is my … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Going both ways in Mexico: Y Tu Mamá También and bisexuality.

Not long ago I re-watched Y Tu Mamá También, the wonderful 2001 film by landmark Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón. This film has always been one of my favorites since the first time I … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mud, beer and metal: a taste of Wacken Open Air camp life. [video]

As you may have noticed, I’m going to Wacken soon. If you read this blog regularly you know that Wacken Open Air is the biggest metal festival on Earth and … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hale-Bopp: the Great (and terrible) Comet of the 90s.

Nineteen years ago tonight, on July 23, 1995, a curious coincidence occurred. Two men, unknown to each other but living in the same country and actually not that far from … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth Panorama: the Wacken Open Air Sky Bar, Wacken, Germany.

One week from today, I will be at Wacken Open Air, the world’s largest heavy metal festival! The excitement is building, so you can forgive me if I have Wacken … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical People, No. 2: Ötzi, the “Iceman” of the Alps.

This partially mummified man goes by a number of nicknames–for we have no idea what his real name was–but the most common is “Ötzi.” He’s the “Iceman” of the Alps, … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Earth, “Mad Men” location (and some history): Bob’s Big Boy Broiler, Downey, California.

This is the first of my Mad Men geography articles to go outside of New York City! Although the show takes place mostly in New York, there’s a strong Southern California … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment
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