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A tradition as old as the stars: the Perseid meteor shower.

If you live in the U.S. you may have been too distracted this week by the sad news about Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, and the terrible events unfolding in … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Leaving the Huntington: a few pictures from my trip.

Today was the last day of my research fellowship, and after nearly a month in residence at the Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California, I’m going home tomorrow. … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Searching for Lady Portland: Trek in the Park.

Originally posted on Dave's Corner of the Universe:
? It was a beautiful non-rainy day in Portland Oregon. There are thousands of people milling around in a large park.…

July 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Haunted, Vanished Place: The Corringie Settlement of Western Australia.

Originally posted on www.seanmunger.com:
I’m a huge fan of Google Earth and I think it’s one of the coolest things the information age has ever come up with.…

June 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Waffels” for dinner, rum for breakfast: eating and boozing in Iceland in 1809!

So instead of environmental disaster or creepy deaths, this morning in the archives I found something that you can file in the “epic awesome” category. Today I was browsing travelogues, … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Vitalogy: An amazing but very amusing medical Encyclopedia

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It's History:
We all have to thank Eddie Vedder for our curiosity in a very interesting home medical encyclopedia first published in…

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The lingering legend of Kaspar Hauser: the semi-feral mystery child of Nuremberg.

One hundred and eighty-six years ago today, on May 26, 1828, a strange teenage boy with a disheveled appearance appeared in the town square of Nuremberg, Germany. He could speak … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

“A horror of great darkness”: New England’s Dark Day.

Today, May 19, is the anniversary of an unusual environmental event. This day 234 ago, May 19, 1780, was known as “New England’s Dark Day.” All over the region in the … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

“I’ve been browsing online more than 3 hours today!”: The intriguing anatomy of WordPress spam comments.

If you’re on WordPress, or really any blogging platform, spam in your comments is undoubtedly the bane of your existence. I’m sure you see hundreds of spam comments a week–most … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · 4 Comments

Demotivated: the rise and fall of “Successories” and its parodies.

When was the first time you remember walking into an office, waiting room or conference room that had a Successories poster on the wall? You know, one of those framed … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

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