Cats Who Collect Things – Funny story: I used to give my cat those plastic rings off of milk jugs to play with and she would always lose them under the refrigerator so I figured we would find a hundred of the things someday when we had to move it but when we had to replace our old refrigerator we did not find a single ring. Our homes definitely have interdimensional portals that stuff disappears into.
Rainbow Nests – What happens when you give wasps colored construction paper
Colorful abandoned places – A lot more photos on the photographer’s website. The thumbnails are not loading right now but just click on the first space where there’s supposed to be a picture and you’ll get the full size pic and you can click on the arrow to go through the whole bunch. (a little slow)
Bugs on the walls – An art exhibition; either creepy or fascinating depending on how you feel about such things. Maybe both.
My parents were good parents, but by today’s standards they would have been arrested for child endangerment—numerous times. — here
…the design of any structure always implies a way to break into it. — there
After centuries of the ancient Greeks worshipping reason and evidence, after the debating clubs at the peak of the Enlightenment, we are now a world filled with conspiracy theories and optional realities. — here
(I suspect that there have always been conspiracy theorists; the only difference is that the ancient Greeks didn’t have the Internet.)
When it comes to culinary invention, I’m a fan of the “Let’s throw some stuff together, bake it, and see what happens!” approach. — there
Color Thesaurus – Of course one could argue about the accuracy of many of these (and of course different monitors render colors differently) but it was a nice attempt.
Secret Society Art – Some of these are interesting. I like Where Hideous Things Slither and Climb and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows poster, among others. The other magic lantern slides especially.
In some way I knew that my grandma was sending me a sign… — here
I suspect if he could speak to us from the grave, he’d have a few choice words for these special snowflakes about what being ‘hurt’ or ‘offended’ really means. — there
It seems Blacky the emu has just discovered the holy grail. — here
Every time I come up with a bright idea and introduce it to the story, it usually get complicated. Why? Because this is science fiction and the two guns talk, belong to a psychopath, and hate each other. — there
Apparently having solved cancer and world hunger, the Internet is moving on to wondering why McDonald’s mozzarella sticks contain surprisingly little mozzarella. — here (via)
Was I really placed here by an all-knowing Providence in order to struggle each day to eat more vegetables and fewer french fries? Even setting aside my tendency to the grandiose, it seems a little petty. — there
In reality, the optimists are consistently correct over the medium term. As with the weather, if you don’t like current events, give it a little time and they will change. But chances are the pessimist will have latched on to something new that spells doom for us all. — here
A president doing president stuff in his final year?! TYRANT! — there
Yes, alright, almost any teapot can be used to kill if you swing it hard enough. — here
I catch myself being a “realist” to the point where I often talk myself out of things that I’ve logistically evaluated and convinced myself just won’t work. But then a small stubborn voice at the back of my mind says “Oh come on, just try it.” — here (Actually, I have always thought that Yoda saying is stupid but in this context I get it. It still means to try but with a positive attitude.)
Once we get into February, it’s always the same for me. Utter elation when the sun shines, pervasive gloom when it’s gray, and the urge to do something to hasten spring. — there
“Imagine walking through a park that is actually a library…” — here
“Surely you can see,” she tells her lover, Zachary, “that it would not suit me at all to be a mystery’s mistress?” — there
The irony is that calling someone pretentious often reveals more about the accuser than the accused. It speaks not only of how we perceive ourselves but also of our society’s “insecurities, prejudices and unquestioned assumptions”. — here
72 Seasons – A free app based on Japan’s ancient calendar, which has 24 seasons and 72 microseasons. My first thought was that they need to make an Oklahoma version because we have at least that many but here they don’t actually follow any calendar. Spring comes any time Mother Nature feels like it from January to April and after these little micro springs winter can keep coming back any time through the end of April. In fact, we once had snow flurries the first week of May.
Hesperus Press – Classic literature. Some of the big, important classics but also a lot of less well known older books. (UK site)