April 21, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: A Standard Page By Any Measure
If you're old enough to remember the TV show Liar's Club, you may recall they wheeled out weird objects, provenance unknown, for celebrities to tout and contestants to determine the purpose of. Carrying on this proud, obscure tradition, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) periodically produces such an item and asks if anyone knows what in the world it is. Assuming it comes from this world at all may be presumptuous, and there may be nothing standard about what any given item measures. Does it power this? Detect that? Protect against the other? Take a gander to see if you can help. And if you can . . . just how is it you came by this knowledge?
-- Suggested by Steve Jackson
April 14, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: . . . And Ohming Is Half The Battle
After more than three-quarters of a century spent defending our liberty, our backyards, and our living-room coffee tables, green army men have earned some weekend liberty. Artist Dan Abramson has been bringing unique yoga products
to market for some time now, and he's found a whimsical take on the plastic soldiers of childhood. Yoga Joes
, available in traditional green or refreshing pink, are tiny infantrymen affecting warrior poses (what else?) and the popular downward-facing dog, among others. A good soldier is fit in mind, body, and soul, and these fellows are ready for action. It's hard to say exactly what kind of action these figures are preparing for, but they'll meet it with a clear mind and a clean chakra. "Yo(ga), Joe!"
-- Suggested by Audra Grace
March 11, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: 65 Million B.C. Was An Inside Job
The meteor that took out the dinosaurs might not have acted alone. Turns out, throwing a 10-kilometer chunk of rock at Earth does more than throw dust into the atmosphere; it unleashes all manner of cascading failures and Terran disasters. Phil Plait uses his Bad Astronomy blog to correct as much of the misinformation hurtling toward us as he can, which is a cosmic task given how quick folks are to believe the sensational. To be fair, he's also working against hundreds (if not thousands) of years of supposition, and he's only been around one human lifetime. If you don't want to read his work on what new things we've learned about our universe, you can peruse some of the older canards he's dealt with. Between the blog and the SyFy Wire feed, he's got most of the galaxy covered.
March 4, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: Accept No Substitutes
Dr. M. Doreal has brought the truth and the light out in people. At least, that's what happens if you spot The Brotherhood of the White Temple half-a-yard (to start). He brought the 411 on theosophy, hermetic tradition, and the translation of the Emerald Tablet. Akin to the Philosopher's Stone and other noteworthy mystic items, the tablet contains information that has spurred the efforts of everyone from Isaac Newton to Aleister Crowley. So for your fifty bucks, you, too, might join their hallowed ranks (if they reject your application, you get your money back; otherwise, you have to keep up your dues).
But beware, imposters and wannabes, for only by hewing to the truth of Dr. Doreal's translation can one be assured of finding the true inner light. Odd assurance from a fellow whose first name is either Michael or Maurice, depending on whom you ask.