Send Texts in Hieroglyphics, or Do Some Serious Work

All your base are belonging to us. Source: Fabricius Hieroglyphics Converter Fabricius is a Google Arts & Culture project to use AI to translate Egyptian hieroglyphics. Use it to translate your emoji-filled text messages to hieroglyphics with the Fabricius Text to Hieroglyphics Converter, or if you have some ancient hieroglyphics you seriously want translate, use…… Continue reading Send Texts in Hieroglyphics, or Do Some Serious Work

G.I. Joe Recovers the Lost Mummy!

Source: 1972 Sears Wishbook. This 1972 set has all the essential/most fun archaeological gear: helicopter, ATV, machete, pick and shovel (the shovel is my pick), and … animal trap (what, is Roy Chapman Andrews coming along, too?). That mummy is not getting away from the Joes. With inflation, this $14.49 set would cost about $90…… Continue reading G.I. Joe Recovers the Lost Mummy!

Vintage Suburban Barware: Libbey Silver Foliage Glasses

Not that long ago, I picked up a set of drinking glasses and matching ice bucket from an antique store down the shore. These glasses were made by the Libbey Glass Company and it’s easy to find sets of this pattern, Silver Foliage, on eBay, Etsy, and other sites, especially if you search for “vintage…… Continue reading Vintage Suburban Barware: Libbey Silver Foliage Glasses

E-Bike to Hanover Pond at Whitesbog

Radmini at Whitesbog

Hanover Pond on Gaunt’s Brook. Source: TCM My first time biking at Whitesbog, the birthplace of the blueberry, was almost a year ago. Today was hotter and the water in Hanover Pond and the cranberry bogs looked very inviting. As peaceful as it is, Hanover Pond is part of what has been called a “highly…… Continue reading E-Bike to Hanover Pond at Whitesbog

Susan Orlean has SO NOT BEEN HACKED

Some kind of horse-birth-watching-with-wine neighborhood party resulted in famed author Susan Orlean drunk-tweeting to widespread acclaim this Friday night. Orlean most recently published that article about the rabbit virus in the New Yorker. For example… Her tweet-storm confirms her firmly held belief that “anything was a great story as long as I cared about it…… Continue reading Susan Orlean has SO NOT BEEN HACKED

Birdfeeder Birds

Pandemic-related photo opportunity; all seen within about 20 minutes. Not shown: nuthatch, chipping sparrow (?), lurking gray squirrels. Red-bellied WoodpeckerBlue JayBlue JayMale House Sparrow and male Northern CardinalMale Northern CardinalRaggedy-looking Male Northern CardinalFemale House FinchMale House FinchGrackle looking for a landing spotGrackle getting closerGray CatbirdDowny WoodpeckerDowny Woodpecker and female House Sparrow

Repurposed Standard Oil Gas Station in Cañon City

This former Standard Oil gas station built around 1930 in Cañon City, Colorado is currently occupied by an antique store. A 2008 National Park Service Preservation Brief notes that beginning in the 1920s, gas companies began designing gas stations to look more like residential buildings to help them blend into their surrounding neighborhoods. The move…… Continue reading Repurposed Standard Oil Gas Station in Cañon City