Tag Archives: history and culture

an adorable cretaceous pet

Back before I got my first corgi, my inner life was full of imaginary pets.  Not just dogs, but tame foxes, wolves, crows, hedgehogs, armadillos and giant fruit bats.  And of course, since  imagination is cheap, I also kept dragons, … Continue reading

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on a canopic jar

Canopic jars are my favorite Egyptian art thing.  There’s no point here in going into (the many gross and fascinating) details about the process of mummification or about my childhood fascination with Wallis Budge’s The Mummy: A Handbook of Egyptian … Continue reading

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how i met a giant mole

Our local power utility, which provides us with both electricity and natural gas, has a “Call Before You Dig” program.  This is entirely admirable: you call 811 before you plant trees or build a deck or whatever, and a crew … Continue reading

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mushawasing, page 4

And there it is: the story of how Moose got her name.  It’s not just that she’s big and strong for a girl, and rather blunt and straightforward.  Or rather, that’s not all it is.  From Moose’s point of view, … Continue reading

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football talk

In the interest of promoting what I think is one of the best (and, in this country at least, most underrated) places to find good use of the English language, it’s time for Football Talk. First of all, we’re talking … Continue reading

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all kinds of mammoths

Regular readers of this blog know that Twilight Beasts (“exploring the magnificent world  of lost Pleistocene beasts”) is one of our favorite Other Blogs.  All Pleistoscene beasts, from dire wolves to Nebraska camels, are aces in my book, and many … Continue reading

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the fourth of july

On the fourth of July I went out to photograph the sky and stayed out long enough to see the first fireworks.

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fifty superheroes: number thirteen

Erik Walks-on-Air is, of course, a flying hero.  In fact, he’s what I think of as a pure flying hero– he doesn’t use technology or magic, and he doesn’t have “flight” as just one item on a list of mighty … Continue reading

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distraction: steam locomotive

Here she comes! Sketchbook Week will return tomorrow and probably extend into next week because of this locomotive.  Sorry.  It’s all very easy to blame the steam locomotive when you want to play with cameras all day instead of working … Continue reading

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a correction. and a picture. and a link.

People throughout the multiverse have been reading my review of the newest Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Happily their number includes my friend B, who points out that the character Kraglin, played so well by Sean Gunn, did appear in … Continue reading

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