Baby otters

You know what’s adorable? Baby otters. I especially like the squeaky one.

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Beware the Puns

Piers Anthony is quite a character- and so are his characters! Piers has written well over a hundred books, from the sixties to the latest Xanth book that will come out next year. I recommend my favorite series he’s written, The Incarnations of Imortality. These books explore the concepts like Nature and Death as if they were jobs, set in a future where magic has caught up with technology.


On A Pale Horse by Piers Anthony

The Hawkeye Initiative

“How to fix every Strong Female Character pose in superhero comics: replace the character with Hawkeye doing the same thing.” –Gingerhaze

The Hawkeye Initiative is brilliant, in a word. Hilarious, baffling, and cringe-inducing, to be sure, but amazing. If a female comic book character is being a badass, redraw her with Hawkeye in the same pose, and see if it’s still awesome, or more “Where’s his spine?”

Hyperbolic Geometry

I’ve left you without math for far too long. Hyperbolic geometry is both brilliant and terrifying: the closer your object gets to the center of the territory (it’s a disk, but I expect you didn’t know that), the larger it needs to appear in “regular geometry” (Euclidean geometry) to have the same hyperbolic measurement. I think of it like a reverse black hole: the closer an object is to the middle, the less dense it gets.


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The Secret Bookstore of New York

After rising rent forced his secondhand bookstore out of New York City, Michael Seidenberg runs his shop out of his house. He’s less-than-optimistic about the future of literature; he says, “I don’t feel like, ‘Oh, I’m going to do this and now everyone’s going to read all the books and the forgotten authors.’ It’s a losing battle, we’ve lost. I just want to do as much as I can.” An admirable sentiment. What can each of us do for books?