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.
February 11, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: Memories Are Made Of This
If you're going to be a drain on the critical werewolf-fighting silver supply, you'd better have a pretty good reason for it.
Beijing Silvermine is many things – a book, a gallery, a photo repository – created and maintained by Thomas Sauvin. A landfill on the outskirts of Beijing, China, contains millions of family photos from 1985 to 2005, when analog photography was still king. Rather than have all those negatives scrapped for their silver content, Sauvin has an arrangement whereby he scours these canisters at random looking for visual, er, gold. Stills of everyday life in China, of gatherings at popular amusement parks, of family reunions, and of candid moments make it to his online displays. He makes showings at galleries and museums, and has a number of books under his belt. It's a fascinating look at a world that is gradually being lost through renewal and apathy . . .
. . . Let's hope the werewolves are hibernating.
-- Suggested by Al Clark
January 27, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: Mind The Gap(s)
London may as well be made of quantum Swiss cheese for all the underlying relativistic structural integrity it has. Seems Terry Gilliam was onto something with his movie Time Bandits – the city wears thin in certain areas and produces holes in time and space throughout. Portals of London: Towards a catalogue of London's inter-dimensional gateways is a blog detailing the various sidelines and byways of this history-steeped town, warning of hidden churches, lost cemeteries, and intersecting hauntings. The Guardian, spurred by recent reports of a foot tunnel in the Underground where time passes slower or faster than normal, has an anonymous interview with the site's curator.
-- Suggested by Richard Harris