There’s a sinkhole that formed in central China that now supports a separate ecosystem from the surrounding area.


“Storytelling from East to West”

I read an interesting article about the expectations within storytelling and how that changes based on culture. It is a bit of a long read, but well worth looking at. In it, the author considers how storytelling has evolved and some of the modern demands of books and popular culture. There is also the wonderful promotion of cross-cultural storytelling.

Also, if you’re a bit of a nerd like me, you’ll appreciate this interactive map of Middle Earth and the other offerings from the LOTR project. It’s just a fun look at the series and a seriously massive compilation of information from the books. If you want something Middle Earth related, this is the place to look.

Finally, have some fun with the rules for an evil overlord. My personal favorite was number 12: One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation. It’s kinda funny and makes you think about all tropes we expect from a bad guy.


Tesla Powerwall

models-powerwall@2xTelsa developed a large, wall-mount battery that will store electricity from a grid or from solar and wind generators on a site, powering your home. All from the same location.  If the grid goes down, the Powerwall will continue to power the residence indefinitely.

It’s been in development since 2015, but has recently started generating more mass-market popularity. Pretty cool stuff.

Some links to learn more are below.

Official site: Click here

Article (from 2015): Click here

(Phylogenetic) Tree of Life

I was cleaning out some old notebooks this weekend when I tripped across an old phylogenetic tree diagram (possibly from invertebrate zoology?). The one I had to memorize was much less complicated than the one below.


These are so cool. It’s basically a map of how biologists think every species is related, beginning with a common ancestor in the center and working out. It was something originally conceptualized by Darwin. The final visual effect is beautiful. It reminds me a lot of a nautilus shell, or maybe some fancy piece of sci-fi tech.

This one comes from a site hosted by Texas Citizens for Science. It is a rather charged article, so read with a critical mind if you’re going to. You can view and explore a high resolution pdf version too. If you zoom in at the perimeter, you can see every species known at the time this particular tree was drawn.


3GTV by Alex Taylor

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Check out Alex Taylor’s inspiring new piece over on before it’s taken down on February 8th. 3GTV presents an interesting argument about the ephemerality of the seemingly perpetual life of digital media. The piece samples 3GP file videos (common on old cell phones) that were posted to youtube. This video filetype has of late become obsolete due in part to the Apple iPhone no longer supporting the format. The CGI cellphone incessantly generates random (you can modify the type of videos produced) 3GP videos from youtube. In this way 3GTV presents a pretense in which these videos can continue to exist. Read more about 3GTV here and here’s a link to Alex Taylors website.

Permanent link to the work.