I suppose I ought to write something here. I wouldn't want you to think that I was an enormous, sentient computer from the Andromeda galaxy merely masquerading as a human to lull your suspicions until the time when my armada of conquering robot arachno-weasels reach Earth. No, that wouldn't do at all.

So. The basics. I'm a mid-forties, tall-looming, book-reading, cat-serving, Michigan-living, cheese-eating, beard-lacking data warehouse analyst and fiction writer--see my website, GaryWOlson.com for more information on the 'writer' part, and for news about my dark fantasy novel Brutal Light.

In addition to posting (and reblogging) pictures and items I find amusing, I also have entries from my blog on my main site crossposted here. I'm also on Twitter and Facebook and Google+ and heaps and heaps of other places. See any page of my site on the right-side column under the "Me on the Intertubes" heading.

I am not a taco.

 

libraryofva:

Recent Acquisition - Ephemera Collection
Victorian Trade Card.Use Carter’s Little Liver Pills. A cure for nervousness and dyspepsia. “Don’t be nervous”
(It’s a GIANT frog - this kid should be nervous !)

libraryofva:

Recent Acquisition - Ephemera Collection

Victorian Trade Card.
Use Carter’s Little Liver Pills. A cure for nervousness and dyspepsia. “Don’t be nervous”

(It’s a GIANT frog - this kid should be nervous !)

apothecaryads:

Wand’s Gelatine-coated Horse Balls, advertised in the Chemist and Druggist, c.1905 (I did write the date down somewhere but can’t find it!)

apothecaryads:

Wand’s Gelatine-coated Horse Balls, advertised in the Chemist and Druggist, c.1905 (I did write the date down somewhere but can’t find it!)

theatlantic:


This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth’s First-Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home. 
NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered. 
It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute. 
But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.
Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]

theatlantic:

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth’s First-Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home. 

NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered. 

It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute. 

But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.

Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]

apothecaryads:

Death found an author writing his life - illustration by Edward Hull for Thomas Hood’s poem, ‘Death’s Ramble’, 1827.
Source: National Library of Medicine

apothecaryads:

Death found an author writing his life - illustration by Edward Hull for Thomas Hood’s poem, ‘Death’s Ramble’, 1827.

Source: National Library of Medicine

letangles:

NiKoala Tesla!  Ink on paper, with some Photoshop for lighting and color tint.
NiKoala Tesla by Le Tang [tumblr | blogspot | instagram]

letangles:

NiKoala Tesla!  Ink on paper, with some Photoshop for lighting and color tint.

NiKoala Tesla by Le Tang [tumblr | blogspot | instagram]