Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: John Glenn, Scirens Gift Guide, Cinematic Scientific Realism, #grabyourwallet, Feathery Dino Tail and More!

Good day, my geeksters! I have found some very cool things for you. Let’s get to it!

Goodnight and godspeed, John Glenn. Ad astra. You were a steely-eyed rocket man, a pioneering badass, and a true hero. [Three video clips below.]

I know you’re poised at your screen to check items off your shopping list. I got ya’ something nice! If you’re looking for fabulous gifts to play, wear, read, experience or donate, The Scirens’ Guide to Science Gifts 2016 is an excellent curated resource.

Boing Boing’s 2016 Gift Guide: the Books division is, quite frankly, uncategorizable except that they’re all books and ranges from science to culture to activism to space to DIY and more.

Grab Your Wallet and boycott these companies. Via Amy

Living with keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease, Keidra Chaney writes about Living, Working, and Fangirling with a Chronic Illness. Via Emily

We Ain’t Gonna Play Trump City by Alex Young takes a little bit to heat up but what a great piece on treating Trump’s White House like Sun City.

The best part of Fantastic Beasts is that it’s about science. “The new Harry Potter film is part of a trend toward science-oriented fantasy stories.” [spoilers] Via Emily

UV light, lasers, X-rays and good old-fashioned typos are part of the 9 Ways Science Helps Catch Counterfeit Art.

Paleontologist Lida Xing discovered the first dinosaur tail preserved in amber and it has… feathers!


John Glenn on Past, Future of Space Program

from the page

Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn sat down with the Associated Press to discuss his past missions and the future of the U.S. space program. (May 20)


Annie Glenn: An amazing life

from the page
In this video, produced by the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, Annie Glenn shares some the highlights of her amazing life.


One of my all-time favorite movies is The Right Stuff. If I find it on tv, I am transfixed. Try to watch this clip and not feel your heart want to explode

John Glenn’s blast-off in “The Right Stuff”

Found at Wired.


Featured image is excerpted from the cover art for Voyage of the Basilisk: A Memoir by Lady Trent (A Natural History of Dragons Book 3) and is byTodd Lockwood. And let me just say that I had to search for this artist’s name. Why is that? Because there’s not nearly enough creator attribution, THAT’s why.



Geologic Universe, vault-keeper. Sheer Brick Studio, principal. Empty Set, designer. Bethlehem Mounties, media. WDIY 88.1FM NPR station programmer. Skepchick.

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