More on the Piri Reis map, from Juan Cole — Debunks the Antarctic theory (again), while offering an even more fascinating historical thesis that I’ve never run across before. A must-read for you alternate history types.
Steampunk Mechanical Elephant — Well, metalpunk, at any rate. If I were wealthy, I’d buy this, or commission a similar one. (Thanks to
The (WU)ltimate 33-Part Guide to Abandoned Places — As longtime readers of this blog know, I can name a few such places, such as a Titan missile silo near Moses Lake, WA; as well as the power plant at White River Falls [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].
Lost city of ‘cloud people’ found in Peru — Some cool archaeology. (Thanks to
First Light-Driven Nanomachine — A silicon nanobeam uses optical force to do mechanical work in an integrated circuit. So, how cool is this?
A Star-like Model for Brown Dwarf Formation — Brown dwarfs are part of a critical McGuffin in Sunspin, so I am paying extra attention to this stuff lately.
?otD: Where’s the beef?
Body movement: 40 minute stationary bike ride
This morning’s weigh-in: 221.8
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville