Even the humblest mouse can be a superhero.
- Neil Gaiman parries my chiding and teaches me a lesson, explaining why the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is important — preserving the First Amendment for artists, writers, and publishers, including a reader set up by Orwellian postal workers.
- Future airport security will scan your intentions and emotions.
- Chinese bloggers dismantle the Great Firewall brick by brick.
- Endicott Studio’s Journal of Mythic Arts is brilliance.
- Cory Doctorow revisits John Varley’s scifi classic, The Persistence of Vision (Amazon US & UK).
- Infinite loop: 42-year-old Californian woman can remember everything.
- Edinburgh University accepting volunteers for ESP experiment. There will be no electric shocks ala Ghostbusters.
- Astronomers (except Phil Plait) think most planets may be seeded with life. Just not the other eight in our Solar System…
- Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008. My god, it’s full of stars.
- Mind-blowing footage of the aurora borealis seen from space.
- Glowing mushrooms in Japan. Japanese mushroom ohitashi, nom nom nom.
- Baffling absence of acorns in Washington. All the nuts are in the White House.
- Brazil pledges to cut deforestation by 70%, but is it too late?
- White possum feared extinct in Queensland tablelands.
- Photo of a rare albino raccoon that hasn’t been shot yet.
- Buck thought dead attacks hunter who shot it.
- Photo of deer at night reveals red eyes in the darkness.
- Dead ringers: phonecalls from beyond the grave.
- Otzi the Iceman ate six different kinds of moss.
- Rare 4000-year-old amber necklace unearthed in Greater Manchester.
- Jewel of the Roman Empire: excavating the city of Viminacium in Serbia.
- First credit crisis traced back to the Romans.
Thanks Greg and Neil.
Quote of the Day:
Reg: But apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
PFJ member: Brought peace?
Reg: Oh, ‘peace’ – shut up!