Here's a sneak peek at the new interactive queue area for the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World; it's the latest elaborate playground to be incorporated into the wait area for a major ride (Winnie the Pooh and Space Mountain also have their own themed waiting areas). The queue for the Haunted Mansion has always been rather good -- I have vivid memories of waiting by the huge double doors one dark night in 1977, six years old and so deliciously scared that I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. But I'm pretty excited by what I see here; it's full of trufan stuff, but also full of stuff that's fun even for people who aren't obsessed with the ride.
The Book of Miracles (also known as the Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs) is a compendium of beautiful 16th-century illustrations of cosmic anxiety and apocalyptic surrealism. The new edition from Taschen, edited by Till-Holger Borchert and Joshua P Waterman, is a perfect introduction to the Renaissance obsession with signs, portents and the damned weird.
Bamboo has lots of uses beyond just being panda food. Things like bikes, roads, scaffolding, and musical instruments are made from the fast-growing grass. But unless you are participating in a tropical-themed LARP, you probably wouldn’t want a shirt made from bamboo stalks. So why do bamboo bed sheets make any sense? Because yarn extracted from […]
If you want to work in tech, but don’t have any desire to code web apps to help businesses sell things to other business, you might want to consider a career in cybersecurity. Judging from the apparent complete infiltration of Russian hackers in American cyberspace, it seems fair to speculate that there’s a major shortage of […]
All moms are different. But all moms like getting flowers on Mother’s Day, and that’s a fact (not, however a fact we can document in any fashion.) Instead of getting chewed out for forgetting to call her on the second Sunday of May, you can take care of it ahead of time with Teleflora’s flower […]