The latest XKCD is Garden, a webtoy that invites you to position lamps, adjust their spectrum and focus, and wait while your garden grows.
People who are better at gardening than I am have started to post their gardens online, and each garden gets a unique URL that lets you share it with friends.
Because this is XKCD, I think we can expect that something miraculous will happen when you garden long enough, or well enough, or with enough other people. Clues may be had in Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe's book of science diagrams and explanations that confine themselves to English's 1000 most common words, which has an entry about gardens that's reproduced under the strip.
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Amsterdam's Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (AKA "The Ritman Library) houses more ths 25,000 occult texts, covering "Hermetics, Rosicrucians, Theosophy, alchemy, mysticism, Gnosis and Western Esotericism, Sufism, Kabbalah, Anthroposophy, Catharism, Freemasonry, Manichaeism, Judaica, the Grail, Esotericism, and comparative religion."
The queue area at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland features a row of changing portraits wherein paintings everyday scenes are revealed as sinister and haunted (originally the effect was done with crossfading slide-projectors; now it's done with an amazing, crisp electroluminiscent effect).
This is my last day at my desk until Labor Day: tomorrow, we're driving to Burning Man to get our annual dirtrave fix! If you're heading to the playa, here's three places and times you can find me:
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