My Latest Favorite Things


1. The Feedback column in New Scientist. It is a rich vein of nerd humor with  wordplay like “Freddie Hg” and readers who send in the many illogical, incorrect and unscientific uses of scientific-sounding language in the media and the world. “Radioactive peanuts” is the punchline to one of these jokes. (I won’t spoil it […]

Last Minute Christmas Gifts!

Sleepless by Charlie Huston — Maybe the best book of the year, despite a shocking lack of vampires. My original thoughts on it are here, and you’d be doing anyone a favor by getting it for them as a gift. If you want to wait for the paperback, you even have a built-in excuse for […]

Happy Bram Stoker Day

Today is Bram Stoker‘s birthday. The man who modernized the vampire myth and created the gold standard for vampire stories was born on Nov. 8, 1847. Why not celebrate by getting a loved one a vampire novel? Or perhaps some vampire apparel? In other news: I would never subscribe to so-called men’s magazines like Maxim […]