Here are 10 simple and fun science experiments you can do at home with young children, once you buy a gallon jug of distilled white vinegar. We’re in our sixties; we do not have kids or grandkids, and I’m thinking of doing a few of these myself.
Awards and Conventions:
For inquiring minds everywhere, File 770 has provided a chart of when the Hugo voting packets and ballots usually come out.
Books and Writing:
McSweeney’s imagines Henry David Thoreau’s follow-up letter to university professors everywhere.
Zoom can be more than a critique-group tool for writers, as Cat Rambo points out here. She is using the application a number of different ways with her writer friends.
NPR excerpted gems from several podcast interviews with Random House copy edit chief Benjamin Dreyer. “You have to choose your irrational battles,” won me over. (Thanks to File 770.)
Over at Whatever, A.J. Hartley writes about transmuting a terrifying experience into fiction; his horror novel Impervious sprang in part from his time in lockdown with a group of his students during a school mass shooting.
Bookfair news from Publishers Weekly; one large midwestern book event, which rescheduled from April into June, has now cancelled its 2020 event completely. One other has converted to online, with proceeds to James Patterson’s Save Indie Bookstores campaign.
AMC will air Season Two of NOS482. It does seem to be following the book.
Airports, military and many large entities rely on facial recognition, even though it doesn’t work well on women or people with darker skin (in other words, the majority of people in the world); now FR faces a new challenge. Can it identify a person wearing a face mask? My original question was, “Why is this a question?”
And would it recognize you if you wore one of these Disney masks?
Gilead Pharmaceutical Company is donating 1.5 million vials of Remdisivir to fight the coronavirus. In early testing the drug eased symptoms and reduced duration of the disease of about 30% in patients.
See the image that was declared NASA’s most spectacular image of earth from space.
You’re missing fight choreography about now, aren’t you? At least, Zoe Bell thinks you are, and wants to fill that need for you. This video is pretty funny… but the jigsaw puzzle pieces? Nooooo!
This fiddle piece is called “Blackberry Blossom.” The band playing it is called Blackberry Blossom Farm. It’s two and a half minutes long.