Justin’s gone again, but this time he has a good excuse. She weighs 8½ lbs and her name is Amarani Sedah Blazier. fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsHere she is, the sweet little thing.

Baby and Mother are doing well. Congratulations, Justin!fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews

So, just a few WWW items today which cover some of my favorite subjects: science, art, and music. If you’ve got something interesting to share, contact Justin, or just post it in the comments below.

1) Good news for wannabe alchemists: My grad school alma mater, Indiana University, has transcribed the alchemical documents of Isaac Newton and put them on the web in a project called The Chymistry of Isaac Newton. Now you can view the transcriptions or images of the actual pages of his notebooks — you can zoom in on them and actually read the recipes for yourself! I tried it last night after procuring the ingredients (it is difficult to find large amount of pure lead, BTW) and today I feel 10 years younger and now I can afford a new Kindle.

Chemists at IU have been creating some of Newton’s alchemical products, including the “Star regulus of antimony” (see what it looks like). Their studies of the documents demonstrate that “Newton employed the same painstaking combination of reason and experiment in alchemy that he did in his other scientific pursuits.” So cool!

2) Paper Cuts by Olly Moss: Mr. Moss creates silhouettes of famous fictional characters. How many do you recognize? Here’s more of Mr. Moss’s art.Olly Moss Paper Cut

3) Radio Rivendell: Want to listen to some fantasy themed music while you’re on your next quest? Radio Rivendell is the answer! I enjoyed listening to Radio Rivendell this week. It was so inspirational that I only barely managed to restrain myself from tossing my wedding ring into the Mountain of Doom.

For tomorrow’s Thoughtful Thursday, we’ll be planning baby Amarani’s bookshelves, so please come help!


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    KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches and conducts brain research at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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