New Theories About a Mysterious Manuscript

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As I wrote here, I believe the Voynich Manuscript is an authentic, encrypted esoteric text. Much of the art–including flora and fauna–is fanciful, but some botanists believe some of the plants may resemble examples of New World vegetation depicted in other old manuscripts. Dr. Arthur Tucker from Delaware University … discovered similarities between specific plants [Read More...]

The Astrolabe [Beautiful Machines]

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When I was asked to come up with a header for this blog, I submitted two ideas to Patheos: a robotic riff on Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, and an image of an astrolabe. Unable to choose between the two, I suggested that the art department just combine them, and the striking image above was born. I first encountered [Read More...]

Agricola [App o the Mornin']

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Uwe Rosenberg’s board game Agricola has been perennial favorite since its release in 2007. Winner of the 2008 Spiel des Jahres award for “Best Complex Game,” it’s one of the finest examples of the “worker placement” genre, with rules for both family and advanced play making its complex mechanics more accessible. The iPad version of [Read More...]

Serving with Monty in North Africa in ’42 …

World War II Around The World (5)

… Reggie Bingham-Threepwood’s last reported words were, “I say, chaps, what does this d-” h/t: Vintage Everyday (The bomb wasn’t yet fused.) [Read more...]

A 2,000-Year-Old Eggshell

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Eggs are very important at Casa McD, so I was tickled to see this amazing discovery from Turkey: a nearly-intact eggshell from about 17 AD. The town of Sardis had been hit by an earthquake, and when residents rebuilt, they buried a pierced egg in a pot to ward off further dangers. The intact egg [Read More...]

What Is Your Middle Schooler Being Taught About the Crusades?

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Yesterday, something interesting happened: my daughter asked me to print out her 7th grade Social Studies homework, which was a lesson on the Crusades. Coincidentally, I was teaching the same subject that evening, and what I saw in my daughter’s lessons drove home the absolutely necessity of Catholics telling our own story and teaching our [Read More...]

Storytelling With Maps

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Here’s a fine site for map lovers. Storytelling With Maps uses annotated maps to explain and teach. I found it through the interactive map of the journey of Odysseus, but there are plenty of other interesting ones as well, such as Santas Around the World and the flight of Wiley Post. They’re not deep, but they’re [Read More...]

Hidden Medieval Manuscripts Uncovered Thanks to New Tech

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This story first appeared while I was sick, when I marked it for later coverage. Even though it’s a few weeks old, it’s just too important to let slide. A palimpsest is a writing surface that has been erased and used again. Since parchment is made of animal skin, it was durable enough to stand [Read More...]


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