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Crime time

The total eclipse happened. It was neat to see in my cereal box pinhole viewer, but because I didn’t see the totality, my life wasn’t changed.


I’ve begun listening to a few true crime podcasts. My favorite so far is True Crime Garage. It’s hosted by a guy named Nic and another guy who calls himself the Captain. Their research seems solid and they are personable. They begin each podcast by sampling a craft beer. It makes me want to try a few interesting beers, but I don’t think I like beer well enough to spend any money on one.

Another one I like is the Thinking Sideways Podcast. It features two guys in their 40s and a woman in her 30s. They aim to look into mysterious events-not necessarily only crimes. The content here isn’t as in-depth as in the True Crime Garage, but they are entertaining.

I was listening to one called Crawlspace which I think is pretty good. They turned me on to Nic and the Captain so I’ve all but forgotten about this one.  I should get back to it.

Night Time: Canadian True Crime and Mysteries is one I’ve tried, but it hasn’t gotten me hooked yet. Perhaps I prefer shows with more than one host. This one is a solo effort, but he does interview guests.

There’s one called Casefile True Crime that I haven’t listened to in a while. Serial Killers is supposed to be good, but I haven’t tried it yet.

The bottom line here is that I really like the true crime genre. This has eclipsed my interest in the paranormal-for the time being at least.


After spending hours making wrapped loops, I have attained an intermediate skill level. Practice really does make you better! So I figure if I practice drawing, I can get better at that too. I’ve been drawing hands. I don’t know that I’ll ever be a drawing master, but I can get a little better. There’s not enough time to get good at everything. Writing should be my focus.



While I’m on the subject of writing, I’ll mention my last Science Node article. It was a simple overview of the Citizen CATE project. The project was the National Solar Observatory’s (NSO) effort to collect images of the recent total solar eclipse. Volunteers across the country used telescopes and other NSO provided equipment to get images of the eclipse. The goal was to create a 90-minute video of the event.

I’m moving on to the next story. I wanted to do something on data art, but the paper I found about it was published too long ago for my editor’s liking. Instead, I’m covering research that some people are doing in Switzerland on software that makes creating computer animation accessible for novices. I’m hoping I can get past the more difficult technical bits and write something interesting. Gotta read the paper tomorrow!


The hurricane has devastated Houston and other parts of Texas. Could things get any worse on this planet? I’m going to try and stay away from the news and keep my head and heart up.

New interests

Photo: Ghosts in the Hall -Rachel Titiriga

I’ve recently developed an interest in the paranormal. I’m not sure what brought it on. I may have learned about a podcast called Astonishing Legends while listening to Paul F. Tompkins’ SPONTANEANATION. I binged-listened Astonishing Legends and found out about Jim Harold’s Paranormal Podcast which led me to Jim Harold’s Campfire. There’s another good one I’ve been listening to called The Anything Ghost Show. Astonishing Legends is a heavily researched show. They talk about legendary hauntings like that of the Greyfriars Kirkyard, unexplained mysteries like the deaths of the Dyatlov Pass hikers, and strange creatures like the Mothman. The show covers the paranormal as well as more earthly legends. I’ve found that I prefer the paranormal.

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Three of my favorite things

I’ve been inspired by  Elise Blaha. She  blogs here.  I found out about her from Somerset Studio’s Artful Blogging magazine (Feb/Mar/Apr 2012 issue). Elise blogs about crafting, food, gardening, goal setting, love, and life (and lots of other things). I liked her 26 Favorite Things  post so much that I thought I’d do something similar but break it up into several posts.

1) Audio Theatre

I love listening to audio-books and podcasts. I’ll even listen to, rather than watch tv. A few years ago I discovered Decoder Ring Theatre. The group is based in Canada (Toronto, I think), and produce new programs in the style of old-time-radio. Their ongoing series, Tales of the Red Panda is about a masked hero and his sidekick who fight crime and the forces of evil in 1930s and 40s Toronto. Another series, Black Jack Justice, features two noir-style 1950s private detectives. The shows air on some radio stations but are available in podcast format from the DRT website or iTunes. I’ve also been listening to Icebox Radio Theater.  Based in International Falls, Minnesota, this group produces new audio plays about that region of the country. Find this podcast on the Icebox website or on iTunes

Others I listen to are Texas Radio Theater and BBC Drama of the Week.

Decoder Ring Theatre

2) Other podcasts

I’ve been really digging Wrestling with Depression, a show hosted by stand-up comedian and professional wrestling enthusiast Marty DeRosa. He interviews other comedians about how they deal with depression and other mental health issues. I like listening to the show because I feel I’m getting to know some people that I would never get to encounter in real life. It’s refreshing to hear people talk honestly about themselves. Kind of makes me want to try stand-up comedy myself.

Another one I like a lot is Risk!. This one is all about storytelling. Some stories are funny, some are sad, but they’re all entertaining. If you don’t mind explicit language, I recommend you check it out on the Risk! website or iTunes.

Risk! logo

3) Pinterest

I am really loving Pinterest! When it first came out I didn’t quite get it, but now I’m hooked on pinning. There was some initial question about whether pinning pictures you don’t own on Pinterest was legal (I guess there still is some question), so I started pinning images from the Flickr Commons. I like creating categories and finding images to fit them. Hopefully I’m helping people make more sense of the vast amount of information available on the web. I do think I’m helping to uncover some of the photographic treasures that live in the public domain.

Legs pinboard

So far my likes are very Internet dependent. Maybe I can come up with some less digital likes next time.