The Permanent, Unmistakable Mark Human Beings Have Left on Planet Earth – Scientific American

Have we entered a new geologic era, the Anthropocene? Or put differently: hundreds of thousands of years from now, when future geologists sift the earth for clues about our present day, what lasting evidence of our existence will they find?

Scientific American presents a rather fascinating article about how we are fundamentally making our mark on the planet. (Spoiler: it involves concrete, plastic, and radioactive isotopes just to name a few)


Source: The Permanent, Unmistakable Mark Human Beings Have Left on Planet Earth – Scientific American

Announcing World of the Weasel

Today I’m excited to announce the launch of World of the Weasel, a series of picture books for kids and the adults who read to them!

World of the Weasel logoJust a couple of years ago, my writing partner James Munn and I kicked around ideas for a story about a boy and his secret wily pet. It’s been an adventure to turn this idea into something tangible. In the intervening time, we wrote, wrote, and re-wrote. We started a company, Spitball Studio, to publish the books. And we partnered with the massively talented illustrator Dave Leonard to bring our first book to life.

Once Upon a Weasel cover_700pxOnce Upon a Weasel is a picture book about a misfit boy who, in a spontaneous moment, buys a secret pet that sparks a series of fantasy adventures where the two travel through space and dream of living on the moon. Back on planet Earth, trouble arises when the boy’s pet escapes during a class field trip and turns an entire science museum upside down.

Once Upon a Weasel is now available as an e-book, which you can read on an iPad, Amazon Kindle Fire, or other color tablet or e-reader. Order the e-book here:

On November 1st, Once Upon a Weasel will be available as a beautiful hardcover book.

Get updates on the project: If social media is your thing, you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter. We’ll share blog posts about the creative process, book availability, weasels, and more. And if you want occasional email updates in your inbox (we won’t spam!), please sign up for our email list.

If you do read our book, we kindly request that you leave a review on the Apple or Amazon store for others to see.

Finally, if you know of bookstores, bloggers, reviewers, reading groups, schools, or book fairs that might be interested in Once Upon a Weasel, please let me know.

Thanks for your support!

What would our planets look like if you flew by?

Artist Michael Benson has made some pretty fun and stunning images of celestial bodies in our solar system rendered in a manner that supposedly mimics the way our human eyes would perceive them if we were to fly by. For those of you in London, check out an exhibition of his photos along with original music by Brian Eno.

> Read more and see more photos at Wired

A Stradivarius Recovered

Heard a beautiful story on NPR this morning from legal correspondent Nina Totenberg about her late father’s stolen Stradivarius violin. Nina Totenberg manages to make court proceedings compelling for radio. Given the inherent intrigue, music, and mystery in this story, she really produced a beautiful report.

Documentation of Roman Totenberg’s Stradivarius violin. The instrument went missing after one of Roman’s concerts but was rediscovered more than three decades later. Courtesy of the Totenberg family, from NPR.

Read more and hear the story on the NPR website: A Rarity Reclaimed: Stolen Stradivarius Recovered After 35 Years

PBS LearningMedia

I just came across PBS LearningMedia, a very cool website partnership between PBS and WGBH Boston. They’re taking free PBS media content and adding a great discovery and filtering layer on the web that allows educators (or anyone, for that matter) to find compelling assets to compliment or supplement academic learning.

PBS LearningMedia

The dorky side of me gets excited about this because I like PBS and I love learning. But I’m also really interested in how the web can “add value” to media that’s already out there. From what I’ve seen, PBS LearningMedia is doing just that. Check it out!

Explore: PBS LearningMedia

A NY Times crossword hint!

For those of you working on today’s (July 22, 2015) NY Times Crossword, I’ll give you this hint: my name appears somewhere on the board! Hope that wasn’t too much of a spoiler.

This crossword is a pretty fun one. Give it a shot!

> Go play the crossword!

> Read about this puzzle on the WordPlay Blog

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