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11 Creative Breakthroughs People Had in Their Sleep

You know what visions I get in my dreams? Visions of falling off of buildings (and doing the full body spasm thing when I hit the ground). These 11 people, on the other hand, had dreams that changed the world. Let’s hope that my visions take a turn toward genius sometime soon. Until then, I’ll [...]

The Astonishing Portal Gun

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. The Astonishing Portal Gun Just when you thought that building an extra-dimension portal gun was a great idea… Reminds us of the 1940s Robert A. Heinlein story “And He Built a Crooked House”. See better quality version on Vimeo.com. Link Today’s pictures & links: Extreme Speakers Made From Supercar Exhaust System iXoost iPod dock [...]

The Field of Dreams and Five Other Movie Pilgrimages You Can Make

Whenever I’m traveling and people find out where I’m from, 90 percent of the time, the reaction is, “Iowa! Have you been to the Field of Dreams?” I’m a little embarrassed to say the answer is no, I’ve never set foot in Dyersville. But thanks to the purchase that was made earlier this week, I [...]

How to Spot a Liar

In this TED Talk, author Pamela Meyer talks about how to spot a lie. You’ve seen Lie to Me, right? This is roughly the same notion (albeit not in fast-moving TV form), though Meyer notes that lie-spotting is a discipline that’s not about calling people out on the fly — it’s a bit [...]

How a Friendly Writing Contest Resulted in Three Literary Classics

These days, damp, rainy spells usually inspire us to curl up on the couch and watch an American Pickers marathon (tell me that’s not just me). But back in 1816 – also known as “The Year Without a Summer” – the results were much different. The summer was rainy and abnormal because India’s Mount Tambora (“Pompeii [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Literary Smack-Downs, Quips, and Squabbles

There’s an adage they give you when you receive your name badge at the door of Writer Land: “You only compete with yourself.” While most authors hold true to this (at least in public), there are those who make time to spend bashing their fellow wordslingers. Here are ten cringe-worthy examples. 1. Mark Twain vs. Ambrose [...]

Kid-Themed Hotel Rooms

Photo Link Yes, there really is a Forks, Washington. That’s where much of the Twilight series takes place, for those of you who studiously avoid the Stephenie Meyer book. And you’d better believe they’re capitalizing on the vampire trend. The Pacific Inn Motel in Forks has recently renovated several rooms to reflect the stereotypical bloodsucker image [...]

6 Critics Turned Artists

It’s been said that those who can, do; those who can’t, teach; and those who can neither do nor teach become critics. But many critics were originally involved in the fields they now review. And there are some on the other side of the coin as well—people who started their careers critiquing the work of [...]

Grand Scale Environmental & Land Art

“QUANTUM SHOT” #671Link – article by M. Christian and Avi Abrams “Man’s Reaction To His Earth” – The Grandest and the Most Sublime Land Art Go to a museum and look at the paintings, go to a concert and listen to the music… but look out the window – and see art? Often called “Earth Works”, or [...]

Woman Gets Full-Back Twilight Tattoo

After Cathy Ward, 49, lost 70 pounds and dropped 14 dress sizes in six months, she decided to get a permanent reminder of the her inspiration: the Twilight series of books and movies. Ward spent 22 hours and $3000 to tattoo her favorite characters on her back. But the supermarket worker from Reading, England isn’t [...]