HOLY SHIT HOW IS IT THAT THERE’S NOT SOME LIKE
LINKS OR SOMETHING HERE
OKAY SIT BACK KIDS LET’S TALK ABOUT THESE REAL LIVE FUCKING DRAGONS
THEY ARE LITERALLY CALLED FLYING DRAGONS, THAT IS THEIR NAME. OR, IF YOU’RE MORE SCIENCEY, YOU MAY ALSO CALL THEM [DRACO VOLANS], WHICH, BTW, LITERALLY IS JUST ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING FLYING DRAGONS BECAUSE EVEN SCIENCE KNOWS WHEN TO STEP ASIDE AT LET MYTHOLOGY TAKE OVER.
SEE THAT SPINE THING THAT ITS WINGSAILS GROW OUT OF?
THAT IS A FUCKING RIB
LOOK AT THIS SKELETON
LOOK AT HOW COOL THAT IS
THEY LIVE IN THE PHILIPPINES AND CAN GET AS BIG AS A FOOT LONG AND BASICALLY
BASICALLY DRAGONS ARE REAL
LET’S HAVE A FUCKING PARTY
Architecture Studio, a new set from Lego, comes with 1,210 white and translucent bricks. More notable is what it lacks: namely, instructions for any single thing you’re supposed to build with it. Instead, the kit is accompanied by a thick, 277-page guidebook filled with architectural concepts and building techniques alongside real world insights from prominent architecture studios from around the globe. In other words, this box o’ bricks is a little different. Where past Lego products might have had the happy ancillary effect of nurturing youngsters’ interest in architecture, here, that’s the entire point.
Seventy-three different kinds of bricks are included in the set. But bricks are easy to find. It’s the guidebook that’s truly new. Its pages offer accessible overviews of basic architectural concepts, along with illustrated exercises for exploring them in Lego form. Pages on negative space and interior sections, for example, encourage budding builders to think not only about how their miniature creations look from the outside but also in terms of what sorts of spaces they contain within them.
Definitely buying this for my children if I ever have children.
Mental illness is like fighting a war where the enemy’s strategy is to convince you that the war isn’t actually happening.
It used to be that each year on Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a bescarfed man in a wide-brim hat would leave three roses and a half-drunk bottle of cognac on the poet’s grave in Baltimore. After a few recent no-shows, the tradition of the “Poe Toaster” was declared nevermore.
Both the origin story and identity of the “Poe Toaster” remain something of a mystery, but over the course of the last several decades, Poe groupies would gather after midnight and stand outside the grounds of Westminster Cemetery. Poe’s poems would be recited and revelers would drink amontillado—the infamous wine that did in Fortunato—and wait for the fabled toaster make his annual visit. Bearing a cane and wearing a cloak, the toaster would swoop in, leave a bottle of Martell cognac, arrange three roses the exact same way, and then steal away into the night.
“The visitor has occasionally left notes with his tributes, but they haven’t offered much insight into the identity of the “Poe Toaster.” A few indicated the tradition passed to a new generation before the original visitor’s death in the 1990s, and some even mentioned the Iraq War and Baltimore Ravens football team, which was named for Poe’s poem.”
By most accounts, the tradition started in 1949 (the centennial anniversary of Poe’s death) and carried on until 2009, which was the poet’s 200th birthday. But after three consecutive years without an appearance by the toaster, last year fans said that the tradition would be nothing more than a dream within a dream.