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December 2, 2013

Indian Eagle-Owl


From Twisted Sifter: "Seen here is an intense close up of an Indian Eagle-Owl's eyes. The Indian Eagle-Owl, also called the Rock Eagle-Owl or Bengal Eagle-Owl (Bubo bengalensis) is a species of large horned owl found in the Indian Subcontinent. The species is often considered a subspecies of the Eurasian Eagle-Owl (Bubo buboBubo) and is very similar in appearance."

"They have a deep resonant booming call that may be heard at dawn and dusk. Their diet through much of the year consists of rodents, but birds seem to be mainly taken towards winter."

Photograph by Tony Hisgett.

[via Shoebox Dwelling]

December 2, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Attention Retrogamers: Maya Pixelskaya has got you covered — her new shop rocks


I only learned of it — and her — when the following email came in over the transom Saturday morning:




I love your site, and since I just opened my new e-store, I wanted to give it a shot and see if you'd like to feature some of my products :)

These are the kind of things you can find there (and in my portfolio).



My Crack email Team®™© was all over it and quickly realized she's the real deal, not some ersatz piffle the likes of which clogs my incoming toob pretty much 24/7/365.


Some of her stuff is pictured above






Without further ado, the creator herself speaks:



Nice to meet you!

My name is Maya Pixelskaya.

I'm a Madrid-based artist, tired of the complete absence of merchandise of my favorite games!

After years of succesfully and painstakingly hand crafting and selling my own shoes, ties, t-shirts, buttons, and so on (which you can see on my website),

I've decided to go big and produce ready-lovingly-made objects that retrogame fans all around the world can buy instantly for a much more affordable price.

So take a look around!

I hope you'll like what you see, and if you have any questions or comments, email me!



Again, her shop is here.

Something to please pretty much anyone who's using the internet.

Tell her I sent you for an extra-special treat.

On second thought, maybe you'll fare better if you don't mention how you happened to find her.

Her Retrogame Art website is here.

December 2, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The writing life (don't quit your day job just yet)


Above, a royalty check I received Friday from iUniverse, where I self-published (2002) my last book.

It is — by far — the fattest royalty check I've ever received in the 11 years since the book appeared.

I wonder what's going on all of a sudden, to precipitate this sudden onslaught of cash into my coffers?

Publishing and its associated issues are a black hole as far as authors are concerned: doesn't matter if you're self-published or have a "real" agent and publisher and editor and what-not: you're pretty much guaranteed to fail — not only in terms of ever getting your book read by people other than your family and friends and those to whom you give a copy, but also when it comes to seeing money.

Are your eyes closed?

'Cause you must be dreaming....

December 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Wooden Cutlery


From the website:



Leis is a minimal design created by Slovenia-based design firm Gigodesign.

The design was created to revive a century-old tradition of handcrafting items made of wood.

Amalgamating contemporary aesthetics with traditional materials and handmade skills, this beautiful set of woodware is composed entirely of locally sourced beech wood.




December 2, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Fire out back — Episode 4 (through Google Glass)

The firemen came and examined the fire out back and apparently decided it posed no threat, because they got in their trucks and drove away.

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Waiter, there's a man behind the mirror...


"IX Mirror—M8", designer Ron Gilad's 2011 creation, measures 79" x 35" x 3".


I find it very amusing.


No one ever said laughter comes cheap: they were right.


[via the New York Times]

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