Invitation to Discuss: Shadow of Night & Book of Life [SPOILERS]

A couple of weeks ago I started and finished the first book in Deborah Harkness' All Souls trilogy of modern-ish witchery and other supernatural shenanigans, A Discovery of Witches. At the time I wrote a discussion post, I wasn't sure if I wanted to finish the series because I had some ambivalence about certain… » 7/30/14 10:42pm Yesterday 10:42pm

Whale Inspects Kayakers, Proves It Is Much Bigger Than Them

Two kayakers (a father and daughter) exploring the waters off the coast of Puerto Madryn in Argentina got a surprise when the whales they were watching came in for a closer look. It's unclear as to what kind of whales these were, although they were definitely baleen whales. Southern Right Whales are commonly… » 7/23/14 11:22am 7/23/14 11:22am

Invitation to Discuss - A Discovery of Witches [SPOILERS]

I wasn't feeling well over the weekend and wanted something new to read, so I took a cursory glance at a few top-level reviews and downloaded a copy of A Discovery of Witches to my Kindle account. The title had caught my interest back in 2011 when it was first released, but when I heard some of the positive blurbs… » 7/14/14 6:15pm 7/14/14 6:15pm

After West, TX Explosion, No More Public Information for Texans

Last April saw a devastating explosion rip through West, Texas after a fertilizer company's supply of ammonium nitrate somehow ignited (ammonium nitrate is the compound involved in one of the biggest industrial disasters in U.S. history, as well as the bombing of Oklahoma City in 1995). The resulting blast left 15… » 7/08/14 11:37am 7/08/14 11:37am