Category archive: Popular Culture

I’m a Google Glass Explorer!

Yes, I got the call (actually, it was a tweet). I was invited to join the early adopters Google Glass beta test, assuming I can come up with $1500 (um…..). Would love to do this, but we’ll see.  Meanwhile, here’s the ultimate demo that got me interested in owning a pair of Google Glasses. Wouldn’t…

George R. R. Martin Write Like the Wind

Anyone who’s a fan of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones will love this filk song urging George to write faster!

The Marriage Proposal That Went Viral

How could anyone say no to the guy who came up with this joyful and creative marriage proposal? In a strange way, it reminded me of a Joss Whedon musical (Buffy’s Once More With Feeling or Dr. Horrible). Except, of course, in Isaac’s video, none of the dancers burst into flame!  And it has a…

Beginnings of the science of forensic toxicology

This is an interesting article for authors who are either researching the history of forensics or writing 19th century murder mysteries (link below). I confess that I’ve always been fascinated by the use of scientific methods in the investigation of murder…long before CSI ever gained such high visibility in popular culture.  I remember attending my…

Beam Scotty up, please!

Beam me up…for the 3rd try! Scotty’s ashes will be aboard the corporate SpaceX craft tomorrow as they try again to fulfill James Doohan’s wishes to send some of his ashes into space (2 previous attempts met with unfortunate ends). Hope all goes well this time!

Remembering Kent State

I was in my senior year at college on May 4, 1970 when four students were shot and killed by the National Guard during a demonstration against the bombing in Vietnam and Cambodia. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young recorded this song about the event.