Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Tuesday Sundries - Gold Drop Mine Exploration

Over on the Exploring Abandoned Mines YouTube channel (I'm so glad this exists and is named as such), there's a video called "Gold drop the rat king mine, the mine with the most and friendliest rats."  It's a slightly deceptive title but still an enjoyable video.



To quote the intrepid explorer, "The Gold Drop mine historic Gold and Silver mine. Main haulage tunnel, several intermediate and cross cut levels and many good ladders that I used to explore all the levels. A very warm mine that has more rats than any mine I have ever explored and man I hate rats. They even used the ladders!"


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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Tuesday Sundries - The Golden Girls and 2E AD&D?

I'm a big fan of the Old School artists like Dave Trampier and David Sutherland.  Neither is with us any longer but their influence on the hobby came early and was very strong, especially for me.  This piece of Tramp's is one that springs to mind whenever I think about an adventuring party.  This illustration appears in the 1E AD&D Monster Manual as a full-page facing opposite the Appendix Treasure Table.  So, this was one of the last images one saw when paging through the first AD&D book ever released.  It stuck with me.


Naturally, when I recently became aware of a Mike Mearls tweet from October 2017 in which he seemingly jokes about the influence of The Golden Girls on the development of AD&D 2E, I had to chuckle.  There was no doubt in my mind he was joking so be careful not to jump to conclusions about the veracity of the following.


Obviously, the basic adventuring party pre-dates 2E by a good stretch with (O)D&D having three of the basic classes and adding the fourth in the first expansion supplement.  So, too, 1E AD&D had the four basic classes (then some "sub-classes") as the clear core of any adventuring party.  Of course, I prefer to think of them as my monsters' four basic food groups, but don't tell my players! Anyway, the convergence of these things prompted me to do a little mashup.  Enjoy!


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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Setting & Society Sunday - Mano del Desierto

Check out the wikipedia page on Mano del Desierto,  is a large-scale sculpture of a hand located in the Atacama Desert in Chile, here.


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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Saturday in Space - Happy Moon Landing Day!

Over on cnet.com, find out about "NASA's lost moon landing footage and the man who brought it back to life" here!


Also, on bbc.com, they discuss "First moon landing: World celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11" here.


Finally, remember that thing that didn't happen here on YouTube.



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Friday, July 19, 2019

Flora & Fauna Friday - Bumblebee Altitude

Over on blog.nationalgeographic.org, they explained how we know "Bumblebees Can Fly Higher Than Mount Everest."  Read more here.


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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Setting & Society Sunday - Ancient Peruvian Textiles

Over on latimes.com, they exclaim, "6,000-year-old fabric reveals Peruvians were dyeing textiles with indigo long before Egyptians."  That's news to me!


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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Saturday in Space - NASA & Exoplanets

Over on futurism.com, a recent article states, "NASA just dropped an astonishingly elaborate map of more than 4,000 exoplanets known to exist outside our Solar System."  Read more here!


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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Tuesday Sundries - Jason B. Thompson Maps

Over on the Rended Press website, Matthew Schmeer has collected links to the many "Walkthrough Maps" created by Jason B. Thompson. 


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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Historical Thursday - Rinn DĂșin

According to Atlas Obscura, "On a sleepy, off-the-beaten-track peninsula jutting into Ireland’s River Shannon, you can wander through Rindoon, one of Ireland’s most enigmatic deserted medieval towns. Though it was once one of the area’s most important towns, it has slept undisturbed for centuries."


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Friday, June 14, 2019

Flora & Fauna Friday - Lone Wolf

With a head about half the total length of a modern wolf, this severed head find of a Pleistocene wolf is incredible!  Read more in an article on SiberianTimes.com titled, "Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia."  Enjoy!


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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Tuesday Sundries - The Six Forgotten Giants

Earlier this year on canyouactually.com, they shared an article titled "Guy Builds Giants From Wood And Hides Them In The Wilderness For People To Find."  Enjoy!



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Monday, June 10, 2019

Mapping Monday - David Rumsey Map Collection

Over on Open Culture, they've updated us again on the the ongoing project.  You can now "Download 91,000 Historic Maps from the Massive David Rumsey Map Collection!"


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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Setting & Society Sunday - Valley of the Mills

The "Photos of the Week" over on The Atlantic included an excellent view of "The Vallone dei Mulini, or Valley of the Mills, photographed in Sorrento, Italy, on June 5, 2019. Pictured here are the ruins of an ancient flour mill, sawmill, and public washhouse" by Ivan Romano through Getty.  Enjoy them all here!


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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Saturday in Space - Jupiter in June

So, apparently, "Jupiter will soon be so close to Earth you’ll be able to see its moons without a telescope."  I'll have to make sure I get a good look at this view when I can.


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Monday, May 27, 2019

Mapping Monday - Cartographers Guild 2019 Atlas Awards

Last month, the Cartographers' Guild website announced the winners of The Atlas Awards. Stunning work!

Detail from Domhantyr World Map, by Ilanthar
Best World Map, Atlas Awards 2019

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