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Hanford Ghosts

Apart from a few streets and sidewalks, the concrete and stucco shell of Hanford High School is all that remains + more

The Loneliness of a Mostly Decommissioned Nuclear Production Complex

Another shot from our Hanford tour. (Check out yesterday’s post for a quick explanation.) Off in the distance you can see the + more


There’s a lot to be said for being a writer in this business. (Like the fact that it’s not really + more

It’s That Time Again

So. Daylight Saving Time comes mercifully to a close this weekend—2 a.m. Sunday morning, to be precise. Right up there + more

Word of the Day

exiguous (adjective) Scant; meager. Prior to Michelle’s Costco trip yesterday, provisions at helveticka’s world headquarters were somewhat exiguous, leaving employees + more

Happy Birthday, Teo

Teo Macero was born on this day in 1925. A jazz saxophonist and composer in his own right, Macero is + more

Painter of AT-ATs™

Since you can’t possibly make a Thomas Kinkade painting any worse, it stands to reason that it could be made + more

Self-Indulgence Alert

What happens when graphic designers take themselves too seriously? This. Ed Mitchell, who doesn’t like how “discordant” U.S. state flags are as + more

“…you can not imagine the unimaginable.”

2001: A Space Odyssey is a cinematic masterpiece. On this there can be no debate. Reasonable people can disagree as + more

The Tea Song

As a fan of Yorkshire Tea myself, I can certainly vouch for its curative powers. But even I had no + more

New Feature!

Just when you thought this blog couldn’t possibly get any better, I bring you…the Word of the Day™! Holla! ratiocination + more

And…we’re back.

It’s been a week since I last posted something. Alas, my tardiness is due not to a particularly busy schedule, + more


Red Bull has finally released the full POV video of Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking jump from the stratosphere. Spock’s burial torpedo + more

Just in Time for Halloween

So. Tunnels have been discovered under Antarctic ice. Oh, sure, they appear to have been “formed from meltwater flowing underneath the ice, over land, + more

These Exist

Sir Lawrence Freedman, KCMG, CBE, PC, FBA, professor of war studies at King’s College London and author of the recently published Strategy: + more

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