Feel like doing some Internet exploring? Here are some places I like to visit.

Micro-Photographs of Mini-Beasts
This article is amazing, but may not be for the squeamish, so don’t say I didn’t warn you before you click here. But really, it’s pretty remarkable what scientists can do with ultra-close-up photography these days. Even maggots look kinda cute when you get to know them. This photo here isn’t a maggot, and it’s not a bunny, either. It’s an extremely plentiful microorganism called a springtail. Experts estimate there’ll be 25,000 of them jumping around in a plot of soil about the size of a bathtub.

Name Voyager
Is your name getting more or less popular? Bruce has taken a real nose dive (but Bruno’s on a bit of a roll lately, after pretty much disappearing in the 1970’s and 80’s.) You can check out results for any name at NameVoyager by Baby Name Wizard. Just type in the name and the graph automatically appears.


Go here to create beautiful “word clouds” from any text—a story, a letter, a poem, or an essay. The more often a word shows up, the bigger it will be in the cloud. (You can set it up to ignore super common words, like the, it, and and. Here’s a Wordle I made for the text of Great Estimations.

And here’s one for the poem “Jabberwocky” from Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Plaid Maker
Design your own plaids for free here! A lot of people assume that I wear the same shirt every day, but that’s not true. It’s just that I have quite a collection of plaid shirts, mostly from the 50’s and 60’s. Every one is different, and I love finding new patterns I don’t have. But many people don’t really distinguish between them: “if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all.” Anyway, I just found this cool site where it’s easy to design your own plaids. Here are a couple I came up with.



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