This Radiolab story about the color blue has fascinated me for years. I re-listened to it again last night and it’s still great. A mix of science, linguistics, and Homeric poetry. Why did Homer use the phrase “the wine-dark sea?” Why does he never use the color blue? In the entirety …

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(I haven’t written a “formal” book review in awhile. But why not? It’s kind of fun. Here’s a review of The Martian by Andy Weir.) Mark Watney just got stranded on Mars. Believing he was dead, his fellow astronauts left Mars in the ship that is Watney’s only means of escape …

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Trying something new! I’ve created an affiliate account for Audible.com. (I know. Big whoop.) But now that I have a couple books on there, it seemed worth trying. If you’ve been thinking about joining Audible, please use this affiliate link that will get me a small bonus. You’ll help support my …

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Today is William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Unfortunately, far too many people have a poor introduction to Shakespeare, and give up on him too quickly. I wrote a guide on Medium to enjoying Shakespeare (hint, don’t pick up a play and start trying to read it). It starts with a story about a …

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We are very excited to announce the newest upgrades to Hannah, our most successful project ever. How fitting that exactly two years after her initial launch, we are ready to unveil Hannah 2.0. A lot of work has gone into creating Hannah 2.0. At times there were sleepless nights, and …

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Did you know that an old word for daffodil is Daffodowndilly? What a great word! You can practically hear the softness of the flower. It’s a beautiful spring week here in Tacoma–the week after the Daffodil Festival, no less, so I’m thinking of spring and flowers. It also calls to mind a …

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Here’s something fun I’m trying out. I was invited to work with two other authors to package our mysteries together into a single bundled download. We called it “The Third Degree Bundle.” The idea was that you get three books for the price of one. And maybe find some new …

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