It's surprisingly difficult to remember whether you've taken your pills or vitamins. Here's some lazy, easy tips to help you keep track of daily medications.
Here's a fun NASA augmented reality app that lets you play with a 3D version of the Curiosity rover or other NASA spacecraft!
$120 for a backyard telescope solar filter? Forget that. All you need is the mylar and a homemade lens cap. Here's how I made a solar filter to take photos of sunspots and eclipses.
For decades, writers and work-at-home entrepreneurs have faced a dilemma: how to type with a cat on the keyboard. IKEA has provided computer space for our towers, monitors, laptops, keyboards and mice, but not the cat! ...
What size is it? There's several ways to detect the dimensions of a graphic found on the web or your computer.
Learn about copyright and fair use -- it's legal, it's fair, and it may save you from a DMCA letter or fine! Also, it's really not that complicated.
I have blepharitis, and it DRIVES ME MAD. Going to an ophthalmologist, I've learned a few tricks for keeping my itchy, red eyes from getting away from me.
Do you have a bay tree (or bush)? Don't trim it until December, and you'll be able to make a nice bay leaf holiday wreath!
Here's my random collection of "life hacks" that I use to make life a little easier. They're called "urawaza" in Japanese. As someone with arthritis since childhood, I look for tips like these!
Google Maps are a useful tool, but they're also a fun game. Here's some of the unusual landmarks, eyesores and just plain obscure oddities that appear in Google's aerial and satellite maps.
Free online image editors let you turn good photos into amazing graphics.
Old cats need comfortable beds to keep them warm and soothe arthritic joints. Here's the bed used by my cats and my Mom's cat.
My own inexpert but inexpensive setup for recording audiobooks and songs for online listening.
Here's the old-fashioned way of using HTML and CSS codes to tile graphics side-by-side on a webpage. Handy for photo galleries, strips of buttons, or other kinds of images arranged in a grid.
From Vesuvius to Mount Saint Helens, volcanoes have carved a swath of destruction through human history. Awesome, beautiful, terrifying and deadly, volcanoes fascinate us and warn us to be vigilant.
This volcano glossary includes photos and videos to help you understand the volcanology terms I'm using in my Volcanoes Are Hot Stuff! series on volcano news, history and amazing videos. Shield Volcano vs....
Here's a fun, simple, educational DIY papercraft project for your kids: build an Egyptian pyramid! Printables, step-by-step instructions, and a sand-colored stone wall texture included.
As an east coast immigrant to California, I never get tired of the beautiful jacaranda trees that bloom here in May and June. Here's my photo gallery.
I've got a bad back and work at home, so I need a really good computer chair. This is the one I picked, thanks to a recommendation by my doctor.
Book review of some very unusual, beautiful and artistic interactive books that give you the joy of reading someone else's letters and admiring some amazing art.
Earthquakes terrify us, move us, excite us. Many of us have been through shakers. But most of us haven't been through megaquakes. Learn about these amazing geological events.
One of my favorite Latin poets has some thoughts about artistic endeavors and immortality. Something to ponder in this day and age when so much of our writing, art and media depends on the net.
There's probably better binocs out there by now, but I've viewed comets, birds, sporting events, and even a solar eclipse using my Nikon Trailblazer binoculars, either 8x25 or 8x42. Here's my review.
I never thought I'd be writing an ode to any stadium that wasn't over 2000 years old, but here goes: I have a bad case of baseball, and Dodger Stadium is one reason why.
Here's some highlights from my 2005 trip around Greece, visiting famous archaeological sites and exploring the land behind the myths.
They get stuck in your head. They'll rattle around in there for days. Yep, it's earworms, those catchy tunes we just can't seem to forget. Here's a list of ten earworms to drive you batty.
All right, grammar geeks, how do we spell thumbs-up, really and truly? Greekgeek aka Mythphile investigates.
I love weird signs. My Mom, who seems to be glued to her camera, has been sending me funny signs she's photographed for years. Who knew Utah was this crazy?
Recommendations for good books on Greek mythology by a classical studies and mythology MA: my picks for classics majors, college students, high school students, homeschoolers and middle schoolers.
I'm a student of world mythology. Here's the Celtic mythology books I use for reference, or just when I want to enjoy the magical stories of ancient and medieval Great Britain.
Aaaarrggh! The most famous sound effect in the history of film is the Wilhelm Scream. Who is Wilhelm and why is he screaming?
I majored in classics and taught Latin for a couple years, but lately I've been out of academia. Reading children's books translated into Latin is a fun way for me to keep my Latin from growing rusty!
Just in case you didn't grow up in an area with snow days, here's how to build a snowman — or snow person! — that looks great.
It's possible to remove the stench, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Learn how to recognize a smoker's house. It's very likely they'll be trying to conceal signs of smoking in order to sell it.
The old unibody MacBooks have a distressing tendency to crack. Here's how I solved the problem: an iPearl hard plastic case that has lasted so long the MacBook is obsolete before the case is!
One of the dashboard widgets I use most is sticky notes. We've had stickies since early, early Macs; a lot of people forget to use them now.
Recommended books on Egyptian mythology for high school and college students and people who are fascinated by ancient Egypt.
Cold compresses reviewed by someone who grew up with juvenile rhematoid arthritis and who also has to contend with sinus infections. Yep, my freezer door's shelf is full of ice packs.
Here's the methods I use to help stave off sinus infections or knock them out faster when my doctor has put me on antibiotics to cure them. I am NOT a doctor, just a fellow sufferer.
This page is dedicated to a Canadian folk singer and medieval reenactor who has inspired me and many others.
Here's one of my favorite sculptures that I saw while I was in Greece. It's from the Hellenistic period, after the heyday of classical Greece, but there's something about that face that I love.
Giant squid myths have been squirming across our imaginations for hundreds of years. CGI brings them to life. Better still, it turns out there really ARE giant squids of monstrous size in the sea!
I never thought I'd be reviewing a Barbie design, but the ancient Egyptian details on this doll were accurate enough to catch my attention and my fancy.
Here's some fun Greek mythology puzzles for students to test their knowledge of the Greek gods.
A hacker broke into my gmail account in 2010. Here's what I did to get control of my account again and set up a "hidden mastermind" email account as insurance against future hacking.
Here's how to make sure you're not stealing someone's bandwidth -- and forcing them to pay for your site -- when you use their images.
Argentine Ants are an invasive species of little black ants with few predators and multiple queens, making them hard to kill. Here's what I and several neighbor use. We live in Orange County, CA.
Yes, it really happened: the race between two horses with names that sound like they come out of a comedy routine. Oddly enough, I was born right next to this racetrack.
Is your computer running slow? I found a strange process hogging more real memory than any other program: MLBNexDefAutobahn, a plugin that downloads when subscribing to MLB.tv. Here's how to fix it.
Masking in Photoshop (or other graphics programs that use layers) is a powerful technique that's easy to learn and powerful to use! Here's how.
Tweaking your own photos can do wonders for even a simple snap. Here's the tricks I use to lighten up a photo using blending layers.
Polykleitos' Dialdoumenos, a statue in the National Museum of Athens, is one of the premiere works of western art. It established a pose that has been imitated by sculptors ever since.
How can a metal battleship float on water? Why do some volcanic rocks float? What's the deal with floatation in saltwater vs. freshwater? And just how do you spell buoyancy? A
Here's a photogenic little hunting spider I found in my home.
I've been trying to photograph feral parrots in my neighborhood for years. Mexican red-crowned parrots are escapees from the illegal exotic bird smuggling trade, now living in CA, TX and FL.
Distorted by Hollywood, reviled and feared, the word "voodoo" conjures up images of curses and zombies— ghost stories told by whites who mistrusted and suppressed native religions of African slaves.
My cat's review of the Sherpa bag we've used for five years, after some trial and error with other carriers. Also, pet breeder recommendations for airline-approved pet carriers and travel accessories.
Thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission of 2009-2012, we now have detailed satellite photos of all the Apollo landing sites. Landers, instruments, tracks, rovers and even flags are visible.
Photos and excerpts from my explorations of Greece and the Peloponnese.
Greek mythology is full of fables about great heroes brought down by a fatal flaw. How many can you remember? Test yourself or scroll down to learn more!
Here's a fun, simple Greek mythology quiz for lovers of the ancient world and students brushing up on classical studies! See how many questions you get right.
Greek mythology isn't all about war or weird critters with unusual numbers of heads. There's heroines, too! Take this Greek myth trivia quiz to see how many you know, then read on for their stories.
How many Greek heroes do you know? Brush up your Greek mythology with these fun trivia quizzes!
This is one of a series of Greek mythology trivia quizzes. Today's topic: fantastic beasts and magical monsters!
Try another Greek mythology trivia quiz — this one highlights the god Apollo. After the quiz, there's lots of useful information and pictures from ancient Greek art illustrating his myths!
How much do you know about Pallas Athena? Try this mythology trivia quiz, or read on for facts and trivia about the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom and war.
Here's a quick Greek mythology trivia quiz on the 12 Olympian gods. Be sure to scroll down and find out more about the answers, or take other quizzes in the series!
I majored in classics and mythology, and I love bringing the ancient world to life. Let me share with you the sites, landscapes and lore of Greece through my photos and travel diary. Today: Epidauros.
Excerpts and photos from the travel diary of a student of ancient Greek art, archaeology and mythology.
The Roman game of Rota was popular with Roman soldiers 2000 years ago. It's easy to play, and unlike tic-tac-toe, it's not liable to end in a tie!
Here's my ongoing travel diary to Greece. This remains one of my favorite stops on the journey, the ruins of the ancient Mycenaean Palace of Tiryns. I'll never forget that smell of orange blossoms...
Viral videos come and go. In 2009, an apparent flash mob staged "The Sound of Music" in the Antwerp Train Station. Who was behind it? Well...
Review of a book that introduced me to the field of phenomenology.
Vin Scully is why I love baseball. Here's my homage to this hall of fame broadcaster who's been telling generations of fans the stories of the Boys of Summer for 65 years.
After a friend kept posting what were obviously internet hoaxes, I created this page to try to teach him to think first, post after. People understand Photoshop better now, but they still get fooled.
Tutorial on making glossy rounded buttons which started being all the rage around 2005.
I hopped onto the internet in the late 80s and made my first webpage in 1993. It's been amazing watching the net grow and evolve. Here's a look back, written for the world wide web's 20th anniversary.
Of Gods and Men is a fan-made Star Trek movie with special effects better than a lot of official TV shows, directed and acted by actors from Star Trek: the classic series, TNG and Voyager.
There are plenty of free, legal ways to get great graphics for articles and webpages. Here's over thirty sites offering free stock photography, great graphics, clip art, icons and more.
What's that mottled purple slug in a tidepool off the coast of California? Quite probably a California Sea Hare. Here's my photos and info on this interesting critter.
One of my fondest memories is the Blizzard of '78. At age 6, in rural Pennsylvania, it was an adventure. For others across the northeast, it was deadly serious.
Need to align a graphic on a webpage? Are you trying to put captions under your images? Here's the codes you need to make things work.
An ancient Greek warship reconstructed in 1987 let scholars study a full-sized trireme, the "wooden wall" that was the backbone of the Athenian empire.
Genetic mutations are part of life's ongoing experiment. Here's a weird little six-legged octopus that washed up off the coast of England in 2008.
Taking pets on a plane is stressful, but sometimes you have no choice. Here's tips to make your pet's airline journey easier from someone who's flown with a cat for many years.
Aeschylus, or Aischulos, is an ancient Greek playwright whose 5th century BCE dramas set the stage for European drama, theater, and other entertainment forms like movie and film that arose from them.
I've written this FAQ to answer the most common questions from visitors to my pages on ancient Greece and Greek mythology.
Meet Thoth, trickster and sage, bureaucrat and magician, patron of writing and mathematics, one of the most fascinating deities in the ancient Egyptian pantheon.
Article on the poet Sappho by a classics major, written when I was studying her in graduate school. This was originally written for a college newspaper.
Over 30 years old, the Sibley and Bakewell production of the Lord of the Rings starring Ian Holm as Frodo is, in my opinion, the greatest adaptation of Tolkien's epic ever attempted. Here's why.
My visit to the archaeological site of Delphi, with my own photos, notes, and recollections. As a myth and classics major, I can tell you a few things the guides may miss!
A photo gallery of funny signs that I've been collecting since 2007. Some are intentionally funny, others are embarrassing goofs, some are bungled translations, and some are just plain odd.
Learn how to use apostrophes correctly. It's not as hard as you think!
Learn how Jackie Robinson put his life on the line and his body in harm's way to set an example against prejudice and as a civil rights pioneer. Includes photos, Jackie game video, quotes & more.
"How to Build a Pyramid Kite" is a tutorial I first posted on the web in 1993. Suitable for ages 7 and up with adult supervision, this is a simple kite design I learned as a kid.
How to make a nifty photo frame with a drop shadow in a graphics program.
Photos and diary of a trip to Greece, recounted by a myth and Greek art major who is in love with the ancient world. Today's aerchaeological site: Eleusis!
Take a trip through ancient Greece! Today I'll be sharing my photos and info about Mycenae, the citadel that organized the legendary expedition against Troy.
Part II of my travel diary of my trip to Greece. Photos and recollections of a myth and classics major.
Greece travel diary of a classical studies and mythology major, sharing with you the sites and stories of ancient Greece through her own photos and recollections.