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.
What size is it? There's several ways to detect the dimensions of a graphic found on the web or your computer.
I have blepharitis, and it DRIVES ME MAD. Through my visits with an ophthalmologist, I've learned a few tricks for treating my itchy, red eyes.
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.
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.
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. Stratovolcano Credit: Cascades Volcano...
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.
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.
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.
Aaaarrggh! The most famous sound effect in the history of film is the Wilhelm Scream. Who is Wilhelm and why is he screaming?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
Meet Thoth, trickster and sage, bureaucrat and magician, patron of writing and mathematics, one of the most fascinating deities in the ancient Egyptian pantheon.
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.
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!
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.