Mapping Ireland’s Mysterious Carvings of Old Women Exposing Their Genitals

Sheela-na-gigs can be found all over the country, but it’s only recently that academics have been brave enough to study them. by Cara Giaimo May 01, 2017 Sometime in the 1940s, workers repairing a culvert in Limerick, Ireland, pried a stone out of the ground, flipped it over, and found a surprise waiting for them…Read more Mapping Ireland’s Mysterious Carvings of Old Women Exposing Their Genitals

Space art’s star is fading fast

Someone asked me recently why I posted so much 'space related' stuff and well, apart from the obvious, because it's there are it's fascinating, I think for all those reasons but also because for the past four months I've been writing a science fiction novel. But then, I've always loved science fiction, whether it be…Read more Space art’s star is fading fast

Elon Musk scales up his ambitions, considering going “well beyond” Mars

Elon Musk talks a great game. I like the cut of his jib, private enterprise colonising space? I thought it was science fiction but it's quickly becoming reality. Musk may soon detail the architecture he hopes will colonize the solar system. Eric Berger - 9/18/2016, 10:45 PM Enlarge / Elon Musk at the Allen &…Read more Elon Musk scales up his ambitions, considering going “well beyond” Mars

10 Bars at the End of the World

It is with pride, I reveal that among the ten most remote bars in the world, is an Irish bar, the last watering hole at the foot of Mount Everest. 7. Irish Pub at the Namche Bazaar NAMCHE BAZAAR, NEPAL Namche Bazaar. (Photo: McKay Savage/CC BY 2.0) Hiking to the apex of Mount Everest, the…Read more 10 Bars at the End of the World

Ethiopian Feminist Commune

How a village in Ethiopia has come to serve as a model for the rights of women, children and the elderly. by Zac Crellin September 14, 2016 827 The village center of Awra Amba. (All Photos: Zac Crellin) Tucked away between the rugged gorges and valleys of the Ethiopian highlands is an egalitarian commune that defies…Read more Ethiopian Feminist Commune

The Man who tried to drain the Med

Herman Sörgel, in 1928, who conceived of Atlantropa. (Photo: Public Domain) It's not just the plot of a Philip K. Dick book—a man spent his life trying to make Atlantropa happen. by Toon Lambrechts September 13, 2016 853 An artist's rendering of what Atlantropa—a plan to partially drain the Mediterranean—might have looked like. (Photo: lttiz/CC BY 3.0) Later…Read more The Man who tried to drain the Med

YELLOW TAXI

Remember that Joni Mitchell song about how they paved paradise and put up a parking lot? That song always springs to mind when I read about utopia, which, according to dictionaries, is an imaginary place where everything is perfect. I remember reading about the utopias set up, supposedly, by anarchist idealists when, in point of…Read more YELLOW TAXI