Blogworthy: Science Fiction Art Book, Roman Artifacts, Super Earths, Baloney Detection Kit, New D&D Character Options

The Labyrinth – New Narrative Art Book by Simon Stålenhag – The creator of Tales from the Loop and Things from the Flood is back on Kickstarter with a new art/fiction book.

The Mysterious Bronze Objects That Have Baffled Archaeologists for Centuries – Stashing this away for use in my Weird Pulp campaign.

‘Superhabitable’ planets could be better for life than Earth – In science fiction, we call these gaia worlds. It’s interesting to read their criteria for what makes for a super habitable planet: dwarf stars with longer life-spans, older planet (about a billion years older than ours is the sweet spot), and a surface that’s “warmer and wetter” than our own.

With D&D’s Next Rulebook, Character Creation Will Never Be the Same – Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything introduces new rules to customize the game’s iconic character races, so if you want to have a dexterous dwarf, you can have a dexterous dwarf (and before you complain, “that’s not what dwarves do!” maybe re-watch The Hobbit movies).

The Baloney Detection Kit – I miss Carl Sagan’s thoughtful, well-reasoned approach to understanding the world … and seeing through the massive amounts of disinformation that are continually spewing into it.

50 fun things to do this fall – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to play havoc with our day-to-day lives. It’s tempting to stay in your house and do nothing, but there’s a mental toll to be paid for doing so (as many of us saw in the spring). This article at CNN runs down ideas for things you can do to engage your mind and body this autumn, and hopefully beat the pandemic blues.

This Is How Many Calories You Burn on a Hilly Hike – A useful story about how the Army looks at calorie consumption on the trail. Particularly relevant for me given my ongoing Trail to Philmont adventure.

What If a Solar Flare Actually Sank the Titanic? – A solar flare-spawned magnetic storm could have played havoc with the Titantic’s compasses, which in turn could have caused them to be miles away from where they thought they were.

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An example of Simon Stålenhag’s artwork from The Labyrinth. Credit: Simon Stålenhag / Freedom League

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