Efteling is an amazing Dutch theme park about an hour outside of Amsterdam; while it deploys many of the same technologies as Disney-style parks, it has a completely different affect, centered around small, homely, perfect little jewel-box rides that bring fairy tales to life.
Case in point: the new Elisa and the Six Swans ride, which uses swan-boats as ride vehicles to bring visitors into a set of watery caverns for a brief, soft-focus encounter with a detailed and lovely animatronic, followed by a short denouement.
It’s a huge investment in a very short, very sweet experience, the kind of thing that’s motivated by equal parts craft and business.
Mark Taaffe is a Toronto institution, whose Fort York Auctions were the best junk auctions I’ve ever seen (they inspired my short story Craphound, which was the first story I ever sold to a professional market); Mark has moved online and is now selling his finds through a social media account. Though these listings lack […]
Researchers’ budget blown when a migrating eagle’s tracker chip connects to an Iranian cellular tower and sends expensive SMSes
Volunteers at Novosibirsk’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre put trackers on 13 wild eagles to track their migration patterns; the trackers connected to cellular towers and message the researchers with the birds’ location.
The women who pay as much as $400 to see Hamilton at Philadelphia’s Forrest Theatre have only 15 minutes to pee and get back to their seats during intermission, but the upper bathroom only has three stalls and the house seats over 1,700 people.
As long as there are light switches in the house (or voice-activated prompts, or whatever the future brings), people are going to need an electrician. Ask any electrician the next time they come around for repairs, and they’ll tell you how much they’re in demand, no matter what size the community (or hey, just look […]
Every artist, budding or established, has a sketchbook. They’re great for practice and portable, so you can follow your muse anywhere. But if you’re just starting off, let’s face it: Those blank pages don’t offer much guidance. The How to Draw series of sketchbooks are a well-designed alternative to rote linework or idle doodling, incorporating […]
The world is shrinking, That’s just one of the reasons to get on that bit of self-improvement that many people resolve to do but too few actually accomplish: learning a new language. And why aren’t more of us multilingual? It’s actually easier than you might think. Almost all tongues have commonalities, and if a bit […]