Terrance Dicks, ‘Doctor Who’ Mainstay, Dies at 84 – The New York Times

He wrote numerous episodes of the long-running show, as well as dozens of novels for young readers based on its scripts.

Would You Like to Buy an Extinct Volcano? | Smart News | Smithsonian

You can own a real volcano in England for around $60,700.


The U.K.’s Posbury Clump may not have the snazziest of names, but the site boasts a rich history—and is available for around $60,700

Source: Would You Like to Buy an Extinct Volcano? | Smart News | Smithsonian

BBC – Travel – The US island that speaks Elizabethan English

The island of Ocracoke in North Carolina is known for its distinct ‘Hoi Toider’ brogue (Credit: Credit: Peter Ptschelinzew/Alamy)

Native Americans, English sailors and pirates all came together on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina to create the only American dialect that is not identified as American.

Source: BBC – Travel – The US island that speaks Elizabethan English

Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder

Coyote is sure he’s a beauty.

Collector’s coin of Coyote from the Gunnerkrigg Court web comic by Tom Siddell. It shows Coyote’s eye and grin over the surface of the moon, which has Annie’s fingerprint on it.

For Flickr Friday’s “Adage” and Macro Mondays’ “Eye of the Beholder” challenges on Flickr.

Mary Midgley, 99, Moral Philosopher for the General Reader, Is Dead – The New York Times

Writing into her 90s — her last book was published last month — Dr. Midgley challenged with wit and verve the primacy of science as arbiter of reality.