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Thoughts from around the net

I’m spending the day puttering and organizing, and have a backlog of links to share so I can get them off my list.

 Jay Lake.

 A 19th century lock expert. This could be impetus for all kinds of fascinating stories.

 More fascinating ideas: how Vermeer’s paintings might have as much to do with optics as art. 

 I don’t know how people come up with lists like “25 Books Every Writer Should Read.” I’ve read exactly none of them. If I put together such a list, it would be heavily weighted toward SFF since that’s what I write, but with some books from other genres because it’s important to diversify. What would you include?

Laura sent me this story about MRI scans of fruits and veggies, thus reminding me I hadn’t posted it. These are fascinating and slightly bizarre.

Following along botanical lines, Open Source Seeds. I like the idea, though I’m not sure how they differ from heirloom seeds.

 And Open Source and do-it-yourself scientific instruments: make-it-yourself spectrometers, and foldable microscopes. I have a spectrometer kit, but haven’t put it together yet.