Moonlight Tarot’s Question Corner: Mystical Answers to Mundane Inquiries

By Angela Kaufman, Moonlight Tarot LLC

The heart of winter is a great time for introspection. This month’s Querent, a woman we will call Marsha, writes to ask about whether her dream of owning her own business- a store that features services and goods-will come to fruition. Her reading indicates this dream involves life lessons and Spirit is taking the opportunity to point to these lessons as they are enacted in Marsha’s quest for her store.

In preparation for Marsha’s reading I perceive the presence of the fox, an animal guide known to her, who seems to be encouraging her to tap into her witty and outgoing nature. The cards that emerge present a message that in some ways contradicts their positions, the majority being reversed suggesting delays and obstacles, yet with meanings that suggest prosperity and advancement. The reading produced a “leaper” or a card whose fall from the deck signals time to proceed to the reading- it is the 6 of Hearts. Following this are the Two of Acorns, reversed, Empress reversed, and Five of Leaves, reversed.

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A great deal is “up in the air”. This seems particularly true because the suits that present correlate with water and air, love and inspiration but lack of grounding and action. I sense there is room to overcome these obstacles. While Marsha has a lot of work ahead of her, it seems she is nevertheless being guided to fulfill her mission, though perhaps differently than she originally dreamed.

The Six of Hearts is a card of reunification and connection to people from the past. As the leaper suggests a warm homecoming for Marsha. I do feel it is with the assistance of another- or rather two others- that things will begin to take shape. One I sense as a business savvy young man, the other seems to be a mature woman. It is not clear to me if these two are related or in what time frame they present. I feel that the woman is in the periphery, and the Empress reversed points to this. The Empress is not only abundance personified, she is also the matron figure, the stable leader and she is prosperity. Her reversal does not negate her meaning, but it does suggest her essence not being fully utilized. A strong mentor, a potential source of materials or funding, a leader whose knowledge has not been enlisted thus far. Expansion is possible but I feel this character in particular is a keystone. This is an earthy person, a practical business minded woman who nurtures growth in others. She is in some ways larger than life and may also represent an institution or agency that provides startup service. The number three will be significant and it may require three attempts that initially seem unsuccessful.

I have jumped ahead to the Empress, but….well, she’s the Empress, and commands instant attention. Back to the Two of Acorns, reversed. The Two of Acorns holds the energy of indecision, lack of movement due to a stalemate. Marsha has halted necessary actions early on in this process. This stalemate can cast doubts but Marsha will need action to overcome stagnation. Even actions that take her dream down an altered path will still break up the energy and invite movement again. Before this vision can manifest Marsha has to come to terms with why her vision has stalled. If Marsha can see her options flexibly, the struggle can be released.

Then the final card, the Five of Leaves, also reversed. Conflicting ideas and conflicting messages have kept Marsha stuck, this time the focus is not so much on the stagnant energy, but on a breakdown in communication. If Marsha is able to be receptive to communication with others, she will find ways to carry her message and refine her mission. This may require her taking alternative routes to the end goal she has in mind. It seems there are potential sources of guidance but the lines are crossed, paperwork has not gone through, in general it seems like a “Mercury Retrograde” situation. Marsha may need to be the one to round up her available mentors and foster cooperation and understanding, and she should be mindful of being pushed to defensiveness, as this may be a natural reaction to her frustration with lack of results but will not serve bringing others on board to help make this dream a reality. It seems she has several valuable connections with influential people. Review the relationships from the past, colleagues, mentors, those who have a common understanding of her business’s mission and her own talents. The turn of events will happen as a result of relationships and networking, carry the message and be open to how others can help you implement steps to make it happen.

With so much hanging in reverse I wanted to see more clearly what is required to break through the barriers. The Empress repeats, she’s opinionated like that, and another Major card, the Hanged Man, presents as well as the King of Hearts. These cards again speak to making the connections that will bring opportunities. I sense this business will form in smaller stages than Marsha may originally imagine, thus opportunities for startup may be overlooked because they do not show the end result. That is because the Hanged Man energy is asking Marsha to look at things from a different angle. Imagine a movie in which the hero is trapped, about to be demolished by his adversary, the hero puts up a commendable struggle and then reaches a moment of surrender…realizing that perhaps they will not save the day this time, perhaps the treasure is lost forever…..and in that moment of acceptance a light shines down and the answer becomes apparent. In the moment of acceptance that control is lost, empowerment is found. Marsha is not being asked to abandon her dream, she is being challenged to step away from the vision of the trophy and contend with the nature of the win itself. What better way to be in the moment than when dangling from a tree by the foot? Well, maybe that is a bit extreme. The lesson however it to take stock of the opportunities now, the talents and relationships and outlets already in place but overlooked because they don’t seem to fit the puzzle. Surrender judgments about how the process should happen and open up to the ways your calling is being shaped in the present. I sense that an initial offer or opportunity will break the ice- it will bring exposure, a foundation and from this foundation the end result can be built.

The King of Hearts, reversed and the Empress reversed also echo the role two key figures, a man and woman, although the woman carries more influence. She may be intimidating but she has resources that will be helpful. The King of Hearts is a helpful connection, there is great happiness found in this relationship, this individual expresses themselves generously and compassionately and is more understanding than the Empress figure who may be more a detached authority- a lending office or financial institution. He is a mentor building confidence and fostering relationships that help Marsha get the start she needs.

The Hanged Man is numbered 12, which echoes the pattern of the Empress, 3, as the sum of the digits equal 3. Three is significant for expansion and growth. This business may take three years to materialize fully, but these three years are significant formative stages. The next 12 months the Hanged Man is requiring Marsha to observe with acceptance the barriers present. Don’t give up on the dream, but be flexible with expectations of how it will come about. Hang in there, literally, as the solutions exist but are easily overlooked. This coming year is surrounded by indicators of relationships. Networking will be the key to release from stagnation. Marsha need to promote herself through relationships and to accept guidance from sources that previously seemed intimidating. Taking every opportunity to promote her vision, Marsha can harness the energy of the Hanged Man to explore options that arise while the bigger goal seems to be “on hold”, as these small steps will lead to the larger opportunities ahead. Paperwork and calculations may need to be reworked and the immediate stages of this business adjusted to fit the present as a starting point leading to full development of her vision in its completed form. This is not a defeat, it is simply a smaller start that gives way to connections and support that will pave the way for the end result. Marsha may need to work in collaboration with others who have conflicting opinions or some digression in verbal or written planning may take place this year- she should keep careful records and copies of paperwork and not overlook aspects of this plan that involve putting ideas to paper covering all aspects of this business- it seems likely there is part of her written plan that needs to be revised but that getting assistance putting the details in writing will be helpful.

Best of luck to Marsha, and I eagerly await the ribbon cutting ceremony! Remember, no matter where you are reading this all readings are conducted for entertainment purposes in accordance with NYS law.

Interested in being the Querent in next month’s column? Contact Angela at Trionfi78@gmail.com.

About Angela Kaufman:
Angela Kaufman has been exploring divination through Tarot cards for over a decade. She is a Certified Professional Tarot Reader and formed Moonlight Tarot in 2009 which would become Moonlight Tarot LLC in 2010. Angela uses the Tarot to assist clients in exploring personal growth and development, and in accordance with New York State Law offers readings for entertainment purposes. Angela began providing readings on a professional, “Moonlighting” basis in order to provide affordable readings to those seeking guidance, inspiration and fun. Angela is also co-author of the new book “Wicca, What’s the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions.” And the newly released “Sacred Objects, Sacred Space, Everyday Tools for the Modern Day Witch” (Schiffer Publishing, 2011). In 2006 she joined ISIS Paranormal Investigations and has accompanied the team on numerous investigations in private residences and businesses throughout the capital region, Adirondacks, Vermont and Massachusetts.

For more information on services offered by Moonlight Tarot LLC, visit http://www.moonlighttarotllc.com

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For more related to Tarot and Wicca, check out: Wicca, What’s the Real Deal? At www.wwtrd.webs.com

Want a chance to get a live Tarot Reading? Check out www.cafenolany.com for listing of Tarot events at Café Nola in Schenectady NY!

This month’s reading was conducted using the Fairy Tarots created by Antonio Lupatelli and by Lo Scarabeo and published in 2000 by Llewellyn. For more information visit http://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Tarot-Antonio-Lupatelli/dp/0738700061.

Misconceptions of Science and Religion Found in New Study

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HOUSTON – (Feb. 16, 2014) – The public’s view that science and religion can’t work in collaboration is a misconception that stunts progress, according to a new survey of more than 10,000 Americans, scientists and evangelical Protestants. The study by Rice University also found that scientists and the general public are surprisingly similar in their religious practices.

The study, “Religious Understandings of Science (RUS),” was conducted by sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklundand presented on February 16th in Chicago during the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference. Ecklund is the Autrey Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program.

“We found that nearly 50 percent of evangelicals believe that science and religion can work together and support one another,” Ecklund said. “That’s in contrast to the fact that only 38 percent of Americans feel that science and religion can work in collaboration.”

The study also found that 18 percent of scientists attended weekly religious services, compared with 20 percent of the general U.S. population; 15 percent consider themselves very religious (versus 19 percent of the general U.S. population); 13.5 percent read religious texts weekly (compared with 17 percent of the U.S. population); and 19 percent pray several times a day (versus 26 percent of the U.S. population).
“This is a hopeful message for science policymakers and educators, because the two groups don’t have to approach religion with an attitude of combat,” Ecklund said. “Rather, they should approach it with collaboration in mind.”

Ecklund said that the way the science-religion relationship is portrayed in the news media influences the misperception.

“Most of what you see in the news are stories about these two groups at odds over the controversial issues, like teaching creationism in the schools. And the pundits and news panelists are likely the most strident representatives for each group,” she said. “It might not be as riveting for television, but consider how often you see a news story about these groups doing things for their common good. There is enormous stereotyping about this issue and not very good information.”

Ecklund noted that portions of the two groups are likely to stay put in their oppositional camps. As an example, she found that evangelical Protestants are twice as likely as the general population (11 percent) to consult a religious text or religious leader for questions about science.

Other key findings:

• Nearly 60 percent of evangelical Protestants and 38 percent of all surveyed believe “scientists should be open to considering miracles in their theories or explanations.”
• 27 percent of Americans feel that science and religion are in conflict.
• Of those who feel science and religion are in conflict, 52 percent sided with religion.
• 48 percent of evangelicals believe that science and religion can work in collaboration.
• 22 percent of scientists think most religious people are hostile to science.
• Nearly 20 percent of the general population think religious people are hostile to science.
• Nearly 22 percent of the general population think scientists are hostile to religion.
• Nearly 36 percent of scientists have no doubt about God’s existence.

Ecklund found another counterintuitive result in the survey. The conventional wisdom is that religious people who work in science will have more doubts about their faith, but the survey revealed the opposite: Evangelical scientists practice religion more than evangelical Protestants in the general population.

“Those scientists who identify as evangelical are more religious than regular American evangelicals who are not in science,” Ecklund said.

“Evangelical scientists feel that they’ve been put under pressure or they find themselves in what they view to be more hostile environments,” she said. “They potentially see themselves as more religious, because they’re seeing the contrast between the two groups all the time.”

RUS is the largest study of American views on religion and science. It includes the nationally representative survey of more than 10,000 Americans, more than 300 in-depth interviews with Christians, Jews and Muslims — more than 140 of whom are evangelicals — and extensive observations of religious centers in Houston and Chicago.

The study is being provided to the AAAS Dialogue on Science Ethics and Religion program to help foster dialogue between religious groups and scientists.

The study was supported by the John Templeton Foundation.

Photo courtesy: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University

World Sword Swallowing Day

Did you know that this Saturday is World Sword Swallowing Day? I didn’t until someone submitted this fun video to us.

Now that video is all well and good, but let’s take a brief look at some surprising reality about sword swallowing. In reviewing the press release about this year’s World Sword Swallowing Day I learned a lot. For instance, Sword Swallowers Association International President Dan Meyer states, “We established World Sword Swallower’s Day to promote this ancient art still carried on by a few dozen surviving performers — to raise awareness of the medical contributions sword swallowers have made in the fields of medicine and science, to honor veteran performers, and to raise funds for esophageal cancer research and the Injured Sword Swallower’s Relief Fund.”

Medical contributions? That’s right. I learned from further reading the release that in 1868 a sword swallower was used by Dr. Adolf Kussmaul in Freiburg Germany to develop the first rigid endoscopy. In 1906 a sword swallower underwent the first esophageal electrocardiogram in Wales. In the 1930’s sword swallower Delno Fritz died of pneumonia while testing a bronchialscope for doctors in Pennsylvania as a result of a screw that came loose and lodged in his lung.

To learn more about World Sword Swallowing Day, visit the Sword Swallowers Association International website! Until then, let’s check out a previous participant!

American Heart Month: 3 Steps to Let Go Of Stress

By Allison Johnson RN

February is American Heart Month and if you’re stressed for any reason, you may be experiencing emotions such as frustration, overwhelm, resentment, anger, and anxiety.

The problem with these negative emotions is they can have a devastating impact on your health and well-being affecting your heart, mental clarity, productivity, and immune system. Not only that but unless released, these disempowering emotions can become trapped in your body creating emotional baggage that potentially can cause future health problems or havoc in your life.

How Anger and Caring Affects Your Immune System

A fascinating study was done at the Heart Math Institute. The study’s participants were asked to think of something that made them angry for a total of 5 minutes. They tested their blood levels over the next 6 hours and found their immune system plummeted over their baseline and did not return to the baseline within the 6 hours.

A week later the same participants returned and were asked to think of thoughts of caring for 5 minutes. That time their immune system function shot up and remained above the baseline for the same 6 hours.

Stop the Stress with the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” Method

Try the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” method to remove yourself from harm’s way and gain improved health and happiness throughout the year.

Stop and recognize you’re feeling stressed.
Drop what is disempowering you in the moment.
Roll with a method that will empower you, bringing you back to a feel good place.

Here are some techniques to help you Roll into positive emotions (choose what works for you):

• The Freeze Frame Technique from Heart Math is used to help you in the moment you experience stress. This will help you feel more balanced and effective as you deal with the stress in your life. Step away from the stressful event if you can, then shift your focus of attention to the area around your heart. Feel your breath coming in through your heart and going out the solar plexus. Make a sincere effort to activate a positive feeling. Allow yourself to feel a genuine appreciation and caring for another person, place, or thing.
Humor and laughter will help to quickly change your mood.
Choose music that will calm your soul and nurture your spirit.
Think of thoughts of gratitude or appreciation. What are you grateful for? Who or what do you appreciate?
Let go of emotional baggage with The Emotion Code.
Consider Bio-Feedback devices or smart phone apps to train yourself to more quickly shift from a state of stress to a state of peace which will increase your sense of well-being (and your immune system).
Take a walk or hike in nature.
Meditate.
Practice yoga.

About Allison Johnson:
Allison Johnson is a registered nurse, healthcare consultant and certified practitioner of “The Emotion Code”, groundbreaking methods developed by veteran holistic physician Dr. Bradley Nelson to help people spark physical, mental and emotional self-healing. Allison lives in Auburn, CA, between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. She can be reached at www.ReleaseYourBaggage.com where she provides 20 minute complimentary sessions.

Dreary & Naughty

Schiffer Publishing reached out to me with a fun little series that originally was let loose in 2003 and came back in 2013. Since it has a Valentine’s Day book in the series I thought now would be a good time to lay these guys on you. We’re talking about Dreary & Naughty.

The series focuses on its two main characters, Dreary (son of the Grim Reaper) and Naughty (daughter of the Devil). Both of them are in high school and the books focus on the sort of issues you face during those years, such as deciding what to do with your life, romantic rivalry, and feelings of ostracization. All of this is written by John LaFleur…..in rhyme. The books are all illustrated adorably by Shawn Dubin. The Dreary & Naughty books are like children’s picture books, for teenagers and adults. It may seem odd, but it works.

The first book in the series is “The Misadventures of Dreary & Naughty” and the third book is “Dreary & Naughty: The ABC’s of Being Dead”. Like I said, with Valentine’s Day being here, I thought we should focus on the second book, “Dreary & Naughty: Friday the 13th of February”.

Dreary and Naughty: Friday the 13th of February

I don’t want to give too much away, but we start with it being Friday the 13th of February, the day before Valentine’s Day. Dreary and Naughty are best friends. It almost goes without saying, but the teenage daughter of the Devil, Naughty, is smoking hot. Sometimes literally. Dreary, being an introverted skeleton, is not a big hit with the ladies. In fact, he didn’t receive a single Valentine’s card from anyone. Yet Naughty, despite the tail and horns, is rolling in cards from admirers.

A Few Valentine's in Naughty's Locker

This creates some tension between the friends. We see Dreary working hard to finish his gift for Naughty for their Valentine’s Day date. Does Naughty get her act together in time to let Dreary know how much he means to her? There’s only one way to find out!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue

Guess who is feeling fancy this February? This gal! And why? Because just like my heroes over at Go Fug Yourself, Vanity Fair sent me an advance image of the cover of Vanity Fair’s 20th anniversary Hollywood issue. Little did the classy folks at Vanity Fair realize how I was going to give my readers the short geek interpretation of their cover.

Let’s go to the cover, shall we?

Here it is!

We’ve got Chiwetel Ejiofor all the way to the left. Surely he’s there for his performance in “12 Years a Slave”, but I don’t care even the slightest about that. For us Browncoats he’s The Operative in the film “Serenity”. The next handsome gent with Julia Roberts in his lap is Idris Elba. I’ve got to assume he’s on the cover for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”. However all of us geeks are excited to see him because he starred in, say it together now, “Luther”! Also, hubba hubba! Thanks to “Dallas Buyer Club’s” 6 Oscar nominations Jared Leto is front and center on the cover, and women of a center age know Jared Leto better as Jordan Catalano from “My So-Called Life”. Your band 30 Seconds to Mars can release as many albums as you want, and you can star in as many movies that you can get cast in, but you will always be freakin’ Jordan Catalano to us.

Lastly, standing in the middle like the glorious beacon of awesome that she is, Lupita Nyong’o. I know this actress entirely from her dazzling beauty and amazing fashion sense. In terms of Hollywood, kudos may be in order to her stylist. This is seriously sad, but it wasn’t until I looked her up on IMDB.com that I learned she was in “12 Years a Slave”. Until about 5 minutes ago I only knew Lupita Nyong’o for being a woman who can do no wrong when it comes to dressing for the red carpet. I had no idea why she was walking those carpets. This isn’t traditional geek, but it touches on my fashion geekness. (Did I mention my love for Go Fug Yourself?)

But wait! I’ve got a little something more. Not only was Vanity Fair kind enough to share their cover image but they also sent along a video of some behind the scene footage of the photo shoot! Getting to watch world famous photographer Annie Leibovitz work is a special treat. I’ve been a fan of hers since high school!

Consider this an early Valentine’s gift from Vanity Fair to Magical Buffet readers!

Calling in Your Beloved: The Truth about Soul Mates

By Sara Wiseman

As we approach that magical day, 2/14/2014, our thoughts turn to love—or more precisely, romantic love.

It’s a concept that’s been around since medieval times, but it’s reinvented itself over the centuries. Today, when we talk about romantic love, what we usually mean is:

Your soul mate

• Your true love

• Your destiny

• Your one and only

• Love at first sight

These are terms for what is energetically referred to as a primary soul mate who’s also a romantic partner. But when we set aside all the champagne-and-chocolate that’s the hallmark of modern romance, we understand at a deeper level that these significant soul matings are karmic crossings, and they exist to teach us the lessons of soul growth.

Soul mates work on soul growth.

No matter what your age, you can look back and determine the love relationships that were significant karmic crossings in your life. In relationships that were positive, you might have been working on soul lessons such as:

Trust

• Love

• Openness

• Patience

• Selflessness

In negative or lesser relationships, you might have been working on lessons such as:

Power

• Control

• Betrayal

• Addiction

• Abuse

• Anger

• Abandonment

In either case, these karmic crossings helped you to move forward as a Divine being learning in a human lifetime.

Do we just have one soul mate?

Just as we have multiple relationships with all kinds of people, we also have multiple soul mates. In fact, everyone’s a soul mate, at some level or another!

However, most people use the term soul mate to describe the concept of primary soul mate—that one special person you’re destined to meet; who’s going to change your life, be the butter on your bread, the honey in your tea, and so forth.

Many of us will have at least one of these primary soul matings in our lifetime. Often, we’ll have a few. With divorce rates hovering at 50 percent and fewer people getting married at all, the idea of one lifetime relationship is just not part of our culture anymore. Nowadays, it’s likely that people will have several soul mates in a lifetime.

So, what happens when we meet someone who we think is a soul mate—but, over time, the relationship doesn’t work out? What happens when you split up from the person you thought was a soul mate, and then eventually, you meet another person who you are equally certain is your soul mate.

Does this mean your first partner or spouse wasn’t a soul mate after all?

No, not at all.

Both your past and current partner were soul mates. It’s just that the first soul mate you were with helped you learn a particular karmic lesson or set of lessons. Once those lessons were learned, you were ready to move to a more advanced set of lessons, with the new soul mate.

Our soul mates always match us where we are, in terms of our consciousness and heart expansion. You know the saying “like attracts like”? Well, that’s how it works. When you’re immature and not yet conscious, you attract a soul mate who’s at the same place in his/her development. When you jump levels and expand into more awareness, you meet a soul mate who can match you there.

Why soul mates separate.

Soul mates separate when they have learned the lessons they were destined to learn together. When this happens—when you’ve done all the work you can do in a particular relationship—it also means that once your karmic crossing is complete.

In other words, once you’ve completed the soul lessons you’ve been put together to learn, then the relationship is also complete. You’re ready to move forward and learn new lessons, with another partner.
Most adults have been in profoundly significant relationships that “didn’t work out” over time. It’s not because you didn’t love the person at the time, or because the person wasn’t your soul mate. It’s just that for most of us in modern culture, there’s going to be more than one karmic crossing in a lifetime.

How do you know you’ve met a soul mate?

When you meet a soul mate, you know it. There’s an immediate sense of recognition of the soul personality. Many people who have met their soul mates often describe this kind of soul recognition as a deep familiarity, sense that they already knew the person, or of “coming home.”

However, even if you recognize the soul personality, the human container may be very different from what you expected! Time and again, clients tell me of meeting primary soul mates who show up much differently from what they expected: they’re older, younger, a different race, a different culture.

They’re your perfect soul match, but they don’t look or act anything like what you expected!

The energy of soul mates.

And then, there is the energy. The Universe often let’s us know when we’re meeting a soul mate in the form of visible energy, such as white flashes, lightning bolts, auras, and so forth.

For example, my client Anna did some work with me to call forth her soul mate. Soon after, she met a new co-worker at a staff meeting, and the minute they shook hands, she felt dizzy. “My knees went weak; I actually had to excuse myself and sit down,” she explained.

Shortly after, she was in the company kitchen and who should walk in but this man. As they stood in the room together, “a bolt of lightning leaped across from his body to mine,” she said. “It was bright white, about ten inches tall, and extended the full eight feet between us. I gasped, and when I looked at him, his mouth was hanging open and he looked stunned.”

This kind of visible energy is common when soul mates meet for the first time as if the Universe is asking us to wake up, take note, pay attention!

Soul mates are more than romantic.

Primary soul mates aren’t always romantic partners. They can also be the best friend, family member or colleague we are deeply connected to in our lives. Again, every soul meeting is a karmic crossing, designed to help us work through lessons of soul growth in this lifetime.

Understanding this—that we are all here to teach each other—can help us manifest a more joyful approach to life and love, in all the kinds of relationships we have.

About Sara Wiseman:
Sara Wiseman is a spiritual teacher and author of six enlightening books on spiritual intuition. She hosts the popular radio show Ask Sara, and is a regular contributor to DailyOM, VividLife, InspireMeToday and more. Visit her at www.sarawiseman.com

Geek Month in Review: January 2014

By JB Sanders

Ice and snow…

Isaac Asimov Predicts 2014
Interesting set of snippets of things Asimov thought would be happening in 2014, and he gets a LOT of things right. Holy crap!

Ghost Stations of the London Underground
Ever wanted a map of all the disused, but still largely intact, subway stations of the London metro system? Here ya go.

Epilepsy Drug Might Help Adults Learn Languages
It’s designed to help folks with varying degrees of epilepsy, but valproate might help adults learn languages like they were a kid again. It enhances, or re-instates, neuro-plasticity.

Famous ‘80s Movie Posters as Stained Glass
Seriously, you really get a better appreciation for the movie after seeing the poster in stained glass. Which movie? Say, RoboCop. Or Blade Runner.

Geekiest Remodel Ever?
See what you can do with $30,000 and a dream. Woman converts her house into an original Star Trek tribute, with pretty great success.

Glow-in-the-Dark Sidewalks
It’s a technology called Starpath, and it’s a spray-on application that’s non-slip, waterproof, and non-reflective. Plus it’s environmentally friendly!

Ready-to-Use Supervillain Lairs
Yeah, I posted about this before, but this is an updated and cooler list. It’s got a 1970’s German Cold War bunker, with a hip interior, and a volcano house.

Follow-up: Derelict Ship Upgraded to Ghost Ship
Remember that cruise ship left to drift the Atlantic I mentioned back in February of 2013? No? Well, there’s a ship out there that’s been adrift now for almost a full year. Doesn’t get much better than a derelict cruise ship overrun by cannibal rats, right?

Firing a Gun Underwater: In Super-Slow Motion
Always a good time with the SloMo guys. This time, see a gun fired underwater.

What if Star Wars was set in the Old West?
Yeah, you read that right. Not Han Solo, but Hank Solomon, gun runner and smuggler. There are 3D models to gawk at, too.

Or Noir Wars? Or SteamPunk Wars? Or … just go look at the artist’s website

Boeing 777 Airliner Recreated in Paper
So this art student wants to create a model airplane out of paper. Cool, you say. Well, hold your flying horses, because he does it entirely out of manilla envelopes, and he recreates not only the exterior of the plane, but also the interior — including seats, doors, etc. And the doors WORK! Watch them in action.

Build With Virtual LEGOs on the Web
For those of you who don’t have time to play with real LEGOs, try out this virtual ones.

About John:
John’s a geek from way back. He’s been floating between various computer-related jobs for years, until he settled into doing tech support in higher ed. Now he rules the Macs on campus with an iron hand (really, it’s on his desk).

Geek Credentials:
RPG: Blue box D&D, lead minis, been to GenCon in Milwaukee.
Computer: TRS-80 Color Computer, Amiga 1000, UNIX system w/reel-to-reel backup tape
Card games: bought Magic cards at GenCon in 1993
Science: Met Phil Plait, got time on a mainframe for astronomy project in 1983
His Blog: http://glenandtyler.blogspot.com