Illuminated Site of the Week
Every day we post new news to the Daily Illuminator. Usually this is SJ Games news, but occasionally we like to spotlight some of the more interesting, weird, or otherwise Illuminated sites elsewhere on the web. So we've started the Illuminated Site of the Week listing, to showcase those other sites. We even have a little logo for the winners, if they feel like adding it to their page . . . but unlike other Cool-this or Top-that sites, we're stingy with our awards . . . we don't give them out to every site under the sun, and if you steal the logo and you didn't properly win it, we'll send the Men in Black after you . . .
Suggesting a Site
Anything is fair game . . . if you know of a truly Illuminated site, use this form to tell us about it.
Our current Illuminated SiteKeeper is Andy Vetromile (email@example.com)
April 28, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: Squid Goals
Soldiers need to be able to get in and out of any number of tight spots to do their job, so what happens when they're once again confronted by a slit or hole too narrow or small for a human to fit through? You send in a squid, of course. That's not to say the army is going to start carrying around these tentacular beasts just so they can shove their pliable bodies through holes to get the mission done, that would be the height of absurdity. Instead, thanks to the combined efforts of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the University of Minnesota (UMN) regarding breakthroughs with new materials, they're simply going to 3-D print the invertebrates in the field. That's the reasonable thing to do. The Daily Mail has the story.
-- Suggested by Steve Jackson
April 21, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: A Standard Page By Any Measure
If you're old enough to remember the TV show Liar's Club, you may recall they wheeled out weird objects, provenance unknown, for celebrities to tout and contestants to determine the purpose of. Carrying on this proud, obscure tradition, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) periodically produces such an item and asks if anyone knows what in the world it is. Assuming it comes from this world at all may be presumptuous, and there may be nothing standard about what any given item measures. Does it power this? Detect that? Protect against the other? Take a gander to see if you can help. And if you can . . . just how is it you came by this knowledge?
-- Suggested by Steve Jackson
April 14, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: . . . And Ohming Is Half The Battle
After more than three-quarters of a century spent defending our liberty, our backyards, and our living-room coffee tables, green army men have earned some weekend liberty. Artist Dan Abramson has been bringing unique yoga products
to market for some time now, and he's found a whimsical take on the plastic soldiers of childhood. Yoga Joes
, available in traditional green or refreshing pink, are tiny infantrymen affecting warrior poses (what else?) and the popular downward-facing dog, among others. A good soldier is fit in mind, body, and soul, and these fellows are ready for action. It's hard to say exactly what kind of action these figures are preparing for, but they'll meet it with a clear mind and a clean chakra. "Yo(ga), Joe!"
-- Suggested by Audra Grace
March 11, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: 65 Million B.C. Was An Inside Job
The meteor that took out the dinosaurs might not have acted alone. Turns out, throwing a 10-kilometer chunk of rock at Earth does more than throw dust into the atmosphere; it unleashes all manner of cascading failures and Terran disasters. Phil Plait uses his Bad Astronomy blog to correct as much of the misinformation hurtling toward us as he can, which is a cosmic task given how quick folks are to believe the sensational. To be fair, he's also working against hundreds (if not thousands) of years of supposition, and he's only been around one human lifetime. If you don't want to read his work on what new things we've learned about our universe, you can peruse some of the older canards he's dealt with. Between the blog and the SyFy Wire feed, he's got most of the galaxy covered.
While the Illuminated Site of the Week is archived with the Daily Illuminator archives, we also have an archive of ALL past winners.