I received a copy of Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare by John Austin for review a couple of weeks ago. My boys loved it! This book shows them how to make miniature catapults, bows, and other projectile machines out of common office supplies. You can find complete information about the book on Amazon.

I received a copy of Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare by John Austin for review a couple of weeks ago. My boys loved it! This book shows them how to make miniature catapults, bows, and other projectile machines out of common office supplies. You can find complete information about the book on Amazon.

I think in another life I must have been a cartographer; my obsession with maps borders on unhealthy. Thinking of Chicago and the lovely people I'd like to visit there... maybe it's time to get a guide?

I think in another life I must have been a cartographer; my obsession with maps borders on unhealthy. Thinking of Chicago and the lovely people I'd like to visit there... maybe it's time to get a guide?

My Amsterdam-poster was one of the winner posters of the Human Empire City Poster Contest 2013! To celebrate this you can win a poster now! ———————— get your work featured by submitting it to designersof.com

My Amsterdam-poster was one of the winner posters of the Human Empire City Poster Contest 2013! To celebrate this you can win a poster now! ———————— get your work featured by submitting it to designersof.com

Peridot: Is one of the only gemstones that comes in only one color. Depending on iron count in gem, gems can appear pale yellow/green all the way to a rich deep olive color (the most prized version). Origin of name “Peridot” is unclear (some people think it comes from Arabic word faridat, which means “gem”). Peridots were mentioned in Bible (as “Pitdah” in Hebrew) and are believed to have been 1st discovered in Egypt, though they’re now sourced worldwide. only gemstone found in meteorites

Peridot: Is one of the only gemstones that comes in only one color. Depending on iron count in gem, gems can appear pale yellow/green all the way to a rich deep olive color (the most prized version). Origin of name “Peridot” is unclear (some people think it comes from Arabic word faridat, which means “gem”). Peridots were mentioned in Bible (as “Pitdah” in Hebrew) and are believed to have been 1st discovered in Egypt, though they’re now sourced worldwide. only gemstone found in meteorites

emerald infographic: “The emerald, a favorite stone of Cleopatra, has been captivating cultures around the world for over 6 thousand years. Nero would watch gladiator games thru flat emerald crystals. The stone was highly prized by the Incas and Aztecs. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors looted emeralds from the mines in South America. Colombian emeralds were/are the best anyone has ever seen. Carat for carat, a fine emerald may be 2 to 3 times as valuable as a diamond.”

emerald infographic: “The emerald, a favorite stone of Cleopatra, has been captivating cultures around the world for over 6 thousand years. Nero would watch gladiator games thru flat emerald crystals. The stone was highly prized by the Incas and Aztecs. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors looted emeralds from the mines in South America. Colombian emeralds were/are the best anyone has ever seen. Carat for carat, a fine emerald may be 2 to 3 times as valuable as a diamond.”

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