Yummy Insects

In my book, A Heaven for Toasters, the main source of protein is insects and lab-grown meat (I only hint at this, so don’t worry if you missed that). As with all things futuristic, I based this on current trends. One of these is using maggots, specifically the...

When Will They Ever Learn?

A lot of my friends have a pretty bleak outlook on life. Gun massacres, polarizing politics, climate change… the list of horrors goes on. Given humanity’s bloody history, one may be excused for wondering why we haven’t figured out what’s good...

August 15, Dormition of the Virgin

The Dormition of the Virgin is the third greatest celebration in Greece (and the Greek Orthodox tradition), after Easter and Christmas. Greeks celebrate it in their usual boisterous way: large family gatherings, public festivals, and loads of lamb eating. Some escape...

Dealing with Vampires the New England Way

In early 19th century rural New England, there was little doubt about how to deal with vampires: you dug up the corpse, took head and limbs, and rearranged them on top of the ribs in the design of a skull and crossbones. That would stop the mischevious spirit from...

Nellie Bly, Pioneering Female Journalist

With all the controversy surrounding fake media and fake news, it’s easy to forget that real journalism not only has existed for a long time but has many forgotten heroes. One of them is Elizabeth Cochrane, a pioneering female journalist who’s finally...

Harry Potter… Scots Style

You may recall that, even though I spend most of my time in Greece nowadays, I consider myself half-Scot after studying, working, and even starting my company, Istomedia, in Edinburgh. Which is why I was so amused to hear on GeeksAreSexy.net about an Imgur user called...

What’s With Those Pointy Shoes?

A source of much mirth in Atkinson’s celebrated Black Adder series, pointy shoes were a real thing as attested by this Medieval manuscript detail of a royal Parisian wedding: Such was the fascination with them that in 1463, English monarchs felt compelled to...

Discovered: A rare Revolutionary War-era newspaper

Fans of books and writing will be thrilled to learn of this rare find: a newspaper published on December 28, 1774, accidentally discovered in a New Jersey Goodwill facility! As The Washington Post reports, Mike Storms was walking among the crowded shelves of the New...

Happy May Day 2019

Once again, spring is finally upon us, after a long and drich winter. Like every year, we will celebrate May Day the Greek way–with a nice wreath of flowers. This year, we’ll have the wee one to help with that (for once, we won’t scold her when she...

A Greek Easter

Easter was celebrated yesterday in Greece and I came across this video describing some of the Greek traditions, courtesy of the Greek Reporter: Interestingly enough, I only did four of them yesterday and hadn’t even heard of two ones (the burning of Judas and...