Origins, Origins, Origins, and … er … Origins #FridayRecommends

A-to-ZI do love NPR’s online Cosmos and Culture, and this week’s “Moving From Creation Of The Cosmos To Human Life” demonstrates why. It tells me some stuff I didn’t know, refreshes me on some stuff I did know, puts it all into perspective for me, and clarifies without making me feel patronized.

Today — well, okay, the other day — I found out that the first known record of a robot (if by “robot” one means a mechanism that mimics something alive, which is not what a robot is at all) was a steam-powered pigeon. See for yourself.

The Antikythera Mechanism is even older than I thought! This article from late 2014 dates it to maybe 205 BC! While you’re over there at Ancient Origins, poke around some. It’s fascinating!

Last week, I recommended The Fairy Tale Asylum. I’m recommending it again, because this week she’s written the origin story of one of the characters, and it’s a keeper!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write the origin story of a character you haven’t written an origin story for.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Origins, Origins, Origins, and … er … Origins #FridayRecommends

  1. Jane

    September 11, 2015 at 9:37am

    When I went to the robot website, I found another question answered: who is Craig of Craigslist? He started it up in 1996; quit his job in 1999. That makes his success probably one of the internet’s oldest enterprises! Yes! They had internet then! Fascinating.

    Have fun at Imaginarium!

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  2. Marta

    September 12, 2015 at 10:13pm

    Oh, I’m interested in the Cosmos and Culture link! That sounds fascinating. I love that stuff. And thank you for linking to my work. Your support is very appreciated. More than I can say.

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