ramblings

A crafted movement

There’s a thread that runs through many of my posts, but one I rarely mention: luxury. Luxury is often defined as an “inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain”, but over the past decade, it’s become less about the money (perhaps) and even less about the materials. Rather, luxury appears to have regressed, …

Origin stories

Jon Osterman was caught in an “Intrinsic Field Subtractor”; Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider; Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, and Sue and Johnny Storm were exposed to cosmic rays; while Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup were born from a mixture of sugar, spice and all things nice (plus, of course, a soupcon of Chemical X). …

Raiding the past

The burial chamber of king Tutankhamun was, it seems, saved from tomb raiders by a combination of poor memory and natural disasters. Although plundered at least twice in the years after Tutankhamun’s interment, the thieves appear to have taken only a few small objects; further incursions may have been curtailed by floods or rockslides, or simply because the …