First published in 1865, this fantastical story was all inspired by one ordinary 10-year-old girl named Alice Liddell (photo, above). The young mathematician Charles Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll) had a wild imagination and loved telling outlandish tales that his adult friends just couldn’t appreciate. Alice and her two sisters, however, were absorbed in […]

Readers: When I was a young lad, before all this fancy technology existed to tell and show me the wonders of our world, I loved to look at the pictures and read the articles in the National Geographic. Launched in 1888, the National Geographic’s mission was to “reveal the wonders of history, popular science, and culture […]

When my kids were younger and living at home, we made the annual trek to San Diego Comic Con each year. I really wanted them to have the same appreciation for comic books that I had. I use to sit on the floor of our local drug store for hours as a young boy and […]

Information Dashboard Design: Displaying data for at-a-glance monitoring, Second Edition, Stephen Few, $40.00 (U.S.), Analytics Press, 2013 The second edition of Stephen Few’s seminal book, Information Dashboard Design, will be released on August 15, 2013. I have been waiting for this book for some time and am very excited about its pending release. Here is a […]

Today is the third and final part of my series of selected images from a massive late 19th century tome entitled simply Magic, subtitled Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, including Trick Photography, compiled and edited by Albert A. Hopkins. The book takes a thorough tour through the popular magic tricks and illusions of the day, […]

Today is Part 2 of selected images from a massive late 19th century tome entitled simply Magic, subtitled Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, including Trick Photography, compiled and edited by Albert A. Hopkins. The book takes a thorough tour through the popular magic tricks and illusions of the day, including along the way many delightfully […]

I become interested in magic in the 5th grade of elementary school. Through Scholastic Books Services, I purchased The Great Houdini by Beryl Williams & Samuel Epstein for fifty cents. When I got home from school, I started reading the book and stayed up all night reading it until it was finished. Over the years, […]