Surprise Discovery of 4,000-Year-Old Egyptian Sphinx with Human Head and Lion Body


Local authorities in Egypt have announced the discovery of an ancient sphinx statue between two of the best known ancient temples in the country – Karnak and Luxor. The discovery was made by chance, during a restoration project, and stunned the construction workers who found it. There have been very few sphinxes discovered in modern times and the find will add to our knowledge of Egyptian sculpture and art. The sphinx will also raise questions as to what else may be found in the area and which Pharaoh the statue represents.


Industrial wall shelves

As many of you know I love steampunk ( all of the retro-futurism ), dieselpunk, etc. and my wish is to have a steampunk set for my book/movie reviews. I really think that my study will be the perfect spot and perhaps someday I will build my fantasy set. In the meantime, I have found some shelving ideas that would be perfect.

Making an Iron Throne Phone Charger || DIY

I’m always looking for something to serve as a holder for my Kindle. My last Kindle died when I plugged it in to recharge ( shortly after the warranty had expired — of course ) and I’m always a little concerned when I plug in this Kindle. Sometimes I use a holder for displaying plates but that’s an accident waiting to happen.

I’m interested in this little project. The build looks inexpensive and it appeals to my nerdy side.

My thoughts of Devon O’Day’s “My Southern Food”

I was digging around in my Twitter notifications and I noticed a retweet and a thank you from Devon O’Day. I had tweeted that I was reading her book “My Southern Food: A Celebration of the Flavors of the South” ( My thoughts … it’s a keeper. This is the sort of book that will be passed down in the family for some time … an heirloom.

51pv8molzplThere are tons of recipes ( I didn’t count them ), wonderful pictures and anecdotes. I loved every minute of it. I suppose that the one that stuck with me the most was the picture of a little girl waiting for the home made ice cream to finish. I can remember cranking our ice cream ( I think it was their way of keeping me out of trouble ) on the back porch until my arms failed.

As you might imagine, I give “My Southern Food” 5 stars out of 5.

Old-Fashioned Very Vanilla
Homemade Ice Cream

This recipe is older than I am. Do not do the math.

1½ cups sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

½ teaspoon salt

1 quart milk

4 large eggs

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

4 cups heavy cream

In a double boiler over boiling water (to avoid scorching), stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt, and then gradually add the milk. Continue to stir until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove the custard from the heat. In a separate large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir a small amount of the custard into the eggs slowly. Blend it completely. Continue adding custard in small amounts, stirring to integrate the custard with the eggs completely after each addition, until all the custard and eggs are blended and creamy. Add the entire mixture back to the double boiler and cook the custard for 5 minutes. Pour the liquid into a storage container, cover, and chill overnight or for at least 6 hours in the refrigerator. Add the vanilla and cream to the ice-cream mixture and blend well. Transfer to a 1-gallon ice-cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Makes 1 gallon

In my mailbox: Keepers by Brenda Cooper

Picture 30I want to thank the folks at Pyr  for the free review copy. It’s always nice to find something in the mailbox other than bills.

“Keepers” by Brenda Cooper

51ei7qvujcl-_sy346_Two sisters, one from a megacity and one from the wilderness, work together to protect the wilderness and the reintroduction of wolves from a group more interested in private property than public good.

In a future Earth that’s run by brilliant green cities separated by open land held in common for the good of wild things, two sisters must work together across and between the vastly different environments to root out dangers to both. They must protect the cities and the wild from the Returners, who prefer the toxic past to the difficult present. The older sister, Lou, her protector Shuska, and biologist friend Matchiko have reputations as successful rugged environmentalists. They must stay safe, listen, work, and sleuth out hidden nests of Returners. Oh, and save a few wolves along the way. In the meantime, Lou’s younger sister, Coryn, is learning that working for the most powerful woman behind the scenes in a megacity is far harder than it looks. When the Returners threaten the city, the sisters must find a way to preserve both their ways of life.

Keepers asks, Do humans have enough creativity, responsibility, and generosity to survive?