We’re not back at work quite yet, which is why we’re posting so many links. Things will calm down soon! For today, though, we’ve got a bunch of space and science links, more Star Wars stuff, some Neko Atsume fan art, a couple of fun videos, and a bunch more.
SPAAAAACE and SCIENCE!
Race and the Space Race (at PRX): “narrated by Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in Space, ‘Race and the Space Race’ tells the unlikely story of Civil Rights and the Space Program”
CONTEMPORARY POP CULTURE
Man of the World (at Iswarienko.com): a great series of photos of John Boyega
Gamers have become the new religious right (at Houston Press)
Role-playing gamers have more empathy than non-gamers (at Geek and Sundry)
Dragon Atsume (at linlm.tumblr.com)
Cosplay in America (on Instagram): disclaimer — Ejen is an old friend of mine, and I wrote the introduction to the 2010 Cosplay in America book
Making Who: Your journey into the TV industry starts here (at the BBC): behind the scenes with Doctor Who
HISTORICAL POP CULTURE
A beautiful, escapist map of “Fairyland,” published in Britain at the end of WWI (at Slate): I guess the human instinct to do this kind of thing is persistent.
He-Gassen: Revisiting Japan’s Edo Period Fart Scrolls (at Spoon & Tamago): Ditto, apparently.
DEPARTMENT OF DAY IMPROVEMENT
OK, I know “Uptown Funk” parodies are so 2015, but this one was done with panache.
And if you missed it, part n in our continuing series of Kylo Ren mockery: