Baseball And Manifest Destiny

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Obsessive fans like Batting Stance Guy inspired me to keep going while I was working on my new Fantasy Life series, despite not being a baseball fan myself. He’s got the least marketable skill in America and he’s famous for it-– which is very American.

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Baseball And Manifest Destiny

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Star Walk, a simple astronomy app that harnesses the GPS in your phone and tells you exactly what’s going on over your head in the sky, gave me lots of ideas for arranging the bone spurs my players donated to the exhibit. I wanted their sacrifice to look like stars against a night sky in the show.

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Baseball And Manifest Destiny

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At the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, an UNESCO world heritage site, you can see “The Last Supper” by Da Vinci. It’s a much more meditative place than most of Milan and I thought back to it often when working on The Modesto Nuts Bullpen image Fantasy Life.

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Fact-Based Entertainment

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There may be such a thing as too smart… We Put A Chip In It showcases all the everyday items that someone, somewhere, decided to stick a microchip in. We apparently now have smart socks, smart deodorant, smart rocks, smart basketballs, and other smart things that worked just fine when they weren’t.

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Every year, the Overthinking It podcast puts on a video series breaking down the Eurovision Song Contest in excruciating detail. Every country gets their own episode with national statistics, demographics, political status, how they’ve done in previous years at Eurovision, and what their song entry is this time around. It’s a fantastic way to bone up on this odd, amazing competition before it starts on May 19.

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On Saturday, May 2nd, literary-themed events will be happening across the country as part of Independent Bookstore Day, and what better way to learn trivia than reading books? I may be partial to Wait Wait, I’ve Read That, an NPR-ish live panel trivia show with celebrity guests at the Astoria Bookshop in Queens, but as long as you get out to your local bookstore, you’re good.

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