Today's edition of Saturday Sharing shows you the unusual (the lit journal Dr. Hurley's Snake-Oil Cure) and the huge (1,100-pound Qur'an), and rounds out with a video news feature about the fascinating (touchable holograms).
✦ One of the more fascinating blogs I've visited on a tip from Smithsonian Institution Archives is Dr. Hurley's Snake-Oil Cure, described as "a journal of fiction, photography, comic strips, art, reviews, opinions, and tonics, a well as a dash of everything else." The eclectic group of contributors offers posts out of the ordinary, if not exactly what the doctor might have ordered. Adherence to its tagline — "A Remedy for Tedium" — ensures the medicine goes down well. Submissions are welcome, provided you know how to take the cure.
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✦ If you've ever wondered about the effect of your charitable donations, you'll find some excellent information to make informed donor decisions at Good Intentions.
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✦ The world's largest Qur'an — measuring 2.28 meters by 1.55 meters (approximately 7.5 feet by 5.1 feet) and weighing 500 kilograms (approximately 1,100 pounds) — recently was unveiled. Comprising 218 pages, with an embossed leather cover made from the skins of 21 goats, this Qur'an is a masterpiece of calligraphy, which took five years to complete. A Guardian article with an image of the extraordinary holy book is here.
✦ Looking for a source to feed your need for poetry? Try the flying object store, a nonprofit bookstore, letterpress, and gallery where you'll find an uncommon selection of poetry collections. (My thanks to the PEN blog for this link.)
✦ My friend Joyce Wycoff at Imagine Joy Art shared the link to a site featuring the microphotography of Dr. Gary Greenberg, whose images are too good not to share. Photographer and filmmaker Greenberg, who holds a doctore in biomedical research and is the inventor of high-definition 3-D light microscopes, focuses his camera's eye on sand grains, flowers, and food and then magnifies the objects hundreds of times. What he produces is, in a word, awesome. Don't miss Greenberg's body gallery and 3-D gallery comprising laser prints on paper.
✦ Here's a fascinating new technology: touchable holograms, created by Japanese scientists at Tokyo University. The software, which uses ultrasonic waves to create pressure on the user's hand, has wide application, as the video illustrates.