Friday, September 23, 2016

It’s a bonanza of links this Friday, to make up for the relative scarcity around here lately!

El Santo would have been 99 today, and there’s a fantastic Google Doodle to celebrate. (Well, Rodolfo Guzm├ín Huerta would have been 99 today. El Santo, as we all know, is immortal.)

From Julie: They’ve discovered the remains of an Anglo-Saxon palace! Or something very like it.

Also from Julie: How many books have been published in the history of the world? (Spoiler: a LOT.)

From Cassandra: a deep paper about military commissions and how they’re working out for the U.S. today.

Also from Cassandra: the University Title Generator! I am now the Deputy Manager of the Office of Neighborhood Diversity. Or I would be, if I worked at a university. And I had an automatically generated job title.

The 2016 Ig Nobel winners were announced yesterday. I think my favorite is the rock personality study.

I have just discovered Madame Clairevoyant’s horoscopes, and they’re very cool, regardless of your beliefs in astrology.

And lastly, a political note. Dedicate Your No-Trump Vote is a website in the making, and they’re looking for submissions. Do you have a story? Let them know. Thanks.

Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

I’m fascinated by forensic genealogy (if you know anything about it, tell me!), and now it’s helped solve the famous mystery of Lori Ruff. 

The library of the future is in Denmark, apparently. (And it looks really cool, too.)

Stephen King headlines the National Book Festival, taking place in Washington DC this weekend. While you’re there, you can participate in the scavenger hunt for “literary smut” to commemorate the start of Banned Books Week.

Did you know that Bill Clinton and Hilary Rodham met in the Yale Law Library? It’s true!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Today is the annual International Day of Peace. Given the state of the world, it seems ironic. But still important.

If you’re a fan of ghost signs, you’re in luck – there’s a site and an app for them! 

 Halloween is just around the corner, at long last, and here are 31 excellent horror gifs for you to use and enjoy.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Today is bringing many computer issues. So, while we get that sorted, please enjoy these amazing Agatha Christie stamps!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Avast, it’s Speak Like a Scurvy Pirate Day! Arrrr!

Th' true crime genre be wit' us fer over four hundred years. Like piracy!

Did ye be knowin' that Hunter S. Thompson absconded with Hemingway’s elk antlers? 'N that he felt guilty, but never returned them? But blimey, now they’re back!

Art 'n dogs, a perfect combination, next t' parrots.

If ye send an emoji to th' New Amsterdam Public Library’s Twitt account, they’ll be respondin’ wit' an image. Be off ahead, give a go' it 'n spy wit' ye eye!

Friday, September 16, 2016

It’s been a long week in a long year. So here’s a kitten cam! Also, some leftover fun links:

Behold, Crookes' Residual Ectometron – The Ouija Electric Edition. 

They might be making a movie about the Winchester Mystery House! With Helen Mirren! Eeee!

Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Congratulations to Carla Hayden, our new Librarian of Congress! She even has a brand new Twitter account. 

I’ll always be a news librarian at heart. Caryn Baird talks about the profession and shares some tips. 

Kerry Mansfield’s project, Expired, celebrates the marks and stamps library books acquire over time.

Facebook knows everything about you. Well, several dozen things, at least.