Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday! Here is some good news, to balance out….everything else.

At 4 pm Mountain Time today, the 2017 March Mammals Madness announcement bursts forth, like a butterfly from…wait. Well, anyway, the divisions will be announced, along with a lot more!

If you like LEGO, and you like Dungeons & Dragons, why not both? (These could also double as miniatures for campaigns!)

From Zazoo: Boy George paid for the funeral of Pete Burns, and it was apparently an '80s reunion of sorts.

And finally, our alter egos Butch and Joan Cleaver made it into the Horror Host Hall of Fame! Induction ceremony is at Horrorhound next month. We've gotta find and unpack our outfits.

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hi. Today's post is super short and is provided to you courtesy of Julie, who sent in this amazing story of rare book thieves. We don't condone book thievery at all, but this sounds like something straight out of a James Bond film! Back tomorrow with more.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Today’s installment of “fake news is terrible”: That “NYE assaults in Germany” story was completely fabricated. 

Today’s installment of random Twitterness and/or gallows humor: The Russian spy ship currently off the coast of Connecticut now has its own account. (It’s currently reading emails, last I checked.)

Today’s installment of “there is still good in the world”: Kuwait’s Maker Faire features some amazing women.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Late night political shenanigans make early mornings more exciting. Er. Right?

Consider the dandy as subversive art. No, really, consider it! 

William Henry Fox Talbot invented photography, and captured thousands of images. The Bodleian has been digitizing and sharing them online, along with a very spiffy weekly weblog on the man and his work.

Harry Houdini was not only a great magician and escape artist, but an inventor as well. (He didn’t want to make his secrets public via patents, however!)

Monday, February 13, 2017

A new Twitter account reimagines our current president as a supervillain. It’s true that many of his statements sound like something out of a comic…

Bill McKibben looks at the resurgence of vinyl records and Moleskine notebooks, and considers the analog vs. digital divide.

On the other hand, apps like DecoratorApp are useful when trying to figure out how to furnish a new place (as we are trying to do right now)!

The world of miniatures is kind of strange, at least to me. But to those immersed in the hobby, it can be therapeutic. (I think, anyway. It would drive me stark raving mad.)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Happy Friday! Let’s all hear it for our (still working, if only just) system of checks and balances. 

From Holly: Fragile Rock is a puppet emo band. What more do you need to know?

From Bill Lucey: We’re still learning about women’s lives in occupied Paris during WWII. 

From Paleofuture: a WWII pamphlet on how to speak Australian. Sort of.

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

Thursday, February 09, 2017

To arms, librarians! Battle the fake news we will!

Some pleasant news: the Metropolitan Museum of Art has made 375,000 images open access.

Also, you can download coloring books from the Library of Congress, among many other resources. Sometimes it’s the little things.