Friday, September 04, 2015

Happy Friday! And happy long weekend to those of us in the U.S.!

XKCD invites you to take a random survey. It’s pretty fun, actually.

From a co-worker: Old Maps Online goes back to the 15th century, and is all sorts of interesting.

From Cassandra: Are trigger warnings a problem for college students?

Also from Cassandra: The Blood Moon is coming and the world is going to end later this month! (Um, trigger warning, I guess, if you’re frightened of the end of the world, or of the moon?)

From Julie: Creepy lullabies! Julie says, “Guaranteed to help keep children awake!”

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

Thursday, September 03, 2015

And we’re back!  

Drones help protect Macchu Picchu and other archaeological treasures. This is a use of drones I can support.

The Digital Public Library of America has new exhibits online, hooray.

When natural disasters strike museums, who you gonna call? The American Institute for Conservation Collections Emergency Response Team, that’s who. (It’s not that catchy, but in this case, the results matter so much more than the name.)

A struggle for control of the New York Times is underway. The biggest takeaway from me was that there was a woman named Iphigene in the family. Wow.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Greetings! Today is a bit of a grab bag. We’ll be gone tomorrow while one of the Spooky Librarians (not me) has some painful extensive dental surgery. Send good thoughts, and painkillers if you have any to spare. (Kidding. We hope.)

Last week, I talked about Islam and Science Fiction’s GoFundMe campaign. This week, here’s an interview at Beyond Victoriana. I love the Islamic Star Wars illustration so much.

From sci-fi to science: Why not get a scarf or a painting with cellular art? Someone on Twitter linked to the brain cells scarf as a “back to school” image, and I think it’s gorgeous.

From science to magic: The Center for Tactical Magic has a Tactical Ice Cream Unit. I mean, what more does one want from life? The good people at We Make Money Not Art interview the founder of the Center. It’s a great read.

See you Thursday!

Monday, August 31, 2015

We lost a lot of people over the weekend. Director Wes Craven is remembered, as is author/neurologist Oliver Sacks.

An architect decided to make tiny paper structures every day for a year. It ended up being an inspiring and amazing cumulative project, and you can see all of the creations here.

Two hundred years ago, a volcano erupted in Indonesia and created “the year without a summer” in Europe and North America. Scientists are finally putting all the pieces together.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Happy Friday! Many thanks to everyone who sent in links for today’s compilation.

Cassandra sent this article on Pitchfork’s “best songs of the ‘80s” mess with the subject line “I’m sure you have an opinion,” and yes, I sure do, but it’s not really printable. I’ll be over here listening to the “Burning the Existence” goth mix from Secret Thirteen, which I just discovered this week and where has it been all my life, anyway?

Zazoo sent in definitive proof that Park Slope has become a hipster haven/hellmouth, depending on your view of hipsters, with this new clothing line for children. For once, possibly the only time, I encourage you to read the comments.

Bunny sent an article on the benefits of coloring books with the message “see, you were ahead of your time!”

Longtime contributor Julie is back from sick bay, hooray! She sent in information on Mummy Brown paint (made from actual mummies – Wednesday Addams would be proud); the addition of “manspreading” to the Oxford dictionary; and a detailed analysis of Poohsticks. I don’t understand why Poohsticks is not a bigger deal here in the states. Do kids play it, and I’m just out of touch? Let me know!

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

Thursday, August 27, 2015

They’re queuing up for the last Terry Pratchett book. Sad.

Iraqis are racing to digitize their national library before items are destroyed.

Meanwhile, the Vatican is also digitizing their materials. They’re probably leaving out the especially spooky stuff, though.

Here in the United States, NARA is advising archivists how to handle electronic messages. (I predict that, in the future, archivists will look back at this time as a wasteland of lost materials.)

The New York Public Library has a list of children’s books which take place in a library. Have you read any?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happy National Dog Day!

On this date in 1883, Krakatoa began erupting.

The Rosetta Disc is in space, aiming to confuse extraterrestials with our myriad of languages.

Halloween is edging closer, and LEGO is prepared with new monster minifigures. Who doesn’t want a tiny Banshee?

If werewolves are more your thing, good news – a three-day conference on lycanthropes and their world begins September 3, and it looks amazing.