Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy World Goth Day, fellow spooky people!

Today would be the 75th birthday of Richard Oakes, and marks the date of death for Victor Hugo in 1885.

Preserving film hasn’t really gotten easier with the advent of digital technology, unfortunately.

We’re still watching the Mister Rogers Twitch marathon, and here’s a lovely remix (which I have probably posted before, but hey, it’s Monday, we could all use it).



 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Happy Friday! We’re all still here!

Big Muppet news: a prequel series of The Dark Crystal is scheduled for Netflix! 

Also Muppet-related, from Zazoo: “MOMI is showing a 1990 Muppet special of the Muppets visiting Disney World!” 

Also from Zazoo: Lana del Ray, as photographed by David Lachapelle. It’s as bonkers as you might expect.

William Shakespeare (or perhaps someone working for him) is posting timely quotes on Twitter, and it’s pretty great.

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chris Cornell has died, Roger Ailes has died, a special counsel’s been appointed to investigate the president, and it’s barely 9 a.m. in this “anything can happen at any time” universe we’re in at the moment.

So, with that in mind, why not spend a few minutes helping the Library of Congress solve some mysteries? They have a whole series of “identify this person” photos, as mentioned earlier, and the latest installment is out (and there are still a lot of unidentified people from previous posts).

There’s a new Instagram account, LibrarianLooks, dedicated to showing what we librarians look like.

A drag queen reads to kids in Brooklyn! This sounds like so much fun. Three cheers for the Brooklyn Public Library.

Not library-related at all, just kind of fun: There’s a livecam at the famous Abbey Road crossing, so you can watch people try to imitate the Beatles in real time. (When I last looked, there were some tourists taking photos, plus other people just trying to catch the bus.)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 115th anniversary of the discovery of the Antikythera mechanism. We still don’t know exactly how it came into being (or why the technology was lost after its creation), which makes for wonderful mystery.

Wanna buy a cottage in Edinburgh? It’s in a graveyard. (I don’t see the problem here, honestly. It looks amazing.)

Someone went to an art museum and used FaceApp to create smiling masterpieces. It’s pretty great, actually.

Hooray, there’s a new interview with Grant Morrison, and it covers everything from Brexit to Grand Theft Auto.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Someone online compared our current political situation to the first episode of (the newer) Battlestar Galactica, where the Cylons attack every 33 minutes. I agree. (And we don’t even have good jump technology, which makes it more exhausting.)

To counter this, however, there’s a marathon of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood going on right now, showing every episode from 1968 onward (click here to watch live, it's great). We watched a bunch of episodes last night and they are truly wonderful (and, in more than a few cases, truly weird).

The Bletchley Bar in London serves coded cocktails – you have to break the code in order to get the drink! (My dad would have absolutely loved this concept.)

 The NMAAHC has a great post on five black women who bicycled over 250 miles in 1928. (With pictures!)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Monday!

The Eurovision Lemurs have all the details on 2017’s Eurovision. Like many things these days, the winner was a surprise.

In Beijing, thousands of people live in underground bunkers. They’ve made a whole community there, literally under everyone’s noses.

Ursula Vernon talks about working with fairytales, and also about gardening. 

Female Surrealist artists are enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and it’s excellent timing. Here’s a Surrealist Survival Kit for you!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Welcome to another Friday in these interesting times!

 The word of the day is “grok.” It’s a perfectly cromulent word, we are happy to say.

Two ravens have snagged the WikiCommons photo of the year. (The photographer helped a bit.) 

Sarah Palegic is out to change some minds about drag queens and disability.

From Zazoo: Sinead wants to donate her old clothes to transvestites. Any takers?

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