Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy Friday! And happy Talk Like a Pirate Day. As per tradition, the rest of today’s post will be in pirate dialect.

Avast! Me bucko Jack published a book, and you should read it!

T' Piranhamoose has been spotted in t' wild, crashin' up cars in t' name o' Malki!

You can prepare for t' winter by taggin' penguins at Penguin Watch! 

Take a tour o' Toronto’s Reference Library….by DRONE. Ahoy!

From Cassandra: Helpin' helps! Who could have predicted such a thin'?

Have the spiffiest o'weekends, everyone. See you Monday. Arrr!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I’m spending all my free time today watching the Scottish referendum news. Back tomorrow with more links!

(If you're interested, but don't have time to follow the news and just want the result, watch this space.)

However, in the meantime, consider future career options like librarianship…or sea captainship. Or BOTH.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Today’s links are an exercise in stream of consciousness. Ready?

Someday, when I have an inordinate amount of free time, I am going to learn about cricket. Maybe these videos (narrated by Stephen Fry) will help.

Speaking of the UK, some creative soul has recreated the Fawlty Towers hotel in LEGO.

Speaking of LEGO, several more creative souls have recreated scenes from The Princess Bride in LEGO. 

Speaking of imaginary medieval settings, the imaginary world of LARPing is seeping into the archaeology world. Hee.

And speaking of archaeology, what better way is there for kids to learn about mummification than mummifying a Barbie doll?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Making the rounds this week is an amazing collection of photographs which is part of an exhibition in England called the Black Chronicles; the photos are fantastic, and it’s wonderful to see an aspect of Victorian England which was often ignored.

Continuing back in time, the Edwardian Promenade excerpts some school entrance exams from the 1880s. I think I would have passed the Geography section and nothing else.

The Crystal Palace is long gone, but the Library Time Machine takes us back to its opening days.

Meanwhile, back in the present, Phil Abernethy is creating exquisite timekeepers.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Do you visualize the characters in a book as you read? What do they look like? 

I haven’t seen the Extinction Symbol out in the wild yet, but now I’ll be looking for it. 

David Waldorf’s photographs are fascinating, and wildly varied, and include David Lynch.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Friday!

It’s not too early to start thinking spooky. I’m just saying.

Bunny and I watched this summary of arcades in movies. Unsurprisingly, he knew almost all the movies.

From Julie: Secrets of Stonehenge revealed – for real this time! Stonehenge did not act alone, it seems.

From Cassandra: Guns don’t shatter toilets….well, actually, they do sometimes. Oops.

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I have been digging into family history lately, and found a whole branch which lived in the heart of Manhattan during the early nineteenth century, then moved to Brooklyn a few decades later. So I’m studying New York City history a lot, and found this article about a “secret” subway entrance under Times Square to be all sorts of fascinating.

The American Ballet Theatre is donating its archives to the Library of Congress. Huzzah!

A new Pew Report indicates that, when it comes to libraries and the internet, the kids really are all right. 

The Knight News Challenge asks about inspiration for the future of libraries. Any ideas?

Good news: The FBI is digitizing its files! Bad news: The FBI is then destroying the printed files. Eeep.