Friday, April 29, 2016

Happy Friday! Thanks to everyone for reading and sending in links.

From Julie: Oh, you know, just discovering a Roman villa underneath your garden, complete with mosaics. Just another day in the life.

From Cassandra: Is there a true difference between sativa and indica? 

Also from Cassandra: The inventions of 1866 ran the gamut from wonderful to inexplicable.

Seen on Set helps you track down furniture glimpsed on television shows. Good for retro shows in particular!

Our Friday Folderol video looks at obscure superheroes from the comics. Thrill (briefly) to the exploits of John Fearless VI, for example!

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016

From my mom: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu! There’s even a book about them. This is why you shouldn’t underestimate librarians. (Unless you are megalomaniacs bent on world destruction. In that case, underestimate away.)

Library Cat’s book is out, although he himself has gone into hiding. (Come back, Library Cat, the world misses you.)

If you feel as though the modern world is a bit of a car crash, you can peruse this collection of 1930s car wrecks, courtesy of the Boston Public Library. It may not make you feel better, but it’s a distraction, at least.

Also a distraction: Goose Cam! A pair of Canadian geese have set up a nest on the roof of BioWare in Edmonton.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Today, we’re thinking about travel. And maps.

If Christianity was taken out of the equation, what would be each state’s majority religion? Some states are surprising.

If you’re traveling across the United States, the Flyover Country app can tell you all sorts of useful information.

Also, if you’re traveling, here’s a detailed map of lead exposure across the nation. My county’s as bad as Flint. Wow.

In another continent, in another century…here are images of Giza throughout the years. I especially love the photographs.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Over a hundred years ago, three lighthouse keepers vanished from a Scottish island. Was it just a terrible storm, or something more eerie?

What would your (terrible) Victorian-era profession be? Mine was working with “night soil.” Ugh.

This 1932 map of Harlem nightlife is fantastic. I especially like that there’s a place called the Radium Club.

Scientists are beginning to study hypnagogia, otherwise known as that weird state between wakefulness and sleep when anything seems plausible.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday once more. However, it’s also World Penguin Day, which balances it out a bit.

Shakespeare was buried four hundred years ago. While we’ll probably never know the cause of death, that hasn’t stopped people from speculating. 

Three cheers for Dorothy Parker, whose name you might know, and for Violette Leduc, whose name you may not know. Both were fiery, fierce women worth knowing.

Do you consider yourself a futurist? Are you up to speed on these words and phrases?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Well, it’s been a week, hasn’t it?

Happy Earth Day, and let’s be nicer to the planet.

 It’s also the first day of Passover. 

And also, Shakespeare’s birthday is tomorrow, and you can join in on this crowdsourcing project regarding his life and times!

Cities around the world honored Prince by lighting up the night in purple, and the good people of Hamilton celebrated him as well:

And for our Friday Folderol, we give you more cat museums! Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

I found Librarian Shipwreck this week and it’s wonderful, go take a look. Here’s how to defend yourself with a book. Plus, bookguns!

The Pulitzers for journalism have been awarded, and Bill Lucey is here with the details.

Imagine ditching your entire (print) library and starting over. Now imagine giving your library away all over Manhattan. It happened!