Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy Friday!

From Bunny: Beautiful Brutalist buildings! 

From Julie: Vintage photos of equally vintage bookmobiles! 

Also from Julie: Using embroidery to repair vases? Yes! 

Our video this week looks at how transportation options transformed American society:




Have a spiffy weekend, everyone! We’re off on Monday and will be on vacation soon, but we should see you next week.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

It’s Spelling Bee season again!

The Guardian has a neat series called Public Streets by Public Books going on, and one of the more recent entries about a street in Rangoon is really interesting.

The Brooklyn Museum has an “Ask” app that connects you to real live people. Fun concept.

Time capsules can be amazing. They can also be somewhat embarrassing. Extrapolate that out to intergalactic time capsules, and, well…

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

It’s Towel Day! It’s not Thursday, but we’ll manage somehow.

Tomorrow, on the other hand, is World Dracula Day. So now you’re prepared.

Continuing our theme of awesome women which started yesterday: today’s heroine is Rose Mackenberg, who worked with Houdini to flush out spiritualism frauds.

Does your city have a flag? Is it terrible? That can be fixed! (Also, per Eddie Izzard, if you have a decent flag you can then go forth and conquer other cities. Theoretically.)

And finally, if you like creeping yourself out, here’s a handy list of weird Wikipedia pages.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Have you heard of Marianne North? She was a Victorian-era woman who lived a life of fierce independence. She sounds like the inspiration for Amelia Peabody. 

Imagine hearing this in 1906 while shopping for a phonograph. I think I’d have nightmares.

The above link came from the fantastic Public Domain Review, and so does this examination of automata throughout the years.

Monday, May 23, 2016

It is Monday once more, and we turn our attention to the arts. Well, literature, mostly.

There’s a new book on the Romanov dynasty which looks like great fun, if you’re into history.

There’s also a new book on Edith Piaf, focusing on the world around her and her life.

Shakespeare’s plays address the problem of hunger in Elizabethan times.

And if you’re not into literature, how about the concept of pigeons creating art in the Brooklyn evening sky? It’s happening right now!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Happy Friday!

From Julie: An altar cloth may be part of a gown which belonged to Elizabeth I. Thrifty!

From This: some gorgeous photos of early computers. 

This week’s Folderol features haunted musical instruments! Take a look!




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

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Remember last week’s post about whether physical library cards are disappearing? Well, on the other side of the spectrum, the Los Angeles Public Library has a new card designed by Shepard Fairey. See, they can be pieces of art!

Today’s Google Doodle in the U.S. celebrates the life of Yuri Kochiyama. Here’s some more about this amazing woman. 

Arrrr, pirate libraries be on the rise. (Not that sort of pirate; it’s just fun to say.)

Do you live in a nerdopolis? Would you like to? Springwise examines the rise of the knowledge cities. (Incidentally, if anyone’s hiring in Zurich, I’m available.)