Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Friday, and Happy Darwin Day! 

From Julie: Placing Literature. People, check this out. It is SO cool.

Also from Julie: Was Dracula inspired by the Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould? Based on some hints, the answer is: Maybe! 

From NASA: fantastic travel posters. I saw a few earlier this week, but there are several more!

And for our video component, this week we look at the children of presidents who opted to do their own thing. Have a spiffy weekend, everyone! See you next week.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Following yesterday’s link about mummies, here’s something about modern technology solving mummy-related mysteries. 

Forget bookmobiles; people are taking literature to the streets! Hooray! This article introduced me to Coffee House Press, which has all sorts of great stuff happening. 

Meanwhile, at the New York Public Library, there’s a startling amount of erotica hidden away. 

Amazon’s data centers are secretive and mysterious and hidden away, like mummies or erotica, only not as interesting. (Probably much more powerful and intrusive, though.)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Today’s links ended up being mostly about death. This wasn’t intentional!

Death Positive is a subreddit concerned with “the history of death, how different cultures handle death, working in death and death-related industries, and your own (ever-changing) relationship to mortality.”

Somewhat related: The University of Chicago has an interactive mummification website! 

Drug overdose deaths in the United States are skyrocketing, and here are the maps to show where they’re happening.

On a brighter note, behold Lucha Underground. Aztec folklore meets wrestling! How can you resist?

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Happy Mardi Gras, everyone! 

February brings us Steampunk Hands Around the World, a truly terrific month-long series. I can’t recommend this enough. Go and investigate!

 Meanwhile, the Library of Congress takes a moment to study moustaches. 

How are you at predicting the future? Are you a superforecaster? Fascinating (yet practical) stuff.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Happy Monday!

We had so many links from others last week that we’ve got more for today. Thanks, everyone!

From Cassandra: Is Nature right for you? 

 From Zazoo: “Michael Jackson hated Prince? Jermaine wrote a diss song about Michael? By the way, you can hear on the song on youtube...Word to the Badd!”

 Also from Zazoo: Artist Daniel Lismore is our new favorite, and we love the name of his current exhibit: "Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken."

What was it like to be a member of Kraftwerk? Former member Wolfgang Flür explains.

And lastly, we have news! The Friday video version of Folderol now has its own Facebook page. It is brand new and slightly unformed at the moment, but feel free to like and follow it, and we’ll post news about the videos there!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Happy Friday! Many thanks for reading and for sending links!

From Julie: Does this ancient Greek sculpture show someone using a laptop? Or is it a wax tablet? Hmm….

Also from Julie: Build your own tiny dinosaur skeletons! 

 From Cassandra: The story of Baron Roman Fedorovich von Ungern-Sternberg is fascinating – and prescient.

From Zazoo: “This is spectacular. An abandoned underground salt mine in Transylvania has been turned into an amusement park, and the pics look like the Death Star...”

From the interwebs: Must be seen to be understood.

And finally, it’s Super Bowl weekend, and here’s a video from us that’s on point! Many thanks to Scot for writing this look into forgotten football teams. Have a spiffy weekend, everyone!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Did you know the University of Michigan has a Computer & Video Game Archive? And that they also have a weblog called Eaten By a Grue? I didn’t until today!

The Library of Congress is helping to digitize 32 years of PBS NewsHour

With Black History Month going on, here’s an amazing list of LBTQ black women to peruse. 

With the Super Bowl approaching, Bill Lucey has pertinent facts and figures for the curious. We will have something for you tomorrow as well!