Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Today is going to be crazy busy, so today’s post is a bit shorter than usual.

To the past! Behold, Edwardian Fashion Week (bonus: no Kardashians).

Also from the past: The cats of WWI. I’m fascinated with old photographs of animals, so this is right up my alley. So to speak.

To the future! Let’s hope we all have dancing crosswalks in all the cities. I think it would help.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, it is.

Literature: Behold the art of diagramming sentences. (I’m getting this book for my dad for Christmas.)

Photography: Amazing photos document scenes in Hurricane Katrina between then and now, nine years later.

Music: How long do CDs last? Well… 

History: They’ve found more Mayan cities in Mexico!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy Friday!

For those into social media, I’m now on ello as jinnet. (I also have invites, if you’d like to try it out.)

From Bunny: Nicknames for men have developed through the years in strange ways. The comments are really interesting, too.

From Cassandra: Let’s all go into the (natural) light! 

Also from Cassandra: an illustrated guide to one person’s history in our universe. Good stuff.

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

Thursday, September 25, 2014

It’s Banned Books Week! This image is taken, I think, from the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center Library. Apologies if the source is wrong.

Which banned book are you? Apparently I am Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (1934). I guess maybe I should read it.

Banned Books Week also has its own website, and its own YouTube channel which features celebrities reading from banned material.

 If you don’t feel like reading a banned book, but would like to help historians, consider helping the Smithsonian with their crowdsourcing transcription project.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Today: Rabbit hole links.

From The Legal Geeks blog, I found this Kickstarter for the Boston Metaphysical Society comic, and from there the comic itself, which involves Tesla, Edison, Houdini and more!

From this map showing where Americans use “um” and where they use “uh,” I found out about Midland American English. Apparently the Cincinnati area is unique in its version of this dialect. Who knew?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It’s the future! Pele shows off a new lighting system for soccer fields, powered by kinetic energy.

It’s the past! The photos of John Frank Keith show decades of Philadelphians.

Also: I’ve linked to it before, but Another Nickel in the Machine is just so, so great.

And lastly: some uncomfortable truths about the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The sixties truly were a time of tumultuous change.

Monday, September 22, 2014

It is, once again, an arty Monday. But first, congrats to my mom and everyone else who participated in the People’s Climate March yesterday!

Architecture: What should we do with abandoned airports? 

Music: Why does some music get repurposed as hold music? 

Art, part 1: Consider the color green! I love these articles.

Art, part 2: If you see a car with a NY license plate DRAWONME, that’s exactly what you should do. (The tumblr page isn’t updated, but the car is still alive and well and driving around!)