Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Hi everyone! Try a Neural Horror Picture show this spooky season, courtesy of AI Weirdness!

(Learned a lot about AI last week at Internet Librarian, so this fits in well.)

Friday, October 12, 2018


I found this on Twitter, and apparently this is originally from Facebook, but I couldn't track down the origin:

I am pleased to report that my Young Adult Book would be "Love, Book Club, and Other Things That Are Better in Space."

Meanwhile, my husband is equally thrilled that his book would be titled "Love, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things."

Happy Friday! Next week, I will be at the Internet Librarian conference (say hi if you see me), then I will be back, and then we’re taking a few days to celebrate Halloween properly. The upshot is that Folderol will be super erratic from now until the end of the month. On to the links!

From Julie: Stephen Hawking’s final scientific paper has been released. 

From Zazoo: A look back at Margaret Thatcher’s homophobic Clause 28, thirty years later. Bonus: Here’s Boy George’s “No Clause 28” song.

From Cassandra: Look to the nuns for leaders in the resistance movement. 

Also from Cassandra: What happened to the night children? (This needs to be a song title.)

Stay safe, everyone! Back soon.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The always fascinating Public Domain Review took a look at Count Stenbock, a poet and contemporary of Oscar Wilde and Yeats. I’d never heard of him before, but he led quite the decadent life, apparently.

Anne Thériault’s latest entry on the Queens of Infamy is up, and I learned that Catherine de Medici kept a whole hidden cabinet in the walls at Blois. Talk about home décor inspiration!

The LA Review of Books interviewed Aimee Mann about her favorite writers, both past and present. 

Why is Nepal’s flag so different? Well, part of it has to do with (lack of) colonization. (Insert Eddie Izzard’s bit about flags here.)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Best of luck to all those in the hurricane’s path; it looks scary as all getout. 

Also scary, back in the day, was working as a cemetery guard. Apparently quite a few men suffered from “tombstone madness.” 

A Rothschild baroness collected skulls, which are now part of a museum exhibit. Perfect for the spooky season.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Have petroglyphs shown the way to a lost Indian civilization? Some archaeologists think so!

Via Tom and Lorenzo, the 2018 World of Wearable Art, and its award winners, is as mind-blowing as always. Take some time and explore, it’s worth it!

Monday, October 08, 2018

Not to start off the week with bad news, but…the planet has some bad news. 

(Here’s the full report, if you like.)

In other news…Tolstoy once inspired a whole “back to the land” movement of sorts, and one farm still survives, in a unique way.