Thursday, October 19, 2017

Happy Diwali! 

Silent films have found new life as social media GIFs.

How do the writers come up with all those Jeopardy categories and questions/answers? 

What’s it like being an orchestra librarian? It’s a whole different occupation than a “normal” librarian. (Your definition of normal, of course, may vary.)

And finally, a lament from Cleveland Indians fan Bill Lucey: this was supposed to be our year!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In more “how to help” news, here are two GoFundMes for helping those in Mogadishu.

In other, brighter Somali news, over 10,000 music tapes have been found, bringing back memories of the “golden age” of music.

Some odd stone structures have been discovered in Saudi Arabia. Lava channels? Foundations? No one knows quite yet.

Trail webcams can result in some wonderful images. Here are some examples. (Look at that raccoon teamwork! Also, be sure to click on the “31 more images” button at the bottom.)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

World Food Day was yesterday, but food is vitally important every day, so…

If you’re looking for ways to help Puerto Rico, World Central Kitchen is doing amazing work. They’re even helping to feed the National Guard (which brings up another set of questions, but anyway…)

Springwise has a “World Food Day Innovation Snapshot,” which is full of fascinating ideas.

In non-food news, who is the mysterious John Quincy St. Clair? Apparently he lives (or lived) in Puerto Rico and patented many mysterious inventions, most of which sound like sci-fi or steampunk gear. He hasn’t registered anything since 2007, however. Has he gone time traveling?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Happy Monday, everyone.

While Ireland is preparing for Hurricane Ophelia, here’s some good news: Bodacious the Cat Shepherd is going to write a book! He may have some human assistance.

Meanwhile, in America, the creator of the Bodega Cats account talks about its origins.

For Dictionary Day, Haggard Hawks has a new word game – anagrams! 

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is one of the newer synth artists, and she shows the (amazing) resources in her studio. 

Have you heard of ergotism? It’s a fungal infection which causes hallucinations (and several far less entertaining effects), and may have been a significant influence in Renaissance painting.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Friday the 13th! National Geographic busts some myths about the Knights Templar, but regardless of what they were really up to, this day and date 710 years ago was a bad one for them. 

Ta-Nehisi Coates posted a photo of a set of Childcraft books, and wow, these were formative materials of my childhood. (I only had a few volumes, and I think they were from the 1975 edition, but I read them over and over and over.)

From Cassandra: A photobook shows the bizarreness of Camp Guantanamo. 

From Tedium: Where did trackballs come from? From Canada, as it turns out!

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy spooky Wednesday. Are you prepared for Halloween? (We’re not!)

Archaeologists have found a pet cemetery from ancient Egypt. No word yet on whether anyone has tried to use it to revive the dead.

The Royal Armouries get into the seasonal spirit with a post on vampires – how to spot them and how to hunt them down. 

Some monarchs were considered gods, or close to gods, and some still are today. 

Paris has an official lost and found office, called the Bureau of Found Objects, and this sounds like it would have been my dream job if I’d been born just a little earlier and in France.

And finally, if you’re looking for some unnerving fiction, try Nadia Bulkin’s short story Intertropical Convergence Zone, and see if it doesn’t stay with you afterwards.