Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy Monday to you. It's an unexpected day away from Folderol; back tomorrow, probably!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone!

From Zazoo: The pitch for the new Muppets show is really great, and gets back to the heart of Muppetdom. Hooray!

From Cassandra: A theory about conspiracy theorists contends that they’re theorizing the wrong way. Theoretically.

The Zooniverse has a new crowdsourcing project, Season Spotter, in which you report on the plants and your climate to track the changes throughout the year. If you like this, there’s a historic weather project as well.

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

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fun fact of the day: Science mag OMNI was almost called NOVA. Then PBS got mad, and voila, OMNI.

Another fun fact: Dune is celebrating its fiftieth birthday. The Guardian looks back on the author and the sci-fi classic.

Finding out what a dramaturg does is awfully hard. I wish I’d known about it in college!

A WWII aircraft graveyard of sorts has been discovered underwater. Here are some gorgeous images.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

There are definitely times when I wonder if people react like this to links I send them. (That’s why I started a weblog a million years ago!)

'Tis the season for road trips across America. Here’s a great map tracing some of the best literary cross-country journeys.

Meanwhile, in Vermont, there are roads that don’t exist, but are still on the books. BLDG BLOG talks about them, and the same author wrote about them in the New Yorker. If you like travel and history, this is a must.

Meanwhile, in Stockholm’s airport, you can experience the weather in various locales without even getting on a plane!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Have you heard of Hart Island? It’s part of New York City, and has been a potter’s field for thousands of dead bodies. It’s also almost been an amusement park, and may be a park in the future. It’s a strange place.

You’ve probably heard of Rikers Island, which is nearby and has its own story and atmosphere.

While we’re on somewhat dark topics, have you heard of death cafes? They’re places for people to talk about death, and funeral practices, and what one’s experiences are.

On to brighter things…have you heard of featherbowling? I hadn’t, until I read this article, which is long and fascinating and covers everything from Belgian history to art theft.

King George: obnoxious monarch, or brilliant party planner? Probably both, as it turns out.

Monday, July 20, 2015

It’s Monday again, oy. Let’s start on a good note, by looking at this gallery of fantastic Comic-Con cosplayers!

Paris is planning a new skyscraper, which looks like a pyramid. I am all for more pyramids on this planet. The site for the building is in French, but the visuals speak for themselves.

Do you have one of the missing Faberge eggs? It’s possible!

LitHub provides a list of ten great writers nobody reads. The list alone makes for pretty interesting reading.

Friday, July 17, 2015

It is Friday, hooray!

From Holly: Chipmunks with light sabers. It’s all you expect and more!

From Cassandra: Pluto is bigger than we thought. Go Pluto!

Also from Cassandra: the APA apologizes via Twitter for aiding CIA torture activities. The apology goes about as well as you would expect.

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