Thursday, May 21, 2015

Before we get to library issues: Today is America's inaugural Red Nose Day, aimed at fighting poverty. Go check it out, won’t you?

On to library news. The Digital Public Library of America is now on Pinterest! 

It’s also time for summer reading lists, and here’s one to get you started. I already found a nonfiction book I want to read.

Disappearing data is a big issue, and there’s no easy answer yet.

Copyediting and proofreading can be difficult and tedious. But imagine handling James Joyce’s proofs!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The recent earthquakes in Nepal have moved the city of Kathmandu over ten feet (so far). Wow.

Meanwhile, up in the Peruvian mountains, gold mining still goes on, in a place which seems like another world entirely.

Madness, throughout history, has been depicted in art and literature in a myriad of different ways. 

We have a few of these magician posters in our house, and they’re beautiful.

And this link is for Bunny: Carving a Cthulhu watermelon. It looks like quite the challenge.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Have you heard of Wardian cases? They’re small, enclosed glass cases in which plants can grow, invented during the Victorian Era. Today’s scientists believe they may hold a clue to solving air pollution. 

Retropolis offers some customizable business cards with a decidedly steampunk/dieselpunk bent. Go and see!

From the Library Time Machine: All hail the short-lived but ambitious Free Independent Republic of Frestonia. 

WebUrbanist looks at different futuristic visions for various cities. One of the cities mentioned on page 2 is Columbus, Ohio, and I can guarantee (sadly) that none of these innovations has come to pass. Yet, anyway. I guess there’s always hope.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ian Curtis of Joy Division died on this day in 1980. There’s an interesting post on Legacy which details songs influenced by Curtis, and there’s also the surprising news that Peter Hook is playing Joy Division’s entire back catalog at a concert tonight. 

Many people recognize Ian Curtis’s name, but not many recognize John Chowning’s. That’s a shame, because he basically invented the digital synthesizer. 

Most people know Herbie Hancock’s name, and here’s the story of his hit “Rockit.” 

And finally, in the age of Spotify and streaming music, do the charts matter anymore? I remember intently studying the Billboard charts each week back in the ‘80s. It’s the end of an era.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Happy Friday!

 XKCD’s latest creation is the interactive Emojic 8 ball. I asked it how the rest of the year was going to go, and it answered with a doughnut and a heart. Sounds good to me.

From Julie: A huge group of British citizens worked on this embroidered version of the Wikipedia entry on the Magna Carta. Jarvis Cocker stitched the words “Common People,” if that gives you any indication of how awesome this is.

From Cassandra: The autonomous trucks are coming to our highways soon!

Also from Cassandra: The World Dream Atlas surveys what people dream about. Flying happens everywhere, evidently. (I never dream about flying. Flying on planes, sure. But never actually flying. Hmph.)

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

Thursday, May 14, 2015

We’ve been having lots of fun with this baby name popularity generator. Apparently, if I’d been born in the 1910s, my name would have been Winona. Yay! If I’d been born in the 2000s, my name would have been…Miracle. Somehow, I can’t see my parents going for that.

The gender-neutral honorific “Mx.” will be included in the OED. I still like Ms., but I am warming to Mx. because it looks as if the person is a supervillain, a la Mister Mxyztplk.

 There’s a new language arising on Instagram, and it’s made out of emojis. Hm.

And finally, this new “Listening Table” sums up the points of meetings. I think a lot of companies could use these.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bunny and I were talking about atmospheres and planet cores last night, and voila, today Google celebrates the birthday of Inge Lehmann, who not only discovered Earth’s inner core but also lived to be 104. Amazing woman all around.

The story of Einstein’s brain is a strange and unexpected one. Humans are weird.

Did you know there’s a Talking Board Historical Society, and that they just held the first OuijaCon? Now you do!