Thursday, December 14, 2017

Happy Thursday! It’s like Friday for us, as we’re taking tomorrow off for some last minute holiday excursions and also for Star Wars, hooray.

Bill Lucey takes a look at the most read stories of 2017. (Remember when we couldn’t wait for 2016 to be over? Yes, well…)

Ernie at Tedium delves into the history of U.S. area codes. 

Via Tara at Research Buzz: The National Fairground and Circus Archive has digitized its materials and they’re online! 

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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It’s hard to top the headline of “There’s a Severed Arm Touring Canada and It’s Metal as Hell.” (I will add that it’s the arm of a saint!)

The Osher Map Library has an amazing exhibit right now about maps and art, called Go Where the Map Takes You: The Intersection of Cartography and Creativity. 

I love the idea of safes weighed down by secrets. From the same BLDGBLOG, here’s a lovely look at repurposing old warehouses and water towers.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Today’s rabbit hole: The fascinating world of Austin Osman Spare. 

Have you seen all the top time travel films? Will you have seen them in the future past?

Dangerous Minds takes a look at weird vintage photographs.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Happy Monday! Let’s take a quick sprint through history.

Why does the Colosseum hold so many unique botanical specimens? Theories abound, and so does the greenery. 

Michelangelo has come to the Met, and it’s been quite the undertaking. 

The American mall used to be an institution. What is it today? 

From Digg: the British Ecological Society’s best photos of 2017.

Friday, December 08, 2017

We return to our normally scheduled Friday Links from Others. Thanks, everyone!

From Julie: Behold, 100-year-old chocolates to be auctioned. Ew. (They should send them to Steve1989. He’d eat them.)

From Zazoo: Tis the season for cats to crash outdoor nativity scenes! 

From Satori: Did you know they painted marble statues in the olden days? Here are some concepts of what they looked like. 

From Cassandra: Sesame Street parodies Stranger Things (“Sharing Things”) and it’s pretty great. 

From Twitter, I think: What’s the deal with KFC and Japan and Christmas? Well, it’s a convoluted story. (I want to adopt the “Kentucky is Christmas! slogan, though.)

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

Thursday, December 07, 2017

This is turning out to be a very long day already, so here, have some fun with making avatars. Here’s mine!(This is a very idealized version of what I look like, but I had limited resources.)

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Happy St. Nicholas Day! Julie just sent this article with the note “See, he is real!” We can but hope. 

Did you know there’s a real mansion in the jungles of Malaysia named Carcosa? After the spooky fictional Carcosa? It’s true!

National Geographic takes a look at the worst places on the planet to visit, geologically speaking. (Lots of lava, for the most part.)