Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
In alphabetical order of contributor name and/or pseudonym:
From Bunny: the utterly fantastic Emergency Zombie Defense Station! The stick figure pictograms are my favorite part.
From Cassandra: the New York Times delves into what nightmares are made of; Alternet meets a sex mannequin that imitates life by making one do different things to get different results; and GLAAD says that the words "gay" and "lesbian" and the like are preferable to "homosexual" when writing articles. A quick poll among my gay friends affirmed this.
From Courtney: Creature Features brings you October Shadows 2007!
From Dawnowar: now you can send birthday cards from beyond the grave! Ooooweeeooo!
From Holly: the haunting story of a squirrel with eyes too big for its stomach, and how to build your own Sputnik. These two articles are unrelated, at least as far as I know.
Jase got his steampunky photos on Boing Boing! Woot! Yay Jase!
From Father Jeff: a brilliant but disturbing take on "Hurt" by...Kermit the Frog. (Jeff, you better say some Hail Marys for this one.)
From Mykol: Mystery Science Theatre 3000 replica bots! (Also, everyone should be nuice to Mykol, whose hopes and dreams were crushed last week by the Red Sox.)
From the Sparkle Queen (woohoo, the Sparkle Queen lives! I owe her a big long email): the SPOGG blog. (They already hate me for all my sentence fragments in this post, I'm sure.)
From Tony via Holly: our Cincinnati cops are the best, let me tell you.
From Zazoo: climate change is messing up New England's fall foliage tourist season something awful.
Have a spiffy weekend, everyone! I will try to update a bit next week, or at least post some pictures. See you then!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Even the Library of Congress has stuff go missing - up to 17%, according to a recent review. I don't feel so bad about our stray missing materials now.
Combining the World Series and the Supreme Court may seem bizarre, but Oyez Baseball! does just that. Additionally, you can look up any justice, either modern or historic, and take a quiz to see which baseball personage they most represented. (I am a miffed bystander for this World Series, because I think it was Cleveland's turn to break their curse and win the whole thing. Boston seems like quite the juggernaut right now, though.)
For the word geeks: the Scripps Spelling Bee and Merriam-Webster have joined forces to create Spell It! - a study site for spellers. Nice!
Lots of links from others tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Apparently the 10th annual Kinetic Race is still on for Ventura Beach, however, and looks to be as wacky as ever!
For those of you in Europe, this weekend marks another annual event, the Italian Job. Have fun!
Courtesy of Bunny, here is "Dead Rabbit," who performs zombie rap. Yes. Really. You've been warned.
Does everyone have their Halloween costume ready? (I don't, for the record. But it's close!)
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
(If Squidpunk ever becomes a viable alternative, however, I've got a nice Cthulhu table just waiting for its day in the...night? Depths?)
A preview of the new volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is up at Entertainment Weekly, of all places. It looks mysterious and interesting, and why the hell are Mina and Quartermain so young?
Where are our jetpacks? They've been here for a while, says an article in Reason, and it's, well, reasonable. But we want affordable jetpacks, you see!
Monday, October 22, 2007
The recently discovered portrait of Shakespeare appears to be authentic. Sadly, this will not put any controversies about who really wrote all those sonnets and plays.
Meanwhile, a new theory about the cause of death for Edgar Allan Poe seems to have a lot of sense behind it; they're thinking he may have had a brain tumor. (Bonus points are given for the poem in the comments!)
Picking on someone's misuse of grammar is popular these days. (God knows I do it often enough. Bunny thinks I missed my calling as a proofreader.) Many thanks to Cassandra for sending this to me!
It's Halloween season, and that means it's time to put dogs in all sorts of silly costumes.
They Might Be Giants has a video out for "We're the Mesopotamians." Yay! (TMBG is touring right now, too. Check out their website for more info.)
And finally, here's some good old culture jamming. Johnny's Toys is a local toy store, known for its "birthday castle." Suddenly, a small band of freedom fighters appeared on the scene...
Friday, October 19, 2007
From Brendan: PC Mag's top 100 blogs, containing all sorts of goodies.
- Do feminists have more fun?
- Are U.S. executives overpaid?
- Was Dr. Crippen framed? (And if so, whatever happened to his wife?)
- How agonizing are some deaths compared to others? (This ties in well with Wednesday's link about how it feels to die!)
- What's Debbie Harry up to these days?
- Are men going to have to switch genders in order to get more women in the ranks at Microsoft? (A question for those in the know: is the correct term switching sexes, or switching genders? Or something else entirely?)
- How many levels is Cat People working on, anyway?
- Why don't women get a fair shake when it comes to humor? (Includes witty quips!)
- Reviews designed to make you laugh, regardless of your interest in games.
- The Hello Kitty AK-47. Say hello to my little mouthless friend!
Swiped from Tim: you can get a copy of your file from Homeland Security by filling out these forms. I'm very tempted to do it and see what they think about me.
Have a spiffy weekend, everyone! See you Monday.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Found on Librarian's Index to the Internet: did you know that today is Alaska Day?
WikiMindMap is a fun visual search engine for Wikipedia. I tried libraries and got some good results, and then I tried Halloween and got oodles of interesting subsets.
A steampunky purse made from old books is just plain awesome. And if you like those wild designs from the end papers of older books, you'll love this assortment from Drawger (add your own if you have some cool ones!).
Threadless is at it again, providing cool shirts for the masses. This one's even library-oriented.
Finally, some Flash fun: play library games! The second one ("I'll Get It!") is frighteningly similar to the shifts I have on the virtual reference desk.
Tomorrow: links from otherse!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Google Earth has a (slightly hidden) flight simulator program embedded now, so you can soar above the states. Wheee!
Strange Maps, always fantastic, presents a 1937 map showing what was happening where. I was glad to finally get a grip on where the Mississippi Valley is, as opposed to the Ohio Valley. All that valleyness tends to blur a bit.
If it's October, that means it's time for the Circleville Pumpkin Show! I knew a girl who was the Pumpkin Queen one year. Yes. Really.
We've set the TiVo to tape anything Halloween-related. This was not one of our better ideas, because evidently every TV show ever made produced a "special Halloween episode." It's netted us some good finds amidst the junk, though, like DIY's Witching Hour specials.
And lastly, the truly spooky: how does it feel to die?
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Behold the museum of flashlights, bringing you a vast array of tiny lights throughout the years.
So what attracts a person to steampunk? A discussion on LiveJournal brings up all sorts of interesting points. The overall answer is the same one I have: we were always interested in this sort of stuff, we just didn't know there was a name for it!
(I also like this comment: "It's the constant feeling that I was born a century too early or a century too late.")
And finally, Unhallowed Metropolis looks like all kinds of awesome. The bios are especially great.
Monday, October 15, 2007
And now, on to the Monday links!
If a piece of art isn't finished, is it still art? You could probably extrapolate this out to unfinished books, too.
On television, transgendered people are getting some representation for once.
Did you know there was an "unlucky" Verdi opera? Me neither!
I'm fascinated by Alan Moore, who brought us Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and much more. An article about his latest (controversial) work takes place in the town where he lives.
And finally...Rona Jaffe, who brought us Mazes & Monsters, began a foundation which gives out awards to writers. Who knew?
Friday, October 12, 2007
But first, some self-promoting announcements:
1. Heir of December Media, home of Meet Cleaver Theatre, MCT: Sub Atomic and the PuppetBrad show, now has a video home on Veoh! (The videos are also available on YouTube; you can syndicate through Veoh. It's all very cool.)
Yep, that is my stained glass. Eeek! A slightly different version of the Angel of Death is at the show (the one pictured above now lives in Toledo, where she is happily reaping souls), as is the Cthulhu mosaic table I made over the summer and a bat-themed glass & wood box I made with Mr. Kazendei. If you're near Cincinnati this month, try to stop by and check out all the local artisans - I've seen a few pieces already and they're all very cool!
Now, on to the links...
From Tony, via Holly: The ninja-pirate debate continues.
From Lulu, via Bunny: one of the most bizarre Star Wars-related performances I have ever seen. And I've seen a LOT.
Have a spiffy weekend, everyone! See you Monday.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Current event announcement: Today is National Coming Out Day. I remember this being a big deal when I was in college.
Law librarians: it's fun to be online, isn't it? (I mean this quite seriously. I love virtual reference.)
New libraries: check out this Library on the Lake in Shanghai. It looks awesome. (Actually, it looks like a level in Katamari Damacy. Roll around and pick up the books!)
Found via LISNews.org: there's a British underworld gangster called The Librarian. This would be kind of cool if said Librarian wasn't responsible for kids getting shot.
And finally, for the non-librarians among us (or the librarians who want to slack off and have some fun with tagging): play ListenGame and categorize some songs by emotion!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Yoko Ono dedicated the Imagine Peace project yesterday in Iceland, on what would have been John Lennon's 67th birthday. This looks so cool.
Has anyone tried Lucid, a legal absinthe for us Americans who can't handle the European wormwood?
If you act fast (and have a spare few million), you could own the house that inspired "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" by H.P. Lovecraft! I checked the realtor listing and it's still for sale.
'Tis the season to shop for spooky things: Grandin Road has pricey but pretty stuff, while Curiosities has some more manageable trinkets for this time of year.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Continuing on with the art/steampunk combo post...the always fascinating Instructables website shows you how to make your very own mad scientist goggles, and if you're especially hardcore you could try to replicate this voltmeter-ammeter bra. Eeek.
A gallery of tarot card designs shows how infinite the symbols behind the cards can be, while a gallery of old photos themed around crime and punishment show how it's possible to waste entire days and nights poking around Flickr.
If you want old-fashioned housewares and lighting, Rejuvenation is the place to go. I love the light switches!
And finally, Haiku for You is not steampunk, but is a collaborative art weblog - send in your story and they will turn it into a haiku with an accompanying illustration. Neat idea.
Friday, October 05, 2007
From Cassandra: a page of wonderful time wasters and an article on the incredible Wellcome collection.
From Holly: the cats of Russia's Hermitage Museum.
From both of them: the winners of the IgNobel Prizes, and an account of the proceedings!
Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. We'll be back to normal posting schedule on Monday!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
For now: go forth and celebrate National Book Month!
For the genealogy buffs, here's an amazingly huge repository of links that will take months to work through.
I may have linked to the Fact Checker before, but I don't think so. Even if I have, you should check it out again, as they analyze current political statements on a constantly updated basis.