Friday, May 28, 2010
Happy Friday, everyone! Links from others begin...now.
From the Sparkle Queen: some numbers have been found in the great Clock Without a Face treasure hunt!
From Bunny: inhale the nostalgia at this Scratch N' Sniff sticker site.
Also from Bunny: scary video of the oil leak in the gulf.
From Satori: a Toy Theater Festival going on this weekend!
From Tim: , a wonderful website which I could have sworn I put on the link sidebar. I'll have to do something about that. Curious Expeditions
From Cassandra: Which Pope are you?
Also from Cassandra: the magic and mystery of earworms.
And finally, just for fun: Sesame Street Fighter!!!
Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. We'll be taking Memorial Day off and will be back on Tuesday.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
You may remember that last fall we linked to a legal research article by local law librarian Glenna Herald. She's written another article and, once again,
we are proud to feature it here!
I think I still have my copy from high school somewhere. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird turns 50 this year.
Foucault's Pendulum in the Paris Pantheon, which featured prominently in Umberto Eco's book of the same name, . There are similar pendulums around the world, and all of them are amazing, but nothing quite like the one in the Pantheon. Very sad. has been irreparably damaged
Did you know there's a National Gang Center? Well, there is, and makes for fascinating reading. The cartels mentioned in yesterday's post make an appearance here as well. their published history of street gangs
Would you believe that surveying librarians about their attitudes toward sex would be a fireable offense? It was in 1992! Keep in mind it was the early '90s, especially when you get to the questions about hottest celebrities. Ha. But the survey results are finally out.
Tomorrow: links from others!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I agree with the poster who suggested the BBC readers try to solve other world problems, since they have
. (I particularly like the response to the "tow it" suggestion.) a bevy of (illustrated!) ideas of how to solve Eyjafjallajokull
Speaking of the UK, the festival calendar indicates that everyone there loses their minds the last weekend in May. (Is this true, UK readers?) There are and races involving wool sacks (and then throwing them in the sea - !!) and that's only the beginning of the list. festivals hunting for nonexistent earls
Meanwhile, over here in America, we are celebrating Memorial Day weekend in solemn fashion with, er, the Kinetic Grand Championships. Maybe someone will include a wool sack or an Earl in their construct.
In more mystical and serious matters, the ongoing violence in Mexico has resulted in an oddity: an increase in the veneration of "unholy saints." (If you're interested in what's going on in Mexico these days, I highly recommend ; it's well-written, fascinating, heartbreaking, and well sourced.) The Awl's ongoing series on the cartels
Back to the unserious (but keeping with the "unholy" theme): are you looking for something more out of life? Do you find yourself wondering "what would Cthulhu do?" Perhaps this commercial can help.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Happy news in the land of the Steampunk Librarian: "steampunk fiction"
is now a Library of Congress Subject Heading!
In somewhat related news, . So to speak. (In the cogs?) a steampunk documentary is in the works
is a lovely l5-minute film with mechanical squids and all sorts of steampunkesque bits. If you like your movies a little longer, there's news about The Anachronism a possible new 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea cinematic treat.
performed at the Maker Faire last weekend. If you didn't see them, you can at least view some filmed performances. Tesla coils galore! ArcAttack!
If you are in the UK this weekend, try your best to check out . It's beautiful and weird and spooky and altogether wonderful. Alex CF's show in London
You may have seen homes with a steampunk design flair, but have you seen a steampunked baby room? is creating one! (And a baby to go with it, too.) The Steampunk Duo
Monday, May 24, 2010
It's Monday, and therefore it is time for an arts roundup.
Visual arts: A Picasso, a Matisse, and a Modigliani were among Photos of the stolen paintings the paintings stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris last week. , in case you see them at a pawn shop or something. I am amazed museum thefts still happen in real life. are here
Visual arts, part II: Scientific American has intended to break your brain. a gallery of optical illusions
Theatre: In the Berkshires, kids facing juvenile detention instead of community service. This sounds pretty awesome! can perform Shakespeare
Film: , which you can view on David Lynch has made a sixteen-minute film for Christian Dior Dior's website. Yay!
Literature and art and film and more: Lapham's Quarterly has , from Virginia Woolf to Kevin Bacon. a flow chart of everyone who knew everybody back in the day
Photography: Many wonderful photographs, including little hammocks for cats on ships! My favorite one is the portrait of "Wockle." Cats in the Navy!
Friday, May 21, 2010
There would be even more "links from others" today, but I found out that
, and, well, you know. Happy 30th to Pac-Man, and I hope to get to the fourth level soon! today's Google home page is a playable Pac-Man screen
From Cassandra: , a thought-provoking essay on a lovely article about Emily Dickinson and news of another anniversary (Ian Curtis's death) prompting "juristocracy," a symphony based on the music of Joy Division.
From Bunny: (synthetic life!). Related to this, here is OMD's "Genetic Engineering," via the big science news which may finally propel us into the future . John Scalzi's post on the same topic
Also from Bunny via Sergio: the awful truth about Farmville.
Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you Monday.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
When the New York Public Library
, they faces budget cuts and layoffs . As well they should! call in the Ghostbusters
Meanwhile, people are hard at work . Hee. transforming scary movie moments into Golden Book lessons
The Librarian in Black asked librarians . The responses were illuminating. why they do what they do
The good people at Poynter have compiled . Hover over each bar for pop-up info. a graph depicting the top 200 moments in journalism from the 2000s
And lastly, here's a nice bit about the strangers you see each day.
Tomorrow: links from others, plus a whole article if I can upload it properly! Stay tuned.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
This weekend brings us
, which is not so much a big deal around here but is most definitely a holiday weekend in Europe. For example! The Pentecost, aka Whitsun takes place this weekend, as does...the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in Denmark, the International Clown Festival rowing competition in Venice, and the Vogalonga in England. Okay, maybe it's not a big deal there, either. Daphne du Maurier Festival
In the United States, meanwhile, the mad scientists and gadgeteers and futurists and steampunks are gathering for the in California. I am envious. Maker Faire
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Today: pretty pretty pictures from last weekend's
Steampunk World's Fair! Enjoy! More soon.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Are you ready for...
?!? You'd better be! Bronte Sisters action figures
Another innovation in this modern age is . According to the "how it works" video, it is totally silent. Interesting. the Evening Breeze canopy bed/air conditioning system
If you're interested in finding new art from new artists in New York, is the place to look, it seems. nAscent
If you're interested in finding art based on myths, is lovely! And fun! Lost Myths
The waters may be receding, but the damage from the floods in Nashville has affected hundreds of instruments stored in facilities and museums. NPR has a heartbreaking story.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Happy Friday, everyone!
From Bunny: . They may need bigger boats. someone found a shark in the Ohio River
From Julie: a part of Isaac Newton's apple tree is going up into space with the shuttle!
From Cassandra: all about cats.
Also from Cassandra: a former fighter teaches karate to kids in Harlem.
From Josie: , and a weblog devoted to an awesome photo set of a Surrealist party in 1943 twisted vintage!
Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you Monday.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
It was National Library Week, then it was National Privacy Week, and now it's (National?)
Celebrate by reading to a kid, or reading a favorite childhood book. I recommend Children's Book Week! , myself. the Jenny Linsky series
How should a library observe the end of video rentals? With a huge domino-effect celebration, of course.
News librarians are facing tough times. explains what's going on and what the future holds. In related news, A detailed study Forbes is creating its own in-house research service.
It's almost Friday, take heart. If taking heart is not an option, the World's Strongest Librarian offers ten ways to make your day even worse! (The reverse is hopefully true as well.)
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Oops, nothing for Wednesday, sorry. Back Thursday!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
You may remember the amazing "steampunk Star Wars" outfits seen at conventions lately. Outland Armour, the group behind these creations, had
, and many of their belongings -- costumes included -- have been lost. If you'd like to help them get back on their feet, the bad luck to be in Nashville when the floods came , and donors even have the chance to win some prizes! a site is up and running
May is "steampunk/neo-victorian month" , which specializes in Victorian studies and is a great read during the rest of the year, too! over at the Floating Academy
Meanwhile, artist Lisa Snellings is starting (hooray!). a whole summer of steampunk
Two great sites I have managed to overlook until now: an online fanzine touching on several steampunky aspects, and Exhibition Hall, , which covers many things besides costumery! Steampunk Costume
And finally, for anyone who has imagined their body as a machine (especially, as both the poster on Coilhouse and I have done, for those who imagined the war being fought inside their body during childhood illnesses), is a wonderful short animation. Man as Industrial Palace
Monday, May 10, 2010
. Lena Horne
The have just come out, and Isabella has beaten out Emma for the most popular female name in the U.S. these days! Jacob is still king of the boys' names. most popular names of 2009
Is Globish (aka global English) becoming the language of the planet? Some think so.
Meanwhile, over in Belgium, . language is about to split the country in two
Are videogames art? . (Are we including videogame cabinet art in this?) The debate rages on
It's still not complete, but it's close. Lost footage of Metropolis has been found and restored!
From Zazoo: Scrounge up some spare change and put in an offer. (Hope you have lots of spare change.) Truman Capote's Brooklyn Heights home is for sale!
Friday, May 07, 2010
And here it is, Friday again, and we go straight to the links sent in by other people! Many thanks, all.
From Julie: we all have . a little Neanderthal in us
Also from Julie: Well, if we give them knives, that is. And if we don't get out of their way fast enough. So maybe it's our own fault. the robots are going to kill us all!
From Cassandra: . None refers to being killed by a robot yet. YET. entertaining epitaphs
Also from Cassandra: photos from in Massachusetts. the teen-governed Rowe Camp
From Josie: a new video by Hurts!
From Satori: if you are plagued and aggravated by constant dinner indecision, . (Language may make this a little unsafe for work, so perhaps you should wait till you're in a kitchen. WITH A ROBOT. Aieee!) this site is for you
Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you Monday.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Pssst! Did you know it's
? Shhh, don't tell anyone! Privacy Week
It's also election day in the UK; ResourceShelf has to help you follow along. a great page of links
The new library service: . Man, I thought I was moving on from my college job as a supermarket cashier... providing groceries
The Beijing Olympics and the Shanghai World Expo have been , much to the dismay of many, including me. A shop actually labeled its extra-large sizes as "lard bucket"? How can you not love this sort of thing? chipping away at the often-hilarious "Chinglish" translations
Now that I'm visiting New York City on a semi-regular basis, I'm even more fascinated with topics like . the history of the city subway maps
The LA Times takes a trip around the world in photos, . looking at people reading in public
Tomorrow: links from others!
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
, everyone! Cinco de Mayo
I completely missed the " " conference at the University of Hertfordshire which happened last month, but the program is still up and you really need to see Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture . "Vampiric Economies at the Anglo-African Margin"! "A Fledgling Biopolitics of Vampire Addiction"! They're all like that, and they all look great! the names of the presentations
If you're up for even more morbidly themed humor, check out the UK-located . Sometimes it's surprising who's still alive. (Betty Ford? I had no idea!) Deathlist
Back in the days of the Cold War, bunkers were being constructed under East Germany. . Yikes. They're stilll finding them today
If you thought yesterday's combination of Scorcese, Hugo Cabret and 3-D was odd, here's what I bring to you today: . IN AN OPERA. That's going to be hard to top. the Gorillaz, Alan Moore, and alchemist John Dee
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
is going on all this month! Join in! This is especially good for debating types, but everyone is welcome. The Great Steampunk Debate
Also in the initial stages: the . Why not? (Found via Steampunk Flying Olympics .) You could look to Brass Goggles for inspiration, although I wouldn't recommend following the blueprint too closely. Dr. Smith's wondrous flying machine of 1896
Did you attend the New England Steampunk Festival? If so, your photographic images are requested!
Here are three things that, when combined, may either create something of lasting beauty or become an ungodly mess: . Should the latter occur, I recommend Martin Scorcese, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and 3-D . (Looking! Just looking!) looking upon calming opium photos
Monday, May 03, 2010
Today, it seems to be all about the photographs. Maybe that's because it's
! Polaroid Week
which just opened in Shanghai are stunning. Images of the 2010 Expo
Also stunning: this BBC gallery of . (Art car fans, take note!) decorated trucks in Pakistan
I vote for the reality depicted in the pencil version. Pencil Vs. Camera!
A retired art professor has . Sometimes it's an intentional homage, sometimes...not? a Flickr set comparing striking similarities in design
Moving from visual to audio: the explores the concept of "archaeoacoustics." Fornax Experiment
(And finally, a random note to Ohio readers: are playing in Columbus this August! Whee!) the National