Monday, January 31, 2011
It's Monday, and that means it's time for music and art and the like...
. I did not know he hallucinated monsters emerging from a piano! Chopin may have had temporal lobe epilepsy
I think make more sense than the "true" captions, myself. the literal versions of New Yorker cartoon captions
I also think that are sort of terrifying. these real-life overheard conversations in comic stores
presents album covers as reimagined by artists and designers. Good stuff! The 33.3 art show
And finally, I love the Brazilian street art by Speto.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Happy Friday, everyone. I'm following the latest on Egypt, thanks to
the BBC real-time feed , so this is a little shorter than usual. Many thanks to everyone who sent in links!
From Julie: Is the Kindle slowly conquering the book? Maybe!
Also from Julie: Weird, that. " The Mystery Of Edwin Drood is to be given a new ending in a major BBC adaptation."
From Nicole: . What if you WANT corrupted memories? Sleep helps protect memories from corruption
Have a spiffy and safe weekend, everyone. See you Monday.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Hi there! Today we have happy perky library links, instead of the doom and gloom that's often the case when discussing the future of the profession. I didn't plan it that way, it just seems to be a quirky week.
For instance, , which led to all sorts of shenanigans. Two starlings, named Frick and Frack, were called in for assistance! a hawk got into the Reading Room at the Library of Congress
Meanwhile, the Washington DC area is commended for . (Hawks are not usually included.) its new library designs
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library debuted ; more material will be added. its digital archives
Glenna Herald continues her series about Twitter and libraries -- check it out!
The University of Cincinnati has launched an online exhibit about the , which operated from 1914 to 1995. Lots of photos and articles and information! Cincinnati Stock Exchange
I'm fascinated by . The site links to the New South Wales repository, which includes crime scene photos as well. these photos of Australian criminals from the 1920s
And finally, here's a wonderful commercial from the Finnish Library Association! See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Happy Australia Day!
Other festive happenings this week include the in Florida and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest in Luxor. (I don't see anything indicating the latter has been canceled due to the unrest in Egypt, so hopefully everything is copacetic there.) Egyptian Marathon
is online and available for study. It's amazing we understand each other as well as we do, really. The most detailed map ever made of North American dialects
The iPad now has . Who needs a DeLorean or an Omni? an app that lets you travel through time in London
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
There's speculation that steampunk increased in popularity due to its parallels between Victorian and modern times. Two books recently written -- one on
and one on the craze of "true crime" reporting in Victorian London -- would seem to add some support to that theory. (I think one could draw parallels between any two eras without much difficulty, really, but this is a fun road to explore.) the perils of 19th century anarchist terrorism activity
A retrospective on 2010, of sorts: awards for best steampunk-themed website/book/film/and more have been announced on Facebook!
Matthew David Surridge has written , exploring works by Tim Powers, Felix Gilman and China Miéville (among other authors) and sticking up for adventure fiction. Huzzah! a wonderful essay on steampunk-themed fiction
There are going to be many opportunities to debate steampunk culture this year: Tor.com has a list of steampunk-related conventions for 2011.
And, if you can't get to any of the conventions, you could out in the woods or the city where you live. (You should do that anyway, really. Geocaching is all kinds of fun.) make your own steampunk-esque compass and go geocaching
Monday, January 24, 2011
Very sad, if so. Is the Poe Toaster truly gone?
Next year, in honor of the 2012 Olympic Games, Golly. Shakespeare plays will be presented in 38 languages.
Behold , an escalator that can go around corners and curves! the Levytator
Also behold , a DIY method of stencil graffiti. I'm so tempted to try this. Looptagger
And finally, the Architects of Air have created , a mashup between an inflatable castle and a dancefloor and a kaleidoscope. I hope it travels to the rest of the world! Mirazozo
Friday, January 21, 2011
From Bunny: . This is not a drill! (If/when this happens, it will be amazing.) Betelgeuse is going to go supernova and our sky may look like Tatooine's for two weeks
In similar fashion, why not make over a planet, with NASA's blessing?
From Julie: Might sudden climate change affect not only animals like dinosaurs, but whole civilizations?
From Tony: is...well, socially awkward! Socially Awkward Penguin
From site: Jess Nevins's . Oooo. Ahhh. Indian pulp/noir fiction
Also from Julie: The "sequel" to Catcher in the Rye will be banned in the U.S.?
From site: John Scalzi's , which looks and sounds incredible. The Smiths Project
Have a spiffy weekend, everyone! See you Monday.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Today's moment of surreality:
Fortunately, it's falling by the wayside! Finger-width analysis is a little-known requirement of library school.
The Library of Congress has posted a lovely tribute to photographer Milton Rogovin.
Everything old is new again, including . Wow. books featuring Sherlock Holmes and James Bond
. (Much like the sentence about the Library of Congress above, we're personifying everything today. Egypt is a sentient being! So is NYC and the LOC!) Egypt says that New York is not taking proper care of the obelisk in Central Park, and might demand it back
And finally, in news of actual people, the tomb of Caligula may have been discovered.
Tomorrow: links from others!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
It's getting into the time of year where people do their best to entertain themselves amidst the winter blahs. There's
There's snow sculpting in Illinois! pigeon racing in England! There's whisky drinking in Canada! There's, uh, (Yes, really.) And, in the meantime, Cuba is working on its first zombie movie, setting a hillside on fire in Japan! . Juan of the Dead
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Hello! We're having some technical difficulties today, so hopefully this transmission will go through in one piece.
Did you know that MAKE Magazine has And that a channel on YouTube? ? Jake von Slatt has an episode
I am always behind on Second Life happenings, but they're having . Ooooh. a contest in which writers are invited to create a steampunky twist to a Grimm fairytale
Facebook is becoming quite the gathering place for steampunks. The Steampunk Tribune has compiled a list!
And finally, . I discovered that the second book in Mark Hodder's a look at new books in the coming year Burton & Swinburne series is out in March and pre-ordered it already! Huzzah!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Happy Friday, everyone! It's a three-day weekend for me, so here are the links from others and we'll see you back here on Tuesday.
From Julie: . Yikes? Antimatter streams from thunderstorms on Earth
I asked the Graveworm about the news concerning Ophiuchus, as I thought , and he informs me that a) scientists recalibrated star charts this week, leading to the updated news and b) it's not news, as we knew this already his site has had this information up for over a decade!
From Nicole: Look out, the prairie dogs are making a run for it...
From Zazoo and Satori: Creepy. a map showing the recent reports of dead birds, fish and the like.
If you're talented at haiku, Well, at least your name would end up there. The contest ends Sunday, so act fast. you could end up as a character in John Scalzi's latest book!
Swiped from Guy: . It's rather different now. Downtown Cincinnati, as it looked in 1973
From Josie: I will be watching this overt the weekend. The Big Fat Quiz of 2010 is up!
Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you Tuesday.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Happy Thursday. Here are some links to what's making the rounds in librarian weblogs and emails!
Flavorwire gathered up . I think I like photos of the home libraries of celebrities the best, but am intrigued by Diane Keaton's. (I think Keaton needs more books, though. And more furniture.) Karl Lagerfeld's
. Cincinnati just missed the top ten this year. (This list always strikes me as odd, but fascinating.) The annual list of most literate cities in America is out
Is it time for Get involved! Library Renewal?
If you're a European librarian and cyclist, consider , an "unconference" to take place on the roads between Copenhagen and Berlin. Cycling for Libraries
The New York Times is chronicling the Civil War in their project, which is all sorts of interesting. Disunion
And finally, just for fun: why not consider , in light of the Pope's recent encouragement to use saint names for children? (I know a Jezebel! And a Dorcas! It's true!) some obscure Christian names
Tomorrow: links from others!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
It's a new year for festivals and holidays and weird happenings around the world!
In the UK, home of wacky festivals, they are conducting . I think. There is mention of a bonfire, and also this tidbit: "Recently the Straw Bear has made friends with a German Straw Bear." Well, okay then! some sort of celebration this weekend focusing on a bear made of straw
Meanwhile, Miami is having what looks to be . (No bonfires, however, as far as I can tell.) a fantastic Art Deco festival
The U.S. is observing this Monday with several ways to make it Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a day of service.
Not an event, but just plain cool: (and a few other places, too). We are all about urban exploration here at Spooky Librarians. the undercity of New York
And finally, just for fun: In France! Eeek! Le Cyclop!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Happy 2011, steampunky types! I direct you to
, which in turn points to this post from the people of MAKE magazine the incredible Celestial Clock project.
The awesome people of Tor Publishing now have , and they post multiple times each day. I'm tempted to shut the Steampunk Librarian down and just send everyone there, because the stuff they're finding is fantastic. a whole page on Facebook dedicated solely to steampunk
Another wonderful website, , points to the Steampunk Home . Awfully pricey, but beautiful. this re-usage of electrical insulators as lighting
A new issue of the Gatehouse Gazette is out, and it's focused on the Weird West!
And finally, a group of New York City steampunks went on an excursion to . The exhibit is there until March, so you still have time to see it if you weren't along on the adventure! the Harry Houdini exhibit at the Jewish Museum
Monday, January 10, 2011
Happy 2011, everyone! We are back from the sea and sun (see the photos over on the Flickr badge) and ready to go. Many thanks to everyone who sent in links while I was gone -- today is a special bonus "links from others" day as a result!
...(Cassandra) If Dr. Seuss had done a book based on Star Wars
. (Julie) No pardon for Billy the Kid after all
The Romantic poets and the scientists of the era . (Cassandra, who also lent me the book!) are compared and contrasted in a great book I'm reading
. Oops. (Zazoo) Coney Island's iconic "Shoot the Freak" was accidentally demolished
Yes! (Are the venues for the concerts kept at freezing? The article doesn't say!) (Julie) Musical instruments made of ice?
. (Cassandra) Searching for Sasquatch in Minnesota
and how it works in wartime. (Cassandra) The psychology of "trolleyology"
And finally, a few new websites to check out in this new year:
Everyone knows there's another hellmouth in Cleveland, right? Some of us are investigating!
. I'd recommend this site even if the librarian/culinary artist was not a relation of mine! A librarian makes the switch to culinary arts and invites us along for the ride