Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Friday!

From Julie: “One of Captain Scott’s final letters written from the South Pole is made public to mark 101 years since his final diary entry on 29 March 1912.”

From Cassandra: Bowie on Display. Ooooo.

More reading challenges! Ed Champion takes on the top 100 fiction works. Ed is also planning a walk across the country – pitch in and help if you can.

Open access information after the death of Aaron Swartz has resulted in, among other things, a mass resignation from the editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration. Interesting times…

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

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Being a librarian at the Conjuring Arts Research Center sounds like one of the best jobs in the universe.

Bill Lucey writes about crazy promotional giveaways throughout the history of baseball.

Learnist is up and running, and looks really interesting. It’s like Pinterest and Wikipedia mashed up together, then combined with Instructables.

International Tabletop Day is this Saturday! Are you prepared?

If you’re more into computer games, Citizen Sort provides you with gameplay which helps classify different species.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Okay, I am finally catching up, and starting to post again. Slowly. The weekend events are pretty limited this week, due to Passover and Easter and whatnot, and then on Monday it’s our Opening Day parade for baseball! Spring is happening, regardless of the weather.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I am back and healthy…and buried in work. However, it’s time for the last book giveaway (for a while, at least), and it’s a great one.

Monday, March 18, 2013

"Acute sinusitis," says the doctor. "OW," says I. Back later this week, once the antibiotics kick in.

Friday, March 15, 2013

It’s Friday, and things are looking up a bit, even with it being the Ides of March and all. (Happy birthday, Matt!)

One of my state senators has seen the light and now supports gay marriage. Woohoo!

From Julie: Thirteen bodies have been discovered in a burial ground, possibly victims of the Black Death. Sounds ominous.

From Bunny: “Pics from a kaiju convention this month. The Japanese do it right!”

Have a spiffy weekend, everyone! See you next week, hopefully at full strength.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wow, Google says they are shutting down Google Reader in July. Folderol is created by what I find via RSS feeds, so this is...disturbing.
The Week of Stupidity continues. Today we have snow! And also, I'm home sick! Ridiculous.

The good news: the Conclave Chimney has its own Twitter page. You can follow along with its adventures in alerting the populace about the pope, and it also seems to be doing battle with seagulls.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wow, this week is...hectic. More soon, plus the drawing for the Society of Steam books!

Monday, March 11, 2013

I missed last Friday due to work shenanigans, and today is dreary and discombobulated due to rain and Daylight Saving Time. Fortunately, there are links from others!

From Cassandra: International Women’s Day was last Friday, but it’s Women’s History Month all through March.

Also from Cassandra: How Rocky Horror was made, and how libraries are becoming the new homeless shelters.

From Zazoo: Bill Clinton now supports gay marriage!

Today is the birthday of Douglas Adams, and the Google Doodle is superb. Click on everything to see all the parts. Apparently it’s also the birthday of Alex Kingston and John Barrowman. The sci-fi is strong today!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Emily of Shelf Check does a good job summing up what this week has been like.

Want to know what journalists really mean? Here’s an appropriate dictionary! (I recommend using this in tandem with the Fake AP Style Guide.)

Big data and open government are the topics of this post from InfoToday.

One brave soul is going to read the best book of the year…back to 1913. This will be fun!

The Library of Congress has all sorts of great stuff lately. Here’s an interview about digital data and history.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Today is hectic (and snowy, too), but fear not, here are two ideas for planning your weekend:

Magic abounds in the United Kingdom!

Meanwhile, in Arizona, they're celebrating ostriches. (Apparently some people do ride them, although I couldn't find anything about a Joust tournament. They really should look into that.)

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Monday, March 04, 2013

Happy news for literature lovers: Margaret Atwood has written an opera, and more Rudyard Kipling poems have been discovered!

Radio is making a comeback, with low-power FM stations on the horizon. (Radio, some would say, never went away in the first place.)

Cabaret is also back. (Some would say it never went away.)

And puppetry endures forever. (Some would say…well, you get the idea.)

Friday, March 01, 2013

Hey, it’s apparently Hug A Librarian Day! And it’s Friday, too!

From Julie: A secret chamber which may be linked to early Freemasonry has been discovered in England.

From Zazoo: Vent Haven, a nearby ventriloquist museum, gets some attention from CNN.

From Cassandra: a story about the state of health care in the United States (after reading this, I am not going to a doctor or hospital until I’m 70, at least) and a story about how women are still accused of witchcraft in Papua New Guinea .

From Bunny: recipes from the 1950s can be absolutely bizarre. One enterprising soul is recreating them!

Have a spiffy weekend, everyone! See you Monday.