Friday, May 31, 2013

Happy Friday!

From Julie: Behold, the world’s tiniest library has appeared in New York City, courtesy of Stereotank!

Also from Julie: New information about the sunken Mary Rose, with sketches based on the skeletons found (including a dog!), and news about the current museum strike in the UK.

From Cassandra: an absolutely fascinating article about elephants. It’s long, but worth it.

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

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A new stamp in Ireland contains an entire short story. How cool is that?

Look out for stealth performance art in libraries in New York. In Australia, on the other hand, they’re right out front doing live performances.

How do you organize your books? I’m always intrigued by the color idea, but I think it would look pretty boring on my shelves.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The latest from Strange Maps is the perfect combination of my interests – naming and geography!

Another fascinating combination: hairstyling and archaeology.

The Cincinnati Fringe Festival begins this week. If you can’t make it to that, perhaps you can make it to Uncle Billy’s Day Festival in Virginia instead?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

It’s officially summer now, which means the Steampunk Librarian Summer Book Giveaway will start soon! Here’s a sneak preview of what we’ll be giving away in June:

Vintage Tomorrows (we got some more copies from the good folks at O’Reilly!)

The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (Burton and Swinburne are back for more!)

In Thunder Forged: Iron Kingdom Chronicles, Book One (espionage and battles in a steam-filled universe!)

We may have more soon. Stay tuned!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Happy Friday! Be safe out there, everyone. Best wishes to Tim Curry, who suffered a stroke last night; they say he’s recovering well.

From Zazoo: The Village Voice laid off Michael Musto (really?!?); Captain Picard rescued a bird in Brooklyn; and a modern speakeasy operated out of a derelict water tower. Just another week in New York City.

From Julie: Art made from books goes on exhibit, and Gandhi’s sandals (and will?) go up for auction!

From Satori: The Art of the Brick is coming! I hope to see this while it’s around.

From Bunny: An amazing, huge, and very blue crab made from stained glass.

Also from Bunny: The awesome news that the Museum of the Moving Image is creating a permanent gallery dedicated to the works of Jim Henson.

Have a spiffy weekend, everyone! Back on Tuesday.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

This Day in the Life of the Internet infographic is pretty wild.

Also wild, in its own way, is the last chained library.

Harvard’s law library produces some great exhibits; this summer, they’re focusing on research itself.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I just found out today is World Goth Day. Huh, that’s nice, I thought. Then I found that, among other observations, Time has done a photographic slideshow in honor of World Goth Day. Who knew we’d be so mainstream one day? Huzzah!

I’ve been playing GeoGuessr with some success (I’ve discovered the secret, for me at least, is to guess Canada when in doubt). This topographic map of Titan looks like all sorts of fun to explore, and BLDGBLOG’s post on Victorian-era mountain exploration looks like a Lovecraft movie just waiting to happen.

In unrelated findings, I’m going to check out Test My Brain soon, especially the quiz in which you have to see faces in images. That’s my specialty!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Many thanks to Satori for pointing me toward the fascinating story of Weeksville. Both the past and the future of this place is amazing!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bollywood is 100! They’re celebrating at Cannes.

Buffalo’s grain elevators have gotten a new life as art pieces.

Did you know Dali did watercolors of fruit? He did, and they’re a bit surreal, as you might expect.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Friday! Many thanks to everyone who sent in links for this week's edition of Links from Others.

From Julie: Trying to censor Anne Frank’s diary has never worked out for the would-be censors.

From Cassandra: The internet has done awful things to the middle class, and colleges are doing awful things to poorer students.

From Nicole: What makes you a bad driver? Apparently, being a Libra is on the list.

From Zazoo: Coney Islands across the country, from New York to Cincinnati and beyond! (Also, I didn’t know that’s how the food got its name.)

From Beth via Facebook: GeoGuesser! I have not tried this yet, only because I know I will spend hours on it.

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

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The National Library of Finland is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

The Dictionary of Numbers sounds like a fun way to get a grasp on figures. Randall Munroe of XKCD has some examples!

Also, using certain numbers can make figures sound less or more impressive. Good tips for budget season!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A hundred years ago, a huge flood came through the part of America where I live. Historical Natural Disasters is focusing on the 1913 flood, with some amazing photographs.

Meanwhile, Strange Maps is focusing on the wacky names of Shetland and Orkney.

And while looking around for more links, I came across Accidental Mysteries, which posts about all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It's Ay-leen the Peacemaker's birthday today! Stop by Beyond Victoriana and celebrate!

Monday, May 13, 2013

It’s International Arts Day here on Folderol!

In Chile: Pablo Neruda’s body has been exhumed and it turns out that he did indeed have advanced cancer. But was that the actual cause of death? The answer still is unknown.

In India, the latest bestsellers are about Hindu mythology.

In Germany, archaeologists are beginning to explore execution sites.

And in Westeros, aka the Game of Thrones world, it turns out that everyone is pronouncing “Khaleesi” wrong.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Thursday, May 09, 2013

It’s another work-related links day!

I know it’s shocking, but not everything is online yet.

Also shocking: CEOs like to speed-read their information.

The big buzzword right now in law firms is “legal project management.”

Yahoo and Dropbox are working together; now you can use Dropbox straight from Yahoo Mail.

A new book on Casanova, the world’s most famous librarian, fixes a lot of transcription and translation errors. Bonus gratuitous pic of David Tennant as Casanova in the article, too.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Very interesting, but sad: Photos of soldiers before, during, and after active duty, from LaLage Snow.

Very interesting, and goofy: Wrestler Mick Foley loves Tori Amos. And hey, he and I have the same favorite Tori song!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

This week, I point you to other websites which are chock-full of historical and/or steampunk information!

The Edwardian Promenade always has something interesting.

The Smithsonian’s “Paleofuture” weblog is fantastic. Here, a link to Tesla’s predictions for the 21st century.

The British Newspaper Archives has a blog now, huzzah.

Mrs. Daffodil Digresses can be about many things; here’s a post on “murderabilia” collectibles in the 1910s.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Diana Rigg (aka Mrs. Emma Peel) is on Game of Thrones! How awesome!

Technology and typography: how one influences the other.

A book about daily rituals of creative people shows that there is no established successful method. That’s why they’re creative, I guess…

Friday, May 03, 2013

Happy Friday!

Bill Lucey talks about The Great Gatsby.

From Julie: F. Scott Fitzgerald's handwritten records have gone online.

Also from Julie: UFO in Glasgow and early America settler cannibalism.

From a few people: The World Wide Web is twenty years old, and CERN has recreated the first web page.

From Nicole: The Bloggess has the final word on the Keep Calm meme.

From Cassandra: Misconduct is epidemic these days. That's why you should hire introverts instead of extroverts! (Note: introverts are not necessarily neurotic.) And lastly, a bit of fun, as a cat interrupts a LEGO video. Hee.

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

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Today is a professional “links from others” day; all of the following were sent to me by co-workers!

The Magical Law Library Staff is just as powerful, albeit invisible, as it was in 2011.

Reading paper versus reading screens: where are we headed?

There are alternatives to Google Alerts when it comes to tracking people, places and things.

What’s the deal with researchers and c-level positions?

The act of literally thinking outside a box actually makes a person more creative. I think this is an excellent impetus for building forts.

I missed the petition to start a World Football Caucus of the Special Libraries Association, but it looks as if they got approved! And they have a Twitter account! Huzzah!