Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy Friday! And happy Chinese New Year, Imbolc, Groundhog Day, and Super Bowl/Puppy Bowl Sunday this weekend, too.

Bunny has a new website starting up called Childhood Rewind, which takes a look at the toys, media, and pop culture of Generation X’s childhood. Go and visit, and let him know what you think!

Also from Bunny: gorgeous colorized historical photographs.

From Julie: a story about a woman giving birth to rabbits in the early 1700s (my response to Julie’s email was “OMG WTF EWWWW” and I stand by my response).

Also from Julie: two works by Sappho have been rediscovered!

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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mr. Lemony Snicket himself has funded an award for librarians: The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity (PDF link). It’s true! This is all kinds of awesome.

Law librarians had a bit of adversity last Friday, when the U.S. court network was hijacked briefly.

Throwing out old newspapers is horrifying to a genealogist. But a lot of state libraries are facing that situation.

And while it’s still cold and gray here, spring will arrive sooner or later, and that means spring training, and there will be expanded opportunities for instant replays this season, and Bill Lucey has asked sportswriters what they think. (Deep breath – that was quite the run-on sentence.)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

There’s a vampire-themed tour at Pere Lachaise Cemetery? And a vampire museum nearby? Wow. All I saw when I was there was a black cat (which was still very cool, don't get me wrong).

The link above comes to you from Atlas Obscura, which has redesigned its website and is just as amazing as ever.

The “allure of the map” is strong for many of us.

For the arty and/or spooky: look, the best 100 websites for prop makers! This is great.

I’ve been immersed in genealogy lately, which led to a discussion with Bunny that then led to his finding the wonderful Bills of Mortality website. People die in very strange ways sometimes.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Norway has decided to digitize ALL THE THINGS! Well, all the books, anyway.

Google is also scanning many of the things, but they don’t always do it perfectly, and people are cataloging the oddities.

Beloved literary characters are reappearing at a rapid rate, it seems.

Visuwords is a visual dictionary of sorts – it’s an interesting concept.

If you prefer LEGO as your medium of representation, check out Jeff Friesen’s interpretations of U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Ohio is a swing state. Get it?

Friday, January 24, 2014

Happy Friday! Thanks to everyone for reading and sending in links! From Julie: The Wellcome Library has made over 100,000 images available, and there are some seriously strange images there.

From Bunny: Moogfest is coming in April, and Kraftwerk will be there!

From Cassandra: Do we suffer from too much evaluation and not enough inspiration these days?

Also from Cassandra: a test which measures your psychopathic tendencies, or lack thereof. I have not taken this yet, so I cannot reassure (or terrify) readers with my results. Ha.

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

Thursday, January 23, 2014

This story about a woman who recorded the news – ALL the news – for over thirty years is just amazing. This is a real treasure trove!

Some enterprising law librarians took Google Glass out for a spin, and discovered some interesting features (and bugs).

Meanwhile, Google Scholar now provides you with a personal “library” in which to save your research.

The Digital Library of America is so, so very cool. They do great work.

 The ABA is worried about link rot and how it will affect legal research and citations. (The ABA is a little late to the party on this one, but hey.)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

If you are snowed in, or frozen in, or just like watching animals, I recommend Animal Planet Live. Everything from otters to penguins, live!

If you’re at work, and in the UK, you could, hypothetically, sign up to get beer delivered to your desk on Fridays. Oooo.

Here’s a Weird Map of London – one that maps the weird, that is.

If, again hypothetically, I were a time traveler, I would not go on social media. I mean, that seems as if it would be covered in Time Traveling 101. However, some physicists are studying social media for the existence of such people, and not finding them. Shocking!

The people of Mandate 33 might find time travelers one day, on the other hand. They’re definitely exploring the world for anomalies.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

We’re having this sort of a day, weatherwise. ("That’s no snowflake!")

I don’t really get the appeal of dollhouses, but a lot of other people do, and so they might like this charity auction featuring modern dollhouses designed by today's architects.

Are you in a major metropolis, and looking for a bit of peace and quiet? Fear nor, StereoPublic is here to help!

Communication by smells? They’re working on it. I hope they have some dogs on the research staff.

Typography affects readers. Don’t make important announcements using Comic Sans!

Friday, January 17, 2014

We are back to the Friday links from others posts, hooray! Many thanks to everyone!

From Julie: British soldier diaries from WWI are being published online.

Also from Julie: behold the Jacobean-style Sam Wanamaker Playhouse! 

From Cassandra: Would you eat the marshmallow? When I was four, I wouldn’t have. I was an anxious sort of kid.

From Tony via Holly: a ridiculously expensive (but cool) tent for book lovers, and wallpaper for people who don’t like books but want others to think they do. Or something like that.

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

Thursday, January 16, 2014

While I was away, the British Library joined the Flickr Commons and published over one million images for public domain use. Is that not amazing?

Also in Britain: there’s a Museum of Childhood, and a current exhibition in said museum is the wonderful “Confiscation Cabinets” collection. See what bizarre items were taken from kids in classes!

Need a badge? The Unshelved guys have you covered. (In related news, I got a magnet today which reads “Yay! Librarians!”)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

You know what your stuffed animals need? A travel agency,that’s what. Even if you can’t go around the world, your plush friend can!

Invisible elves exist in Iceland, apparently. Maybe the stuffed animals should go visit them.

If you can’t get to London, especially 17th century London, fear not – you can “fly” through the streets now, thanks to technology. You can also keep an eye out for a TARDIS, but this is probably a little easier.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

We are slowly making our way back into the steampunk world, too. Here, look at the Chicago World's Fair, from the perspective of 120 years. And go see it in person, too, if you can!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Hi there. I believe we might just be back for another year of Folderol.

The National Department of Poetry looks like a lovely place to work.

If science is more your thing, consider the Periodic Table of Storytelling!