Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Transgender Law Center is hiring! Spread the word. (Thanks, Sparkle Queen!)

The New York Public Library now has TINY TRAINS that deliver books. This is adorable (and useful, too).

The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards for 2016 are out, and they are amazing.

Also amazing and out now: the Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners! 

Have a good Thanksgiving, everyone. Folderol will be erratic for the new few weeks, but we’ll be around.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

For the soulless golem in all of us – the brilliant Molly Crabapple is using this insanity to raise funds for the Center for Constitutional Rights. (An alternate t-shirt at Redbubble raises funds for the ACLU!)

The rest of today’s links come to you from the UK, courtesy of Julie (thanks so much, Julie!).

Have you ever seen a fog bow before? It’s like a white rainbow. Maybe it’s heralding Gandalf the White. We can hope.

A museum's mummified crocodiles have hidden a secret for centuries – mummified baby crocodiles! Sobek was well pleased. most likely.

Monday, November 21, 2016

As we plunge into holiday season, posts will be erratic here for the rest of the year, most likely (also, I have some vacation days to use up). Thanks for reading, as always.

From Julie: Phantom big cats in the UK! I’m all for them.

Being a librarian with a date stamp, I could probably make these t-shirts myself, but it’s a fun idea.

And here’s your song of the day.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Small acts: Help out Mabel, a feisty feline who has battled a bunch of ailments over the years. I have a soft spot for Mabel – feisty tabbies are the best.

Politico is tracking what we’re calling a transition (some, like me, may instead call it a trainwreck in progress) and also has a PDF newsletter. 

Moment of light: Yayoi Kusama’s art is wonderful, and you can see a current exhibition of hers online.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Small act of the day: TransLawHelp is here to do what it says. Spread the word. (Many thanks to Sparkle Queen for the link.)

Smile of the day: Sesame Street takes on the mannequin challenge. (Probably the most intricate one I’ve seen so far!)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A photographer has tracked down the people in his works and recreated the shots. It’s really amazing, and there are background stories to the people in the photos. Chris Porsz’s other galleries are great as well.

I’ve joined the ACLU and set up a monthly donation. They're already hard at work. Consider it, won’t you?

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Southern Poverty Law Center is tracking hate incidents – if you’ve seen or experienced something, report it here. 

You can also contribute to a fund helping legal name/gender changes. 

For those who need a break, the Richard Balzer collection of images in motion is pretty neat, if somewhat hypnotizing. The full collection is here.

Friday, November 11, 2016

It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah. Godspeed, Leonard Cohen. 

Some other links for you this Friday:

The Hidden Almanac for today is lovely and much needed. Take two minutes and listen.

Cracked says Don’t Panic. (Your mileage may vary widely on this one.)

John Scalzi coins the Cinemax theory of racism. 

A long list of nonviolent methods of resistance. 

Stay safe, everyone. See you soon.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

So. Wow. Darkest timeline it is, then.

Some links prepared earlier in the week:

- Why are dreams so often the origin point of revelations or spiritual journeys? Neurochemistry, apparently.

- A record of Scottish people accused of witchcraft has been digitized. (I looked and haven’t found any relatives…yet.)

- City gates were popular once. I guess they might be again.

Take care of yourself, everyone. See you soon.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

So, today is sort of important. Vote!

From XKCD: if you’re interested in voter turnout and the effects of social media, check out Civic Innovation. 

For those of us who have already voted and need some distraction, check out the story about sumo wrestlers and cats! There’s even a book about the cats, who look unimpressed by sumo. (Then again, cats are pretty good at looking unimpressed about nearly everything.)

Monday, November 07, 2016

From Twitter just now: “Feels like a combination of Christmas Eve and the day before major, possibly life-threatening surgery.” Ain’t that the truth.

In related linkage, regardless of your politics, this look at Hillary Clinton and her feminism throughout her life is fascinating.

The Impakt Festival has just wrapped for 2016, but Haunted Machines will be curating the 2017 festival. Can’t wait to see what they do!

Good news, Bunny – Brutalism is back! 

Artists are scooping up discarded analog train station departure boards. I love these.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Friday, hooray!

The Music Map is just plain amazing. Zoom in to find information on just about every genre and subgenre of music since 1880, plus playlists! I found my goth spot, and the first song was “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” so I think they’re on point.

Google honors Walter Cronkite’s 100th birthday today. I remember him well.

How do presidential transitions work in the era of social media? Here’s what they’re going to do this time round. (Also, Americans: VOTE, for the love of god. I voted early this year, and it was great!) 

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

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Cubs win! 2016, man. It’s the weirdest.

The Columbia Journalism Review says journalists can learn from librarians. Huzzah.

I found a plethora of wonderful sources at Internet Librarian, and here are two: IFTTT (If That, Then This), which helps automate alerts and social media, among many others, and Time Travel, which continues the effort to save the web for posterity.

To say this election season is stressful would be a massive understatement. Fear not, the Weather Channel, of all places, is here to save the Election Day with a promised nine-hour marathon of smooth jazz and weather scenes. Brilliant!

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

It’s time for Game 7 of the World Series. One of the teams will break the longstanding curse! Which one? Bill Lucey has some World Series facts for you while we wait to find out the winner.

Forget bank accounts, now there are underground gold vaults in Switzerland. Really!

The Willard Suitcases Project is heartbreaking and amazing. There’s also a weblog with more details on each suitcase.

And finally, for no particular reason: Horsecom! Headphones for you and your horse!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Hope your Halloween was properly haunted! Happy All Saints Day to those who celebrate today.

The spooky holidays may be (about) over, but we still have spooky links! Vulture has a roundup of dozens of conspiracy theories, some of which are new to me (Chaucer was murdered?!?).

Pulp Librarian is back and posting wonderful oddities on the regular!

Michel Lagarde makes amazing images – here are just a few. 

And lastly, we may or may not know the writer/director/star of The Blair Dog Project, a “found footage” homage/parody of the most recent Blair Witch movie. Hee.