Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Google celebrates with a very fun (but pretty difficult!) Halloween game. 

The creepy clowns, they just keep coming. Here’s a (slightly outdated) U.S. map showing the recent invasion. 

Vintage photos of Halloween costumes are great. The more homemade the costumes are, the freakier they look!

And finally, here’s a nice roundup of spooky podcasts. Happy Samhain!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy Friday!

 From Zazoo: “The best part about Pete Burns passing is that all these stories keep coming out. Here's an interview with Lynne, and an awesome pic I've never seen before... There's even a whole Twitter page dedicated to stories about customers who tried to buy a record from Pete at Probe record store in Liverpool when he worked there. It's pretty funny...he threw the "Enola Gay" single at someone!” 

From Cassandra: Interrogation in depth and sensory deprivation. It’s a tough but fascinating read. 

From Holly: Have a Girl Scout cocktail! 

 From Twitter: A man, dressed as a tree, was arrested for blocking traffic. Just another day in Portland, Maine.

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I’m back from Internet Librarian, and it was great. Look for some useful links in the very near future!

Today, however, we honor yet another loss in 2016 – Pete Burns of Dead or Alive. Pete was a major inspiration to Zazoo during our formative years. I saw him in concert once – as anyone who saw Dead or Alive in concert can attest, it was always an experience. While this song is now bittersweet, since Pete died of cardiac arrest, it’s still one of my favorite songs and videos. Safe travels, Peter Jozeppi.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Happy Friday! I am off to Internet Librarian soon, and will be there most of next week. I won’t be posting here, and probably not on Facebook, either (I am avoiding FB these days, mostly due to politics), but you can check out my Instagram for fun photos.

Links from Zazoo end our week here (thanks, Zazoo!):

- “I would have never guessed [Howard Stern’s] fostered over 300 kittens!"

-  “Cyndi typically says she avoids politics, so I was surprised to see this...”

Have a spiffy weekend and week, everyone! See you soon.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Breaking news that is good, for once! They’ve found another room at the Winchester Mystery House!

The U.S. postal service now has jack-o-lantern stamps for your Halloween missives.

Did you know that there was a clown scare in Boston in 1981? Atlas Obscura is on the case! (Check out the related stories, too. Clowns are everywhere, man.)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Years from now, we will look back on 2016 with a sense of bewilderment, I think.

Back in the 1960s, EPCOT planned a cashless city. They were just ahead of their time!

Also ahead of its time is Bradley W. Schenck’s Asynchronous Bombastitron. Marvel at it, and its companions!

Steampunk Universe is an anthology dedicated to a fully diverse steampunk experience, and you can help fund it now. Go and get involved!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Friday, October 07, 2016

Happy Friday! I’m just going to be spending the day playing with this retro-wave 80s text generator, and recommend you do the same.

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

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Fellow librarians: I am headed to Internet Librarian later this month! I am an introvert, but friendly – if you want to meet up, or just say hi, let me know.

Ancient library wars were vicious, because materials were so scarce. Reading about Pergamum led me to this awesome timeline of library activity throughout the centuries.

 Here’s yet another take on the weird ways Americans pronounce words. Evidently I talk like a northerner, except that I say “you all” (and will probably slide into “y’all” territory as I get older; it seems unavoidable if I keep living where I do).

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

If it’s October, that means it’s time for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival! 

 And now, for some random links:

- Our seas carry a lot of cargo ships. I mean, A LOT.

- There’s a new book out on the 1900s Tong Wars in New York City’s Chinatown, and it looks fascinating.

- A Jawa lawn sculpture with LED lights! Utinni!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

For Joy Division and/or physics fans: You can now create your own version of the Unknown Pleasures cover! 

Speaking of sound, Bergen Assembly’s Infinite Ear installation looks like it was incredible.

The Bartitsu Society examines the historic and cultural aspects of the martial art, and how, why and where they intersect.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Sometimes, all my worlds collide: George Lucas has donated $1.5 million to the Norman Rockwell Museum. 

 In a total non sequitur, I really like the Urban Rigger concept, currently underway in Copenhagen for student housing.