Tuesday, March 20, 2018

OK, we missed Monday due to a stomach bug of some sort, and are now catching up. In the meantime, here's another Rodent Recap!


Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Friday!

It was another long night of March Mammal Madness, but it was very fun. Even the Washington Post is taking notice. 

 Have a spiffy weekend and St. Patrick's Day, everyone! See you next week.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hello! We are currently enveloped in March Mammal Madness (see below), but if you’re not into mammals for some reason, the CJR has a good, important story on the importance of a newspaper’s archives, especially in this transitory era of analog to digital.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Here’s a goldmine of old infographics, which are my catnip. (Please do not follow the “25 Ways in Which We Use Asbestos” advice.)

 How to combat fake news? Make a game of it! In Get Bad News, you try to create fake articles, and in doing so, you will hopefully recognize the signs of “fake news” in the wild, as it were.

 March Mammal Madness is upon us once again! Behold!


Monday, March 12, 2018

It’s Monday, and it’s going to be a really busy week here, so entries may be short. Onward!

Igor Lipchanskiy puts himself just out of sight of many album covers, and shows you the “real” story.

The Library of Congress has rediscovered some rare old photos, including one of Harriet Tubman! 

If you haven’t seen Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party, I recommend it highly. Here’s a story about how it was made. 

Miskatonic University has a NYC branch that specializes in horror studies! Who knew?

Friday, March 09, 2018

We have made it to Friday!

From Satori: Behold, Mac Sabbath. It’s…a thing, definitely. (Fortunately, Black Sabbath likes them.) 

Sheerly Genius is working on tights that are made from bulletproof fibers. Where was this in the ‘80s? (Then again, a lot of tights ended up strategically ripped, so perhaps it’s just as well.)

My new favorite Instagram account is that of a cat named Dog who helps sell fish. Yes, really. Apparently, Dog does not mind wearing costumes, which makes for some amazing photos. 

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

Thursday, March 08, 2018

It’s International Women’s Day! The Guardian is posting live updates from around the world. Meanwhile, Mattel has produced an “Inspiring Women” line of Barbies, which sounds goofy at first, but the dolls are actually pretty great. Small steps and all that.

If you like history and crowdsourcing projects, check out the American Archive of Public Broadcasting - WGBH FIX IT Transcript-a-thon! It’s correcting transcripts, gamified.

Too many books at home? Here are some design ideas for reading nooks and book storage.

Bill Lucey takes a look at the connections between St. Patrick’s Day and Opening Day. Soon!

And finally, on a personal note: Tonight, we get to see Neil Gaiman in person, courtesy of our local public library. Woot!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Wow, today is busy. Only two links today, and one is a page of animated gifs from the CDC on driving safety, presented solely for the novelty value of a page of animated gifs.

The other is related to driving as well: Goodyear is working on a new tire incorporating living moss, which aims to reduce CO2 and produce oxygen. How cool is that?

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Special Link from Others edition, thanks to Julie, who sent this wonderful story of snow people grieving “for their fallen comrade” during the recent storms. 

Changeist has…changed! Their website has been revamped, go check it out.

Also changing things up a bit: Velcro City Tourist Board, looking at futurism and whatnot. (Futurism is especially tricky these days, unsurprisingly.)

Monday, March 05, 2018

It’s Monday morning and there are new words and phrases in the dictionary! 

If you’d rather read older material, you can immerse yourself in Jane Austen via special themed weekends in Vermont. 

And for even older scribblings, you can learn the art of palaeography (deciphering old handwriting) online!

Friday, March 02, 2018

And we’re into Friday!

From Zazoo: Hurrah, Ladyton is back! And it looks like IAMX is back, too. 

Via Matt Staggs: Some amazing photographs of Los Angeles when it was all wetlands and watersheds. 

Botnik, which creates all sorts of things using predictive text and algorithms, now presents the lifestyle site Goob! I like the dogs headline the best.

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

Thursday, March 01, 2018

It’s March 1st, and that means the bracket for 2018 March Mammal Madness has dropped! (We are…very invested in this contest, as you may have guessed.)

If you’re looking for something more history-based, check out the amazing suffrage diary of Kate Parry Frye, and check out the Woman and Her Sphere website, too!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Via BLDGBLOG, there’s a fascinating “semi-fictional” exhibit about geothermal energy going on in California – check out Magnetic Futures if you can.

Blink-182 sang that aliens exist, and singer Tom DeLonge is getting closer and closer to making that his life’s work. 

The northernmost piano in the world is in Pyramiden, an abandoned Soviet town in the Arctic. 

For something closer to home, photographer Jonathan Higbee captures the many wacky coincidences that occur daily in NYC.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

It’s not too late to catch up on Steampunk Hands Around the World, going on all this month!

If you don’t like steam much, how about sun? Solarpunk is gaining ground, so to speak.

If you are indeed a sun worshipper, fear not – a new (temporary) tattoo can tell you when your UV exposure is nearing dangerous levels. 

Artist Dan Bell is drawing maps of England’s national parks with a distinctly Tolkien twist.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Happy Friday!

From Satori: Soft Cell is gearing up for one last show in London. 

From Zazoo: A Brooklyn puppeteer performed in the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics! 

Speaking of Brooklyn, Zazoo, Satori and I have been having lots of fun with the Brooklyn Bar Menu Generator. (From this, I learned that ramps are a vegetable. I liked it better when I thought actual building ramps were part of the menu.)

From Cassandra: Cringing and blushing means you’re human, and that’s not a bad thing these days. 

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

Thursday, February 22, 2018

It's another hectic Thursday...

Media Literacy in the Age of the Machine, by one of my journalism professors, is great (and timely) reading.

I think I've found my dream library in Portugal. The bats there help with pest control!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Is it possible I have not linked to Grim London before today? Wow. I highly recommend it – it’s hours and hours of spooky history!

In the midst of all the awful literal carnage these days, here is some fantasy carnage (possibly bad taste, possibly cathartic, depending on your view) involving all 45 American presidents in a battle to the death. 

For more fantasy goodness, there’s going to be a Warhammer LARP in Russia later this year, and the costumes are incredible.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Greetings! It’s going to be 80 degrees here today. It’s also going to be very watery. Exciting times. 

We talk about Chernobyl, but there’s a place in France that’s been a no-go zone since WWI. I had no idea.

For your gothy, steampunk, and/or entomological needs: an amazing beetle wardrobe!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Greetings! Sorry about the lack of posts this week; we will be back next week at full strength, barring any disasters. Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hello. We are marginally back, partially sick with the bug that's going around and partially sick of the world. As a tonic, we offer this lovely video, courtesy of Zazoo. Go climb that mountain, Stevie the Cat! Back soon.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hello! It’s a hectic day here, as Illness Season has arrived (I am fighting it off at the moment). So enjoy some time traveling, courtesy of Merriam-Webster, and consider the Be Time meditation bus that is in New York City (it looks pretty cool inside, I have to say).

Monday, February 12, 2018

Friday, February 09, 2018

Hello, we’re back! All is well and thank you to everyone who sent in links!

From Zazoo: Portuguese Podengo dogs are super cute (we may be biased, as we know one personally), and they have their own dog show in June! 

From Satori: Scientists review products on Amazon and it gets a little weird. And hilarious.

From Julie: Spiders with long tails have been discovered, trapped in amber. Yikes.

RIP, John Perry Barlow. 

A hundred years ago, suffragettes got death threats and hate mail. Some things never change…

 And also, guess what it's time for, once again?


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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hello everyone! Folderol is packing up for a week or so, while we take care of some stuff. All is well and we’ll be back next week, probably by Wednesday. In the interim, enjoy these links!

From Cassandra: Raising a child free of gender stereotypes. This is long but fascinating, and close to home!

You can help the Boston Public Library transcribe anti-slavery manuscripts. 

Beneath a parking garage in France, an urban farm is growing food! 

On my to-read list: Jinnealogy, which combines religion, history, and the supernatural.

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

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hello, we’re back. Happy Monday!

Biophilia is not just a Bjork album; it’s also a theory about designing buildings that celebrate nature. It’s a little complicated, but the feeling biophilic design evokes is simple.

Who knew Mongolia would produce so many talented opera singers? 

Bobbi Baker Burrows, the photo archive custodian for Life, has died.

The Ransom Center digital movie poster collection is extensive and amazing.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Happy Friday! Many thanks to everyone for sending in links. Our posting schedule may be a little off for the next few weeks, but we’ll be here in spirit.

From Cassandra: Behold, the death positive movement, driven by women. 

From Satori: One genealogist is proving the hypocrisy of the immigration panic…and showing that many of us have the same story, just from different time periods. (I want to work for this woman.) 

From Dave: H.P. Lovecraft meets Billy Joel and they make lovely (?) music together. 

From Julie: Part of a Dead Sea Scroll has been deciphered! 

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

Thursday, January 25, 2018

It’s Virginia Woolf’s birthday, and it’s also Burns Night, so celebrate as you see fit!

In other news, home movies from 1945 St. Louis have been discovered, and they’re lovely – they’re the home movies of gay men, flying under the radar as best they could during the era.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Happy Friday! Quick news: We’ll be gone part of next week, so posting will be erratic at best.

From Satori: Are cats aliens from outer space? Let’s look at the facts.

From Cassandra: How sensitive are children to their environment? It seems there are three distinct types.

From Julie: Vindication for the rats! The Black Plague was spread by fleas and lice, most likely. 

From Metafilter and elsewhere: Behold the amazing names of grit trucks (gritters) in Scotland and England. My favorite so far is Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti Slip Machiney, but there are so many good ones.

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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

It’s the 10th anniversary of the Flickr Commons, which is not only a wonderful time-waster but also a great resource for education, genealogy, artistry, and so much more.

On the other side of the image media, we have the Swim Reaper, New Zealand’s water safety mascot! This is amazing.

Women Farmers of Appalachia is a photography and interview series focusing on female-run farms, and it’s beautiful.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

There was a meteor over Detroit! There are reports of jets flying around to investigate. (Also, the meteor has its own Twitter account, because of course it does.)

Nexto is a very cool new app which tells stories about your surroundings.

If you’re feeling creative, the Decent project channel is very inspiring.

Climate change is revealing some buried secrets, like this Scythian tomb in Siberia. (I don’t know much about the Scythians – they seem fascinating.)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Greetings! It’s my birthday, and it’s also Lin-Manuel Miranda’s birthday. He’s posting some old home movies on his Twitter, and they’re hilarious.

Keas are among my favorite animals ever, and New Zealand is setting up curbside gyms for them, in hopes they’ll stop moving traffic cones around randomly. (See? They’re awesome.)

Champing is camping inside a church. Often with furnishings and provisions, even!

Queens (the NYC borough, that is) has some bizarre and wonderful architecture, and All the Queens Houses celebrates the glorious weirdness of it all.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy Friday!

From Julie, two disconcerting stories: A man thought dead wakes up in a morgue, and a deep dive on what we really experience during anesthesia. 

If you’re looking for something more lighthearted, check out the candidates for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics mascot. Which is your favorite?

We’ll be back on Tuesday, weather and political upheavals permitting. Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Yep, it's a busy Thursday. If you're on Twitter at all, there's a news service that I'm trying out and it seems okay so far. More tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

They’ve made a movie about the Winchester Mystery House! You can see the trailer at the house’s website. Everyone should visit this house if you can, it’s incredible.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

What did the people of the past predict for 2018? Some predictions actually came to pass!

At the Tate, you can take a virtual reality tour of Modigliani’s studio. This sounds amazing, and is getting rave reviews. 

Also in London, you can travel back in time a different way and see WWII films in an underground tunnel. (All the Hidden London programs sound great.)

Light from plants? Yes! Living Light is working to produce light via photosynthesis.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Greetings! It’s all ice and sleet and rain and who knows what else here. However, here is a super cool story about how a scrap of paper found on a pirate ship was traced to a book. Seriously, take a look!

Friday, January 05, 2018

Remember when we thought 2018 might be a little less frenetic than 2017? Ha. We were so young and innocent then!

From Julie: You can now drink a cappuccino with your selfie on it, drawn in foam. (I agree with Julie’s comment: “Why?”)

The Guardian has a great page of sport photography as seen from above. 

Why are some of us left-handed? It might be due to our spinal cords, not our brains. 

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

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Some random bits of goodness on this inauspicious day:

- The Bodleian has an exhibit on the Shelleys and their works.

- Thomas Sopwith, a geologist, was also trained in cabinetmaking. This combination resulted in amazing depictions of strata! 

- Imagine the newer Star Wars characters in Regency costumes. Pretty awesome.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Hello and Happy 2018! We are settling in and trying to stay warm (it’s kind of cold out there). 

Fortunately, Pantone’s color for 2018 is a lovely peppy purple. (This is pretty much the color of our gaming room, actually!)

Why do nature sounds help us relax? The answer seems rather obvious, but fear not, scientists are on the case!