Tuesday, September 18, 2018

In a terrifying story that sounds like it comes from Hookland (it doesn’t, which is even MORE terrifying), spiders are to blame for some creepy dead-of-night nursery rhyme music. 

In news that is probably unconnected, another sphinx has been discovered in Egypt!

Monday, September 17, 2018

And lo, it is Monday once more…

Inspired by the Ashmolean’s current exhibit “Spellbound,” Philip Pullman talks about magic and imagination. 

What’s it like costuming Shakespeare in the Park (and other outdoor performances)? In the summer, it means a lot of ice packs and fake blood which doesn’t attract insects. 

Just for fun: Writers and their cats.

Friday, September 14, 2018

And it is Friday!

From Julie: Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell explain, in an illustrated manner, why libraries are important. 

Also from Julie: What exactly happened on the International Space Station last week? My theory: invisible aliens. Also, this just in from Gizmodo: A solar observatory has been shut down – temporarily? – by the FBI! Probably due to hacking or satellite discovery, but still.

From Cassandra: Ninnoc, a documentary exploring how it feels to be “different.”

From Satori: Kitten rescued from drainpipe! (She wasn’t actually stuck in the drainpipe, just hiding out. She’s looking much better now and in the capable hands of the Zazoo & Satori team!)

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

Thursday, September 13, 2018

It's Thursday and you know what that means: no time to post! But here is a lovely page of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Award finalists (check out that squirrel) and we will return tomorrow with LOTS of links from others, happily.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Did you know that there is a Sorriest Bus Stops tournament? I didn’t, until I found out that my city is in the running for the championship. (I know this stop, actually! The bus route is…not great there.) 

Meanwhile, Reuben Wu takes amazing photos of the world around us, including a cross-country trip across America.

Monday, September 10, 2018

And we are back for another whirl on this bizarre merry-go-round of current events!

Paper dolls have been around a long time, and they have also had an interesting underground gay history.

Tedium investigates the history of sound design (more specifically, the sounds of Indiana Jones), and via that, I found the Soundkeeper website, which is really interesting.

Via Zazoo: An interview with Cyndi Lauper, and how “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” has evolved through the years!

Friday, September 07, 2018

So, yesterday was not exactly a normal day where I work downtown. Stay safe out there, everyone. 

After the horrible fire that destroyed almost everything at Brazil’s national museum, Wikipedia is looking for photos of the exhibits. If you’ve been there, see if you can help. 

From Satori: “An immersive art exhibit disguised as a futuristic body modification fashion shop. It looks totally freaky/amazing.” (He’s right! It does!) Check out the customizable heart design, at the very least.

And finally, you will all be pleased to know that Richard Scarry’s Busytown has been updated for the modern economy. Sorry, Lowly.

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

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Current news: Earlier reports of The Stand beginning on an airplane seem to be somewhat exaggerated, hopefully. 

I hadn’t heard of mercury-women before reading The Thinker’s Garden piece on early newsmakers in Britain. (If you like The Thinker’s Garden, they have a new project over at Godfrey’s Almanack!) 

Artisan globes? This sounds like my kind of company. 

For background music and sounds of all kinds, myNoise offers everything from white noise to coffeehouse clatter. How cool.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Hello, and welcome to the fall season! Maybe. It’s 92 degrees here. Halloween is on the way, regardless.

In 1961, we were optimistic about the future of medicine. And in some ways, we were right. Others…not so much.

A neural network attempted to name shopping malls, with some unpredictable results. I especially like Burning Park Mall and Complete Store of Mall.