Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Friday and happy Valentine’s Day!

March Mammal Madness is approaching, stealthily, like a…stealthy creature. But look, there are valentines this year, with hints as to the 2020 contenders! 

I’m all for Anna’s new map of the USA, even with “Ohio 2.” I have the same argument about Idaho as she does about Wyoming. Are we really sure these states exist?

They Might Be Giants is celebrating the 30th (!!!!) anniversary of their “Flood” album. It still holds up.

From Nicole: Which zodiacal dog breed are you? 

Did Jeanne Calment really live to be 122? It’s a bit of a controversy, but it looks like she really did.

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

Thursday, February 13, 2020


When Google Reader vanished, I looked for other RSS readers and settled on Inoreader. They’ve been great, and now offer a feature that lets you add newsletters to feeds. It’s very helpful if you’re trying to reduce email!

The Wall Street Journal, of all places, has an excellent article about New York City’s “hidden” member libraries. The article is behind a paywall, but the libraries themselves are as follows:

The New York Society Library 

The General Society Library

Center for Fiction 

Poets House

All of them are worth checking out – virtually, if not in person!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Hello! It’s a bonkers week here – off yesterday, back today, gone tomorrow, back Thursday and Friday, hopefully. Ergo, it’ll be a mixed bag of links!

Soviets imagined the 21st century much like everyone else – improved transportation, lots of space exploration, and so forth. The monorail on the moon is an especially nice touch.

LowTech Magazine, on the other hand, cautions against too much technological insanity, preferring to combine old and new ways of thinking. For example, consider the Chinese wheelbarrow! 

Explorers have found the skeleton of an ancient shark in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave system. See, anything can be in a cave!

Sheffield City Council asks if you would be sure if you were dreaming. (The actual Sheffield City Council denies all knowledge of these flyers. It’s probably an art project. Or maybe that’s just what they want you to think...)

Friday, February 07, 2020

Happy Friday!

From Cassandra: What Pluto is like, and what Venus is like. Let’s hope we find out more!

From Zazoo: Billy Porter’s on Sesame Street! And, of course, some people are upset. 

Via John Scalzi: How do you treat your books? I have done everything except lawful good and chaotic evil…which sort of sums up my attitude toward life, I suppose.

Local alert: The Loveland Frog(man) may have harassed a family near the Loveland Castle! (My hometown was…sort of strange. I think it’s now much more normal.)

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week – we will be a bit erratic due to some more dental adventuring, but we’ll be around!

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Here’s a headline I can support: “Russian priests should stop blessing nukes.” I mean, come on. 

Meanwhile, Nyx Cosmetics is coming out with a whole line based on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Goth power!

Speaking of, sort of, Louis Vuitton’s new fall promo campaign takes the angle of pulp novel covers. There are some fun ones.

Alaskan ghost towns can be pretty eerie. Here’s a photo essay on Kennecott Mines, which is preserved in time.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

I am delighted that BLDGBLOG is back, for many reasons, but the latest is this post, which accurately sums up my current attitude to the state of the world. 

Behold, the first issue of Rituals and Declarations is out, and looks fascinating. A bit more information is available here. 

Did you know Ian McKellen kept a journal of sorts during his LOTR days? It’s true!

Monday, February 03, 2020

Hello and happy Monday.

From Bunny: The groundhog saw its Jungian shadow and is predicting an everlasting winter of the soul. It happens.

The Internet Archive has what looks like the whole run of Weird Tales (1923-1954, at least). Go and explore!

Bruce Goff was an American architect who created truly amazing residences, and he’s only now getting some recognition.

Slightly related: Our love of modern ruins.