Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone! If you're home (and who isn't these days) and want to experiment with some baking and/or cooking, the Cincinnati Public Library has a great post featuring links to vintage cookbooks. It being Cincinnati, there's a lot of German-influenced dishes, like pfeffernusse!

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

Friday, November 20, 2020

 Happy Friday! Or happy Frida Day, as we've taken to calling it around here after a typo I made in email a few weeks ago.

From Reddit: A calendar of baseball players' birthdays. See who you share a birthday with!

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. We're off next Monday, which is part of a shortened week anyway, so posts may be a bit erratic through the end of the month. See you soon!  

Thursday, November 19, 2020


Hello and welcome to yet another busy Thursday. In place of links, here's another fun video. Enjoy! Back  soon.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Greetings! News from Cassandra: If the weather cooperates, you can see every planet in the solar system this week. Keep watching the skies.

Down on Earth, it's the end of an era, as a well-loved map company shuts its doors.

For a completely random link, here are 30 unique beds around the world. Right now, I'm leaning toward the ones with the built in desk capabilities.

And finally, here's an OK Go video that I had not seen before, even though it came out years ago. I think everyone could use a bit of fun and whimsy these days. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

 Are you old enough to remember Usenet? (Are you old enough to miss Usenet?) Good news - early posts have now been archived at the Usenet Archives! It's not complete, but it's a start. (There are no posts from alt.gothic; I checked.)

Steampunk is still alive and well and the Steampunk Explorer even has a weekly news digest!

If you're in Kent, or just wish you were in Kent these days, there are online maps which can guide you through the world of various Dickens characters.

Monday, November 16, 2020

 Happy Monday! And happy belated Diwali.

Here's an update on the auction of the Rudolph and Santa figures - they were very popular!

Here's a list of offbeat museums around the world. One day, we'll hopefully be able to travel again...

Here's an updated "which fictional character are you most like?" quiz. Evidently I am most like Vanya from The Umbrella Academy. Others in the top ten were Bella from Twilight and Elliot from Mr. Robot. Wow. I guess what I'm saying here is watch out, I'm a ticking time bomb, apparently!

Friday, November 13, 2020

 Happy Friday the 13th! We're hoping for some good luck, just to keep with the upside-down world of 2020. 

Dave Brubeck's mid-century home is for sale in Connecticut, if anyone has a few spare million lying around. (It looks absolutely gorgeous.)

From Bunny: The News Literacy Project is more important than ever these days. You can educate yourself about disinformation and misinformation with all sorts of neat apps, like Checkology. (Also, a shout out to First Draft, a related organization which is similarly fantastic.)

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

Thursday, November 12, 2020

 Once again, it is Thursday! And once again, it's a super busy day. Also, we are literally burning bridges here in my hometown and it's a right mess trying to get anywhere. 

Having said all that, I recommend a peaceful virtual walk through Green-Wood Cemetery's blog. The cemetery itself is wonderful, and the blog (plus their Instagram!) is full of interesting information.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

 Continuing with our treasure theme: Some states are hosting a “Blackbeard Treasure” search. I find the idea of Blackbeard hiding treasure in landlocked states hilarious, but I’m all for treasure hunts.

 If scavenger hunts are more your thing, there are hundreds to choose from! 

The BBC has a great story on maps showing alternate histories. 

Via Propnomicon: The Propology company makes all sorts of technical gizmos for productions, and there’s a gallery showing off many of them.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

 Hello! Today is a mixed bag of links that have been accumulating over the past week or so, when everything was too stressful or busy to post much. Here we go!

Continuing on the treasure hunt theme: Cincinnati is having a treasure hunt this weekend, for $25,000 of "Longworth" treasure. I appreciate the time they took to give this some historical context.

Is it possible to really vanish these days? I'd say no, but the lack of information on this mysterious hiker, known only as "Mostly Harmless," makes me think. (Unless he was really Ford Prefect, in which case, wow.)

If you've had a craving for frozen treats from McDonald's, only to be disappointed when the machine is broken, fear not, McBroken is here for you! You can find exactly which machines are broken anywhere you are.

Art from others: If you know anyone who likes Pokemon and also likes medieval manuscripts, this is the perfect gift. Behold, the Codex Pokemonus!

Monday, November 09, 2020

Happy Monday! Let’s all breathe a big sigh of relief, and then get back to work.

One last election-related link, however: Remember the 1992 election? It was the first one to really make use of the internet, as new as it was back then!

Flowerdown is a new concept – down made from dried flowers. Does it work? Dunno, but the explanation website makes it looks extremely cool.

While browsing houses for sale, one often finds strange rooms. But this house in Louisville is highly out of the ordinary!

Suddenly, treasure hunts and scavenger hunts are all the rage again. We’ll have more later this week, but for now, check out Johnny’s Treasure Quest, featuring jewelry from a recently closed store!

Friday, November 06, 2020

 Happy Friday. Wow, it's been quite the week, hasn't it?

As we continue waiting for some sort of resolution, here's a fun oral history of "Marge vs. the Monorail," one of my favorite Simpsons episodes. Musical numbers! Leonard Nimoy! Who could ask for more?

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. Back next week, hopefully with more regular posting in a (slightly?) more regular world.

Thursday, November 05, 2020

It’s Thursday, which is busy as ever, which leads to yet another abbreviated post. Sorry, all, I’ll get it together soon! 

However, here’s something very French indeed: Do Rimbaud and Verlaine belong in the Pantheon? (Literally? As in, their remains?) 

Also French: Intermarche, a supermarket, is supporting local booksellers and telling Amazon to get bent. Hee.

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

 Hello! It's going to be one of those weeks, isn't it?

Here's a link in the meantime: Clandestine photos of people on the NYC subway circa 1940. It was a different world back then. Back soon.

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

 Hi there. It's Election Day. Go vote, if you haven't already!

(We will be back to normal programming schedule soon, honest.)

Monday, November 02, 2020

 Hello and happy November! We're back and catching up. In the meantime, check out our Instagram for some Halloween fun. See you soon!