Tuesday, April 13, 2021

 Today's Google Doodle honors the Metropolitan Museum of Art! This place is amazing and everyone should try to visit it at least once. And the next Met Gala will be a two-part event!

The Public Domain Review has been a wonderful resource, especially during the last year, and now they're releasing a book! 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Happy Monday. Would you like to hear about state birds for over 20 minutes? Then you're in luck! This video also goes into some detail about how even birds can get politicized in Florida. (You also get to see the Florida scrub jay in the wild. It's pretty!)

Friday, April 09, 2021

Happy Friday!

Some somber news out of England, where Prince Philip has died.

Some lighthearted news to follow up yesterday's local monkeys post: they're now on Twitter. 

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

Thursday, April 08, 2021

 Some quick Thursday links:

- Come for the local news report on monkey sightings, stay for the reference to Odysseus!  (Many thanks to Holly for sending this!)

- I sent this to my fellow Gen Xers yesterday and we've been having a lot of fun comparing the two: Brood X or Gen X? The similarities are...rather striking.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

 Still getting caught up, but here are two fun links:

1. The cicada invasion is coming, and you can help document the chaos via Cicada Safari if you're in the area!

2. Want to see a jazz musician cook old recipes on TikTok (very quickly and loudly)? You're in luck! (This is my only TikTok follow so far. I'm easing into this newfangled technology, get off my lawn, etc etc.)

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

 Hola! Still getting caught up with everything. Back soon.

Monday, April 05, 2021

Hello and happy Monday! Here are some links from the backlog.

Behold, Arabic coins in Rhode Island, possibly solving a pirate mystery!

Behold, an ancient spider god, possibly striking fear in the hearts of arachnophobes!

From Satori: Old Ireland in Color, a new book and photo project with colorized photographs. I am usually sort of meh on colorization, but these are fantastic.

Via Bill Lucey: Ken Burns is working on another documentary - this one on Ernest Hemingway.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

 Happy April, all! Here's the recap of last night's championship.

We are now off to get caught up on sleep! See you next week for more regular posting.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

 Greetings! Tonight is the championship bout of March Mammal Madness, and we'll have our recap up tomorrow.

In the meantime, why not read this delightful technological history of They Might Be Giants?

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

 Happy...Tuesday? We've lost all track of time. Here's the Final Roar recap of March Mammal Madness; the championship bout is tomorrow night! Regular posting should resume next week, once we get a chance to catch up on sleep.

Friday, March 26, 2021

 Happy Friday, everyone! Here's our latest:

Have a safe and spiffy weekend. See you next week, when the madness ends and we'll be back to somewhat regular posting the week after that!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Hello! We can see the light at the end of the March Mammal Madness tunnel. Here's our recap of last night's Sweet 16!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

 Greetings! We now have a Sweet 16 for March Mammal Madness, and there were several upsets along the way!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Happy Monday! March Mammal Madness continues here, but I have a link today via Bill Lucey: The New York Times Book Review turns 125 years old in 2021, and their review of The Diary of Anne Frank brought the book to a worldwide audience.

Friday, March 19, 2021

 Happy Friday! Here's a Rodent Recap to get you through the weekend. Have a safe and spiffy time, everyone. See you next week.


Thursday, March 18, 2021

 Hello! In the mood for some good old fashioned carnage? Well, here you go!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

 Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!

Nothing too spooky today, but in the course of March Mammal Madness, we discovered this amazing site which takes you below the sea - really, really deep below the sea. I had no oiea emperor penguins could dive so deep. Keep scrolling!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

 Hello! Here's our latest Rodent Recap of March Mammal Madness. Come for the terrifying image of the dragonfish, stay for me not remembering the phrase "we hardly knew ye." 

Monday, March 15, 2021

 Hello and happy Monday! Here are a few links not related to mammal madness!

A look at several Surrealist artists (including the amazing Leonora Carrington) explores the differing experiences of mental illness.

Were John Keats and F. Scott Fitzgerald similar in work and in life? A new book thinks so. (I have to admit, I never really thought of comparing the two.)

Friday, March 12, 2021

 Happy Friday, everyone! Here's our latest MMM recap. Have a safe and spiffy weekend!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Thursday! But we have entertainment for you. Here's our recap of last night's March Mammal Madness matchups!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

 Hello! Here are a few links from others this Wednesday.

From Bill Lucey: The newest Congress, by the numbers.

From various sources: It sounds like the beginning of a movie or a book, but it's true - a woman found an apartment behind her bathroom mirror in NYC.

From Cassandra: What happens in near-death experiences? One man has spent most of his life trying to find out.

Tuesday, March 09, 2021


And so it begins! Here's the Wild Card matchup for 2021's March Mammal Madness.


Friday, March 05, 2021

Hello and happy Friday! We're still here, just buried in March Mammal Madness preparation. Look for some videos (and hopefully some interesting links as well) next week. Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Greetings! Why not unplug for a day this weekend? Behold the National Day of Unplugging, featuring scavenger hunts and more!

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Hello and happy Tuesday.

To the future: Meow Wolf's latest creation, Omega Mart, is now open in Las Vegas. I can't wait to visit it someday.

Monday, March 01, 2021

Hello and happy March! You know what that means around here - sporadic updates, due to March Mammal Madness (and look, even the Washington Post is reporting on it). We'll do our best to post links, but it will be crazy around here until April.

From Zazoo: Check out the Van Gogh installation coming to NYC!

Also from Zazoo: Jim Henson's early commercials for Wilkins Coffee are going viral. (I love that first commercial. It's one of my all time favorites.)

Friday, February 26, 2021

 Happy Friday! Here's a link to take you into the weekend: The 2021 March Mammal Madness bracket, announced today. Have fun! And also, have a safe and spiffy weekend. See you next week.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

 No news today; library unpacking is going on! See you soon.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

 If, like many of us, you are sad to hear about Daft Punk breaking up, might I recommend Jeph Jacques's tribute to them, featuring dancing robots?

In other sound and music news, the sound engineering for the movie Mank recreated the sounds of cinema from that time period, which is a lot more difficult than it might seem.

The Library Time Machine ground to a halt recently, due to the new variant of COVID. Fortunately, it's back up and running!

Carbon Ruins is an installation that envisions a future without fossil fuels - and what our current era would look like to people living in that future. Lots of food for thought here.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Hello and happy Monday!  

The creators of March Mammal Madness have written a paper, and there's an article about it (and MMM) in Scientific American today! The article is here and the paper is here. The humble roving rodent reporters are extremely proud to be a part of all this, and suggest we all celebrate with some cheese and the beverage of our choice.

Friday, February 19, 2021

 Hi all! It's library moving day, so here's hoping everyone has a safe and spiffy weekend.  See you next week.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Hello! Two links today:

From Cassandra: A map of epidemics and their names (or what people called them, at any rate).

Minnesota is holding a contest to name their snowplows. "Plow Bunyan" is a contender.  Hee.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021


I've fallen down a rabbit hole of linguistics lately (see Monday's post for the beginning) and I just found someone who does videos in Lang Belta. Lang Belta is a (fictional) Creole from The Expanse book and TV series. It's sort of a mishmash of European languages with some others mixed in. I've read the books and it's a fun language. Anyway! Here is an explanation of Gritty, originally done in French, now in Lang Belta. Enjoy!


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

 Pssst! Want some nostalgic J.C. Penney items? They're up for auction today!

If you'd rather think about the future, in a manner of speaking, consider the current take on Alvin Toffler's Future Shock.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Hello, and welcome to a chaotic week here at Spooky Librarians HQ! We'll be featuring severe weather and moving a library behind the scenes. For today, however, here are some links.

Did you know that Frankie Goes to Hollywood had their own computer game in 1985? It's true! It looks like quite the experience.

The languages of the Star Wars galaxy are numerous, detailed, and exceedingly fun to read about.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Happy Friday! And happy Lunar New Year, the Year of the Ox.

Speaking of cattle, you can have a Valentine's Day Zoom date with a cow. Seriously.

Next week may be a little crazy at Folderol, as we are trying to do the library move in the middle of some wacky winter weather, not to mention COVID and everything else going on. Wish us luck! Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. See you (at some point) next week.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Greetings! Thursday, once again, is busy. Why not take a look at this wonderful Turkish library, shaped like a shelf of books, and follow the links in the post for "duck architecture," which is just perfect. We need more duck architecture in general, I believe.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Today, be glad you are not this Texas lawyer, who got his Zoom profile stuck on a kitten filter. (This is sweeping the web and you've probably seen it already, but it's so worth it.)

In more local news, we talked about the Big Pig Gig during the earliest days of Folderol, way back in the summer of 2000. How many giant flying pigs are still winging around the city (and elsewhere)?  One man is tracking them down and posting the results to Instagram!

Monday, February 08, 2021

Happy Monday!

A link from Cassandra to start you off:  Theodosia Goodman, the Cincinnati-born girl who became Theda Bara, the exotic vamp. Don't underestimate the Midwest!

It's hard to find much on Li Tobler, the muse of H.R. Giger who died far too young. Most articles on her have the same information as her Wikipedia page, which isn't much. 

There's a brand new shade of blue in the world. Songwriters, get to work!

A retro look at the wonderful Skedoodle toy, which I had and loved as a kid.

And finally, for no reason at all: Cats on Synthesizers in Space. Just what it says.

Friday, February 05, 2021

 Happy Friday!

Also from Zazoo: Mark Hamill talks about the late and much-missed Richard Hunt, the voice of Scooter, Janice, and several other Muppets.

Meanwhile, the Rodent Roundtable is setting up for this year's March Mammal Madness. Check out the calendar of events to see just how busy they (and their human associates) will be!

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

Thursday, February 04, 2021

I missed National Shelfie Day last week, as we were busy moving shelves! But you can see the fun on Twitter.

I read a recommendation of Dashlane for password management, but don't know anyone personally who's using it. If you have experience, let me know!

From a library colleague: people are worried about camels spreading the next pandemic.Yikes.

On a brighter note, however, here are scores of places to visit virtually! I am currently exploring The Secret Door, because of course I am. I'll probably link to a lot of these in the future!

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Hello and welcome to another random day here at Folderol. The library move should be over in a few weeks, just in time for March Mammal Madness to start...so get used to randomness for a while, I guess!

I finally signed up for a free National Geographic account, just so I could find out what really happened at the Dyatlov Pass in 1959. It's only a theory, but it does make a lot of sense.

The Egyptian pharaoh Ramses and his retinue will be traveling this year, although not by zeppelin (how cool would that be, though?), as a worldwide archaeological exhibit.

And finally, marionettes of everyone from Alice Cooper to Bernie Sanders! I especially like the one of Peter Gabriel from his Genesis days.

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Happy Imbolc! And happy Groundhog Day. And if it's Groundhog Day, you know what's coming up awfully soon...

Monday, February 01, 2021

 Happy Monday and happy February! A quick link today, but an intricate one: How to create geometric patterns. I am on the second lesson and am already confused, so this might need a little patience. 

Friday, January 29, 2021

 We've made it to Friday!

I absolutely love this video of museum curators watching and critiquing museums in video games. I could watch stuff like this all day.

Speaking of museums and history and whatnot: Consider what it was like to be a Neanderthal woman, won't you?

From Zazoo, after I sent a different link: The barge cleaning up the Gowanus Canal has now fallen into the Gowanus Canal. Maybe this is how the Doom Factory begins...

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

Thursday, January 28, 2021

 Thursdays. Enough said! But, if you're in the Ohio area, there's an auction going on next week that must be seen to be believed. The beloved Mendelsons is finally going out of business, and the auction promises to be amazing. Everything from the tiniest circuits to Segways are going. I will miss that place.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

 Good morning! Some more assorted links today. It's sort of a random week here.

Modicut was a Yiddish puppet theater - the very first Yiddish puppet theater, in fact - and wowed audiences in the 1920s and early 1930s. 

I read The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins this week (called the first detective novel by some), and am now fascinated by Collins and his weird life.

Another Brit who led a weird life was David Bowie, and you can now play David Bowie Monopoly! (It costs a bundle, though, be warned.)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

 Hi there. Here are a bunch of random links!

The KLF is back...or, at least, their music archive is. (Bonus appearance in this article by Alannah Currie's instagram!)

If you find yourself cooped up with not much to do, you could always create a desktop wind tunnel.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Today's rabbit hole began with a New Yorker article about all the Nazi art that's kept in a military museum in Virginia. Part of the collection is kept for "combat artists," which was new to me, so I went exploring and found the U.S. has had a combat artist program for ages - and still does!

Meanwhile, in architecture, let's take a look at fairy tales, shall we?

Wormwoodiana tells of the supernatural, the literary, and the fantastic (in all senses of the word).

Friday, January 22, 2021

 Happy Friday, everyone!

Also from Zazoo: Muppets, part 2! "And what is this??? I had no idea..."

From Cassandra: Can positivity become toxic? (Spoiler: yes, it can!)

And lastly, a bit of positivity which is not toxic at all: Fiona, our beloved local hippo, turns four years old this weekend! Here's what she'll be eating at the celebration.

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

Thursday, January 21, 2021


My father and aunt were voracious mystery readers, and I've been reading a lot of them myself lately. Crime Reads has been a gateway to many wonderful reads, including one I just finished about the Detection Club of (mostly) British authors. It's written by Martin Edwards, who has a blog of his own. Fellow mystery lovers, unite.

If, however, detective novels are of no interest to you...how about sea shanties? They're all the rage now, somewhat inexplicably.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

 It's Inauguration Day here in the U.S., and let's hope it's the start of better times. Without getting too much into the politics of it all, I'm glad to see some symbolic art on the mall and at the reflecting pool in Washington. Stay safe, everyone.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

 Hello! Just one link today to challenge your brain: Quant Fund or Metal Band? See how much of a streak you can maintain!

Friday, January 15, 2021

 Happy Friday! We'll be off next Monday, and hopefully back on Tuesday. Library moving preparations are ongoing and likely to disrupt pretty much everything for the next few weeks.

From Cassandra, part 1: The ancient roots of Wonder Woman!

From Cassandra, part 2: The new moon marks the "true" beginning of 2021, so maybe we can attribute last week's insanity to 2020 overextending its reach a bit.

From Zazoo: Here's an article on Elizebeth Friedman. "She was one of the greatest decoders of all time, and is just starting to get the recognition she deserves." There's also a PBS special about her.

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

Thursday, January 14, 2021

 "Librarians with Lives" sounds like a great podcast. (Full disclosure, I have not listened to it yet, as I don't really have a life at the moment; trying to move a library during a pandemic is turning out to be quite an experience!)

In other library-related news, the Library of Congress has new, updated guides to state laws.

The Smithsonian's grand expansion plan has fallen victim to 2020, it seems.

Janelle Shane is back with the drawings of DALL-E! Some are surprisingly accurate. Others, well..

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

 Hi there. No links today, but check back tomorrow, when, despite it being Thursday, I should have some more time!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021

 Hello and happy Monday! Are we all ready for another week of breaking news?

In non-breaking news, some Italian futurists declared war on pasta about 90 years ago. The surrealist cookbooks were amazing creations.

The William Morris Gallery has been posting arts and crafts activities for kids (and adults) through the pandemic. 

The American Museum of Natural History is opening a renovated hall of minerals and gems this year, and it looks completely amazing.

Finance, meet art! Art, meet finance! They combine in Stoxart, paintings created from stock charts. I really like a lot of these.

Friday, January 08, 2021

It is Friday, hooray!

From Bunny: Wildsville Mosaic (Facebook page), is an inspiration, showing off some great retro designs.

From Cassandra: The Liberal Redneck's take on this week's events. (Also, for you wrestling fans, this previous episode about the Georgia elections is pretty great!)

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

Thursday, January 07, 2021

 Well. Our nation has become a place where The Onion's news page makes as much sense as the actual news. Yay, us. Stay safe, everyone.

I had gotten the next two links before everything went down in DC, but here they are, in case you'd like to escape a bit.

First off: Was Albert Camus killed by the KGB? (Okay, maybe that's not much of an escapist read...)

Secondly: The letters from T.S. Eliot to Emily Hale are now open to the public, and what I'm getting from this is that Eliot, while an incredibly talented poet, was pretty much a jerk. Your opinion may vary.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Happy Epiphany! In Eastern Europe, people are defying the temperatures (and pandemic restrictions) by diving into the water. It’s a holiday tradition, but possibly an unwise one this year. 

In spooky news, the Dearest newsletter pointed me to Casa Codognato, a Venetian jewelry house with a beautiful eye for the macabre. Take a look!

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

 If you've resolved to learn a new language this year, why not try a fictional language? I was all about learning Cityspeak, but it doesn't look like there's an established dictionary, sad to say.

If you'd rather explore the intricacies of English, there's a virtual fridge magnet website that gives you points for originality! Check out Frij.io for all the goodness.

And if you'd rather do than talk, Vintage Machinery has oodles of information on, well, vintage machinery. Fun for hours, if not more!

Monday, January 04, 2021

 Hello and happy 2021!

Music/film: I discovered Ludovico Einaudi last year, and highly recommend him to everyone.

Art: I'm hoping to do more mosaics this year, and this is a lovely way to look at the world around you and apply it to art of any kind,

Dance/technology: They dance now? They dance now! And they're pretty good at it, too.