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 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.