Friday, January 28, 2022

Hi all --

It's been a rough month. Do you know what might help? Chinchillas reenacting the Titanic movie!

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. Take care out there.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

We seem to be on a "one link a day" kick lately, sorry. And tomorrow there won't be any links at all, because we'll be away from the computer all day! 

Anyway. Today's link is a brand spanking new podcast about the weirdness going on in the 1930s, called "Brother, Can You Spare a Podcast?"

Monday, January 24, 2022

Just one link today, but it's enough to keep one busy for quite a while! Musical mashups are back, and Bill McClintock does a staggeringly good job at combining both audio and video. I think my favorite, so far, is the Metallica/Huey Lewis mashup. Enjoy!

Friday, January 21, 2022

Happy Friday! Via Cassandra, let's go into the weekend with Wet Leg's cover of Madonna's "Material Girl," which sounds nothing like the original. Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week. 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

 For the historians: The best thing (so far) about 2022 is that the 1950 U.S. census will be made available in April! 

For the artists and the makers: Check out this mirror sculpture (sculpture? performance? installation?).

For the musicians: If you like Sigur Ros, you will also like Hammock, a band which makes gorgeously melodic music.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

 Being old(ish), I am not much on TikTok, but there are two accounts I follow: B. Dylan Hollis's crazy recipe adventures and, as of yesterday, Mayor Lovecraft. The latter is an actual mayor of an Ohio town and occasionally delves into the spooky world of Ohio (it's true, just ask the Raven Queen or the Loveland Frogman).

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

I'm fascinated by Namibia's Skeleton Coast, and therefore also fascinated with the Shipwreck Lodge. Can you imagine what a stay there would be like?

Friday, January 14, 2022

Happy Friday! A few more random links close out this week. We're taking next Monday off but will be back later in the week with more.

StrangeAgo does what it says on the tin, with all sorts of odd news and reports, but I especially like the weird happenings of a particular year, like this summary of 1912.

Haunted mansions are not exclusive to Europe and Disney; the Midwest has their own! Here's one in Detroit that has all kinds of weird stories.

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

Thursday, January 13, 2022

 Someday, Thursdays will not be so busy. This is not that day, unfortunately. Back tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

 Hello! We continue with our week of miscellany here.

This article shows my dream job (does anyone want to become a wealthy patron for those of us who want to scour the world for ancestral materials?) and spurred me to join MyHeritage.

Want to know the most popular baby names of 1922? Here you are!

In "it's never too late to start" news, here are the amazing works of art created by Mary Delany, who began making these at age 72.

And lastly, the best maps of 2021, according to the Cartoblographer!

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

 Hi! Two quick links today.

Have you played Wordle yet? I'm not bad at it, which I never say about online games!

Why are the colors in movies and TV shows right now so...dreary? Here's an explanation! 

Monday, January 10, 2022

Here's to future days: Some AI-generated resolutions for 2022, courtesy of Janelle Shane, who's now a futurist in residence at the Smithsonian!

For those who'd rather look back: Behold, The London Dead, a great blog about London graveyards and the people in them.

Friday, January 07, 2022

 Happy Friday, all!

Some food news via Zazoo: There's a new Girl Scout cookie this year which looks yummy.

Some drink news: Fresca is joining the mixed drink club! 

Some meme news: Horse Plinko. That is all.

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

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

 Happy New Year, everyone! Let's party like it's 1122, with some help from Hildegard von Blingin's bardcore music, including some truly wonderful covers of songs like "Somebody I Used to Know," "Jolene," and "Summertime Sadness." Check them all out if you can, they're great.