Role models + mattresses

Nancy Drew mystery books

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Happy 2015, y’all!

Here are a few interesting things on the interwebs that have started the new year off right…

♥ … My husband sent me this link to a photo round-up of celebrities that look like celebrities. Alan Cumming, you are my hero.

♥ … and now for something completely different (and fascinating):  the weird world of vintage poison rings.

♥ … also fascinating is this (short) history of the ctrl + alt + delete

♥ … I laughed all the way through this post about one mom’s issues with the bedroom in the children’s classic book Goodnight Moon.

♥ … and finally, I ♥ me some Nancy Drew. And I ♥ this piece about why Nancy Drew is still an amazing role model:

She’s still a totally badass literary heroine who amazes all of us with her smarts, style, and mystery-solving skills.

And excuse me, now I have some sleuthing to do… ;)

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What a spectacle

Faking It: A Visual History of 150 Years of Image Manipulation Before Photoshop

Image courtesy: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Happy Holidays!

During my winter break, I’ve found the following links interesting:

♥ … like this brief history of spectacles, complete with illustrations.

♥ … and this visual history of 150 years of visual manipulation before Photoshop.

♥ … and this article about the odd, fascinating things people asked librarians before Google. (Personally, these questions seem pretty standard to me. I don’t think things have changed that much. ;) )

♥ … and this gallery of first-edition books annotated by their authors.

♥ … and finally, I laughed out loud at these recreations of classic paintings using office supplies.

Happy (almost) 2015!

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The Knowledge

Getting my November round-up of interesting things on the interwebs posted on said interwebs juuuuuuuuust under the wire… I highly recommend enjoying the following while also enjoying the remainder of your Thanksgiving leftovers. ;)

London black cab (image via Wikimedia Commons)

♥ This in-depth article about “The Knowledge of London” and what prospective London cabbies have to do to become licensed is FASCINATING. Like I’m-rereading-this-article-30-minutes-later-with-my-mouth-still-gaping-open kind of fascinating.

I kept quoting pieces of it out loud, like the following:

“There is no such thing as “failing” the Knowledge. You can either quit, or persevere and pass.”

“It is tempting to interpret the Knowledge as a uniquely British institution… But the Knowledge is less a product of the English character than of the torturous London landscape. To be in London is, at least half the time, to have no idea where the hell you are.”

“The brains of London taxi drivers have attracted scholarly attention. Eleanor Maguire, a neuroscientist at University College London, has spent 15 years studying cabbies and Knowledge boys… Maguire’s work demonstrates that the brain is capable of structural change even in adulthood.”

Also, how COOL is it to keep saying, “The Knowledge of London” — you feel so, well, knowledgeable. ;)

♥ I wrote to a few celebrities back in the day. (Debbie Gibson, I will always ♥ you.) But this woman was really dedicated, and she shares her celebrity snail mail collection and juicy tidbits here in this post. One celebrity sent her a packet of receipts (weird), and Sarah Jessica Parker has always been super cool and classy (no surprise).

♥ Here is a booklist intriguingly titled, “If You Like This Book By A Man, You’ll Love This Book By A Woman.” I know what my holiday reading list will be!

♥ A hobby we can all enjoy:  A guy paints random characters into old thrift store paintings. How can you NOT love a serene painting of Darth Vader and his stormtrooper buddy relaxing out on a lake and fishing together? This is why the internet was invented, y’all! ;)

♥ And finally… how to trap a cat in 3 easy steps. Now THAT is “The Knowledge.”

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Making our mark

Archives of American Art exhibition. A pocket diary of F. Luis Mora.

Archives of American Art exhibition. A pocket diary of F. Luis Mora.

I have been wondering lately about this personal corner of the interwebs and if these monthly recaps of interesting things I’ve come across online help brighten anyone else’s corner. And just today, I learned about an enthusiastic new reader, and it just made my day. :D

I hope one of the following links will make your day…

♥ … like this transcript of the closing keynote address of a library conference I attended last week. To see the “Feral Librarian” up close and in person — so inspiring!

… a future based on shared technology is far less urgent than the need for a future based on empathy and shared humanity.

♥ … or this beautifully lettered literary map of London. Y’all know I can’t resist a word map!

♥ … if you’re one for Halloween costumes, then you will probably find this piece about the secret histories of 5 famous Hollywood costumes quite intriguing. If nothing else, read the entry about Dorothy’s homespun pinafore from The Wizard of Oz (1939) — amazing backstory!

♥ … or how about taking a peek into how artists documented their lives before social media? This article includes info about a new Archives of American Art exhibition, and this link includes digitized diaries from artists included in the exhibition.

♥ … or this photo essay of what kids around the world eat for breakfast. (Bonus pics of cute kids!) Yet another reason to visit Turkey… :)

♥ … and last, but not least, a discovery in Indonesia of spray-painted graffiti, art created over 39,000 years ago! How inspiring, to discover that we’ve been making our mark — literally! — for that long.

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As you wish

It’s almost fall, and I. Am. Not. Ready.

But I was ready to enjoy…

♥ … these weird and wonderful animated gifs of vintage photos.

♥ … these 19 inconceivable facts about the making of The Princess Bride.

♥ … these 9 (still useful) tips for avoiding London pickpockets from a 19th century guide.

♥ … these 35 international covers of Harry Potter books (50 points for Ukraine, -50 points for Finland).

♥ … Benedict Cumberbatch channeling Mr. Darcy for charity. And for humanity in general. Enjoy!

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