October is almost here, so Wednesdays will soon be all-spooky links to celebrate. But in the meantime, you have 24 hours to get to Harvard and see the 19th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony live! (Yes, Bostonians and New Yorkers, this means you.)
Also, many Halloween festivals and extravaganzas begin this weekend, such as Shriekfest in Los Angeles. If you're looking for haunted houses in your area, the Dark Side of the Net has a fantastic list of links.
If you want to decorate your own house in a slightly haunted way, Pillboxdesignshas some wonderful ideas. (The Nosferatu decal would completely creep me out if I saw it in person. Just so you know.)
And while looking for other creatively interesting people and crafts, I found someone who not only makes amazing things, she's even in my home town! The things you find online...
According to the blogosphere, I am under strict instructions not to label this panorama of Grand Central Station's largest clock as "steampunk." So I will say, instead, that if you like gears and clockwork and century-old architecture design, you may like this panorama.
If you have an insignificant object and you want to sell it, find someone to invent a back story. (Ebay sellers have used this trick for years with "haunted items.") Now, Significant Objectsmatches writers and objects to increase profits for all.
Like graphic novels? Find math baffling? Give Logicomix a try -- it's a Greek graphic novel about Bertrand Russell, mathematics, and more.
My mom recommends economist Robert Reich's weblog for anyone interested in current events. (Thanks, mom! I think it's great that she reads blogs.)
Bunny wants everyone to know how a college library is really used (he says this is "spot on") and also provides our moment of zen to close out this week's postings. Have a spiffy weekend, everyone! See you Monday.
Most of today's links were found accidentally or through my RSS feeds. For example, I was looking up "boho luxe" after reading about it in an article and then found a primer on how to dress "like a sexy librarian." Well then.
And finally, for the language lovers, Wordsmith's "A Word A Day" is a constant source of education and entertainment. Did you know that Beau Brummell died penniless in a mental institution, for instance?
Tomorrow: lots of links from others! Come back tomorrow and see them all!
In northern California, the ArtCarFest gets underway, as does the Salsa Festival! (Combination ideas for this include a car dressed as a chile pepper.)
If you are nowhere near ether locale, fear not, there's always something weird and wonderful to be found elsewhere.Take, for example, Donny Dirk's Zombie Den in Minneapolis (website threatens to debut soon!), which looks like a must-see to me.
Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. The Spooky Librarians have next week off from their respective workplaces (whee!) and are going to be both home and away as events warrant, so posting will be unpredictable until the 21st. See you soon!
I thought that perhaps we were the only librarian household to own a sledgehammer for exercise purposes, but the World's Strongest Librarian has proved me wrong! I highly recommend his website; there's more to it than physical strength. (One of his mantras: "Don't make anyone's day worse.")
Another great new librarian site (although potentially unsafe for work) is the community of Librarians Who Say Motherfucker. If you ever wondered if librarians gripe about patrons and students and co-workers and directors...the answer is yes. Yes, they do.
For the historian, researcher, or insatiably curious: the British Library's Texts in Context website combines scores of resources for your learning pleasure.
And finally, my current favorite website is The Longest Poem in the World, which combines Twitter posts into rhyming couplets. Just now they featured "through the fire and the flames we carry on!!!/Today's flavors...Peach and Butter Pecan." (So far my all-time favorite is ""You are my rock, my strength and my salvation / Whoa! Stop and Shop has a gas station?!")
It may be a day without cats, but not a day without Muppets! The always fantastic Topless Robot looks at the ten weirdest moments on The Muppet Show. The Vincent Price one is my favorite, but I also have a strange fondness for Roger Moore's spy-themed "Talk to the Animals" performance. And speaking of Muppets, I've been holding on to the following link for a while, hoping to find a good spot to mention Cookie Monster cupcakes which include cookies.
I haven't heard any mutterings about a 09/09/09 apocalypse, but there are lots of people prepared for such a thing at any moment. (There's been a lot of Fallout 3 playing at the homestead, so this seems familiar.)
And finally, if you're just looking forward to the weekend, the Aloha Festivals in Oahu are getting into full swing and look beautiful.
Labor Day weekend is coming up, which means that most wacky festivals in the US transmogrify into fireworks extravaganzas. So instead, let's look at other options - many tailored for specific readers I know.
For instance! Carr� d'Etoiles, a new concept in France, offers portable cabins with a transparent dome and sky viewing kit (telescope included) so you can watch the stars in comfort. (Cassandra, check this out.)
Would you like your city's stairwells to smell, well, fresher? (Bunny, this is for you. Also for Julie in the UK!) National Car Parks, Ltd., is experimenting with scents in various car parks around the UK, and asking for your votes. One option on the list is "fresh bread." Another is "wood fire," which seems like a bad choice for a car park, but hey.
For the Club Creatures and Jimmylegs, among others: CitySounds.FMfeatures dozens of city "soundtracks," from Brooklyn to Berlin to Auckland, which are constantly updated. Seems like a neat way to hear new music.
For Danny, Jeff & Dan, and anyone else who traipses around Europe: Sandeman's New Europe City Walking Tours are free - free! - and look like lots of fun! Some cities have several different themed tours, others only one, but all of them look interesting.
Quick, check out Woot's shirt of the day today. It's only available today and is steampunky in nature! (Their summary -- "Wear this shirt: when you�re feeling a little steampunk, but not in the sort of way that would result in you dressing all goofy.")
The countdown for the Raygun Gothic Rocketship is at two days. If anyone is at Burning Man, take many photos and videos and report on what happens!
We are pretty good about keeping on top of publications here at Steampunk Librarian HQ, but we are a dismal failure at keeping au courant with steampunk music. Fortunately, Sepiachordhas that aspect of the culture covered, and we happily direct you there!
And finally, the New York Times has an article on the ultimate steampunk loft. Located in DUMBO (Brooklyn), it is part of a working clocktower. It's gorgeous and mechanical and vintage and modern all in one.