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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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Next up: the FTP migration. The URL will probably change and the RSS feed may change and the earth may be torn asunder. Stay tuned.

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Friday, March 12, 2010
It is Friday! And what's more, it is the last day before the Spooky Librarians take some time off to clean up the place (both online and in the outside world) and get ready for spring. Postings next week will be erratic, and the layout may change around a bit, but the schedule will go back to normal March 22.

On to the links from others!

From Holly: Squirrels with coconut helmets! We are so tempted to try something similar at our place. Also from Holly, more squirrel goodness in the form of a roller coaster-loving critter.

Zazoo reports that the Club Creatures are going to see Stuffed and Unstrung this weekend, in which Henson puppeteers are let loose to say and do all sorts of outrageous things. I am envious, and think anyone near New York should check it out.

From Cassandra: Why can't we all live off the grid, and become experts on our favorite bugs, and visit ethically friendly places?  Well? Why not?

From Matt Staggs: the most awkward PSAs by our childhood friends. I had no idea She-Ra was concerned about this sort of thing.

And finally, we leave you with a happy video by Noah and the Whale. Have a spiffy weekend, everyone!

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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Did you know the entire archives of Popular Science are now online? Get ready to lose a few hours of your time!

Jennie Law talks about the mysteries of cataloging...particularly in the world of law firms, where cataloging doesn't really matter to attorneys and outdated lawbooks absolutely need to be discarded rather than preserved. Along those lines, however, those outdated lawbooks can make some pretty spiffy bookbags!  (More information is available at the crafty librarian's website.)

I think I've posted something about the smell of old books before, but it's worth mentioning again.

What does the future hold for British libraries? (My flip answer: who knows?)

A new weblog has arrived, exploring the world of libraries and transliteracy. Go have a look!

Links from others tomorrow, and they are good ones, so check back.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Editorial note: I've added Google Friend Connect to the bottom of the left column. The slow yet inexorable Googlefication of my online presence continues...

Amateur cartographers, listen up: Londonist wants your hand-drawn maps of the city! They can be as detailed or as rudimentary as you like.

More UK news: the Crufts Dog Show is huge and happening right now. Also going on this weekend: the Calle Ocho celebration in Miami's Little Havana district, the annual Ostrich Festival in Arizona, and about a thousand St. Patrick's Day parades in cities all over the world.

If China has its way, we might be able to travel from London to Beijing in two days via highspeed rail. Yes! This would be fantastic!

And for those who come for the spooky on Wednesdays and not the travel: here's a list of unconventional ways to live on after your death. I am intrigued by the pencil concept.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Look, a whole list of steampunk recommendations from Library Journal! This is the perfect Steampunk Librarian link!

Vancouver has been in the news a lot for the Olympics, and some lovely things have turned up, such as this collection of vintage ads and this post on the steam clock (powered via the steam tunnels!) in Gastown.

Atlas Obscura, the source of that last link, is celebrating Obscura Day on March 20. Join the festivities! (There is no Ohio group yet; we need to fix that.)

Some gorgeous behind-the-scenes photos show Fritz Lang at work on his films, including Metropolis. The set design is amazing.

Would you like to go to Crawler Town? It's a traveling eco-punk community! With origins in steampunk! Sadly, it only exists in LEGO format. For now, anyway.

The esteemed Steampunk Scholar discusses the various tribes that could (theoretically) make up the steampunk community. The full article is available in PDF. I believe I fall into the "Browncoat Timelord" category myself, which means I am a generalist, but friendly!

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Monday, March 08, 2010
Happy International Womens Day!

There was a nice tribute to John Hughes by the Brat Pack last night at the Oscars, for you fellow Generation Xers.

Robert T. McCall, NASA artist extraordinaire, has died. His space art lives on, however.

By sheer coincidence, today features two weblogs about drawing monsters. Monsters In Real Places shows you just what it promises, while I Draw Monsters depicts the work of  "creating worlds and the curious beings that inhabit them."

The International Center of Photography has a current exhibit on surrealism in photography, which looks fascinating and beautiful. Also fascinating and beautiful: the serpent originally painted around Queen Elizabeth I's wrist in a portrait. It was replaced with flowers, but as the painting has aged, the serpent is coming through. Sounds like the beginning of a great story, doesn't it?

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Friday, March 05, 2010
It is Friday! You know what that means: links sent in by others! Many thanks, everyone.

From Julie: the eBay auction for a Derbyshire nuclear bunker ends on Sunday, so act fast!

Also from Julie: the recent earthquake in Chile may have shortened our day by a few microseconds. Would this screw up time travelers? Or spaceships going at warp speed?

From Cassandra: you can take part in a light pollution study which entails looking up at the stars; a dictionary of Old English is in progress, and shows the "violent but charming" nature of the language; and a photograph gallery of India's Holi festival of colors.

From Susan's Facebook: look, book wallpaper! I think some coffeehouse should use this.

As found on Coilhouse, Tokyo's cat cafes are right up my alley. I would like someone to start this in the U.S., please, preferably somewhere close to me!

We end the week with videos. Swiped from Dawnowar: a hilarious parody ad of furniture stores.  Swiped from Glenn at Maniacal Hooting, a video by OK Go which may be the best Rube Goldberg device setup of all time. This is one amazing piece of filmmaking!

Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you Monday!

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Thursday, March 04, 2010
Okay, I know I was not paying too much attention to a lot of stuff last month, but how did I miss the penny redesign announcement? A permanent redesign! Of the penny! Where is my mind?

The University of Michigan is, at long last, getting rid of its card catalogs. I do miss the old catalogs, especially when the computers go all wonky.

Other stuff I miss: video arcades! But fear not, there's a movement afoot to preserve the old games, at least. Also preserved: Chicago television broadcasting of yesteryear, thanks to the efforts of museum.tv.

Hooray, Shelf Check is back! You can add your own patron-based acronyms to the list in the latest strip. I think law librarians could make up several appropriate names.

Tomorrow: links from others, hooray!

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010
This weekend brings you Art on Ice (in Switzerland) and Frozen Dead Guy Days (in America)! Spring really is coming some day. Really.

Next weekend brings the illumination of Hadrian's Wall, which looks amazing and commemorates 1600 years since the end of Roman Britain. I can't wait to see photos.

Back in the United States, the Smalls Street Sounds project wants you to contribute to an aural history of your city. Upload the sounds of your town!

MapEnvelope puts a GoogleMaps location as a return address. Good idea for invitations!

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
The Smart Set, a website I love, takes a look at steampunk!

It may be somewhat dreary outside, but that makes for good steampunkish weather, apparently, as there's a lot going on this month. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit on Victorian photocollage is now open, for example. Next weekend brings the 2010 Annual Mutter Ball in Philadelphia ("19th-century inspired garb encouraged!") and the Antique Science & Retro-Tech Swap in Irving, Texas ("World Championship Slide Rule Competition at 2 pm!"). All of these are highly recommended.

And for the futurists: new innovations in hearing aids may mean wearing them on the back teeth, not the ear. (The possibilities for augmented reality are also mentioned. Oooo.)

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Monday, March 01, 2010
The Olympics may be over, but the images remain, especially in the Flickr pool.

Also in Flickr fun: Goofy signs!

The National Archvies now has a Flickr account, but they are not allowing any photographs in the rotunda any longer. This is why we can't have nice things, people.

A new book on Emily Dickinson suggests that perhaps she was not the quiet recluse that her posthumous reputation has suggested. Interesting stuff.

On Friday, the Smithsonian opens an exhibit featuring art made in Japanese internment camps between 1942 and 1944. Powerful and beautiful.

And lastly, here is something completely different: solar panels which look like regular roofing tiles. Woo, it's the future!

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