Every thing in the history of the world that’s been worth doing has had to start somewhere, and that the world doesn’t always make a huge deal of things doesn’t mean they’re not worth doing. — here
Oh, love! let us love with a love that loves,
Loving on with a love forever; — there
To put it another way, in the twenty-first century’s speeded-up time and vast platter of choices, the past seems to have become shorter. — here
Because isn’t that really what we dream of? Not so much doing nothing but read all day but the luxury of being able to make that choice. — there
Books and Cats – Wonderful! If this place was anywhere in the U.S. I would go out of my way to visit it.
Abandoned Hat Factories – I like the sixth picture, the one of a chart of some kind with a picture of a sewing machine in the center. Of course.
13 Weirdest Types of Jeans Ever Made – I strenuously object to at least half of these being called weird. “Mom jeans” are not weird, they are normal, no matter how many skanky teenagers make fun of them. (Although, to be honest the ones in the picture are a bit weird somehow. They don’t fit right or something.) And overalls, weird? I know someone who might have something to say about that. That said, however, there are a few in there that are definitely weird.
Russian Winter – Lovely paintings by late 19th century artist Yulius Clever
Weirdest Tattoo Ever – Okay, maybe not the weirdest – the whole concept of tattoos seems pretty weird to me – but I dare you to try not to stare at this one if you ever see it in person.
Cats, Beavers & Ducks – Great animal photos. I didn’t see any beavers or ducks but I’m sure they’re there in the archives somewhere.
20 of the Most Famous Cats on the Internet – Awwwwwww…. I loooove #8. And #4. And #12. And the rest of them.
…I’d still like to punch the person who said, “The reward for doing good work is the opportunity to do more work.” — here
One of the nicer news stories of a few years ago that made me smile? In my parents’ town, the members of the local Jewish synagogue went to the Salvation Army and offered to do the cooking for Christmas dinner for the people at the shelter there, so the usual cooks and servers could have Christmas with their families. I also remember the quote from one of the women from the synagogue: “We had to ask a lot of advice in advance; we don’t exactly have experience preparing hams.” — there (Wow!)
Sorry, that’s it this time. I haven’t been spending much time reading blogs this week. I have been trying to hurry and finish an awesome book before the next awesome book arrives, which should be today.
Cure for Drunks – Oh wow.
Ghost Town For Sale – a lovely place
e-Residency – hmmm… Interesting.
Touchscreen Landscapes – Oooo! Oooo! I wanna play with it!
Awesome Photo Collection – Wow. Really, just… wow.
17 Stupidest Facebook Statuses Ever – OMG! Really? #’s 11, 12, and 15… wow. #14 isn’t really stupid, just a funny misunderstanding.
Fallstreak Hole – Rare cloud formation. I think I’ve seen one of these before.
Contemporary Dance Cats – I’m thinking Photoshop but I don’t care; these are neat.
Distractify – Lots of great, distracting stuff.
Flowering Potholes – okaaaaaaay?
Also: the older I get, the creepier J. Peterman marketing copy gets. Is this happening to anyone else? — here
Of course this entire narrative is utter nonsense from beginning to end, but that never stopped a good story. — there
…but every sour review was met by the ringing of cash registers. — here
Because of the way we are built, and because of the way we learn from our environment, we are all engines of misbelief. — there
Winter is here. Yes, I know, I know. It won’t be officially winter for more than a month, but when it’s below freezing when I get up in the morning – or even below 45°F – it’s winter!
I don’t know if there’s a name for this particular universal law of life but there should be: If you state anywhere on the Internet that you plan to finish a project by a certain date you will not finished it by that date. I did not finish it by the next day and I did not finish it by the middle of this week. So I’m not going to say that I only have to sew the buttons on and I will definitely finish it today. No, I did not say that, will not say that.
Yikes! It’s November. I need to start Christmas shopping already. I have lots of time even for online shopping but I usually start in October, “just in case” something is back ordered or out of stock for the rest of the year and I have to think of something else. I have bought one gift so far and I have two more ideas. That’s it. And there are also two birthdays in our family in December. People, plan ahead. Don’t have babies in December. Or the first week of January.
I can’t remember if I’ve linked to this or not. Found it in my bookmarks. 25 Strange Superstitions From Around the World. It amuses me that Tuesday, not Friday, the 13th is unlucky in Spain and the number 4 is unlucky in China.
[sigh] I have way too many bookmarks. But I will get around to visiting all those sites again eventually. I will! Stop laughing.
Advertising agencies understand that you can sell a product by making it a solution to an imaginary fear. “Better safe than sorry” sells a lot of widgets. — here
Often, movie-makers are not even aware that real science is often more amazing than the lame made-up ideas they come up with. — there
… “you don’t necessarily need to get in the middle of some big dramatic fight at school, but just saying “Hi” to someone in the hallways or sitting with someone who sits alone at lunch can literally change their life.” — here
…I had trouble finding a reputable source to confirm this nickname. I add this note in the interest of full disclosure, though I will retain the possible pseudo-nickname in the title on the basis of the sheer creepiness of the photo. — there
Garlic is anti-bad-stuff. Viruses, fungi, bacteria, parasites, cancer, and vampires all hate garlic. — here
The execution could have been better but I like the idea. — there (I love that first picture!)
Facultative parthenogenesis – Interesting. I didn’t know they could do that.
Good for what ails you – I must try to use more turmeric. (How do you pronounce that anyway? I just discovered that I’ve been spelling it wrong my whole life.)
The world is ending – This is great.
Aron Wiesenfeld – Beautiful and fascinating art.
Beauty 30s-40s Style – How can anyone not prefer these over today’s living stick figures?
Don’t Mess With Twitter – Why Twitter is just fine the way it is and should not change.
Pointless Websites – Wow. Just wow. I must check out every one of these.
Weird Devices From the Past – Wow. (I keep saying that this morning.) I have seen a few of these before.
Twig Light Fixture – Want! But darn it, it’s a one of a kind. I have twigs in my back yard. Tempted to see if I can build one of my own.
Addams Family set in color
Space Colonies – Where should we build first?
Tea and Kittens
And finally… only football fans will understand why this is amazing.
To be a crackpot is not, however, enough in itself. — here
The next time you see a light bulb used in a cartoon as an image of a bright idea, remember at which end of the bulb the genius really lies. — there
Ah, that’s why I felt I’d heard the tune before. — here
It was a dark, moody night, I’d been chasing dead leads like a dog with a broken tail chases a rubber shoe down a blind alley full of tears and cynical calicoes. — there
This deadly assassin claims hundreds every morning. It’s probably in your house right now. — here
Technology is not (just) a smartphone with an app for locating a flunky to make you a sandwich. — there
Comment spam has been really horrendous lately. I used to get, usually, no more than 20 a day. Since last Saturday it’s been 300 – 500 a day! The first time comment moderation is stopping it all but I still have to take the time to delete all of them.
Someone once said that spammers should be crucified along side the highways. Right now that seems like a pretty good idea. But then I think, why litter the countryside with so much garbage. Let’s just publish their real names and addresses. But then I think, no I have a better idea. Let’s make them pay. Literally. Someone needs to come up with a system to automatically charge spammers by the minute, with the proceeds going to the website owner, minus a small percentage to maintain the system. Five cents for each minute until the spam comment is deleted, even if it is held in the moderation queue for that time. I would be wealthy!
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As you probably know there will be a partial solar eclipse late this afternoon. So of course it’s raining today. They do say that the clouds might clear out in time for the eclipse and I bought some eclipse shades so I’m ready just in case. I tried them out yesterday. These things are really dark. Put them on and you can’t see anything at all except a dim orange disk in the sky.
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A new creepy high tech way to power high tech devices. Actually the article calls the devices “theoretical” and the inventor said she did it “to provoke the thought about how far will we go to in order to ‘feed’ our addiction in the world of declining resources.” Okay, yeah, whatever. Maybe I read too much science fiction (Come on, that’s not really possible.) but it seems like a reasonable idea. Not that I would ever use one of them myself.
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I do like one of these 10 British Flavors Americans Will Never Widely Appreciate and there are a couple of others I would try. I went though an Earl Gray Tea phase for a several years, actually starting before Captain Picard made it popular. I still like it okay but not as much as I used to. Kedgeree doesn’t sound too bad except maybe the egg, though I could probably tolerate that part of it. I have always wanted to try Marmite just out of curiosity though I’m sure that I would hate it. But the one I really want to try is Irn-Bru – “sort of citrusy with a hint of ginger that leaves a long lingering finish”. That actually sounds very good.
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I think most of these Forgotten Words should probably remain forgotten but I really like tardigradous – “Slow-paced; moving or stepping slowly.” It reminds me of one of my favorite animals.
Because of the way our brains work, something rare and exotic is much scarier than something that’s familiar. — here
I would be irresistible to the ladies if only I had bright blue inflatable throat sacs… — there
… it’s “only drudgery if you’re reading it for school.” — here
…we are constantly barraged with health claims in popular culture, and evidence based medicine is the science of how we know what does good, and what does harm. Every popular claim is an opportunity to learn about the relative merits and downsides of randomised trials, systematic reviews, cohort studies, laboratory work, and more. — there
10 Interesting Facts About Lucid Dreaming
6 FAQs From Brits in America – That last question is one I frequently ask.
I Quilt… t-shirt – They need to make a version of this for knitters and other crafters.
16 Commonly Held Beliefs That Are False – I knew most of these.
Alexander Alland – Brief post about the photographer of “hyphenated Americans”
Emergent – Just headlines, true, false, or unconfirmed
Scrambled Eggs and Serifs – A history of typeface names
Fun With Oxygen – Chemistry is kinda fascinating, don’t you think?
Six Singing Sci-Fi characters
31 Useful Gadgets That Might Even Change Your Life – I don’t think any of these would change your life but there are a few useful ones, a few fun ones, and a few that might make you say, “Huh? What?”
Old Book Smell
Stain Solutions – Useful
They Wrote That?! Halloween Tales From Classic Authors – A very short list. I have read A Rose For Emily.
People Named Hitler – I have wondered about this. I always assumed most would have changed their names.
A bunch of cute comics
Historical Sass – a great collection of photos
Space Colony Art From the 70’s – I have seen a couple of these before.
Curious Places – I love this!
Endless Geyser of Awesome – Another really neat blog
Of all the pro-education stuff our parents did, that may have been the subtlest but one of the most important: if you don’t know something, don’t just shrug and go “meh,” go find out. — here
And while all partner abuse is unacceptable, it is especially problematic when domestic abusers are literally the people that battered and abused women are supposed to call for help. — there
It’s all about the avoidance of catastrophe. — here
The cumulus cloud of apathy has formed above our heads and is raining down a waste of time upon us; an absolute downpour. — there
The Crooked House of Windsor
Oxygen Thief – Sounds like it might be dangerous to be in the same room with this stuff.
Things that make kids cry – Some of these are hilarious. I like the corn dog kid and the pennies kid.
Shadows – Some (maybe all) of these are obviously deliberately arranged or Photoshopped but they’re still neat pictures.
Unusual Corner – Unusual cars and other vehicle related lists.
Beautiful Chemistry – Photos and videos of chemical structures and reactions
Aerial Design – Carpeting designed to look like aerial photos
Our Nerd Home – Nerdy art and home decor
Haiku – I wonder what grade this kid got.
Large Leaf Grass of Parnassus – Beautiful! I have never seen one of these before.
Nylon Journal – Interesting tights, leggings, and socks
Flowers that Look Like Other Things
Honestly, on the off-chance that I have kids one day, this scene is how they are learning the alphabet. — here
From what I can make out, our indignant Guardianista is upset that some white female celebrities have been happily drawing attention to their fulsome hindquarters, which are, it seems, the latest must-have fashion item among the suggestible and insecure. — there
Jackson’s life seems to have been generally free of drama, which surely disappoints anyone looking for demons and skeletons in her personal closet to account for the apparent darkness her imagination often generated. — here
I wept, and wept again at the inequality of the universe, and then considered that what I save on gas I can spend on MORE HelloKitty stuff… — there
Vintage Sci-Fi Covers – Wow!
John Malkovich Portraits – Famous portraits recreated with John Malkovich as the model. Some are silly; some work so well you can hardly tell them from the original. One NSFW.
The Chemistry of Autumn
Possibly the Best Conspiracy Theory Ever
Oops. I forgot to include these on yesterday’s links post.
15 Vintage Photos That Will Creep You Out – Mostly vintage Halloween photos. Odd and interesting.
Daryl Hannah’s Hippie Hideaway – Looks like a pleasant little weekend place. And it’s for sale!
18 Geeky Wedding Rings – In some cases it’s only the box that’s geeky but that’s still cool. Aside from being geeky there are some really nice looking rings here. I like the double helix and the R2D2 ring. The black widow rings are hilarious.
24 Blocks – a beautiful quilt site
Um… – Not to be overly critical of something that’s obviously hand-made but aren’t those lips placed in a rather odd location?
Health and Safety – Vintage Dutch health and safety posters. Some of these really make me wish I could read the language.
Wasabi – Interesting short article and a few lovely photos.
Weird Scientific Study – Maybe when you tell someone, “Your opinion stinks,” it might be more than just an expression?
Things Organized Neatly – a very nice Tumblr
It’s Nice That – great art and design website
Megatronic – a beautiful, artsy Tumblr. I especially like these.
Blue Ball Machine – It seems a little overwhelming at first but try following just one ball at a time. There. I just killed the rest of your day.