Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Weird and Wild Weekly Link Round-Up

This week has been one for the record books. Normally the weather around here is predictable: it's either hot or it's gorgeous (and the reason why so many folks flock down here in the winter). Well... Wednesday was an entirely different kettle of weather prognostication.

Look, Ma, we've been graupelled!
It's not often that you can look out the window here in Phoenix, Arizona to see this. White stuff. Covering the ground. I've lived here since 1976, and I've only seen snow flurries in Phoenix on three different occasions. I've never ever seen the ground covered.

Not only that, but I learned a new word. Having grown up in snow country, I knew that the stuff covering our desert landscaping wasn't your normal hail, and it certainly wasn't your normal snow. Leave it to meteorologists to come up with a term that means "soft hail", and that word is "graupel." Now Denis and I can say we've been graupelled because-- like all the rest of our neighbors who happened to be home-- we were out in it taking pictures.

Lookin' out our front door...
I don't know if it was a result of being graupelled, but Denis and I came down with some sort of bug Friday, which is why this link round-up is late. As I blinked myself awake for a few seconds during the wee hours of this morning, I heard both of our stomachs loudly complaining, and-- blame it on illness-- the complaints sounded much like two humpback whales singing to each other in the depths of the open sea! Neither one of us is feeling well, but I was tired of lying in bed feeling puny, so here I sit... and here I go to round up those links!

Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
  • Amid claims that the internet has revived interest in the short story, says it isn't so.
  • An open letter to the shoplifter caught stealing my book.
  • From LA to rural Scotland: the odyssey of a bookworm.
  • It may not be available until May, but you can still take a look at the cover of Dan Brown's newest book, Inferno. The cover reveal alone made the book  jump to #5 on Amazon's bestseller list.
  • Blogger Matt Kahn has an ambitious project that you can follow on Kahn's Corner: to read and review Publishers Weekly's #1 bestselling books for each of the last 100 years.
  • eBookPlus plans to embed advertising to create free-but-legal eBooks.
  • It looks as though William McGonagall is going to have the last word: one of his poems is expected to fetch £3,000 at auction. Not bad for the "world's worst poet."
  • Amazon provides updated information on their eBook borrowing program which is available to Prime members.
  • For those of you who thought that it never snows in Arizona, here's a photo gallery for you.
  • A treasure-filled warrior's grave has been found in Russia.

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Book Candy

That's it for this week. I hope I found an item or two that tickled your fancy. I'm now going to take my queasies elsewhere to try to get comfortable to read, but don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!


  1. Hm, I think we had a little bit of graupel before our snow last weekend. I hope you and Denis are back to normal soon.

    1. Thanks, Kathy. We're getting there, although I'm not sure just how normal we ever are! LOL

  2. Cathy - Wow! Like you, I grew up with actual snow, not gaupel. That would have been new to me, too. I hope you're feeling better now and thanks for sharing those wild 'photos! Whoda thunkit? Thanks too for the links as always.

    1. That graupel was certainly one for my record book! LOL

  3. "Graupel" in Phoenix - got to love it! Maybe it followed all the Canadians down there ...

  4. Thanks, Cathy, for your links as usual. The things I learn here!

    Graupel is a new one for me, interesting. I grew up in Chicago, where we had to walk to school in snow up to our thighs. And my city, New York, is shut down at even mention of a blizzard.

    1. Phoenix has difficulties with a few light showers, let alone anything remotely resembling snow!


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