Friday, October 18, 2013

The Domesticated Weekly Link Round-Up

I don't like being domesticated. I really don't. But when the weather cools off, I know it's time to do those chores I've been putting off because it took too much away from my pool time. So here I am-- mopping floors, washing rugs and curtains and bedding and windows and reorganizing a couple of kitchen cabinets. Sigh. I'm not cut out for this stuff. Where are my minions?

There aren't many links this week, probably due to all this cleaning and working on a new blog template... and it couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that Denis and I headed up to the mountains and spent some time breathing fresh, chilled, pine-scented air on Wednesday. Nah. Didn't have a thing to do with it!

Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
  • DNA fails to illuminate royal mysteries.
  • Airlines are searching for new and faster ways to get passengers boarded on their planes.
  • Something many of us don't like to talk about, but we should: what happens to our online presence when we die? Digital death.
  • How to protect your personal data from Facebook applications your friends use. (I'm a bit of a curmudgeon with my personal page on Facebook. If some application wants to mine my email, my friends list, my Twitter account, et cetera, ad barfum... then I don't need it!)
  • Taking a chance on "Robert Galbraith."
  • Eye drops could treat age-related macular degeneration. (Why do I think this is a big deal? I saw what my grandmother went through when she was diagnosed with macular degeneration, and if I follow in her footsteps-- like I did with my premature white hair-- I want to know more about it.)
  • Inside the secret, tiny world of an Ohio dollhouse devotee.

I  ♥  Lists
  • 13 jaw-dropping stock photos of women reading-- and don't forget to read the captions!
  • 7 unconventional reasons why you should absolutely be reading books. Of course, you already know you should be-- and you do-- but these reasons may help bring others to our fold.
  • 25 rare photos of famous authors.
  • I was surprised by how many of Charles Graeber's list of top ten true crime books I'd read. I stopped reading true crime several years ago.

That's all for this week. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!


  1. I like the 25 rare photos of authors: Nice! Cleaning is a drag at times.

    1. For me, cleaning is always a drag-- unless I'm organizing something. Now I'll be reorganizing some kitchen cupboards tomorrow. After steam cleaning, mopping, washing curtains and rugs, and cooking today, things are looking up tomorrow! LOL

  2. Cathy - Yes, I'm not one to do a lot of that fall cleaning, etc., either unless I have to do it. And I envy you that trip up to the mountains. Thanks very much for the links, too. I will have to arm myself with those 7 reasons to be reading. Maybe it'll convince my employer to pay me to read. ;-)

  3. I must say that I love your blog, each post is a treasure!

    1. Thank you so much for saying that, Carol. You've just given me incentive to work harder!

  4. My motto is: forget the cleaning, reading is more important and better for the soul. And, hiking, in fresh air, what could be healthier?

    I read Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling. I liked it a lot, but it's long, and it's not a quick read. It's very detailed; every page is that way. Frankly, I think a bit of detail could have been edited out -- but not anything involved with the complicated plot.
    The protagonist, a very smart disabled veteran, is an interesting guy. He's a very good detective, notices everything. Lots of red herrings in the book, which makes a mystery more interesting. There's also a great female assistant who loves detecting.
    It's worth reading but it requires a serious investment of time.
    I will read the next book in the series.

    1. I like your motto, Kathy, and I follow it most of the time. But... on the off chance that we have guests headed our way, I'm trying to get things done at my own pace rather than get the word and have to kill myself getting everything ready.

      Thanks for telling me your thoughts on The Cuckoo's Calling. I think Denis has read it (I'll have to ask him), and it's on my Paperback Swap wish list, so I'll be getting it one of these days. Details don't bother me, so I'm looking forward to reading it.

  5. Those photos of the women reading are shocking, but not in a good way! lol I ended up laughing at the authors, knowing they were making fun of them too. I like the 7 reasons why reading is good for you. Thanks for the links, Cathy. They were fun.

    1. I achieved my goal then. I'm glad you enjoyed them! :-)


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