Those of you who keep an eye on Kittling: Books' Facebook page know that I was a bit incensed when A&E decided to cancel Longmire, a wonderful series based on Craig Johnson's even more wonderful books. And all for more reality TV. (Pardon me while I gag.) I wasn't the only one who didn't like what happened, and many of us have been tweeting and Facebooking about keeping the series alive. Everyone-- from the author to the show's producers to its stars to its fans-- helped the powers-that-be at Netflix decide to take Longmire under its wing. Time to break out the Pappy Van Winkles and do a little celebrating!
However... if a few million television viewers who took umbrage at being called demographically too old can do that, just think of what else we can do....
...like round up some links. Head 'em up! Move 'em out!
Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
- These two brothers recreated some of their childhood photos for their parents' wedding anniversary.
- Something else we can blame the Victorians for: making topless females taboo.
- How many will follow suit? Navajo lawmakers have approved a junk food tax.
- How animals hacked the rainbow and got stumped on the color blue.
- The disease of being busy.
- How readers can avoid buying bad eBooks by indie authors.
- Some people in the book business believe eBook subscription services just won't work.
- Should libraries develop their own eReader apps?
- Find out how the book business in the UK is managing the shift to digital.
- The reintroduction of wildlife goes well in some areas, but for some-- like the bighorn sheep near Tucson-- it's a different story.
Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones
- 5,000-year-old human footprints have been discovered in Denmark.
- Archaeologists have unearthed a cache of 2,200-year-old coins in Egypt.
- Archaeologists are digging at an ancient site near the ongoing war in Syria.
- Instead of staring at the backside of a Kardashian, I've been reading up on the probe that landed on a comet. It's sent back loads of treasure for scientists.
- A 3,500-year-old basket has been excavated from an Outer Hebrides beach in Scotland.
- Saved from destruction during World War II, Italy's greatest painting has been saved by a benefactor once again.
- Can the long-extinct woolly mammoth be cloned? (Gee... didn't any of these people read Jurassic Park... or even watch the film?)
- When and where is the earliest documented governmental health care plan? Find out!
- Archaeologists have uncovered vases in Pompeii that reveal the panic before the eruption.
The Happy Wanderer
- 21 of the most breathtaking pools in the world.
- Make me a not-so-happy wanderer when reading about this Hawaiian marine monument.
- Haeding for New Zealand? Don't forget to visit Hobbiton.
I ♥ Lists
- 10 novels about everlasting friendship.
- 10 books to read before you go to New York City.
- 51 books that prove reading can change your life.
- 50 novels featuring famous authors as characters.
- Classic authors' British houses on Google Maps.
- And if you haven't gotten enough literary architecture, here are some classic houses going on the imaginary real estate market. Test your knowledge-- it's a quiz!
- 50 writers you need to see read live.
- The top ten books about reading.
- 35 gifts any book lover will want to keep for themselves.
- Actors who also write.
- 7 Star Trek technologies scientists are working on.
- Here's a Do-It-Yourself magazine stool for those of us who have piles of the things laying around.
- How's about a t-shirt that's all about happiness, book lover's style?
- I love these silhouette bookends: Grazing Giraffe. Elephant Family. Tentacle Attack. Shot from a cannon.
That's all for this week. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. Have a great weekend!