Friday, December 12, 2014

The Just Like Riding a Bicycle Weekly Link Round-Up

Just last week I was telling a friend that I'd neglected to get around to knitting the scarf garland for my Christmas knitting tree even though I've had the yarn and needles for almost a year. In fact, I was worried about being able to remember how to knit. You see, it's been a good thirty years since I've handled a pair of knitting needles!

Tonight after coming home from The Poisoned Pen (and another fun event that I'll tell you about Monday), I decided to bite the bullet. As you can see by the photo to the left, my brain evidently thought knitting was related to riding a bicycle. The bright red "eyelash" yarn that I'm using definitely gives it a tinsel look, and I'm going to leave it on the needles and attach it to the yarn ball topper before draping it around the tree. Once I got started, I didn't want to stop! When I'd done about four rows, I laughed and held it up so Denis could see it. "Look!" I exclaimed. "I feel like I'm making caterpillars!"

I did have some bright idea about how to smoothly transition between my knitting and the links I've rounded up for you, but short term memory obviously isn't in the same league as bicycle riding and knitting.

Head 'em up! Move 'em out!

Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
  • A remake of Stephen King's It has been confirmed by the producer. (I didn't have too much of a problem with clowns until I read this book....) 
  • Another example proving that death isn't always the answer: killing wolves to keep them from killing sheep is backfiring. The interesting part is why.
  • An unpublished Raymond Chandler story has been discovered in the Library of Congress.
  • Here's an infographic showing what kids want in books.
  • Libraries are reinventing themselves in the Digital Age. 
  • A digital library is opening in Omaha, Nebraska, next fall.
  • Sixteen years ago, a doctor published a study. It was completely made up, and we've been getting sicker ever since.
  • The future of used eBooks will be determined on December 23.
  • The book collection of Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing is being given to libraries in Zimbabwe.

Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones
  • 540,000-year-old shell carvings may be our human ancestors' oldest art.
  • An ancient pond and a bronze fingernail cleaner hint at a Roman settlement in England.
  • The ongoing work on a subway line in Rome is uncovering all sorts of goodies like an ancient farm and tools, and a huge water basin.
  • Sixty classic cars have been found in France in what's being called the King Tut of barn finds.
  • A mysterious "ghost" ship has been rediscovered off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. 
  • You may know that Coco Chanel was one of the premier fashion designers in the world, but did you also know that she was a Nazi spy? 
  • Why would a town in Poland have a huge Jewish festival when none of its residents are Jewish?
  • Chicago's Field Museum has lifted the lid on an Egyptian coffin containing a mummy. 
  • Six people have been arrested for looting antiquities from Israel's Cave of the Skulls.
  • A surface survey conducted at Old Sarum in England has revealed an underground medieval palace.
  • A 150-foot-long Viking feasting hall has been unearthed in Sweden. 
  • Scientists are now able to find all sorts of secrets hidden within parchment.

The Happy Wanderer

I  ♥  Lists
  • 17 cozy reading nooks to get you through the winter. 
  • Do you have some literary stockings to stuff? How about bookmarks

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

Have a great weekend!


  1. Cathy - How neat that you're picking up knitting again! Many years ago I crocheted, but I haven't in such a long time. Thanks too (as ever) for the links. I like the idea of a digital library even though I think there's nothing like a paper book. And a Viking hall was unearthed? Fascinating!

    1. Yes, I really enjoyed reading about that Viking hall!

  2. Gosh, I'm not caught up with last week's. This is a day to pay attention to these entries and enjoy them or I can do so over the weekend.

    However, I'm now reading Sharon Bolton's latest book and enjoying it, a first one for me by this writer.

    1. I really, really enjoy Sharon Bolton's writing!

  3. Have you read any non-Lacey Flint books by Bolton? I look at some descriptions and the hair stands up on my neck, especially the one with snakes, not my favorite animal.

    Also, do you read Belinda Bauer's books? For awhile I got Bauer and Bolton confused, as their books sounded similar, a woman protagonist in peril -- and scary.

    1. Yes, I have read Bolton's non-Lacey books and enjoyed them very much, too.

      I've also read two of Bauer's books-- the first two, I believe-- and enjoyed those as well, although I didn't notice any similarity in style between the two authors.


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