Pulling weeds, pruning shrubs, and housework do not an interesting intro make, so... I thought I'd attempt to share something I've been experimenting with while I sit in the pool in the afternoon. I'm not just reading and sipping a tall, cold drink, I'm also photographing the wildlife that stops by. This week, I decided to try out the video function of my new camera:
This is Gregory the Gila (HEE-luh) Woodpecker feeding Greg Jr. Greg Jr. is perfectly capable of feeding himself, but he just can't help begging for a handout from dear old Dad. Kids! (By the way, I apologize if the camera seems to sway back and forth a bit, but when you're sitting in a pool, you're at the mercy of the water.)
You came here for some links? Well, I got 'em for you-- Head 'em up, move 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Not that I'm trying to encourage you to read The Golden Age of Murder or anything, but I did find a nice article about it in Publishers Weekly.
- Barbra Streisand is donating a John Singer Sargent (one of my favorite artists) painting to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
- Some data showing the lack of awards given to books about women.
- A first look at Matt Damon as an astronaut in Ridley Scott's The Martian.
- I loved this animated cover reveal of Stephen King's The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.
- The Conan Doyle Estate strikes again. This time they don't want any of us to see Mr. Holmes.
- What is the greatest TV finale ever?
- Is re-reading the ultimate guilty pleasure?
- Selling eBooks is a losing proposition for indie bookstores.
- George R.R. Martin won't be writing season 6 of Game of Thrones.
- Showrooming is on the rise and bookstores are suffering. (I wonder how many people do this to save a couple of bucks on the price of a book and use up at least twice as much money in gas to do it?)
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Ethiopian fossils represent a new member of the human family tree.
- A treasure hunter from Cape Cod is convinced he's found Captain Kidd's loot.
- Oops. This New York City nightclub doorman might want to be a bit more careful with those cocktail napkins.
- The dragons of Xanadu: these sculptures have been discovered in a legendary city.
- Archaeologists have found a couple who've been holding hands for 700 years.
- The secrets of the master forgers.
- The dark side of life has been discovered in a medieval Oxford nunnery.
- Ancient Viking armor did not look how we thought it did.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- When you think of new islands forming in the sea, are you like me and think of the Pacific Ocean? Well... there are two new islands in the Red Sea.
- Tiny humans lost in the majesty of nature.
- This Arizona "castle" is beautiful even if it has the wrong name.
- 14 amazing road trips around the world.
- How would you like to live in the Munsters' mansion?
►I ♥ Lists◄
- 24 brilliant portmanteaus you should add to your vocabulary.
- 18 times Tumblr understood your bookshelf problems.
- Books about libraries and librarians.
- 10 Old English words you need to be using.
- The top selling eBooks of 2014.
- 5 characters George R.R. martin wishes were on the TV series Game of Thrones.
- The BBC's thoughts on the 21st century's 12 greatest novels.
- The BBC has rounded up what it considers to be the world's most beautiful libraries. It contains some different ones from the usual suspects.
- Book's Calling.
- See how well you know your cover art on this classic books quiz.
- A rare early proof of The Bell Jar is going to be sold at auction.
That's all for this week. The link round-up is going out on a cattle drive and will return in two weeks.
Have a great weekend and read something fabulous!