The weather in Scotland seems to have followed us back to Arizona. Overcast. A lot of rain (for the desert and for this time of year), and the humidity is about to do my knees in. My knees aren't alone, either. If it doesn't dry out soon, the front door will be so swollen that I won't be able to get it open. I have to eat my Wheaties before I check the mail now as it is!
|The Admiralty Pub in London|
If it weren't for my aversion to crowds, I could still be sitting on that doubledecker tour bus in London. The architecture alone could keep me enthralled for days, let alone anything else.
But I'd better stop basking, knitting, and reading Golden Age mysteries. (I know-- I'm as surprised as you are!) Something tells me y'all came for some links, and it's time to round 'em up!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, has acquired the rights to 27 Stephen King classics.
- Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf falls out of copyright in Germany at the end of 2015. What will happen when authorities can no longer control its publication and distribution?
- Want a Jane Austen quote delivered to you every day? There's an app for that.
- Subscription eBooks are failing in the USA, but they're succeeding in Germany.
- Amazon Publishing has plans to invest in translations.
- The scandals rocking Amazon about phony authors and fake reviews are leading some to think it may lead to a resurgence of print books.
- If you see men with one painted fingernail, here's the hidden meaning behind it. (And it's an important one.)
- Quiz: Which books are these fictional foods from?
- After hearing that the Toronto Star is doubling its book coverage, I want to subscribe.
- The new kind of notification you never want to see on your Facebook page.
- Watch a modular bookshelf be constructed.
- Are we losing faith in eBooks? (I wouldn't say I'm losing faith. I do know however that I don't want to pay $16 for an eBook that may magically disappear from my eReader.)
- Some beautifully animated vintage book covers.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A 2,400-year-old underground tomb complex in Cyprus was apparently constructed for a wealthy family. Another link has more photographs of the items they are finding.
- An unexpected discovery behind a wall at the University of Virginia is teaching researchers about science.
- A Billy the Kid photograph purchased for $2 in a junk shop could sell for $5 million. Yikes!
- Take a look at what the builders of Stonehenge ate.
- Bonhams has discovered a private collection of rare vintage motorcycles to sell-- worth at least a million pounds. (I'd better not let Denis see any of them!)
- The hidden history in Hawaii's massive underwater ship graveyard.
- Have a cocktail in the world's oldest music hall.
- Medieval graves found near Exeter, England, are mystifying archaeologists.
- A treasure trove of late Triassic fossils have been discovered in Utah.
- Margaret Hamilton's code got humans on the moon-- and invented software itself.
- A 1929 Duesenberg that was owned solely by women recently sold for $2.5 million.
- DNA from the Shroud of Turin indicates that it has global origins.
- A five-year-old boy on the Isle of Wight found a Bronze Age arrowhead behind his primary (grade) school.
- Constance Leathart, the forgotten aviator of World War II.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- 22 surprised animals freaking out about what's happening.
- One of the few things in the world that are impossible for me to resist: puppies!
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Jurassic World really exists.
- Remind me to stop at a McDonald's Ski-Thru next time I'm in Sweden.
- A bookshop in Belarus is braving the government to publish a Nobel Prize winner's work.
- Ksiaz Castle in Poland is for anyone fascinated with World War II secrets, treasures, and ghosts. Sounds like my kind of place!
- Take a look at this modern bookstore in Colombia. (Is it just me, or does it need more books and less interior design?)
►I ♥ Lists◄
- 20 quotes from children's books every adult should know. Many brought back some happy memories for me.
- 19 jokes all book nerds will appreciate.
- 6 unexpected benefits of knitting. Bring 'em on!
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 wonderful weekend, and read something fabulous!