I think Denis and I are on the same page, which isn't all that unusual. When we have time to watch television in the evenings on his days off now, we're watching "kinder, gentler" fare like "Finding Dory," and we're making our way through the Harry Potter films again. There's been too much going on within the past month or so that is anything but kind and gentle. We aren't going to hide our heads in the sand by any stretch of the imagination, but sometimes you just have to unplug.
But something's been plugging into me, and it creeps me out. (No, that old pickup truck to the right didn't undergo a Stephen King-like possession.)
I do spend time on Facebook. I don't live there, but it's proven to be a good way to stay connected with my widely-spread-out family and friends. But Facebook isn't always my friend-- and I'm not just talking about the fake news you can find. I'm extremely careful about clicking on any links I find there, and I know there are some links that I have never clicked on... yet suddenly their advertising is showing up all over my news feed. Yes, they are websites I frequent away from Facebook, but I haven't "liked" their pages on that social media behemoth, so there should be no reason for them to follow me there.
It's a good thing that my online surfing and buying would bore most people to tears; otherwise, I really could work myself into a tizzy about all these merchants following me around on the internet. What they may not realize is that, not only am I a bit creeped out by their stalking, I'm also annoyed. When I'm annoyed with a company, I tend to stop giving them my hard-earned cash. And on that note, it's time to head on out to the link corral. They're gettin' restless!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Stock Video Women show you how to read (just in case you needed a few pointers).
- A deep neural network is learning how to judge books by their covers.
- The real meaning behind Snape's first words in Harry Potter is absolutely heartbreaking.
- Where do people buy and listen to their audiobooks?
- Fascinating! Naked Ambition: the evolution of a book cover.
- Most UK authors' annual incomes are still well below minimum wage.
- Latino Noir: private eyes and really bad vatos.
- Video: Harry Potter and the translator's nightmare.
- A school book club required a permission slip for a child to read Fahrenheit 451, and his father's response is brilliant.
- Jennifer Lawrence will be teaming with Ron Howard for a Zelda Fitzgerald biopic.
- Watching a serial killer play the Dating Game made my blood run cold. We can educate women all we want, but violence against women is a men's issue. They need just as much (if not more) education on the subject.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A 3,800-year-old "thinking person" statuette has been unearthed.
- Archaeologists have discovered evidence of the original 1620 Plymouth settlement.
- An ancient city has been unearthed in Egypt.
- A Holocaust jacket found at a tag sale has led to a life story.
- This 6,000-year-old amulet is the oldest example of a technology still used by NASA.
- Ancient stone monuments have been discovered along the shores of the Caspian Sea.
- Prehistoric and Bronze Age finds have been made during work to construct the new Inverness West Link road.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- A baby possum and a zookeeper have developed quite the bromance.
- A woman has an amazing cuddle session with a huge wolf.
- A humpback whale gives thanks to the divers who saved her.
- Tony Sarg, the man who changed Thanksgiving.
- The great women artists that history forgot.
- Susan La Flesche, the first Native American woman doctor in the United States.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- How about some photos of gorgeous bookshelves?
- Here's a poll that I found interesting: If you know that a book is the first title in a series, do you read it, or do you wait for more in the series to be published? (I read it. Who's to say that I'll want to read the other books in the series after I've read book #1?)
- Only an actual grammar genius will ace this quiz. Feeling lucky?
- The U.S. National Archives has launched an animated GIF archive: see Whitman, Twain, Hemingway, and others in motion.
- Sixteen university campuses that might secretly be Hogwarts.
- Thirty-two beautiful book quotes to read when you're feeling lost.
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, and read something fabulous!