For those of you who've followed my blog for a long time, you're used to seeing several photos of my Christmas decorations sometime during the month of December. It just might be different this year. I still haven't made a move to put up a single tree or decoration, and if I do manage to, it's definitely going to be Christmas Lite.
I can't really say that I feel like Ebenezer Scrooge before Dickens brought on his intervention. There's not a "Bah!" or a "Humbug!" in me. I still love Christmas; only the decorating bird has flown the coop. Rather odd, but that's the way it is. So far.
In the mean time... head 'em up! Move 'em out! These links are about to stampede!
Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
- One of the greats of crime fiction, P.D. James, died last week. She will be missed, but her marvelous books live on.
- In preparation for watching Benedict Cumberbatch portray Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, I found this article interesting-- and painful-- reading.
- You never know what movie watching will lead to: an historian spotted a long-lost painting while watching Stuart Little.
- What happened to England's abandoned mansions?
- A couple of links for the dog lovers amongst us: how a dog in Ecuador managed to find a new home in Sweden, and... if you want to whisper sweet nothings in Fido's ear, make sure it's his left ear.
- Speaking of critters, I got a few chuckles from this ad on Craigslist for a koala named GumNut.
- Moscow (Russia) Metro riders get free eBooks.
- Can eBooks ever overtake print?
- An author has donated signed books to the Ferguson Public Library.
- After reading about how WinCo shares its wealth with its employees, I wish there was one closer to my home.
- Oh how I hope this is true: Google is killing CAPTCHA as we know it.
- Do you know what happened to the Gone With the Wind movie set?
Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones
- Scientists have been working hard to solve the riddles of an early astronomical calculator.
- Mentioned in an earlier round-up, the mystery of the so-called "vampire burials" has been solved.
- A 23,000-year-old limestone "Venus" has been dug up in France.
- Lessons from an ancient time when recyclers walked the earth.
- Richard III's DNA has thrown genealogists into a tizzy.
- The source of those mysterious Tjipetir blocks that have been washing up on European shores has finally been determined.
- A DIY dad bought a derelict fixer-upper and wound up restoring the forgotten 1920s general store he found inside it.
The Happy Wanderer
- If you've been wandering around Kittling: Books for very long, you know I love swimming pools. Take a look at 27 of the most exotic pools on earth. I could see me reading in one or two of them!
- Stunning views of U.S. National Parks from space.
- Visit this decaying mansion of antiques in Savannah, Georgia, with me.
- The ultimately happy story of the last inn on the sea in North Carolina.
I ♥ Lists
- I know I'm not the only person who dabbles in some sort of crafts, and I've always admired people who can combine art and cake, so feast your eyes on these 25 craft-inspired cakes. I don't think I could bring myself to cut into any of them!
- 7 Christmas gifts that will be returned and refunded. If everyone's going to be so picky, why don't we all just give gift cards?
- 17 novel Etsy gifts for every kind of book lover.
That's all for now. 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!