Friday, January 29, 2016

The One-Armed Paperhanger Weekly Link Round-Up

You know...sometimes there's just not much going on that's interesting enough to talk about, and that's the case here at Casa Kittling. I don't think you want a blow-by-blow of my cleaning, sorting, and reorganizing, and the fact that I've been seeing birds gathering nesting material isn't enough to gab about at length, so...

I hear those links getting restless out in the corral. Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
  • What will libraries be like in 2100?
  • Two novelists receive Oscar nominations. 
  • Germans still prefer a good book to Netflix and Spotify. 
  • When Val McDermid was here in Scottsdale, I didn't realize that she'd just been burgled! 
  • Researchers are developing a revolutionary Braille tablet for the blind. 
  • Alan Rickman in one of the best films about grief. 
  • This library is purging user records to protect your privacy. 
  • Egypt is launching a massive digital library. 
  • The gap between Star Trek Beyond and the other films, according to Karl Urban. 
  • Penguin has ditched the degree requirement for their job applicants. 
  • A new CBS television series will have an actress of color play a grown-up version of the teenage sleuth Nancy Drew.
  • Amazon is shutting down Shelfari

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
  • Outstanding Roman relics have been discovered along the side of the A1 roadway in Yorkshire, England. (All those times Denis and I have been on that road and didn't know what we were driving past!)  
  • A team of archaeologists in Honduras has unearthed ceramics at the "White City" site. 
  • There are several small islands around New York City, and some of them were once for undesirables-- like Roosevelt Island. 
  • A fascinating look at the forgotten Art Deco artifacts of the New Yorker Hotel
  • The earliest evidence of violent human conflict has been discovered.

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • 18 squirrels become supermodels in a man's backyard. 

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • The German teens who rebelled against Hitler.  
  • You just can't make this stuff up: A woman accidentally joins a search party looking for herself.
  • Raoul Wallenberg's biographer has uncovered important clues to what happened in his final days. 

►I ♥ Lists◄

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!



  1. I know what you mean, Cathy! It's amazing how busy 'not much new' can keep you! Thanks as ever for the links. Off to check out that new Braille tablet.

  2. So many interesting links! I am sad to hear Shelfari is closing. I used to belong to it and a forum there but realize that GR is newer and shinier for the younger readers who look for eye candy.
    I'm off to read about libraries in 2100, Roman relics and the Salem Witch Trials, so thank you!

    1. I've heard from a few folks who are unhappy about Shelfari shutting down.

      I hope you enjoy the links-- and thanks so much for stopping by, Rita!

  3. It's amazing how much work there is to do day to day, even though not much is "new." It's the same old, same old.

    Wanted to let you know that there is a terrific article in the Sunday New York Times magazine about parrots at Serenity Park in West Los Angeles, at a Veterans Administration. They are injured or abandoned birds and they are "therapy birds" for veterans with PTSD and other problems, but the veterans, in turn, help the parrots. Quite a story.


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