Just a short catch-you-up before heading straight for the meat and potatoes....
I don't know how many of you pay attention to my semi-regular series While Miz Kittling Knits, but I just wanted you to see that I did finish the coverlet I spoke about in one of those posts. It is extremely warm-- remind me not to attempt knitting anything like this in the summer!-- and extremely heavy (to lug around, not to snuggle under). By the time I'd reached the halfway point on it, I'd felt as though I'd enrolled in a weightlifting class.
Tonight our first house guest arrives who'll be able to give it a few good test sleeps. Since it isn't getting all that cool at night, I wouldn't be surprised if he winds up sleeping on top of it!
Time to head out to the corral; those links are getting fractious. Head 'em up! Moooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Old books are finding new life in the form of 3D artwork.
- Amazon is making waves with a UK grocery deal.
- What books were taken to the Antarctic 100 years ago?
- Quentin Blake has unveiled the cover for a new Beatrix Potter book.
- Stephen King has confirmed that The Dark Tower will star Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey as the production nears its start.
- The most frequently played song in the world is one everyone hates.
- The secret you need to know about eBooks.
- First Book will be receiving a donation of 50,000 books in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.
- Scientists have pinpointed the genes for unibrows and going grey.
- Scientists discover how to "upload knowledge to your brain."
- You can buy famous people's dog-eared books-- for a good cause.
- The power of pleasure reading.
- Which authors get to be "Indie"?
- More layoffs hit the Berkley Publishing Group.
- Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit gets his own 50p coin in the UK-- and he didn't have to steal it.
- Fine Books and Collections did a wonderful article Inside Downton Abbey's Library.
- One of my favorite authors, Pat Conroy, has died at the age of 70.
- Plagiarism has left the crossword puzzle community agog.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- New scans of King Tut's tomb may reveal a hidden burial chamber.
- A long-lost Caravaggio painting has made its pubic debut in Tokyo.
- A Chinese farmer found coins as old as Jesus.
- The famous Terracotta Warriors have arrived at Chicago's Field Museum.
- Check out the first flower grown in space.
- Archaeologists have found an Anglo-Saxon island settlement in England.
- A 5,000-year-old linen dress is the world's oldest woven garment.
- Albrecht Matthaei fell in love with Pompeii. Now he works to preserve it.
- An early copy of the Magna Carta was found... forgotten in an old scrapbook.
- Relics of the World's Fair in Paris.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- See how this man is saving shelter dogs.
- How female computers mapped the universe and brought America to the moon.
- Audrey Munson, New York City's first supermodel, died alone in an insane asylum.
- Clarence Birdseye, the man behind modern frozen food.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- This isn't happy, but chilling, as a drone flies over Auschwitz.
- Hidden beaches for bookworms.
- Someone yarn bombed the ducklings at Boston Public Garden-- and are they ever cute!
- 9 literary Airbnb destinations perfect for book nerds.
- The Ospedale delle Bambole...er... Rome's doll hospital.
- Dive between two continents in this frigid fissure in Iceland. (I think I might take a raincheck on this....)
- Live like a castaway on the San Blas Islands.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- 11 books that will inspire you to get to the polls on election day.
- 24 international book covers for The Catcher in the Rye.
- 15 literary heroines you wanted to be while you were growing up.
- 13 operas adapted from famous novels.
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, and read something fabulous!