Where was I when it reached 118° (48°C) here in Phoenix? Sitting in the shady end of my pool with plenty of ice cold green tea and some excellent reading, that's where. I was perfectly comfortable, which is a very good thing because daytime temperatures are not supposed to dip below 110° for quite some time. Just to insure that you firmly believe that I'm strange... we're still running our evaporative cooler. Yup. You heard me. 118° and we haven't turned on the air conditioner. Methinks my English husband has finally acclimated!
|Invasion of the Body Snatchers, anyone?|
Many of the cacti that bloomed so profusely this spring have ripe fruit, and the birds and other critters are gorging themselves silly. When I saw this particular fruit to the left, I couldn't help but run a few Sci Fi movie titles through my head. How about you?
But I cannot dally. I have a corral filled with restless links. Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Bookish jewelry, library edition.
- James Patterson's first BookShots titles sell 30,000 copies in a week.
- Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, has donated 300,000 euros to a Dutch library.
- NASA says that the earth has captured a second moon.
- Why indie presses are opening bookstores.
- This isn't news to many of us, but people who should be in the know are beginning to notice that women are writing the best crime novels.
- Martin Walker on the origin of the Inspector Bruno series.
- If Barnes & Noble goes out of business, it'll be a disaster for book lovers.
- This might be why handshaking evolved.
- The woman who makes the Metropolitan Museum's fashion exhibits presentable.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- The secret messages hiding inside 17th century engagement rings.
- A Wisconsin police officer hits the jackpot with a Ty Cobb poster that hung in a barn for 90 years.
- The 2,000-year-old Antikythera shipwreck which is famous for an "ancient computer" is still yielding new treasures.
- Mystery surrounds a rare Mary, Queen of Scots portrait.
- Scientists have discovered an ancient city that may be a terrible omen for modern civilization.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Rico, a Marine Corps war dog, will be getting a final send-off with military honors.
- An elephant which was shot in the head walked up to a truck to ask for help.
- A rare pine martin discovery could stall some housing plans in Scotland.
- We have the technology to kill all mosquitoes. Should we do it?
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Gustave Eiffel's secret apartment.
- People in Iran would scoff at Phoenix's recent 118°. I simply cannot wrap my head around the temperatures they've been enduring!
- The village of Craco, an Italian hillside ghost town.
- Some beautiful holloways (roads tunneled into the earth by time).
- Some stunning aerial photography.
- Five of the best beaches for beachcombing in the U.S.
- The Valley of the Butterflies in Greece.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald's former home is for sale.
- Cruising through antiquity on the Nile without the crowds.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Ten thoughts all Game of Thrones' TV fans have when they read the books.
- Fake food bookmarks that look good enough to eat.
- Nineteen over-the-top literary accessories that you'll secretly love.
- Ten things you may not know about Harriet Beecher Stowe.
- The biggest bookworms in the world.
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!