For several years now I have categorically stated that I refused to have a phone that's smarter than I am. Categorical statements can be, well, dangerous. You know? Ah, I see. You've made a few of them yourself. I feel a bit better now.
You see before you my new iPhone SE. When they learned of this new possession, some of my friends went into profound shock. One messaged me to inquire after my (mental) health. In response to a baffled "Why?!?" I replied, "Water (Denis) will eventually wear away even the hardest stone (me)."
Once Denis let me touch it, the first thing I did was go to Settings and turn off auto-correct and predictive text, two things that I loathe with a passion.
As to why I changed my mind... I think I shall remain silent. My reason would probably only make you shake your heads in disbelief. Instead, I'm going to mosey out to the link corral. They're gettin' restless.
Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Did illiterate Egyptian miners invent the alphabet?
- In a very interesting article, it's clear to see that one of the best ways to view the cultural divide in the U.S. is by the television programs we watch.
- This doesn't surprise me much: patients cared for by female doctors fare better than those treated by men.
- Subscription box services are booming, and book boxes offer novels and novelty items.
- The Navajo Nation Library wants to digitally preserve thousands of hours of oral histories.
- The highbrow struggles of translating modern children's books into Latin.
- Will it work? The great green wall of Africa.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- An ancient underwater potato garden has been uncovered in Canada.
- Archaeologists believe that Chaco Canyon inhabitants likely relied on imported food.
- Poland has purchased a Da Vinci painting in a $105 million art deal.
- What you can find mudlarking on the Thames Foreshore in London.
- Romans used to ward off sickness with flying penis amulets.
- Mary Beard stumbles upon a priceless set of Henry VIII tapestries in a New York City rug shop.
- The first known map to feature parts of the New World labeled "America."
- The Islamic State is turning Iraq history-- like that of the ancient site of Nimrud-- to rubble. What few people know is that Agatha Christie had a little-known role in Nimrud.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Be prepared for beauty when one of my favorite wildlife photographers unveils his Best Bird Photos of 2016.
- Researchers have been translating bat talk, and it turns out they argue. A lot.
- Here's a slideshow of some absolutely stunning wildlife photos.
- Watch three men in a rowboat rescue a tangled-up moose.
- One of the many we said goodbye to in 2016, Richard Adams was a unique writer whose masterwork made literary history.
- Thank heavens I was not a patient of Painless Parker and his Dental Circus!
- Princess Ka'iulani, the Scots-Hawaiian princess who beguiled Robert Louis Stevenson.
- Led by archaeologist Meg Watters, a team of reenactors helped solve a Revolutionary War mystery.
- Bambi artist Tyrus Wong has died at the age of 106.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- The rooms they left behind.
- Literary Looks: Bookish tights and leggings.
- Eight of President Obama's best quotes about reading.
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!