It always comes too soon. The afternoon of Tuesday, August 15 showed me that summer is winding down. There's a nasty little part of me that wants to blame friends on Facebook who've spent all summer griping about the heat and posting photos of autumn. But I know it's not their fault. It's the natural order of things.
The cicadas sound as though they're mourning the passing of a season, and as far as I'm concerned, they are. All I can do is enjoy every last little bit of the season that I possibly can. And look forward to next summer.
Pfft! I'm going to take my melancholia out to the corral. Those links need tending. Head 'em up! Moooooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Why can't films and TV accurately portray hackers?
- Buckingham Palace remembers Princess Diana with a new exhibit.
- According to a new survey, what's the funniest word in the English language?
- The best recurring joke on Game of Thrones is about grammar.
- Can the internet's true crime obsession lead to real-life justice?
- Childrens' authors take on the refugee crisis.
- The sci-fi technology that could power microbots.
- On the rise of Scandinavian crime fiction.
- U.S. academics have discovered a dramatic growth of swearing in books.
- eBook sales in the UK are expected to drop as a bookshelf resurgence sparks a "shelfie" craze.
- Crime writer Val McDermid on her latest book and the secret to getting away with murder.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Ancient DNA is being used to track the Mesa Verde exodus in the thirteenth century-- a mystery most thought would never be solved. Here's another look at the subject from the UK's Daily Mail.
- This New Mexico petroglyph might reveal an ancient solar eclipse.
- What a 6,000-year-old knee can teach us about arthritis.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Watch what happens when lightning hits a river.
- The top ten museums of the West.
- The farm with the barn that inspired Charlotte's Web is on the market at $3.7 million.
- Crime and the City: Glasgow is still a hard, hard town.
- A new memorial will soon honor the heroism of Native American veterans.
- The childhood home of the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin is for sale on eBay.
- A new type of library on a once-abandoned Colorado ranch.
- Cowboy rangers of the early U.S. Forest Service.
- Mauro Morandi has lived alone on an island for twenty-eight years.
- Florence Harding, not Eleanor Roosevelt, may have created the modern First Lady.
- Benjamin Lay, the "Quaker Comet," was the greatest abolitionist you've never heard of.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- The homes of eighteen legendary writers.
- The top ten parties in fiction.
- Literature's great swimming pools.
- Seven things people who use bookmarks will never understand about people who dog-ear books.
- Ten bookish umbrellas for your rainy day.
- Twenty-three words that every book lover should integrate into their daily vocabulary.
- Top ten books about birds.
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!