Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Round Up

R.I.P. Jose Saramago.

It's cool today and overcast. I am happy.

Manuals online.

The 50 best cookbooks.

The timeless beauty of National Geographic.

11 movies with librarians in starring roles.

I am having a ball traveling around Atlas Obscura.

I really enjoy ABE books blog Reading Copy. They also have a Weird Book Room. Some of these titles are hilarious.

Yum-Double Chocolate Moonshine Cake.

I admit I am obsessive about pronouncing words correctly. I'm not so rude that I correct people when they commit verbal faux pas, (except for A.-we correct each other), but I just think that it is important to at least make an attempt at learning how to pronounce words correctly. Have you noticed that it is always the person who talks too much, talks to loudly that needs the grammar and pronounciation police to arrest them? Anywho-perhaps the Carnegie Mellon Pronouncing Dictionary will assist us.

Years ago I gave my 1963 copy of The Joy of Cooking away. (what a dolt!!!). I had too many cookbooks and I gave away some of the older ones. I was young and foolish-what can I say. This site shows the history of the famous book. It would be fun to try and collect all of the editions.

I am not going to order this-I'm not, but I would love to try this Speculoos Spread. I'm a Nutella nut, but I hardly ever purchase it because I just eat it off of the spoon and fairly soon the entire jar is gone. Speculoos Spread is named after a Dutch cookie. More on that here. And here. There is probably some store in the WDC area that has this treat, but I AM NOT GOING TO LOOK FOR IT!!!

Author Andrew Carroll ( Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters and War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars) has a new project. The Here is Where Project is an all-volunteer initiative to document those places in history that are forgotten. I think this is wonderful.

Nice list of alternative London maps.

Look at this blue tomato.

The Library of Congress is asking the public to vote for their favorite author who has attended the National Book Festival in the last 10 years. The National Book Festival is on September 25th this year.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies-Yum again!!

These map watches are incredible. I don't even need to ask what they cost. Just gorgeous.

That's all I have for now. Have a great week and if I don't post another entry bffore the long Labor Day weekend-Have a great one.

"Do not worry about people not knowing your ability: worry about not having it." - Confucius

Friday, August 13, 2010

Round Up

R.I.P. Daniel Schorr, Fess Parker and Alaina Reed Hall.

Love the art of Sukie.

And the children's literature author and illustrator Simms Taback.

You will probably enjoy Listverse if you are list crazy like yours trul.

Alibris for Libraries has a blog.

Interesting article about Eunice Frost, Penguin's secret editor.

Literature's best-dressed characters.

Mmm-Skillet baked chocolate chip cookies. For most of my life we always made chocolate chip bars in a 13x9x2 pan. It's so much faster than drop cookies. Then we made home made chocolate icing or home made penuche icing to top the bars. I never thought about using a skillet.

Fabulous mystery novelist P.D. (Phyllis Dorothy)James is 90 years old and still writing books.

I love that every state has a poet laureate and that Montana's laureate, Henry Real Bird, is going around the state on horseback and handing out books of poetry. I wonder if he could use an assistant. Let's see a horses, poetry and a poet-sounds like a little slice of heaven to me. Something tells me I wouldn't be able to keep up with him riding horseback.

I loathe the word cougar in describing older women, I guess you have to be a hot older woman to have that term conferred upon you. I also hate, hate, hate the literary designation-chick lit-if we have chick lit, then we should have "dick lit". I find the word "chick" used in reference to women as debasing as I find the word "dick" when used to describe male anatomy.

This weekend (8/14/2010-8/15/2010) the National Parks are offering free admission.

The book site The Millions has a Collaborative Atlas of Bookstores Google Map. Very cool.

Little Cream Book. Here is an interview with the author of the Little Cream Books.

How to make ice cream without an ice cream machine.

Love castles and I would love to see this medieval fortress being built.

Bembo's Zoo by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich is a wonderful children's book that contains pictures of animals made entirely of words and punctuation marks. Bembos Zoo is also an interactive site that I'm sure was created for children, but it is so much fun. I think all ages can enjoy. You need flash

The world's most beautiful lakes.

That's all folks. Have an excellent weekend. Hopefull it won't be too humid in my area.

"Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others...for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received." - Albert Einstein