Just a few items for my first 2011 entry.
R.I.P. Teena Marie-Incredible voice on Lady T. She was a huge part of my youth. M. and I used to cruise around listening to her music singing along at the top of our lungs, and when the occasion arose-dancing out (in those days) little behinds off.
R.I.P. Dr. Billy Taylor-jazz legend.
Very interesting site/exhibition on the History of Vaccines by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
I am falling in love with everything Wisconsin these days-the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center.
Explanation of airport identifier codes.
Oh my, embroidered Wonder Bread.
I haven't read Keith Richards' book Life (Hachette Audio) yet. I think I am going to forego reading it and listen to the audio version voice partly by Johnny Depp. I don't think I have to explain anything more. Of course, to have Johnny read it to me in family room would be even better, but who doesn't have that fantasy.
Are you looking for something to do in your spare time? Has the winter doldrums got you down? Perhaps volunteering for the Transcribe Bentham project will cheer you. Here is the site.
I'm thinking of so many uses for magnetic putty.
Watch people buy books at the Book Depository (WARNING: HIGHLY ADDICTIVE)
In these difficult economic times (and for some of us it has always been difficult) one is always looking for ways to "squeeze the buffalo and make him cry." I have been a huge fan of Paperback Swap over the years and using this service has saved me tons of money; plus it is fun. Here are a few more money savers:
Swap Baby Goods
Cities on the Cheap
Any and everything that you ever wanted to know about the sugar maple is researched at the Proctor Maple Research Center.
I'm a huge fan of t-shirts and I have a ridiculous amount, but I am always on the lookout for more. I've found oodles at Talk Back Tees.
Love these electronic glossaries. My new fave-Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms. (I'm so happy it teaches us all how to pronounce these sometimes difficult words).
And then there is the Internet Slang Translator. Once again hours and hours of fun.
Book of interest: Let’s Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By (Chronicle) by Lesley M.M. Blume. This looks whimsical and evocative. If the name Lesley M.M. Blume sounds familiar Ms. Blume is the also the author of the delightful children's book Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters (Yearling/Random House Books for Young Readers) and Tennyson (Yearling/Random House Books for Young Readers).
Have a good week.
"January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,A frost-mailed warrior striding a shadowy steed of snow." - Edgar Fawcett