Saving libraries: check out every book.

There’s a lot to love about this story.

Stony Stratford Library empty photo
Photo: Friends of Stony Stratford Library via Facebook

…Which brings us to the Friends of Stony Stratford Library (UK) who organised their ‘Wot No Books’ campaign and harnessed the power of social networking to get the word out. Following the spread of news via Facebook and Twitter, the library’s entire collection of 16,000 books has all been loaned out – at one point forcing librarians to stamp 380 books per hour. The reason for this extraordinary action was to demonstrate the void that would be left behind if the library was closed down, as is planned by the Milton Keynes Council…


Dropping science.

I dropped this out of a two story window onto a paved parking lot yesterday, as part of a sanctioned science experiment. The egg survived and this photo was taken post-drop.

Should you ever need to bail out of a burning building, I recommend the Boston Creme.

Book reviewing via video done right.

Let the above still be your guide to properly reviewing Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom.

Or, watch it in context.

Or, if you don’t care about books, enjoy the photo for the amusement it offers in and of itself.

(If you don’t care about books, why are you at Condalmo? You need more than Cottonelle. I’ma gonna wrap your car in Cottonelle.)

Typewriter key rings.

If I was living somewhere other than Maine, I might get lambasted for trafficking in hipster paraphernalia. This Etsy shop makes some nice things out of typewriter keys. I’d buy a semicolon ring, if they made it. (I wonder if they’d make brass knuckles with a semicolon on each knuckle, for dispatching all of the semicolon haters. You see where my mind goes without enough coffee?)


Italo Calvino’s sections of the bookstore.

Love it:

Italo Calvino’s sections of the bookstore:
– Books You Haven’t Read
– Books You Needn’t Read
– Books Made for Purposes Other Than Reading
– Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written
– Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
– Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
– Books Too Expensive Now and You’ll Wait ‘Til They’re Remaindered
– Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback
– Books You Can Borrow from Somebody
– Books That Everybody’s Read So It’s As If You Had Read Them, Too
– Books You’ve Been Planning to Read for Ages
– Books You’ve Been Hunting for Years Without Success
– Books Dealing with Something You’re Working on at the Moment
– Books You Want to Own So They’ll Be Handy Just in Case
– Books You Could Put Aside Maybe to Read This Summer
– Books You Need to Go with Other Books on Your Shelves
– Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
– Books Read Long Ago Which It’s Now Time to Re-read
– Books You’ve Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It’s Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them

(from 52 Books)

That was Daniel Schorr.

One of the best things about NPR – National Public Radio, as it used to be known – is behind us: Daniel Schorr passed away this morning at age 93. (It still evokes some astonishment when I read about somebody passing and, because of the way the internet works so quickly, it happened just a few short hours ago.) His voice and commentary set a standard.

Hear him in this piece, recorded after viewing the 2005 Good Night, and Good Luck – a unique perspective, as he was part of Murrow’s team.