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Next Stop Procrastination #5

A screenshot of Rhett and Scarlett walking passed Tara in Gone With The Wind

Screen shot from Gone With The Wind, copyright © 1939 Selznick International Pictures.

I actually managed to forget I had more than a few links ready for this next post, so #6 shouldn’t be too long in the future. Here are interesting articles and blog posts I’ve found over the past couple of months – some old some new.

The links

She may not be a book blogger but the sentiment is very apt when Cassie tells us to have an opinion.

Ever eaten or had a drink soon after brushing your teeth? It’s awful, isn’t it? This is why.

What if age is nothing but a mindset?

Scarlett O’Hara’s Tara has been found in a random barn and it’s being restored.

And if you’re anything like me and miss news, Anthony Horowitz’s disagreement with his editor was included in a printed copy.

What’s piqued your interest recently?

Next Stop Procrastination #4

A photo of a bialy with egg and pastrami

This photograph was taken by Stu Spivack.

Happy Friday! It’s been a while, but here we go in 4… 3… 2… no, just number #4.

The links

On responding to negative reviews, this author spent just a bit too much time.

Caffeine evolved to help plants control us.

The way publishers are watching stats and too many requests for books? It’s happening in the fashion world, too.

Have you met the cousin of the bagel? You may soon.

Lastly, here’s Kim’s discussion of blogging for books versus blogging because of books. It’s a good one.

What has piqued your interest on the Internet lately? And should I add more links to these posts in future?

Next Stop Procrastination #3

A photo of La Llareta

This photograph was taken by Christian Ostrosky.

Book reviewing and criticising (that new old topic), food, and natural history rule today. To paraphrase many a TV show presenter, it’s time for Next Stop Procrastination…

The links

I personally like your bog standard pizza, but if you’d like a little variation you could perhaps try this.

It may be somewhat ironic, given that Sarah’s site is called Yes And Yes, but you’ll likely feel better for having read this post on the concept of saying ‘no’.

This is a (head’s up: fairly strongly-worded) post by Carrie about the times when you shouldn’t react to a review.

Larissa has started a short blog series on photography concepts that is good for beginners (I certainly learned a lot). I’ve provided the link to the first, and I believe she’s written more since.

What are the oldest living things in the world? As these photos show, some plants can live for a very, very long time.

What has piqued your interest on the Internet lately?

Next Stop Procrastination #2

A photo of a sunset over Isola di Poveglia

This photograph was taken by Giorgio Bertossi.

Spooks, too many letters, and some awesome covers. Last month’s post was well received, so here I am with five more finds for you. There’s only one book-related link this time, but I’ve already found more literary articles for next month. (I’m thinking this series may work best as a once-a-month feature, would you agree?)

The links

This 1939 novel, Gadsby, is 50,000 words in length and does not have any letter ‘E’ anywhere.

Would you buy the spookiest island in Venice?

Like Ellie Goulding? Here’s Burn, 1960s style. If you prefer Jason Derulo, you might want to give Talk Dirty in traditional klezmer style a listen, instead.

We British have some very odd phrases that we didn’t really know the history of, until now.

The winner of longest train station name goes to this one in Wales. Incidentally, it might interest you to know that Bangkok’s full name is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.

What has piqued your interest on the Internet lately?

Next Stop Procrastination (Pilot Post)

A photo of Shibam in Yemen

This photograph was taken by Will de Freitas.

Like, I expect, everyone who uses the Internet, I often come across interesting or downright fascinating articles. I’ll read them and not know what to do next. Will my family be interested if I bring the subject up at the dinner table? Is it the sort of information my friends would be interested in hearing or reading? I used to post such articles to Twitter, and I know a fair few people read them, but after a while I felt it was verging on spamming, whether it actually was or not.

I stopped. And I miss it because sometimes you come across something you just know is interesting generally.

So this post is an experiment. I’ve compiled a list of interesting articles and pages I’ve come across over the last week, and I’m sharing it here for your perusal. They’re not all about books but I hope you’ll like them anyway. Let me know what you think of this post idea – if you like it I may consider turning it into a semi-frequent feature, say once every few weeks.

The links

The Manhattan of the Desert – A brief introduction to the high-rise town of Shibam in Yemen, dating back to the 1500s. Life Edited is a company that aims to make life compact so their angle is economical and environmental.

Solar Charging Ereader – An option to consider when the battery inevitably dies? These instructions require patience and slicing through the device, but it’s intriguing nonetheless. Before finding this I learned the unfortunate fact that some Kobos have their batteries glued in. I’m hoping mine lives a long life!

Egg Storage, Freshness & Food Safety – Want to know how to store those leftover eggs whites/yolks? This post sums up the options. This link is the result of a yoke-only carbonara earlier this week.

People Matching Their Bodies to Book Covers – Admittedly the placement of the covers aren’t perfect in this one, but it’s worth a quick look, especially if you liked the concept of holding a photo of a location at the location itself.

Potato Side Dishes – This is a gallery linking to many different ideas. I loved it from the first one, but to borrow a phrase from author Shannon Stacey, the jalapeño roasted potatoes sound like potato wedges of doom (tough, but a lot of fun!)

What has piqued your interest on the Internet lately?


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