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 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?
April 16, 2014, 9:40 am
Loved your post, Charlie! My favourite, of course, was the bookish one about people matching their bodies to book covers. That is so cool!
April 16, 2014, 11:44 am
I mostly use twitter for link sharing – but then I feel I miss quite a lot of other people’s posts, esp. because of time-zones. So… I like link posts a lot!
April 16, 2014, 3:32 pm
A handful of people I know do bookish link posts about once every other week or so. It’s always interesting to see what’s going on around the web. I feel like I miss so much sometimes. Often those links are to other bloggers, but some also do interesting articles they find.
I don’t think posts like this are spammy at all. If you see something interesting and want to share, chances are someone else will find it interesting too!
Of course, my favorite link you’ve shared today is the one about the book cover matches. Those are always fun to see. :-)
April 16, 2014, 4:45 pm
I love that photo–what an intriguing place. Now I have to read about Shibam.
April 17, 2014, 12:41 pm
Those book cover shots are very well done. More generally I completely understand that feeling that you’ve found lots of wonderful things (an investment of your time) and want to share them in case others get value from them too. I’ve started doing a similar thing, on twitter sharing a title daily that I’ve added to my wishlist (assuming I had time available to read all books that I wanted to). I post a summary list of the titles featured in these each week on my blog. If it caught my eye then it might interest others that may not be quite as time poor as myself.
April 17, 2014, 1:04 pm
Love this post! I didn’t click on the potato side dishes post, just because I don’t need to add any MORE reasons for myself to eat potatoes with cheese all the time. :p Also, I may be a bad person because I have always dumped leftover yolks/whites into the sink when I was done with the part of the egg I needed.
April 17, 2014, 7:02 pm
I do like link posts! I tend to scatter my links to weird stuff across Facebook, and a little but on Tumblr. I have so far not had the patience to collect them in a, well, more collected way.
April 20, 2014, 9:51 pm
Because my computer time is so limited I tend to not do a lot of surfing the web when I can get on–I try to really focus on commenting and writing up posts. But twitter! Since I usually have my phone in hand and scroll through twitter throughout the day I email tweets with interesting links to myself to check out later…or click right away.
April 24, 2014, 12:38 pm
I think it’s a good idea; I’ve seen these kinds of posts on other blogs and, even though I don’t click on all the articles, I like to take a look at some of them