Ever wondered what you call a group of gnomes? Or the correct term for a collection of archangels? Don’t you just wish you had a handy chart to look up stuff like this? Once again, we at Trolleyed are here to help. Read on, dear Reader, read on.
Books & authors
- A couple of great posts on Scott Westerfeld’s blog recently. The first one, Genre Cooties, addresses some of the negative press that steampunk had been attracting. However it was this quote that really resounded with me:
THIS is why I don’t write for adults. Their heads are all full of genre cooties and “Taj Mahal? Nah, don’t like tombs.” Whereas a kid will come home from the library with a mystery, an sf novel, an autobiography, and three books about sharks. That’s how kids read, and when something’s cool and fun and awesome (or weird and gnarly and thought-provoking)
That got me thinking….why do we lose that open minded attitude to books? We do tend to get set in our ways, and in the types of books we read. So, how do we change it? How do we challenge ourselves to be less adult (and boring) and more child-like in our selection of books?
- Scott’s second post French Steampunkery is about his visit to Machines of the Isle in Nantes, France. This photos in this post had me squeeing with delight. The steampunk creations are just magnificent. The elephant is awesometastic.
- Kirkus Reviews Best of children’s and teens’ books 2010 – lots of lists and recommendations here.
- Beautiful book carving at Hokey Stokes! (via Out of Print)
- This may have already been included in a previous Roundup, but if so, it deserves to be included again…The Usable Library (via Librarian in Black)
- While UK library use falls, Wales reverses the decline – Wales News – News – WalesOnline (via @jransom)
- YALSA (The Young Adult Library Services Association) now has an official research journal. The journal is open access and is peer-reviewed. It is sure to be a useful resource for those working and studying in the CYA area.
- Google’s 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web – this is full of useful answers to all sorts of computer stuff (y’know – all that stuff that you were too afraid to ask anyone in case it made you look stupid). I love the presentation too – very nice.
- Connect Safely |A Parents’ Guide to Facebook | Safety Advice Articles – a good article about Facebook and privacy for teens. Well worth reading. Also worth reading for your own info to make sure you have the privacy settings the way you want them.
- Our Future World: An analysis of global trends, shocks and scenarios (Publication – General) – this report was written for Australia, but it has relevance to New Zealand too. It makes for interesting reading. (via @heyjudeonline)
- This is just so heart warming. Go on, click on it…it’s worth it. You’ll smile, trust me.
- Cats Lap With Just Tip of the Tongue, Engineers Find – NYTimes.com (via Boing Boing)
- And last, but definitely not least….a very handy chart for you to print out and stick on your fridge. A list of the collective nouns for supernatural beings (and my apologies, I can’t remember the source for this chart). My personal favourites are a lawn of gnomes, and that The Borg is just that – The Borg. Not so sure about a fondle of unicorns though.
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