I Read the Internet So You Don’t Have To, Volume Three

The sky was gorgeous tonight when I left work. This has nothing to do with the post, but it needed a picture.
The sky was gorgeous tonight when I left work. This has nothing to do with the post, but it needed a picture.

It’s been a few weeks since I last shared a round-up of what I’ve been reading online – so long, in fact, that I had far too many articles queued up and had to hold a few over for the next edition. (I intended to do this every two weeks, but seem to have gone three by mistake.) Since there’s a lot to cover, I’ll proceed without further ado…

As I mentioned a few weeks back, I’ve long been fascinated by Alcatraz, so when the official Twitter feed for the park clued me in to their new website about the island’s gardens, which were once maintained by inmates, I could hardly resist taking a look. It’s interesting stuff – and has me hoping I can find a way to get back out to The Rock when I am in the Bay Area this summer.

Nothing charmed me this week like this story from The Atlantic Cities about a New York City artist converting unused phone booths into pop-up libraries. As a committed book nerd and someone who loves seeing public spaces used creatively, this could not be more up my alley. I would love to see this idea make its way to DC. And speaking of things book-nerdy, today’s big literary news is that J.K. Rowling has a new book – for adults – coming soon. I can’t wait to discover if she’s as skilled a storyteller when handling grown-up tales as she is when writing for a younger audience.

Right up there with books/reading on the list of things I love are hockey and historic buildings, and I’ve somehow come across two articles recently where these things intersect. (I know, right? Not the most natural pairing.) The first, from local blog Ghosts of DC, is about the pre-Caps hockey world, when the Washington Lions played at the Uline Arena. The second is the beginning of a series called “Canadian Cathedrals,” about endangered hockey arenas north of the border. The first installment is about the recently-demolished Si Miller Arena in Cornwall, which Google Maps tells me is not far from Massena, NY. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series, in the hopes that all of the barns won’t have been lost, but rather amazingly restored.

In the realm of stuff that’s just totally weird, a Facebook post today from my friend Alisa alerted me to an article about a family that has quite a few members who are blue-skinned. It’s apparently a rare genetic blood disorder, but one that was exacerbated by the fact that they lived in and isolated area of Appalachia and intermarried. It’s kind of totally fascinating, to be honest.

And from the world of oh-look-it’s-another-kinda-bogus-trend-story, the New York Times turned a reporter loose on a special, special breed: adults who live alone. I will leave it to you to decide how much of this story I relate to in a very specific way. Your only hints will be that I have, as recently as tonight, eaten queso dip & chips for dinner, and my bathroom door is actually kind of broken.

Finally, because I’ve gotten in the habit of ending these posts with a video, here is one from PBS featuring some of the Dowager Countess’ best moments on “Downton Abbey.”Actually, this is not the one from PBS (which uses “Maggie May” oh-so-awesomely as its background music) because WordPress keeps barfing up the code. It seems to like this one from YouTube just fine, though,  but go watch the other one, too – it’s better.

One thought on “I Read the Internet So You Don’t Have To, Volume Three

  1. Shannon February 24, 2012 / 9:04 am

    Yay for Top 10 Maggie Smith Moments!! That just made my morning….

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