Traveler. Reader. Writer.

thisbelongsinamuseum:

Siberia is a lonely place. One woman in the far away remote village of Kamarchaga, located in the Siberian Taiga, has found a very entertaining hobby to help pass the time. Russian pensioner Olga Kostina has decorated her wooden home with over 30,000 plastic bottle caps. Over several years she collected caps from soda bottles and began using them to decorate the walls of her house with colorful patterns and images. Using a hammer and nails, she placed every single bottle cap by hand to create traditional macrame motifs and various images of creatures living in the neighboring woodland. Her home has become a local landmark. And she’s not planning on stopping her work until her house and adjacent structures are completely covered in bottle caps. Something tells me that she has the time. 

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Anticipation: Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

forestparklibrary:

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Maureen, Instruction Librarian, can’t wait for Margaret Atwood’s new collection of stories, Stone Mattress.

A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet’s syndrome comes to terms with the…

My favorite short story author has a new collection coming out!

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vintagelibraries:

Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Corryville Branch, ca. 1980.

vintagelibraries:

Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Corryville Branch, ca. 1980.

lasseterslostreef said: I came to your tumblr for things like musicians in the Chinese garden and astronomers with cats named after astronomers. Little did I know you'd quickly become my favorite of all the blogs devoted to by-the-minute coverage of malodorous flowers. Add to this all the gifs you didn't make but that somehow you find to accompany your answers to readers' questions. Is this a full-time position, the staff member tasked with finding gifs of cowboys, pirates, and mental patients?

huntingtonlibrary:

And just as quickly, you became our favorite of all the followers whose favorite of all the blogs devoted to by-the-minute coverage of malodorous flowers is this one. (Except warning: we’re soon going back to our regular non–malorodorous flower programming.)

This past week of Corpse Flower Madness, running this tumblr was more like five full-time jobs and probably looked something like this gif we stole from the internet.

AND IT WAS SO AMAZINGLY FUN.  And now The Huntington’s tumblr is going to fall over and pass out for a while.

vintascope:

Liebig’s Beef Extract “Edible Funghi” German issue, 1900

vintascope:

Liebig’s Beef Extract “Edible Funghi” German issue, 1900

(Source: lost-in-centuries-long-gone, via uicspecialcollections)

dorkly:

Check Out These ‘Game of Thrones’ Audition Tapes

While not many audition tapes for Game of Thrones have been leaked to the public, these few have - The Hound, Khal Drogo, and Arya & Sansa Stark. Click here to check out these actors nailing their roles perfectly, way before they were officially cast.

beeritual:

Bear Republic “Big Bear Black”

91 A-

This Double Stout is an old favorite of mine. Before I begin, I have to mention this awful label art. They seriously need to redesign their identity! It’s goofy, amateur look diminishes the inherent concept of quality. Anyhow…the nose is weighed down by heavy aromas of roasted malt that come across like unsweetened dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and maybe a touch of vanilla. Like sour milk, hops add a faint hint of citrus with musty overtones.


As the palate opens, roasted malts unfold a nice, thick layer of dark chocolate. Sweetness develops a sort of caramel, brown sugar character as malts suddenly turn roasted with flavors of burnt coffee beans. Chocolate continues to run background as the dominant factor. As the bitter roast builds, chocolate makes a deeper transition into cocoa powder where malts give bready qualities. The finish is delineated by a sharp splash of hops that down traces of orange peel and pine. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, almost milky, then departs dry and thirsty. Alcohol keeps to a modest 8.1%, which has minimal flavor interference, and helps maintain considerably good drinkability.


Overall, I think this is fairly hoppy in terms of style, so I consider it a West Coast interpretation. The roasted bitterness looms over sweetness with a modest 55 IBU’s. This really isn’t much, but carries just enough weight to dominate. Looking back at my review from one year ago, it’s clear my palate has shifted, because it’s clear I don’t find the hoppy aspect as appealing. Perhaps the concept of balance is purely subjective? There is certainly something to be said for its direct approach, further complexity prevents me from rating this higher. I recommend it to those who like their doubles with a little more hops.


Hops: Centennial, Cascade


8.1%

55 IBU

Healdsburg, California

whatistigerbalm:

I’m pretty sure everyone and their dog drew this already, but here’s mine too.

whatistigerbalm:

I’m pretty sure everyone and their dog drew this already, but here’s mine too.

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yeahwriters:

theparisreview:

“Washington Square gives less sense of the neighborhood than of interiority.”
Sadie Stein on Henry James’s New York stories.

Note to self read all of these

yeahwriters:

theparisreview:

Washington Square gives less sense of the neighborhood than of interiority.”

Sadie Stein on Henry James’s New York stories.

Note to self read all of these

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