Welcome to another round of commentary and links.
Books: Since my last roundup of links, I have finished all the Phryne Fisher books (excellent and a lovely combo of knowing what I’d get out of them, and still having interesting bits).
Other recent reads include Code Name: Verity by Elizabeth Wein, which I found fascinating both for narrative structure and character voice, and for the time period (which is WWII.) It is not an easy book to read (without giving away plot spoilers, any book in Nazi-occupied France is not precisely going to be cheerful, really) but it has some delightful moments of friendship and brilliance and joy in amongst the horrible. (Also the pleasant realisation when I looked up her bio that I’d read and loved a number of her short stories, previously.)
Likewise, I adored Phoebe North’s Starglass which is about a generational starship about to reach its destination, with a bunch of interesting cultural twists (70% of the original population were Jewish, but a lot of it has shifted over the generations in interesting ways.)
Currently reading Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind by David Quammen, which is about – well, apex predators, people, their interactions, and is a fascinating mix of ecology, zoology, and history and therefore exceedingly up my alley.
Watching: As you can guess from my reading, I have now also watched Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and loved them (though also finding it fascinating how they differ from the books: I am mostly fine with the changes, but there are some substantial ones.) I’m looking forward to being able to get the second season here in the US. I then did a detour through Warehouse 13 and am currently part way through Eureka and enjoying them for knitting watching.
- Giant horsehead sculptures on the Scottish skyline.
- From a couple of years ago, but the Polish cast of Les Miserables does a flash mob performance of “One Day More” in a Polish shopping mall. (I adore this musical, and have since I was, y’know, 13 or so, but this video caught my attention for the body language and sheer fun they’re having with it.)
- The Piano Guys do a mash-up of Vivaldi’s Winter and the song “Let It Go” from Frozen. Also with the joy in what they’re doing.
- Ursula Vernon’s Morally Ambiguous Honey Badgers (along with the best Valentine ever) This exchange also produced a lot more art, some of it from my most excellent friend Elise, who has commentary on and links to the larger exchange of badger ideas.
- Baroque dance. (Particularly interesting for the links of two different dancers dancing the same piece.)
- IT Security for you and your library: I was at Blake’s presentation about this at Computers in Libraries in 2013, and the writeup is excellent and useful.
- Sarah Houghton takes on two recent bits of library-land controversy, one about the ALA Code of Conduct, one on the piece that ran in Slate about “This is what a librarian looks like”. She includes links to other useful discussions of both.
- The excellent Nancy Sims talks about copyright in regard to academic publishing norms, whether copyediting changes the copyright considerations, and other related details.
Codes of contact: So, there’s been rather a lot of discussion in the library world about codes of contact for conventions and other things. Various links of relevance.
- Besides Sarah’s piece above, Lisa Rabey has a roundup of links.
- Andromeda Yelton has a piece in Library Journal with more links and a lot more context.
- The Ada Initiative on how to design a code of conduct for your community.
- John Scalzi had a post about Arisia’s code of conduct working, and why conventions and other organisations should want one.
- The problems of doing oral history about exceedingly difficult, complicated, and illegal events. (Metafilter has some additional links of interest.)
- Mountain lions in Los Angeles and related places.
- How to build a perfect refugee camp : Turkey, apparently, has done some really fascinating things about building a refugee camp that actually mostly works.
- A report from a zooarchaeology meeting focusing on equids – links to some more fascinating info, but the one I found particularly interesting was the size changes pre and post medieval period in London.
- Trying barley water has been on my list of interesting historical recipes for a while now. (What, you’re suprised I have a list of interesting historical recipes?) I liked this post with historical summary a lot.