National Cheeseball Day

hooray for me..the laptop has a new motherboard and seems to be working nicely..amazing what you can do when you have valid credit cards. Hopefully we will be back on our regular scheduled programming.

101 uses • gives us instructions on how to alter a paperback book into an ipod case. as well as instructions on how to turn a book into a CD binder. I wonder if they know that a book is an end product unto itself?

birthday boy • Thornton Wilder (1897) turns over in his grave. The Thornton Wilder Society will be a celebrating Monday, March 20 in the Music Concert Hall from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. on The College of New Jersey campus in Ewing, NJ. Free and Open to the Public.

birthday girl • Isak Dinesen (1885) Karen Blixen first achieved fame in the United States. Her books were popular in England and the rest of the English-speaking world, but for some years her writing was not well received in Denmark.”A poet is always a poor man in his own little country.”

cookies and milk • The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and The Sun Herald of Gulfport, Miss., each won the Pulitzer prize for public service. The staff of the Times-Picayune won a second Pulitzer, in the breaking news reporting category, for “courageous and aggressive coverage” of Katrina. Further rundown of winners.

straight talk • the Guardian gives us a think piece on the growing necessity of plain English

saved • Dundee University has shelved controversial plans to throw away 22,000 library books , because of demands on space, after objections from students and academics.

something new : I am Spartapuss by Robin Price
Historically accurate and full of enchanting wordplay, this fanciful tale set in Rome in 36 AD follows the adventures of Spartapuss, via his diary entries, as the Feline Empire falls into the hands of Emperor Tiberius’ tyrannical heir, Catligula. When someone scrawls a nasty poem about the royal felines on Spatopia’s vomitorium walls during a visit to the spa from Catligula and his mother Mewlia, Spartapuss is held responsible. Fortune takes a wicked turn when he’s thrown in jail and transferred to a gladiator training school. When the Emperor goes on an endless vacation, the foul Catligula takes control of the Empire and creates new laws. Now Spartapuss’s only chance for freedom lies in his ability to defeat his opponents in the gladiator arena

and it keeps on ticking • Spouses, editors, book-lovers – married 39 years.

new idea • Portland’s Poetry Crawl draws a crowd. somehow it doesn’t sound as much fun without the vomiting and morning after embarrassment.

banktoaster • Cornell University keeps a handy dandy index to digitial archive collections. via Lee @ the Prints and the Paper

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