Saturday, December 12, 2009

Starred Saturdays: week of December 6

Thirteen days until Christmas and boy are we excited! I have all but one item bought, everything shipped that needs to be and now I can devote time to baking and decorating. Between parents, siblings, secret santa and our own family, I did my part in helping out the publishing industry by purchasing around thirty books! But that's not all I'm about so here are some things I found interesting this week ...

Techland reports that Time Inc., News Corp., Conde Nast, Hearst Corp., and Meredith Corp. are going to create a rival format to the proprietary Amazon Kindle offering that uses a full-color screen to enhance the presentation and reading of their magazines. This would be one of my key uses for an e-reader as I feel guilty getting magazines and then putting them straight in the recycle bin after I read them. I would probably subscribe to more magazines if I could lower my ecological footprint.

This week we have Best Last Lines from Novels (via The Millions) and Greatest Opening Sentences (also via The Millions).

It appears to be national news that our Seattle landmark bookstore, Elliott Bay Book Company is relocating from the homeless-ridden and parking-space-deficient Pioneer Square to the hip and happening Capitol Hill. To be honest, I've only been once and felt a bit claustrophobic so I'm glad that they are moving to a slightly bigger space! (via Jacket Copy)

Jacket Copy also shows a novel use for old books. I'm tempted to do this with some old biology text books!

And I'll leave you with my favorite image of the week (and perhaps the year) -- the failed Russian missile launch as seen from Norway. (via io9)

Looking forward to a bit of a Pacific Northwest warming trend,


  1. I'm very sad about the move! Elliot Bay was the big thing that pulled tourists to Pioneer Square and it is quite beautiful and lovely on a summer afternoon. There are quite a few lovely little shops that wouldn't get any notice if Elliot Bay didn't pull folks to the area.

  2. Lena - I agree that it's very bad news for Pioneer Square. But I can understand the company's desire for a space that feels more welcoming to families and has enough parking to draw shoppers from the Eastside. I wonder what will end up in the current space.