Saturday, February 20, 2010

Starred Saturdays: week of February 14

A week into the Olympics and I'm starting to feel exhausted!  I'm not used to this amount of vicarious participation.  Congratulations to all of the fine athletes who have even made it to this elite level of competition.

First we have the truth about expiration dates from Slate.  Apparently they aren't the gospel truth.  (via Oxford University Press Blog)

Apartment Therapy has awesome book nerd design ideas based off of Penguin Classic Postcards.  The postcards will be released in October but you can pre-order them from Amazon now -- 100 cards for $16.50.  Or, if you hate your books, you can take paperback book covers and make postcards out of them.  That makes me a little ill.  But what I really don't understand is why they are praising book wallpaper.  Why would you want to pretend you have stacks of books when you can have real stacks of books?

Techland gives us permission to make fun of Twilight fans that think that Stephenie Meyer invented werewolves and vampires with a misguided fan rant sent to  Don't miss the hilarious comment threads on LR!

Bondi Beach featured the world's largest bookcase in honor of the 30th anniversary of the IKEA Billy Bookshelf. (via RobAroundBooks)

If you haven't seen these art project Jules Verne covers by Jim Tierney yet, you're missing out!  They're all over the place and they definitely deserve to be.  (via Nonsuch Book)

And how could I not give you a picture of volcano lightning?  This is the Sakurajima volcano in southern Japan. (via io9)

Back to the snow and ice on the telly,


  1. Great article on expiration dates. I had heard that before, but it bears repeating.

    And the book wallpaper does seem very silly!

  2. I'm loving the Penguin postcards. 100 to a box! Think of the damage I can do with that many book covers...

  3. Love those postcards, but totally agree about the wallpaper being silly!! Id rather have the real books anyday!!

  4. Lenore - I'm a bit paranoid about expiration dates so it's always good to be reminded that they aren't hard and fast!

    Bookshelf - I am considering a large wall collage in the library or possibly spreading them out through the shelves!

    Tif - Yeah, I have no problem making the illusion of stack of books around ... I'm set!