Harry Potter visualized – this is gonna take awhile

Woh!  I am probably late seeing this but….WOH!  The entire Harry Potter series visualized in one chart.  Print this out, put it on a wall in the bathroom and you’ve got great bathroom reading material for awhile!

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by artist Lucy Knisley

Robot Elephant! Animated (kinda) short on the awesomeness of imagination

We can all relate.

 

by ornana films

It’s not a zero-sum game – it’s an infinate game – Seth Godin

I love this man.

I love his brain and his thoughts and I love that he puts that down on paper, into words.  I love how he connects everything with everything.  If you aren’t reading Seth Godin, now is the time.

In fact, let me help you.  He wrote a blog post today about competition and because he related it to books and authors it was the perfect post to share with you today.

I’ve been away from this blog for and I’ve missed it but summer called and I answered.  So as we are about to ease into September, let’s start with Seth.

Why don’t authors compete?

There’s an apocryphal story of a guy who went for his final interview for a senior post at Coca-Cola. At dinner, he ordered a Pepsi. He didn’t get the job.

And most packaged goods companies would kill to be the only product on the shelf, to own the category in a given store.

Yet, not only do authors get along, they spend time and energy blurbing each other’s books. Authors don’t try to eliminate others from the shelf, in fact, they seek out the most crowded shelves they can find to place their books. They eagerly pay to read what everyone else is writing…

Read the rest of Seth’s post here.

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Woman – An Anthology – A collection of stories supporting women with breast cancer

Woman, An Anthology has been a project 3 years in the making and look at the list of amazing authors it boasts.  In this anthology you will find stories these authors have written highlighting and celebrating women.

  • Stephen King
  • Alice Munro
  • Peter S. Beagle
  • Lynn Coady
  • Peter O’Donnell
  • Robert E. Howard
  • Van Kunder
  • Emma LaRocque
  • Charles de Lint
  • M C Joudrey
  • Anaïs Nin

We who love to read and who likely have all had women in our lives touched by cancer (if not ourselves) can help make this book happen because once it does, proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada (“Once produced, the book will be made for sale in retail bookstores with proceeds from the sales of the book to be donated entirely to breast cancer research”).

Let’s make it happen!

Women – An Anthology Kickstarter Page

Open letter from Javier Bardem about the massacres in Gaza (English/Spanish)

Geeky Book Snob:

I cannot find the spirit to blog when such atrocities are being committed against innocent people in Gaza.

Originally posted on fakfukfon:

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This animated short is beautiful in its simplicity – Duet by Glen Keane.

The animation, the story, the music – it all speaks for itself.

My life is complete – I can now read in a torrential downpour

I can read anywhere, any way.  In a moving car, soaking in the bath, while walking, while carrying on a conversation, in a noisy cafe, in a theatre waiting for the show to start – you name it.  But the places I can’t read?  The pouring rain, in a shower or swimming in the ocean.  As a book lover and avid reader, I want to be able to read wherever I want whenever I want but who wants soggy pages?  I don’t want to ruin my book like that.

But now I am free!  Truly free!  Introducing the You-Bumi!  A plastic bubble for a book!

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What innovation!  And how adorbs – two little holes to stick your thumbs in while you enjoy reading that amazing book in the shower.

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There are no more obstacles to my book reading life!  The only thing that could stop me is if those two little thumb holes are too small for my Brachydactyly Type D thumbs.

Watched this video then rocked the world #LikeAGirl

There is a new ad making its internet rounds today that I appreciate.  It’s an Always ad that asks us to take a look at what it really means when we say “like a girl”.

Using #LikeAGirl as an insult is a hard knock against any adolescent girl. And since the rest of puberty’s really no picnic either, it’s easy to see what a huge impact it can have on a girl’s self-confidence.
We’re kicking off an epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.

 

 

 

Fantasy Novels Deconstructed – an Infographic

An oldie but a goodie – the folks over at Paste put this little geeky treasure together and I ate it up.

Whether it’s a story filled with adventure and heroic deeds or a fantasy land with a side of romance—any of these classic fantasy novels might just be worth the quest.

For your reading pleasure:

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Play a game with me. What’s the soundtrack of your life? A game of musical representation.

Music in the movies colours the emotional experience of the movie itself, as it does our lives. We all have relied on a song to help us through heartbreak, falling in love and new discoveries. There is a song for every moment, mood and feeling we have ever experienced. This game is inspired by a recent TEDx Manitoba talk I attended.  Ted Geddert came on stage with his son and talked about the devastating day his other son and his father died.  How music healed his family.  His idea worth spreading was to “Take risks, and find a soundtrack to get you through”   So, it got me thinking.  What is the soundtrack of my life?  If I were to tell a story of today, a moment in time or of my life as a child – what would those songs be to describe me to you in a way that I don’t have to speak?

So, will you play a different kind of ‘getting to know you’ game with me?  Let’s call it My Life Through Song.  life through song

What would be the soundtrack to the movie of your life up to this moment?  Or maybe there is a particular moment in time that deserves to be played out in a soundtrack.  Perhaps your life is a comedy, a drama, a war epic; it doesn’t matter what lens you view your life through – what matters, is that you have a damned good song to go with it.

The drill is as follows:

  • Copy these instructions, including the categories below and paste them in your post.
  • List the title of the song and the artist after each category and embed the music video (if there isn’t a music video for it then find a video of the song with lyrics – if there still isn’t one, then a link to the song in any form will do – we wanna hear the song!).
  • Tag your post with My Life Through Song
  • Pingback this blog post so I can see all your song choices – I wanna hear the story of your life!  (Click here for pingback instructions.  And, if you don’t use WordPress then leave a comment with the url to your blog post)
  • This part is optional – you can describe why you chose this song in a short paragraph OR you can just let the song speak for itself and leave it to the imagination of your audience.

Here are the 6 categories of songs:

  1. The Getting to Know You Song:  This song starts off your movie. It is the song that introduces you to your audience; maybe as a child or as an adult pondering life.  Where the movie of your life starts is up to you.
  2. The Love Song:  You know this one. You fell in love, maybe with a person, a place or an animal.  Love is love and this song makes you feel it!
  3. The Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy Song:  You are joy personified.  Everything is as it should be and all is beautiful with the world. If spontaneous dancing and singing were to happen as you walked down the street, it would be this moment.
  4. The Rock Bottom Song:  Um, happiness can only last so long right?  We’ve all been there, that moment where, shit, just when you think you can’t get any lower, you do.  Is the whole world against you?
  5. The Poignant Song: This is a time of reflection in your movie.  You’ve hit rock bottom.  Well now, take a walk in that light rain, look up at the sky and reflect…this is the moment that your life changes.
  6. The Rocky Balboa Song:  You’ve made it through your darkest hour!  Will power kicks in so pick yourself up and dust off the past! This is the song you turn up the volume on.  YEAH!  Fist pump the shit out of that air – you deserve it!
  7. The Let the Credits Roll Song:  Though life keeps on going a movie does eventually come to an end and with it, the concluding song. At this moment we are content, we are at peace or maybe we’re still struggling but we’ve accepted it.  Either way, we are ready to welcome life and all the challenges that come with it.  The end.

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Here’s the soundtrack to my life – so far.

The Getting to Know You Song:

Same Mistakes – The Echo Friendly

The Love Song:

But Not Tonight – Depeche Mode


The Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy Song:

Paul Simon – Russian Futurists


The Rock Bottom Song:

What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes

 

The Poignant Song:

Weighty Ghost – Wintersleep

 

The Rocky Balboa Song:

The Final Countdown – Europe

The Let the Credits Roll Song:

Living in Colour – Frightened Rabbit

 

Okay, your turn to play!

The beautiful thing about this game is it never has to end.  You can play it any time for any moment and I might come back and play it again down the road.

(I do have an ulterior motive here:  I love discovering new music and figured this would be a fun way to do so.)

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