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Jon, Alone

One of the funniest blogs I’ve come across in recent time is “Garfield Minus Garfield” by a guy calling himself Travors. Basically Travors has gone through old Garfield comics, Photoshopped out all of the characters except Jon Arbuckle, and posted the result as is. As Travors states on his site, “Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life?” It’s so good that even Garfield creator Jim Davis reads and enjoys it.

Today’s “Garfield Minus Garfield” is especially good. I had to share:

May 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm 3 comments


Looking for a new t-shirt? Look no further than

The Young Explorers Society shirt is perfect for the armchair traveler.

Fairy tale enthusiasts will appreciate “Moral of the Story” and “Parable Paranoia”:

And if you get the pun in the next shirt, you are obviously my kind of people:

This is just kind of beautiful:


September 13, 2007 at 12:50 pm 2 comments

Interesting Things in teh Intrawebz

Funny… the exact same thing happened to me last time I made a handmade book! (No, really. You’ve got to watch that. Click it. Seriously.)

What a neat medium for writing!

There are, to my knowledge, two electronic collections of global libraries are gathering. The grander of the two is the Librophiliac Love Letter, collecting the “world’s most beautiful libraries.” Closer to home is Kimbooktu’s Your Home Library page, where booklovers send in photographs of their own bookspaces. I am looking forward to submitting my own picture, but haven’t yet because my library is being used as an impromptu laundry room right now. You should definitely send in a picture of yours!

Kimbooktu is also collecting links to book blogs, so if you keep one, let her know.

Craig detailMelissa Jay Craig, who makes beautiful, ethereal sculptural books, has posted her most recent work. It’s all toadstools! I’m just sort of in love… my family has always said that they found me under a toadstool, and if I were going to live under a toadstool, these would be the toadstools I would pick. 🙂

Take a minute to check out the Rag & Bone Blog’s coverage of Chris Natrop’s beautiful work, with photos.

What a nice, simple, elegant, wonderful idea: plant a tree for every book you read. It costs a dollar per book/tree.

Book Patrol shares a picture of one of the most fun bookshops I’ve ever seen.

Did you know that when you refer to something as a thingamabob, you may require a brisk soapy washing of the mouth?

Ah, what a difference a vowel makes:


For those of you who are writers, these Keyboard Characters might liven up your desktop and provide you with a little uncritical company.

Okay, that’s enough for now. Happy surfing!

September 11, 2007 at 11:25 pm 3 comments

Loud Baby

I found this cartoon on its creator’s blog vis-a-vis another favorite blog. The cartoon is about the blogger’s baby, who is plainly a future reader of this blog. (How many times can I say “blog” in one post?)

August 23, 2007 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment


I just wanted to let everyone out there in blogland know that I wasn’t dead – rather, I’ve got a new job, and it’s doing some very funny things to my available blogging time. I’m so behind on my feedburner that it’s not even funny, and I haven’t read so much as a chapter in two weeks. Plus, my computer has yet to arrive, and the other computer has caught a bad case of the Civilization IVs, so I haven’t had a lot of keyboard time at home, either.

I will try to find some time to come up with something to say and say it, but in the meantime I encourage you to click on the “Links” tab up there and check out some of the other fine book-bloggers out there. Whether your preference is reading, book arts, or writing, I think you’ll find something good to read up there while you’re waiting for me to manage my time. 🙂

Happy Wednesday!

August 22, 2007 at 9:25 am Leave a comment

Uncommonly Good Shopping

It’s been a while since I did a “cool stuff you can buy online” post, and since Jessica directed me to an awesome eStore, I felt it was high time. 🙂

I, for one, would never have imagined that old newspaper was good for much other than lining bird cages and starting campfires. The Uncommon Goods shop, however, offers a tote bag made entirely out of woven newspaper – and it’s beautiful. (There’s a clutch, too.)

These tables are designed for kids, but wouldn’t they be amazing for the particularly right-brained dreamer? Chalk/whiteboard tables… 🙂

“For anyone who can’t keep his or her pen shut.” How many times have you (after the fact) wished you had one of these?


Ever wish you could have a great author sitting at your desk, helping you fight your way through your plot? How about Twain, Hemingway, or even Shakespeare? These tiny marble figures even open up so you can stash away your writerly secrets within.

You’ll find it much easier and more stylish to keep your favorite brew close at hand with this classy coffee tote.

I’ve seen these optical illusion book “shelves” a few times recently, and in fact came across one at Borders the other day. They’re brilliantly simple: you screw the bracket to the wall, slip a sturdy book over the perpendicular plane, and then stack books atop that one. Presto! Books, apparently suspended in midair against the wall!

Let loose a flood of inspiration with this sculpture in your study or living room! 


“Smart women thirst for knowledge” – and good tea, sipped from these adorable mugs.

It’s hard to tell what this would feel, fold, and glue like, but I’m fascinated with the idea of making books out of this paper. You could read the book, and when you were done, plant it – and flowers would bloom!

 You simply have to click, view, and read about this nifty writing utensil.

Readers, actors, teachers, and savvy students will all find entertainment and enrichment in Uncommon Good’s “The Play’s the Thing” Shakespeare board game.


If you’re going to be a writer, or if you spend money you shouldn’t on books, you know the importance of “saving for a rainy day.” This beautiful little bowl appeals to me, not only because of the words imprinted in it, but because I’ve always had a thing for old-fashioned umbrellas. The pricetag is only slightly ironic. 🙂 On that same note: you have to keep from becoming discouraged if you want to make it as a writer. This paperweight/figurine is a beautiful reminder that opportunity is always just around the corner.

Jewelry inspired by Oscar Wilde, art supplies, Martin Luther King, Scrabble, old and new writing equipment, William E. Henley, changing vision, braille, Gandhi, and fairy tales. Whoo, that’s a lot of links!

Reading journals rarely do much for me – they always have sections I’ll never use, or are missing the things I need. This one looks pretty cool, though. I love the three-ring binding – very convenient!


Those of us who grew up with Winnie the Pooh know how amazing Milne’s philosophy really was, and will doubly appreciate it on this heartwarming pillow.

Another cute “reading man” lamp – this one rather more expensive than the one I shared some weeks ago.

If you love murder mysteries, you might want to decorate with this [dramatic? funny? kitschy?] ceramic flower vase. Lovers of chic lit might prefer these, and those of you whose favorite writing tool is liquid and comes in a brown paper bag might like these


Finally, this has nothing to do with reading or writing, other than the fact that I – a reader and writer – want to learn how to juggle and think this is a pretty set. Anyone out there juggle? Can a klutz like me learn?

August 12, 2007 at 3:44 pm 4 comments

Ahh, Sloth

On the one hand, this “book holder” I read about on Book Patrol is pretty ingenious. It holds the book for you at the perfect angle for relaxed, comfortable reading. There’s just one problem – exactly how slow of a reader are you, that it isn’t more inconvenient to unstrap the book and turn the page than it is to just hold the book?

The funny thing is, a similar invention got turned in for Kimbooktu’s book gadget contest, only that one was a clear glass table you put your book on and then laid underneath. That seems really impractical to me – like many inventions, brilliant, but only up to a point! 🙂

August 11, 2007 at 8:40 pm 1 comment

House of Books

Thanks to the Popular Edge for drawing this to my attention! My husband and I have always thought that we’d build a house someday – now I know what I want it to look like! 😉

This is the Casa di Libri – the House of Books – by my new architectural hero, Livio de Marchi. The roof breaks my heart.

book house exterior

book house bed

book house tablebook house office

August 11, 2007 at 10:14 am 3 comments

Look, it’s Meez!

The fun thing about Meez is that you can illustrate all of the people you are. This one looks like me, only, y’know, back when I was skinny, dressing up a little punk while looking for my next great read.

Thie Meez looks even more like me, and is doing exactly what I’d like to be doing right now:

Here I am at work – two days left! 🙂 Man, I wish I had those shoes.

It’s that time of year, so I bring you myself at a football game. There seems to be something wrong with the field, though… must be an away game.

Just for fun, here I am with my hair grown out and my glasses – and my goth – on. I don’t know how I ended up in a black tutu; I had a cute pair of black cropped pants, but then this skirt sort of spoke nonsense in my ear and the next thing I knew, the little animated version of myself was showing more thigh than I’ve seen myself in months.

My true alter-ego:

Let me know if you do a Meez – I’d love to see. 🙂

August 9, 2007 at 7:40 am 2 comments

In Your Pants

The only vlog I watch – and I love it – is Brotherhood 2.0, by two brilliant and crush-worthy writer guys. (As my husband will attest, I’m a sucker for scrawny pale nerd-fighter guys.)

In this part of the country, one reads fortune cookies aloud and adds “in bed” or “between the sheets” to the end, so that you end up with “You will meet a tall, dark, handsome stranger in bed.” Well, on Brotherhood 2.0, you do something similar. Whenever you say a book title, you add “in your pants” to the end. (Hank explains and illustrates this in an early video here.)


As they point out, pretty much every book title out there is greatly improved by this treatment. Take, for example, the following suggestions:

  • The Dark is Rising in your pants.
  • Eats, Shoots, and Leaves in your pants.
  • College Algebra in your pants.
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8, in your pants.

Okay, so that’s actually entirely disturbing.

So what are you reading right now in your pants? I’m working on Return to Treasure Island and the Search for Captain Kidd in your pants (he’s not in mine, I promise) and This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession in your pants.  🙂

August 8, 2007 at 9:29 pm 6 comments

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