Friday, March 16, 2012

And Now For Something Completely Different...

"Bring out your dead!"

Some interesting news and articles this week:

After 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica will no longer be in print form - The New York Times

PayPal reverses ban on obscene ebooks. The company will focus more on books with obscene images. CNet News

More books written by men are reviewed than books written by women - who is to blame, reviewers or publishers? Huffington Post

Amazon is now the biggest player - but is that good or bad for the publishing industry? Book Business Magazine

Author Roland Yeomans is holding a contest for a stuffed Spock bear. It's so adorable!

And some funny LOL Cats and a Simon's Cat video:








19 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

That video was hilarious!!!! Love the hate cat. So true and great message.

Laura Marcella said...

I saw the article about the Encyclopedia Brittanica. It made me sad! I remember using encyclopedias for research when I was in school. Even in high school when the internet was getting big, we weren't allowed to use internet research because there were so many bad sites out there. We had to rely on good 'ol research books from the library! Who knew we'd be living in an age when encyclopedia books would become obsolete. :(

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Stina, the hate cat made me laugh out loud. It's so true.

Laura, it is sad. I'm sure a lot has to do with the cost of printing and the way people access information now.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like the Ministry of Silly Walks! And Roland is a guest today on my blog.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love the silly walk one! My dad did the silly walks down the hallways with one of my high school teachers during parent teacher night :)

Matthew MacNish said...

Oh hahahahah!

Arlee Bird said...

Your lead story of Encyclopedia Britannica is absolutely absurd. We already have Wikipedia and others. Don't they realize that a lot of people who buy Britannica do it for home decorating purposes? My wife had a set when we got married and they are displayed prominently in our living room. The set is over 20 years old and looks as new as it did when she bought it. I'm probably the only one in our house who has ever cracked open a volume, but usually I look things up on the computer.

What are they thinking?


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Lynn said...

Simon's Cat video opened up my smile!

Our world is changing. I loved the Children's Encyclopedia. There is something that makes pictures on printed pages more 'real' than on an computer screen (at least for me).

Karen Walker said...

My hubby still has his Encyclopedia Britannica from when he grew up.
Karen

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We sold our Briannica set years ago at a yard sale when we moved. The letter U was missing but someone bought it anyway.
I was pretty sure PayPal would give in.

Riv Re said...

You had me at "Bring out your dead." Love the hateful cat picture. :)

Southpaw said...

Hateful kitty is the best - and so true.

The best new is the little Spock bear. He's so cute.

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Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks for the laughs! Love the Silly Walks. I posted it in Facebook.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Jemi, that sounds embarrassing!

Arlee, it probably has a lot to do with cost. Treasure that set you own.

Susan, amusing someone bought it with a volume missing.

Thanks, Armchair.

Thank you, Stephen!

Sarah Pearson said...

Hate cat rocks :-)

Sarah Pearson said...

And that's not a statement I ever thought I'd type :-)

Karen Lange said...

Loved the video! Thanks for the laughs and the links. :)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Hahaha! Love the crazee ladee cat. They're all priceless.