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Bookish nap time January 19, 2011

Filed under: Furniture,Handy,Humour — Kim @ 6:27 pm

Not sure if this pillow that looks like a book is comfortable. I am pretty sure your boss is going to be pretty upset when he sees you walk into the building with this. Or it means that you need to get a life. ;-)

 

The smell of books June 18, 2009

Filed under: Humour,Miscellaneous — Kim @ 10:54 pm

Some people call me weird, but I love the smell of old books. Often, I get funny looks at book markets or in a shop that sells antique books. I tend to stick my nose between the pages and have a good sniffle. The best ones have this sweet scent to them, instead of the aroma of old socks.

As if they knew of my ‘strange’ habit, two readers have e-mailed me an interesting link. (Thank you Roger and Mary Jo!) I love how the makers of the website neatly point out the lack of character of an e-reader. In a very fun way they make it very clear that reading devices might be handy, but that it can never beat the experience of a real book.

If only the product and its five different scents were real. I would put a can in every room in the house! “New Book” for the toilet perhaps? And, o-la-la, “Classic Musty” for the bedroom maybe? Click here to see what I’m on about.

 

Weird book titles June 6, 2009

Filed under: Humour — Kim @ 12:40 am

Every once in a while I stumble across a book and think I misread the title. Usually it actually says what I thought it did. There are some weird book titles around. Usually the title is so strange, because the topic of the book is. Like how to do a number 2 when outdoors. I then think of all those gifted struggling writers out there that just cannot get their book published.

A website I like to read, Oddee.com, likes to make lists of the weird and wonderful in this world. So they also did a couple of posts on “insanely titled books”. I have to warn you, some of the books have quite graphic titles. Click here to see the first post with 15 crazy titled books. The next one states 10 books with odd names, to be found here. The last one they did has a collection of 12 books with “insane” names, see here.

 

Librarian street signs January 30, 2009

Filed under: Humour,Miscellaneous — Kim @ 1:47 am

How funny would it be to replace your street sign with one of these? Librarians will probably opt for the “Librarian Drive” sign. (Click here to see.) Others book lovers could go for the “Book Drive” sign. (Shown here.) I would love to have one in my hallway!

 

Tell me this is a joke… August 7, 2008

Filed under: Humour — Kim @ 3:06 pm

A book rental service? Now come on! Click here to be shocked!

 

Bill Clinton Library June 19, 2008

Filed under: Bookish You Tube,Humour — Kim @ 11:09 pm

It’s old, so you probably know it. I did not and I found it very funny.

 

Read at work May 28, 2008

Filed under: Handy,Humour,Miscellaneous — Kim @ 10:46 pm

If you have a boring job, or just like to read at work, I have found you THE most fantastic website. You can read all day and nobody will notice! To make sure the boss does not know you are wasting time, this website is designed like Windows. I think it is very nicely done. To leave the site, it took me a while to find out, go to the start menu and click ‘log off’. After that you get your ‘normal’ screen back. Click here to visit the website.

 

Weirdest bookmark March 26, 2008

Filed under: Handy,Humour — Kim @ 12:20 am

There cannot be enough bookish gadgets in my mind. Therefor I applaud designers who take the effort to create something for us readers. Every now and again a designer takes it overboard and makes something that makes me wonder. It makes me wonder about how designers view readers.

This gadget, the ABRACADABRA bookmark, made me wonder alright. It took three designers to come up with this ‘gadget’: Jung-Hyun Lee, Won-Sik Chae & Rhea Jeong. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when they discussed the creative process of it. Maybe it went something like this:

Jung-Hyun Lee: I wanted to read last night and I could not find the last page I read.

Won-Sik Chae: Don’t you use a bookmark?

Jung-Hyun Lee: Sure, but they suck. I have used receipts from the supermarket, nice paper bookmarks with teddy bears on it and even fancy silver ones with Yin-Yang on them.

Rhea Jeong: I know what you mean. It is so hard to get your fingers in between the book and the bookmark!

Won-Sik Chae: Don’t you just hate when that happens? Let’s make something easier to save the readers. Think life vest, like on a aeroplane!

This is what they actually came up with:

You can find out more here and here.

 

Dress a librarian! January 18, 2008

Filed under: Humour — Kim @ 12:54 am

Now for something completely wacky. If you follow this link, you get the chance to dress a librarian. Get her out of her boring clothes and give her the costume you like. I wonder what got into the person who thought and developed this… But I have to say, it is kind of fun to do. Have fun!

 

The Library Bar and Grill December 15, 2007

Filed under: Communities,Humour — Kim @ 1:37 am

I got a picture of an establishment with the same name recently. (See previous post, or click here.) I Googled the name to find out more about it. I was quite amazed when I discovered their are several businesses with the same name. It seems quite unusual to name a bar and grill restaurant ‘The Library’. As said, there are quite a view people who feel differently. At least five entrepreneurs in the VS and one in GB. Here is a summary of places with this name, just for the fun of it, starting with the place I wrote about in my last post. If you live near to one of these places, send me a photo of them!

    Establishments called: “The Library Bar and Grill”

  • 312 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States.
    • Click here for more information.
  • 1301 4th st. SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.
    • Click here for more information.
  • 120 South 11th Street, Oxford, Mississippi, United States.
    • Click here for more information.
  • 501 S. Mill Ave, # 101, Tempe, Arizona, United States.
    • Click here and here for more information.
  • 607 West Boyd Street, Norman, Oklahoma, United States
    • Click here and here for more information.
  • 2a Guildhall Hill, Norwich, United Kingdom.
    • Click here for more information.

 

 
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