Monday, September 12, 2005

Here and there

Just a few notes on interesting sites I've found lately:


  • When Robert Lancaster's mother told him about a 9/11 survivor with a miraculous story who had spoken at her church, he was suspicious and decided to investigate. The result, chronicled at stopkaz.com, is a fascinating true-life detective story spanning three countries. Lancaster's dogged research has undoubtedly saved many people from being taken in by a con artist (though I still wouldn't rule out Kaz's turning up at the Celebrate conference).
  • You don't have to be Asian to enjoy Sepia Mutiny, a witty, well-written blog covering South Asia and the South Asian diaspora.
  • At tintinologist.org, you can find everything from a thoughtful essay on the Belgian comic's popularity in India, to instructions for painting your garage door in a Tintin theme, to a small but fierce crusade to prove that the boy reporter was left-handed (or at least ambidextrous). Copyright restrictions (or rather, the HergĂ© Foundation's eagerness to enforce them) mean there aren't many pictures; you'll have to visit the official site for those.
  • The folks on the Snopes message board (warning: pop-ups galore) have been giving some thought to Brumas the cat's sudden change in hue. I like the sidewalk-chalk theory, myself.
  • Just under our list of links, you'll find a new feature: a random selection of our books from librarything.com. We learned about this fantastic new site from Language Hat and have been busy entering our collection into it ever since. The site allows anyone to catalogue their books like a professional librarian; just enter an ISBN, author or title, and the site does the rest. You can add subject tags of your own (if, for example, you want to list all the books you have that mention pottos) and share your library with other users. (I thought I might be weird for listing In Cold Blood under 'Americana,' until I saw that others had used the tag for The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and Hunter Thompson's Hell's Angels.) Give it a try, but be warned: it's addictive!

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