1. This week an old friend confessed she tries to avoid clickbait but sometimes succumbs. Well, my web browsing is almost all clickbait: “Animal Friends,” “Where Favorite Child Stars Are Now,” etc.! If loving clickbait is wrong, I don’t want to be right. At Halloween my favorites are “stories” like Daily Picks and Flicks’ “63 Mindblowing Halloween Pumpkin Carvings.” Which one is your favorite?

    If I had a car that looked this cool, I might…might…give up my bicycle: Guy Lets His Artist Wife Doodle with Sharpie Pen on His Nissan Skyline GTR" on Bored Panda.

    Look away, co-workers! Quit reading right now if you work with me and don’t want to know what you’ll be getting this year for Christmas or Hanukkah: How to Make a Snow Globe" on MarthaStewart.com. Then again, why wait that long? Look at how cute a non-holiday-specific animal figurine looks in a homemade snow globe: How to make Glitter Snow Globes From Mason Jars" on DIY Network.

  2. I just realized the title “Links I Love Friday” is unnecessary if all I post is links I love…on Friday. Thus, the post title is gone, and I hope that distracts you from the unexplained two-week absence. On with the links!

    Thank you, Facebook, for the wonderful links you provide me. Today, specifically, I’m loving Culture of Resistance’s photo of Reverse Graffiti. I never knew there was such a thing…except for “Wash Me” written on dusty cars. Here are some more examples in Inhabitat’s “Reverse Graffiti: Street Artists Tag Walls by Scrubbing Them Clean.”

    Facebook also led me to Ringling College of Art and Design’s Online Art Community at talk.whyringling.com. It’s full of interesting links, and you don’t have to register to read. Thanks to it, I’m going to Arm Knit an Infinity Scarf this weekend. You know, for when our weather dips into the frigid 60s in the middle of winter.

  3. Links I Love Friday

    This Study Proves Your Chocolate Cravings Are All Your Fault" on iO9 is not so much a link I love as much as something I know I need to remember the next time I’m sure I “need” chocolate.

    So, Twitter has become my font of all knowledge, offering links and tidbits to all sorts of important information…and then there’s the purely fun stuff like @emrgencykittens—“for when you need a kitten (or other type of cat) to cheer you up!"—and @Cats—surely no description needed.

    I have the desire but not the knowledge to be a really good and efficient cook, but little bits and pieces of information, likeHow to Put Things In Your Fridge" on Slate.com’s Brow Beat, are slowly getting me there.

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    Neatorama’s “8 Children’s Libraries That Make You Wish You Were a Kid Again was the perfect link for me because I regularly think, “Why can’t adults have [craft programs / fun books on… / puppet shows during book discussions / fill in anything fun and colorful that adults are made to think is childish here]?”

    I must admit that I had to watch the GIF in Slate’s “HBO Is Ruining ‘The Wire’ and We Have the GIF That Proves It" by Dan Kois about five times before I got the joke. If you see it right away, don’t tell me. My excuse is that my excitement about the remastering clouded my vision. 

    Sarasota County Area Transit has a new theme song, and I love it. (I wish libraries were mentioned, but I’ll make up my own chorus with libraries.) 

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    NooOOoooOOOooI The Dark Side of Almond Use" by James Hamblin on The Atlantic says “thousands of endangered king salmon in northern California’s Klamath River are threatened by low water levels because water is being diverted to almond farms” and “ecological implications of almond farming during a drought are ‘potentially dire.’” Oh, delicious almonds…nothing can ever be perfect, can it?

    For someone who has only ever seen a bear in the wild once—when it ran across a highway a half a mile ahead of my car—I am peculiarly obsessed with avoiding bear attacks. (I blame it on reading “The Bear" by Claire Cameron.) So, The Best Things to Do in a Bear Encounter" on Slate.com was perfect for me. So much more useful—but not as funny—as I Love Charts’ “How to Survive a Bear Attack, If You Are Too Lame to Fight.”

    Email is Killing Us" by Derek Thompson on Quartz really hit home…hard… ouch.

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    This week I fell down the hole of the HuffPost OWN Simplify Your Life section. I promise I’ll never put green bell peppers in a potluck dish.

    I’m upset the interrobang didn’t make the list, but otherwise I agree BuzzFeed Books’Punctuation Marks Ranked from Worst to Best.”

    So, unlikely animal friendships get me every. single. time. Thus, This Is What Happened When a Pit Bull Adopted a Baby Bunny on Easter" on HuffPost Good News is wonderful on its own, but scroll down for the “Unlikely Animal Friendships” slideshow at the bottom of the story to cap the experience.

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    My thought when I first saw Retail in Real-Time" by ReTale was “I could watch this all day.” That was several days ago, but it’s still true as this “visualization of popular US consumer spending" is equal parts fascinating, wonderful, and terrifying.

    The library’s Facebook has featured seed libraries for “Isn’t That Library Cool Friday.” I think of them as a very back-to-nature, Foxfire-book-y, neat community service. so Government Crackdown on Innovative Seed Library" on Utne.com was a mind snapper. Who would have thought? 

    I think my librarian is showing when I admit how much I love the National Archives’ Today’s Document on Tumblr. I follow it on Twitter, too. 

  8. Links I Love Friday

    For a change, I have just one link because the videoEmail is Ruining Us: A Brilliant Solution by James Hamblin for The Atlantic made my week. Is there a better line than, “If only we had a fave button, Janice wouldn’t have had to have her car keyed”? No, there isn’t.  

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    Why Seattle Author Maria Semple Hates Facebook and Twitter" on KUOW.org was a little…deflating…to find while I was searching for Semple’s Twitter handle to tag in our #FridayReads tweet this morning, but it was also perfect timing because I am in a love-hate relationship with Twitter: “So much information! Hooray!” vs. “So much information….Make it stop, make it stop…”

    The Healthiest Year Ever series on Well+Good NYC is something I’ve linked to before, but August’s tip—I set a reminder to check the tips at the beginning of every month—is particularly good: Schedule your sleep.”

    I’ve seen quizzes on BuzzFeed and other places designed to gauge whether the respondent is “addicted to books.” But none I’ve seen has ever asked if you dress like your favorite books, which is something the Sincerely, Sara blogger does: Inspired By: July’s Best Selling Books. Love it!…and I just realized I match the cover of the book I’m reading.

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    And I’m back! It’s been a long time, but let’s all just pretend it’s only been a week and get on with the links…

    Fake Library Stats, @FakeLibStats on Twitter is something I just found. I think it’s hilarious, but is it funny to you? I might be so librarian-y that I no longer register jargon and in-jokes as jargon and in-jokes….You decide!

    An Open Letter to Myself When I Had Seven Cats" by Jen Bingham on McSweeney’s is so true, although I’ve never had seven cats…as an adult…but that’s another story.

    I want, no, I NEED, the 8-year-old’s invention for keeping books dry in the bath" on Boing Boing. Do you read in the tub? Although I’ve never dropped a book all the way into a tub of bathwater, a few have dipped their “toes” in. I did once drop an entire book into a pool, and that cured me of trying to read while swimming.