Today's somewhat international edition takes you to Paris for sweets, to Canada for poetry, and all over the world for an assortment of geeky day trips. When you tire of all that travel, sit back for a game of kerning or explore the offerings at ArtFacts.
✦ Ah, Paris. From authentic bistros, to wine bars, to chic shopping, to flea markets, to the perfect pain au chocolate, you'll find many things Paris at The Little Bookroom. Just browsing the French offerings here is guaranteed to make you want to hop the next and fastest plane to the City of Lights. And if your tastes run warmer toward Italy, United Kingdom, New York, California, or elsewhere, you'll find some of the best guidebooks, notecards, journals, and art- and culture-related travel information for those locales with just a click. Bon voyage!
Slideshow for Susan Hochbaum's Pastry Paris: In Paris, Everything Looks Like Dessert (Little Bookroom, October 2011)
Pastry Paris the Movie (2009)
✦ Distributing the space between letters to make text readable is called kerning. Now there's a game site, Kern Type, where you can test your own kerning skills against a typographer's. This is educational and fun!
Of related interest: "How to Kern Type Perfectly" at Typecast
✦ Beautiful editions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are available through the Canadian literary press Biblioasis. You'll also find there an international translation series and a series of short fiction chapbooks. Stop in at the Website and have a look around.
Biblioasis Blog, Thirsty
✦ Looking for places to visit while on the road? Don't limit yourself to the usual sites on the Web. Dr. Ben Goldacre and Jo Brodie love nerdy day trips and now you can, too. At Nerdy Day Trips, you can experience the delights of whole- and half-day trips to abandoned nuclear bunkers, nature spots, roads left to go nowhere, chalk pits, factories, historic locations, sea forts, and a long list of other destinations around the world (but especially in the United Kingdom) for which a crowd-sourced searchable Nerdmap (Google map) exists. Got a nerdy day trip of your own? Register and stick in a push pin. New destinations are added frequently. (My thanks for this link are owed to a tweet from Brainpickings.)
Nerdy Day Trips Blog
✦ The library as we used to know it may be becoming a thing of the past but research hasn't. And where there's information, there's opportunity, especially through the Web. Communities of users still exist for academic, corporate, military, public, K-12 schools, and even newspaper archival libraries. If you're in one of these communities and looking for ways to help your library transform itself so you can get your research done, check out the tools and content available through ProQuest, which has an extraordinary range of aggregated databases, and then go have a talk with your librarian.
✦ Art Facts comprises a huge searchable database of "insider information" about modern, contemporary, and emerging artists, artworks, art galleries and museums, and art fairs and exhibitions around the world. It also provides a column of art-related news daily. The site is available in English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian.