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From the Haphazard Twitter Files (No. 6)

Haphazard Twitter Files

It’s Saturday night already – the week has just flown by. I’m really quite excited, because aside from an indexing deadline on Monday and some legal blog posts on Tuesday, I’ll finally have some time off!

I realized I had to come up with a graphic for my Haphazard Twitter Files posts. I’ll have to come up with something better, but for now this file folder graphic I did up (I used a free image from Pixabay and the LetterGlow app), will have to do. I am so so so happy there are iPhone apps out there that make creating graphics so much easier.

Sticking with last week’s decision, from now on for The Haphazard Twitter Files I’ll be choosing seven of the links I tweeted in the previous week – if I posted all of them, this post would be very long!

  1. You never know when advice like this might come in handy: How to Sleep in a Haunted House.  The author, a sleep specialist, wanted to sleep at the hotel that scared him the most, but unfortunately (or should that be fortunately?!) the Overlook Hotel exists only on the pages of Stephen King’s The Shining. So he chose two next-best alternatives, including the hotel which was used for the interior shots of The Overlook in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining.
  2. 16 Skills to Make Your Reading More Productive is definitely geared more to non-fiction reading than fiction, but there were some interesting ideas in here. I’ve been developing an interest in marginalia, one of the techniques mentioned in this list (although I have yet been able to bring myself to make a mark in a book …).
  3. A game for readers! The Bring Your Own Book game is a “game of borrowed phrases, where players search through books for text to take way out of context.” There’s a Kickstarter for it. Want to give it a try now? Scroll to the bottom of the Bring Your Own Book page where you can print-and-play, with your choice of Classic Rules, Democratic Rules and Cutthoat Rules.
  4. I love these pictures of the quote cards from the 365 Gathered Thoughts quote box. It looks like they might be hard to find (Amazon lists them as currently unavailable) so I’ve been thinking I might like to make my own deck. I really like the vintage look of the cards, though, so will have to think a bit about how to achieve that look.
  5. There are some really interesting ideas in 10 Powerful Ways That Will Change the Way You Work. My favourite suggestion? Dedicate time to playful exploration. Yes!
  6. I am always on the lookout for posts and articles that will motivate me to keep a journal consistently. I have so many notebooks and journals with maybe seven to ten pages filled with journaling and then … nothing other than blank pages. I guess if I cobbled all those written pages together, I would have a full journal of sorts! After I read These 8 Good Things Will Happen When You Start Writing Diaries I decided to pick up the Commonplace book I started last year and continue with it. It’s not a journal, exactly, but it appears the way I’d been keeping it was journal-like.
  7. And finally, if you sit at a desk all day, and want to add more fitness to your day, check out this infographic on 15 exercises you can do at your desk. I’m still using the standing desk I rigged up last month but I do alternate between standing and sitting (as the day wears on, my legs get too tired of standing) so this is a handy infographic to have around.

These are the tweets I’ve pulled from my haphazard Twitter files for this week. Want to follow me on Twitter? I’m @msbookish!

From the Haphazard Twitter Files of Ms. Bookish (No. 3)


Dependent upon or characterized by mere chance.”

Well, what do you know? That’s a pretty accurate depiction of how I Twitter!

I never bother to “catch-up” on tweets I’ve missed. I mean, I’d be on Twitter 24/7 if I did that – especially since I pretty much have only one rule when it comes to Twitter. That rule is: follow interesting people. It’s a pretty good rule, if I do say so myself. But it means I end up following an awful lot of people. Because there are a lot of interesting people out there.

So Twitter is very much an of-the-moment thing for me. If the tweet is there when I check in, I get to see it. If not, well, I don’t angst about it, but I don’t see it either.

So this week’s links are all here by mere chance. Definitely haphazard.

Got to love it!

Writing, Reading & Creativity

Other Interesting Stuff

  • Model Coco Rocha speaks out about the ultra young and ultra thin trend in the modeling industry: “I’m a 21 year old model, 6 inches taller and 10 sizes smaller than the average American woman. Yet in another parallel universe I’m considered “fat”…” (via @ETCanada)
  • Daily Routines: How writers, artists, and other interesting people organize their days is such an interesting site! The site is currently not posting any updates (they have a book coming out in 2011) but the archives are filled with some great stuff. (via @anndouglas)
  • Tips to improve your memory! I just knew Soduko would come in handy – and now I have a reason to splurge on blueberries, too. (via @BigBookofYou)

Learning Links and Games

Just Plain Fun

Saturday Ramblings And Some Links

It’s Tapas Night here tonight – which means I am, once again, cleaning house to get ready for the people who will be dropping by. Have you noticed I seem to do this fairly frequently?

My question is, why doesn’t the house stay clean in between get-togethers?

Anyway, I’m sitting here and procrastinating, like normal. Writing a blog post is far more fun than cleaning the bathroom, when you get right down to it.

(I’m also having that old internal debate about whether I should clean up my office or not – if I do, I will use the “sweep everything into a lot of cardboard boxes and hope for the best” (patent pending) approach.)

Tagging: Now I Get It!

I’ve been using a bookmarking service that I’ve been really loving: Diigo. They have an iPhone app, which means I can bookmark even when I’m away from my computer.

I’ve used different bookmarking services before, but part of the reason Diigo has really clicked for me is this video. I know – it’s funny how things “click” when you’re ready for it. I don’t think I really “got” the concept of tagging until I watched this video, which I found at Library Bytes.

And, with some lovely synchronicity, I also discovered Diigo at about the same time.

I anticipate that I will be sharing a lot more links with everyone as a result!

And Now, The Links

Dorte’s What’s in a Name reading list. For those of you in Beth Fish Read’s What’s in a Name reading challenge, Dorte has put together a great list of possible reads. I’d sign up for this challenge, but we all know how terrible I am at completing reading challenges!

Classic Books Every Kid Should Read. I loved this list of children’s classics – lots of my own best-loved books as a child are on here. It really makes you think about what makes a children’s book a true classic. And there are some titles here I haven’t read yet, so now I’ve added to my TBR pile as well! I found this one via @bookclubgirl on Twitter.

10 Literacy/Writing Tools This is a list for the classroom but there are some really good ideas in here for anyone interested in writing and literacy. And it’s not really a list of ten things – ten alternative tools are included too!

100 Holiday Crafts. I have only one word for this post – awesome. There are links to 100 different tutorials for creating holiday crafts. Just amazing. Now if I only had the time to try my hand at these!

And before I forget, here’s the latest from Muse in the Kitchen (and you can expect to see a bunch of appetizer posts going up after tonight’s Tapas Night!):

Scallop Ceviche – a great holiday appetizer that’s really simple to make.

Spinach and Yogurt Dip with Caramelized Onion – we served this up at last month’s open house dinner and it went over quite well.

Mussels and Clams with Lemongrass – this is a Thai version of steamed mussels and clams that’s very tasty.

The Best Chicken and Sweet Leek Pie with Flaky Pastry – chicken pie is the ultimate in comfort food, and this chicken pie is the best one I’ve ever tasted!

That’s it for this Saturday’s ramblings. Hey! I wasn’t all that long-winded today, was I? This untidy house is calling to me now to get things into ship-shape order now.

How’s your weekend shaping up?