Spending time in second-hand bookshops is probably the thing that makes me absolutely the happiest. All book shops and libraries are places that make me feel relaxed, and I can wile away hours in all of them, but there is something about going home with a stack of second-hand books that is extra special. I love the idea that I’m not the first owner and that they could have meant as much to someone as my favourite books mean to me. Sitting in front of my bookshelf and flicking through my collection (and, I must admit coming up with sad new ways to categorise and organise the shelves) is my favourite past-time.
Which is why I LOVE this blog… it’s a collection of all the things that someone who works in a second-hand book shop has found amongst the pages of their stock. Incredible.
These are my favourite so far… but there are hundreds to browse through
I’m trying very hard to catch up on some reading for uni… spending an entire day sat alone at my desk with a pile of social law and theory articles doesn’t exactly fly by unfortunately… a playlist of music that isn’t too distracting but also doesn’t become too easy-listening is essential. Today’s most successful picks…
In a burst of science-is-fun educational invention, a Brooklyn dad built a carrier for an iPhone (the current model) and an HD video camera, out of a takeout box, tied it to a weather balloon, and let it go with the camera running. It reached a height of nineteen miles, or about 100,000 feet, which is high enough to show the earth’s curvature and a black sky above the atmosphere. At that height, the low pressure means that the helium expanded and the balloons burst, whereupon the little cushioned capsule came down, down, down — and landed 30 miles outside New York, signaling to its owners via the iPhone’s GPS, whereupon they went and picked it up. The resulting six minutes of rivetingly weird film are sure to make Mythbusters fans weep with joy.