Random Thursday: Have you SEEN this yet?

I think the title says it all, so without further introduction:


From my favorite library IT guy comes images of the library of  Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, the new central library of Humboldt University, in Berlin.

Take another look at that name—there’s a university library named after the Brothers Grimm, y’all.

Yes, they were both academics and Jacob alone  is considered one of the founders of the field of Germanic linguistic studies, but c’mon, two storytellers have their own library.

But it’s not a piddly  little courtesy one—it was designed by Swiss architect Max Dudler and holds two million volumes.

 And it’s breakthtaking:

Click on the photo for more gorgeousness

I doubt they’ll be hiring any American librarians with outdated experience in the academic field and a dubious grasp of the German classification system, but I’m brushing up my hochdeutch, just in case.


Found these while I was searching for the broken teacup for yesterday’s post:

One must always take care whilst dusting one’s knuckledusters.


One day, I followed a link down a rabbit hole and ended up at the blog of one K. Marie Criddle.   I stayed there for a very long time.

If you don’t already follow it, you should.  Ms. Criddle, a children’s and YA writer and illustrator is funny and energetic and whimsical and wry.

She also draws  marvelous panels about writing, like “Research”, or why I watched five hours of Tina Fey this weekend  and even ropes her husband into doing the occasional advice post for spouses of writers.

Go now.  Start with this one, it’s got bats.

But don’t forget to come back!


And finally, my husband found something so amazing that he e-mailed me the link at work, even though I couldn’t view it until I got home.

I watched it twice by myself and three times with my children, and forced my MIL to watch it and e-mailed to to my parents, following that up with a phone call.

If you do not exclaim with wonder around the 43-second mark, I promise to  refund you the cost of this post, less shipping and handling:

Any takers?  Didn’t think so.

My husband and I agree that Theo Jansen’s strandbeests are the stuff of which Jim Henson’s dreams were made.

8 thoughts on “Random Thursday: Have you SEEN this yet?

  1. I can’t remember the last time comic illustrations spoke to me but these by K. Marie Criddle do just that. Thank you for the link. I’m going over now to spend some more quality time.

  2. I cannot wait to show this to the kids! Tonight J was begging me to watch the gumball video again. This one is going to blow his mind as he’s constantly picking up “treasures” for his inventions. Rubber bands, bottle caps, things in stores (we know have an agreement that he has to run it by me after finding some broken plastic store tags in his pockets), anything really. He just hasn’t quite figured out the invention part yet beyond roping the objects to his big wheel.
    The other day he found a broken reflector from a bike in the grass at swim lessons. He couldn’t believe someone would just leave it there. Oh, yes, treasures are everywhere.

  3. That library is just one more reason I need to go back to Berlin. Felleicht wir konnen zusammen unsere Deutsch probieren.

    The video was well worth the wait on my slow connection.

    Is it Sunday yet?

    • Ich benötige einen Auffrischungskurs—es gewesen einige Jahre, seit ich die Sprache studierte!
      (is that right? I cheated on Auffrischungskurs, and I’m sure my tenses are wrong)

      I’m glad you stuck it out, Odie. They really do look alive, don’t they?

      Not yet—but I’m counting the hours until Leverage is on! 🙂

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