Reverse Rainbow Bookish Ted

Over the last few days I’ve been guided by Freshly Pressed towards some fun posts from other bloggers.  My visit to the Inspirational Geek’s blog started a couple of days ago with Reverse Graffiti, because I was intrigued by this street art which adds up to more than what it takes away.  And by the city’s reaction to his cleaning.  I then trawled through a few more of his posts, and was completely smitten by this Robo Rainbow.  I know so many boys, and a few girls, who I think will find this technical play intensely pleasing (video from Vimeo)

Today I read A Bookish Family, and the author’s experience of a bookcentric life tallies very closely with my own.  I have many recent examples of this affliction/addiction/gift of bookwormishness:

  1. for both of LTN’s visits he has sweetly brought me care packages tailored to my outrageous demands. In descending order of importance these included: himself, books, chocolate, makeup (yes, I’m a little ashamed of the last one, but in Berlin it’s apparently impossible to get make up for palefaces like myself, everything affordable on offer here makes me look like I’ve smeared mud on my face)
  2. leaving Clare’s flat I ‘accidentally’ stole a book which I then read in a day but have yet to return (I have confessed and it will go back eventually – to be swapped for another)
  3. for my impending visit home I have purchased a book in German for my sister, on her explicit orders
  4. I have also planned a list of books to bring back to Germany with me, space in the suitcase allowing
  5. no fewer than 3 people have already found it necessary to point me (unprompted) in the direction of 2nd hand English language bookshops (Joy!)

I’ve also been reminded of the wonder that is TED.  I can spend hours and hours browsing around TED, learning, being entertained, being just plain fascinated.  There’s some amazing stuff on their, and I would be astounded if anyone were to claim that they couldn’t find even one thing that is relevant/interesting to them or their life.  I just watched this quite amazing talk about language learning and more, with quite stunning data analysis: