Cool Links 8-4-18
Cool Links 8-4-18 edition. Some of the fun stuff I’ve found on the internet this week.
The Human Library
I don’t think Ben Franklin had this in mind when he started our nation’s library system, but why not?
The Human Library Organization held its first event in Copenhagen in 2000. Library “patrons” get to check out human “books”, which are people with different experiences. Through questions and discussions, patrons learn about the diversity that is humanity. For example, you might “check out” a person who is, or has:
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Young black male
Borderline personality disorder
The Human Library Project aims to challenge prejudices and sterotypes. Since its inception, it has spread to 70 countries. Why not check out a new “book” and enrich your perceptions about humanity?
Famous Landmarks During Construction
One of the things I remember most from Jack Finney’s novel Time and Again (hailed as “THE great time-travel story” by Stephen King) is that it took place in 1882 and the Statue of Liberty’s arm had been plunked down in a NYC park.
In this article, you can take a look at other famous landmarks before they were completed. The Eiffel Tower, Hoover Dam (a day trip for me), the Sydney Harbor bridge, and many others are chronicled.
If you’re a history buff like me, photos of construction of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio and the Golden Gate Bridge will fascinate you. And maybe spawn a story idea?
It wouldn’t be a cool links post without at least one writing/book link. This week’s gem is on book folding—the intricate art of folding book pages to spell out a word or design.
If you have a book lover on your gift list, and you’re looking for the ultimate gift, here’s the place to shop.
If you don’t want to shell out cold, hard cash, go here for a tutorial to DIY.
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