I’ll be at The Mysterious Bookshop at 58 West Warren Street (between Church and West Broadway in Lower Manhattan) this Wednesday night to celebrate my fiction debut and the release of Indian Country Noir, the latest book in Akashic Books’ award-winning noir anthology series. If you’re in the area, stop by and say “hello.” The fun starts at 6:30 p.m.
And now, here’s our latest volume of Monday Madeleines to help you get your week off to a great start.
Ivy Bean, Known As Oldest Twitter User, Dies At 104
NPR reported that the woman known as “the world’s oldest tweeter” (@IvyBean104) died at the age of 104. The report says that Ivy had accumulated about 57,000 Twitter followers and the maximum 5,000 friends on Facebook. Her tweets ranged from—”time for a tea and biscuit I think” (especially appropriate for Monday Madeleines)—to “some have had a drink of lager while sat in the garden.” I guess that goes to show that your tweets don’t have to be profound to accumulate a large following.
Porphyria: The Vampire Disease that Started the Legend
If you’ve been wondering why it’s been difficult to see yourself in the mirror, are experiencing an aversion to garlic and sunlight, and have noticed your urine is turning purple, you could have porphyria, aka The Vampire Disease. Who knew? Thanks to @MEMOYGUECO of the Philippines for this.
33 Most Creatively Edited Photography
Wouldn’t that be photographs? Anyway, here are some great photos that show how talented editing can create an entirely unique message. In some cases, a picture really is worth a 1,000 words. Thanks to @2morrowknight.
Synchronicity, or Always Open the Bag!
This post on her Butt to Chair, Thoughts on the Writing Life blog from writer Melissa Hart really delivers with a shocking surprise when she opens a brown paper bag her friend gave her. Her response when asked why she opened the bag in the first place?
“Duh. Any writer worth her uni-ball Vision Elite fine-point pen always opens the bag. That’s how we find good stories.”
It may take some time to forget this one. Thanks to @johannaharness for finding this gem.
Craigslist reunites dog and owner after 4 years apart
Call it Kismet if you like, but this piece from Fox News Boston details how Milady, a small Cocker Spaniel, was reunited with its owner Sandra Castillo, who was forced to give up her beloved pet as she was facing serious medical issues during a pregnancy nearly four years ago. Very touching. Via @Jason_Pollock.
Is Your Friend a Zombie? This App Will Tell You
We found this piece on Mashable that reports the best selling book The Zombie Survival Guide now has its own free iPhone app called The Zombie Survival Guide Scanner. With it, you can use your iPhone’s rear camera to “scan” your friends face to test their level of “zombification.” Just might come in handy when you’re on a blind date. “Here, let me take your picture with my new iPhone.”
Video of the Week
The Remember Pen!
As a fan of writing pens, I wanted to share this funny look at how to hack a pen into a tool that will help you remember important things.
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