Magical paths

Oh, the stories waiting to be told…

28 magical paths begging to be walked, keeping in mind a quote from J. R. R. Tolkien: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.“

Spring In Hallerbos Forest, Belgium – Image credits: Kilian Schönberger
Hallerbos ForestMount Rainier, Washington, USA – Image credits: Danielle Hughson
Mount RainierSee all the paths at Bored Panda

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The largest public sci-fi library in the world is under threat

If you’re a SF/Fantasy fan, there’s no cooler place than the Eaton Collection library at UC Riverside, touted as the largest collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian literature in the world. But all that could change soon.
Eaton collectionimage credit Gallivant

Trent Moore writes at Blastr that new library management plans to drastically slash the size of the collection.

Save the library

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10 Great Novels That Will Make You More Passionate About Science

Many of the world’s greatest scientists were inspired to go into their fields by reading science fiction books, Charlie Jane Anders writes ar io9.

it’s easy to see why. A lot of the best science fiction features scientists who solve problems and make breakthroughs. Here are 10 great novels that will inspire you with a new love of science.

The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin
The DispossessedThis is one of the all-time great novels about a physicist who discovers a whole new kind of physics, which winds up having a practical application. On one level, The Dispossessed is about a scientist who is caught between two worlds: an anarchist planet and a capitalist planet. But a lot of the most fascinating parts involve the scientist discovering the Simultaneity principle, which in turn leads to the invention of the Ansible, Le Guin’s famous device that allows instantaneous communication across spacetime. There is a lot of heroic physics in this novel, and it’s wonderful.

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Haworth, England: The Tiny Town That Inspired Every Bronte Sister Novel

Haworth, England (Photo: Matthew Hartley/Flickr)
HaworthIn summer when it’s light until 11 p.m., it bustles with visitors; in winter, under snow, it’s other-worldly and full of ghosts, Reggie Nadelson reports at Yahoo Travel.

From every point, as I climb the main street, to the Bronte Parsonage that sits at the very top of the village, there are views of the moors, a huge landscape that reaches into infinity, criss-crossed by the gray stone dry walls, put together without mortar that last forever, a scene more rugged, more powerful than pretty. I feel there are ghosts just over the hill.

I’m haunted by the feeling that I know this place in my gut, even before I get to the Parsonage. You come here because this is Bronte land. In Howath at this pretty two-story parsonage with a modest garden, Charlotte and Emily Bronte lived and wrote Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, two of the greatest novels of any time, stories of powerful emotions, and women with complex emotional ambition and desires.

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Never leave your room at these Hotels for Book Lovers

There are some hotels around the world not on the beach that are just made for book lovers, Jane Reynolds reports at Yahoo Travel.

Whether it’s where a famous novel was set, an author awaited arrest, or a gorgeous library can be found, these eight hotels are a bookworm’s delight.

Cadogan Hotel, Londonphotos courtesy Oyster.com
Cadogan Hotel, LondonThe Cadogan is an unpretentious boutique hotel with a prestigious Knightsbridge address. This 64-room hotel occupies a historic Edwardian townhouse on Sloane Street, in close proximity to local shopping. The property has a rich history, including the room where Oscar Wilde awaited his arrest in 1895 (pictured above) and another where King Edward VII met with his mistress, the British actress Lillie Langtry.

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Shared bikes, the safest way to travel
Safe bikesCity bike share programs are a lot of things: Convenient, green, good exercise and … safe. In 23 million rides, there have been NO fatalities in 36 city programs since the first program was launched in 2007 in Tulsa, Okla.

The programs are found in Washington, Portland, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Tampa and many other urban spots.

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Humans Need Not Apply

A video to make you think…

or despair!
No humansSee the video (15 minutes)

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Quote of the Day

There’s no such thing as a wrong note, as long as you’re singing.” -Pete Seeger

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Alma Alexander
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