Gypsy Librarian's Alchemical Annex

A commonplace book on the web for me. Basically this is sort of annex for my commonplace blog Alchemical Thoughts
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the fastest land mammal

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Ain’t this the truth?


The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by the police in Ferguson, Missouri, strikes a racial nerve in the country.

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This was just brilliant. Another case where the comedian gets it and tells it like it is when the rest of the so-called news simply are either clueless or willfully blind.


Any way you slice it, Americans are obsessed with pizza. One in eight of us are noshing it on any given day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the average American consumes pizza about 39 times a year, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm.

The signature of a great American-style pizza is not the toppings du jour but the cheese: hot, gooey mozzarella, with big, dark splotches of caramelization.

Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

Photo credit: sierravalleygirl/Flickr

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I happen to be one of those folks who love pizza. I could eat it every day if they let me.

The Internet, it seems, is contributing to the polarization of America, as people surround themselves with people who think like them and hesitate to say anything different. Internet companies magnify the effect, by tweaking their algorithms to show us more content from people who are similar to us.

How Social Media Silences Debate - (via infoneer-pulse)

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On the one hand, thank you Captain Obvious. On the other, this is worth a look, especially for librarians who do work in information literacy.

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It’s Friday, and my four readers know it is time for another edition of “Signs the Economy is Bad.” Don’t let some  pundit tell you things are fine. What do they know? Check out the oh so subtle hints that the economy is bad.


She looks plastic…

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"Ella era una chica plástica de esas que veo por ahí… "

The “plastic” suggested by the poster of the photo made me think of the old Ruben Blades song, “Plastico.” You can listen to the song here:

You know those students that sit at the back of the class, hunch down in their chair, and make an art of looking bored? Don’t be that person.
Find out what other pet peeves professors have in this article from The Society Pages. There is some good advice here for incoming college students.


My dad was complaining about buying me books yesterday and I said “well at least it’s books” and then the cashier goes “yeah it could be drugs”

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I will admit this is part of why the Better Half and I never complained when buying yet another book for our daughter.

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Photographs of before and after of Scotland’s largest secondhand bookshop: Leakey’s Bookshop and Café.

Leakey’s Bookshop was established in 1979 and has been housed for the last 19 years in the old Gaelic Church (1793). It is Scotland’s largest secondhand bookshop with 100,000 selected volumes.

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Add to my list of places I would love to visit sometime.

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My result from the “Which Poet Are You? online quiz. While I have dabbled in poetry, I am nowhere near the league of Langston Hughes (or any major poet for that matter). Still, one can dream.

You can try the quiz yourself at this link: