Huck the Next Squirrel

People who read tend to get very protective of their books. When Lauren Conrad breaks out the X-Acto knife on some Lemony Snicket, people get a bit uppity. In an age of tablet computers and e-readers it’s nice to know that this is nothing new.

The Times has a good piece about all the times we thought books were dying. It’s funny to see stories like this practically reassuring people that the death of books is not coming, when no such news appears for newspapers. The permanence of the medium appears to really mean something here.

One of my favorite books growing up was The Last Book in the Universe, which took place in a dystopian society where books — and reading in general — didn’t exist. While it seems like we are constantly on the precipice of the apocalpypse, it seems we are far from the death of books and reading. Good to hear.

With that in mind, here are some things to read:

A friend of mine showed me Little Printer a few weeks ago, and BERG is taking preorders for it now. It’s a cool little concept that The Verge recently dove a bit further into.

I have no use for it and I’d much rather buy a tablet than spend $250 on a cute little printer, but I always encourage others to buy frivolous technology that looks cool.

I’ve spent the weekend in scenic Loveland, Ohio, which sits about 30 minutes from Cincinnati. I love Cincinnati and the part of Kentucky that lies along the Ohio River. The rest of Ohio, however, I’d just as soon forget.

The way we think about other places is often funny, especially because few people have traveled through all 50. I know enough about Ohio to know that it’s less than desirable, a land of endless sprawl and Ohio State Buckeyes fans. For others, though, it may be paradise.

The Google autocorrect map of America is interesting because it’s a wild array of stereotypes plugged in by people who don’t know much about states they’ve never been to. Sometimes, like in the case of West Virginia, it’s entirely accurate.

I’m definitely glad the Olympics are over, but there are a few lingering things I thought were interesting about the games.

The Independent has a rundown of what will happen to the Olympic venues, which I have mentioned before is one of the things I find endlessly fascinating about this event. Then there’s the New York Times’ excellent look at every 100 meter dash winner in Olympic history.

And finally, for the people who complained about the cost of sending a rover to Mars, here’s how much the Olympics cost by comparison. Okay, see you in two years, Olympic spirit.

I always have a hard time explaining to people what I do for a living these days. There’s a certain bliss to a story like this, then, that combines a website I read regularly with subject matter that actually impacts my job. I’m staring the finished manuscript for my book on Paul Wight right now, and there he is quoted on The Classical. It’s a really interesting read about tall people and the health risks that seem to come with looking at the tops of heads every day of your life.

Okay, not everything you can read. Here’s a video of Wilt Chamberlain from 1954:

Remember the name: Wilt Chamberlain. It will probably make big sports copy for years to come.

Yeah, something like that.

I can’t even come up with a situation where I would need a burner phone number. If you’re a shady character, however, Burner is for you. I’m excited that something like this exists, but I’d rather not have to use is.

Besides, tapping a screen to burn a cell phone number just isn’t the same as breaking a prepaid cell phone in half and dumping it into a garbage can, right Gus?

Microsoft has a new logo, which looks pretty okay if you ask me. I still like Andrew Kim’s ideas for The Next Microsoft, but oh well. Progress is progress.