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The Victorious Return of Monday Tally

monday-tag-150px Monday Tally is a weekly link round-up of some of my favorite posts discovered over the week. If you have suggestions for Monday Tally, please e-mail sophisticated [dot] dorkiness [at] gmail [dot] com. Enjoy!

It’s been like a month since my last Monday Tally… Oops.  I blame The Move and then me just being lame. But now it’s back, and I pledge to bring you awesome links. Some of these are a little old, but hopefully still good. Here we go!

Random Old and New Links

I haven’t gotten to watch it yet, but NBC’s webseries, FCU: Fact Checkers Unit, looks really promising.

If you’re not subscribed to Very Short List, then you should be. Each day, VSL sends out one great link, a mix of books, movies, comics, or other fun web stuff.

I like infographics, and this one about how the internet works was pretty helpful.

Roald Dahl was a real-life spy? Apparently so.

This is a little old, but we came across it at work this week and I thought it was great. Seth Godin asks, “Why are so many things broken?” and goes on a tour of badly designed stuff.

NYT columnists encourage America to take a day off. I heartily concur.

The Biblio Blogazine did a great post about how to respectfully spend time at coffeeshops and other public places. In an age where more and more people have roving offices, I think this post could be useful.

This is a possibly not safe for work parody of “Telephone” by Lady Gaga that takes place in an office – I liked it.

Another shocking thing I learned – not everyone loves Ted Mosby (How I Met Your Mother). How can that possibly be? Either way, Monkey See blogger Linda Holmes presents a great defense of why Ted is the way he is and why the narrative in HIMYM is so, so good.

Another great website I recently found is Five Books. There are a bunch of lists of five books you can read to become an expert on a certain subject. For a representative sample, here’s Catherine S. Manegold’s list of narrative non-fiction:

  • Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder
  • A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War by Susan Griffin
  • The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
  • Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr

I like this article about the lives of bookstore cats, except for the weird formatting at the bottom.

Kobo published The eReaders Bill of Rights, which includes things like “The Right to Get Your Books Out” and “The Right to Freedom of Movement.” But their main point is that where you buy your ebooks matters more than you imagine, which is a big deal that I’m not even sure that I’ve thought of enough.

Events That Sound Cool

I got an e-mail this week about an event hosted by Investigation Discovery tonight (Monday, 9/20 at 7 p.m. EST) at the Library of Congress. Three mystery authors — David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, and Kathy Reichs — will be on a panel talking about the real life cases and investigations that inspired their stories. There will a streaming webcast of the event at www.investigationdiscovery.com, and in the fall there’s going to be a series with the game theme. Sounds pretty cool to me – I hope I can tune in.

Favorite BBAW Posts

BBAW was last week, and there were a lot of awesome posts both on the BBAW blog and across the blogosphere. Here are a few of my favorites from the BBAW blog and other places:

Books for My TBR

Thanks for reading we first Tally back from break – I’ll try to be more consistent from now on 🙂

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  • Jenny September 20, 2010, 7:17 am

    Hello, Monday Tally! You have been greatly missed.

    Well–I do not exactly love Ted Mosby either. He can be very pretentious! But I don’t dislike him, and I am mad about the show, and I am excited that it is returning. Hurrah!

    • Kim September 20, 2010, 4:36 pm

      Jenny: I think part of Ted’s charm is that he’s pretentious. And Holmes makes a point that the whole series is Ted telling a story, and when people tell their own stories they tend to exaggerate their good and bad qualities for effect. I think if Ted were pretentious but didn’t know he was, I’d find it more annoying, but I think he knows when he’s acting like an idiot 🙂 At least, that’s my interpretation, which could very well be wrong!

  • Trisha September 20, 2010, 7:41 am

    How fun! I love the Very Short List and Best Books links. HIMYM is my husband’s favorite show, and while I enjoy it, I’ve never given great thought to Mosby. Barney is just too entertaining. 🙂

    • Kim September 20, 2010, 4:37 pm

      Trisha: Barney is hilarious! I blame him and Ted for the fact that I say “Awesome” so much 🙂

  • Eva September 20, 2010, 9:06 am

    Ohhh: I’d never stumbled across Five Books before!

    • Kim September 20, 2010, 4:37 pm

      Eva: Five Books is a TBR list nightmare, for real. But I love it.

  • Marieke September 20, 2010, 10:58 am

    Oh dear, more things I can fritter away the evening on…! It’s nice to see what your favorite BBAW posts were.

    • Kim September 20, 2010, 4:38 pm

      Marieke: I loved lots of the BBAW posts, but these were just a few that stuck out when I was reflecting on last week. I hope you find some good links to explore 🙂

  • Amy September 20, 2010, 11:11 am

    Wow, great list of articles, posts, and books, as always!

    • Kim September 20, 2010, 4:38 pm

      Amy: Thanks!

  • Lu September 20, 2010, 1:53 pm

    I LOVE that article about Ted Mosby because I too love Ted. And I love the reason that the author gives for loving Ted, it’s perfect. Are the writers/producers that smart? I’m not so sure, but it sounds good to me 🙂

    • Kim September 20, 2010, 4:39 pm

      Lu: I hope they are, because if not I spent a lot of time stealing this theory and sharing it with friends and family and being totally off base! I do think they must know part of it though, since the show is so preoccupied with storytelling and plot.

  • Jeanne September 20, 2010, 2:21 pm

    I’ve been watching HIMYM on DVD, partly because the actor who plays Ted went to Kenyon and we got to see him on campus last spring. I guess I’m glad the show is ongoing, but my family is impatient to know HOW already! And WHO!

    • Kim September 20, 2010, 4:40 pm

      Jeanne: That’s cool! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a tv actor in real life. I’m getting a little impatient too — I think I’ve only got a couple more seasons in me before I get aggravated. But, the show is also a lot about growing up and becoming an adult, which resonates with me outside of the whole “Who is the mom” thing.

  • Marie September 20, 2010, 5:57 pm

    Love the list, Kim! I will definitely have to check these out. Keep up the great work.

    • Kim September 21, 2010, 4:15 pm

      Marie: Thank you – I hope you find some interesting links!

  • Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) September 20, 2010, 7:50 pm

    So glad I could add to your TBR pile! And I’m so sorry for laughing, but not being able to remember where Smart Things came from just struck me as hilarious. Sorry … but ’tis a laugh I needed. 🙂

    • Kim September 21, 2010, 4:16 pm

      Melissa: No need to apologize for laughing, I was being silly 🙂 I put this particular Tally together randomly for like a month and just lost track of things (including where I heard about that book).

  • Memory September 20, 2010, 8:32 pm

    I loved that article about Ted! I’m shocked–shocked–to hear that so many people dislike him. I love him to bits.

    • Kim September 21, 2010, 4:18 pm

      Memory: Me too! I love that article (and Ted). I love hearing from so many other HIMYM fans!

  • Care September 21, 2010, 8:54 am

    Wonderful! (thanks for linky-love, too. )

    • Kim September 21, 2010, 4:18 pm

      Care: Why of course 🙂

  • Maphead September 21, 2010, 10:43 am

    Five Books looks AMAZING ! I went there early this morning and i was quickly blown away ! Oh man, is my TBR going to go through the roof ! Thanks for sharing that link !!!!
    On another note, I think you will enjoy Working in the Shadows. I know I did.

    • Kim September 21, 2010, 4:19 pm

      Maphead: I get distracted every single time I go to the site – so many books!