Dear ATF readers,
Welcome to 2014. Best wishes for good things throughout this new year. We're saying goodbye to 2013 the way so many do, by making a list. In this case it is a list of lists, many of which contain lists. (Can you say recursive?) I hope you'll enjoy the compilation. Many of these are here as a result of a shout-out to my OCLC Research colleagues before the holidays. As always they came through promptly and cleverly. I look forward to another year of working with them and with you.
The Guardian • 28 February 2013
List-ology. People are naturally attracted to lists; most lists consist of 10 items; and most people remember the first, the last and a few in between. Read on for insight into how list-making complements the brain's memory mechanism.
And, of course, there are lists referenced within this list of list facts. But I only remember the last one because of the recency effect. (Michalko)
Leadership Insights/Skip Prichard • 30 December 2013
By design. Browse through this eclectic mix of eye-catching book covers and add some new titles to your reading list. The collection showcases the art of publication packaging through crisp photography, clever graphics, whimsical artwork, flowing typography and more.
These are lovely covers. Here's more from the best art and design books of 2013. I was particularly taken with "Before I die I want to . . .," (Michalko)
Lifehacker • 3 December 2013
Potpourri. Peruse this list of 20 Top 10 lists for a little bit of everything—from electronics hacks to smarter Googling to life task automation (bonus word for the day: janky).
Don't miss Top 10 Jankiest Life Hacks That Actually Work Wonders. Aging slang apparently but new to me. (Michalko)
Multiple choice. Click through for Time's take on Top 10 lists, covering popular culture, medical breakthroughs, tech gadgets, Pope stories and more. There's something here for everyone.
This is a rabbit hole. Go down it at your peril. I went down and bring this oddity to your attention—a Petula Clark song on their list of top ten songs—Cut Copy Me. (Michalko)
ABC News • 10 December 2013
Bon appetite. Check out these suggestions for shedding post-season pounds and post it on your fridge for dietary inspiration.
Greek yogurt—not a surprise. (Michalko)
Paste Magazine • 13 December 2013
Drink up. Check out the latest in cocktail-mania—from smoked ice to applejack and Applejacks. Who knew cocktails could become the next healthfood trend?
I got some Smoky Bitters from E.Smith Mercantile that my daughter sourced in Seattle. Makes a different Manhattan. (Michalko)
Listverse • 16 December 2013
Bird's eye view. Check out these gravity-defying habitats, shrines, sculptures and more—they're a reminder of the power of human will to overcome adversity and realize even the most impossible dreams.
Vertigo is me so these got me weak-kneed. However, I could probably handle the tree house built by my colleague Roy Tennant. (Michalko)
Buzzfeed • 18 September 2012
Clean sweep. This list offers suggestions on how to clean absolutely everything. Some of the more quirky tips include cleaning your dishwasher with lemonade-flavored Kool-aid and wiping down artwork with a sliced bagel. If you're the type of person who dusts light bulbs, this list is for you.
I love this kind of stuff. (Can you say OCD?) But #26. Really. Only if #25 is: Buy more liability insurance. (Michalko)
Above the Fold Quiz
According to an item in this week's News and Views section, what are the top five English title words by number of appearances according to WorldCat?
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