The Common Good

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 1, 2012

In preparation for tomorrow’s show in Punxsutawney, discover a few things you may not know about the February occasion in the video, “Groundhog Day Explained.”

http://youtu.be/7-Nl4JFDLOU

Stephen Colbert sits down with Icelandic musician Bjork to discuss her artsy flare in music, incredible iPad apps, and her album’s relation to education: “Why sully music with something as ugly as science?” he asks. [Colbert Report]

With the Super Bowl upon us, clothing companies are busy making championship apparel for both teams. Ever wonder what happens to the losing team’s gear? Click to see. [Mental Floss]   

To prepare yourself for the big game on Sunday, Animal Planet has posted the starting lineup for the Puppy Bowl! And if you still haven’t had enough of a canine kick, check out “20 of the Happiest Dogs Around.” [Animal Planet and Buzzfeed]  

If you’re a business owner you might want to train dogs to deliver receipts to customers like these dogs at a veterinary clinic.  

how libraries have changed in the digital age. Take a look at this humorous comic that takes a jab at the classic pipe smoking man sitting in his high bookshelved room. [Curiosity Counts]

In other eBook news, Jonathan Franzen, bestselling author of Freedom, takes a shot at digital books, saying in part, “I think, for serious readers, a sense of permanence has always been part of the experience…” [Huffington Post]

And for still more bookish buzz, watch the 2012 Oscar nominated short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmorein its entirety. [via Short of the Week]  

You’ve probably seen people twist their bodies to reflect letters of the alphabet, but how about llamas? With llama font, you can type messages using the four-legged animal, or if you’re feeling sinister, zombies.

In this video a five-year-old girl dissects the logos of major companies. Is it cute, sad, funny? Maybe a little of all three?

http://youtu.be/N4t3-__3MA0

Joshua Witchger is an online assistant at Sojourners. Follow him at hail fellow well met.

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