Still on vacation and will be ’til Monday, so here’s your news in slurry form, blended and served in a styrofoam cup.
- Scientists develop sarcasm detecting software, presumably much to the detriment of scientist egos everywhere
- Great Toronto mag Taddle Creek gets some press with a wicked stunt*: they’ll give any reader to spots a mistake between their covers a free 2-year subscription
- First Holmes book with inscription could be yours, except you’re worthless in comparison
- Don Paterson will judge star-making new poets contest for Picador
- Bush’s book starts with his decision to quit drinking, and presumably ends three months before the start of his presidency with his decision to take it back up
- Kids books: the Hummers of literature?
- To follow up on Stephen Fry Twitter prize of yesterday, Bookninja pal Jian Gomeshi “wins” Twitterary prize of his own
- Facebook is right now announcing new privacy features to supposedly address the mounting criticism over its privacy invasion… this is what I was holding out for. If it doesn’t really address them, I’m gone — I’m sick of being laughed at (from Julie’s feed)
- Random US restructuring works, despite having all the excitement of a grass growing race
- Finally the world is jaded enough to hear Mark Twain’s story without gouging out own eyes in disgust
*You thought it was going to be Conan doing a wheelie on a chopper bike with a banana seat, didn’t you