"If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain."

Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

A Library in Your Pocket


The Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten reminds of Mr. Rogers: she lives in a nice neighborhood, has loads of nice friends who visit her often and always speaks in a warm, quiet voice. Even as she adds a second stick of butter to pretty much every dish and ironically asks "how bad can that be," I know she means well.

Whether your pursuing knowledge for its own sake or looking to kill some time, this site is so jammed full of accessible brilliance behind  symbols you can't help but feel smarter after just a few clicks and hours later.

Paula Poundstone, hilarious live comic, and a bona fide hoot on Twitter:  "A guy at my storage unit asked me if I wanted his baskets. I threw mine out 3 years ago. We all learn at our own pace."  PP also adds immeasurable laughs as a semi regular on NPR's Wait, wait. Don't tell me."

Spotify, functional successor to Napster, lets you  livestream a huge selection of music.   Free is good. So much for free is great.

David Sedaris is a funny, funny writer. 
Livestream him for free. 
Prepare to be hooked.
David Thorne's email exchange trying to resolve an overdue account by paying with his hand drawn spider will either make you cry laughing or leave you shaking your head, muttering idiot. I am a laughing, crying idiot for his material.

The Vatican is stuffed floor to and including ceilings 
with priceless antiquities collected over two millenia.

Even if you don't have an original idea of your own, 
here is a site where you can buy someone else's dream
Patent Auction lists patented inventions available for sale or licensing. Inventors can list their patented inventions (or patent pending) for sale. New inventions for sale are added on a daily basis !