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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lovely Links #10

Welcome to this 10th edition of Lovely Links, a post where I link you up to all the interesting things I've come across recently. Here we go!
  • A few weeks ago Booking Through Thursday had a post about music. While browsing some of the songs people linked to on YouTube, I was reminded of one of my very favorite musicals, Aida. Here's a link to the song I love the most from that show. It's called Elaborate Lives and it is a love song between an lordly Egyptian and a slave woman (who used to be a princess of Nubia). The song always gives me chills ... and it doesn't hurt that the guy is really sexy!

  • How would you like to live on a tropical island for 6 months, during which your only job is to explore the island and scuba dive, then blog about it? This is a legitimate job! The story is here and details are here. You have until Feb. 22 to apply ... what are you waiting for?!

  • Speaking of tropical islands, an island would likely be a safe place to be living if your hometown were nuked. Check out this interactive map where you can nuke the city of your choice and determine how far-reaching the effects will be. What fun! (Is it creepy that it was actually fun?! I think it is.)

  • I LOVE the Dune books so this look at the making of the audiobooks was quite interesting.

  • "Preproduction on The Hobbit is underway." Did you hear that?! Another addition to the Lord of the Rings movie series - yeah! I read The Hobbit when I was in the first grade and I have loved it ever since. I can't wait to see the movie. Kiddo and I just watched the old animated version recently.

  • Speaking of Tolkien, over at they are doing a re-read of all The Lord of the Rings books in order. Each chapter is thoroughly recapped and analyzed and commenters are chiming in with their thoughts. If you're a fan, you'll love it. And if you've never read it, this would be *sort of* like having someone read and explain it to you - what could be simpler?!

  • And finally, speaking of and re-reads, they are ALSO doing the re-read/analyze thing with Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series, in preparation for the release of book 12 in Nov. '09. You know from my left sidebar how addicted I am to these books! This re-read is going at a much faster pace that the Tolkien one though (there are many more books to get through). The conversation in the comments is fantastic - I'm loving it!
That's all for now. Happy linking!


Lenore said...

Those are some lovely links. The interactive map does look creepy but oh so fun.

"Confuzzled" Shannon said...

That job sounds awesome!

grayskyeyes said...

I love Aida! It was study music during finals a few years ago, and I still go back to it over and over again.

Heather J. said...

Lenore - I know, right?!

Shannon - My husband said if he wasn't married, he'd apply immediately.

grayskyeyes - Aida is my house cleaning music. Fortune Favors the Brave really gets me moving!

Plays with Needles said...

great list of links. esp. love Dune, hobbit and LotR..Be well, Heather. I think I'm going to make the 1% WEll-read challenge which I have thoroughly enjoyed, thanks to you!!

chartroose said...

Oh. my. God! I will be at every day reading the Rings entries. Thank you!

Heather J. said...

Plays with Needles: Ah, a fellow sci-fi/fantasy lover! And I'm so glad you're enjoying the 1% challenge. I've found several great books through it.

Chartroose: don't get ahead of yourself. :) They only post once a week! But the comments are GREAT - you have to read all of them too.

Rebecca Reid said...

For the hobbit movie, is it the same people doing it as for the LOTR movie? I'm just hoping it's done well....

I haven't yet read LOTR, but I did enjoy the movies very much.

Heather J. said...

Rebecca Reid: you know, I don't know the answer to that ... I had assumed it was, but I'm really not sure. But I certainly HOPE so.

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