Links of Interest
'Steampunk' Goes Mainstream in 2013: "Based on an analysis of more than half a billion public posts on message boards, blogs, social media sites and news sources, IBM predicted that ''steampunk" will be the next major trend to bubble up and take hold of the retail industry."
Why You Truly Never Leave High School: It's an interesting article but what caught my attention was this: "“During times when your identity is in transition,” says Steinberg, “it’s possible you store memories better than you do in times of stability.”...In adolescence, the brain is also buzzing with more dopamine activity than at any other time in the human life cycle, so everything an adolescent does—everything an adolescent feels—is just a little bit more intense. “And you never get back to that intensity,” says Casey." It made me wonder if that effect is one reason why there are so many adult readers of YA/NA. That the stories are able to trigger particularly vivid emotional memories.
Plane Passengers Exhibit Inconceivable Lack of Pop-Culture Awareness. Funny article, hilarious comments section.
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Valentine's Heart, by Cindy Spencer Pape: 25% off at Ellora's Cave, this week only.
Disney: ‘It’s official: J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode VII’