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.”

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?

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

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