Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thursday Briefing

• The second season of Sherlock, BBC One’s spirited version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes adventures, won’t debut on PBS-TV’s Masterpiece Mystery! series in the States until May 6. But Omnimystery News already has a preview video of what we can expect from the three new episodes to be offered.

Needle Magazine’s first new issue of 2012 is now available. Included in its contents are works by Matthew C. Funk, Jen Conley, Loren Eaton, B.V. Lawson, Robert Swartwood, and Chris La Tray.

• I find it heartbreaking to read that Encyclopaedia Britannica has decided to cease print publication after 244 years, and become an online resource instead. Growing up, my brother and I had the World Book encyclopedia at home, but our grandparents had a set of the Britannica available at their house. We were never lacking in access to knowledge. It was a constant inspiration, to see all of those books lined up, ready to teach us about life and the world. I’d frequently just pull down a volume at random and read through it, seeing what I might learn in the process. It’s not the same, looking for information--usually not fact-checked and often filled with mere opinions--on the Web. Tomorrow’s children are certain to miss something valuable with the disappearance of the printed Britannica.

• For Criminal Element, Rachel Hyland has composed a pleasant tribute to Enid Blyton’s various mystery-fiction series for children. “I always liked the Adventurous Four, didn’t mind the Secret Seven, had a mild crush on Fatty from the Five Find-Outers and wished fervently to be either circus folk like Barney or in hiding like the Secret kids,” she writes. “But above all of these--most of which deserve to be discussed at greater length in these pages, and doubtless will be at some future date--I was eternally, hopelessly devoted to Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timothy the Dog; aka, The Famous Five.” You can enjoy the entirety of Hyland’s piece here.

• And being a mustache-wearer myself, I found this post on the subject in Yvette Banek’s blog altogether entertaining.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The loss of the physical Encyclopaedia Britannica is a real shame. Wikipedia is useful, but it hardly compares as a source. Let's hope the EB thrives on the web. The problem is, will people pay to consult online as they have been required to do until now?