Friday Whatnot: January 2, 2015

Since it still feels like the holidays around here, I give you today’s whatnot…

Ask someone if a glass is half-empty or half-full, and their response will indicate an optimistic or pessimistic attitude. But ask an engineer if a glass is half-empty or half-full, and they’ll tell you that the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. That’s what I used to think, until I ran across this Engineer’s Guide to Drinks created in AutoCAD. Apparently, you just need to put more in the glass.

If you’re looking for inspiration from writers, MaryAnn Yin at GalleyCat compiled a list of five authors who gave TED talks in 2014: Her list includes Mac Barnett, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Elizabeth Gilbert, Isabel Allende and Joanne Harris. The TED talks can be seen here.

If I were to use this handy How to Name Your Lit Magazine tool from Electric Literature, Books & Whatnot would become Tin Moon Monthly. What’s yours?

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay