Millions of years of evolution, for this?

Trivia: looking at Bloglines’ top blogs the other day, I discovered this site of which I am sure I should disapprove, but somehow I don’t. It is called Popgadget, and features (you guessed it) gadgets for women. So you can get cable jewelry: make those wires streaming from your computer, audio and visual gadgetry an art feature of your room; bibi cases, "the cutest i-pod (and mac book) covers ever"; a personalisable cover and intempo digital radio; and a digital scrapblog. I think there were also some little creatures that jumped up and down squeaking when your mobile phone rings, but I don’t seem to have kept the link to that one. Anyway, go over and have a look at the links: even if nobody you know would want these for birthday or Christmas, it will give you a taste of the direction in which a little corner of civilisation is heading.

And Write from Karen has quite a good meme:

1. What’s the last thing you broke?
2.What’s the most expensive thing you’ve broken?

(are you detecting a bit of a theme here?)

3. Do you consider yourself clumsy or graceful?
4.How much money do you have in your wallet right now?
5. Someone asks for change when you’re walking down the street: what do you do?

Feel free to answer in the comments (Karen’s are at the link). No obligation 😉

Who’s reading what

Right, I’m now going to catch up, and it is only Saturday night! Maybe tomorrow (Sunday), I’ll manage to maintain a holding position, or even nose ahead!

The blogosphere is replete with quizzes and questionnaires, most of them boring, but here’s one that looks good, featured on Books, Words, and Writing: "Mastermind Quiz: Specialist Subject Jane Austen". If I really do get the backlog of life cleared by tomorrow, a non-working day, I might even go to the link Amy identifies to see how I do.

Isabella is being a bit enigmatic about what she’s going to be reading next on the group reading blog, having finished War and Peace. Here she hints it might be Turn of the Screw, but on the reading blog itself, The Red and the Black seems to be in the frame. I await the verdict with interest.

The Millions posts about a new blog on Amazon — for the Penguin Classics. From The Millions post: "The club will read books from the vast Penguin Classics catalog. Two cool things about this: 1. Penguin found the host of the book club, Kathryn Gursky, from a review she wrote of The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection — yes, she actually owns it — and 2. she picked a fairly obscure book, Fifth Business by Robertson Davies, rather than an obvious Oprah-style pick." And while on the subject of book groups, Borders has launched a reading group website (says Publishers Weekly).

And finally, as they say, I read about a thriller in today’s Times reading group report that was previously unknown to me: Little Face 2. Clearly another one I’m going to have to read.