Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Scoop #20

Hey! Hope your Pi Day was awesome this week (and don't forget - it's still pi month!). It's finals week so I shall be brief.

  • As you may have heard, Amazon recently raised its Prime membership fee to $99/year. This may still be a good deal depending on how much you buy from Amazon, or whether you use their other programs such as streaming and free ebook borrowing. TIME has an article about 5 Alternatives to Paying $99 for Amazon Prime
  • From HuffPost: JK Rowling has published 'A History of the Quidditch World Cup' on Pottermore. I think it's great that she's building on the magical world. This is something that I would have been delighted to read as a teenager, and is something I need to get back into now. It's been a long time since I've visited that world through text...ever since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. 
  • President Jose Mujica of Uruguay donates 90% of his income and lives on a farm with his wife and dog - and Huffington Post has a list of 10 Things We Can Learn from Uruguay's President. My favorite quote from him is "Power doesn't change people. It just reveals who they really are." This is a refreshing alternative to the common notion that power corrupts people. 
  • The Divergent Movies blog has released Stills and BTS Images from Divergent. As a Nikita fan, I look forward to seeing Maggie Q in the movie, which is coming out in US theaters on March 21.
  • What It's Like to Live in a Bookstore in Paris gives a photographed history about the beds and nooks that populate the famous bookstore of literary writers: Shakespeare and Company, which is known as a "literary wonderland" (Zoe Burke). Some of the stories are insane! 

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