We're on Pinterest!

If you haven't yet heard of Pinterest, it's a relatively new site that acts as a virtual pinboard, with an emphasis on the visual. People use it to save recipes, create inspiration boards, make wish/gift lists, plan for weddings, and more.

Because we enjoy wandering blindly into these social networks and figuring it out as we go, I recently set up an account for us ( and have started building gift guides and "read more" galleries associated with topics we've discussed on the blog, including geeky tattoos and some cool-looking libraries.

We're still not exactly sure how this is going to work. I've put up a bunch of gift guides, pinning items perfect for wordsmiths, bibliophiles, Jane Austen addicts, Harry Potter maniacs, tykes & tots, music mavens, math lovers, and star gazers. We may update some older image-heavy lists with additional photos. Maybe Pinterest is the right place for this to live. Trial and error.

And we want to hear from you, too! If you're active on Pinterest, let us know what things you'd like to see us pinning. Think something's missing? Send me a link at or let us know in the comments.

Also: you don't have to join Pinterest to check our our boards. You can even subscribe to an RSS feed of our pins if you'd like to follow along but not sign up.

Other places you can find us: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+ and StumbleUpon.

Apparently, this still exists, too.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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