- So, perhaps you’ve seen the “Hey Girl” internet meme featuring Ryan Gosling? (Basically, photos of movie star hottie Gosling waxing poetic about everything from libraries to history theory). The latest version is near and dear our our heart: a Hey Girl Tumblr blog about museums . . . [via Smithsonian Magazine Tumblr].
- The US National Archives is calling on you to become a citizen archivist—check out their new citizen archivist dashboard to help transcribe documents, tag images, share your own research, or add your own collections.
- Anyone planning on photographing this year's New Year's Eve celebrations? Perhaps you'll enjoy this post from the blog archives with tips from Smithsonian photographers on snapping pics of fireworks.
- Late 19th century photos of the construction of London’s magnificent Tower Bridge were recently found in a dumpster. I guess you never know where you’ll find historic treasures.
- The Center for the Future of Museums has a recap of their most read stories of 2011—from the challenging economic times for museums to innovative projects happening in museums around the country.
- A Washington Times op-ed on how today’s digital documents threaten to become digital dinosaurs in the near future [via INFOdocket].
- Did you know that the Smithsonian uses more than 17,000 poinsettias in its decorations every year? Learn more about this ubiquitious holiday plant, that you very well might have in your home as we speak:
Monty Holmes, a horticulturalist at Smithsonian Gardens, gives an inside look at the history, culture and science of poinsettias, thousands of which have a happy home for the holidays all throughout the Smithsonian. Courtesy Smithsonian Videos.