GADLING TAKE FIVE: Week of October 27–November 2

Pretend this is Friday for a moment. That’s when the Gadling Take Five would have come out if it wasn’t Halloween this week, my daughter’s birthday and, well, whatever. Since looking back over the week at Gadling so I can throw kudos to my fellow bloggers is a highpoint for me, I wanted to not totally pass up the chance to toot a horn or two. It’s really hard to pick, though.

First up is dear, dear, Leif who has such wit and charm and knowledge of Burma (Myanmar) that it can make a person’s head spin. Although, I am always interested in what Leif writes, the “A Keyhole into Burma: You have something on your face” made me laugh. heartily. I just read it again and laughed.

Kelly always picks reads that sound fascinating, and Women Travelers: A Century of Trailblazing Adventures 1850-1950 caught my attention. I’d love to read about Robert Louis Stevenson’s wife and her travels, for example. I never knew he had a wife, but can recite his poem, “The Swing” by heart.

Considering that this was Halloween week, Matthew’s post ” Big in Japan: Asia’s biggest Halloween Party!” gives an insider’s look at one heck of a party attended by a wild cast of characters. Sounds like fun. I hope he’s recovered.

Neil’s post on the Museum of Broken Hearts almost broke my heart. I wondered what pitiful memento I have squirreled in a box somewhere. The museum sounds to me like the objects are odes to lost love–and a interesting history on how people tick and don’t click.

Then there’s Abha’s post on the 10-year-old who taught himself 10 languages. That’s enough to make me feel quite inadequate. I finally learned passable Wolof when I lived in The Gambia because I absolutely had to. I do not have a great ear. Yep, 10 languages, 10 years old. I’m impressed.

Okay, that’s five, and you’ll get five more in five days. That’s symmetrical.