Our favorite February VSLs

1. Lovers and lonely hearts alike fell for VSL’s first Valentine’s Day pick: an impossible-to-classify, booklike object disguised as an auction catalog. Designed by the art director of the New York Times Op-Ed page, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry describes the aftermath of a four-year love affair via the objects left in the relationship’s tumultuous wake. We’ve never seen anything quite like it. To read the original e-mail, click here.

2. On February 9, VSL:WEB featured the Obamameter: a website that tracks the progress (or lack thereof) our new president has made on his 500-plus campaign promises. Since then, Obama has made good on his pledges to create a foreclosure-prevention fund, increase funding to the NEA, and send two combat brigades to Afghanistan, and has broken promise No. 505 — “Create a $3,000 tax credit for companies that add jobs.” This is one website that’s guaranteed to get more interesting as the weeks go by. To read the original e-mail, click here.

3. February’s most popular VSL:SCIENCE pick pointed readers to NASA’s “You Decide” poll: Cast your vote for one of six heretofore-unexplored regions of the universe, and see if the agency points its $2.5 billion Hubble telescope in that direction. Images of the winning region come out in April, but your Web ballot’s due March 1 — don’t delay! And to read the original e-mail, click here.

This post is from Observer Short List—an email of three favorite things from people you want to know. Sign up to receive OSL here. Our favorite February VSLs