Monthly Archives: January 2006

Writer’s block

The Librarian Extraordinare has an interesting post today on the whole James Frey firestorm.

Here’s my two cents: I think this may have ramifications for the publishing industry – which, judging from the things I’ve heard, needs some examination. The fact that his publisher suggested that the book should be marketed as non-fiction when the author himself declared it fiction is….I’m struggling for the word. Hideous? Evil? Deceptive? Stupid? The publisher also admitted that they hadn’t checked the facts of the story at all. I’m sorry, but if you’re a reputable publishing house, and an author is presenting a work of non-fiction, checking the facts is part of your job.

I suppose it’s our titillation factor kicking in; these stories are somehow more delicious if we think they actually happened. But, really, all they would have had to do is put the statement somewhere on the book “based on a true story.” Done. No drama, no media. No Oprah scolding.

Frankly, I haven’t read the thing. Doesn’t speak to me at all. And now, I really don’t care. But it will be interesting to see if the publishing folks chat about this and clean up their own backyards.

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Cool new tools

Just discovered a site for downloading all sorts of programs for your I-Pod, from meditations to cardio workouts, from Pilates to Yoga, from relationships to entertainment. It’s iAmplify, and I have a feeling I may be spending some time wandering through their selections.

Another site is Podfitness, which incorporates a “personal trainer” and I-Pod technology. You can select a musical style, whether your trainer is male or female, and the intent of your workout: weight loss, body shaping, running a marathon, building muscle, etc. The site isn’t officially launched, and must have been in the gift packages for the folks at the Sundance film festival, since there’s a link for Sundance ’06 VIPs, but it looks intriguing. As of now, there’s no information on how much this will cost. Might be worth keeping an eye on….

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Really? Part II

The most disgusting kitchen gadget ever can be yours, for the low, low price of $14.95.

Dear God.

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In the Is-This-Really-Necessary Department, a firm has come up with Bed Books, which are printed sideways on the page, so as to not strain your neck reading. Or whatever.

Now, I am a devoted reading-in-bed woman (as my Darling Husband will attest) and have never thought to myself, “Gee, wouldn’t it be swell if this was printed sideways?!?” Maybe I’m wrong. But it’s just….weird.

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Mean people

I’m beginning to think that there are people who go through their lives being mean, nasty, and generally unpleasant as a rule, not as the exception. I’m bumping into these types a bit more often than I would like to, certainly, but what I really don’t understand is why anyone would deliberately choose to be this nasty?

I saw a bumper sticker the other day that sums it up nicely:
“Life is short. Don’t be a dick.”
Suppose they sell them by the caseload?

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Lights! Camera!

Apparently, someone somewhere decided the librarians need a documentary about librarians. Actually, it could be fun, as it will examine all of the various portrayals of librarians in film over the years, and then will compare and contrast with real life examples. Could be worth a look.

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No wonder….

Stephen Abram’s blog has a piece today that identifies January 24 as the most depressing day of the year.

Dr. Kathleen Hall, Founder and President of The Stress Institute, and author of “A Life In Balance” (AMACOM 2006) has used a variety of emotional and stress factors, to proclaim that January 24th to be the most depressing day of the year. People feel as if there is a shadow over them; with low light levels creating Seasonal Affective Disorder, holiday bills hitting the mailbox, and New Year’s resolutions already broken, depression is rampant.

“People experienced sensory overload during the holidays: the lights, the smells of pine and peppermint, sounds of music, the aromas, sight and taste of foods, and the touch and connection with others. By January, they are now experiencing a flat, hollow, sad feeling,” says Hall.

Well, that explains quite a lot.

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I’m sorry I missed it. Frankly, it wasn’t even on my radar. But Jenny at the Shifted Librarian blogs on the OCLC Extreme Makeover Symposium, and there’s a wealth of information there. Read the whole thing.

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Satan is a peanut M&M.

As many, many of us, I have (yet again) made a resolution to lose some of the extraneous weight that has somehow crept up on me, unannounced and unwanted. And I do pretty well most of the time.

But it’s mid-afternoon on a gloomy Friday. And my Cool Boss has an office next door wherein she keeps candy jars full of M&M’s. The traffic in and out of her office is an indication of how rough the week has been. I’ve been in there twice. Sigh.

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Catching up

After a week out of the office and a vacation day on Monday, I am spending the day catching up on paperwork, on blogs, on various and sundry.

A few things of note…

Michael Stephens at Tame the Web continues to keep watch on the Library 2.0 discussions, among other things. (Thanks, Michael!)

A grad school buddy alerted me to a neato tech toy – a wristband that’s a USB drive. LuAnn found this link thanks to Librarian in Black, another swell blog.

Merlin Mann at 43 folders reminds us that today is Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday. Happy Birthday, Ben!

And friend and colleague Jonya has started her MLS journey. Good luck and Godspeed!

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