Monthly Archives: August 2006

Scream on

This just in from Reuters…..

Norwegian police recovered “The Scream” and another stolen masterpiece by Edvard Munch on Thursday, two years after the works were seized from a museum by gunmen. “We are 100 percent certain they are the originals,” police chief Iver Stensrud told a news conference. “The damage was much less than feared.”

I don’t know why this makes me so happy, but it does.

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Hot Library Smut

Well, that certainly got your attention.

Jessamyn pointed me towards this delightful post this morning, filled with the sorts of images that make librarians and bibliophiles swoon.

As blogger Thenonist explains,

What I’m talking about here is the full-frontal objectification of the library itself. Oh yeah. Yesterday I came across a truly gorgeous book of photographs by Candida Höfer titled, Libraries, a title which pretty much says it all, because that is just exactly what it is, one rich, sumptuous, photo of a library interior after another. It’s like porn for book nerds. Seriously. They are gorgeous photos, nearly all without visitors and just begging to be entered.

Wander through them yourself.  Breathe deep.  Enjoy the dense silence, the smell of the books, the echo of your footsteps.

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Fantasy


Dave, Paul, Mary Beth, Brian

Originally uploaded by Multitype Librarian.

I’ve entered the world of Fantasy Football.

Paul at MPOW created a league, and eight of us joined the fray. Some were conversant with the whole fantasy football thing. Moi, not so much. Lucky, DH was there doing the picking.

We had the draft party at our place Saturday night, and I was astonished at how complicated and how long all this took to do! It will be interesting to see how it unfolds. Amazing, the ways people find to amuse themselves.

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Mindset

It’s that time of year again! The folks at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin have released the 2006 version of the Mindset List for the Class of 2010. The college has been doing this since 1998, as a way to help their faculty and staff understand the mindset of their incoming students.

A rite of autumn is under way with the arrival of first-year students at thousands of colleges and universities for registration. Most 18-year-old students entering the class of 2010 this fall were born in 1988. They grew up with a mouse in one hand and a computer screen as part of their worldview. They learned to surf the internet as they learned to read. While they were still in their cribs, the 20th century started to close as the Berlin Wall came down, the Soviet bloc disintegrated, and frequent traditional wars in Latin America gave way to the uncontrolled terrors of the Middle East.

The list is fun to read if you’re (ahem) a bit older than the incoming freshmen, and really does give an insight as to why they view the world so differently. There are 75 points; here are the first ten:

1. The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.

2. They have only known two Presidents.

3. For most of their lives, major U.S. airlines have been bankrupt.

4. Manuel Noriega has always been in jail in the U.S.

5. They have grown up getting lost in “big boxes.”

6. There has always been only one Germany.

7. They have never heard anyone actually “ring it up” on a cash register.

8. They are wireless, yet always connected.

9. A stained blue dress is as famous to their generation as a third-rate burglary is to their parents’.

10. Thanks to pervasive headphones in the back seat, parents have always been able to speak freely in front.

Take a look!

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Tribute

There is a massive blogger initiative afoot.  Bloggers are rallying to create individual tributes to the 2,996 victims of the attacks on 9/11.

Dc Roe explains the initiative:

2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11.

On September 11, 2006, 2,996 volunteer bloggers ill join together for a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Each person will pay tribute to a single victim.

I’m in.  I’ll be writing about Howard Lee Kane, age 40, who was killed at the World Trade Center.

Sign up here.

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Think again

John Hubbard has written a wonderful essay on librarians: what we are, how we’re perceived, how we’re presented in various mediums.

A snippet:

Many people may hold the image of a librarian as a shushing school marm who does little more than stamp and shelve books because that’s all they’ve seen librarians do. Well think again – that’s about as inaccurate as believing that Alan Greenspan is nothing more than a glorified bank teller.

Amen, Brother! (As an aside, Erica Olsen’s essay linked above is one of my all-time favorites.)

Along with the essay is a panoply of images, articles, and cultural artifacts. Delightful stuff. Have a look.

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TGIF

Whew, what a week.  Traveled three hours to the southwest part of the state.  Presented two full-day workshops and attended a third (in which I gave a short presentation.)  I took this afternoon off to prepare for out-of-town guests, which meant cleaning and bedding and grocery shopping.

All in all, I’m beat.  It was great to come across this little gem, brought to you by Guinness.  Enjoy.

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Roll out the Spirit

DH and I traveled home this weekend.  We had a busy weekend, filled with all sorts of visits and events.

Saturday morning, we had breakfast with DSD, her Significant Other (SO) and Alannah, Darling Granddaughter.  She’s grown a great deal in six weeks!

Saturday afternoon was a visit with my cousins, who we haven’t seen in much too long.  Saturday night was a rather disappointing 30-year High School reunion for DH, followed by a visit to DH’s father and a seriously disappointing Packer game.  (I do hope Favre is having a Come to Jesus meeting with the offensive line this morning.)

Sunday morning we attended Mass.  DH’s brother Mike is the priest of a local parish.  The parish is celebrating their sesquicentennial, and this weekend was their parish picnic.

The parish is in West Bend, Wisconsin.  West Bend is a very Germanic community, so it shouldn’t have surprised me that the Mass was outside on Sunday.  In the beer tent.  With a polka band.

It was absurd, and charming, and uplifting all at the same time.  The crowd was standing room only, and the prayers and singing were loud enough that the toddler next to me admonished her mother and me to “shhh!”  Hearing the Mass prayers done to an ooompa beat is a bit odd, I must admit, as was smelling brats grilling during Mass.  But as a community event, and as a chance to bring families together…..I have a feeling this was just what God had in mind.

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The Great Middle

Sarah at Librarian in Black takes note of a publication that examines library blogs:

The latest issue of Walt Crawford’s Cites & Insights takes a look at 213 library weblogs from “the great middle” — not the most popular 100 or so blogs, not the least-posted-to-least-read blogs, but the wealth of library blogs that have a decent readership and consistent postings.

My former blog, NewlyMinted Librarian, is one of them! I’m tickled to be noticed. Gosh.

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Perspective, please.

I was listening to NPR this morning, to a correspondent talk about the changes being made in airport security as a result of the (thankfully!) foiled plot in the U.K. The correspondent was theorizing that even though Britain has now banned all carry-on luggage, the US wouldn’t do so because, “it would cause considerable hardship to travelers.”

Ahem.

Considerable hardship is when you’re widowed because some nut blew up the plane. Having to wait an extra 15 minutes for the luggage carousel isn’t hardship. It’s inconvenience.

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