Monthly Archives: April 2008

Spell Check?

This is priceless. From Scribal Terror, may I present:

Candidate for a Pullett Surprise
by Jerrold H. Zar

I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it’s weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when eye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o’er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checker’s
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we’re lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know fault’s with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped word’s fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaw’s are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.

By the author’s count, 127 of the 225 words of the poem are incorrect (although all words are correctly spelled).


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Postmodern Nonsense

Love this. From the always fun blog Neatorama:

In 1994, New York University physics professor Alan Sokal made headlines when he published his article “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity.” in the sociological quarterly Social Text. He then revealed that he had submitted the article as a hoax and that the text was a parody of postmodernist philosophy. Sokal completely fooled the “scholarly” editors of Social Text into printing his parody of their intellectual presuppositions.

In this vein, you, too, can enjoy instant pomo goodness with the Postmodern Essay Generator, courtesy of the blog Communications From Elsewhere. Just click on “refresh” for instant, angst-filled, tenure-track gratification.


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From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

To tamp down the noise level in their libraries, some colleges are considering installing a warning system that looks like a traffic signal. Called the Deluxe Yacker Tracker, the device flashes a yellow light to indicate when the noise exceeds a certain level. When it exceeds the level by at least 15 decibels, the red light illuminates and a siren can go off, too.

As the author of this little snippet comments,

What ever happened to just approaching students and telling them to keep it down?—-Andrea L. Foster

Amen, sister.

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It’s been a whirlwind few weeks here at MPOW.  I’m trying to settle in and make it feel like my home away from home, but that will need to wait until the furniture arrives.   I did bring my lamp and cool mousepad in this morning and that helps.  (I hate fluorescent lighting.)

The Information Commons at this point is brand-spanking new – like the rest of the campus.  We’re working to create a new campus for a major university, and it’s the first one for many, many years.  As a result, much of what we’re doing is rather new.  For instance, the last time a new library was added to the university it was with a card catalog, not an automation system.  At the moment my IC doesn’t have an automation system.

So….I’m gathering information, meeting with librarians in the university, researching what Information Commons are doing in the rest of the world, determining best practices and trying to figure out what we should look like for our students.  It’s a bit daunting, but it’s also very exciting.  Suggestions are welcome!

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but there has been a lot going on.  I started at my new POW yesterday, which has been fun and challenging and a bit scary all at the same time.  I’m looking forward to the challenge!

On a personal note, I had taken last week off to do all of the stuff that you never seem to have the time to do when you’re working – get the carpets cleaned, etc.  I was also planning on taking some time for me and having a manicure, shopping, reading….you get the idea.  Instead, DH and I spent much of the week back home.

Unfortunately, my Dad fell in the garage in just the right way on Monday, and broke his femur.  Originally, they were going to pin the break.  Since Dad was having some trouble sleeping, they gave him a sleep aid. (I doubt he’s ever used one in his life.  He’s traditionally been one of the people who is asleep the moment he’s horizontal.)  Under the influence, Dad decided to get up at 2:00 a.m. and do… one knows what, including himself.  Since he was tethered to various and sundry, he tripped and fell and broke the bone further, winning a hip replacement in the process.

Dad had his hip replacement surgery on Thursday.  He’s in rehab as we speak, but being the resilient (read: stubborn Irishman) guy that he is, he is amazing the staff with how well he’s doing.  Dad is determined to get home to his darling puppy, Sherlock (sorry, Mom!) and is doing everything in his power to heal so he can go home.  At this point, he may be home as soon as Wednesday.

I’d like to think I have inherited that kind of resilience, but I’m not sure that I have.  Dad is something special.

And if you have a moment, a few healing prayers would be very welcome.

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PLA in Minneapolis

I hosted a Talk Table on Friday along with our Executive Director, Ann, introducing the world-at-large to MPOW‘s Hot Reads for Cold Nights program.  The librarians engaged in a lively discussion on adult programming, and asked lots of questions about Hot Reads and how it might be modified for their libraries.   It’s a great program and I’m going to miss creating it when I move to my new position.

It has been a wonderful experience to host PLA in our home state – I felt as if I were a party hostess, checking to make sure people were comfortable, inquiring as to where they were from, and answering questions about the area.  The librarians at our session on Friday were from all over the US: Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Ohio, California, Alabama, Illinois, Wisconsin, and even Alaska!  It’s been pretty easy to identify the conference-goers who hail from northern climes, as they’re the ones enjoying the relatively mild weather.  The folks from the south tend to be bundled up like it’s really cold.  (Good thing that snow never materialized!)

A few local librarians got together for lunch today and were discussing the conference, and overall had good experiences.   We were proud that Minneapolis had been chosen as host (though we did notice that it never really was thanked/mentioned/noticed in official programs…)  and felt we had represented our state well to the nation’s librarians.

Y’all come back now, y’hear?

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