Monday, December 29, 2003

One can never have enough ROTK, can they?

Today was viewing #2 of ROTK. N. and I went to a noon showing and it was a great crowd. Not a full crowd, but certainly a more respectful one. (No babies in the audience this time. And no groans when Sam comes on screen for the last time.) We even sat all the way through the credits, pretty much enthralled with the entire experience. The coolest part was as we were leaving, there was a line for the next showing queueing up in the hallway! So that means that lots of people really want to see this movie. Probably many for the second time!

I spent the rest of the day taking down the Christmas decorations. I'm just ready to get the house back to "normal". Whatever normal is anyway.

I also picked up the music that I need to play for this coming weekend's church services. Great, I only know 2 out of like 7 songs. Grrr. Where do they get this music from anyway?? And I thought we were supposed to get CD's so we could listen to the songs. Get a clue: if the song hasn't ever been released as a recording, how good can it be??

It's such a double edged sword, playing 'boards for church. I mostly enjoy it, but I get waaaaay too stressed out about it.

Sunday, December 28, 2003

Yet another view of ROTK

This is one of the best Return of the King movie reviews I've read!

From here on out, I'll have to distinguish between references to ROTK, the movie and ROTK, the video game. I picked up ROTK for the PS2 yesterday and started playing it tonight. It's different from the video games I usually play. I like RPG's and puzzle type games. But ROTK is pretty much all hack and slash.

So far, I pretty much suck. Naturally, I will blame much of my sucky playing on bad controllers. I swear the controller freaked out on me! I have witnesses! The controller started acting up when I was out at the menu screen. I sure hope the rechargeable batteries aren't the culprit. Well, I'll try again later after I've had a little sleep. Much too tired to play right now.....

Friday, December 26, 2003

Insert clever title here

I always figured the day would arrive when my kids would finally be better than me at a video game, I just didn't think it would be so soon. We rented Disney Extreme Skateboard Adventure on Monday and Hannah can clean up the floor with me in the head to head mode. I used to think I was cool because I could land a 15,000 point trick, but then I watched her do a 67,000 point trick without batting an eye.

Now Hannah and Michelle have pooled their Christmas money and bought a Game Boy Advance. They had enough to just buy the console and one game: Hamtaro, Ham-Ham Heartbreak. Hannah loves the fact that it's portable and has been playing it pretty much non stop since the batteries had time to charge. I even saw her take off her coat and put on her pajamas all while holding the GBA in one hand -- and playing it, too!

I have to admit, it is pretty cool. I am very impressed by the graphics and it's really not annoying to listen too. The fact that it's portable means that the kids won't tie up a TV in the house, so I can actually have a turn on the PS2 now. I need to do some research now, on what are some really good games to get for GBA.

At least Hannah will still need me to defeat the bosses in Dark Cloud 2 and Rayman 3.
The day after...

The day after Christmas is a great day to work! At least, I was hoping it would be. Imagine my disgust then, when I ended up spending the day actually working instead of 8 hours of jigzone. Turns out that we couldn't telnet into our database so I spent the day migrating everyone to SSH. Perfect since SSH requires an additional login and password that staff will have to remember. "Can't you, like, program it in?" Um, no. Sorry.

After today, though, it's no more work for one blissful week! Yea!

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Bad blogging practices

I know, I know it's been a week since Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King opened. Last night my Dad and I went to see it.

I'm still sort of digesting it all. I'm trying to separate my feelings about the book from my feelings about the film. I'm not going to completely gush over the film "Oh, it's the best film I've ever seen!" but I'm certainly not going to pan it either.

For the most part, I thought it brilliant! The casting really could not have been better, the music was outstanding and I do have a great feeling of closure. But it's a mixed feeling, partly out of the fact that I am sad it's over.

I remember being overjoyed while reading the scourging of the Shire in the book because it was one little last chance to spend time with the hobbits and linger for a while longer in Middle Earth. Granted the scourging of the Shire is not in the movie, but the ending did seem unncecessarily laborious.

And yet I didn't want the movie to end! Does that make any sense at all???


Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Monday, December 15, 2003

Two more days!!

Two more days, and two years of waiting will be over! The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King will be here soon!! I won't be attending a Tuesday midnight showing, though. Right now, the plans are to wait until December 29. But I just don't know if I can wait that long......

Friday, December 12, 2003

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Library vs. Amazon

If libraries were more like Amazon . . .

Cute, good points. But my latest beef with Amazon is not any of the issues pointed out above. My complaint is over the $%*&@(#$ search inside the book feature.

I don't have a problem that it's available, I don't like that it's the default search. 999 times out of 1000 I know exactly what I'm looking for and searching the text of the book results in a HUGE number of irrelevant hits. Either you carry it or you don't, Amazon, okay??

I actually love shopping at Amazon and have done so since it's inception. Nearly all of the added features have only improved it's worth to me with the exception of "search inside the book". I actually do read the user reviews, at least you know right away if someone has had a problem with an item, which is great since I tend to buy toys and electronics from Amazon more often than books.
Library software wants to be free??

Do you run a library? Are you strapped for automation funds? Why not run Emilda as your ILS? It's free.....


Emilda Demo

Monday, December 08, 2003

The unbearable lightness of being a sheep

Take this quiz, find out what kind of sheep you are. I'm a:





Which flock do you follow?
Blogs I'm reading

languagehat.com
www.asofterworld.com

I just put my Christmas cards in the mail. I didn't write an elaborate letter this year, but I included a poem and various photos from 2003 in cards to the Fred Poets. I also included the address of this blog, so we'll see if they pay attention to it or not.....

Friday, December 05, 2003

Ah! Friday!

Friday, the most productive day in the work week.

Today's accomplishments:

  • Update blog!
  • Photocopy flute music for upcoming gig
  • Receive 2004 calendar
  • Original cataloging (see, real work)
  • Fix "broken" printer by removing paper from tray (the printer thinks it's out of paper if there's too much paper in the tray)
  • Dump OCLC records into database
  • Have sushi for lunch with hubby and daughter
  • Updated info on presents for staff "holiday party"
  • Request quotes for new printers/mice
  • Put up Christmas lights in department
  • Investigate new candy choices in departmental candy jar


All that before 3:00!
Puny humans, despair!

All my Christmas shopping done in one place.
Trivial post alert!

Okay, so this may seem trivial to everyone in the world, but it's fantastic for me:

Aussie makes THE BEST hair care products that I have ever used!

Back in October of 2002 I got 10 inches of hair cut off. I had been growing it out for almost four year and it really was way down my back. One of my girlfriends went with me and supported me through the process. The hair salon donated my ponytail to Wigs for kids so that was cool, too.

Anyways, the gal who cut my hair didn't "style" it, she just cut the ponytail off and made it straight all aroung. She suggesting that I had already made a radical enough change for my hair and that I should have my hair layered or styled after I'd gotten used to the new length.

It took me literally a year later to get back in to have my hair cut again. That was October of 2003 that I went back and had some layers cut in and got a real hair "style". I loved the new layers, but the stylist pointed out that my hair was horribly dry and had awful split ends. I knew it was bad, but since I pretty much always put my hair into a ponytail, I hadn't noticed.

Back to the original point I was trying to make: I switched from Clairol Herbal Essenses shampoo and conditioner to the Aussie line of hair products and it's like my hair has done a complete 180. I use the "moist" shampoo and conditioner, but today I tried the "Mega Instant" conditioner which is the best smelling conditioner I have ever used!!

So here's my shameless plug for Aussie hair care products. I also love the 3 minute miracle and the hair insurance leave in conditioner. I love my hair again!

Thursday, December 04, 2003

You work in a library so.....

....you must read a lot! If I had a nickel for every time someone directed that remark at me, I could buy at least a case of Diet Coke.

I had an interesting book related conversation with my CDWG sales rep. He asked me to recommend a good book for him to read. I was pretty stumped, since: a) he's about 10 years younger than me, b) he's a guy. I figure I have no clue what he'd like to read.

Of course I launched into my spiel for Lord of the Rings, but he said the movies would have to do for him. He did however, mention that he liked Vonnegut and that he had recently read Brave New World and 1984. So he's got some literary taste.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Real Fred Poets link alert!

I figured I ought to post some real "Fred Poets" content on the happenstance that a Fred Poet might actually read this blog.

The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry is exactly what it claims to be. Of course, it's all in Anglo-Saxon, so I can't really read it, but hey, it gives me something to strive for, eh?

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Sing for me!

I can tell I'm going to visit this site often!

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Be careful little fingers, what you type!

Microsoft fires worker over weblog
So tired, so very tired...

I only stayed up until 1:30 am watching The Two Towers. The extra footage is just wonderful! It's nothing really earth-shattering, but it just adds to the depth and richness of the world of Middle-Earth. Thanks to Peter Jackson and crew!

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Oh the pain!

It's here! I just opened by lovely package from Amazon.com and I'm holding my much anticipated copy of The Two Towers!! Agh! I still have 4 hours of work to go!!
Do you have your World Toilet Day presents bought yet?
It's gonna be a good day!

My Two Towers extended edition is on a UPS truck right now!!

100.3 has already changed their format to all Christmas music! I suppose I'll be tired of it by December 15, but maybe not. I really love Christmas songs.

We've already decided to order Chinese food for dinner, so no cooking tonight! Although I have a real craving for beef and noodles right now.

Monday, November 17, 2003

One stop Christmas shopping!
Weekend continued

Saturday: I took Michelle to the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus!! Hannah didn't want to go, so it was just the two of us. We started out in the car and pretty soon Michelle is crying! She doesn't want to go and wishes her sister were with us. Yeah, I think, I wish all four of us would have gone, but whatever.

Anyway, once we're in our seats and I buy the light up spinning thing and the icee, she's happier. And she did enjoy the show, except for the very last act she got scared and we had to leave before they shot the guy out of a cannon. We got out cotton candy and that was that.

We visited the new neice on Saturday! Megan Ruth was born on Sept 13. What a cutie!

My so-called weekend

Friday: I played piano and flute for the holiday house walk sponsored by the Villager's Club of Bloomingdale. What a gas! I played piano from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and then two flutist friends arrived around 6:00 pm and we did some trios, and some flute and piano. It's such a shot in the arm because everyone thinks you are wonderful. It's all volunteer and helps raise money for local charities and I love to do it!!

When I finally got home I got a message from the Bloomingdale women's club asking me to play piano for their December meeting. I agreed and asked if I could bring a friend who both sings and plays the flute. Their only reservation was that they couldn't afford to pay two people. Pay us? Once I stressed that it's not about the money she admitted it would be fine. Hey, we'll make some music for an hour and go cash the check and hit the bar!

Friday, November 14, 2003

When two worlds collide!

I usually read Liberry Blooze for funny library stories, but today the blog had to rant on about Return of the King. Seems everyone is up in arms (and by "up in arms" I mean I've seen it mentioned on at least two websites I read regularily) over Peter Jackson's decision to cut the death of Saruman scene out of ROTK.

I was pleased to see theonering.net take a reasonable stance on the issue. I'm sure that Peter Jackson wrestled with the issue for a long time himself. I'm sure PJ wrestled over the decision not to include the scourging of the shire as well.

Ultimately, even the most vocal of the LOTR fans will have to resign themselves to the fact that it's still just a movie and really, no movie can be a literal adaptation of the book. (Unless, I suppose, it were to be a mini-series, like Stephen King's The Stand when it was adapted for TV.) As a fairly avid reader, I often have read books that eventually get adapted into films. I think I can honestly say that the books I have read have always been better than the movies. I think the film makers have the best intentions, but for me, books will always be better than movies.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Having a bad day?

Do you need a little attention? Look no further!

Be sure to check out the video affirmation! It's awesome! But then again, who better to pretend to pay attention to someone who's not even there than Blue's Clue's own Steve Burns!

I just love Blue's Clue's (and Steve, of course). I maintain that aside from Sesame Street and The Electric Company, it's one of the best shows for kids ever created.

My kids are getting past the Nick Jr. shows. Right now, their top show is Kim Possible. Actually, I like it too! And what's not to like? She's smart, she's wicked cool and she's a redhead! Well, maybe I identify more with Kim's mom nowadays. (She's a brain surgeon!)
Wow!

We used to wear these all the time in high school. Of course, that was back in the 80's when we were all terrified of getting AIDS or herpes or some other STD. We just wore the stupid bracelets because Madonna did!
And also this.
How did we ever waste time at work before there was the internet?

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Hee, hee

I just never get tired of this.
I keep saying it!

But nothing ever changes. The Matrix isn't a great movie!
Ha - ha again!

More Matrix goodness.
To quote Nelson Muntz...

Ha - ha !
The saga continues

I know I should get over it already, especially since I do own a librarian action figure. But there's just something about it that really bugs me.

Now, I've never had a bad reaction to anything written by the lipstick librarian, but she comments on this comic by saying that What's nice is that Jan Eliot gets the true nature of librarianship right, focusing on censorship and information access, rather than checking out books or looking dour.

I suppose that's all right, but frankly, I've been a "card-carrying" librarian for 11 years (and worked in a library for 17 years) and I can't say that I've ever really "focused on censorship", though I suppose cataloging counts as "information access". I guess that's because I have mostly worked in Technical Services. (yes, capitalized!)

Let's not try to fool anyone here, either. Libraries are about checking out books! What good is it to have the book on the shelf, but tell the patron they can't take it home with them?

Am I splitting hairs? Yes. Is any of this ultimately all that important? No. But that's what blogging is all about isn't it? Keeping a record of all the stupid little minutae of life??

BTW - I'll be selling my librarian action figure on ebay.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Shut up and stack

This guy has an interesting point of view.

I think that libraries have done themselves a bit of a disservice by offering all that internet access anyway. More specifically, why should libraries allow people to come to the library for email? (Which, I understand, is a fairly sizeable percentage of what patrons want.)

Think about it. What is email?? Just another form of communication, right? People can communicate via phone, USPS, FAX and email. But people don't come to the library to use our phones, our FAX machine, or to mail letters. (Well, they may try, but they won't have any luck.) So why would we let them use our equipment and bandwidth to send and receive email?

My latest project my administration has asked me to accomplish is to set up an "email only" machine. Would we ever dream of setting up a telephone for our patrons to use? Would we ever dream of setting up a FAX machine for anyone to come in and use?? Then I maintain that there is no basis for the arguement that a library is obligated to offer access to email.
Library Lovers' Month is February 2004.
Everyone hates a stale blog!

Yikes! It's been far too long since I updated the ol' blog!

Great happenings in the FPS world, though.

Schwantzes just had a baby boy!

The Wilders are coming to Chicago! (And they want Lou's! Ooh, ooh, twist my arm!)

Things I am looking forward to:

Finding Nemo comes out today!
The Wilders coming to visit
Michelle's birthday on Thursday
The De La Desmo's coming to visit
Michelle's birthday party on Saturday
Flute choir (now that it's just grown ups)
The Bloomingdale house walk
The circus

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Two of my favorite things!

X-Play and Futurama

I was pleasantly surprised that they reviewed the Futurama game. I didn't think they would see it at all. We do own the game, however, and I have to say that their review is really dead on. It's not a great game. Pretty frustrating, really. Oh sure, the killing is fun, but the jumping is horrible!

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

It's a big huge TV wasteland...

So what's the deal with Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series anyway? I've never seen one episode and have a friend who keeps pestering me to watch it. Like I need more TV to watch. I'm really content with my few regular shows:

The Simpsons
Futurama
X-play
ER
(Oh, am I embarrased to admit it) Nip/Tuck

For now, those are the shows set on the PVR. And last night was the season finale for Nip/Tuck, so I can take that off the PVR until January, I think. We also own Futurama seasons 1 and 2 on DVD, so I feel like I don't need to record that either.

I also like the Travel channel. They have some really interesting shows that make me want to go on vacation. (Even more than I usually do.)

I don't mean to sound completely elitist or erudite, but I'd much rather spend my time reading or playing on the PS2.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

A good salesman

He he. I've got a great CDWG sales rep. Today he tells me he thought I had to be in my mid-twenties. Well, you're only off by about 10 years, but you did manage to pretty much lock in all my computer purchasing business!!
Hey look! A new post!

Spleesh! Am I embarrased. No posts since October 7? What the heck have I been up to??

Oh yeah 6 new PC's at work, 4 of them for the public! Yargh! Help me Obi-Wan!

Getting the house all decked out for Halloween! I had to have it all ready by Oct 17 for Bunco. And I just barely pulled that off.

I read The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley and Aria of the sea by Dia Calhoun.

The Folk Keeper, IMHO, was a far better book. Aria wasn't all that bad, really, it was just more "YA" than Folk Keeper. I can see why teen girls would like the Aria book, though. The girls in the book just acted a lot more like modern girls than the female main character of Folk Keeper. But Folk Keeper was more lyrical in style and more complex in story. On to the next book!!

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

What a geek I am...

It's here! It's here! I just my upgraded version of Fortres. What's the first thing I do with it. Why, sit down and read the manual!

Really, I'm not kidding. I am a reader of manuals. That's pretty much how I learned to use OCLC's services back in the days before there was Passport or Prism. Way back in the days when we thought we really needed shelflist cards.

Monday, October 06, 2003

Ah, I love Halloween!!

I just bought four nice big pumpkins yesteraday. Gotta firgure out how I'm going to carve them this year. Here are some ideas to get me started......

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

It's a Blockbuster Video weekend!

I couldn't wait for the library's copy, so I rented Holes from Blockbuster. I told the kids they could watch if they wanted, but they weren't interested. I was pleased to learn that Louis Sachar also wrote the screenplay. I enjoyed seeing the movie (Jon Voight and Tim Blake Nelson were both terrific!!) but my two favorite things about the book were not really included.

I always loved how Sachar summed up the story of Kate Barlow and Sam the onion man. When Hattie Parker sees them kissing, she says "God will punish you!" But then Sachar writes:

These are the facts: ... That all happened one hundred and ten years ago. Since then, not one drop of rain has fallen on Green Lake. You make the decision: whom did God punish?

I just thought that was brilliant!!

The other thing I loved about the book was the song. Now, they Yelnats's song was in the movie, but then the book ends with the Zeroni's part of the song. But that second half of the song wasn't in the movie.

I always enjoyed Mr. Pendanski. I thought he was one of the really interesting characters, because as first you really think that he's sort of a good guy. Like he calls the boys by their real names and even tries to have a "group session". But then he really makes fun of Zero, which a real counselor wouldn't do! In the end we find out that he's really "on the same side" as the warden and Mr. Sir. I wonder, though, about Mr. Pendanski. In the movie, they make him out to be an accomplice to Mr. Sir who is breaking probation. Kind of makes you wonder how Mr. Sir and Mr. Pendanski ended up at Camp Green Lake.

Oh well, read the book, see the movie, either way, you won't be disappointed!! (But you should really read the book!)

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

I couldn't agree more!

Again, just another reason why I'll never join the ranks of ALA.
This link stolen from Dave Barry's blog

Woman Bites Two Librarians in Robbery

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Don't you wish you were me??

Today would have made a great “day in the life” day for me.

Let’s see.

There was a note from J. with a list of software titles that YA patrons would like on the new “games only” PC for YA. So I went on to Amazon and set up a wish list to make it easy for her to order the titles that are available. Some of the titles were for consoles, not PC’s and some were rated “mature”. I don’t think we ought to put out “mature” titles on the YA PCs.

P’s back from vacation, so I asked her for the GL account that I should use to order the Gateway profile PC for her. I can't order unless she gets back to me.....

Got to finally show A and S how to use their new email addresses. M is still on my list!

I had to spend some time cataloging so that I would have something for R to work on when he got in. I hate when I discover that I have to redump just one lousy record from OCLC. Crap!

I opened boxes from Ingram and BWI with new books. No mistakes this time.

I reviewed items on the children’s cataloging cart to see what I could rush along without E’s approval. I'm going to need those items to catalog for R on Thursday!

S’s PC finally bit the dust today. The lights on every device on the machine are flashing and the thing sounds like its rebooting, and rebooting, and rebooting…..

L wants to order at least one new PC, but feels guilty about buying a Gateway profile when she just replaced their monitors with flat screen monitors last year. I assured her that I would find good homes for the flat screen monitors.

P wants me to give her some sample PC quotes in case we were to receive some grant money. Okay, quotes away! Oh, she wants children’s software in Spanish, too. www.spanishtoys.com saves the day!

A new agenda for Thursday's meeting was just distributed. We are starting an hour later. (Yeah!) But the agenda is much longer. (Boo!)

New supplies came in from Demco. 200 unbreakable CD cases. Where are we going to put them?? Ack! Turns out we weren’t down to 7, we still had a few. I really hate when I have to stash supplies in two different places. Oh well, at least the cases for the books on CD came in as well. And labels? I got your label right here!!

Oooooohhhhh! A new box of DVDs!! I’m totally drooling! There’s A Mighty Wind, Holes, Young Frankenstein and Sleeping Beauty!!

E just handed me a 3M screen and keyboard cleaner kit. Some kind of spray and wipe thing that’s supposed to be safe to use on LCD screens. I can’t believe how poorly some people treat the equipment they work with every day. (That “no, I will not fix your computer” shirt at thinkgeek.com is looking better all the time.)

Arg! That pesky "loophole" function of the Internet filter is cropping up again. Lucky me, I get all the email complaints about blocked websites. But I don't know how that "loophole" thing really happens. Better check N2H2's website

At least I'll have a little peace at home tonight. Leftovers for dinner. D is volunteering at school, so I'll just make H practice the piano and start her book report. Kids will be in bed by 8:30 and then it's Nip/Tuck at 9:00. Maybe I'll get my quilt finished tonight.
Lord of the trailers!

I can't wait until Monday!

Monday, September 22, 2003

GRRRRRRR!!!!

Now this is one tough woman!!

Friday, September 19, 2003

Blog trends

I've read a few "day in the life" items recently:

Ref Grunt
Tangognat
The librarian's world and welcome to it
Icontemplate

I remember Creating Keepsakes doing a story on that "day in the life" theme. The idea was that the magazine editors picked one day and then readers would create a scrapbook layout for that day. Then of course, we all get to see the results. (Provided the scrapbooking techniques were up to snuff as well.)

Maybe I'll pick a day and do the "day in the life" on this blog one day. It will be easier than trying to do the scrapbook layout.
Spleesh!!

Okay, I'll stop talking like Amy Wong for one day. After all it is Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Let's hear it for third grade! Yea!

Hannah's having a great year, IMO. She hasn't complained even a little bit about homework and even manages to get most of it done after school at extended care. We have been warned that the third graders will get more homework after Christmas, but I think we'll be ready for it.

Yesterday I picked the kids up and Hannah starts telling me about her "junior reporters" that she has organized. I asked "you mean, like newspaper reporters?" Exactly! So I asked her if she wanted to publish a little third grade newspaper written by her and her friends. (Oh yeah, that Spectator side of me is coming out again!)

Friday, September 12, 2003

Let's take a moment to remember a man who meant so much to those of us in the Fred Poets Society. He was an inspiration to us all.

We'll miss you John.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

I (heart) my bad attitude

I came to the realization yesterday of just how negative a person I am. I was talking with someone at work about playing with the flute choir this weekend and (of course) I complained about the director. She's a nice person, but she just really screwed up directing one song. Then I thought about how I always complain about the leaders of my daughter's Brownie troop as well. It's not that I don't have a problem being a follower, it's just that I need a really capable leader to follow!!

Today's resolution: to be more accepting of the people around me.

Friday, September 05, 2003

Hm, okay..

Well, I've added the ability for people to comment. We'll see how it goes......

Thursday, September 04, 2003

It's every parents' dream.....

The day your precious 5 year old daughter quotes Bender. This morning Michelle says to me "bodies are for hookers and fat people"!
Wha?? No posts for a week??

That's okay, since no one reads this anyway.

Here's a great resource for college professors. The "Mindset list" was designed so that the college's faculty would have a better idea of the mindset of the incoming students, and it is to be hoped that the teaching faculty would be better able to relate to students because of it. It makes me feel old!!

Friday, August 29, 2003

Pathetic humans! Morbo will DESTROY you!

Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up rolling my eyes. Check out this horrible new idea from the idiots at FOX:

PITCH-O-RAMA

Naturally, we Futurama fiends are up in arms!!
Ooohh!!

It's always great to discover a website you could get lost in. It's not great, of course to discover it at work, when you're supposed to be working.

I only stumbled upon Richard Lederer's Verbivore, as a result of updating some call numbers in Dynix. I had to change the number for Richard Lederer's Adventures of a verbivore.

Of course I'd read his Anguished English a long time ago, but I hadn't realized how prolific Lederer is! I'm so glad my library has lots of his other books!

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Dewey, do we?

Har, that's my futile attempt at late afternoon humor.

I suppose as a cataloger I ought to be excited that there's only 5 more days until the new edition of Dewey Decimal Classification. But I'm not. Supposedly, it's been 7 years since they published a new edition of Dewey. I guess there are many subjects that needed updating.

The thing is, we libraries have been coping with changes, assigning our own numbers as we see fit and now DDC is going to come along and say that we should use a completely different number. And I don't like to reclassify!! When someone asks me to reclassify a book, they had better come prepared with evidence as to how reclassification of an item is going to improve access. Cause that's what I'm all about, baby -- access!
Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers

You'd think I would have posted something yesterday about TTT coming out on DVD. Personally, I've pre-ordered the extended version, so I'm not too overjoyed about the theatrical release.

All the videos at the library have to cross my desk to be cataloged, so I figured I'd pop TTT in the PC DVD player and take a gander at whatever bonus features it may have. Problem is, circulation hasn't put the darn thing into the ILS yet! (Don't ask why circ is doing this, it's a long story.) So yesterday I had to begged and pleaded with circ and finally someone let me borrow their personal copy to watch the bonus features. Sooner or later, though, it's got to come down here!!!
Turning pages

My hubby keeps asking when my library is going to start circulating ebooks. Um... when pigs fly?? But this new ebook reader looks pretty spiff. It even animates the "pages" turning!

Friday, August 22, 2003

Can't get enough Lord of the Rings?

I know I can't! That's why this news is one of the best things I've heard all day!!

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Wanna buy a good book?

Here's a list of bestselling "classic" books of 2002.

I find it interesting that The Hobbit and The Silmarillion are on the list, but not Lord of the rings. I'm glad to see Kate Chopin's The Awakening on the list as it's always been one of my favorites.

I have been considering returning to the "classics" in literature after treading that dreadful The Lovely bones. I just didn't like it.

Keep on reading, everyone!!
Are you ready for some
Football??
Johnny Depp update!

How cool is this?

At long last!!

Ever since I had my hard drive crash two weeks ago, I've been using MS Internet Explorer as my main browser, and Outlook Express for email.

NO MORE!!

I finally moved back into familiar territory and installed Mozilla. (I had Netscape on the old machine.) I just configured my email and I feel like I can actually use my machine again. What a relief!!

Oh yeah, I guess I gotta keep IE around for those few websites that won't get with the program. Hm, I may even download Opera again and give that a try, too.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Holy hell!

Wha? Mel Gibson's new movie about Jesus Christ is causing an uproar! I found this interesting perspective today. I think the author is right in pointing out:

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, is quoted by Religion News Service as saying, "We respect his [Gibson's] creative rights, but we also believe that creative rights come with responsibilities."

It would appear that respect extends only if Gibson doesn't offend Foxman's concept of Christian "responsibility." However, Foxman and other Jewish critics show little respect for Gibson's right -- and responsibility -- to faithfully portray Holy Scripture.

In short, Gibson's Jewish critics presume to dictate how faithful Christians must portray Christ's Word.

The critics' hubris is astounding.

Imagine the outrage if Christians complained about Jews' depiction of the Pharaoh as a meany because it reflects poorly on Egyptians. Imagine the huff it would create if Christians insisted that Muslims must portray Muhammad as an apostate blasphemer because he denied Jesus' divinity. Where were these critics when Martin Scorsese filmed "The Last Temptation of Christ," a vile and blasphemous portrayal of Jesus' last days?


Well, I never saw "The last temptation of Christ" so I don't know if it's a "vile and blasphemous portrayal of Christ", but I do know that Christians get the short end of the stick when expressing their beliefs. Supposedly, in America, we have free speech, but it always seems that free speech doesn't apply to Christians. It's like you keep hearing about how we all should be tolerant of others' views, but doesn't that tolerance extend to Christians, in that others should be tolerant of Christian beliefs as well??

The band Audio Adrenaline wrote a song a long time ago called "Can't take God away". I always wanted to do that song back in the days when I was playing with the Rockin' Ageds. Here are they lyrics. I guess, they're not super-original, but it's a great song and IMHO, a powerful statement.
Black lungs, warm heart?

Last night I started watching Futurama with the audio commentary. I think it was during the episode "I second that emotion" (though it may have been "Brannigan, begin again") that David X. Cohen mentioned that Futurama was given the Black lung award.

Naturally I had to hop on Google and find out more.

Well I don't know much about this group, but their main objection to Futurama is that Bender is a regular smoker. True, but Bender is a robot for one thing. And David X. Cohen pointed out that no humans children on the show are potrayed as smokers. One of the voices on the commentary said that Bender is actually partially fueled by the heat generated by smoking cigars. Bender is also fueled by alcohol.

In one of the more recent episodes, "Bender should not be allowed on TV" Dwight (Hermes's son) and Cubert (Professor Farnsworth's clone) try smoking cigars and become violently ill. So I think the award is given a little unfairly. Then again, there's no such thing as bad publicity, right? Maybe a few more people will discover this gem of a show.
Yea!

Dynix is back up today! So that's good. But wait, now I have to really work again. As Dr. Zoidberg would say. "Awwww..."

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Well, it's only August, but Dave's Barry's blog cheered me up today with this awesome business productivity software.
Tech support woe

sigh. I know I'm supposed to be sympathetic to our users, but how can I not roll my eyes when I get a voice mail message like this one: "Hi J, this is M. I need to know what the administrative password is on this PC. Thanks."

Uuuum.... Okay, what PC are you talking about?? And why do you need an administrative password? PEBCAK. (I think I got that right.) Problem exists between chair and keyboard.

That message was followed by a staff member (who I consider to be computer literate) wanting to know if there was a "problem with the internet" because Symantec found a virus attached to one of her emails.

That incident was followed by the staff member (who is only partially computer literate) who insists on giving me printouts of her PC lab schedule even though I've begged her to just email it to me.

I need a drink.
HA!

I love posters, and I think every librarian ought to have one of these.
You gotta take the bad with the good

Bad: The ILS is going to be down all day today and now it's even going to be down tomorrow!
Good: Another easy (albeit, boring) day in TS. (I may have to call in sick tomorrow....)

Bad: The quality of the band I played with last night.
Good: What they lack in quality, they make up for in enthusiasm.

Bad: I yelled a the the kids more than was really called for this morning.
Good: Maybe they actually will think twice about taking care of their things.

Bad: It's supposed to get up to 90 degrees today!
Good: Its' supposed to get down to 60 degrees tonight!

Bad: The extended DVD of The Two Towers doesn't come out until November 18.
Good: The theatrical DVD of The Two Towers comes out in a week!!

Bad: I just finished the last sip of my can of Diet Coke.
Good: There's another cold one in the refrigerator!

Monday, August 18, 2003

Work, work, work...

I can't believe I'm bored at work! Our ILS (Integrated Libary System for you non-librarians) is down today and tomorrow while the operating system is upgraded.

I saved a bunch of OCLC cataloging to do, but once I started cataloging, I realized how much I rely on our local catalog to do authority work, not to mention assign dewey numbers. It's easier to just hop onto our catalog and browse subject headings than it is to toggle between the online catalog and authority file on OCLC. Maybe that's just because I'm a Passport for Windows user.... but I'll give up Passport when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!!!

Attention OCLC -- Passport WORKS!! Connexion doesn't have all the functionality yet!! And the Microenhancer doesn't give me the flexibility I need, either. We sort of do things in batches, but not really. We batch load MARC records, but love the flexibility of handling the new items one at a time.

And what about searching with the Microenhancer? I have to batch searching?? Eh? I love Passport's searching interface, really!!! I've used derived searches and the F11 key for so long I can search in my sleep!! And I get instant results.
Treasure planet

Over the weekend the kids and I sat down and watched Treasure Planet on pay per view. I was a little skeptical at first about it, but I was thoroughly impressed! It's a shame this film didn't do better at the box office. The story was captivating and the animation was out of this world! No pun intended. Maybe it would have done better had it been released in the summer, I don't know.

I just don't understand why people didn't like the film. Everyone seemed to love that horrible Shrek movie. Oh well, de gustibus non es disputandem, as my latin prof used to say. There's no accounting for taste!!

Thursday, August 14, 2003

I think I was Amy Wong in a former life

At least I think I was Amy Wong when I was in college!! Sorry if the above link doesn't work, you have to get lucky to hit it early enough in the day to see it I guess. Though I never did an internship, I worked so much at the library I might as well have been doing an internship there. However, both Amy and I dress like slobs to annoy the parentals, and we're both total klutzes.

The thing that most proves that Amy and I are nearly one and the same comes from her lines from Futurama. Any given quote by Amy below could have easily come out of my mouth circa 1986-1990.

Yaaaiigh!
Ow! What's going on around here?
Shut up! You're distracting me.
I know how to make love.
Agh! [Untranslatable cursing]
Cheers!
Mom! Dad! What are you doing here?
Wow. Smart and cute.
Armando and I are going to the back seat of his car for coffee.
Hey, handsome. Is there room in there for two?
Hey, how about some icy margueritas?
My parents keep telling me to be more ladylike. Huh, as though.
Okay Fry, we're done putting on the bra.
Ooh, I feel a little tipsy.
Weee-heey!
Uuuagh!
Wooaaaaaaiiigh!
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiggghhhhhhhhhhhh!
This women-only planet is sounding better and better.
Aaagh! Aaaagh! Aaaiiiaaaiiooohoooh!
Ow! Ow ow ow ow -- oh, I'm okay.
Wooh! Let's go live it up -- waaaagh!
Eeuuurghh!
Look on the bright side. My parents left after you passed out, so they didn't even see you barf.
Is that your camouflage reflex, or are you just happy to see me?
Well, actually-
Huooooaaaaiiieeeiiiiii!
Euugh, you are so disgusting. I- aaahhh!
Big deal.
You're not so bad yourself, big boy. Mmmmmm...
This stinks!
If you want to do something, you do it! And to splick with the consequences!
Yyyyeh! Yah! Yarrgh! Ngghhh!
Ooh! It's a party, apparently.
Ech, agk, phack!
You stink! Ungh! Ah! Yah!
What's that squirmle under your shirt?
Whooo-aaaah-uhh-aaaiiihhhh!!!!

I'm not a geek, I'm not a geek!

Oh, wait, I really want one of these. And these. And these.

Hm, I guess I am geek after all.

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Thirteen more days!

Thirteen days and counting until Lord of the Rings: the two towers comes out on DVD. Of course I've seen it!! Spluh! And of course I'm purchasing the extended edition due out in November, but it's still a slice of Middle Earth goodness that will have to hold me over until then.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Tutti-flutti!

We finally got a flute choir started at my church! For some reason, it was tricky getting permission to get the group going, but that's a whole other story. We had three rehearsals and performed this past Sunday. I'd like to say that it went great, but I was actually dissappointed in our performance. We just haven't been able to gel as a group yet, though there are certainly friendships forming. There's a pretty big age gap between the younger (high school) gals and those of us in the age 35+ category. We're wondering of course if the high schoolers will continue once school has started this fall.

Monday, August 11, 2003

It's a sad TV day

Last night I watched the end of two of my favorite shows on TV. It's sad because I really don't like TV all that much, so when I find something I really like, I want to keep watching!

Futurama

FOX aired its last unaired episode of Futurama. "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" was the episode. I just loved it! It had a good balance of Fry, Leela and Bender. The ending was sweet with the viewers left wondering about Leela and Fry's future together. It's probably a good thing that the animators never really let Leela and Fry really hook up as a couple because that's when most shows seem to go downhill. Look at NBC's Friends.

Pioneer Quest

Okay, so I knew this show would come to an end. But I was sad when it did. I hope that WTTW will re-air the episodes that I missed. My friend at work who got me hooked on Pioneer Quest told me that I would probably also like Frontier House. Guess I'll have to start watching for that one as well. It's the only reality TV I'll ever watch!!

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

I want to be a pioneer!

I've caught up on my PVR'ed episodes of Pioneer Quest. I just can't get enough of that show! The premise is take two couples, one younger, one a little older and put them on a 1870's homestead for a year, turn on the cameras, and let the hilarity ensue! Har, just kidding, it's not really funny at all, it's just completely fascinating!! One of the couples has a website here.

I've always been obsessed with the pioneers. As a kid I would re-read and re-read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little house series. Of course I was addicted to the TV series, too. I even used to load up my wagon with my dolls and have them head out west.

I must cry at some point during every episode, though. When you really see how hard those people had to work just to survive, it makes the things we worry about seem insignificant.

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Finished reading

Oh, all these will be in my next FPS report which is now 5 days late. (Then again, I haven't heard squat from the other FPSers...

The book of Fred by Abby Bardi

Like one of the reviewers at Amazon.com says, it's hard to say exactly why I liked this book so much. The concept was sort of juvenile, but the devices used to weave the loose ends together added depth to the book. I'm not sure of the author's intent, but it seemed to me the book serves as a reminder that we cannot stereotype people.

Perfume : the story of a murderer by Patrick Suskind

My cousin Nancy and I are calling this the first selection in our "Johnny Depp book club". She had read somewhere that Johnny Depp reads like 4 books at a time and this title was listed as one of them. I think this book is a lot like Depp himself, beautiful, but strange.

My library had this book classified with the mysteries, which I thought was inappropriate. It's not a mystery since we know from page one that the "protagonist" is going to commit murder. The basic premise is that a baby is born with super powers of sorts in the area of smelling. While he himself has "no smell" he breaks down and categorizes every smell he encounters.

Suskind shows a great command of the subject material and is able to bring his story to life and give us a book that is hard to put down. However, there is a great darkness surrounding the main character, that you really feel nothing for him in the end, as is true for the character. It is a strange, sad tale.

The lovely bones by Alice Sebold

I admit it, I gave in to to peer pressure to read this one. Even after Nancy's critical review, I went ahead and read it anyway. Again, I thought this one was misclassified in the library as I thought it more of a "Young Adult" title than "Adult Fiction". The whole thing had an adolescent tone to it. I suppose that's because Susie, the main character, is murdered while she is still an adolescent.

Susie tells the story of her murder and the events that follow while looking down from "heaven". Like the other books, this one was also well-written, hard to put down, but it seemed to lack any real purpose. We see the various characters work through their grief, which is interesting, but there's nothing particularily original about any of it. My biggest problem with the book is Susie's sort of "return to earth" as it were, for her first (and only, I guess) sexual encounter. Had I been the editor of this title, I would have drawn the line there.

What did I learn from this?

When it comes to selecting fiction, trust your instincts, or those of a friend who isn't afraid to tell the truth about whether they liked a book or not.

Monday, August 04, 2003

24 more days!!

Time to start the countdown to the DVD release of Lord of the Rings: the two towers. Granted, it's not the extended version, but it's got lots of goodies plus the trailer for Lord of the Rings : return of the king.
I'm baaaack!

We took a long weekend trip up to Manistee Michigan this weekend. I managed to get just enough done at work that I didn't have to think about work once the whole time. I checked my voice mail once we got back home, but there weren't even any messages. That's okay, I think except it means that I don't know what's going on with my old hard drive yet. Grrrr. At least I'm only working a three day week. Ahhhhh.......

Thursday, July 31, 2003

Splech!

Well, it finally happened to me. The hard drive on my PC at work crashed. It was so wierd. One minute everything was humming along nicely, the next minute it was all like "Whiiiiiirrrrrrrrr Skreeeeeeeeeee, clunk!" DOA, baby. It's not that big of a deal considering I'm pretty fastidious about doing backups as well as the fact that I had a brand new PC that had recently shipped. Hey, I may have to keep this spiffy new machine for myself and use my old PC (once the HD's been replaced) as the Sharepoint Team Services server.

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Gak!

I changed this post since I didn't like how it was screwing up the way the blog displayed. But here's the link anyway.

Here's that list of most challenged books 2003 from ALA. But I'm posting the entire URL as an example of how to create a website with insipidly long URL's.

Challenged and banned books

Captain Underpants

I'll admit I've never read any of the Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey, though I am a huge fan of his books Dogzilla and Cat Kong. According to this article the Captain Underpants books are sixth on the ALA's list of most frequently challenged books of 2002.

Of course I can't provide a link to the above list because ALA managed to completely ruin their website last spring when it underwent a huge overhaul. I tell you, it's freaking terrible to try and find anything on that site. I searched using the phrase "most challenged books 2003" and got links to conference proceedings. Spleesh!!

AT ANY RATE, it has been my experience that the best way to get kids to read any particular book is to tell them that they aren't allowed to read it. My 10 year old niece has been forbidden to read the latest Harry Potter and she is dying to get her hands on a copy. My 8 year old, on the other hand, has her own set of all the Harry Potter books and she has yet to finish Harry Potter and the socerer's stone.

But regarding Cpt. Underpants, why can't kids just read fun stuff, eh? What, like none of us adults ever read comic books? Guh, it's time parents quit putting up roadblocks to interaction with their kids.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Yes
It is possible that librarians hate you.

I play in a Bunco group that consists mainly of library staff. The non-library folks in the group get such a charge out of hearing what goes on behind the scenes at the library.

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

PEEP!

There's a new chapter up at Lord of the Peeps!! Hooray!!
Uh-oh

I haven't posted since Monday! Oh, the horrors! I know, I know, a good blog has new posts every day!

Last night we played host to Dave's sister and family who were just passing through on their way to Brownstown. Guess we'll be making our annual trek to Manistee on August 1. It hasn't been terribly warm up there is summer. I only hope it's warm enough to go swimming at least once while we're there.

We need a vacation

Hannah and Michelle are counting the days until we go to the DuPage County Fair. (We're going on Friday!) I'm looking forward to it myself.

Monday, July 21, 2003

Also reading...

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning.

This is a hard book to describe. It's so wonderful. It's the kind of book that brings healing to the hurting soul. Even those who have lived their whole lives as proclaiming Christians have doubts. But Manning bring us pure, unrefined gospel.

God loves us no matter what. His grace is deep enough, wide enough, to cover all our sins. We can stop beating ourselves up trying to earn God's love. It is a gift. And a true gift comes with no strings attached.

What good news!!!
Currently reading

Your eight year old by Louise Bates Ames. I've read her other books in this series, starting with Your four year old, and found them to be right on target. They sort of pick up where the "What to expect" books leave off.

I like Ames's books better than the "What to expect" books because Ames isn't preachy and doesn't presume to tell you how to raise your child. She just writes about the behaviors that she and other researchers have observed over their years of research. It's very comforting to recognize the cycles of equilibrium and disequilibrium.

Though the cultural references to television shows and books are dated, the rest of the material is quite universal. The books were also written in the days before ADD so you won't find any mention of that.

Friday, July 18, 2003

Speaking of X-Play
We've learned a couple of hard lessons at our house. The importance of backing up your games on the PS2. Note to self: buy more memory cards.

My favorite game right now is Dark Cloud 2. I played the original Dark Cloud and DC2 is superior in so many ways. It's nice and cartoon-y so that I don't mind if the kids watch as I play or play themselves.

Anyway, like most video games, you can save several concurrent games so that one player can be on chapter 4 while another player can be on chapter 2, etc. TWICE now (shame on me) I have had a file with over 50 hours of gameplay, only to have that file inadvertently overwritten by a file with only 9 hours of gameplay!

But Julie, doesn't the game verify that you are overwriting a file? Yes! Of course it does! That's why I want to kick myself so hard. Actually, the first time it happened, it was me trying to help Hannah get through a tricky boss fight and I overwrote my file. But the second time Hannah did it.

So I've learned my lesson now. Whenever I'm working on my file, I save a copy in slot 13 (which is never going to be accidentally overwritten) so that even if my file is gone, I'll always have that backup. Why didn't I think of that before???

Because you're an idiot!
Other things I'd like to mention
I was flipping through the PVR the other day and realized I had about 8 episodes of X-Play. I haven't watched much since they changed from Extended Play to X-Play. I just don't care for the new format. Chances are they still have the same number of review (I haven't counted so I don't know) and I know the quality of the reviews is still good, but there's just something about the new format that rubs me the wrong way. I think I'll just rely on the website now when I want a game review.
OMG! This blog now has archives!! Okay, so the archive also consists of all the current posts, so what??
I still can't believe I've been a librarian for over 10 years and I'm just now learning about Revolting Librarians. Sure wish I had read this years and years ago, though I had read plenty of Will Manley while still stuck at Con. U. I don't really consider myself radical, liberal, or an activist, but I do believe in questioning the status quo. I like a nice radical change once in a while. It feels like I've been stuck in a rut in my current job.

Some of my contemporaries have published a follow up book Revolting Librarians Redux. I'll have to try to get my library to order it.

Thursday, July 17, 2003

It's been a Robert Burns sort of week

Seems like all my plans are "gang aft agley"

To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough


Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murd'ring pattle!

I'm truly sorry man's dominion,
Has broken nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
An' fellow-mortal!

I doubt na, whiles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen icker in a thrave
'S a sma' request;
I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
An' never miss't!

Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin!
It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's winds ensuin,
Baith snell an' keen!

Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,
An' weary winter comin fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell-
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.

That wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee mony a weary nibble!
Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald,
To thole the winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld!

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
Gang aft agley,
An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

Still thou art blest, compar'd wi' me
The present only toucheth thee:
But, Och! I backward cast my e'e.
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear!
Carol Shields died today. I read her book Unless.
I really enjoyed the book more than I like to admit.

There's a Reuters news item here.
I just took a good look at the ads above the blog today. One went to the I work with fools website, and the other was a Thoreau related thing. So are those ads sort of custom built to coincide with the content of the blog?? Hm, I'll have to post something totally off the wall to find out....

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Anyone who STILL believes that libraries are quiet....

...ought to spend an hour at my desk today. And I'm not even out at a public service desk in children's or anything like that. You expect there to be a few screaming kids (sometimes even adults) in the public service areas, but back here in the "inner sanctum" things are generally quiet. Sure, the loud-mouthed purchasing agent is back from her vacation, so that explains a lot but it just seems like today is a big social day or something. And here I am, up to my eyeballs in books on CD, trying to return phone calls and track down my missing computer parts order and the children's department desperately needs me to look at a "slow" printer. I still maintain the problem exists between the chair and the keyboard.....
On the good side, I'm finally getting some scrapbooking done again. We subscribe to Creating Keepsakes magazine here at the library and the serials checkin person always routes the latest issue to me first. There's a lot in it I would never use, but it always helps to give me a little boost. Then again my creativity got another boost with the new Close to my heart catalog, too. But Kris isn't ready to place an order just yet. That's okay, it's not like I need any new supplies or anything....
What a crappy day yesterday! I spent a good portion of my morning with a printer that actually leaked ink all over me! I mean, it was dripping ink. Gross. Then my whole afternoon was spent grappling with more printer issues at our branch library. Ugh. Acutally, the solution proved to be incredibly simple. (Reinstall the Arial font) But getting to that point was enormously frustrating as I tried updating the printer driver first (USB of course, to complicate the isue). Then there were about 30 "critical" Windows updates. Normally that's not really a big deal, but the Internet connection was so horribly slow!! Hm, guess that's what you get with a 56K line. Grr.

Monday, July 14, 2003

Happy Monday!

Yeah, whatever. I have to work all five days this week. *sigh*

I did see a GREAT movie this weekend: Finding Nemo! I took Hannah to the mall Sunday afternoon and we did some shopping and then went to the movie. (She's really getting more fun to just hang out with.)

Anyway -- Finding Nemo! Such a terrific flick! Pixar just can't seem to do anything wrong. The film is beautiful to look at and delightful to watch. It's funny, it's endearing -- it's proof that you don't have to have swearing in a movie for it to be good!! I thought Ellen Degeneres did a fantastic voice acting job.

I also watched "The Hours" this weekend. (This is what happens when I don't have anything to read -- I finally catch up on movies!) I really liked "The Hours". Now I want to read Mrs. Dalloway.

Sunday, July 13, 2003

So... did everything come out okay?

Saturday, July 12, 2003

OK, I think I will join...but first, I have to go into the restroom and BLOG!
Hey guys, how do you like the blog?? Just join and you can post, too!!
And Schwantz is quick with the reply....

I am sure it was so we could check each other for ticks.

On Sun, 13 Jul 2003 01:47:33 EDT "mothkinf" writes:
> Dear FPSians,
> Happy Birthday to Henry D. Thoreau, July 12, 1817!
> Now, I keep forgetting. . . _why_ did we go to the woods?
> Fred


An email from Fred today!

Dear FPSians,
Happy Birthday to Henry D. Thoreau, July 12, 1817!
Now, I keep forgetting. . . _why_ did we go to the woods?
Fred

Friday, July 11, 2003

I was going to compare starting a blog with getting a new cell phone. You have this object in your hot little hands and wonder who you should call first.

But it's not really like that. Starting a blog is more like being invited up on stage and having the opportunity to say anything you want, but then you get up there and you can't think of anything profound to say.

Back at Con U., Steven C. Frenzel once posed: if you could write three things on a chalkboard for others to read what would you write? I think my response was along the lines of:

1. God loves you.
2. Through Jesus you can be assured of a place in heaven.
3. Life is short. Eat dessert first.

Yeah, that sums it up nicely.
This is the inaugural post!