Thursday, July 31, 2003


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


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

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


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

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?

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!