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.......