Friday, October 29, 2004

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

This morning my daughter, who is in 1st grade asked me if I knew any smart people. Naturally, I suggested that I was a smart person that she knows.

"No," she said, "someone really smart."

"Like Dad? Uncle Pete? Grandpa?"

"No, someone really, really smart. Someone who knows Latin."

See, they're studying Martin Luther in school right now and her teacher said that Martin Luther knew Latin and that Latin is the hardest language in the world to learn.

Well, I took two quarters of Latin in college and I still have my textbooks!! So I had a good time pulling out my Latin textbooks and my copy of Winnie the Pooh in Latin as well. Hey, for once, I actually impressed my kids!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Oxymoronica

We just got this book in yesterday and I love it! It's just a collection of quotations, but it's the nature of the quotations that set these apart. I think I like these quotes because they remind me of the Simpsons episode where Bart cheats on his IQ test and gets put in a gifted classroom and the kids have to come up with examples of a paradox.

Here are some samples from the book:

I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous. - anon

It's easier to suffer in silence if you are sure someone is watching. - anon

If you aren't confused by quantum physics, then you haven't really understood it. - Niels Bohr

Men are so made that they can resist sound argument, and yet yield to a glance. - Honore De Balzac

The love we give away is the love we keep - Elbert Hubbard

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency. - Eugene McCarthy

All propaganda lies -- even when it is telling the truth. - George Orwell

Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it. - Harry S Truman

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Cool T-shirt!

Reading is sexy, but we already knew that!

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

More library musings

Every few years, my library's consortium takes a step back and considers our library software. In 1997, we migrated from GEAC to Dynix. So we've been on Dynix for a while and it's time to start shopping around again. We're currently considering Dynix, SIRSI, and Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Now I highly doubt that my colleagues will consider my idea of choosing a vendor based on how cute the salesperson is, so I offer up another way to help us decide which vendor to choose: I say we let Googlefight do the picking!

Here are the scenarios I ran:

SIRSI vs. Innovative
Dynix vs. Innovative
SIRSI vs. Dynix

Googlefight recommends: SIRSI!

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Your Boss Is Watching

In a recent study on Internet deprivation, people forced to live without Net access for two weeks said they missed the "private space" the Internet provided them at work.

Well, I have news for you. That Internet account you have at work is not your private space. It's also your boss's space, and your boss's boss's space, and so on up the line. In fact, if you think you have any real privacy on the job, you're laboring under a delusion. Here are some of the more common myths about Net privacy at work.

Read the whole story here.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

That gives me an idea!

Googlefight!

Library news flash

How did I miss this story?

Want some library related posts? I recently attended the ILA Conference at Navy Pier.

I don't know which stereotype is worse: teachers or librarians. And it's okay for me to make comparisons as I am a librarian and nearly all my friends are either librarians or teachers. (Or IT folks, but that's a whole other topic.)

Anyway, after spending some time perusing the vendor exhibits, I once again came to the realization of what a bland looking lot of people we librarians are. I mean, we're not in the library today people! This is a conference! Your chance to kick back and be a little more "normal", right? What? Oh. You always look like that? And I always thought of Democrats as the more "hip" political party.

Whatever you do,

don't clickhere.

Good movie update!

I finally saw a movie worth telling other people to see. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind.

Wow! If ever there was a movie about truth, beauty, freedom and (most of all) love, then this was it.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Hooray for October!

I can start planning for Halloween!