Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Playaway

Playaway is a completely self contained audio book player. Hm, there aren't any titles or prices on their website yet. I like the idea, but I wonder about the price. I think that this would be really cool for libraries to circulate, so that means there's no way that we'd actually do it in my library.

No air conditioning

Something's not working right with the library's air conditioning today. It's getting really stuffy in here. Maybe it was the work of squirrels.

Maybe if it gets hot enough they will close the library.... a girl can dream, can't she??

Monday, July 25, 2005

Popgadget: Personal Tech for Women

I'm going to have to keep an eye on this. It looks promising, but I'm basically such a tightwad with my money that something has got to be REALLY cool (or edible) before I'll part with my cash.

Invisible laptop

This is way too cool. I'll gonna give it a try. If it comes out halfway decent, I'll post it.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Who wants to go to camp?

We took our 10-year old daughter to camp today. It was only about 100 degrees Fahrenheit when we dropped her off. We were quite relieved that she gets to sleep in an air conditioned cabin.

For the first time, I could really tell that she was nervous. She's usually quite adventurous and outgoing, but today she was talking even more than usual, plus she talked louder and faster than she usually does.

The really good news is that as soon as we got out of our car, she spotted a girl who is in her class at school! So right away she saw a familiar face. The other girl was in a different section of the camp, but they would at least get to see a little bit of each other.

Diego is going a little crazy without the kids around. (Our 7 year old is spending the week at Grandma's house.) He's just running around like crazy, meowing, knocking things over. What a nut.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Harry Potter and the insanely boring book

I finished reading H.P. and the H.B.P. tonight. So now I know who dies. Big whoop. I'm sorry, but it didn't really affect me at all.

J.K.R. is still using the same plot devices she has used in every single H.P. book so far. She just mixes it up a little more. In the first 5 books a whole bunch of confusing things happen and at the end Dumbledore explains everything to Harry. In H.P. and the H.B.P., a whole bunch of confusing things happen at the same time that Dumbledore is explaining still more of Harry's mysterious past to Harry.

Not that I find the plot "confusing". What I mean is that Harry and co. always seem to end up with some bits of suspicious information. A good deal of their time is spent trying to unravel the mystery of some item that they just happen to conveniently lay their hands on.

Okay, so Goblet of Fire at least had a little more plot to it. And Quidditch. To be fair, the Half-Blood Prince also has Quidditch and "snogging" in it as well. *ack* Gag me totally with a spoon.

I know that some would say that J.K.R. has crossed the line from "children's" literature to "adult" literature, but I maintain that she has merely crossed the line into "young adult" literature.

I'm quite disappointed, really. I loved H.P. and the Sorcerer's Stone, and I even loved H.P. and the Chamber of Secrets. But after that, I really felt like the quality of J.K.R.'s writing went downhill. I suppose that's not a very popular view, but it is mine.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

The Lipson-Shiu Corporate Type Test

Here's a fun and short personality test to take.

I was initially disappointed when I didn't score as a:
ILUG (Mensch)
The I LUG is that rarest of underlings: the one whom you can trust to understand what you're telling them and then rely on to get the job done. In any organisation, these are the people who actually do the work. (example: Florence Nightingale)

But it's turns out that I really do fit my actual results rather well:

ICIG (Entrepeneur)
A bubbling energetic type often with boundless energy and a short attention span. Has a pattern of getting enthused about a project, starting it up and leaving the rest to others (example: Maria von Trapp)

Friday, July 15, 2005

Exhausted

What an exhausting day. It was one of those days when things seem to be going wrong, but ultimately, they turn out alright.

I finally worked up the nerve to ask my boss about the status of a couple of projects. The way things work is that the department heads who make decisions regarding services and policies decide what services the library will provide and what the policies are. Then it's my job (where it involves computers) to make sure that the services are working and the policies can be enforced.

Anyway, I was nervous because you never know what kind of a crazy mood the library director is going to be in. She basically told me what I kind of figured, that we can't proceed with any of the projects until she talks to the board. At least that buys me some quiet for a while.

On the other hand, I'm usually involved in talking to vendors and salespeople for the purpose of gathering information and advising as to the feasibility of any new projects involving computers. Also, I get to ask how much things will cost. At that point the vendors usually think we're just about ready to go when in reality the administration never makes any decisions without knowing exactly what everything costs.

Anyway, I feel stuck in the middle, just waiting to find out if I can proceed or not. And waiting can be tiring.

Case and point: Harry Potter. Ugh. We didn't get our copies in until 2:00 pm today. I was in a panic to get them processed, stamped, covered, etc because my one person who works Saturdays is off tomorrow. That meant they had to get done before we closed today. (It only took about an hour to completely process the 20 copies that we received.)

But I was stressed because I had told the staff that I wouldn't leave for the day without making sure that the Harry Potter's were ready to go. But things got complicated by the fact that my husband decided to go to a Cubs game in the afternoon leaving me to pick up the kids and still make it to a 6:20 pm showing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

It all worked out because given the fact that I had to pick up the kids, I was able to take our branch library's copy of Harry Potter to them today and it's right on the way to pick up the kids. I left work by 3:00 pm and did my running and we made it to the movie at exactly the time I had agreed to meet a co-worker at the theater.

It got even better since a local pizza joint was giving away free slices of pizza before the movie, too!! So we had pizza and popcorn and smuggled Swedish Fish into the movie, which was just great.

We all loved the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie. It was just good fun. And good storytelling, too. There were some pearls of wisdom in that movie, I tell you.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

All quiet on the Harry Potter front

It's time to clock out at the ol' lib, and so far no sign of Harry Potter and the blah blah blah. According to Ingram, it's scheduled for delivery tomorrow, but who knows what time tomorrow it will arrive. I hope it gets in early enough that my staff can get it all processed.

Heaven knows I don't want to be stuck as the only person in TS who's still around 10 minutes before we close, making sure that all the book barcodes are entered so that the circ people can have their precious Harry Potter in the morning.

After all, I've got a movie to catch tomorrow night.

Well, until the Half-Blood Prince shows up on the library's doorstep I can just amuse myself with this.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

I'm Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme!

Which Simon and Garfunkel album are you?