Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Why yes, I am a nerd

My Eats, shoots & leaves daily calendar has a great snippet for today.

"The confusion of the possessive "its" (no apostrophe) with the contractive "it's" (with apostrophe) is an unequivocal signal of illiteracy."

What’s the Secret to Your Success?

Here's a great post about working smarter.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Mmmmm, blogga...

Every have a song you just can't get out of your head??

Friday, February 17, 2006

Multi-Touch Interaction Research

This is awesome! Totally awesome to the max!!

Monday, February 13, 2006

For lack of better content...

Okay, so I got one of those emails you're supposed to fill out and send on. Due to my lack of having anything better to post, here it is:

Seven things to do before I die:

1. Vacation in New Zealand
2. Get a new job
3. Vacation in Boston
4. Go to a Nebraska Cornhuskers game in Lincoln, NE
5. Vacation in Banff, Canada
6. Take a girls only trip to Las Vegas
7. Send out birthday cards on time

Seven things I cannot do:

1. Roll my r's
2. Stop chewing my fingernails
3. Knit
4. Crochet
5. Configure a server
6. Listen to "Silent Night" without crying
7. Take good pictures

Seven things I do ritualistically everyday:
1. Wake up
2. Shower
3. Put in my contact lenses
4. Brush my teeth
5. Put on makeup
6. Check my email
7. Go to bed

Seven things I say most often:
1. Get out! (as in you're kidding, not go away)
2. Why is there not a look of shock and surprise on my face?
3. No soup for you!
4. I just don't get people sometimes
5. Crap!
6. Could _____ be any more _____? (Think Chandler from "Friends")
7. -- NOT!

Seven books I love:

1. Lord of the rings - Tolkien
2. Dandelion wine - Bradbury
3. All the king's men - Warren
4. Catch 22- Heller
5. Socks - Cleary
6. Fox in socks - Seuss
7. The Chatham school affair - Cook

Seven movies I watch over and over again:

1. Ghostbusters
2. When Harry met Sally
3. Ferris Bueller's day off
4. This is Spinal Tap
5. Lord of the rings
6. So I married an ax murderer
7. Sixteen candles

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

When you think of librarians

Please don't lump us all into this group. Especially me. I heartily oppose ALA sticking their nose into non-library related business.

The only good thing that ALA has ever done for me is the READ posters. And recent celebrities have been a bit lacking in the looks deparment. Okay, they did do pretty well with Ethan Hawke.

Not-surprising test results

Blog Guru
Blogs are nothing new to you – you've weathered your share of blogstorms and maybe even started a couple yourself. You may remember reading "weblogs" in 1997, when Jorn Barger started "logging the web" in Robot Wisdom. Since then, the "blogosphere," the total of blog-related websites, has exploded. As a blog guru, you've probably encountered blog novelties out such as the milblog, a soldier's military chronicle. "Dark blogs" are no mystery to you either – you might even be a member of these hidden, invitation-only websites.

Blog Style
Your blog style takes you beyond the fluff of the blogosphere and into the substance. Blogs can be a powerful and informativeresource. Some blogs pool collective wisdom; others pull readers together for collective political action. Many blogs sprouted up during the Iraq conflict to provide grassroots news coverage. Blogs give everyone a chance to be heard, even the trolls (disruptive bloggers). Of course, you can always "blurk" – listen without posting – instead. However you participate, it's an interesting ride.

Blog Junkie
Your blog probably hasn't yet made a splash on blogrolls (lists of links on a blog) everywhere. You've yet to be the target of a blogfoo (oblique reference in a blog post). Blog junkie or not, you'll find your niche in the blogosphere. Karyn Bosnak found hers through simple chutzpah. A taste for Prada had landed Karyn in $20,000 credit card debt. Miss Karyn launched a thread on savekaryn.com to "bleg" (beg on a blog) for cash. Six months later, she was back in the black.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming

Oh, my dear, neglected blog. I haven't updated in weeks. What have I been doing? Mostly, just trying to keep my head above water.

My 5th grader is playing on the 6th grade basketball team. That means keeping track of when and where everything happens, plus trying to get to as many games as possible.

My in-laws spent about 10 days with us, helping Big D get trim put up in the house. He started this new door/trim project in March of 2005 and it's not done yet. Grrrr. Well, at least quite a bit of progress was made during those 10 days, and I have to admit that it does look nice.

I've been on two unsuccessful interviews. What a bummer. I'm trying to maintain a positive attitude, though. God must have some reason why neither position was offered to me.

I was kind of naive, though, and put a few projects on hold while waiting to hear if either new job would pan out. But now I at least know where I stand job-wise, so I can start to move forward on these other projects.

Next week I get to meet with our "Space planning" consultant and with the architect to discuss "how my ideal department would be designed". The sad thing is that the library staff just aren't buying into the whole "reconfiguration" project that administration wants. Nobody really believes that anything is going to happen.

I remain reservedly optimistic. I'd like to believe that something good is going to happen. At the same time, I'm extremely skeptical that a good long term solution is going to be implemented. I think a few more people need to retire at my library before that happens.