August 31, 2004

Daily Nonpareil

Nice Carrie quotes in the Daily Nonpareil

In fact, the whole article is about her!

Of the more than 120 people who will speak at the Republican National Convention, none are from Iowa, a Democratic Party spokesperson said.

Carrie Giddins believes the hard-right tilt of the Iowa delegation will expose the true colors of the Bush-Cheney ticket.

"The sad fact is the Republican convention is trying to cover up four years of right-wing policies with four days of moderate-sounding rhetoric, and they know speakers from the Iowa delegation would shatter that illusion," Giddins said. "It's kind of embarrassing."

Numerous Iowans, including Gov. Vilsack and First Lady Christie Vilsack, Dubuque nurse Teri Murphy and the Hamilton family of Waukee, spoke at the Democratic convention, Giddins said.

"John Kerry and John Edwards are proud of moderate, mainstream Democrats like Tom and Christie Vilsack, and that is why they asked them to speak at our convention," Giddins said. "It's a shame the Republicans are so intent on disguising their real record that they would insult an entire state just to hide its right-wing delegation."

And apparently the state's raising quite a fuss over being called the 'hinterlands' (USA Today)

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Hardblogger

Brian's a guest blogger today at MSNBC's Hardball's blog, and is identified as "the lone Democrat credentialed as a blogger for the GOP Convention."

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Congrats to Julia!

Congratulations to Julia, one of my ASTC co-conspirators and fellow Wednesday Tech Volunteer, who just announced that she got a full time (paid) job as a gallery interpreter at The Tech! Way to go! She'll be great -- and we're always excited to have new staff members who really understand what's going on and who appreciate what its like to be a volunteer there! Congrats!

Here's a silly photo of Julia, Steven and me that we took last week at the Communication Gallery enCounter
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Happy Birthday Paul (and congrats on a great presentation)

psims.jpgPaul and I presented our prototype library blog this morning to the management committee of the library system -- and it turns out that today's his birthday as well! So happy birthday Paul -- and thanks for all your amazing work on the presentation! Its been so much fun working with you!

(Here's Paul setting up for our presentation -- and remarkably the technology worked flawlessly!)



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August 30, 2004

Summer reading comic

Via Icon Template, you have to check out this Aug 30 comic (choose August 30 from the drop down menu and hit go if its not shown) -- somehow I think this may hit too close to home for Mom and Eduard? Hmm?

(I have other friends who might appreciate this one)

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Cincinnati Enquirer

Just got a google news alert that Brian's mentioned in The Cincinnati.com Enquirer

Monday, August 30, 2004
Convention blog watch: It's blogging in America

Encore, encore: You might think that since bloggers tend to be more ideological than professional as journalists, the ones who covered the Democrats wouldn't be caught dead with the Republicans, and vice versa. But at least a few repeat names are on the GOP list: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire (www.politicalwire.com), a very newsy, well-balanced cyber-column; Alan Nelson of the Command Post (www.command-post.org), which has a broader scope than partisan politics; Brian Reich for Campaign Web Review, which examines how candidates and parties use the Internet.
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B at the RNC

presspass-frontb.jpgBrian's started his coverage of the GOP convention over at Campaign Web Review and will also be continuing his column over at The Hotline (which is free during the convention week). Today's Hotline piece is BLOG WATCH: Can Someone Explain How Bloggers Get Better Credentials Than Us Hotliners?

I'm hoping he'll run into my friend Greg (my one Republican friend) while he's there.


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ALASC Fundraiser, 9/20

Thank you to Mana, our fearless ALASC webmaster who sent out the following reminder this morning:

Please help your ALASC on Monday, September 20th! When you eat at Fresh Choice in Mountain View, at any time on 9/20, bring in this flyer (available for download) and Fresh Choice will donate 20% to ALASC!

Tell friends, family, co-workers, anyone about this event; you don't
have to be a SLIS student to donate. You just have to remember to have
the flyer ready to present to the cashier.

Look at how easy it is to fit in a little Fresh Choice during your day:

-Get a group of friends during your lunch hour
-Get a bite to eat before heading to class
-You can even get something "To go"

Please support your ALASC. Thank you!!

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Mountain View
2540 W. El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94040-1390
(650) 949-4901

Store Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11am - 9pm
Fri-Sat: 11am - 10pm

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Act Blue

Found this great site, ActBlue which lets you create your own fundraising pages for Democratic candidates around the country.

Here's my list so far (click to see images, descriptions, links to their blogs, etc.), and you can contribute right away! I've decided to focus on women candidates -- here's ten great women who we can support. If we all give $5 (or more) to some or all of these folks, we could make a difference in some close races!

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Diane Farrell (House, Conn.-4) $
Barbara Boxer (Senate, Calif.) $
Doris "Granny D" Haddock (Senate, N.H.) $
Betty Castor (Senate, Fla.) $
Allyson Schwartz (House, Pa.-13) $
Stephanie Herseth (House, S.D.-1) $
Darlene Hooley (House, Ore.-5) $
Lois Murphy (House, Pa.-06) $
Ginny Schrader (House, Pa.-08) $
Inez Tenenbaum (Senate, S.C.) $
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August 29, 2004

Bank of America Archivist

Just saw a great "Portrait Of A Bank" ad for Bank of America on during the Olympics. It features Kathleen Collins, Corporate Archivist for Bank of America.

"We have so many stories in the archives...
If you know what's worked in the past, there's no question about what you should be doing in the present and in the future...

(I learned on an archivist mailing list that its actually an old ad from at least January, but I guess I'm just more aware of things featuring librarians and archivists these days...)

Turns out that the corporate archives are in SF... might be a fun place for a class field trip:

Conditions of Access: Primary service for internal Bank needs; non-bank requests addressed as time permits.

Holdings: 1870 to present; bulk dates 1904 to present

Description: correspondence, minutes, reports, publications, photographs, advertisements, ledgers, artifacts, relating to founder Amadeo P. Giannini and the history of Bank of America, Bank of Italy, and other banks subsumed under these corporations.

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One Year!

Wow! I've officially been blogging for a whole year now! I've had a web site for much longer than that of course... I guess well over ten years now?

It hasn't turned out exactly as I had expected, but I do love blogging -- and I really appreciate those of you who come and read my ramblings and leave comments (except the spam comments of course).

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Why the library needs a blog

In preparation of a presentation Paul and I are giving on Tuesday, I'm pulling thoughts together on why the library needs a blog. Feel free to chime in if I've forgotten anything, this is a work in progress and I'll be adding to it as I go.

What is the need?

In discussing community participation in library needs analysis, G, Edward Evans writes that involving the community can help achieve the "four-fold purpose of gaining publicity, acquiring voluntary help, encouraging the direct expression of needs, and securing the involvement of the people in library affairs." (Developing Library and Information Center Collections, Fourth Edition, 2000, p. 60) These are among the same purposes we are hoping to achieve through this information campaign.

To me, it is clear that there is a need to promote all of the great things the library is doing and to reach out to all of the library's stakeholders and provide them with information and get them more involved. It is a remarkable library system serving an incredibly diverse community with outstanding services and resources. We should be using whatever technology is available to get the word out about the library's offerings.

We want a way to keep the web site more up to date, to be able to alert stakeholders and the media of new materials and programming, and to both spotlight the achievements of the individual community libraries and the system as a whole.

Why a blog? What is a blog?

At its most basic, a web log (or blog) is a web site. Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog. Postings on a blog are almost always arranged in cronological order with the most recent additions featured most prominantly. While many blogs (including my own) are personal diary-like sites, many organizations and communities are finding great benefits from using the tools as well.

For our organization, a blog will let us distribute responsibility for creating content (while keeping editorial control and a consistent look and feel). It will automatically archive the content and allow multiple entry points (most recent, by library, by topic, etc.) and the site will be completely searchable. In addition, the site will automatically produce an "RSS Feed," a special page that people can subscribe to in newsreaders and aggregators that will alert them when there is new material posted to the site. We will also collect email addresses through the site and in the libraries to use to send periodic reminders of new material to draw people back to the site.

Using a blog lets new content "bubble up" to the top, rather than only being hidden deep within subsections of a large web site. It serves as a regularly updated source of "What's New" at the library and in our communities. It will provide an opportunity to reach out to particular community groups and for new groups to discover how the library can serve them.

Content Areas I would like to see

For me, the blog provides an opportunity to put a "face" on the library and to provide it with a strong "voice." So I would want to see lots of pictures, book recommendations, and personal accounts. I would want official notices of all the upcoming events, and then personal accounts of what happened, signed by a library staff member. I'd want to see profiles of staff members to get a better idea of who was bringing these great services to the community.

I'd have a category for each of the community libraries so patrons could go directly into the information about their local library, but also areas where you could get a system-wide glimpse of what's going on. Take booksales, for example -- I would want to know where all of the booksales are going to be this month. The libraries are close enough that I could make a special trip to another town if one was happening.

I'd want to involve all the existing service groups: adult services, children's services, teen services, circulation, management, etc.

I'd want to know of newly a

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August 28, 2004

Hiking

hiking1.jpgNo, you're not on the wrong blog, I actually went hiking this morning! Shachar and I went to the Henry Coe State Park in Morgan Hill and did a very nice loop (plus a bit extra when I took us on the wrong trail). We even stopped for a small picnic (have I mentioned how much I love picnics?) and he made turkish coffee with cardamon which was quite good -- and very amusing. hiking2.jpg Its a beautiful park with tons of trails and the one we went on had a booklet with information about the different trees and things we saw. We saw a couple of lizards and a very cool line of wild turkeys walking along. I love these red Madrone trees where the bark peels off in little curls and the underlying wood is a really smooth, lovely red.

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On the way home, we stopped by the Testarossa Winery in Los Gatos and did a tasting and took a tour of the facility. I bought a bottle of wine to bring to Dad next time I see him, since the place is named for Red Heads.


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Spartan Daily Article

LIS News today picked up an article from the SJSU school paper, the Spartan Daily, about the award our new library received recently.

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August 27, 2004

Places to Live

Forbes has another list up, this one on 60 Cheap Places To Live (via Neat New Stuff) based on Life 2.0: How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives by Finding the Where of Their Happiness (Crown Business, $24.95), a new book by Rich Karlgaard.

And since Carrie's out there enjoying Iowa, its interesting to note that Des Moines is among their top "Porch-Swing Communities" and Iowa City is in their IQ Campuses list.

Of the choices, I think I'd go with Ashland or Portland, Oregon (especially when Ilona finds such cool things there) but there a lot of interesting places on the list.

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New Yorker on How People Decide

Via Alas, A Blog, the current New Yorker has an article on how most Americans decide who to vote for: THE UNPOLITICAL ANIMAL: How political science understands voters by LOUIS MENAND.

It begins by explaining:

To voters who identify strongly with a political party, the undecided voter is almost an alien life form. For them, a vote for Bush is a vote for a whole philosophy of governance and a vote for Kerry is a vote for a distinctly different philosophy. The difference is obvious to them, and they don’t understand how others can’t see it, or can decide whom to vote for on the basis of a candidate’s personal traits or whether his or her position on a particular issue “make sense.” To an undecided voter, on the other hand, the person who always votes for the Democrat or the Republican, no matter what must seem like a dangerous fanatic. Which voter is behaving more rationally an responsibly?"

That pretty much sums up the wonder we all have at the people who are still undecided at this point... and then it goes on to draw from the work of political scientist Philip Converse, who published an article on “The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics,” in 1964.

Converse concluded that “very substantial portions of the public” hold opinions that are essentially meaningless—off-the-top-of-the-head responses to questions they have never thought about, derived from no underlying set of principles. These people might as well base their political choices on the weather. And, in fact, many of them do.

The social aspect of it is really interesting though:

Man may not be a political animal, but he is certainly a social animal. Voters do respond to the cues of commentators and campaigners, but only when they can match those cues up with the buzz of their own social group. Individual voters are not rational calculators of self-interest (nobody truly is), and may not be very consistent users of heuristic shortcuts, either. But they are not just random particles bouncing off the walls of the voting booth. Voters go into the booth carrying the imprint of the hopes and fears, the prejudices and assumptions of their family, their friends, and their neighbors. For most people, voting may be more meaningful and more understandable as a social act than as a political act.
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Cataloging

Had my first cataloging class tonight (online) and was pleasantly surprised to see I knew quite a few of the folks from other classes. Plus, one of the students turns out to be Amherst '99 and remembered me from my work with the Women's Center there. [actually its still going on in the background right now, but wrapping up]

Now I need to get my copy of "The Code" -- the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (which Amazon promises should be along shortly) and get to work on my MARC records! Eek.

Amytha and I spent the afternoon getting the last articles we need for our Collection Development Class (minus two volumes that were missing that we're hoping Ellen might have found) so I'd better get going on that work too!

Its definitely going to be a busy semester!

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Less than 10 weeks left

Moveon has a new series of ads counting down the 10 weeks until the election. The newest one was posted today.

"We've got 10 Weeks to change the course of history. Together, we can do it."

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Betty's Off to Wheaton!

Mom sent along these photos of Betty moving into her new double at Wheaton! The room looks twice as big as Vanessa and my first year one room double.
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It looks like a beautiful campus! I can't wait to hear how it all goes!

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EOS Summer Benefit

jonathanandchristopher.jpgKaren just sent along this link to Jonathan's Summer EOS Benefit featured in the New York Social Diary again. Lots of great photos of Jonathan and Christopher. Looks like a fun event! (Photo by Patrick McMullan/PMc)

The piece says: "The Eos Orchestra, now in its 9th season, continues to delight and dazzle audience in New York, on tour, and on PBS and NPR, where it appears regularly. Eos is dedicated to presenting new and unusual kinds of concerts for the widest possible audience, and is doing it to great acclaim. The New York Times called Eos 'an important force in New York’s musical life'."

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August 26, 2004

Vanity Fair

cinearts.jpgThe Tech had a benefit tonight at the brand new CineArts Theater at Santana Row, so Amytha and I went. They wouldn't tell us in advance what the movie was going to be, but we were hoping it might be Vanity Fair and were super excited when that turned out to be it!martini.jpg It was a really nice party with good food and watermelon martinis that were poured through an ice sculpture into your glass (Amytha is shown here catching her's) We ducked out for a quick peek at Anthropology and then met up with Candace for desserts and popcorn and the film.
cinearts1.jpgvanityfair.jpgcinearts2.jpgThe movie was excellent -- I've been seeing the previews everywhere and was so excited to see it! Reese Witherspoon was great and apparently a much more likable character than in the book. I'm a sucker for a good period piece, and the costumes were wonderful and it was just a beautiful movie to watch. Lots of twists and turns in the poor girl's life, and never a dull moment. It was so much fun to get a sneak peak (complete with red carpet and spotlights).


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Back in the WSJ

Brian's back in the Wall Street Journal again, this time as they profile the RNC bloggers. Same profile as before, but the other bloggers look a lot different than those credentialed for the DNC.

Meet the Bloggers, Part Two
By CARL BIALIK and ELIZABETH WEINSTEIN
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE
August 26, 2004

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Meetings and Coffee

Started off the day by visiting another Tech morning briefing. I've been going to them all week to promote the ASTC Conference (lots of volunteer spots still open! you don't have to be a Tech volunteer to come play!) and to give updates on the new uniforms (we're moving to black polo shirts and then the VAB will be polling the volunteers to figure out what to do about the mango vests) and the search for a new volunteer manager (we're down to three finalists and should meet the last one next week some time).

After that, I finally had a chance to catch up with Brenda over coffee this morning. She had some great book recommendations which I'll have to go check out (including the one about the MIT guys who went to Atlantic City or Vegas or something and counted cards and beat the house, which I bet Eduard would like if he hasn't already read it). I can't believe I haven't seen her since our book group met in February! Its definitely time to get the group together again!

Then I went to the Joint Powers Authority meeting, the board of elected representatives that run the library system I work at. Lots of interesting things going on, and sadly lots of cuts due to the budget issues.

Then I caught up with Jean to learn what I need to do to request funding of our ALASC speaker series. We have some cool people signed up, but now I have to go figure out all the logistics...

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Women's Equality Day

suffrage.jpgOn August 26, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote.

The 19th Amendment states:

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

An email from PPMM today explains, "Women's Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th amendment. We applaud the suffragists who fought for the right to the vote for women. However, the battle for equality in the voting booth is not over. In the last Presidential election, 22 million unmarried women did not vote."

Way to celebrate Women's Equality Day from The Women's History Project and Creativefolk.com and Teen Wire.

"On this special day, we honor the past by remembering the decades-long struggle of visionary and determined women and men who fought for women's suffrage." from 1999 Proclamation on Women's Equality Day



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August 25, 2004

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Thank you Margaret and Alan for taking me to Shakespeare Santa Cruz's excellent production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? tonight.

I'll post more about it tomorrow - I'm beat.

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August 24, 2004

Plastic Bag Bag

plasticbagbag.jpgI saw this awesome plastic yarn totebag and, given my current fondness for recycled art, just had to give it a try. I opted for a smaller size object, and it didn't come out as neatly as I would have hoped, but it was fun to make (though the plastic bags are a bit rough on the fingers). Theirs is crocheted, but since I haven't mastered that, I just did a straight knit stitch and then sewed up the bottom and side. cantelope.jpgIts big enough to hold a cantelope (though I don't know why you'd want to put a cantelope in it, it was just the only thing I could find that would fit). On the plus side, I used up all my plastic bags that were sitting around waiting to be reused. Now if I could just think of something to do with all the newspapers that are waiting to be recycled...

There were a ton of great links for crafts like that here, including this one which is just amazing. I spent way too much time Saturday night following most of the links.


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Cell phones at the Gilroy Library

A column from Monday in the Gilroy Dispatch (picked up in today's LIS News) briefing discusses cell phone use in the library.

The columnist quotes Community Librarian Lani Yoshimura in response to a reader who wrote in to complain about the noise and cell phone yakking going on in the library. Yoshimura added, “People think of the old traditional libraries where people would just say, ‘SHH!’ and that’s not really what some libraries are today. They’re more like community centers with computers and teen areas and such.”

The Gilroy Library is where I started my internship. I have to admit that just this Sunday I shh'ed a fair number of kids who were not using their inside-the-library voices, but it certainly isn't a completely quiet place most of the time. Most of our libraries here have a quiet area -- ideally one blocked off with glass doors so it is really quiet inside -- but I guess the levels aren't universally enforced.

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August 23, 2004

Garden State

gardenstate.jpgSaw Garden State tonight, the new film written, starring and directed by Zach Braff. He was great, Natalie Portman was adorable and its a sweet & sad story (with some very strange scenes thrown in). The music is great too.


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Carrie the Vote

"We're fabulous because we have the power to decide this year's election. And everybody knows it..."

Via Feministing, we have another entry in the single-women-need-to-get-out-and-vote bandwagon. This one is carriethevote.com, another voter reg site aimed at those Sex and the City Voters.

This is a female focused website dedicated to encourage voting among nearly 38 million unmarried female US voters. In a lightly sarcastic and humorous tone, CTV seeks to be a girlfriend-to-girlfriend guide to women on the voting process. The content is especially designed to help overcome challenges particular to women face in order to cast a vote during elections. There is also special emphasis on how women can try to reach out to other women to become regular voters. This website hopes to also enlighten our community that women’s busy lives are not easily conducive to participating in democracy, and so Carriethevote.com hopes to address this problem and offer positive practical solutions.

Their gimmick? "CTV also seeks to change attract new members by holding an exciting raffle to give away a pair of brand new ladies Manolo Blahnik shoes."

I'm still not sure who all these women are that didn't vote in 2000. Everyone I know voted (at least I assume they did!)

I think I like the Smart Women Vote message better (and I just received my election kit in the mail the other day)

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Funny ad

Emy posted this funny political ad, Mother in Park (with the warning not to play it too loud at work).

Seriously.

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Ugh, more spam

There were a bunch of new spam comments this morning, so I finally went ahead and installed MT-Blacklist which checks the URLs against a master spam list. This will now work on all the blogs I host (including Carrie's, Alan's, Brian & Karen's, etc.) Its a great little plugin, easy to install, and it even searches the existing comments (it found 18 on Alan's site and a bunch on my photoblog that I'll go in and delete). Sigh. It still depresses me that people would take the time to go in and post spam, but I guess its no worse than all the icky spam I get via email. I have to say it was quite satisfying to add all their urls to my blacklist though :)

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August 22, 2004

Refgrunt, 8/22

Another crazy-busy day on the children's desk. School starts this week so lots of kids were coming in with their reading lists (which is why we had so many historical fiction requests.) I was pleased to see that a couple of my middle ages books were on the kids' lists (though both kids with those lists opted for the WWII books instead)

Some of the books I found for people:

Cardcaptor
Magic School bus videos
dinosaurs books
Auto repair manual (sent them to adults)
Yu Gi Oh
Pokemon
Time of Wonder
Thesaurus
Bridge to Teribithia
Christmas Carol video
Magic Schoolbus books
Dictionary (x2)
Chess pieces
Betty Boop Video
The Gold Threaded Dress
Evangelion
Time of Wonder
Mousewife
Moon Singer
White Bird
books on firetrucks
Velvetine Rabbit
Garfield
When we Were Very Young
Story of Holly and Ivy
books on ants
Gundam
Anime videos
Rave Master
NBA
Mary Kate and Ashley
Amazing Days of Abby Hays
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul books
Bailey School Kids
Gundam
Mike Harte Was Here
Thomas the Tank Engine Books
Hunters of the Dusk
Zig
The King's Fifth
Twenty One Balloons
Escape from Warsaw
Nature crafts
woodcraft
The Captive
Frozen Fire
kitty friends series
playstation games
Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
oragami books
The Giver
calendar of library events
printing issue from Yahoo Mail

and one of the pages asked me how many pages were in a ream -- turns out there are between 480-516 (20 quires of 24-25 each). Common usage is 500 pages, but I thought that it was interesting that its kind of a vague count historically.

Pretty steady for the whole 6 hours -- lots of repeat requests for graphic novels and anime videos, plus the standard paper back series.

I have to say I'm exhausted after all that. Time for dinner and the Olympics and early to bed.

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August 21, 2004

Most Powerful Women

Via Resource Shelf, Forbes has published a new list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women

The top ten were:

1 Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser, Bush Administration (49, U.S.)
2 Wu Yi, Vice Premier, former Vice Mayor of Beijing (65, China)
3 Sonia Gandhi, President, Congress Party (57, India)
4 Laura Bush, U.S. First Lady (57, U.S.)
5 Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Senator (56, U.S.)
6 Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (74, U.S.)
7 Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (71, U.S.)
8 Megawati Sukarnoputri, President, Indonesia (67, Indonesia)
9 Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President, Philippines (57, Phillipines)
10 Carleton "Carly" S. Fiorina, Chair and Chief Executive, Hewlett-Packard (49, U.S.)

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We the Media

wethemedia.jpgFinally finished Dan Gilmore's We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People this morning while at KTEH (I only work during the pledge breaks, so can sit and read during the shows). You may remember that I had purchased the book and had it signed when I was at the BlogOn Conference last month. I'm a big fan of Gilmore's and read his blog (or rather, subscribe to the rss feed for it) and enjoyed the book.

He writes that his "goal in this book has been to persuade you that the collision of journalism and technology is having major consequences for three consituencies: journalists, newsmakers, and the audience. The evidence seems persuasive that something big is happening." (237) In addition to talking about blogging and other technology, he covers a lot of the copyright and Big Media issues extremely well. He concludes that:

"Open systems are central to any future of a free (as in freedom) flow of information. Yet the forces of central control - governments and big businesses, especially the copyright cartel - are pushing harder and harder to clamp down on our networks. To preserve their business models, which are increasingly outmoded in a digital age, they would restrict innovation and, ultimately, the kinds of creativity on which they founded their own businesses. The danger in this is massive, but the public remains all too oblivious, in part because Big Media has failed to cover the story properly. I don't think that's a coincidence." (238)

There's a blog with additional info about the book at wethemedia.oreilly.com. I think the book's a must-read for any of us jumping into this medium as bloggers/readers of blogs, consumers/creators of news and people concerned about what's going on in the media. The book has even been published on the site in pdfs under a Creative Commons license so you can take a peak before you buy.


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Pledge drive continues

campbellmythvideo.jpgIf you're watching KTEH this morning, Moyers: Joseph Campbell And The Power Of Myth : The Hero's Adventure will be on. I'll be there filming the pledge breaks from 9-1:30, so call in and join! :)


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More on depressing books

Back to discussing how depressing some kids books are (see our summer reading discussion from July 18), LIS News today points to a NY Times piece on Why Teachers Love Depressing Books. It discusses Barbara Feinberg's Welcome to Lizard Motel: Children, Stories, and the Mystery of Making Things Up, which I have sitting here on my pile of books to read soon.

From the article:

An avid reader growing up, I decided that there were two types of children's books: call it ''Little Women'' versus ''Phantom Tollbooth.'' The first type was usually foisted on you by nostalgic grown-ups. These were books populated by snivelers and goody-two-shoes, the most saintly of whom were sure to die in some tediously drawn-out scene. When the characters weren't dying or performing acts of charity or thawing the hearts of mean old gentlemen, they mostly just hung around the house, thinking about how they felt about their relatives.

...

Nevertheless, many kids do love these books. Perhaps they make certain readers, the ones who've grown up too fast, feel less alone and impart to others, the ones too eager to grow up, a frisson of the ''serious.'' The latter might well become teachers who insist that kids read books that make them cry. But there is no chemistry more subtle and combustible than the matching of reader with book; it just can't be standardized. Pair a ''Phantom Tollbooth'' kid with ''Little Women'' and the results will stink. You have to experiment until you get it right: that's the only formula for making a lifelong reader.
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August 20, 2004

Refgrunt and Music

Slow Friday afternoon at Morgan Hill, but its a great library and everyone's so nice!

First hour on the kids desk, found books to learn how to draw fast cars, books on sharks and bugs and trains (and learned that train books are in two different places). Watched a kid show off his light-up shoes and his cartwheel abilities.

Then over to the adult desk for three hours:
books on making art out of gourds (but she already had the only book we had in today)
playstation games
temporary caregiver authorization form
A Woman of Substance
Angels in America
Their Eyes Were Watching God
August issue of the japanese Magazine "Mrs" (hasn't come in yet)
1st, 11th and 12th book of the Left Behind series
Proceed with Passion

Other things I learned - did you know that you can do mapquest in other languages? Very helpful when a woman who only spoke Spanish needed us to find her directions someplace. Just click settings and there are a number of languages to choose from!

And right before I got on the desk, someone wanted to know the name of Jefferson's favorite novel, which apparently he kept in his desk with a lock of his wife's hair in it after she died. The librarian found the name of the book and it was available for the person who had asked to check out and read.

morganhilldancing.jpgBefore my shift I stopped into the Morgan Hill Museum, which is next door to the library. I learned a great deal about the famous Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper, a semi-precious gemstone unique to the area. After work I went to a nice Italian restaurant and walked around town with Shachar.

There's free music and dancing as part of the Friday Night Music Series - 7-9 pm every Friday night during the summer, June-September, at Second Street and Monterey Road in Downtown Morgan Hill. Its really a cute little town!

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Seurat

George Seurat's painting, Sunday on La Grande Jatte, has always been one of my favorite paintings, mostly because the musical Sunday in the Park with George is the first musical I remember seeing on Broadway (and it starred Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin, so I was off to a good start). The NY Times today has an article called How Seurat Worked Up to Sunday by Holland Cotter which discusses the painting and the artist.

"Seurat and the Making of 'La Grande Jatte' " is an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago through Sept. 19. Sadly I don't think I'll be traveling through there before then.

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Happy Birthday Brett

Happy birthday today to Brett! (assuming I have the day right...)

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Tied for Second

Ah, the dreaded US News and World Report College Rankings are out again and Amherst is tied for second behind Williams. Of course the rankings don't mean anything at all (except during the years where we're #1!)

Eduard's off to check out the school today on his college visiting... It'll be interesting to hear his impressions of the place!

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August 19, 2004

Plastic Army Men Bowl

toysoliders1.jpgIn this month's Ready Made Magazine, they showed this fantastic bowl made from melted toy soldiers (also on Boing Boing) -- and of course we had to try to make them!

Note: it turns out to be A LOT harder than it looked. The best directions that we found are here, but we didn't have much luck with the oven or stovetop.

casualty.jpgI'll spare you most of the details, but let's just say it involved a lot of broken glass... We clearly don't have the right formula yet, so I won't post directions until we get it right. But the keys seem to be the microwave and a good deal of ventilation...



We tried a number of different types of plastic toys...
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And here's my civil war soldiers in the bowl and out (where it split into two pieces that I'll try to glue back together. The white on the bottom is two horses) and the wheels are from the cannons.
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And no, I'm not sure what we were thinking... and yes, we will probably try again :)

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History San Jose

historysanjosetemple.jpgAfter months of meaning to go, Amytha and I finally made it to History San Jose today, a park filled with 27 original and replica homes, businesses and landmarks, which highlights periods of Santa Clara Valley's past. Only three of the buildings were open, and the place had a bit of a ghost town feel, but it was definitely interesting and I'd like to go back on a day with more people.

Amytha actually spent the summer archiving the collection of documents from the organization that raised the money to restore the Temple shown here, so she knew all about the history of the place.



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So not the right list!

I just got phone-banked from the California Republican Party who, before I could get a word in edgewise, thanked me for my help in getting rid of Grey Davis and was starting to tell me about how I could help get rid of Boxer as well. I finally broke in and told her that I was so not her target audience and asked her what list she was calling from. Apparently I'm on some list of people who have registered to vote in the Republican primaries. Eegad. Shows how much they're working to target Boxer though.


Barbara Boxer for U.S. Senate

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August 18, 2004

De-Lovely

delovely.jpgThe thought was to escape reality & work for a bit by seeing a light hearted musical. Someone forgot to warn me, however, that De-Lovely, the Kevin Kline/Ashley Judd telling of the life of Cole Porter, was going to be so sad and depressing. The songs were great (Elvis Costello singing Let's Misbehave was my favorite), the costumes, cars, houses, dancing, etc. were great... but well, I guess I wasn't prepared for it enough.

Oh well, back to work.

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Nominate your favorite libraries

Libraries for the Future is preparing to spotlight one library per state to show the nation -- and other libraries -- how dynamic and creative modern libraries can be. Have a great library to suggest? Nominate them here. I just nominated some of my favorites, including the fantastic Westport Library and of course our Santa Clara County Library System.

(and of course I'm related to Elizabeth Gordon, the National Director of the Americans for Libraries Council, but don't think I've ever met her)

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August 17, 2004

August Chautauqua

This month's Virtual Chautauqua book discussion is going on now!

August 15 - 31, 2004 - Children's Literature
What memories do you have of reading in childhood? particular books? or, special memories of the experience of reading?  

Come join us! Its free, just register on the site and jump in.

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Greg on CSPAN

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My college roommate Greg was on CSPAN yesterday fielding calls about Bush's immigration policy. Shame he's on the wrong side of the election, but he did a great job.

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Political sites to vote on

From Politics Online: You can vote today on The 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics. Among those nominated are some of my personal favorites:

Joi Ito
Joichi Ito is in charge of international and mobility for Technorati and the founder, CEO of Neoteny, a venture capital firm that is the lead investor in Six Apart, and is on the board of Creative Commons. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. In 1997 Time Magazine ranked him as a member of the CyberElite. In 2000 he was ranked among the "50 Stars of Asia" by Business Week and commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications for supporting the advancement of IT. In 2001 the World Economic Forum chose him as one of the 100 "Global Leaders of Tomorrow" for 2002. He was appointed as a member of Howard Dean's Net Advisory Net during the Dean campaign. [Note: Joi is one of the keynote presenters at our upcoming Online Social Networks 2004 online conference]

Joe Trippi
Joe Trippi-heralded on the cover of The New Republic as the man who "reinvented campaigning"-was born in California and began his political career working on Edward M. Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1980. His work in presidential politics continued with the campaigns of Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Richard Gephardt and Howard Dean. In 2004, he was National Campaign Manager for Howard Dean's presidential campaign, pioneering the use of online technology to organize what became the largest grassroots movement in presidential politics. Through Trippi's innovative use of the internet for small-donor fundraising, Dean for America ended up raising more money than any Democratic presidential campaign in history, all with donations averaging less than $100 each. Trippi's innovations have brought fundamental change to the electoral system and will be the model for how all future political campaigns are run.

Meetup.com
What started as a way to organize a local gathering of people on a global level, has become the key tool in building online support for politicians in the US. Meetup is an advanced technology platform and global network of local venues that helps people self-organize local group gatherings on the same day everywhere. Meetups take place in up to 651 cities in 61 countries at local cafes, restaurants, bookstores, and other local establishments. Over1.3 million people have already signed up for MeetUps to discuss over 4,000 topics. Currently over 500,000 people worldwide use MeetUp's for politics and activism. [Note: Our ALASC group is promoting the librarians meetup as a way for us to self-organize some local groups around the state to talk about library-related stuff. Sign up today so we'll have enough people to meet next month!]

MoveOn
The first online PAC, MoveOn.Org, gave us the earliest glimpse of the grassroots potential of the net to raise money and mobilize citizens to a cause. The International network now has more than 2,000,000 online activists and is one of the most effective and responsive outlets for democratic participation available today. In 2004 MoveOn has effectively used the web for online fundraising and mobilization in such a way it has became a household name. Zack Exley, an early team member of MoveOn.org, joined the Kerry Campaign as Director of Online Communications and Organizing, where he has help the campaign reach new heights in online activism.

and via Alas, a blog, The Washington Post is running a contest called "2004 Best Blogs - Politics and Elections Readers' Choice Awards". (registration is required to nominate sites)


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Library Career Romances

kitsy.jpgVia Lady Crumpet today is a great site about Library Career Romance Novels with fantastic book jacket art that will be sure to appeal to Amytha and just priceless plot descriptions.

I've never read much in that genre, but Amytha and Julia are always championing it (and Amytha even has a trashy romance novel bookclub!) and I figure I should be somewhat aware in case I ever get to do reader's advisory...
Earlier this morning I was thinking about them when I saw the NY Times piece, 'Sorry, Harlequin,' She Sighed Tenderly, 'I'm Reading Something Else' on how Chick Lit and other genres are eating into romance novel sales.


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August 16, 2004

Outfoxed

Saw outfoxed.jpgOutfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism tonight. I wasn't sure if I should go -- I was afraid it would just be too depressing, but Carrie said it would be good to further my education on the subject. We were both right, it was very educational, but very depressing.

Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.

I can't believe that the clips they showed were actually "news" coverage. I'm glad I saw it and would recommend it to the rest of you (especially Carrie, after studying what journalism should be like). Certainly we need media reform, but I'm not filled with any great hope that we can do much about it right now.

One of the people in the documentary quoted the famous line from the film Network, which seems more appropriate than ever:

"So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!!"


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OSN 2004: Call for Sessions

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OSN2004 will be a summit meeting where you will have a chance to hear from and interact with many of the pioneers in the field of online social networks as well as some of the current trendsetters now exploring the latest technologies and applications.

Novice attendees will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with some of the latest OSN technologies and tools in a series of safe, supported, activities and virtual “field trips”.

Experienced users will have the opportunity to engage in direct exchanges with developers and providers to co-create an agenda for new features, developments, and enhancements for the next generation of OSN applications.

Those with leadership responsibilities in their organization for communication, stakeholder engagement, marketing, education & training, outreach, and collaboration will get up to speed on what’s new, what’s important, and what you can use NOW to leverage OSN tools.

OSN2004 attendees will receive a CD with all the material shared during the event as well as additional ‘director’s cut’ materials you can use to create and support your own OSN applications from Rheingold Associates and Group Jazz - the leaders in training and consulting in the field.

Interested in presenting? Group Jazz and Rheingold Associates invites you to submit a session idea for the second Online Social Networks conference. Your session proposal should fall into one of the following three focus areas:

1. Online social networks in organizations - Who is using them and why? What challenges and opportunities do they present? What are the practical applications of OSNs?
2. Online social networks for personal social and business use - How are individuals using OSNs?
3. Online social networks in the political arena - How have political parties and politicians used OSNs to raise money, explore issues, and mobilize at the grassroots level?

Submission of proposals: no later than 30 August 2004
Notification of acceptance: September 2004

Interested in participating? Register online today!

[Please pass this along to anyone you think would be interested in presenting or attending! Thanks!]

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B on Blogging the Prez

Brian has a new piece posted on The Blogging of the President:2004 called Online Fundraising and Campaign Finance Reform

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Double Dutch

There's a piece in today's NY Times titled "In San Francisco, a New Twist on a Schoolyard Pastime" by Elizabeth Ahlin, about an SF group called Double Dutchess. Check out their video clip from their web site, where they're doing a Cats the Musical routine. They seem so cool!

With a sense of grace matched only by that of winged faerie folk, Double Dutchess rule the ropes with wit and sexuality. For over two years, these jezebels of jumprope have captured the hearts of snotty Mission hipsters and unwitting men-folk everywhere by combining humor, sex, and always a touch of social disobedience.

According to the article, they even had some promotional sponsorship from Emily the Strange.

Auban and I tried to take double dutch lessons in college but were SO awful (at least I was) that the very nice instructor made us go to the gym and learn how to use the machines there instead. I don't think I ever successfully made it into the ropes.

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August 15, 2004

Fixing the First Job

Interesting piece in Library Journal, Fixing the First Job by Ria Newhouse & April Spisak, where new librarians speak out on problems in the profession. (via Resource Shelf)

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Olympic Emilys

So I found that the official Olympics web site was more fun than the NBC one, and thought I'd try to read up more on the athletes that aren't the big stars that are getting all the coverage.

For example, I just learned that there are 10 Emily's competing:

BRIGHT Emily - GBR - Modern Pentathlon
CARUSO Emily - USA - Shooting
(from Stamford, CT! Hobbies: Sewing and reading.)
HALLIDAY Emily - AUS - Hockey
(Hobbies: Shopping, movies and eating.)
JACOBSON Emily - USA - Fencing
(Started fencing because the rest of the family did it. Went to Columbia University)
KUKORS Emily - USA - Swimming
MARTIN Emily - AUS - Rowing
(Hobbies: Netball, running, movies and the beach.)
MASON Emily - USA - Swimming
(Hobbies: Shopping, listening to heavy metal and music from the 1980's, e-bay and she has written one novel and started two others.)
MORRIS Emily - AUS - Athletics
McINERNY Emily - AUS - Basketball
(Hobbies: Spending time with friends, movies and football games. She started playing when she was four, her family all played the sport.)
NAYLOR Emily - NZL - Hockey

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Olympics?

Are any of you guys watching the Olympics? I've been watching on and off all day and trying to figure out why I'm not as excited about them as I expected to be (of course, now that gymnastics are on I'm getting back into it a bit).

I think I read too much news coverage of the drug scandals in advance, which may have sucked some of the excitement out of it. And there do seem to be a tremendous number of empty seats in the venues, but maybe its just early in the competition.

I thought perhaps it was the tv coverage that wasn't doing it for me, so I went looking to see if anyone was blogging it creatively. I'm still looking, but came across some discussion about not being allowed to blog from there. Anyone know of any good sites? There's pretty good list of them here which I'll have to check out, and Feedster seems to be aggregating some of the feeds.

Or maybe I'm just not surrounded by people talking about it? or even friends blogging about it?

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Will Ferrell from Crawford

Will Ferrell does an excellent GWB in his parody for ACT, A message from White House West. (via Doc Searles')

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Voter Reg at Fiesta de Artes

I registered voters this morning at the Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes down at the civic center green for the Santa Clara County Dems. We had a great spot outside of the fence of the event, but they made us move across the street (though we got three good hours of good visibility at the start).

Here's our booth at the start, and then after we had to move, two fully decked-out volunteers sat in our former spot to direct some traffic over our way.
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I'm constantly finding people working at these things who have never done any political work before. This election has finally gotten them involved, after long lives watching from the side lines. I hope that's a good sign and that we're drawing in lots of new voters and activists... but pretty depressing that they all feel that this is the worse they've ever seen things.

The fair itself was pretty good too. Lots of nice arts and crafts and music. I did a quick sweep, bought an excellent grilled vegetable wrap and headed home to take a nap.

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Emily the Strange

emilythestrange.gifThere's a piece in the NY Times Magazine today about Emily the Strange. I've of course been following the character for quite a while now (yes, back to my fondness of things bearing my name). I have a cool notebook that Hanna gave me and a book in French from my last trip, but have always been intrigued by the tshirts with sayings like the lazy one or the one that says Emily never gets in trouble, because she never gets caught. I think there used to be others that I liked better, but none of the current ones are very me. Still, Emily Rocks! and her kitty hoody and raincoat are pretty darn adorable.


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August 14, 2004

Barbie for President

barbieforpresident.jpgVia feministing, I had to check out the site for Barbie for President.

Of course I'm both somewhat disgusted (her platform seems to be Think P.I.N.K. - Peace, Inspiration, Nature and Knowledge).... and have to have one! There was one in 2000 which I somehow managed to resist, but may have to pre-order one from Amazon today (funny, it comes out the same day as my required text book's new edition which I also just pre-ordered from them)

It got a bit of news coverage yesterday as well. (and an interesting piece in the Scotsman)

Hey, if it gets us closer to being able to elect a woman president, I'm all for it. I just still wish Barbie could be president (and good at math) without always sounding like a complete airhead. But I like that the site has her saying things like "Together we can change the world" and The White House Project has printable action sheets on the Barbie page for girls and adults with points like "Champion a cause you believe in. Change only happens when people take action!"

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Something Rotten

somethingrotten.jpgUtterly utterly brilliant and wonderful! Just finished the latest Jasper Fforde, Something Rotten. This continues to be pretty much my all time favorite series and Thursday my all-time favorite literary character, hero and role model.

"Ah!" he said. "The ubiquitous Miss Next. LiteraTec, team manager, savior of Jane Eyre. Is there anything you can't do?"

"I'm not that good at knitting." (p. 328)

Then of course I had to rush right over to jasperfforde.com, enter the trip to Wales sweepstakes, check out all the extras and deleted scenes, and only barely resisted ordering myself a (rather overpriced) "Jurisfiction:Ever wanted to be in books?" tshirt. Its particularly funny that the secret code word is spelled differently in the newly released US version so we have to add an extra "e" to the end.

The best part? Apparently there will be another Jasper Fforde adventure in 2005 (though it doesn't say if it will be a Thursday Next adventure... perhaps we can look forward to one about Friday Next (Thursday and Landon's son)?



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Carrie News

Just got this google alert about Carrie!

Subject: Google News Alert - Carrie Giddins

PRESIDENT focuses on tax cuts, terrorism during campaign stop
Sioux City Journal - Sioux City,IA,USA
... Iowa Democratic Party spokeswoman Carrie Giddins said Kerry is glad Hussein has been removed from power, but criticized Bush for pursuing
a "go-it-alone policy ...
http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2004/08/14/news/breaking_news/106cd856aecb81eb86256ef100032c0e.txt

The article says:

Iowa Democratic Party spokeswoman Carrie Giddins said Kerry is glad Hussein has been removed from power, but criticized Bush for pursuing a "go-it-alone policy" in Iraq that has left the U.S. bearing 90 percent of the casualties and alienating allies.

...

Giddins said Kerry has a plan to cut back the Bush tax cuts for only those making over $200,000, which encompasses the 1 percent of Americans who own 45 percent of the wealth. She said Bush should pay attention to his weak job growth record, which has seen a net loss of 1.8 million private-sector jobs since he took office, while the new jobs created last month fell well short of the administration's goal.

"John Kerry's plan is to help the middle class, who is the group of people who make this country great," Giddins said. She said Bush speaks as if he understands middle class families, but actually "is turning his back on" them.

I reached spokeswoman Giddins by phone to get her comment on the story, and she was out at a Iowa Cubs game but seemed to like the quotes (though I did feel a bit like a stalker admitting that she was one of my google news alerts ... )

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Congratulations Ed and Brigitta

IMGP0348.jpgMom sent along these great photos of Ed and Brigitta's wedding today, which Mom officiated in Weston. What a gorgeous spot for a wedding!
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Great photo of grandpa (in his favorite wedding guest paisley sportcoat) with mother-of-the-groom Lois. Congrats!

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Manchurian Candidate

manchuriancand.jpgTo reward myself for finishing my summer classes (turned in my last paper this morning), I took myself to see The Manchurian Candidate. I wasn't sure what to expect and have heard quite mixed reviews. But someone on NPR yesterday spoke highly of it and it seemed time to actually go and see it.

I thought it was fantastic and definitely an excellent remake. Denzel Washington was fantastic. Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber and the greedy corporation taking over the country were quite scary. Of course lots of people have written about the parallels to our fears about Halliburton...

My favorite part was a line you could barely hear on a news report in the background about a protest about the new electronic touch-screen voting machines where the protesters had dropped thousands of chads onto the crowd, forcing people to hide under tables or something. I'm hoping to find the full quote somewhere.

And the preview for Vanity Fair (out 9/1) was quite intriguing... I think I may have to go read that before then.

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Cousin Updates

Dad just forwarded me these photos of my new cousin Gus. Dad and Jane are in Pittsburgh visiting all my Pittsburgh relatives and logged in via Aaron and Cyndi's new apartment. Hi guys!
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SLIS Orientation

slisorientation2.jpgFive of the SJSU SLIS ALA Student Chapter officers made a guest appearance at this morning's SLIS New Student Orientation. Orientation filled three rooms (2 by video) and was telecast to the campus down in Fullerton and streamed online. At lunch we went around trying to reassure everyone that the program isn't as scary as orientation made it sound, and promoting the buddy program where new students can sign up to have someone be their 'buddy' to show them the ropes (note to any of my classmates who may be reading this, we still need additional buddies to sign up, so volunteer today! it's going to be fun and we'll be organizing social events for everyone to get together and meet one another, etc.)


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August 13, 2004

Pillow Talk

Caught a little of Pillow Talk on TCM, I'm a sucker for a good Doris Day movie. I wish people still went out for dinner and dancing like that... sigh...

But now its time to watch The Olympics!

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Refgrunt, 8/13

morganhill1.jpgA whole new library today! I got a chance to work down at Morgan Hill for a couple of hours after our PACE Committee meeting there, and am looking forward to getting to go back for more. Its a great library and seems like a really nice community to work in. I'm scheduled so far for 9/10 and 9/13.

It was quite quiet at the desk (end of the day on a summer Friday), but here's the questions I did get to field:

scary movie 2 (found it in shelving)
books on wood working
music by linkin park
people turning in their teen summer reading sheets
"whisky trip", which turned out to be "straight whisky" which we didn't have, but the patron seemed happy I was able to at least track down the correct title
figuring out how to read PDFs of the Olin Perchlorate Community Advisory Group off the CD archive
where can you get a passport? (answer: next door at city hall, which they luckily had covered on my orientation tour)


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Friday the 13th

fridaythirteenth.jpgHmmm... according to this site, the thirteenth of the month is slightly more likely to be on a Friday than on any other day.

I was curious as to why Friday the 13th got such a bad reputation. this site comments that "Friday the thirteenth is considered the unluckiest of days, unless you were born on Friday the thirteenth. If you were born on this day then Friday the thirteenth is your lucky day." (My Grandfather was born on a Friday the 13th) It does seem primarily associated with Christianity, but seems to go back to Norse mythology (according to here)

This site, which lets you send Friday the 13th eCards, asks:

Do you believe Friday the 13th to be unlucky? If so, call yourself a friggatriskaidekaphobe. You suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th). Keep yourself out of catastrophe by not walking under open ladders, keep black cats from crossing your path, don't break a mirror (7 years bad luck on any day), and don't open an umbrella inside. Better yet just stay in bed all day. Good Luck, you're going to need it!

Apparently, the cure for paraskevidekatriaphobia is to be able to pronounce the word.


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August 12, 2004

Your own stamps

How cool is it that the post office will now let you design your own stamps? Wouldn't that be fun for a wedding or baby announcement or all sorts of other things? I'm going to send some to Timon and Lori with the photo of the new twins!

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Intrigued

I was intrigued by a series of bold ads in today's NY Times for a site called Retro vs. Metro. It says its coming in 6 days, so I'll definitely have to check it out then.

(reload the site a few times to see more of the comparisons, mouse-over the images for explanations/quotes/stats)

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August 11, 2004

Hitchhiker's Guide

Brian sent along info about a new blog about the upcoming Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie.

"Although it's still a year away, Robbie Stamp, executive producer of the upcoming flick Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and his team have launched a weblog to promote the upcoming Buena Vista Pictures flick while it's still in production. Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" has a long following. It started as a BBC radio series in 1978 and has since spawned a series books, theater productions, a BBC TV series, an award-winning computer game and now a movie."

It is, of course, one of my favorite books (all his books are fantastic) and I'm always telling other people to read it (I finally convinced Eduard to recently!) I love being in a class where the teacher makes some reference to the books. I love the BBC television adaptation (and Hanna was always a big fan of the radio series), so will definitely be interested to see how the film turns out!

(an rss feed would be helpful on their blog though so we don't have to remember to visit it again, sigh) Thanks for passing that along B!

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August 10, 2004

Must Finish

must... finish... grant... proposal... homework... so... I ... can... buy... myself... Something Rotten, the new Jasper Fforde, which Mom has already read and wrote to taunt me about how amazing it was. Sigh.

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Twins Update

twinsandtimon.jpgGot the official email announcement today that Tess Adina and Jacob Arthur have arrived!

Born 8/2/04, 5 lb 8 oz. and 5 lb 12 oz respectively. All involved are well and at home! pictured here with proud new dad Timon.


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Senate Debate

boxerpin.gifFrom an email alert from the CA Dems:

The latest polls give California Senator Barbara Boxer a big lead over Republican Bill Jones. Tonight's debate at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles is the first time these two candidates will square off in a debate. Tune in to see Senator Boxer deliver the goods and see why she will once again be elected to the U.S. Senate.

Tune in tonight at 6pm for the Boxer vs. Jones debate live. For a more in-depth comparison of the candidates, please visit www.cadem.org/ or visit the Boxer Campaign Site.

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How to Eat Fried Worms

Well, a raw, live worm actually. Via Resource Shelf is a story in the Idaho Statesman called "Meet a worm-eating, stereotype-challenging, irrepressible librarian" profiling the librarian there. (She ate the worm as the "prize" for the kids reading 7000+ hours during the summer reading program at the Meridian Library).

It of course reminded me of How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell, an old favorite. Definitely not one that you forget reading.

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New cousin!

Uncle Jim wrote this morning to report that my cousin Jen and her husband had their baby last night at 2:30 AM. "His name is Gus Fein Kraft. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 14 1/2 ounces, and he is a redhead." Congrats!!!

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August 09, 2004

Harry Potter... yes, again

techparkinghp.jpgEmy and I saw Harry Potter tonight -- yes, AGAIN. It was my third time and her fourth... but this time it was EVEN BIGGER because it was playing at the huge domed IMAX theater at The Tech. It was a special showing for staff and volunteers, so there were tons of people I knew and we sat by Cynthia and Eric and Laura and Peggy and Julia. It was definitely a magic evening -- we got the very best parking spot I've ever had going to The Tech, and it even had the exact amount of time left on the meter! The movie is just so good - and it was fun to see it so big (though the closing credits, which I have always loved, made me a bit dizzy by the end). Then we met up with Ray for dinner.... and now its back to grant writing (or something).

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One Book Projects

I've always been fascinated by the cities and towns that do the one book projects, where everyone in town reads and discusses a book in a series of formal and informal events around town. Library Journal has an entry today pointing to the Library of Congress Center for the Book listing the books by author) that have been chosen around the country. I like their one-book-to-rule-them-all sounding intro:

Who rules the one-book, one-community reading programs? Harper Lee, whose To Kill a Mockingbird has been chosen 25 times, according to statistics compiled by The Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying was read by 19 communities, while Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 was chosen 18 times. Among the other popular books are Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie (picked 11 times) and five books selected seven times: Rick Bragg's All Over But the Shoutin', Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Leif Enger's Peace Like a River, Kent Haruf's Plainsong, and Homer Hickham's October Sky (aka Rocket Boys). John Steinbeck has four books on the list, which together were chosen a total of ten times. Several one-shot choices are intriguing. The classically-named community of Ithaca, NY, chose Sophocles' Antigone, while Tampa-Hillsborough County, FL, chose another play, Nilo Cruz's Anna in the Tropics, which is set locally. In Vancouver, BC, for the third year of the project, the library allowed the public to choose, and they selected Joel Bakan's The Corporation, billed as "a thought-provoking, brilliant account of the corporation's pathological pursuit of power."

The WestportReads program isn't on the list, which is strange. This October they'll be doing town discussions and activities featuring "When the Emperor was Divine" by Julie Otsuka. SiliconValleyReads is done in February.

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A bit of Alice everyday

I've already mentioned here how much I love Alice in Wonderland, so of course I can't help but pointing out that you can now subscribe to a page of Alice a day -- Alice's Adventures in RSS (via library stuff.) Nice!

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August 08, 2004

Twelfth Night

cupertinoshakespeare.jpgWent to see a very Magritte-looking Twelfth Night by Free Shakespeare in the Park at Memorial Park in Cupertino. It was a decent production and a really nice venue, but I guess I had higher expectations for the evening. I do love outdoor summer theater though, and was glad to finally get to go before the summer is over! I checked out the play from the library today and will have to reread some of the parts to get all of the jokes :)

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Refgrunt, 8/8

IMG_4063.jpgAnother busy day at the children's desk! Lots of people were coming in to claim their summer reading prizes (a free paper back book and certificate if they read more than six books during the program) and to track down last minute summer reading assignments for school. I had a moment of panic at the start when the catalog seemed to be down, but it came back with four minutes to spare before we opened (and the staff catalog was still available, it was just the web one that went down.) I really am going to have to buckle down and memorize more of Dewey so I won't be completely useless if the entire catalog does go down at some point (which seems inevitable that it will happen eventually).


Here are some of the other things I helped people to find or at least tried to:

dinosaur picture books
playstation 2 games (we don't carry any)
playstation 1 games
Out of the Dust
Skinny Dipping at Monster Lake
Where the Red Fern Grows (defininitely assigned reading)
Monkey Island
Animal Ark Series -- but they wanted two we didn't seem to have - Cat in the Crypt and Stallion in the Storm,
Books on dogs
Age of Empires
Books on cancer (JE)
Pre-algebra books and videos
Going to war in ancient times
Zoids series
Jewel Princesses
Pokemon Strategy Guides
Coloring pages
Videos and CDs of children's songs and rhymes (which took me a while because I could have sworn she asked for "brahms" instead of "rhymes")
Singalongs and finger plays
Information on the Vietnam war
Murder at the Winter Games
Books about ice skating
Garfield comics
Rama graphic novels (a very hot commodity)
Kipper video (which I could only find in Chinese, but they seemed ok with that)
Angelina Ballerina videos
Deltora Quest (by Emily Rodda)
Books on lobsters and crayfish
Picture books about cars and buses
and Post-natal yoga videos (put one on hold and sent her to the adult side for some books)

Plus, they're still weeding picture books, so I got to weed Gillerlain-Ginsberg.

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August 07, 2004

Talented Friends

lauravase1.jpgMore stories of my very talented friends. I stopped by a student pottery show at Blossom Hill Crafts here in Los Gatos to see my friend Laura (pictured here) from The Tech and her pieces. I bought the vase shown here (and it came complete with the flowers, which looked better before I left them in the sun in my car for a few hours).lauravase2.jpg

Then, later this evening, I chaperoned BobbiLynn's very cool (and very successful) audition to be a back-up singer in a band and then had dinner with her and Glen.

And now I really have to stop procrastinating and finish my Earthquake paper and put some energy into my final grant writing project. Eek.

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Words

via Resource Shelf, here's a cool site called WordCount for any of you word-ies who are interested. "WordCount is an artistic experiment in the way we use language. It presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked in order of commonality. Each word is scaled to reflect its frequency relative to the words that precede and follow it, giving a visual barometer of relevance. The larger the word, the more we use it. The smaller the word, the more uncommon it is. WordCount data currently comes from the British National Corpus ®, a 100 million word collection of samples of written and spoken language from a wide range of sources, designed to represent an accurate cross-section of current English usage. WordCount includes all words that occur at least twice in the BNC®. In the future, WordCount will be modified to track word usage within any desired text, website, and eventually the entire Internet."

It is quite an elegant site and you can browse the list, search for a word or see what word is at a particular rank.

Hay, some of you may be interested to know, ranked #6541. Cool (which I probably tend to overuse) was #2520. Emily was #4351.

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August 06, 2004

Photos from the Fair

The Republicans had a better booth location, so one of our gutsy volunteers went over and stood next to their booth with a sign showing people where to find our side.
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But we had a nice corner booth which allowed us to talk to people on both sides
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The highlight was probably this goat that someone dressed up like a chicken - he doesn't look happy though.
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The pigs were cute too!
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ASTC Conference - Want to Help?

astcconference.gifIf you haven't already heard me go on and on about it, I wanted to let you all know that there are still some great volunteer openings left for the upcoming Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference here in San Jose September 16-21. Details, job openings, and a signup form are available at http://thetech.gjhost.com/astc/.

We need your help! A wide variety of volunteer positions are available, including:

* Conference Registration
* General Volunteer Assistant
* General Information/Message Center
* Job Bank Volunteers
* Exhibit Hall Entrance Badge Checker
* Session Aides Volunteer
* Conference Events
* Airport Greeters
* VIP Handlers
* Pre and Post Conference Workshop Session Aides

There are many benefits you get for volunteering and it really is supposed to be a great conference with a lot of really interesting people from around the world (plus, you get to work with me and help me reach the goal of getting all the positions filled up!) If you know what days you are available but don't really care what job you sign up for, you can see the list of positions by day.

Thanks!

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County Fair

thefair.jpgI'll be doing voter registration at the Santa Clara County Fair today from 4-6 if anyone wants to stop by.

We'll be in booth 46 in the commercial pavillion. Its free admission and "Elvis the Stilt Walker" should be roaming around (according to the entertainment schedule).

I love fairs and festivals and things like this!

For the fair with the best domain name (http://www.thefair.org/), the web site sure doesn't give you a lot of information you can use!

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August 05, 2004

KTEH Tonight

If you're channel surfing tonight between 7:30 and 11:00 and stumble across Nova on KTEH, call and become a member! I'll be on camera 3 tonight again -- so I'll be getting those shots of the people answering your calls.

7:30pm: The Elegant Universe: Einstein's Dream
8:47pm: The Elegant Universe: The String's The Thing
10:10pm: The Elegant Universe: Welcome to the 11th Dimension

I'll be back there Saturday morning if you'd prefer the thank you gifts associated with Piano Guy: Tips, Cheap Tricks and Professional Secrets.

Update: Turns out I was on camera one, which isn't as much fun because you're only focusing on the lead talent so you don't get to move around much. The other challenge is that the camera has to be ALL the way up on its pedestal for the shot, so I had to stand on a box to reach! How embarassing!

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More chick-lit

And on a lighter note than all those 22 million single women not voting, at least some of them seem to be writing books. Here's two more chick-lit links from this week's 'New This Week' stuff from the Librarian's Index to the Internet

Chick Lit Author Roundtable
"The success of Helen Fielding's 1998 bestseller 'Bridget Jones's Diary' helped launch a new genre in women's fiction called Chick Lit. AuthorsOnTheWeb.com has brought together 16 writers ... to discuss the essential elements of a Chick Lit novel, the impact these books can have on female readers, and the scenes or characters that they are especially proud to have written." Includes author profiles and the authors' answers to several questions about chick lit.

Big Books Issue: Chicks Dig It
Special issue of the Baltimore City Paper focusing on chick lit.

You know, I don't think I even read all that much in this genre, but for some reason I'm fascinated by the coverage of it (and I suppose its good cultural-literacy and potential reader's-advisory information). Though I am looking forward to Jennifer Weiner's new Little Earthquakes coming out in September (which I discovered while looking for earthquake books [grin]) and American Girls About Town by her along with Adriana Trigiani (Queen of the Big Time is on my pile already) and Lauren Weisberger (of The Devil Wears Prada fame).

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22 Million

Via feministing.com (I just love that site!), is a 6-minute documentary video called One Vote about women and voting.

Their web site explains that, "Twenty-two million single women did not vote in the 2000 election. Had they voted in the same numbers as married women, 6,000,000 additional votes would have been cast. In Florida that would have meant over 200,000 additional votes would have been cast. The 2000 presidential election was decided by 537 votes in the state of Florida." She Votes has some interesting stuff as well.

There's more info at Women's Voices. Women Vote. They point out that these 22 million women are the largest group of non voters in our democratic process, and that "voting together, women on their own, could determine who wins and loses elections."

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More School Rankings

Via LIS News, a new set of college rankings in an article by the Princeton Review.

10 Colleges with the Best Academics for Undergrads
1. Yale University
2. Princeton University
3. Duke University
4. Amherst College
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6. United States Air Force Academy
7. United States Coast Guard Academy
8. United States Naval Academy
9. United States Military Academy
10. Reed College

The site profiles 604 colleges that they feel stand out as academically excellent institutions of higher learning. Some are nationally known, while others have strong regional reputations; together they represent an inclusive cross-section of colleges.

I'm just glad I'm not trying to pick an undergrad school again. Best of luck to Eduard who is going through the process now!

There's also an interesting video from PBS's Newshour on how they picked this year's class at Amherst. College admissions is a bit like sausage making -- I'm not sure I really want to know how it really works.

Posted by Emily at 07:32 AM | Comments (1)

August 04, 2004

Bet Your Life

So I've tuned in a couple of times to Next Action Star, the NBC reality show where people were auditioning to be in a feature film (hey, there isn't a whole lot on in the summer season). I was flipping through the listings tonight and saw it was on so I thought I'd see how they were doing. I had no idea that the whole thing was already completed and that tonight WAS the action movie. Its pretty awful but gripping. As the NY Times Review points out, it is another reworking of 'The Most Dangerous Game' by Richard Cornell, what they call "the short story that launched a thousand high school lectures on the man-versus-man-conflict."

All I have to say is that don't people ever learn that when you're being chased by people trying to kill you and they seem to know exactly where you are at all times, that you've probably been bugged and you should immediately trade all your clothes with somebody heading on a plane in the opposite direction? Wasn't there a Wil Smith movie where they replaced all his personal effects (watch, phone, etc.) with bugged items? This time they just slipped something into his jacket and pants pockets -- you'd think he'd at least check to see if he had anything strange in there?

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Museum of Science Library

For my own personal how-cool-a-job-would-that-be-list, I stumbled across some information today on the Boston Museum of Science's Library & Resource Center. The description says:

The Educator Resource Center and Lyman Library (ERCLL) functions as an information center for the Museum of Science. The Library maintains an extensive collection of science based resources that may be accessed by museum members, staff, and local area education professionals, including home school educators. The Educator Resource Center is evolving to become an important resource for science, technology and engineering educators. The collection focuses primarily on engineering and technology education and includes an extensive knowledge base for curriculum materials and science project resources.... The library staff can assist users with research, lesson plan development, and reference work. The staff will also soon be conducting teacher workshops to help familiarize educators with the various resources available to them within the collection.

I'm hoping I can go visit when I'm in Boston in January (or before).

I found it through an article one of the librarians there had written in 2000 about books to meet The National Science Education Standards.

I'm researching books on earthquakes for 3rd-6th graders for my last Children's Lit paper if anyone has suggestions.

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More library stats

The site for The Most Literate Cities report is working again and here's some additional stats on the library aspect of it:

Top 10 Library Support, Holdings, and Utilization
1) Number of school media personnel per 1,000 public school students
2) Number of branch libraries per 10,000 library service population
3) Number of library Internet connections per 10,000 library service population
4) Volumnes held in the library per capita of library service population
5) Number of circulations per capita of library service population
6) Number of library professional staff per 10,000 library service population
These numbers were then divided by the city population in order to calculate ratios of library services and resources available to the population.

1) Akron, OH
2) Kansas City, MO
3) St. Louis, MO
4) Pittsburgh, PA
5) Columbus, OH
6) Toledo, OH
7) Rochester, NY
8) Cleveland, OH
9) Denver, CO
10) Seattle, WA

Who knew that Ohio was such a good library state?

San Fran ranks #35 and San Jose is #39.
Sf ranks number one in bookstores, while San Jose is tied with LA for #69.5

Overall, San Jose ranked #62 out of the #79 cities.

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Davenport Iowa, the place to be?

Who knew that Iowa was such the place to be? Tons of great news coverage today for Kerry and Bush's trip to the same small town in Iowa. Poor Carrie definitely had her hands full!

My favorite piece was from KTVO3 which reports not only that "Both President Bush and Democratic nominees John Kerry campaigned in the Quad cities today, just blocks from each other" but that "three bank robberies happened about the same time President Bush and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry were speaking at separate venues in Davenport Wednesday."

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August 03, 2004

PACE Meeting

Here I am at the PACE meeting showing off blogs.

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Most Literate Cities

LIS News posted this year's rankings of most literate cities, which "examines the extent to which residents of the nation's 79 largest cities behave in literate ways -- such as buying newspapers and books or borrowing library materials."

1. Minneapolis
2. Seattle
3. Pittsburgh
4. Madison, Wis.
5. Cincinnati
6. Washington, D.C.
7. Denver
8. Boston
9. Portland, Ore.
10. San Francisco

The rankings are done by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and measures 22 variables (though I can't seem to get the page to open yet).

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New Cousins!

timonlorimay.jpgMom just let me know that I have two new cousins!! Jacob Arthur and Tess Adina were born last night (twins!!). Congratulations to Timon and Lori!

Jacob is named for Jacob Rabinowitz (our great-great-grandfather) and Arthur was Timon's father Edwin's middle name.

Mom also pointed out that their initials will be JAM and TAM, which would be such cute nicknames! :)

This is a picture from May of the parents-to-be along with Mom and Bill and Aunt Susan (now with twice as many grandchildren as she had before yesterday!)


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August 02, 2004

Testing Meme Propagation In Blogspace: Add Your Blog!

Testing Meme Propagation In Blogspace: Add Your Blog!

This posting is a community experiment that tests how a meme, represented by this blog posting, spreads across blogspace, physical space and time. It will help to show how ideas travel across blogs in space and time and how blogs are connected. It may also help to show which blogs (and aggregation sites) are most influential in the propagation of memes. The dataset from this experiment will be public, and can be located via Google (or Technorati) by doing a search for the GUID for this meme (below).

The original posting for this experiment is located at: Minding the Planet
(Permalink: http://novaspivack.typepad.com/nova_spivacks_weblog/2004/08/a_sonar_ping_of.html) --- results and commentary will appear there in the future.

Please join the test by adding your blog (see instructions, below) and inviting your friends to participate -- the more the better. The data from this test will be public and open; others may use it to visualize and study the connectedness of blogspace and the propagation of memes across blogs.

The GUID for this experiment is: as098398298250swg9e98929872525389t9987898tq98wteqtgaq62010920352598gawst
(this GUID enables anyone to easily search Google or other search engines for all blogs that participate in this experiment, once they have indexed the sites that participate). Anyone is free to analyze the data of this experiment. Please publicize your analysis of the data, and/or any comments by adding comments onto the original post (see URL above). (Note: it would be interesting to see a geographic map or a temporal animation, as well as a social network map of the propagation of this meme.)

INSTRUCTIONS

To add your blog to this experiment, copy this entire posting to your blog, and then answer the questions below, substituting your own information, below, where appropriate. Other than answering the questions below, please do not alter the information, layout or format of this post in order to preserve the integrity of the data in this experiment (this will make it easier for searchers and automated bots to find and analyze the results later).

REQUIRED FIELDS (Note: Replace the answers below with your own answers)

(1) I found this experiment at URL: http://novaspivack.typepad.com/nova_spivacks_weblog/2004/08/a_sonar_ping_of.html

(2) I found it via "Newsreader Software" or "Browsing the Web" or "Searching the Web" or "An E-Mail Message": Browsing the Web

(3) I posted this experiment at URL: http://www.chocolatespoon.com/

(4) I posted this on date (day/month/year): 02/08/04

(5) I posted this at time (24 hour time): 22:37:00

(6) My posting location is (city, state, country): Los Gatos, California, USA

OPTIONAL SURVEY FIELDS (Replace the answers below with your own answers):

(7) My blog is hosted by: Me

(8) My age is: 29

(9) My gender is: Female

(10) My occupation is: Web designer, grad student, library intern

(11) I use the following RSS/Atom reader software: Bloglines

(12) I use the following software to post to my blog: Movable Type

(13) I have been blogging since (day, month, year): 29/08/03

(14) My web browser is: IE, Safari

(15) My operating system is: Mac OS X

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Another librarian movie

Tivo tried to record another librarian movie for me tonight, Miranda with Christina Ricci and Kyle MacLachlan, but it turned out to be on a channel I didn't get. I don't think I've ever even heard of this one, but guess I'll add it to my list for the future.

The synopsis is: Frank (John Simm) works as a librarian and is searching for love. He falls for a beautiful stranger named Miranda (Christina Ricci) and then gets drawn into a strange world of deception and intrigue. Miranda sees to have a number of identities, including a con artist and a dancer, but is soon pressured by her mentor for money and is tauted by a sleezy millionaire for sex, as she struggles to break free with her new lover.

but the reviews seem pretty grim or mixed at best. Anyone see this one? It came out in 2002.

I miss Kyle McLachlan in Twin Peaks, the roles he gets these days are so weird (ok, not that he wasn't weird in Twin Peaks, but at least he was the good guy!)

Posted by Emily at 10:08 PM | Comments (0)

ALA Voter Info

The American Library Association has a Your Vote Matters campaign going on where you can register to vote online through http://www.yourvotematters.org/ala

"The library provides a place where the public can find all sort of voting information, speak freely and share interests and concerns. In fact, the library is the one institution whose sole function is to provide for the free exchange of ideas and information. As such, the library is truly the cornerstone of our democracy and the perfect place for citizenship to come to life."

Top 10 Reasons To Visit Your Library This Election Season:

1. Complete your online voter registration or pick up voter registration materials.
2. Obtain absentee ballot information.
3. Find out what precinct you live in and your polling location.
4. Get informed about electoral issues ranging from campaign finance reform to healthcare funding to national security.
5. Learn about the electoral process.
6. Get the latest updates on candidates from president to local school board members and where they stand - in print and online.
7. Learn about local ballot measures and upcoming referenda.
8. Find out about your elected officials' voting records and how you can contact them.
9. Attend a debate or community forum on local, state and/or national issues.
10. Connect with national and local civic organizations like the League of Women Voters or Project Vote Smart and learn how you can volunteer or get more involved.

librarian.net is pretty critical of the program, which apparently only lets you mail in the form for free if you have an email address?

I wonder what my library system will be doing around the election...

Posted by Emily at 08:31 AM | Comments (0)

B's Hotline Quotes

Brian seems to have recovered a bit from the convention overload and is finally blogging about the experience there. To start, he's pointed to some of his hotline pieces (which were free during the convention but are password protected again). I like how they call him "our man in the trudging through the blogs." Here are some snippets from his coverage:

7/26: BLOG WATCH: If A Blogger Gets A Bit Snobby Or Even Snippy, Are They Snoggy?
"About 25 bloggers, including Tom Burka, Patrick Belton from Oxblog, Ezra Klein from Pandagon.net and the boys from Campaign Desk gathered Sunday night at The Field in Cambridge. Mostly drinking and complaining -- about credentials (several showed up to receive their credentials and were not on the list)...
Quote of the day (so far) comes from OxBlog: "7:13 pm: Kennedy staffer: 'I love all these Democrats being here. It's like being a Jew in Israel.'"

7/27: BLOG WATCH: Is It Funny If You Are A Blogger?
I overheard a conversation at the Blogger Breakfast Monday morning that went something like this:
-- The first guy asks "What do bloggers eat for breakfast?"
-- The second guy responds "the media."
It is funny if you are a blogger... I guess.

7/28: Hotline's special web campaign columnist, Brian Reich asks, how many bloggers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? I don't know, but there are now more than 100 bloggers writing about the Dem Convo. One of them is Joe Trippi, but he says he can't get into the Fleet Center. I guess he won't get his official blogger buttons! (7/28).

7/29: BLOG WATCH: I'm Thinking About It
Hotline's special web campaign columnist, Brian Reich, is getting just a bit punchier as he finishes up his week hanging with the bloggers.

7/30: BLOG WATCH: A Look At How He Played In CyberSpace
The experiment of credentialing bloggers for the Dem Convo seems to have worked. All week, bloggers complained about the Wi-Fi access in the Fleet Center and grumbled about "pushy Democrats with 'do you know who I am' attitudes". But on Thursday night, all keyboards were focused on John Kerry's acceptance speech. ... Of course, immediacy isn't everything in the blogosphere -- the best stuff from the bloggers may come next week. I'll have to let you know what they say when the hangover wears off.


Plus, using blog digger, I found a few more mentions of Brian on people's blogs:

DNC convention blog
Senator Schumer Speaks
Jul 28, 2004 from bostonDparty - 2004 Democratic National Convention Blog
Thanks to the good folks over at the Democratic News Service, Chris Casey and Brian Reich, I was able to have a quick conversation with the senior Senator from New York, Chuck Schumer.

How blogging at the convention will work
Jul 23, 2004 from CyberJournalist.net
Brian Reich, the Deputy Director for Internet Operations at the Democratic News Service, will be coordinating the interaction between bloggers and others and shared some insights into how this process

Posted by Emily at 07:59 AM | Comments (0)

August 01, 2004

So sad

notmystore.jpgI stopped by knitting group after the ALASC meeting to say hi to folks and noticed that the building I had falled in love with for my imaginary store was for rent again! I've been admiring it for months, and when it was for rent a few weeks back I even called and left a message to find out about it, but they never called back and then the "for rent" sign went away, so I gave up on the idea. But then I walked by today (its right next to the coffee shop where we meet to knit) and the sign was back! So after telling everyone at knitting group my dream about what I had planned to do in the store, I dragged a couple of the girls over to check it out and I called the guy again.

Sadly, its not acceptable for retail because it is not currently handicap-accessible -- and to make it accessible would cost thousands of dollars (according to the guy) because not only would you need a ramp, but would have to pave the gravel driveway and redo the bathroom. So he's probably going to rent it out to people who want to use it as office space and not have customers coming and going. Oh well, it was fun to dream about it. Isn't it cute? And its an apartment upstairs and at least 4 big rooms downstairs... sigh.

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ALASC

alasc080104.jpgOur ALA student chapter board met today for the first time to plan all the exciting things we want to try to do this year. We're going to have a presence at the 8/14 orientation, organize a buddy program for new students, have a t-shirt design contest, SLIS Salon events in various locations, plan a get-together at the mid-winter ALA meeting in Boston in January, find out what other chapters around the country are doing, have a bowling night in the student union, arrange for mentors among the alumni working at libraries in the area, host a cocktail party or something at CLA, and start a journal to publish (online) the best student papers each semester. We also determined that the pitch to get people involved in the group is that the best part of the SLIS program is the other people you get to meet along the way -- and the way to actually meet them is through ALASC (since so many of our classes are online, you don't get many chances to actually interact with our classmates!). Anyway, that should keep us busy. Oh, and I have to come up with speakers for our speaker series... hmmm....


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Happy Birthday Adam

Happy birthday today to Adam B (not of the OC fame). I'm going to stop by his birthday party tonight and will try to sneak a photo if I can... :)

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Girlfriend's Day

girlsday.jpgDid you know that August 1st is officially Girlfriend's Day? According to some, "Today is Girlfriend's Day, a day to take your girlfriends shopping, out to eat, to a spa, a movie, or to the park. A slumber party is also recommended."

I learned this from LISNews which linked to an article in the Bradenton, FL paper about the Manatee Public Library System's list of recommended chick-lit to celebrate the day!

Letsee... of the one's they recommend, I've only read one, Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner, which is a fantastic pick (and the author married a guy I knew from Amherst!) I'll have to add the others to my list: Confessions of a Shopaholic (which I've been meaning to get to), Talking to Addison, The Big Love, Last Chance Saloon, and Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie (who Lisa clued me in to a while ago and who I love). Its a good thing my summer classes are over soon!

(Hmmm, it also seems to be Respect For Parents Day, National Kid's Day and Sister's Day)



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