So what did everyone think of the debate?
I'm still baffled by people who are undecided at this point, and I am admittedly too biased to be able to judge how each did tonight. I thought that Kerry did very well -- and really look forward to a debate on domestic issues! I'm also looking forward to the ribbing they'll both get on The Daily Show tonight (which I had hoped would be on immediately following the debate like it was on the East Coast, but I'll have to wait a few more hours) (Apparently his book is hysterically funny as well)
From the DNC Debate Center:
Why Kerry Won the Debate
* John Kerry staked out a strong plan to win the war on terror.
* John Kerry showed us a new direction for success in Iraq.
* John Kerry told the truth about Iraq.
Why Bush Lost the Debate
* George Bush stubbornly refused to face reality.
* George Bush failed to deliver a plan for Iraq.
* George Bush refused to accept responsibility for his failures.
And coming up...
Vice presidential debate:
Tuesday, October 5
Case Western Reserve University
Second presidential debate:
Friday, October 8
St. Louis, MO
Third presidential debate:
Wednesday, October 13
Arizona State University
After you watch the debates tonight (because you are all of course planning to watch the debates, right?), the Democratic party is urging everyone to vote in the various online polls which are part of the post-debate spin. From their action alert:
National and local news organizations will be conducting online polls during and after the debate asking for readers' opinions. Look for online polls at these national news websites, and make sure to vote in every one of them:
And be sure to check the websites of your local newspapers and TV stations for online polls. It is crucial that you do this in the minutes immediately following the debate.
So there's a good, quick way to take action tonight after listening to the debates.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Brian blogs about the debate since he's actually there in person covering it!
"[Cheers and Jeers is] all part of a heady brew that gives the Daily Kos community--they call themselves Kossacks--a bullhorn to be envied. According to Brian Reich, of Mindshare Interactive Campaigns in Boston and a blogger for MSNBC.com, Daily Kos had more than 7 million unique visits last month, nearly 2 million more than Fox News' Web site."
Tonight was the second part of our three-part mosaics class through Los Gatos Parks & Rec. Amanda (shown here) and Chad from Glass Bead class were in this class as well.
This is the bird house I'm working on. Next week we'll grout our projects.
The same teacher (Cynthia) is doing a one day workshop on "Picassiette" where you get to break and reassemble a plate into a mosaic if any one is interested (I think its Satuday, October 24, 12:30-4:30)
Mom sent along this nice photo from her Women for Farrell event today -- sounds like it went really well, about 75 women from almost all of the towns in the District, lots of good food, and cool new pins with a Warhol-type image of Diane.
Training today for our new Scream Machines exhibit at The Tech...
"Scream Machines is a truly interactive exhibit for the thrill-seeker in all of us. Displays, artifacts, and images encourage visitors to understand the physics of roller coasters, and the physiology and psychology of thrill-seeking. Visitors can ride G-Force, conduct experiments to uncover the science of motion, and even build a mini coaster to test physical forces behind design."
The Morgan Hill Times has an opinion piece today (Budget priorities misplaced; prisons over libraries) about our library system having to close on Mondays.
We can remind our friends and neighbors of the important role libraries play in our communities. Maybe then, when the parcel tax makes an appearance on the ballot, most likely in June 2005, enough of us will vote for it that we can return to a six-day-a-week library system.
How a society chooses to spend its money is a reliable priorities check. Let’s work together to make libraries a much higher priority in our community.
This one was quite south of here, but people felt it all the way up to San Fran. It really is quite BIG looking on the map though (it was a 6.0)
Its really interesting since they've been predicting an earthquake there for years, so they had great equipment ready to measure and learn from it. According to a Knight Ridder article, "The effects of Tuesday's quake will be felt by geologists the world over who have been waiting for nearly two decades for an earthquake to hit this stretch of open rangeland."
Tuesday's quake hit the infamous San Andreas fault in a sparsely populated area seven miles south of Parkfield at 10:15 a.m., rupturing an estimated 20 to 30 miles of the fault. It was followed by a string of aftershocks, including a magnitude 5.0 jolt just four minutes later.
An hour after the earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey warned of a 50 percent chance of a magnitude 5.0 or greater aftershock and as many as 70 magnitude 3.0 or greater shocks over the next seven days.
According to the geological survey, there is also a 5 to 10 percent chance another 6.0 or greater quake could hit the same area, or the fault section immediately to the south, in the next week.
Just got back from tonight's Volunteer Advisory Board Meeting at the Tech which I think had the largest turnout of any of the ones I've chaired. We were very excited to welcome new Volunteer Services Manager Roberta Goncalves and to start to roll out the new Volunteer Recruitment Plan that she, Judy and Ingrid have been working on! Next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 19.
Now if I can just get some of tonight's guests/observers to join the board (and I'm still hoping that some day someone else will decide that they want to take the minutes... of course I'm very picky about the minutes so that may never happen)
Not to be outdone by all of Brian's recent press coverage, today Mom's in the Norwalk Hour talking about her support for Diane Farrell for Congress. Go Mom!
"I've been a supporter of Diane's for a long time," said Sheffer, who will host the kickoff event. "I'm a supporter of Emily's List and Diane is on that list." Emily's List bills itself as the nation's largest grassroots political network for pro-choice Democratic women, according to its Web site.
Women were not the ones who traditionally made political contributions. They were not used to writing their own checks. Through Emily's List women were shown that if they network they can raise millions of dollars for women candidates, Sheffer explained. "In this district if women come out and support Diane, it will make a difference," Sheffer said from her home Monday. "There are a lot of Republicans and unaffiliated who will cross over and vote. Her appeal goes beyond the parties." The Women for Farrell initiative is also planning a reception with former Texas Gov. Ann Richards on Oct., 15 in Stamford. "We hope to call attention to the women's vote because there are still some issues that are constantly under threat," Farrell said.
"For example, if you believe in a woman's choice to chose (about abortion), you can't erode part of the choice and still support it," Sheffer said, referring to Shays' vote for the partial birth abortion ban.
Brian's quoted today in a Wired News story, ActBlue Lets Anyone Be PAC Man talking about ActBlue.
"I think it's unique, and I think it's very encouraging," said Brian Reich, editor of Campaign Web Review. "What ActBlue allows you to do is identify where you want (your contributions to go)."
Plus, Reich said, other PACs may require that a candidate raise a minimum amount of money before they will contribute to the campaign. "I think (ActBlue) is very empowering for the individual campaigns because the $5,000 they raise through ActBlue can help them meet the threshold that some other PAC has," Reich said. "It may create a situation in a very small race, a low-fund-raising congressional race, where the $5,000 or $10,000 you raise may allow you to put up some television or radio ads and may allow you to impact the actual campaign."
Just noticed that one of my old high school English teachers was named teacher of the year in the Westport school system (and featured on Westport Now) I think I had him for Myth & Bible with Darin senior year.
Its Banned Book Week this week! Celebrate Your Freedom to Read September 25–October 2, 2004
Check out ALA's list of The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000. I'm sad to say that I've only read 24 of them so far. Of the 10 most frequently challenged in 2003, I've only read Harry Potter and Bridge to Terabithia (though I honestly don't remember the occult/satanism parts, just how depressing it was) I may have read Of Mice and Men but can't seem to remember if I did?
I know, I know, I was going to stop signing up to do things, but Auction at KTEH was SO much fun that I couldn't resist when the ask came for this pledge drive. I do have to remember to look up the TV schedule before I commit to shifts though.
Tim Janis: Beautiful America
A musical tribute to America's national parks
Dr. Wayne Dyer: The Power of Intention
America's best-selling author and speaker on transformational wisdom, Dr. Wayne Dyer, returns with a new special based on his new book, The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way. Dr. Dyer transforms conventional thinking about how things happen in our lives into an exploration of the power of intention and an understanding of how each person possesses the power to co-create the life he or she desires.
(BTW, here's what Dr. Wayne Dyer has to say about public TV:
Q: You've committed so much time to public television and its viewers - why do you feel so strongly about public broadcasting?
A: I think there's no better place on the TV dial than public television. The television sets that everybody has in their homes are really just energy systems. And when we allow into our homes low energy, negative energy, violent energy, we exacerbate that in our lives, and in the lives in the people in our community, and in our country and in our world and in our universe. But... negative [programming] isn't something that you see on public television. On public TV you see something that is enriching and uplifting and I believe that we can use this medium and these frequencies that public television has been granted to help raise the energy and consequently make very dramatic positive shifts in our lives.
Next time I'll try to hold out for the next Red Dwarf Marathon (doh! that's what was on last night!) or Friday nights for Mystery. But I'll be there from 7-10:30 if anyone wants to call and pledge...
Thanks to Karen for sending along this interesting NPR piece about the proposed closing of the Clark-Atlanta Library program.
Cuts Force Clark-Atlanta Library Program to Close
from The Tavis Smiley Show, Monday , September 27, 2004
Due to financial cuts, Clark-Atlanta University in Georgia, a historically black college, is planning to close its well-regarded school of library and information science. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with Akilah Nasokhere a librarian and a Clark-Atlanta graduate and Carol Brey Casiano, president of the American Library Association.
There's been a lot of discussion around library blogs, Library Journal, the ALA, etc. and this was an interesting interview on the need for librarians, particularly minority librarians, and generally for support for libraries, librarians, and library schools.
Unfortunately I seem to have signed up to work all weekend at different libraries, but wanted to post this in case any of you local folks were interested. This weekend is:
The Tech's Third Annual International IMAX Film Festival
October 1-3, 2004
See fifteen of the world's best and most popular IMAX films at The Tech for three days only. Many have never been shown in the Bay Area.
Forces of Nature
Ghosts of the Abyss
India Kingdom of the Tiger
Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West
Mysteries of Egypt
Pulse: a Stomp Odyssey
Straight Up! Adventures in Vertical Flight
BobbiLynn and I saw the American Musical Theater of San Jose's touring production of Rent tonight. My favorite songs are still the Tango: Maureen and Santa Fe (especially when they sing "Do you know the way to Santa Fe" to our local song) and of course all the answering machine messages. BobbiLynn leant me her original cast recording CD (which for some reason I can't get to play on my computer) and its been fun to get to read the lyrics in the album insert.
"Life's too short - babe - time is flying
I'm looking for baggage that goes
Update: Wow! Apparently over 2000 people attended! Here are some of the photos Mom sent:
Big piece in Sunday's NY Times, Fear and Laptops on the Campaign Trail by Matthew Klam. Brian's not mentioned, but he apparently talked to the reporter about it and helped line up some of the interviews I think. Diane Farrell isn't portrayed terribly well (of course if she had brought Brian along to the interview it would all be different, but who listens to us?)
This evening starts Yom Kippur, so for any of you who are fasting, best wishes for an easy fast tonight and tomorrow. Here's a list of tips I found (but didn't follow). Ellen, Chris, Shachar and I will be heading to Kol Nidrei services this evening. At its best, the service includes a moving cello solo (listen to a midi version)
Happy birthday today to my Mom!
The cable guy finally came just now and figured out that when they installed the cable for my new (quite noisy) neighbors downstairs they had accidentally cut my cable off in the process. But its back and just in time for the rest of the new season shows!
Happy birthdays today to Jane, Aunt Barbi and Greg!
Bill's car show is coming this Sunday, and it was mentioned on the Westport Now blog today.
The directions to get there are now finally up as well (sorry for the delay)
The conference is officially over! Thank you to everyone who helped! We couldn't have done it without all the volunteers who packaged registration materials, greeted and provided directions, answered a million questions, helped in the sessions, worked at the events, handled the VIPs, staffed the job bank, checked badges at the exhibit hall, and all the other things you all did! There ended up being over 1800 attendees, and over 220 volunteers (we'll get a final count once we go through all the sign-in sheets) covering over 380 different volunteer spots.
I of course came home and immediately went to sleep :)
A few last photos:
Another day closer to the end of the conference! Actually, today went quite well (a bit of scrambling at the start, but the open house was fantastic). Here are some shots of the volunteers and Tech staff members at the open house and, the super amazing best part of the conference, the chocolate fondue fountain! I also bought Brenda Laurel's new book and got it signed.
This is a reminder to please attend the ALASC Fundraiser at the Fresh Choice
in Mountain View on MONDAY, September 20th! All you have to do is present
the attached flyer to the Fresh Choice cashier at ANYTIME on Monday, and 20%
of your purchase will go to ALASC!!!
You can also access the flyer from our website:
http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/people/alasc/flyer.doc Copy them and give them to family, friends, co-workers, etc.
This is great time to meet fellow SLIS students, donate to your student ALA
chapter, and have some delicious salad! ALASC officers will be there
starting at 6pm to meet and greet students, but you are welcome to go to
Fresh Choice at any time in the day to participate in the fundraiser.
Hope to see you there!
Update: Well, it was a small fundraiser, but it was fun to see folks and get to share stories about classes, teachers, library budget problems, etc.
Some photos of volunteers at ASTC today! Thank you to everyone who helped out (and especially to BobbiLynn who came bearing moral support and emergency props for one of the sessions)
So I finally leave the convention center after a long day at ASTC, stop off at the supermarket to pick up my favorite cereal (comfort food!), and want nothing more than to go home, curl up on the couch and watch Miss America (a long time tradition and guilty pleasure).
And my cable is out.
I guess I'll just go to bed.
I do have to say that I appreciate the warning given on the Miss America web site:
The Miss America Organization will be posting the winner of tonight's competition following its televised conclusion on the east coast. If you DO NOT wish to know the winner of the competition until after its west coast televised conclusion please do not enter the competition website.
I understand that by entering this website I will be presented with information on the winner of the 2004 Miss America competition, even though it may not have yet aired in my local time zone.
It does take most of the fun out of it to skip right to finding out who won...
Some of today's volunteers:
The conference is up and running. There are two pre-conference sessions this evening (and I'm filling in as a session aide so I'm waiting for one to finish so I can collect the evaluation forms from the participants) and a bunch of receptions scattered around downtown. It was a pretty crazy day -- I filled in at the airport to greet people when some of my greeters didn't show and ended up covering at the information booth (which luckily isn't too different from working at the reference desk) when the nice volunteer there (who is also signed up to work at the conference so I had met her last week at orientation) had chest pains and we sent her off to the emergency room in an ambulance. I hope she's ok -- I gave her husband my cell phone to let me know how she was doing but I was pretty traumatized after that and left my phone in my car when I raced back to do the last part of my shift at the convention center (so if any of you have been trying to find me, that's why I haven't answered my phone for the past few hours).
Anyway, we'll be back at 6:30 am tomorrow to sign in our early morning registration volunteers!
I don't usually read short stories, but I couldn't resist picking up Girls' Night In which features chick lit shorts from authors like Jennifer Weiner, Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, and more. Very satisfying :) and now I have a bunch of new authors to try out! Mom apparently has already read Jennifer Weiner's newest, Little Earthquakes and the film of In Her Shoes should be coming in 2005 with Cameron Diaz, Mark Feuerstein, and others.
Trippi Associates Joins Schneider Campaign
Building on the momentum of an impressive primary victory, Jan Schneider's congressional campaign is proud to announce that Joe Trippi has signed on as a strategic consultant. Mr. Trippi will also handle media communication, including television and radio advertising, for the campaign.
Mr. Trippi is a veteran of seven presidential campaigns, most recently managing Howard Deans presidential race. He has been a leading political consultant for the last 25 years and is a regular political commentator on MSNBC.
"Joe Trippi is an expert in building grassroots campaigns that return politics back to people", Schneider said. "We are tired of politicians like Katherine Harris putting special interests first. I will be a candidate for all the people."
Note: This race in 2002 was one of the first political web sites done by Election Mouse. We are no longer involved and not responsible for the bmp images on the homepage that do not show up on most browsers. Its exciting to see that she's doing well and very cool that Joe Trippi is working on the campaign.
Yes, it feels like we've been planning this FOREVER, but the Association of Science and Technology Centers Conference is finally here in San Jose! By some miracle, I think we managed to fill all the volunteer shifts (which is not to say that we couldn't put you to work if you wanted to come down and help out)
Today we had our first shift of volunteers working to stuff the very snazzy registration materials/tote bags and this evening we had the official training for volunteers helping with registration. Check out our snazzy pink volunteer shirts! Julia and I tried to make the volunteer headquarters a bit more festive for everyone. Tomorrow we start bright and early with registration beginning at 7:30am.
Happy New Year! For those of you not celebrating, tonight is the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. There are all sorts of customs and traditions associated with the holiday, many of which I didn't even know about. Certainly I will try to eat some apples dipped in honey (for a sweet new year). I didn't realize you weren't supposed to take a nap on Rosh Hashana day, but there will be little risk of that since ASTC starts tomorrow!
Anyway, I'm very excited that this will be the third year in a row of going to services with my friend Ellen (and the 2nd with her now-husband-then-fiance as well). Its hard to believe I've lived here long enough to have such long-standing traditions! Tonight is Erev Rosh HaShanah (Rosh Hashanah Eve) since the holidays always start at sundown the night before.
So, best wishes for a sweet and healthy new year! Or, as one friend wrote to me, "I would like to wish you all the best for the new year health joy and anything else that I may forgoten to add here."
update: Thank you to EMY who sent me an excellent virtual E-Shana Tova Greeting Card with apples and honey and purple flowers!
Its time for the September Virtual Chautauqua! This month:
Author Troy Anderson joins Chautauqua September 15-30 to discuss his new book, The Way of Go: 8 Ancient Strategy Secrets for Success in Business and Life
For centuries, business, political, and military leaders throughout Asia have had a secret weapon for success -- the philosophies and strategies found in an ancient game called Go.
Now, Troy Anderson, an entrepreneur, knowledge management expert, Fortune 500 management consultant, and one of only five Americans to train at the Japanese Professional Go Academy, brings these philosophies and strategies to the West.
Leaders and intellects such as Mao Tse-tung, Bill Gates, and John Nash (the game was featured in the movie A Beautiful Mind) as well as many CEOs and political leaders throughout Asia are among the 27 million people who have played this simple two-person board game known as the "game of geniuses."
In this unique book, Troy Anderson shares the essential elements of strategy and competition that define the game of Go and shows how these principles can be applied wherever strategy is required.
As always, the event is free and online, just create and account, sign in, and join the interesting discussions!
Happy belated early-September birthdays to Alison and EMY! I'm not sure where the first half of the month just went....
The Tech Museum Awards honor innovators and visionaries from around the world who are applying technology to profoundly improve the human condition in the categories of education, equality, environment, health, and economic development. Individuals, for-profit companies, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible. The Tech Awards showcase their compelling stories and reward their brilliant accomplishments. The Tech Awards program inspires global engagement in applying technology to humanity's most pressing problems by recognizing the best of those who are utilizing innovative technology solutions to address the most urgent critical issues facing our planet.
Each year, candidates are nominated and then invited to submit applications. International panels of judges carefully review the applications according to a set of criteria that emanate from the Awards credo — Technology Benefiting Humanity. At the Awards Gala each fall, five Laureates in each category are honored, and $250,000 in cash prizes are awarded.
The Tech Museum announced the 2004 Tech Awards Laureates this week.
Couple of afterschool hours on the children's side today. Some of the questions:
resources on learning to read music (surprisingly little in the children's collection)
The I Love to Cook Book
horse stories (only in paperback)
how to make models for a report on ancient greece or something
Yu gi oh
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
one girl gave me a very nicely colored Little Red Riding Hood coloring sheet
horses (non fiction)
Kiowa Indians (very little in on them, but found some good things in the databases)
a couple of kids brought in some dead bugs (seriously) and wanted books to help them identify them -- I overheard them trying to decide if they were lice and I decided not to listen any more
Then I rushed back up to school to represent ALASC at the SJSU SLIS Alumni board meeting, hoping to convince them to co-sponsor some events with us. They did seem interested in promoting the Librarians Meetup and may organize a reception (and maybe even a dinner party) around our luminary lecture in December which would be cool.
Stumbled across this goofy operetta called Oh no not Emily! and now I'm completely hooked (and listening to the CD in iTunes)
"Oh No Not Emily" is a Gilbert & Sullivan-like operetta based very loosely on actual events. It is the story of Molly Writerblock, an aspiring poet, as she enters a graduate English program. There she meets another newcomer to the department who is attempting to sell a hitherto unknown original poem by Emily Dickinson. Add supportive parents, older, helpful grad students, an extremely knowledgeable professor and an unseen Dean who communicates entirely through memos, and you have the recipe for a show that will have your entire campus buzzing.
There are some great grad school lines. Plus, it has the classic "Yellow Rose of Emily" which sets Emily Dickinson poems to the tune of a Yellow Rose of Texas (because, as you know, almost all her poems can be sung to that tune)
In today's issue of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)'s Monthly E-mail Newsletter, The Primary Source, the "IMLS on the Road" section features the following two workshops at our ASTC Conference:
"Building Resources to Support a Nation of Learners," Dr. Schroeder Cherry, IMLS Deputy Director for Museums, Annual Conference, sponsored by Association of Science and Technology Centers, San Jose, CA 9/17-19.
"Create Your Museum Funding Using IMLS Funds," Dan Lukash and Robert Trio, IMLS Program Officers, sponsored by the Association of Science and Technology Centers Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, 9/18-19.
Interesting, they don't include the session called "From Silos to Seamless Infrastructure: Building Resources to Support a Nation of Learners" which features Robert Martin, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners. The Institute fosters leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting the nation's 15,000 museums and 122,000 libraries. The Institute also encourages partnerships to expand the educational benefit of libraries and museums.
Decent day at the MH adult reference desk. Some of the questions/books:
books about Quickbooks software
dinosaurs and cats (two kids were waiting for their Mom to finish using the Internet, so I offered to track down some kids books to occupy them)
images from Chinese horoscope
The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, by Kitty Kelley (comes out tomorrow, so I had her fill out a request-for-purchase form)
question about using OPACs for libraries in different communities to look for historic documents
Old English font (for a tattoo artist who wanted to write people's names on the back of their necks in old English style) * definitely my most interesting search of the day
international tattoo magazine (we don't subscribe, but Gilroy does)
books with tattoo art
copies of birth certificates (we used to have a satellite records office at the library, but now refer people to clerkrecorder.org)
playstation 2 hint books
power point help
Goddess of the Night (teen horror)
Speed reading (found a video, all the books were checked out)
Siblings without Rivalry
kids working on school project asked if they could use a picture of Tombstone the movie instead of Tombstone the town
The Agony and the Ecstacy
East Side Dreams
Go Ask Alice
and lots of signing people up for Internet use all day
Back again tomorrow!
Happy birthday today to my grandfather! Its hard to believe its been a whole year since the big 90th birthday bash at the Historical Society last September.
Mom sent along this photo of grandpa with an ice cream cake (I was just reminiscing this evening with a fellow East Coast transplant about Carvel ice cream cakes with that layer of chocolate crunchies...) Jonathan and Lois are on the sides of the photo.
Had my first picked-fresh-off-a-tree fig tonight! Mmmm.... :)
I did one last shift today at the KTEH Auction (it goes through next weekend, but I'll be a tad occupied with the ASTC conference I'm afraid.) Here's the tech guys on the 'B' crew with me today. We had a rough first hour (mostly audio problems) and found solace in the pizza during our break.
And just as I was going off-shift at 6, Barbara Nesbet (the state rep candidate I was precinct walking for in the March primary) came in to do a guest auctioneer spot! We keep running into each other (well, mostly at library board meetings since she's a member of the Joint Powers Authority and I'm a groupie) She's seated at the table on the left, in the right-hand spot (and since I was on camera 4, which covers the auctioneers, I got to take one shot of her before swapping camera operators).
We had our first general orientation for the ASTC Conference (there's another one Wednesday, September 15, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The Tech Museum's New Venture Hall if anyone is still interested/available to help out.) About 80 people attended! Here's Bill explaining a bit more about what people can expect to find at the conference.
Mom pointed out this interesting NY Times Op Ed by David Brooks, Ruling Class War. Using data from the Center for Responsive Politics, he talks (somewhat tongue in cheek) about political affiliation and profession:
There are two sorts of people in the information-age elite, spreadsheet people and paragraph people. Spreadsheet people work with numbers, wear loafers and support Republicans. Paragraph people work with prose, don't shine their shoes as often as they should and back Democrats.
Among the observations:
For librarians, who must like Faulknerian, sprawling paragraphs, the ratio of Kerry to Bush donations was a whopping 223 to 1. Laura Bush has a lot of work to do in shoring up her base.
Speaking of dividing people up into clusters based on demographics and marketing data, check out this very cool site from Claritas and put in your zip code.
Collection Development class today -- one of only two times we actually get to meet in person (the rest of the course is online). Its too bad, because the professor was great and the people in the class seem cool as well, so its too bad we're only meeting once more (and not until November).
Then I worked at the KTEH Auction again. We were supposed to be on until 1 but managed to wrap up and be out of there shortly after 12 (I backdated the time here a bit so it would post as a 9/11 entry even though its now well into being 9/12). I was on Camera 2 today which had a lot more opportunities to get different shots, and I even filled in on phones during one of my off-camera hours which was a whole lot of fun. People call in and you enter their bids into the computer, as soon as you hang up there's another call waiting so it was fast and fun. I ended up being on tv a couple of times -- both as a phone volunteer and on some tech-shots we took of each other doing camera. I looked really silly standing behind the camera which is up on a huge pedestal and is significantly larger than I am. I had on one of my new cheesy Hawaiian shirts though :)
Came home to a few last minute ASTC signups. Tomorrow is the first of two general orientation sessions where we'll be briefing the volunteers on what to expect while helping out at the conference (Sept 17-21 in case any of you haven't heard me beg for help enough times yet).
Another quiet Friday afternoon in Morgan Hill. I was on the adult desk all afternoon and only got to field a couple of questions, including from a couple of kids who I ended up walking over to the J-side and finding them stuff (geography reports seem big today). I got to help weed biographies which was fun and learned a lot that will hopefully be applicable to tomorrow's Collection Development class meeting (I ended up dropping Cataloguing today)
The best moment was when a woman came and sat down across from me at the reference desk and asked about the display of banned and challenged books (Banned Books Week is September 25-October 2, 2004 and the library has a display in the front next to the best sellers with books from the ALA list). I wasn't sure at first if she was applauding the display or upset by it, but it turned out that she thought it was great that we were promoting those books and that she had no idea that these books were challenged by people somewhere in the country. She had read many of them herself over the years (people are always struck by the popular titles on the list) and had great questions about banned books and our policies on removing books, etc. and was clearly interested and now more aware of what was going on. It seemed like a perfect library moment - and we couldn't have scripted the reaction to the display any better!
I seem to have misplaced the rest of my notes from today's questions though, so this isn't much of a refgrunt today.
Mom forwarded along this column by Michael Moore during the RNC Convention.
Political conventions have become predictable rituals, four-day cheerleading sessions for both parties. So USA TODAY is offering readers an alternative perspective. Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, director of Fahrenheit 9/11, is writing daily from the Republican convention in New York.
So at 3:32 am last night, I was sitting up in bed thinking to myself "I'm having a dream about an earthquake... I'll have to remember to check in the morning if we're really having one." And then I completely forgot about it and assumed it had been a dream. Luckily I was feeling very calm about it all.
But it turns out we did have a small, 3.4 magnitude quake last night:
A minor earthquake occurred at 3:32:29 AM (PDT) on Thursday, September 9, 2004. The magnitude 3.4 event occurred 2 km (1 miles) E of Saratoga, CA. The hypocentral depth is 4 km ( 2 miles).
which means it was centered RIGHT here (since I'm about 1 mile from Saratoga I think)
Apparently KTEH does a big auction fundraiser each year (though I admit I haven't watched it yet) and September 9-12 is the "Travel & Leisure" part.
9/9 AND 9/10: 6:00 PM –
9/11 AND 9/12: 2:00 PM –
Local and exotic getaways plus other fun leisure activities are up for bid.
I'll be doing camera for it tonight, Saturday and Sunday. It should be fun, they wrote to let us know that all the volunteers should wear "Hawaiian shirts, straw hats, or travel t-shirts." I found an old Hard Rock Tokyo shirt for tonight, but am still trying to track down a good source for cheesy hawaiian shirts around here. Any ideas?
Update: Auction was a lot of fun, but it made for another very late night (my shift was 5pm-11:30). I stopped by a thrift store on the way and got two very cheesy hawaiian shirts to wear and almost everyone was dressed up and in the spirit of the thing. I was on camera 4 this time (which was probably the least interesting of the cameras) and mostly had shots of the auctioneers. Its a crazy system where you do an hour on and then have an hour break and someone takes over your camera. I got quite a bit of knitting done in between, but the hour on the air goes by in a snap!
Comments here are working -- I'm trying to figure out why they give you an error message -- but just ignore it for now...
The comment feature is a bit slower than usual since we're scanning the blacklist to try to prevent spam -- so click post and be patient, it will send eventually.
And I do love and appreciate everyone's comments here! Sorry to make it so hard to do!
BobbiLynn and I went and saw a brand new musical production of A Little Princess at Theatre Works in Mountain View tonight.
I had reread the book last weekend while I was in Iowa, and absolutely loved it. I don't really remember reading it as a kid, but knowing my Mom, I must have read it at some point. Its a wonderful story and the characters are memorable - Sara Crewe (with her doll Emily) is a bit too good to be true, but you want to believe in her and be a princess too.
The musical (which I discovered in reading some of the reviews beforehand) was extremely different from the book (somewhat similar in plot to what I remember from the Shirley Temple version, including a role for Queen Victoria) but transplants the action from India to West Africa.
I liked the production but it took most of the first act to shake off the frustration at having it be so different than what I had read and hoped to see. I hate being one of those grumpy you-aren't-following-the-book theater goers, and finally settled into being able to enjoy it for itself.
It was a long play and we stayed afterwards for Q&A with the artistic director and members of the cast, so its quite late!
Since this scrolled off the page already, I'm reposting it.
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The Washington State Dems have an online campaign where you can make a donation and have a bar of soap sent to Dick Cheney through their Cheney Come Clean campaign. (via comments on change for america)
The Morgan Hill Library received a grant from Mervyn's to do a library card campaign (September is Library Card Sign-Up Month) and I get to help out afterschool a couple of times this month because its so busy. Kids who signup for a new library card or bring their card in get a prize and a packet of information with fun booklists and things.
I didn't have a chance to write down my questions today, but some of the things I remember helping people find were:
Thomas Edison and the phonograph
Ice age animals other than wholly mammoths
Native American artifacts and tools
books from reading lists
... and there were ants -- mostly in the animal area of the stacks, so apparently they were literate ants at least ... but still, I'm not exactly fond of ants... I squished one that I found inside the printer but let the rest do their own thing.
Its very sad, but our library system is going to have to close Mondays starting October 11.
Many libraries throughout Silicon Valley will be closed on Mondays, beginning October 11, due to a $1.1 million budget shortfall this fiscal year for the Santa Clara County Library system.
The libraries affected are located in Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, and Saratoga. Also cut back will be two branches operated by the Santa Clara County Library -- Alum Rock and Woodland -- and the popular Bookmobile that serves outlying neighborhoods, child care centers, senior centers and migrant labor camps.
The action was the result of a unanimous vote by the Santa Clara County Library Joint Powers Authority, which also took into account the possible loss of $5.3 million in June 2005 when the Benefit Assessment tax expires. This is a significant revenue source for the Santa Clara County Library system, and the JPA will discuss at future meetings what additional cutbacks may be needed. Still under consideration by the JPA is whether to ask voters in 2005 if this source of funding for the libraries should be continued. A measure on the March 2004 Election Ballot that would have extended the assessment fell just short of the required two-thirds vote for approval.
I was at the JPA meeting where they voted for the closure. It just makes me sad to think of all those people who need the library not being able to use it -- and Monday is often a very busy day there. Time to start working on the next ballot initiative to restore funding and get those important services back!
Carrie, one of my best sources to find out what's cool in the world, gave me this adorable fuscia Sunshine Buddy which is apparently a hip new thing (that I completely missed).
"Sunshine Buddies work on the theory of perpetual motion. Their heads sway silently from side to side. They relax your senses and invite you into a calming world. These buddies are your constant friends and ask nothing of you other than companionship and a smile. They need no batteries as the warm and bright rays of the sun energise them. So sit back, take a deep breath and embrace the relaxing and calming influence of the Sunshine Buddies."
Thanks Carrie! I love it! Now I just need to clear off enough space on my desk for it to sit and relax me... It has a little space to hold different note cards with messages, so I wrote myself one that says "Do not agree to take on any more projects right now."
Congrats to Meag and Steve who just wrote (with a little help from Maria) to announce that:
Robert Tae Hong Burns-Min (Bertie to his friends) arrived on Thursday, Sept 2nd, 2004 at 12:55 pm. 7lbs, 11oz, and 19 & 1/2 inches long.
Dad asked me what Iowa looks like...
(I have more corn photos to add from my laptop -- didn't see much hay (sorry Alan))
Carrie has captured the feeling of the place much better (scroll down to bottom of page)
Thank you to Carrie for hosting me and showing me so much of Iowa! I'm safely back and exhausted. I don't think I'd last very long on a presidential campaign - and am amazed at all the hard work you're putting in. We're counting on you to deliver those 7 electoral votes (no pressure)...
This morning, I tagged along as Carrie worked a front-porch event in Davenport with AFL-CIO president John Sweeney (pretty cool to have the president of the largest labor union do your event on Labor Day morning). Then we hopped in the car and drove back to Des Moines in time to see Elizabeth Edwards speak at the big annual Labor Day lunch at the fairgrounds.
(I missed the paper yesterday, but there was a Q&A with EE in the NY Times Magazine)
Mom writes, "Liz is finally ensconced at BU -- on the 7th floor of a dorm in West Campus, with a great view of the Charles and the football field, and a loft bed!"
More baseball! Here we are in Davenport, IA at a game of the Swing of the Quad Cities vs. Clinton Lumberkings. A perfect way to spend a Sunday night in the midwest...
Saw this nice promotion on the lamp posts for the Davenport Public Library, but didn't have a chance to check the place out.
"The Grand Excursion begins at your library."
we will come! And we did! Here are Carrie and I at The Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, Iowa!
I of course called Dad and Brian from the field -- but couldn't reach either of them right then. Now Carrie and I are in Davenport for the night -- at a motel with WIFI (life is good) -- and have a labor day political event in the morning before we head back to Des Moines and then I head back home.
While I'm leaning towards doing a thesis rather than the culminating papers to end my MLIS, it is interesting to read through this semester's topics. Good luck to Ellen and all my other classmates who are culminating this semester!
It wouldn't be a visit with Carrie without a sporting event! Here we are at the Iowa Cubs game! The cubs won 14-0 against the Omaha Royals and it was a beautiful night to be out at a game!
And tomorrow we're off to The Field of Dreams!!!
Still here in Iowa, back at party headquarters while Carrie makes press calls (2pm Iowa time). This morning, after stopping by her office and Starbucks, we saw THK address a group of seniors about health care and prescription medication costs. Carrie did a great job managing a healthy pack of tv camera crews and print reporters. We did seem to tire the speaker out (as later news coverage showed)
A surprise visit by Teresa Heinz Kerry to campaign headquarters energized the field staff.
BLOGGERS are bountiful at RNC
New York Daily News - New York,NY,USA
Brian Reich, who was an aide to former vice president Al Gore and is now an Internet consultant, started the blog Campaign Web Review to share his views and report on how the candidates use the Net.
"I think it's important to show how the Net is being tapped by the campaigns for persuasion, community building and getting out the vote," Reich said.
Made it to Iowa! Here I am in Carrie's office at Des Moines Kerry HQ.
I'm off to Iowa this morning. Since Carrie is a blogger too, I expect we'll be online quite a bit, but if not, have a great Labor Day Weekend everyone and I'll see you when I get back.
It is definitely back to school time at the library! School in Campbell doesn't start until Tuesday, so everyone was trying to meet last minute summer reading deadlines. There was a big run on biographies -- and very few good ones for older middle school students. The children's books were too easy for them -- particularly since they were supposed to be doing book reports, so they needed a pretty hefty book -- but the adult books are too hard. It definitely makes me want to take the Young Adult Materials class and get a chance to really learn the teen level material better.
I split my time between the downstairs desk (non-fiction) and upstairs (children's, fiction, and video). Here are some of the questions I fielded today and some of the things that happened along the way:
The very first thing that happened was a toddler decided to knock over the easel with the large sign announcing the changes to the 'holds' policy (it now costs $1/book to put books on hold after the first three -- children's materials are still free)
Lots of calls for coloring pages and crayons
Sign-ups to use the CD-Rom computer with games
4 kids found Crinkleroot (the summer reading mascot who hides in the library) and I gave them their prizes
2 kids came and picked up their summer reading prizes
Roald Dahl stories (she ended up with The Witches)
Tim Bell, Assasin
A woman came and put an anti-Bush protest sign up on the library door -- which luckily I saw out of the corner of my eye as she was posting it -- and I quickly removed it
put holds on The Sunday Philosophy Club, Metro Girl, and Protecting the Gift
shelf-check and reserve for A Rear Window for a Saratoga patron
books on web site design
person having trouble filling out an online form
phone reference requesting address and phone numbers for the Curtis Brown literary agents
a woman called to see if we had a typewriter -- which we do! -- and was SO excited to find out we did, since she had apparently called a ton of other places first
back issues of ParisMatch
books and videos on magic
Charmed and Enchanted
A Confederacy of Dunces
kid having trouble getting to the sanrio.com site
School of Rock soundtrack
restarted the CD-Rom computer (x2)
A Child Called It
Magic Tree House: Summer of the Sea Serpent
6th grade math worksheets
Newsweek cover story on dreams
biography of Reggie Miller
Science fiction section
Flowers in the Attic
Biography of Jackie O
reset crazy printer spitting out tons of random pages (x2)
Dear Mr. Henshaw
Famous Five by Enid Blyton
biographies of Frank Sinatra
The Bell Jar
Clan of the Cave Bear video
historical fiction for the 8th-9th grade reading level
historical fiction about Jesse James
A Death in the Family
and many others.
PR wrote this catchier pitch for ASTC, appealing to your sense of community pride!
For the first time in its thirty-year history, the Assocation of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) will hold their annual conference in Northern California. The Tech Museum of Innovation will be hosting 1,600 museum professionals from around the world this September 18-21.
Now is the time to show thousands of out of towners our spirit, hospitality, and just what makes Silicon Valley so unique. Energetic and friendly volunteers are needed in a number of roles, including registration and check-in, conference session aides, and more. Shifts are 3-5 hours in length depending on assignment and volunteers will be stationed at either The Tech Museum of Innovation or the San Jose Convention Center. T-shirt and refreshments are provided.
To learn more about opportunties and volunteer, visit http://thetech.gjhost.com/astc.
Please join us for this wonderful networking and professional development opportunity!
We're still looking for a bunch of additional volunteers -- especially on Monday, Sept 20 if you're around and not working that day...
It talks a lot about our fascination with a fantasy image of Laura (librarian, reader, smarter than her husband, etc.)
But this fascination with Laura's reading habits reveals more about what liberals think of reading than about Laura herself. The figure of the reader is everything liberals think President Bush is not: curious, reflective, intelligent, intrigued by words. When liberals note that Laura is a reader, they mean that she must be a sort of anti-Dubya.
61 days left and counting... are you getting involved??
Yikes! September kind of snuck up on me! What happened to the summer?
Its going to be a pretty crazy month -- I'm heading to Iowa on Friday to visit Carrie for the long weekend (yay! a swing state!), I have a bunch of hours coming up in Morgan Hill as they start their big back-to-school library card campaign, the KTEH Auction is coming up and I'll be working a couple of shifts on camera there, classes are in full swing, High Holidays are coming up, and I still need some additional volunteers to help with the ASTC Conference Sept 17-21.
In addition, it turns out that September is
* Classical Music Month
* Hispanic Heritage Month
* Fall Hat Month
* International Square Dancing Month
* National Courtesy Month
* National Piano Month
* Chicken Month
* Baby Safety Month
* Little League Month
* Honey Month
* Self Improvement Month
* Better Breakfast Month