October 31, 2004

The Pearl Diver

pearldiver.jpgThank you Lisa for the new Sujata Massey book, The Pearl Diver, which I quickly gobbled up and finished yesterday. The reviews have been mixed, but its always good to get back to a character you've spent so many adventures with, and I've always liked Rei. I just hope that the Japanese government lets her back into the country so future books can take place there. This one was in DC, which -- while still fun -- isn't the best place for Rei. Lisa, what did you think of it?


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Year of Passion

Not that I've gotten through much of the paper yet today, but this article in the Week in Review caught my eye: The Year of Passion by Todd S. Purdum. Deep within it is a quote by my favorite theorist, Robert Putnam, on th effect of the Internet on the campaign season.

If the Internet has been the source of vicious blogs and half-baked rumors, it has also often been a worthy watchdog on the mainstream media, a direct route to the candidates' records and official Web sites and a means of instantly checking their half-truths and evasions through nonpartisan outlets like FactCheck.org at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center.

Online networking groups like Meetup.com used new technology to breathe life into the oldest American tradition: the town hall meeting. They allowed Howard Dean's supporters - and others - "to create 'alloys,' networks that are mixtures of silicon and real flesh," said Robert Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard. "People are making the connection over the Internet, but what they really want is not just the cyberfriend but a real connection."

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Happy Halloween and Daylight Savings

Daylight savings always messes me up. I'm always so afraid of being late anyway, that to purposely be an hour late today was psychologically difficult. So I split the difference and showed up 1/2 hour early (secretly fearing I would find myself a 1/2 hour late) and am enjoying a nice vanilla latte before the doors open here at the library at noon.

Lots to catch up on from yesterday when I get a chance to upload the photos. Went to the grand opening of the new Cupertino library which looks awesome, worked all afternoon in Campbell, and then saw a commuity theater production of Man of La Mancha...

I brought my favorite witch hat to the library and dressed all in black, but I'm not sure if I'll be brave enough to wear it at the reference desk or not.

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October 30, 2004

Man of La Mancha

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Shachar took me to see one of his colleagues from work starring in Man of La Mancha down in Hollister. The San Benito Stage Company was performing at Hollister’s Granada Theater. Definitely community theater, but a good production and its a great show.


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Cupertino

Here are some photos from the Grand Opening of the new Cupertino Library! Its a gorgeous new space -- with tons of room to sit and read or use computers, and a courtyard in the middle where you can take books and read (without even checking them out). The whole plaza around it has wifi, and there's a HUGE fish tank on the way in. Paul was there taking pictures as well (and hopefully he got some better shots!)
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October 29, 2004

Zoe and Diane

zoeanddiane.jpgMom sent along this photo of Zoe Lofgren doing a press conference for Diane Farrell on homeland security -- then she even went to Fairfield to hand out candy at the Halloween parade!

I'm no longer in Rep. Lofgren's district (I'm now in Mike Honda's), but I served with her on the Tech Board and have met her at various functions like the Dean fundraiser at her house last year. Its great that she's out helping Diane's campaign!

And speaking of voting (of course), here's another great voter guide, this one is a list from Voting Pro Choice of all the Santa Clara County races. In particular, please remember that in the state senate race:
Margaret (Peg) Pinard  Dem       SD15       PRO (Endorsed)
Abel Maldonado  Rep       SD15       Anti 
   

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More ballot advice

Brian seems to be working with this group, the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center. Here are their picks for the California ballot initiatives

(I made the little voteyes.gif and voteno.gif buttons for them {grin})

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Taking Halloween Seriously

A quick tour of the neighborhood, where people are definitely ready for a fun Halloween!

This one's just 2 doors down from my apartment building:
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and some other decked-out places, including a little Silicon Valley Bill Gates humor on the tombstones...
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And the scariest of all (I wonder if the Bush sign was supposed to be part of the effect?)
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According to a piece in today's Merc, some houses in the neighborhood get 1200+ trick-or-treaters! Of course I got ZERO last year (not even the kids who live across the hall) and ended up eating all the candy I had bought (very bad!!) So I only bought a little bit this year (and already dipped into it (very bad!!)... but maybe I should be prepared just in case? I think apartment buildings would be very efficient places to trick-or-treat personally ...

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Happy Birthday Liz!

Happy Birthday today to my sister Liz, who is off (hopefully) enjoying freshman year at BU. I see she's already signed up as a darkroom mentor in the BU Photography Club, which sounds pretty cool.

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October 28, 2004

Thursday

art_Poof606.jpgWorked this morning at the Los Altos Library and then stopped by Uncommon Threads for the first time (my S&B friends are always talking about it, it turns out to be 1 minute from the library, and wonderful Rika had given me a gift certificate!) I bought some very soft yarn called "Poof" in various colors to make some scarves (and it knits up extremely quickly on 17 needles so I should have a FO by tomorrow).

Meanwhile Carrie spent the day with Jon Bon Jovi and Leonard DiCaprio who were stumpin' in Iowa. Looking forward to her blog entries when she has a chance to catch up (probably after Tuesday...)

Off to curl up with the new Sujata Massey book that Lisa sent! This time Rei's in Washington, DC, which should definitely be interesting (though the best part of earlier books was Japan as the backdrop.)

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The Sunday Philosophy Club

sundayphilosophy.jpgThank you to Mom, who sent me Alexander McCall Smith (of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency fame)'s latest, The Sunday Philosophy Club. Like his other books, this is a light, quick read and I definitely enjoyed it. The main character/sleuth in this one is Isabel Dalhousie and it takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The best part though is the note in the back that there's a new book in the Precious Ramotswe series coming out in the Spring of 2005, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies. Yay! And hopefully there will be more Isabel Dalhousie cases to come as well!


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Paper or Plastic

via Apaphenia (who also is so cool that she and her friends just had a party to help each other decode all the propositions and things on the ballot -- what a great idea!) comes this animation on the question of voting electronically or asking for a paper ballot: Paper or Plastic. Its really effective and sponsored by groups like EFF who I respect.

The main point is that we do in fact have a choice and can request to vote in a way that can be verified, audited, and recounted. So now I'm torn, because it is certainly easier and satisfying to use the touch screens, but now I feel like choosing a paper ballot is a vote for a better system of voting as well. I have some friends from The Tech who are poll workers and just went through an extensive training, so maybe I'll check with them as well. Any thoughts anyone?

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October 27, 2004

Unbelievable!

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I think the headline on Boston.com tonight says it all:

At Last!
Pigs can fly, hell is frozen, the slipper finally fits,
and Impossible Dreams really can come true.
The Red Sox have won the World Series

Amazing.

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Bad time for an up-sell

I don't care how friendly the customer service guy is, it seems to me that when I call to complain that my cable is out (again) and the solution (if it doesn't reset itself soon) is to drag the box down to their office or make an appointment for someone to come in a couple of days and bring me a new one... that it is unlikely that I'm going to switch to have my internet access go through the cable company. Even if its faster than my DSL is, this just seemed like a really bad time to try to get me to switch. Sigh. But really, all I want is my TV to work again so I can watch West Wing and the Red Sox win the World Series (though I really hope I didn't just jinx that).

Update: I successfully traded in my box for a new one and all seems well in the world of TV reception again. I'm also happy to say that the woman in the cable office did not try to sell me additional service when I came in, which helped as well.

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Good Voter Guide

Got a great, handy one-page "Voter Information Guide for Democrats" in the mail today which walks through all the local races and initiatives. The evaluations and recommendations are from "The Democratic Party, American Government Professors, Firefighters, Environmental Leaders, Nurses and Health Care Workers, Classroom Teachers, Law Enforcement Officers, and Senior Citizen Organizations." I only wish they had a web site so you could check who it really is from and what they stand for. Searching only brings up a few disgrunted recipients of the flyer.

Here's who they endorse:

Federal Offices
President of the United States
John F. Kerry
United States Senator
Barbara Boxer
U.S. Representative
Mike Honda

State Offices
State Senator
Peg Pinard
State Assembly
Ira Ruskin
Superior Court Judge
Griffin Bonini (Enrique Colin has endorsements from Zoe Lofgren and others though)

Santa Clara County
Measure "A" - No ("Jeopardizes the ability to hire qualified doctors and nurses at hospitals. Physicians, nurses, prosecutors are opposed.")
Measure "B" - No ("Unnecessary election costs over $1 million. Unfair to safety employees. Nurses, prosecutors, correctional officers oppose Measure "B")
Measure "C" - Yes ("Provides fair bargaining for public safety employees. Protects emergency services. Firefighters, nurses and police officers all say "Yes on Measure C".)

Proposition 62 - No (Personally I'm unsure of this one -- I really don't like the imagery they're invoking on their web site and can see how an open primary could have some benefits. The SJ Merc's endorsement was helpful as well and so I'll definitely be looking at this one more closely over the week.)
Proposition 71 - Yes ("Support research that can save lives and fight disease")
Proposition 64 - No ("Don't limit enforcement of public health, environmental and consumer fraud laws")
Proposition 72 - Yes ("Big business and out-of-state corporations are trying to stop health insurance coverage for working people. Vote yes for affordable health insurance." A Yes makes it so that "Certain employers would be required to provide health coverage for their employees and in some cases dependents through either (1) paying a fee to a new state program primarily to purchase private health insurance coverage or (2) arranging directly with health insurance providers for health care coverage. The state would also establish a new program to assist lower-income employees to pay their share of health care premiums.")
Proposition 66 - Yes ("Life sentences for repeat, violent offenders - the original intent of the Three Strikes Law")

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October 26, 2004

Yes on S

I've been meaning for weeks to walk through each of the local initiatives and races here and post information. I had also planned to sort through all the political mail I've received (since I'm being bombarded with it) but haven't had time to sift through the pile yet.

But here's one that is definitely worth mentioning. I'm not in the district but I know a couple of you are:

San Jose Library And Reading Protection Measure

Voting YES on Measure S will prevent significant cutbacks in library services, it will help replace outdated books and materials, update deteriorating equipment, protect library hours and improve other library services.

Measure S simply replaces San Jose's current library assessment (1994 Measure E) that expires at the end of 2004. Measure S is a dedicated source of funding so to prevent drastic cutbacks to San Jose's 17 neighborhood branch libraries.

San Jose's libraries consistenly rank as one of the top performing city services -- Vote YES ON S for our excellent libraries!

Info from SmartVoter

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October 25, 2004

Red

red-logo.gifJonathan's in the Cleveland Plain Dealer again (and now that I know he checks my blog, I'll definitely be blogging some of his press clippings when I see them!) It sounds like it was a great performance and it got a very nice review:

Red (a boldly innovative, fascinating evening)
Monday, October 25, 2004
Wilma Salisbury
Plain Dealer Music Critic

"Sheffer and the orchestra gave the piece a fine performance, and the crowd responded with enthusiasm. The program, the first of Red's third season, showed that the innovative ensemble is achieving its goal of rediscovering classical music, redefining orchestral programming and redesigning the concert experience for an appreciative and growing audience. "

You can learn more about Red {an orchestra} on their website.

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Happy Birthday Susan!

Happy Birthday today to my Group Jazz colleague Susan who keeps the place running and keeps me sane.

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October 24, 2004

Shark Tale

sharktale.jpgI finally made it to the movies! I dragged Shachar to Shark Tale. I enjoyed it -- particularly all the pop culture references and bad fish puns, but it wasn't as good as Finding Nemo or other recent animated adventures.

There are still a ton of other movies I want to go see though!

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Chagall Mural

Helped out this morning on the mural at To Life: A Jewish Cultural Street Festival. Here are the before and (almost) done photos. Tons of kids (of all ages) came and helped paint different areas of the mural -- sort of a giant paint-by-number.

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October 23, 2004

NetPlanet Training & Guest Services Lecture

This morning we had Part A of the training for the new NetPl@net exhibit opening at The Tech in November. Its going to be SUPER cool.

Now I'm off to a volunteer lecture about guest services, part of the cool lecture series Tina has organized where volunteers present lectures and workshops to other volunteers and staff on topics they are experts in.

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October 22, 2004

Surprise!

Glen threw a very nice surprise brithday party tonight for Bobbi Lynn. Of course it wasn't really a surprise since she'd been asking for a surprise party all year, but she didn't know the details and certainly seemed pleased when we all jumped out. Here she is with her tiara opening presents. Emy came and brought along her cool new mystery kit finished piece and a WIP shawl/wrap out of the most gorgeous multi-colored supersoft yarn. Yumm.

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And I mocked up a playbill starring Bobbi Lynn for her card (since it was a broadway themed gift) and her Dad got her a sewing machine, which will hopefully lead to new cool craftiness!!
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And apparently her friend Hiroshi was googling the Republican candidate for State Assembly in our district the other day and I'm the 2nd hit (and he visited my site and saw BobbiLynn's site in my blogroll). This is all really pretty funny because a) I accidentally spelled the guy's name wrong and b) I'm definitely voting for Ira Ruskin in this race (State Assembly, District 21). It did remind me however that I should go through and post some additional information about all the local races in the next week, especially if random people looking for political information may accidentally stumble over here.


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Recent Reading

I'm behind in blogging books, so I'll try to catch up.

The Same Sea by Amos Oz (Harvest Books; 2002)
I don't usually read anything resembling poetry, but a friend lent me this book and I was immediately drawn in. Its part poetry, part prose, about a series of characters with intertwining lives. Publisher's Weekly calls it, "a meditation, a lamentation, a quest for meaning, a story of family love and of erotic longing, and a vibrantly poetic prose poem." Translated from Hebrew by Nicolas de Lange.

Seven-Day Magic
by Edward Eager (1962)
Couldn't resist rereading this one by the author of Half Magic (one of my all-time favorites.) In this one, five children end up with a magical library book which takes them on all sorts of exciting adventures. The author information mentions that "In each of his books he carefully acknowledges his indebtedness to E. Nesbit, whom he considered the best children's writer of all time --" so I decided to try one of those as well.

The Phoenix and the Carpet
Edith Nesbit
I checked out the tapes of this story to listen to in the car, and its been a wonderful week of driving around lost in the adventures of the four children, the magical golden phoenix and the wishing carpet (plus it had the benefit of not having to listen to any bad news about the war or the election on the car radio for a whole week). It was wonderful, and definitely very much like the Eager books.

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Happy Birthday Bobbi Lynn and Alan

Happy birthdays today to Bobbi Lynn and Alan! Bobbi Lynn loves birthdays so its a shame we're not doing anything at all to celebrate this year [wink].

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October 21, 2004

Happy Birthday Grandma

grandmareich.jpgHappy birthday today to my grandmother in Pittsburgh, who is 95 and really just amazing. She's moving tomorrow out of her apartment where she's lived for 37 years, but staying in the same neighborhood. Best wishes and luck and a very very happy birthday!

Here she is at Aaron and Cyndi's wedding last May in St. Louis.

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Pro-Choice Voter Guide

A reminder and great resource from NARAL Pro-Choice California:

Electing pro-choice candidates is the single most important thing you can do to protect your right to choose. So before you go into the voting booth on November 2, find out where candidates stand on reproductive rights issues with the NARAL Pro-Choice California Reproductive Rights Voter Guide.

Anti-choice legislators have done all they can to undermine reproductive freedom in California. In the past few years, they've tried to promote abstinence-only programs, restrict access to emergency contraception and infringe on young women's right to obtain confidential medical services. The pro-choice majority in the California legislature has been able to fend off these attacks on our freedoms - but unless we dedicate ourselves to electing pro-choice candidates, they may not be able to in the future.

Click here to find out which candidates in your district are pro-choice. On November 2, protect your rights by voting pro-choice!

In my district, Peg Pinard (State Senate, 15) and Ira Ruskin (State House, 21) both score as Pro-Choice. Pinard has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice California, her opponent has refused to respond to the questionnaire.

Don't know what district you are in? SmartVoter.org is still my favorite general California election info site. Just put in your address and zip code and it will create a personalized page with your polling place and all of the races you'll have a chance to vote on. Plus it has links and information for all of the people and propositions.

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Librarian Meetup Tonight

Just a quick reminder that Santa Clara County Librarians Meetup Group has an event tonight! Here are the details:

What: Santa Clara County Librarians October Meetup

When: Thursday, October 21 at 7:00PM
Where: Barnes & Noble Booksellers
5353 Almaden Expy #B100 (Cafe)
San Jose CA 95118
408-979-0611
See who's coming or update your RSVP:
http://librarians.meetup.com/1/events/?eventId=3332740&action=detail

Update: Well Laura and I had a lovely time chatting, knitting (though I ended up ripping out the start of my hat and may go back to making a scarf out of the fun fuzzy blue and grey yarn I have), and checking out all the cool children's books at B&N. It would have been nice to have some other new people, but hopefully each month we'll get a few new folks.

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Metro

The Tech's Scream Machine exhibit is in this week's (October 20-26, 2004) issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

Curves Ahead
A new exhibit about roller coasters at the Tech is best experienced on an empty stomach
By Gary Singh

It was also recently named best museum by the readers of The Wave

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Visualize Winning

Lisa passed along this happy GOTV reminder

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October 20, 2004

Wednesday

Tech this morning, more roller coasters and earthquakes. Lunch with Julia (other people's french fries have no calories). Home briefly and then worked this evening at the Los Altos library. Checked the scores now and then from there and its clear that Eduard (and many many others) are very happy campers tonight.

Keeping my fingers crossed for Eduard who turned in his first early decision college app today! Good luck!

West Wing is on now -- along with campaign ads for Barbara Boxer, Prop 71 (including one with Michael J Fox), etc during the breaks.

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October 19, 2004

Striped Scarf

stripedscarf.jpgFinally a finished project! I started this during the KTEH Auction since our crew was off every other hour and there was plenty of time to knit. But I should have done it on larger needles so it didn't take so long to finish!

Its yarn from Michael's that creates its own patterns (and which would probably be good for socks if I ever got up to sock-level) but I can't find the tag right now.

Next I think I'd like to made a hat like the one Emy found at Target with various extras from my yarn stash if I can figure out how.

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Rainy Day

It was quite a rainy day here -- one of the first of the season. It wasn't too bad -- I got to wear my snazzy boots which always cheer me up. A couple of people called in sick so I got to sub at the last minute on the reference desk (adult side) in Milpitas. Then I raced down to The Tech for our Volunteer Advisory Board Meeting. But now I'm worn out and think I'll curl up for a bit and finally finish the scarf I've been working on (since it may actually be cold enough to wear it soon)

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Birthdays and Anniversaries

Happy birthday today to my uncle Jonathan (who was just mentioned in the Cleveland Plain Dealer) and Happy anniversaries to Brian & Karen and Jen & Matt!

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Broadway

Aunt Susan wrote last week to let us know to be sure to watch Broadway, The American Musical on PBS, October 19th-21st (check local listings). She says that it is supposed to be great.

And check out the fun trivia game, which I just did really badly at.

(NY Times Review)

Update: What she forgot to mention, which I only found out while searching for clips to add to the birthday posting above, was that the EOS orchestra had a role! From the credits:

Incidental Music performed by the Eos Orchestra
Jonathan Sheffer, Conductor

Another update: Turns out that a) the show is great and I highly recommend it and b) not only did EOS do some of the music, but Jonathan is interviewed!

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Buycott Today

Mom sent this along last week:

She Stops Shopping To Conquer Business Week - September 20, 2004 If women shut their purses and didn't shop for a day, would the economy suffer? The idea gets tested on Oct. 19 by 85 Broads, a networking group founded in 1999 by Janet Hanson, who worked for Goldman Sachs, headquartered at 85 Broad St.

BusinessWeek has learned that 85 Broads is asking its 4,000-plus members in
450 companies, colleges, and B-schools not to spend that day. Hanson says the "boycott" will show the gap between women's purchasing power and their
underrepresentation in boardrooms and executive suites. Members plan to spread the word to friends and to women on college campuses.

Women control $3.3 trillion in yearly consumer spending, 44% of national spending -- a sum that isn't just symbolic.

IMAGINE IF FOR ONE DAY WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD DIDN'T BUY ANYTHING???

According to Business Week, the economy has become increasingly
FEMALE-DRIVEN! Did you know that women in the U.S. alone:
1) Control $3.3 TRILLION in annual consumer spending?
2) Make 62% of all car purchases?
3) Take more than 50% of all business trips?
4) Control over 50% of the personal wealth in this country?

HOWEVER, WOMEN'S PURCHASING POWER STILL HASN'T TRANSLATED INTO ECONOMIC POWER!

According to Catalyst, only 8 CEO's in the Fortune 500 are women,13.6%are
board directors, and 5.2% are top-earning corporate officers. According to the
ParisPWN, in Europe women represent only 8% of board directorships.

On TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19th, we invite you to leave your checkbook and credit cards at home as a symbolic gesture that we no longer "buy" the glacial pace of change for working women in America. Instead of shopping, go for a walk in the park, write a letter to a friend, enjoy a museum, or help someone in need.

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October 18, 2004

Sucked in

So I was just going to tune into the end of the baseball game in the background but have of course totally been sucked in (its now the bottom of the 13th bottom of the 14th) and am IMing with Eduard and Karen who are both glued to the game as well.

And speaking of sucked in, Ilona (who voted today! yay!) posted a link to this great election site (with an rss feed of course) with great polls, political cartoons, etc.

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High Stakes

How cool is it that Buffy creator Josh Whedon is doing a call to Kerry house parties for the group High Stakes 2004: Whedon Fans for John Kerry and John Edwards. (via CFA) Darn it, if I didn't already have two commitments for this Sunday I'd go to one of the house parties (the closest to me is in Saratoga) or invite you all over and have my own. Oh well.

Plus an interesting piece from Abu Aardvark comparing the 7th season of Buffy to Bush's foreign policy.

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Register Today!

VoteButton.gifA reminder from Get Out Her Vote that today's the last day to register to vote in many states (including here in California)

Today is your last day to register to vote in your state! It's easy to download registration forms online, which need to be taken to your local registration office or Deparment of Motor Vehicles today (or some states only require a postmark of today. Check with your Board of Elections.) This could be the most important election of our lifetimes.

Every vote makes a difference. Don't sit this one out!

And if you had any doubts, check out today's NY Times Op Ed about Imagining America if George Bush Chose the Supreme Court


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Happy Birthday Carrie H!

Happy Birthday today to Carrie, one of my fantastic roommates from Amherst who (at least last I heard) is the literary manager/dramaturg extraordinaire at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ. (She's even mentioned in an August Backstage magazine article)

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October 17, 2004

Last minute hope?

My classmate Jean turns out to be a big Red Sox fan (she's from Maine, so its not surprising I guess) and called to check in about some ALASC stuff in the ninth inning and seemed to think it was all over (I admit I hadn't been paying enough attention to even remember the game would be on tonight). By the end of the call, the game was tied and I was hooked to the net broadcast.

Can't you see they're just messing with you? Just when you thought the last shred of hope was gone again, some how they pulled out a bottom of the 12th innning win? Yet even if they get crushed tomorrow, next year at this time you'll all go through this agony again!

Game Five: Monday, October 18th - New York at Boston, 5:19 p.m.

I wonder if Brian and Karen are going to try to go?

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The Youth Vote

KidsForKerrybtn.jpgWe've all seen the Kids for Kerry folks, but apparently all my friends' kids are getting into the act as well. When I was talking to Paul the other day, he told me how every time Seth sees a 'W' written anywhere, he immediately says "No W!" and starts talking about Kerry. And Mike and Jen just sent along Arden's first political ad (takes a while to download but boy is he adorable).

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Bon Voyage Dad and Jane

Bon voyage today to Dad and Jane who are off for a wonderful sounding long trip to Australia and New Zealand! Can't wait to see where they send postcards from!

Speaking of postcards, I really should blog all the cool ones I've been getting recently -- just got Lisa's from Puerto Rico, Amytha's from Hawaii a few weeks back... I'll have to sift through my pile of unopened mail and political fliers to see what else I've missed lately.

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October 16, 2004

Newspapers

Any of you who have visited know that I have a large mound of newspapers needing desperately to be recycled (the hazards of getting a daily paper, being lazy, and living on the fourth floor... ok, mostly just being lazy). So I really don't need a site like this giving me an excuse to hold on to them... Fun with the newspaper after you've read it from the Baton Rouge Advocate (found while helping a patron find information on Hopi Kachina dolls, and it pulled up the teepee pattern)

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#1 Library

Our library is #1 again!

Press Release:

4th year in a row – Santa Clara County Library tops among libraries in U.S.

National ranking by population category recognizes library’s high quality service

In the world of libraries, it’s the Academy Awards and an SAT test score all rolled into one. The Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings are published this month in American Libraries Magazine and librarians at the 9, 027 libraries in the U.S. held their collective breaths to see if they made the top 10 for their population category.

For the fourth year in a row, topping the list of libraries serving 250,000 to 500,000 people is Santa Clara County Library. This year it was the only library in California to be ranked as among the 100 best in the U.S. for high quality, cost effective service.

Santa Clara County Library operates community libraries in Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, and Saratoga as well as the Alum Rock and Woodland branches and the popular Bookmobile that serves outlying neighborhoods, child care centers, senior centers and migrant labor camps.

The HAPLR 2004 Ratings are calculated by using 15 different measures of library effectiveness in serving the community including the number of visits per capita, circulation per capita, the percentage of the library’s budget spent on materials, the number of periodicals per 1,000 residents and staffing per 1,000 residents. More than three million visitors now come annually to the libraries in the Santa Clara County Library system and they are checking out 10 million items a year.

Santa Clara County Library has a diverse collection of materials in more than 25 languages and in many formats such as CDs, DVDs, videos, audiobooks, and electronic full-text databases. The Santa Clara County Library web page, www.santaclaracountylib.org, offers access to the library catalog, electronic research databases and other information about library services, programs and hours.

The mission of the Santa Clara County Library is to provide comprehensive library services to residents of unincorporated areas of the County and residents of nine cities – Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, and Saratoga. Any member of the public, regardless of their home address, can obtain a Santa Clara County Library card and use its collections and services.

SJ Mercury News article.

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Little Red Ink Drinker

Saw this on the new book display shelf here in the kids section at the Morgan Hill Library and couldn't resist.

Little Red Ink Drinker
by Eric Sanvoisin
Illustrations by Martin Matje

"Odilon and Carmilla love sucking up the ink in books with their twin straw. Especially the ink in adventure stories! But as they begin one of their favorite tales, it's the straw that sucks them in - and plops them right into the story..."

Definitely one to add to my pile of books about books... there are apparently a couple of others in the series, but they're checked out at the moment: The Ink Drinker, A Straw for Two, and The City of Ink Drinkers. In this one, the main characters get sucked into Little Red Riding Hood.

There's even this book club of ink drinkers at a school library in Southern CA. What fun!

This review from Salon calls the main character the "spiritual heir" of Milo in The Phantom Tollbooth (one of my all time favs of course):

Translated from the French, "The Ink Drinker" retains charming continental touches in its illustrations, which are strewn with appropriately unapproachable text. The sensibility is pure 8-year-old. "Eric Sanvoisin is one bizarre writer," boasts the author in his bio. "Using a straw, he loves to suck the ink from all the fan letters he receives ... If you write to him, he will send you a straw."

Sadly I can only find the author on this list of authors without web sites which is too bad because I defintitely would have written away for my straw.

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Happy Birthday Hanna!

Happy birthday (a big one!) today to Hanna! She's having a huge city-wide scavenger hunt in London with friends today to celebrate. I wish I could be there!

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October 15, 2004

REM

Saw one of the best concerts I have ever been to tonight -- REM at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. I forgot that it would be cold in Berkeley so I wasn't as prepared for an outdoor concert as I would have liked, but its a great venue, the band was AWESOME, and it was just very very cool to see them live.

They mostly played songs from their new album (which luckily I have been playing nonstop in itunes for the past few weeks). Plus, Michael came out in the end wearing a Kerry tshirt!

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October 14, 2004

Too funny!

Ok, two funny things that cheered me up tonight:

I just love Howard Dean. Listen to this ad. (Via Change for America)

and a nice view of the VP debate via Feministing.

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The ultimate canvassing toy

Via Smart Mobs, how cool is this? Imagine going door-to-door canvassing for your favorite candidate and your cellphone tracking where the donors are? Kind of scary...

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LJ on CA Libraries

There's a Library Journal article posted on CA To Vote on $600M in Bonds which mentions the Santa Clara County System (I worked at Los Altos today btw and had a great time).

Santa Clara reduces hours

Many libraries in Santa Clara County, CA, were to close on Mondays, effective October 11, owing to a $1.1 million budget shortfall this fiscal year. Several branches in the Santa Clara County Library (SCCL), which provides service to residents of unincorporated areas as well as nine cities, were already closed Sundays. The SCCL Joint Powers Authority voted unanimously to cut hours in anticipation of the expiration of the $5.3 million benefit assessment tax in June 2005. This revenue provides 21 percent of SCCL's operating budget.

The benefit assessment tax, which was approved in 1994 at $33 per single family home, wasn't renewed this past March. The more than 60 percent voter approval was short of the two-thirds needed for taxation measures. The Joint Powers Authority soon will decide whether to ask voters again, in 2005, to extend the tax.

It also mentioned how Salinas may close its libraries along with some good news, that "California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger September 23 signed the California Reading and Literacy Improvement and Public Library Construction and Renovation Bond Act of 2006, SB 1161. If voters approve the measure in March 2006, it would authorize $600 million in state general obligation bonds for library construction and renovation."

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System of the World

systemoftheworld.jpgAfter what seems like an eternity, I have finally finished Volume Three of Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, The System of the World.

As Publisher's Weekly explains it:

The colossal and impressive third volume (after Quicksilver and The Confusion) of Stephenson's magisterial exploration of the origins of the modern world in the scientific revolution of the baroque era begins in 1714. Daniel Waterhouse has returned to England, hoping to mediate the feud between Sir Isaac Newton and Leibniz, both of whom claim to have discovered the calculus and neither of whom is showing much scientific rationality in the dispute. This brawl takes place against the background of the imminent death of Queen Anne, which threatens a succession crisis as Jacobite (Stuart, Catholic) sympathizers confront supporters of the Hanoverian succession. Aside from the potential effect of the outcome on the intellectual climate of England, these political maneuverings are notable for the role played by trilogy heroine Eliza de la Zour, who is now wielding her influence over Caroline of Ansbach, consort of the Hanoverian heir. Eliza has risen from the streets to the nobility without losing any of her creativity or her talents as a schemer; nor has outlaw Jack Shaftoe lost any of his wiliness. What he may have lost is discretion, since he oversteps the boundaries of both law and good sense far enough to narrowly escape the hangman. In the end, reluctant hero Waterhouse prevails against the machinations of everybody else, and scientific (if not sweet) reason wins by a nose. The symbol of that victory is the inventor Thomas Newcomen standing (rather like a cock crowing) atop the boiler of one of his first steam engines. This final volume in the cycle is another magnificent portrayal of an era, well worth the long slog it requires of Stephenson's many devoted readers.

It really is an amazing set of books and well worth the 2700+ pages, but it definitely sucks me in completely while I'm reading them and it is time to emerge back into the light, blink a few times, and get back to work on my paper and other actual work.

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Mom Backstage

Got a google alert today announcing that Mom's mentioned in an article in backstage.com:

ACTORS to Aid $1M Arts Fund for Citizen Action
Back Stage - New York,NY,USA
... Ann Sheffer of Westport, Conn. is chairman of the new arts fund's board
of directors. Ozlu called Sheffer an arts patron who has ...
http://www.backstage.com/backstage/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000671726

What a cool group! Congrats Mom!

Westport Now of course picked up the story as well.

Learn more about the Americans for the Arts Action Fund here and take action. And, impressively (but somewhat hidden on the site) you can subscribe to the rss feed for their action alerts.

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October 13, 2004

Good News

goodnews.jpgTivo, ever on the search for librarian movies, caught an old musical movie "Good News" (1947). The description:

At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring 20's, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane (June Allyson) falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe (Peter Lawford). Unfortunately, he has his eye on gold-digging vamp Pat McClellan. Tommy's grades start to slip, which keeps him from playing in the big game. Connie eventually finds out Tommy really loves her and devises a plan to win him back and to get him back on the field.

From Turner Classic Movies:

Good News (1947) is not a movie which is often written about or even remembered today, which makes it a total delight to discover for the first time. It's an unpretentious, colorful, simple little musical which thankfully never tries to be grand or overblown; the subject matter - a frothy college campus story - just wouldn't support that kind of weight. In fact, the story is flat-out ridiculous. Peter Lawford is a football hero who can't make his grades, so June Allyson, who's working her way through college as a librarian, tutors him in French and falls for him in the process. Patricia Marshall, meanwhile, plays the college sexpot who wants Lawford for herself. Can Lawford pass French, win the big game and wind up with the right girl? The answers may be obvious, but the story is completely serviceable as an excuse for some charming song-and-dance numbers.

"Quel fromage!"

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Ups, downs, chocolate, and an unexpected guest

Spent a long and interesting day at The Tech. Started off quite early because I had to drop my car off for a day of tweaks and repairs (ugh). Then I got there and learned that our favorite AG was holding a press conference or something at the museum (and using our volunteer briefing room as his holding area! ick!) The KRON4 article says that "Ashcroft, one of the most polarizing members of the Bush administration, made a fairly subdued appearance at San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation. There were no signs of protestors anywhere in the museum vicinity." -- but when I left after my shift to go have lunch across the street with Julia, we saw a whole bunch of very active protesters in front of the Fairmont Hotel, a very large effigy of Mr. Ashcroft in the park, and quite a few decked out folks having lunch. Apparently at noon he was addressing the Software & Information Industry Association there. Had they given us some warning I might have gone out and protested as well (which is probably why we weren't warned and why they made sure we didn't leave our bags or anything in the lockers in the briefing room while he was there...) Speaking of Ashcroft, I see the Campaign for Reader Privacy (from the Association of American Publishers and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression) recently delivered 180,000 signatures collected at bookstores and public libraries across the country, asking Congress to amend the Patriot Act "to restore the privacy of our bookstore and library records."

Anyway, school groups are in swing so it was quite a busy morning. I got to work on two floor programs -- a build-your-own-roller coaster (with a marble for the car) and a build-a-building-out-of-paper-and-popsicle-sticks that will withstand an earthquake on our shake table in bedrock, gravel and wet sand (which shows very cool liquefaction action). Dreamt up some fun ideas with Candace about cool things volunteers could do in the galleries.

Had lunch with Julia at the art museum cafe and noticed signs for their new exhibit so I'll have to swing back by there soon. Had meetings there most of the afternoon, not all of which went very well.

And then there was a great thank you party for all the ASTC volunteers -- complete with another chocolate fondue fountain! That, and a really great conversation with Peggy at the end made the middle part of the day fade into the background. It was so great to see all the folks that had come to work on ASTC and it now finally feels like we can put the whole conference finally behind us.

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October 12, 2004

Tuesday

Had a chance to catch up with Emy today finally over lunch (and pick up my candles so now everything can smell quite chocolately here) and then with Paul tonight by phone (turns out that Seth is apparently a major car buff so hopefully he can swing by and see Bill's over the holidays when they're in CT). Attended orientation to volunteer at the Jewish Street Festival in Palo Alto on 10/24 (I know, I was supposed to stop signing up for things like that, but a friend is in charge of recruiting volunteers and he gave me a really cool assignment helping with a huge paint-by-number Chagall mural). Am having strange car trouble but have an appointment to drop my car off to be checked tomorrow morning on my way to The Tech. Working on my collection development paper and watching Tanner on Tanner... Looks like the Yankees won Game One...

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October 11, 2004

Repetition

Via the DNC's blog, this video is an interesting piecing together of GOP convention footage.

I'm also glad to see that people picked up on the whole "internets" thing :)

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Surrounded by baseball fans

My Group Jazz colleague Peter IMed me tonight to make sure I'd be rooting for the Red Sox in the playoffs this week. I'll admit I only tend to follow baseball when the Mariner's manage to make it to the post-season (something that luckily never happened when I was growing up and was quite a shock in college and in recent years) and so hadn't really focused on the upcoming Red Sox vs. Yankees match-up, but I'll admit that it probably will make for some good TV and sports-related excitement. Much of my immediate family in the suburbs of NY and my grandfather is a huge Yankee fan. Brian and Karen, now in Boston, have a healthy Yankees-Red Sox fan rivalry going (I'm not sure how they'll cope with another heated pennant race - we'll have to see what they blog about it). Carrie, who generally is my sport news source, is a Mets fan, but I'll have to check if that means she'll side with the Red Sox over the Yankees? (not that she'll have much time to watch during this election cycle) And Peter now writes that, "It is good for you to take the side of the Red Sox. I promise. We need some good karma here. Lisa is with her dad this week, I am enlisting Susan to get you on my side, and, Amy is already 'there'. Sooo.....just come to the dark side and enjoy the ride." Hmmm..... Any of the rest of you want to weigh in?

 A M E R I C A N   L E A G U E 
Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
 GAME MATCHUP DAY DATE TIME TV
 Game 1 BOS @ NYY Tue. Oct. 12 8:00 p.m. FOX
 Game 2 BOS @ NYY Wed. Oct. 13 8:00 p.m. FOX1
 Game 3 NYY @ BOS Fri. Oct. 15 8:00 p.m. FOX
 Game 4 NYY @ BOS Sat. Oct. 16 7:30 p.m. FOX
 Game 5* NYY @ BOS Sun. Oct. 17 7:30 p.m. FOX
 Game 6* BOS @ NYY Tue. Oct. 19 8:00 p.m. FOX
 Game 7* BOS @ NYY Wed. Oct. 20 8:00 p.m. FOX

Ummm... aren't we supposed to be watching the debate on Wednesday night? Who scheduled that?

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Bill on the Food Network?

My friend Mark wrote to say he was watching the Food Channel and they were doing a piece on Stew Leonard's on Unwrapped and he saw Bill eating an ice cream cone in one of the last shots! It looks like they are repeating it on November 24, 2004 7:30 PM ET/PT so I'll definitely try to Tivo it and get a screen shot! Thanks Mark!

For those of you who don't know Stews, it is a huge crazy disney-land meets the supermarket kind of place in Norwalk, CT, with "its own milk processing plant, costumed characters, scheduled entertainment, petting zoo and animatronics throughout the stores." According to their web site, In 1992, Stew Leonard's earned an entry into The Guinness Book of World Records for having "the greatest sales per unit area of any single food store in the United States."

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October 10, 2004

Salinas, Monterey & Carmel

Once in a while I remember that part of the point of living in California is that you can head to the water! Spent some time this weekend in Monterey, had lunch in Carmel, drove along Rt 1, saw some seals, etc.
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And I learned a lot about lettuce and other crops down in Salinas and tried some crazy new fruits and vegetables that I had never heard of before (pummelo?, cherimoya?). It really is amazing to see all our food actually being grown (yes, I'm really really not a country mouse).
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VERF Ad

Saw this new ad, The Party from The Voter Education & Registration Fund tonight on TV during Trading Spaces Family. Their site explains that:

VERF is currently airing "The Party" in the Central Valley, Los Angeles, the Bay Area and San Diego.  The ad is designed to increase voter participation among Democrats who vote occasionally.  Contributions made to VERF between now and the election will help us continue to air "The Party" across the state.  Just because California is not a "swing state" doesn't mean there aren't important races for local and statewide office where an increase in progressive voter participation could make the winning difference.

Not sure how effective it will be, but its interesting to see these independent groups are doing.

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October 09, 2004

Steinbeck Center

On Wendy's recommendation, we stopped by the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas today. John Steinbeck was born in Salinas and many of his stories feature the region. From their web site:

Visit the National Steinbeck Center to experience a journey through John Steinbeck's world, where literature jumps off the printed page and into your imagination. Discover Steinbeck's works and philosophy through interactive, multisensory exhibits for all ages and backgrounds, priceless artifacts, entertaining displays, educational programs and research archives. Seven themed theaters showcase East of Eden, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath and much more.

It was a gorgeous museum with very well thought-out interactive displays and a great gift shop (I was very tempted by the "I guess there are never enough books" t-shirts but settled on one of his books instead.) Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

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October 08, 2004

Lots of fun reference stuff today

So I'm not going to do refgrunts anymore after being scolded in my comments, but do want to report that it was a great day on the desk in Morgan Hill (1-6, we're just about to close up) and I even got to do a little reader's advisory (chick lit!), ILLed a 1859 book from Stanford, helped figure out the microfiche machine for a patron, went through pages and pages of Internet signups, answered about 25 other questions/requests, and had a grand old time doing it.

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October 07, 2004

QVC on the Apprentice

Paul, my super amazing business school partner and roommate, called to make sure I was watching The Apprentice tonight because they're going to QVC! We did two projects there in school -- one on the quality control process of their jewelry for our operations management class and one for our marketing class on how they were expanding into international markets or something. We didn't get to do anything quite as cool as the TV teams, but it was a fun case study to work on.

I haven't been watching much this season, but am interested in seeing how the Apprentice teams do there ...

I was just thinking about Paul today anyway because Mom and Bill are off in Hershey for the weekend, and we had done our big risk management project on Hershey.

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October 06, 2004

Grouted Birdhouse

birdhousedone2.jpgMy fingernails may be black for a while, but I finished grouting my birdhouse tonight in our final mosaic class (though we may have convinced the teacher to run another session of it since we all had so much fun). I have to let it set for a few days and then seal it, but you can see how it turned out. This craft may be too messy to do at home (one day I'll have a garage or a basement or a backyard or something to make messes in!)

Tonight's class was held at Blossom Hill Crafts (since our teacher is an artist in residence there) and my friend Laura was there taking her pottery class so I got to chat with her about Tech stuff while waiting for the grout to dry. :)

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October 05, 2004

Brian in MediaPost

In Media Post's Media Daily News, Study Shows Online Political Ads Can Drive Likely Voters to Get Involved by Kate Kaye, Tuesday, October 05, 2004

The site visitation numbers should be a clarion call to campaigns, said Brian Reich, director of Boston Operations at public affairs communications firm Mindshare Interactive Campaigns LLC. He believes they indicate a need for more online advertising, marketing, and outreach by campaigns.

"Campaigns are doing this huge disservice by limiting their online presence to just this passive force," he contended. "They're trying to force their way into television [through TV ads]; why aren't they trying to force their way onto [voters'] computer screens?"

and

In order to gain insight into opposing views or help understand which messages strike a chord, Mindshare's Reich recommended that, "smart campaigns...read all the comments, even the negative ones -- very few campaigns do that."

and

Mindshare's Reich sees this as a plus for Web advertising. "You can't click on a newspaper, or take action immediately after you hear a radio ad. Worse, you can't measure how many people have responded through those mediums," argued Reich. "Campaigns and political organizations have tremendous flexibility online that just doesn't exist with the other mediums."
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Congrats to Eduard!

Not only is it his birthday, but apparently he is a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student! Go Eduard! That's the top 5% of people who took the PSATs. Very impressive!

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Happy Birthday Peter

Oops! Almost forgot to wish Peter a happy birthday too!

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Political TV

Sitting here in my snazzy "Iowans for Kerry" t-shirt that Carrie gave me watching a night of political tv. The VP debates are about to start (Brian was going to be Cleveland covering them but I just learned from his blog that he's home with a cold, poor guy), there were a ton of political ads in the minutes leading up to the debate (Ira Ruskin, Peg Pinard and Steve Poisner -- sadly only Poisner's mentioned his URL!), and then Tanner on Tanner is on Sundance tonight!

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Happy Birthday Eduard!

Another birthday for Eduard, who can now go see R-rated movies on his own. Too bad he can't quite vote in this year's election (I feel his pain, I turned 18 right after missing my chance to vote for Clinton the first time around).

So Happy Birthday!! (it was harder than I thought to find an a cappella happy birthday online, so this one's a bit weird with some pretty heavy German accents, but its the thought that counts, right?)

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Golf Tournament

Today's the VeriSign Steve Young Bay Area Classic golf tournament. Steve Young is on the board of The Tech and some of the proceeds go to the museum.

According to Mr. Young's site:

In 1993, I established Forever Young to support community projects and non-profit organizations effectively serving the therapeutic and academic needs of seriously ill and underprivileged children. We are proud to have The Tech Museum join us as our partner in this event. The Tech Museum engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives, and strives to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. You can learn more about these organizations by visiting ForeverYoung.org and TheTech.org.

Google Alerts found this SJ Merc article which mentioned it:

he first VeriSign Steve Young Bay Area Classic golf tournament takes place today at the Half Moon Bay Golf Links. Proceeds from the event will help fund the Forever Young Foundation, the charitable organization founded by the former 49ers quarterback in 1993 to benefit children's health and education projects. The Tech Museum of Innovation also will receive a share of the proceeds.

Young will be joined at the tournament by 111 other golfers, including fellow NFL players and other sports stars and celebrities. There will be no gallery at the event.

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October 04, 2004

Monday

Caught up with my Mom this morning, had a mostly-productive conference call for work and got a new project to work on this week, played phone tag with Carrie (unsuccessfully), had a nice lunch with BobbiLynn at Left at Albuqueque (home of the world's best chips that must be drugged with something and my favorite, the chicken-mango quesedillas) and a relatively uneventful shift at Milpitas 5-9 (the eventful stuff was happening on the adult side apparently and I was on J thankfully), and stopped off for ice cream on the way home. So not all that much to blog about really, but I thought I'd say hi.

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Naming the twins

Photos from the twins' naming ceremony last week...
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Register to Vote!

Of course all of you handful of loyal readers are registered to vote, but if you know anyone who you suspect may not be registered, time's running out!

For many states, TODAY is the deadline to register to vote in this year's election:
OCTOBER 4: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia,
OCTOBER 5: Illinois, New Mexico,
OCTOBER 6: Missouri
and the deadline has already passed in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington DC,

Here's a great resource with all the dates, how to register, etc. from Michael Moore and an interesting piece in today's NY Times about the surge of new voter registrations around the country!

Our library is also doing a big Register to Vote Campaign and you can find forms, voter guides, etc. at all our community libraries.

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October 02, 2004

Grandpa on Westport Now

Nice photo of Grandpa tonight in a posting on Westport Now called "Greetings for Longtime Westporters" which shows Grandpa along with Edgar T. See.

The caption reads:

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell greets two longtime Westporters tonight at a fund-raiser for the Interfaith Housing Association. Ralph Sheffer, 91, (l) served 16 years on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) from 1953 to 1969, including 10 years as its longest-serving Moderator, and Edgar T. See, 88, served briefly on the first RTM in 1949 and returned later for two terms, 1955-57 and 1967-69.

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Go Ichiro!

Dad and Jane sent along these photos from Ichiro's Hits-tory record-breaking game -
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Oops

Thought I was supposed to be working at Campbell today but it turned out I wasn't on the schedule. I just hope I wasn't supposed to be somewhere else... In the meantime maybe I can get caught up on the rest of my work and homework... or on sleep...

Tomorrow I'm definitely supposed to be at Milpitas.

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October 01, 2004

What do the arts teach?

After working this afternoon at the Los Altos library, I met up with my friend Trish who lives there and we went to a lecture at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountatin View to see Prof. Elliot Eisner give a lecture on What do the arts teach.

Unfortunately I nodded off a bit during the lecture, but the parts I caught were quite interesting.

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California Arts Day

artsdayoct1.gifCalifornia Arts Day is a time for Californians to show how much they value the arts - and what a rich diversity we have to choose from. So participate!

nahm_logo.gifGo to a play, shoot a video, compose a poem, dance, paint a picture, sing, attend a concert, beat a drum, read a book...to a kid. And join with other Americans across the nation in celebrating all of October as National Arts and Humanities Month.

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Susan Bysiewicz for Governor in 06

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz announced today that she has formed a candidate committee to run for Governor of Connecticut in 2006. My guess is that there will be a number of Dems jumping into the race between now and then, but I've always been very impressed with her and wish her the best of luck!

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