December 31, 2004

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone!

We just had a great New Year's Eve dinner in Celebration (the planned city) and a carriage ride around town. After a quick late-night mini-golf match, we are now trying to stay up late enough to watch the ball drop.

Here's to a great 2005!
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Disney's Animal Kingdom

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December 30, 2004

Universal

Lisa, John, Shachar and I went out this morning and met up with Steve Teicher and his family, who live right outside of Orlando in Winter Park (an adorable town) Then I dropped Carrie and Sam off at the airport and took a nice nap :)
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Tonight the gang went out to dinner at Universal Studio's Islands of Adventure and then Shachar and I stayed and went on a few of the attractions -- Poseidon's Fury, The Cat in the Hat, Jurassic Park River Adventure and Popeye & Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges (where we got absolutely sopping wet) and then stayed for the fireworks.

Doug, Barbi & Brooke should be here any minute now!

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Another EOS Article

Another Google Alert about Jonathan (who is in Thailand, by the way, but Mom was able to reach him on his cell phone and he apparently wasn't near the tsunami)

END of Eos Orchestra Is Seen as Wake-Up Call for Music
New York Sun (subscription) - New York,NY,USA
... In the end, the founder and guiding light of the enterprise, the composer
and conductor Jonathan Sheffer, 51, decided to end his group. ...
http://www.nysun.com/article/6944

Some quotes:

In the end, the founder and guiding light of the enterprise, the composer and conductor Jonathan Sheffer, 51, decided to end his group.

In a letter to supporters dated December 20,Mr.Sheffer cast the decision to close the orchestra in a positive light. "Eos' mission is complete," he wrote.

"Eos has been at the center of a robust dialogue about the future of concerts, and of the performing arts in America," he said.

and

The Eos legacy is contained in five compact discs, including the 2002 Grammy-nominated "Celluloid Copland"; in four books on musical topics, and in the artistic talent Mr. Sheffer nurtured along the way.

and some more about Jonathan:

Mr. Sheffer, born in New York City, was a disciple of Leonard Bernstein's at Harvard. He founded Eos Orchestra in 1995 after a career composing and conducting in Hollywood. He held the title of Eos's artistic director without a salary.... Mr. Sheffer is scheduled to conduct a non-Eos orchestra in a four-date engagement in May at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, featuring cantatas by Haydn, Britten, and Berlioz. ... Mr. Sheffer also remains the artistic director of a small experimental orchestra in Cleveland, Red, which is modeled after Eos. Its next concert is January 30 at the Masonic Temple in Cleveland, featuring pieces for piano by Mozart, Saint-Saens, and Prokofiev.
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December 29, 2004

Group Shot

We did manage to get one big (not-so-great) group shot of everyone in our matching Camp Ann t-shirts from Cafe Press.

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St. Augustine

Shachar and I took a road trip today to St. Augustine, the longest continually inhabited European-founded city in the United States (dropping Eduard off on the way to visit a friend in Gainesville)

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December 28, 2004

Epcot & Cirque

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Carrie, Sam, Betty, Eduard, Aaron, Shachar and I got up early and hit Epcot which was as wonderful as ever. Mid-day Brian and Karen arrived and met up with us at the Japan pavillion and we cruised around with them some more. My favorite attractions are still The Land (aka "the lettuce ride") and Energy (with Ellen and Bill Nye -- what could be cooler than that!) Here we are L->R, Aaron, Betty, Carrie, Sam, Karen, Brian, Eduard, Shachar.

Then tonight -- the whole gang (& Lisa and John who arrived this afternoon) went to see the resident Cirque du Soleil show -- which was just as amazingly awesome as ever.

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December 27, 2004

Happy Birthday Bill

Happy birthday today to Bill!
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YA11: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

On the plane to Florida, I read The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett. I've always meant to get around to reading more Terry Pratchett (the only one I've read was Good Omens by him and Neil Gaiman) so when I saw this one on the suggested reading list for class I wanted to make sure to add it to my pile. Its a fantasy, pied-piper kind of story, with a talking cat and some pretty smart rats.

The summary given for the book says, "A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by a deadly evil rat king." Publisher's Weekly explains that, "For this outrageously cheeky tale, British writer Pratchett pairs a dynamite plot with memorable characters a group of intelligent rats sporting such monikers as Hamnpork, Big Savings and Darktan (they've been foraging in the University of Wizards' garbage dump and come up with "the kind of name you gave yourself if you learned to read before you understood what all the words actually meant"), plus a "stupid-looking kid" with a flute and a criminal kitty mastermind named Maurice." School Library Journal calls it a "laugh-out-loud fantasy" and suggests that "Readers who enjoyed Robert C. O'Brien's Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Atheneum, 1971) and Richard Adams's Watership Down (Macmillan, 1974) will love this story."

I enjoyed it -- its a really easy, accessible fantasy. If you don't like talking animal books, this one probably isn't for you. For some reason the rats growing awareness of morals and ideas and maps and things (they learned to think after eating something from a wizard's garbage pile) reminded me of the conversation the whale in Hitchhiker's has as he's falling to earth ("Calm down, get a grip now ... oh! this is an interesting sensation, what is it? It's a sort of ... yawning, tingling sensation in my ... my ... well I suppose I'd better start finding names for things if I want to make any headway in what for the sake of what I shall call an argument I shall call the world, so let's call it my stomach.").... but that may just be me.

There are some scary scenes in the final battle against the evil rat king and giant rats, which is why this is probably rated as a YA rather than a kids book.

Winner of the 2001 Carnegie Medal, Gr 7 Up, Ages 12+

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December 26, 2004

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy birthday to me!

And I'm finally feeling better so I had the traditional waffle birthday breakfast (though without the ice cream that we always used to get when we were little)

So now Shachar and I are checking in from a Borders in Orlando, waiting for the rest of the gang to arrive!

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December 25, 2004

Off to Florida

Happy Holidays to you all -- we're off to meet up with family and friends in Florida.

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December 23, 2004

YA9&10: Whale Talk & I am the Cheese

Two more books for the teen pile this week:

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by Cormier, Robert.
[New York] : Pantheon Books, c1977.
233 p.

My opinion of this book was probably not helped by reading it while feeling sick, but its not one of my favorites of the bunch -- and psychological thrillers are not really my cup of tea anyway. In this one, "A young boy desperately tries to unlock his past yet knows he must hide those memories if he is to remain alive." It has received a ton of awards, including being an ALA Notable Children's Book; An ALA Best Book for Young Adults; A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book; A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; and A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year. School Library Journal called it "A horrifying tale of government corruption, espionage, and counter espionage told by an innocent young victim...the buildup of suspense is terrific."

It reminded me of the really disturbing Buffy episode where she wakes up in a mental institution and can't tell if that's the hallucination or if her whole life being a vampire slayer is the fiction and life in the institution is the reality.

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by Crutcher, Chris.
New York : Greenwillow Books, c2001.
220 p.

This is one that I really liked. I liked the main character TJ and his quest to form a swim team of the most unlikely characters. I'm looking forward to reading Crutcher's autobiography, King of the Mild Frontier : an Ill-Advised Autobiography (which is also on my class reading list and which luckily was in at the library tonight... but then I left it at the reference desk, doh)

The description given of this book is that: "Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students." The more touchy-feely review includes that, "Together they'll fight for dignity in a world where tragedy and comedy dance side by side, where a moment's inattention can bring lifelong heartache, and where true acceptance is the only prescription for what ails us."

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Gingerbread for Geeks

As seen in Librarian in Black and other sites today, some really Nerdy Christmas Crafts like this gingerbread CPU and laptop (I love the mouse!)

I told someone at work that I was flying to Florida on Christmas and got this pretty dumbfounded look when I explained that I didn't celebrate Christmas so I might as well be flying when everyone else already wanted to be somewhere else.

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EOS in the Times

Another EOS news alert today to an article in PlayBillArts that references today's NY Times piece:

Eos Orchestra Folds

The Eos Orchestra, an acclaimed New York ensemble that put on unusual and theatrical concerts like stripped-down versions of Wagner operas and the nonfilm music of Bernard Herrmann, has shut down, its artistic director and conductor, Jonathan Sheffer, said yesterday. Mr. Sheffer cited financial problems as the main reason. The group, which was founded by Mr. Sheffer in 1995, had about four productions a year with up to 20 performances, and "at its peak" had an annual operating budget of about $2.5 million, he said. It had eight full-time employees including Mr. Sheffer and used 14 to 60 musicians per concert. Mr. Sheffer said he would continue to perform with another orchestra, Red, in Cleveland. BEN SISARIO

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December 22, 2004

No blogging today

I stupidly decided to celebrate my new internship yesterday by taking myself out for Indian food and came down with food poisening or the flu or something. Since I was up all night I did manage to finish another book, but I'm too tired to blog and am going to bed.

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December 21, 2004

New Community Librarian in Morgan Hill

Congratulations to the new head of the Morgan Hill Library! From the Merc today:

Roseanne Macek, the past children's program librarian at the Morgan Hill Library, was recently appointed as the new city community librarian by the Santa Clara County Library.

Macek received a bachelor's degree in English from San Jose State University, and a master's degree in library science from the university's School of Library and Information Science.

She's worked for the Santa Clara County Library for two years. Other jobs she's worked at include supervisor and manager of library services for Apple Computer.

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YA8: The Canning Season

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196 pages
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
National Book Award Young People's List ; 2003

In The Canning Season, thirteen-year-old Ratchet Clark "finds herself summarily shipped off to a remote, bear-infested corner of the Maine coast, where distant nonagenarian twin cousins live in unprecedented eccentricity." (Publisher's Weekly) They are joined by another unwanted teenage girl named Harper and the girls are treated to wild and wacky stories and bring new life into the old house. School Library Journal explains, that "The approaching canning season becomes not only a metaphor for that moment in each life when everything is ripe, but also provides Ratchet with the self-confidence found in working with others and with a means to support herself."

There's a wonderful sense of finding where you belong, what you're good at and where you fit... and what's more wonderful sounding than a great old house in Maine with books and blueberries and waves and not worrying at all about the rest of the world (aside from the bears). I was definitely swept into the story, the characters and the wonderful setting. I'm ready to go and help with the blueberry jam!

I like the Amazon review which warns, "Though fairytale-like in its setting and its charm, do not be fooled. Suicide, decapitation, wretched mothers, and a sprinkling of profanity pepper this poignant, philosophical, darkly humorous novel that dips into subjects from technology to love to death. In Horvath's capable hands, readers are left believing in the best of human nature as she switches effortlessly from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again. Wild stories, brilliant dialogue, and vats of compassion distinguish Newbery Honor author Horvath's latest offering."

Its been compared to Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach

Gr 6-9, Ages 12+

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Harry Potter, July 16

Yay! Something to look forward to!

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is completed and has been delivered to my English-language publishers,'' Rowling said in a statement on her Web site dated Dec. 20. The book, which "takes up the story of Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,'' will be released on July 16 in the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, Bloomsbury said today in an e-mailed statement. Bloomsburg.com

More at http://www.jkrowling.com

Yay!

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Winter

Happy first day of winter -- the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The very thought makes me want to stay home and knit (but instead, I'm starting my new internship today - wish me luck!)

It looks like officially Winter solstice for 2004 will occured at 4:42 am PST on December 21. There's some interesting solstice history here and a great A to Z list of Solstice celebrations in different cultures.

But its a good turning point as well, as this site explains, "The Winter Solstice is unique among days of the year — the time of the longest night and the shortest day. The dark triumphs but only briefly. For the Solstice is also a turning point. From now on (until the Summer Solstice, at any rate), the nights grow shorter and the days grow longer, the dark wanes and the Sun waxes in power."

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December 20, 2004

End of Eos

PlayBillArts has a piece today on EOS which quotes from the orchestra's 12/17 announcement that it will be ending its 10 year run.

New York's Eos Orchestra Shuts Down
By Ben Mattison
20 Dec 2004

"The Eos Orchestra, which has presented new music and unusual stagings of older works in New York for the last ten years, has played its last concert."

I only made it to one concert and a benefit gala (one of the problems with living 3000 miles from things) but it has been wonderful following the adventures of the orchestra from afar. I'm sure Jonathan will be up to all sorts of other cool things in the future, and I'll keep you posted...

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Library Cuts

There's an article in today's Merc about the libraries around here:

More cuts ahead for beleaguered library system
By Kellie Schmitt
Posted on Mon, Dec. 20, 2004

"It's been a tough year to check out Silicon Valley's libraries."

In October, the Santa Clara County library system started closing its nine libraries on Mondays, and even more cuts are coming in next year's budget, said Melinda Cervantes, the county librarian. Along with inconveniencing customers, closing one day also means more materials are left on the shelves, which means less room to expand collections.

Even though the county's public library system ranked among the top 100 in the country, Cervantes isn't sure it can maintain that honor with less funding.

``I have a feeling that next year we're going to slip a bit,'' she said. ``The Monday closings are going to take a toll.''

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Weather

So I was checking out the weather on Weather Underground (ok, I admit I was going to see how warm it was here today since I noticed they had gotten snow back East) and there on my weather page is "Ray's Station" (the one Emy and I were talking about in the comments a few days ago and which is sitting on top of her roof). So cool!

Off to The Tech...

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December 19, 2004

Countdown

[Less than] one week left in my 20s. Goodness. Not quite sure where that all went.

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Point Lobos

pointlobos.jpgI thought I was signed up to work today, but since I wasn't on the schedule I got to enjoy a nice day out and about. Shachar and I headed over to Point Lobos State Reserve, in Monterey County three miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. We saw seals, monarch butterflies and deer, but missed out on the sea otters and whales that you can often see there.

In addition to walking around the trails, we stopped into the museum, chatted with the docent and watched part of a very nice video documentary about the region. According to the web site, "While Point Lobos is justifiably famous for its scenic beauty and remarkable diversity of plants and wildlife, it is also a place rich in human history. Over the past 150 years, this area has played host to a virtual parade of human activity. At one time or another, Point Lobos had been home to Native Americans, Chinese fishermen, Japanese abalone harvesters, and Portuguese whalers. It has been the site of an abalone cannery, coal mining business, granite quarry, military base, and numerous film productions."

All sorts of movies have been filmed there over the years, including 1959's  A Summer Place with Troy Donahue & Sandra Dee!


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December 18, 2004

Hostess with the Mostes'

I've heard the phrase "hostess with the mostess" a million times, but never thought about where it came from. A patron today asked for information on Perle Mesta to prepare to introduce someone who is also a super-hostess type.

Mesta, Perle Reid Skirvin (Oct. 12, 1889 - Mar. 16, 1975), political hostess, diplomat, and advocate of women's rights

I learned that:

Because of her special style and prominence, Mesta, who was called "Madam Minister" by her staff, became the inspiration for the successful 1950 Broadway musical comedy, "Call Me Madam," a story about an American woman ambassador. The phrase "The Hostess with the Mostes'," from an Irving Berlin song in the show, provided a sobriquet that Mesta carried for the rest of her life. ("Perle Reid Skirvin Mesta."Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement 9: 1971-1975. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.)

According to Women in American History, "During the 1950s Mesta remained Washington's premier hostess, as the informal charm and gaiety of her entertaining attracted the cream of international society."

Here she is on the cover of Time magazine, Mar. 14, 1949.

The lyrics to the Berlin song are here.

She sounds like someone Mom would have heard of, but it was fun to discover her today and learn a bit about what she's known for.

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Teen Books on Globalization

I saw this posting on Radical Reference about YA Collection development on globalization and tagged it as something to look at more closely. So I was reading over it just now at work and noticed that one of the links they give in their answer is the Peace Corps Kids site, one of the sites I had built when I was working at NMP. Cool!

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Geoff & Vicki

Geoff and Vicki were in town visiting family and we met up this morning for coffee. It was so great to see them -- and we've promised to exchange tips on teen books. I meant to take a photo but let them leave before I remembered. Off to Los Altos now...

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December 16, 2004

Sheep & News

I know its rather cruel, but I couldn't resist this: Find out what happens when a negatively charged sheep is placed in an electric field

And I thought this was a pretty cool way of looking at the day's news - 10x10 (via LII)

Update: speaking of the news, check out this EPIC 2014 future-history of what happens to news between now and 2014... (via Joi)

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Virtual Arm Wrestling

Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine has an posting called Haptic Arm Wrestling hits the net. The virtual arm wrestling is featured in the new NetPl@net exhibit at The Tech.

The article says:

December 14, 2004 An internet facilitated "haptic" arm-wrestling machine devised to teach children "hands-on" applications of networking in the digital age is the hit of American museums and may spawn a new sports craze. The Haptic Arm Wrestling machine, currently on display at 6 science museums, including the New York Hall of Science in Queens, the Tech Museum in San Jose, and the Imaginarium in Alaska, allows contestants to arm wrestle remote human opponents over the internet while watching live video and audio feeds.

and also mentions that: "Participants at the Tech Museum can also wear and keep a RFID bracelet activation that allows them to enter their ID into the website, providing screenshots of them and their opponent while they were playing."

I was staffing the arm wrestling part of the exhibit yesterday morning and it is definitely popular. We had a very enthusiastic group who got very into the competition. We matched up a couple of times against people from a science museum in Iowa, but they kept cheating and had entire groups of people trying to wrestle at the same time against one kid on our side (because we were trying NOT to cheat - and not to break the machine). It's definitely fun though -- and if you're down near The Tech stop by and see the new stuff!

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Jumpstart in NYTimes

Karen wrote this morning to point out that Jumpstart was mentioned in a story that started on the FRONT page of the New York Times today, about charitable giving through retail. They even pictured the American Eagle bracelets that helped them raise almost $300,000.

Stores Are Hoping to Do Well by Urging Shoppers to Do Good
By TRACIE ROZHON
Published: December 16, 2004

She also points out that "Spark Cards" are still available on their web site. Spark Cards are a great holiday gift (I just got one in the mail from my Aunt and Uncle for a birthday/Chanukkah present - thanks!) Spark Cards give "the gift of one-to-one reading to a child in need."

Children from low-income families lack essential one-to-one reading time, which is necessary for future success in school and in life. Children from middle-income backgrounds receive up to 1,700 hours of one-to-one reading before school while children from low-income backgrounds only receive 25 hours. This discrepancy leads to early inequalities in skills that persist and increase with time. A child’s performance in preschool is directly related to success later in his or her school career.

Its a wonderful way for your holiday gifts to make a real difference in someone's life.

Congrats again to Karen for all the great work she's doing there!

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December 15, 2004

Striking 12

Striking_12.jpgBobbiLynn and I saw the Theatre Works production of Striking 12: The GrooveLily Holiday Show tonight at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto -- and loved it!

GrooveLily totally rocks (hey! if you live in the places they're going to tour to, I'd definitely recommend going -- including the Greenwich Public Library, October 29, 2005.) Thank you to BobbiLynn for the amazing CD to I can now listen to them again and again!

It was part retelling of The Little Match Girl, part rock concert, part behind-the-music documentary... felt a little like Rent but less angry and more dependent on a very snazzy viper electric violin. Anyway, I thought it was great -- the music is wonderful, the lyrics hysterical and the band is now one of my favorites. Bravo!

We stayed for the Q&A afterwards, and one of the cool things they talked about was their participation in Raw Impressions Productions short film Festival (RIPFest) where 6 teams come together for 16 days to produce 10 minute musical movies. I love intense collaborations like that!

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December 14, 2004

Great Librarian Short Story

piratical.jpgAt Milpitas today I was helping to weed the J-fiction M's, and came across The Great Piratical Rumbustification & The Librarian and the Robbers by Margaret Mahy with pictures by Quentin Blake. The title caught my eye immediately and I put it aside to read.

School Library Journal wrote, "In The Librarian and the Robbers, Serena Laburnum, the beautiful librarian, is kidnapped and held for ransom by a gang of ill-read robbers. How she achieves her own rescue, then rescues the Robber Chief, is enough to delight the hearts of young readers and of librarians everywhere."

I was laughing out loud from the start -- especially when after the librarian is kidnapped, the City Council meets to figure out what to do:

'What is it when our librarian is kidnapped?' asked a councillor. 'Is it staff expenditure or does it come out of the cultural fund?' (p. 48)

When the robbers all catch Raging Measles from her, they allow her to go back to the library and borrow "The Dictionary of Efficient and Effacious Home Nursing" (calling off the kidnapping as a temporary measure) and she returns and nurses them back to health. She reads to them:

Robin Hood made them uneasy. He was a robber, as they were, but full of noble thoughts such as giving to the poor. These robbers had not planned on giving to the poor, but only on keeping for themselves. (p. 51)

A terrible earthquake hits the town and all the books topple from the shelves (which is of course the first story I had ever heard about Margaret and her Santa Cruz library...)

'Pulverized by literature, ' thought Mrs. Laburnum. 'The ideal way for a librarian to die.' (p. 60)

But the robbers come and save her! And not only does everyone live happily ever after, but the robbers give up being villians and become children's librarians!

I'm definitely adding this to my list of good librarian stories!

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Happy Hanukkah, Day 8

Tonight's the last night of Hanukkah.
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Thank you to Mom for this very snazzy menorah!

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Chasing Vermeer

chasingvermeer.jpgFinished Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett (Scholastic Press, New York: 2004) last night and absolutely loved it. Its a wonderful mystery/adventure starring two smart sixth graders and is filled with art, puzzles, codes, secret hiding places and all sorts of other exciting things. Its gotten quite a bit of hype (calling it the The DaVinci Code for kids) and I've been meaning to check it out for a while now (finally broke down and bought it).

Publisher's Weekly writes, "Puzzles nest within puzzles in this ingeniously plotted and lightly delivered first novel that, revolving around the heist of a Vermeer painting, also touches on the nature of coincidence, truth, art and similarly meaty topics." And "The art mystery and the crisp intelligence of the prose immediately recall E.L. Konigsburg, but Balliett is an original: her protagonists also receive clues through dreams, pentominoes (math tools with alphabetic correspondences), secret codes (including some left to readers to decipher) and other deliberately non-rational devices... Thick with devilish red herrings, this smart, playful story never stops challenging (and exhilarating) the audience." The Amazon description adds, "In the classic tradition of E.L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, debut author Blue Balliett introduces readers to another pair of precocious kids on an artful quest full of patterns, puzzles, and the power of blue M&Ms." What could be better than that?

Ages 8-12 (but that shouldn't stop you from enjoing it too)

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Happy Birthday Mike!

Happy birthday today to Mike, one of the very first people I met at Amherst.

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Tech Museum CEO Peter Giles to Retire

Breaking news from The Tech this week...

Tech Museum CEO Peter Giles to Retire; Leadership Team and Board of Directors to Build on Museum's Founding Vision

peteratastc.jpgSAN JOSE, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Dec. 14, 2004 -- Peter Giles, President and CEO of The Tech Museum of Innovation, has decided to retire on March 31, 2005, after 18 years of service. Effective immediately, The Tech's board of directors has promoted Chief Operating Officer Meredith Taylor to President. Egon Zender International has been retained to conduct a national search for a new CEO.

"I am proud of the partnership with the City of San Jose, local businesses, donors and universities that has made The Tech such a unique and special entity. The remarkable teamwork between our amazing staff, board and volunteers has laid a strong foundation for The Tech," said Peter Giles, The Tech's CEO. "I am proud of this team for successfully navigating the dot com bubble burst, while continuing to grow the dream of The Tech. We're more focused than ever on our mission to engage and inspire people of all ages, especially the young. It is now time for new leadership to build on The Tech's founding vision, and I have no doubt in the team's abilities to further our work after my departure."

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December 13, 2004

Great Panel!

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Thank you to our four great panelists and Laurie our moderator for a great panel tonight (and a much better turnout than I could have hoped for!) Pictured here are Eli Edwards (the mad librarian), Henry Bankhead (whose footsteps I seem to be following in), Penny Scott, Melodie Frances (who now I definitely want to take for cataloging!) and Laurie Briggs. You can watch the archive online here if you want to hear some great advice about library school, jobs, etc.

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Happy Hanukkah, Day 7

We're winding down this year's holiday celebrations.

Today's Hanukkah link of the day is a bit about Judith,

Apparently in Tunis, "Women would specially commemorate the seventh day of Hanukkah on which day the widow Judith is said to have performed her brave acts during the period of Syrian Greek dominance." (GirlPower)

According to the Jewish Women's Archive, Hanukkah festivities used to include "the celebration of two heroes - Judah Maccabee and Judith". They explain:

In the second century B.C.E., as the powerful Assyrian army invades the Near East, the town of Bethulia is besieged by the cruel and domineering Holofernes, foremost general of the Assyrian emperor Nebuchadnezzar. If Bethulia yields, the whole country will fall into Assyrian hands. Discouraged, the city's elders agree to surrender the famine-stricken city if they are not rescued within a few days. Judith, a young widow and most unlikely savior, challenges them to take responsibility for the future of their community. She enters the Assyrian camp where Holofernes, smitten with her remarkable beauty, invites her to a banquet. When he retires to his bed in a drunken stupor, they are left alone in his tent. Judith takes up his sword and decapitates him. With the Assyrian army thrown into confusion, Judith inspires the Israelites to launch a surprise attack from which they emerge victorious.

Since Hanukkah is tied to giving and charity (or tzedakah), another site reminds us that:

Women are obligated to light the Hanukkah menorah,'' says the Talmud (Shabbat 23a), "for they took part in the miracle." One story tells of the daughter of the high priest, facing violation by the Syrian-Greek governor, who shames her brothers into revolt. A second story "borrows" the saga of Judith cutting off the head of the Assyrian tyrant Holofernes. Dedicate one night to a discussion of women and resistance--and give tzedakah to a feminist organization.

That sounds like an excellent 7th night of Hanukkah tradition.

Oh, and according to this site, we should eat cheese things tonight!

The custom of eating cheese pancakes and cheese delicacies on Hanukkah dates back to the Middle Ages and is related to the story of Judith, the daughter of a Hasmonean. According to legend, she fed cheese to Holofernes, the general of Nebuchadnezzar's army and archenemy of the Jews. He became so thirsty that he drank a lot of wine, got drunk, and was beheaded by Judith, leading to a Jewish victory.

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December 12, 2004

Hanukkah, Day 6

Another night of candles (with yummy leftover latke-like potato things for dinner)

Tonight's Hanukkah link is some book reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle, Hanukkah rituals -- from poignant to silly, reviewed by Susan Faust, published on Sunday, November 28, 2004. There's a good selection of hanukkah books here as well.

Emy spotted a Hanukkah book starring mice and thought of me (knowing of my IM mouse avatar). It may have been this one or this one maybe?

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ALASC Panel Discussion, 12/13

Hey SLIS classmates -- A reminder that this Monday (12/13) you are invited to find out all those things about life after SLIS you wanted to know but were afraid to ask!

ALASC Presents:
"If I knew then what I know now..."
Featuring a panel of alumni answering your questions about classes, jobs and preparing for life after SLIS.

Join us Monday, December 13th, 7pm
SJSU Instructional Resource Center (IRC), Room 302
Casual discussion & networking following the panel Q&A.

Panelists include: Penny Scott (Reference Librarian/Business Liaison at the University of San Francisco's Gleeson Library/Geschke center), Melodie Frances (Head of Cataloging at The Graduate Theological Union), Henry Bankhead (bookmobile librarian for the County of Santa Clara bookmobile) and Eli Edwards (technical services at Stanford University and super blogger)

For those of you who can't attend in person, the panel discussion will be streamed online (and archived for future viewing).

Live on 12/13 at 7pm:
http://atn7.sjsu.edu:8080/ramgen/encoder/alasc12130456k.rm
http://atn7.sjsu.edu:8080/ramgen/encoder/alasc121304dsl.rm

The presentation will be archived for later viewing at:
http://atn7.sjsu.edu:8080/ramgen/mediacontent/alasc12130456k.rm
http://atn7.sjsu.edu:8080/ramgen/mediacontent/alasc121304dsl.rm

See you Monday (or online!)

Thanks!
ALASC
http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/people/alasc/events.shtml

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Tune in Tonight

Tonight on KTEH... Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy!!! Woohoo!

Update: That was so much fun! It was an all-star crew (some of my favorite people to work with there) and the show was as great as ever. And yes, I am standing on a box.
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2 of the hosts did a great Zaphod-life two-headed moment but Tivo missed that bit so I don't have a screen shot of it. It was really funny in person though.

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December 11, 2004

Happy Hanukkah, Day 5

Jelly donuts tonight for Hanukkah! Shachar made them -- and they're filled with strawberry jam that he made from strawberries he grew! Crazy!
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1000

1000.gifWoohoo! This is post #1000. Thank you to all of you who stop by once and a while and humor me and my ramblings. I just love blogging!

ok, off to work...

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Happy Birthday Brian!!

Happy birthday today to my wonderful brother Brian (who readers here know all about because I'm always posting his clippings and things).

Not only did Brian speak today at a very cool sounding conference, but he launched a brand new blog, Rules for Radical Communication. I think I'll have to go get a copy of Rules for Radicals and follow along! Congrats B and good luck on the new endeavor.

and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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December 10, 2004

Happy Hanukkah, Day 4

Tonight's cheezy Hanukkah link is a virtual menorah.

Light the Jewishcolorado.org Virtual Menorah. To "light" the menorah, click on the appropriate day on that page and then pass your mouse over that day's candle.

Oh, and there are bunches of virtual dreidel games to play as well.

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New Michael Graves Building at Temple

Interesting... Michael Graves Selected as Architect for New Fox School Building

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Yup, that was Bill

I was cleaning some old shows off my TIVO and realized I had never watched the Unwrapped episode that Mark had seen Bill on. Here are some images from the segment on Stew Leonards -- that's definitely Bill! :)

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Conference Webcast

Cool, the conference Brian's speaking at this weekend is being webcast. (via Joi who is also speaking there)

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Tonight on KTEH

Now we're talking! I love being able to work on Mystery nights -- since they're shows I actually like to watch (plus, its a full crew which is more exciting than being the only tech person there) I'll be there from 8-11 tonight if you want to call and pledge. They need to raise almost $1,000,000 to reach the fund raising goal by December 31st to enter the New Year with the 2005 program schedule selected and paid for.

Tonight on KTEH:

missmarple.jpg8pm Agatha Christie's Miss Marple
In Part 1 of "Murder at the Vicarage," a squire is found dead.

9:05pm Agatha Christie's Miss Marple
In the conclusion of "Murder at the Vicarage," a suicide attempt throws a twist into the murder investigation.

10pm Rumpole of the Bailey

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YA7: Holes

holes.jpgThis is another one that's been on my list for ages (since kids come in and ask for it all the time), and I finally got around to reading it yesterday (its quick). Holes by Louis Sachar.

The book won the Newbery Medal in 1999 and was on the National Book Award Young People's List in 1998.
And of course there is the Disney Movie which I haven't seen yet but will probably track down now that I've finally read the book (the cast does not look at all how I imagined them though, but I bet Sigourney Weaver is great as the Warden with her rattlesnake venom nail polish!)

Description: "Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize there's more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment--and redemption."

240 pages
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
Ages 10-up. Grade 5-8

I thought it was a great read. Its quick and easy and weaves in the tale of Stanley and the other kids sent to dig holes with the history of Stanley's family and that of a crazy Wild West outlaw. It deals with some of the same issues of being an outsider and bad things happening as the other YA books cover, but does it humorously and with charm. Publisher's Weekly starred review described it as a "dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism."

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December 09, 2004

YA6: Inkheart

inkheart.jpgI've been meaning to get to Inkheart by Cornelia Funke for a while now (part of my determination to work my way through the "Books and reading -- Fiction" and "Characters in literature -- Fiction" subject headings in the catalog), but its always checked out from the library with a waiting list of holds. I finally bought it the other day (since a percentage of my B&N purchases were going to a good cause.)

It was as good as I had hoped, and I couldn't put it down. Twelve-year-old Meggie lives with her father Mo, who repairs and binds books. Her life is turned upside down when a mysterious stranger she spots outside her house in the rain turns out to be a fictional character her father has "read" to life from a book nine years earlier -- the same time her mother had mysteriously disappeared as well.

From Publisher's Weekly: "Funke plans every exquisite detail: chapters begin with quotes from books such as The Wind in the Willows, setting the stage for this book about books, and bookworms will appreciate the opportunities to identify with the characters (e.g., Dustfinger does not want to learn the ending of Inkheart, both Mo and Elinor warn Meggie of the dangers of fire to those who surround themselves with pages, etc.). Meggie makes a triumphant heroine and in the end discovers her own secret talent. Funke once again proves the power of her imagination; readers will be captivated by the chilling and thrilling world she has created here."

Inkheart / Cornelia Funke ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell.
by Funke, Cornelia Caroline.
New York : Scholastic, 2003. 534 p.
Ages 11-15


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eBooks and Blogs

Everyone's been blogging about this already, but since Brian sent it to me this morning with the note "sis - this is all you!," I figured I should post it as well.

Libraries Reach Out, Online
By TIM GNATEK
Published: December 9, 2004

In addition to being all about eBooks (which, given that I'm about to learn a great deal about e-documents of various kinds for my new internship... fingers crossed, background check pending), is very cool.... it also mentions library blogs and other pet topics of mine!

Some good quotes:

"E-books are only one way that libraries are laying claim to a massive online public as their newest service audience. The institutions are breaking free from the limitations of physical location by making many kinds of materials and services available at all times to patrons who are both cardholders and Web surfers, whether they are homebound in the neighborhood or halfway around the world."
[The very first paper I wrote for library school was all about how "New information technologies have transformed the library in many ways, but rather than fearing new technologies or going to the extreme of completely virtual libraries, libraries can best serve their communities by intelligently combining their strengths in both the physical and technological areas to provide services, create public spaces online and off, and encourage community building and dialogue."]
"Posting electronic versions of libraries' holdings is only part of the library's expanding online presence. Library Web sites are becoming information portals. Many, like the Saint Joseph's County Library in South Bend, Ind., have created Web logs as community outreach tools."
[of course that's Tame the Web's blog]
"Others are customizing their Web sites for individual visitors. The Richmond Public Library in British Columbia (www.yourlibrary.ca), for example, offers registered users ways to track books and personal favorites, or receive lists of suggested materials, much like the recommendation service at Amazon.".
[my most recent paper for class was on overlaying recommender systems like that onto the online catalog...]
"But libraries' investments in online services are aimed at more than just remote users. They are also adding technology inside their buildings to draw community members in. Despite all the modernization, old-fashioned formulas still matter."
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Happy Birthday Ted!

Happy birthday today to Ted (and a Happy Hanukkah to him and Alison and Gabriel!)

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Happy Hanukkah, Day 3

Happy 3rd night of Hanukkah!

I'm posting this funny hanukkah rap because a) I thought it was funny the first time someone sent it to me a month or so ago and b) because every day another 2-3 people send it to me and I want them to know that yes, I have seen it and c) because I actually do know a couple of people who may not have gotten 17 copies of it yet. Anyway, enjoy.

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100,000 Books!

Looks like the Gift of Reading folks collected over 100,000 books! I went and sorted for a few hours this morning (a reminder that I'm still not very good at determining what age many books are for -- luckily there were a bunch of real librarians there helping out too.) After being sorted and boxed up, the books will go to all these groups who then give them out to kids this holiday season. Most of the volunteers come through those different groups (I heard about it from PPMM which works with Kids in Common to deliver children's books to Santa Clara County clinics.) Interestingly, the treat they gave the volunteers to thank them were free passes to The Tech!

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Darkness

For those of you getting bummed out by the short days, Parker (who I just found out had a blog - Hi Parker!!!) points out that yesterday was the earliest sunset of the year, which means that "from here on in, you’re getting more light in your day." Its still a while before the days start to actually get longer, but at least it'll stop getting darker earlier and earlier each day!

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December 08, 2004

Happy Hanukkah, Day 2

Happy second night of Hanukkah! (This time I took the batteries out of my smoke detector before lighting the candles.)

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December 07, 2004

Happy Hanukkah

Since its past sundown now on the East, Happy Hanukkah to you all! (and a special thank you to Mom, who sent me a package of goodies!!)

I stopped by Emy's who played the BareNaked Ladies holiday album, including some very cool Hanukkah songs. So of course I had to itunes at least one as soon as I got home.

After getting home from working at the library, I lit my candles without thinking about it and set off the smoke alarm (doh). Note to self, do not light candles directly underneath a smoke detector. At least it was the first night and so only 2 candles. I took the batteries out...

Thought this was interesting -- This Hanukkah, join Jews around North America in 8 simple actions to help conserve energy, slow global climate change, and save you money!

Anyway, more Hanukkah-related postings all week...

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December 06, 2004

The Group Jazz Meta Networking Award in honor of Frank Burns

Announcing the The Group Jazz Meta Networking Award in honor of Frank Burns

Frank Burns was a pioneer in the field of online networking whose vision continues to influence our work. He founded The Meta Network in 1983 - now one of the oldest online communities in the world. Sadly, Frank died much too early in December, 2003. But his spirit lives on in the many MANY networks and network members he inspired and supported during the more than twenty years he served as a leader in our industry.

We have established the Meta Networking Award to honor Frank and to carry on the work he started in the way he taught us to do it. We hope that this award can play a small part in making the power of networking media available to people and organizations who might not otherwise be able to take advantage of it to leverage their goals.

Each year we will make at least one award to an organization or project that is committed to doing something aligned with the original mission of The Meta Network - closing the gap between the human condition and human potential. The selected organization or project will receive a full year of consulting, services, and access to online media and other tools to enable them to design, launch and implement a network that can play a key role in supporting their purpose. Our goal will be to help the network be self-sustaining by the end of the award year.

To apply:
Send a letter (email is fine) that describes the purpose of your organization or project and why and how you think a network will make a difference. Emails can be sent to award@groupjazz.com

Deadline for applications for this round: January 7, 2005

Obviously, many of the organizations that deserve and NEED this award, may not have easy access to the web so they might not see this announcement on their own. If YOU know of a deserving organization or project, please be a key network node and pass this information along to the people who need to get it.

Thanks!

The Group Jazz Team

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B&K's Party

Bill sent along these photos he took at Brian and Karen's birthday party for Brian and for Karen's dad. Bill writes, "It was neat, with Brian in the featured role of excellent chef, and with a reprise of their wedding cakes (both of them) -- apparently, their wedding cake folks give them little replicas of their cake(s) at the one year anniversary, which we all agreed was pretty smart business on the bakery's part. Anyhow, they were terrific: as someone said, much better than if a portion of the original had been frozen for a year!"
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December 05, 2004

Ice Skating

downtownice2.jpgThere's ice skating in downtown San Jose! And Greg had never been ice skating before (despite receiving a pair of skates in 2nd grade.) So of course we had to go and try it out! He turned out to be a complete natural at it (and I crashed and burned repeatedly) but it was a fantastic location to skate -- surrounded by palm trees.

Then we sat and had hot chocolate on the steps of the art museum and walked around Christmas in the Park (and bought reindeer ears and raffle tickets -- because Greg has amazing raffle luck) before heading over to The Tech to see Polar Express on the IMAX.
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The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

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I feel like we've been hearing about this movie for months, but tonight is finally TNT's The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

22 advanced degrees and one of them couldn't have been an MLS?

What did you all think? We're actually enjoying it quite a bit!

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December 04, 2004

Fantasy of Lights

vasonalights2.jpgIf you have been driving at night down Highway 17 between Campbell and Los Gatos, you may have noticed a large number of holiday lights as you drove by Vasona Park. vasonalights1.jpgTurns out its the annual Vasona Lake County Park's Fantasy of Lights, "an evening drive-through tour of 37 holiday light displays" which is "one of the most popular family holiday traditions in the South Bay." You drive through the park listening to Christmas music and seeing some very impressive light displays. Here are two of our favorites -- the ship shoots cannon balls out of it and Santa is shooting hoops into the basket -- its much better in person and moving.

One note, it would help to be in a car where the headlights aren't automatic (you should drive through with just your parking lights to not disturb the car in front of you). But there were many cars who couldn't turn them off, and they advised us just to leave extra room after the car you were following.

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Natural Bridges State Beach

notdeadleaves.jpgContinuing the tour, today we headed down to Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz to check out the Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. From mid-October through the end of February, the Monarchs winter there in the nice Santa Cruz weather. In the spring and summer, the butterflies live in the valley regions west of the Rocky Mountains where milkweed, the only plant a Monarch caterpillar eats, is plentiful. It was too cold for the butterflies to be moving around much, but we went on the docent led tour which was fantastic. We had a great guide and learned a tremendous amount about the lifecycle and habits of monarch butterflies. They also have a demonstration milkweed patch where we got a chance to see Monarch eggs, caterpillars and chrysalides. In the picture here, those clusters that look like dead leaves are actually about 10,000 monarch butterflies. The underside of their wings are dark to camouflage them. There's a great video here about what it would be like to see them on a warm October day!

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The beach is absolutely gorgeous as well, the natural bridge (one of only three that still stand in that spot since the others washed away) very impressive, and the surfers a lot of fun to watch.

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Everyone loves a parade!

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This morning was the annual Los Gatos holiday parade! I've never actually been before but have seen the people walking home from it in previous years. This morning Greg and I headed down to see a bit of it -- and were very impressed! There were 238 parade entries (though we only stayed until about #77) -- our favorite was probably theItalian Gardeners' Association Cucuzza Squash Drill Team. People were lining all of downtown, many with chairs and blankets like they knew what they were doing.
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I got three points for actually knowing someone in the parade -- Barbara Nesbit was riding on the Monte Sereno float and said hello to me as she rowed by.


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National Cookie Day

cookiedaygreg.jpgDecember 4th is National Cookie Day! So don't forget to eat a cookie today to celebrate!

Update: To celebrate, we visited the Pacific Cookie Company store in Santa Cruz and sampled some of the different cookies available. We also brought some to Margaret and Alan so that we could go and say hello to them! The people in the store didn't even know it was National Cookie Day, so we felt we were performing a public service by helping to spread the word. The cookies were fantastic as well -- I think my favorite were the "Mint Condition" ones which are double chocolate cookies with mint chips. mmm. We have a chocolate dipped snickerdoodle that we're saving for later...

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Silicon Valley Reads Fundraiser this weekend

I'm fascinated by the everyone-in-the-city-reads-the-same-book initatives around the country. So I wanted to mention for those of you that are local here in Santa Clara County that the 2005 "Silicon Valley Reads: One Book, One Community" program is having a book fair fundraiser this weekend!

"Purchases made at any Barnes & Noble store in Santa Clara County on Saturday and Sunday will benefit the project, which encourages everyone in Silicon Valley to read and participate in discussions of a particular book."

This year's selected book is David Mas Masumoto's "Epitaph for a Peach". Throughout February, Silicon Valley Reads will hold public discussions and events, including a Feb. 1 conversation with the author at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose.

For weekend book purchases to count toward the fundraiser, you must use a voucher. Download one at www.siliconvalleyreads.org (here's the pdf)

Gee, guess we'll have to go bookshopping this weekend! How awful! :)

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YA5: I Was a Teenage Fairy

teenagefailry.jpgFrom the author of Weetzie Bat (now one of my all-time favorite books):

I Was a Teenage Fairy
Francesca Lia Block
HarperCollins; 1998
192 pages

A tiny fairy winging her way through the jasmine-scented L.A. night. A little girl caught in a grown-up glitz-and-glitter world of superstars and supermodels. A too beautiful boy with a secret he can never share...

Its a wonderful tale of transformation and like in Block's other books, there are serious issues (in this one, Barbie's run in with a pedophilic photographer) but they are treated sensitively. Barbie is helped by Mab, "a pinkie-sized, magenta-haired, straight-talking fairy, who may or may not be real but who helps Barbie and Griffin uncover the strength beneath the pain, and who teaches that love--like a sparkling web of light spinning around our bodies and our souls--is what can heal even the deepest scars."

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December 03, 2004

Jelly Belly, a Geyser & some Port

oldfaithful.jpgContinuing the very eclectic tour of the area, Greg and I headed to the ever-wonderful Jelly Belly factory tour this afternoon He even had a jelly belly shaped hamburger in the cafe! I loaded up on the requisite Belly Flops (the factory seconds where they're misshaped but still wonderful) and some of the new JBz (chocolate candies coated with jelly belly shells).

Then we continued up through Napa and visited Calistoga's Old Faithful Geyser (shown here) which turns out to possibly be able to maybe predict earthquakes (but they're not really sure). We were the only people there, but it was quite cool to see.

We headed back to Napa and stopped at a holiday port tasting and learned a lot about different port wines and what to pair them with (the combination of the syrah with the chocolate truffles was divine, but it may just have been because of the truffles). Greg continued to wear his spiffy Jelly Belly tour paper hat during the gathering, which actually turned out to be a very interesting conversation piece.

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December 02, 2004

Members Holiday Party

gregearthquake.jpgAnother great members holiday party at The Tech! Plus, while we were downtown, I got to introduce Greg to tapioca pearl tea (probably should have started him off with the regular flavored one to start, the fruity flavored ones are awfully sweet) and I finally got to try out Original Joes, a San Jose institution that I've walked by a million times and have never eaten at.

The party itself was great. I love getting to show off The Tech to friends and they do throw a good party. They had marshmallow roasting out on the loading dock, roving carolers (mostly Peggy), IMAX previews of Polar Express (which we're going to go see Sunday if anyone wants to come), cookie decorating, and all the regular cool stuff we love there (including the new Net Planet exhibit, which I worked in on Wednesday, and which turned out very very cool, especially the new 3-D virtual world to play in.) Here's Greg and I on the earthquake platform (because really, if someone's going to come all the way out to California to visit, we might as well show them a nice earthquake!)


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December 01, 2004

World AIDS Day

Support World AIDS Day

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Redwoods and Romanian Food

redwoodsgreg.jpgGreg wanted redwoods, so we zipped down to Big Basin park just before the sun went down and managed to see a few amazing trees before it got too dark. Then, just to be different, we had dinner at the Transilvania Romanian Restaurant in Los Gatos.

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