July 31, 2005

Refgrunt, 7/31

A lovely Sunday at the library, mostly because I got to be on desk with two of my favorite colleagues which makes the day just fly by. Tons of kids turned in their summer reading forms, a bunch found the hidden dragon (and won a bendy toy). The timeout software was plugging along but it still requires a lot of assistance to get people started. Here are some of the questions/requests.

airplanes
Harry Potter
story time info
Once Upon a Potty (girl)
Pippi Longstockings
Horrible Harry
diet books and tapes
ILL request
Jitterbug Perfume
Do You See A Mouse?
Look Again! The Ultimate Spot-the-difference book
alphabet books
Philip Glass music
Mad Money
books by Jim Cramer
graphic novels
Middlemarch
Don't Think of an Elephant
Why the Jews Rejected Jesus
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Stiff
Kill Angels
print something from their disk
Myron Floren obituaries
A Cinderella Story DVD
Amelia to Zora: twenty-six women who changed the world

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July 30, 2005

Blogging from BlogHer

Yay! There's wireless here at the BlogHer conference (not surprising) so I'm back online from the TechMart lobby waiting for the registration line to thin out. Its so cool to see all these women bloggers (many of whom are probably also blogging right now as we speak). More later...

Also, you can join in the fun at blogher.org -- there are chats and webcasts and things so you can play without having to be down here.

Lisa -- Nancy White and Beth Kanter (from the ArtsWire days) are at my breakout group table!

Its so much fun to see people FTF that you've known for years online -- plus all the people whose blogs I've been reading lately.

Thank you to BobbiLynn for sending this link:
The feminine blogstique/Santa Clara forum focuses on closing journal gender gap

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July 29, 2005

Welcome Gus!

Congrats to Danielle & Ben on the arrival of baby Gus! Happy Aunt-hood Hanna!!

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In withdrawl

Hello. My name is Emily and I am an Internet addict. Sheesh. You'd think I could go a day without DSL, but I am hopeless. On the plus side, I am amazingly more productive when I can't check my email or feeds and almost all the boxes are now unpacked. Thankfully the neighborhood Starbucks is a hotspot so I'm here to catch up a bit and enjoy my ice soy chai...

Of course, I go offline for a moment and look what I miss. Thank you Mom for sending this along: Brian's all over the RNC web site.

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July 28, 2005

Grumbles

My DSL was working wonderfully for the first two weeks of living in our new place, and then it just stopped working on Tuesday. Yesterday there were three messages on our voice mail explaining that there was a delay in the start-up date and that we won't have DSL until August 2nd, 5th, and then 11th. So I spent about an hour on hold trying to talk to someone there and learned that there was nothing we could do -- that it wasn't supposed to be working earlier and that they didn't know why there was a delay. GRRR!!!! It was working, why couldn't they have just left it working? It's not like they had to do anything to activate it, it was active! So frustrating! And I know I'm terribly spoiled with my level of net access, but I really am quite dependent on it. Especially since I was going to stay home tomorrow to catch up on things.

Actually, I pretty much have to stay home tomorrow because they've closed most of downtown San Jose for the big Grand Prix. The street in front of our offices is already closed, making for a rather complicated route to work. They're urging everyone who can work from home or take tomorrow off to do so.

And my final grumble is that it's the Gilroy Garlic Festival this weekend (the town one south of us on 101) so there is likely to be a tremendous amount of highway traffic all weekend by us as well. Mostly I'm going the other way since I have to be up in the northern parts of the county for a conference on Saturday and work on Sunday, but I expect more headaches getting around.

Ok, I'll stop grumbling and try to get some work done. Sorry to vent at you all.

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July 27, 2005

Happy Birthday Meag!

Happy Birthday today to Meag!

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July 26, 2005

Refgrunt, 7/26

A 3-9 J shift today. Lots of people turning in their summer reading club logs filled with a summer full of fun books. The Bubble Lady performed for story time and rev'ed everyone up as well. Here are some of the questions/requests:

Flat Stanley read alike (but needed a book without any pictures (?!?!) so wouldn't take Cap't Underpants)
anime x2
fractions
Replica series
dinosaurs
Miyazaki books other than Spirited Away
Dinoverse series
Adult New Reader section
Casper the Friendly Ghost
pyramids
dinosaur mobies
DK book on spies
Vietnamese DVDs
Captain Underpants and Dr Poo (actually Professor Poopypants)
Harry Potter videos
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Stupid...
New RL Stine book
Simpsons
George Orwell biographies
Judy Moody
The Great Brain
Spiderwick Chronicles $5
Wee Sing Classic Songs
Mary Kate & Ashley videos
Jacob I Have Loved
The Pearl
The Miracle Worker
Kon-Tiki
Ella Enchanted
Watership Down
Kathryn Lasky's Guardians of Ga'Hoole series
Troll Treasure
fishing for trouble?
catalog help
ABC DVD
My Five Senses
the do-a-deer song from the Sound of Music on CD
Invisible Stanley
August calendar?
Scooby Doo series
videos for 2 1/2 year old

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July 25, 2005

Summer Evening

Ah, another lovely summer evening. Our softball team (now 1-2) was trounced 17-5 but it was a fun game and we had a great rally in the last inning (3 of the 5 runs anyway). S & I have been booking our tickets to go to Seattle over Labor Day Weekend and then back East at the end of September and trying to send out a few random job applications for practice. Then, as a treat, since our kitchen is filled with zucchini and lemons, I whipped up a batch of Zucchini Lemon Muffins (we'll see how they come out, but there are plenty more zucchinis to try a different recipe with another day)

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Back-to-School Drive

buslogo.jpgHere's a great cause if you're looking for a way to give back to the community: The Family Giving Tree and RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) are partnering to hold a Back-to-School Drive (my office is one of the "host sites" and I just dropped off a backpack full of stuff aimed at a 2nd-5th grade girl). According to their web site, "In Santa Clara county 32% or 81,640 children qualify for the California Free or Reduced Lunch Program (Title 1). This year, with caring companies, our goal is to help over 10,000 at-risk children in the Title 1 program by providing them a new backpack with tools they need to succeed."
Wish cards are located in central locations in Bay Area businesses and schools. Participating employees, students and patrons will be able to take a wish card from the display, buy a backpack, and fill the backpack with school supplies appropriate for the child on the wish card. You can also donate online.

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July 24, 2005

Refgrunt, 7/24

This was the first Sunday that this library had the Time Out Software, so most of the questions were about that, signing people up, etc. Here are some of the other questions/requests from my 12-6pm shift:

assistance ordering a used book, zipcode lookup, walk through process, etc.
Birth of Venus
The Glory Field
Hoot
pin #
Harry Potter #1 on tape
Tarantula Scientist
lost mom
Cirque du Freak, #5
Feltora Quest #1,2,3,4
directions
Brazil
Peru
printer issues (printing wrong frame)
Kitchen Confidential
Come into my Trading Room
book by Sporch
Alaska travel info
Norweigan language info
Tale of Two Cities
Acrobat form problem
Lima Bean Monster
books by Avi
The Crucible
furniture refinishing
hold issues
Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Austria and Switzerland travel videos
Cam Jansen
Halo: The Flood
Rocky & Bullwinkle DVD
found the dragon x6

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July 23, 2005

Bruce Hornsby

Thank you to Emy & Ray for a fantastic summer concert outting to see Bruce Hornsby at the Mountain Winery, a wonderful venue in Saratoga.

Here's the view of the valley from the parking lot -- it was even more amazing on the way out with the orange moon over all the city lights.
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There was a "chocolate bar" giving "shots" of really yummy chocolates.
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The stage:
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Emy (in the pink shirt) went up to make a request:
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A big crowd got up on stage to dance at the end:
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July 22, 2005

Refgrunt, 7/22

Another 4 hour shift, here are some of the questions and requests, not including a lot of stuff re the Time Out Software:

The Virgin's Lover
The Subtle Knife
A Room with a View
Because of Winn Dixie
volunteer tasks?
Summer Reading Club
fish picture books
paper
Fences (the play)
use personal computer and get online? (no)
Edward R. Murrow's radio broadcasts
nonfiction DVDs
printing problems
Value Line B
DVDs
Moscow Vector
language CDs for Spanish and Italian
Cinderella, Fantasia

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July 21, 2005

Refgrunt, 7/21

A very quiet evening for the most part, 2 hours A, 2 hours J (this is a different library than my busy Tuesday nights). Most of the questions revolved around the new "time-out" software that regulates Internet access. Here are a few of the other requests:

scissors
USB drive issues
holds
building code
funny fantasy for a 6th grade boy
lost summer reading form
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
volume on headphones

Posted by Emily at 10:29 PM | Comments (507)

Happy Birthday Maria

Happy Birthday today to Maria!

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July 20, 2005

Great supermarket

I'm delighted to report that the Safeway up the street (1.3 miles away) is a _really_ good one -- it's probably the best Safeway I've ever been in and probably rivals any other supermarket I've been to as well. It's open 24 hours, there's a Starbucks inside, the carts have cup holders for your coffee, there's a huge natural foods section (including my favorite cereal that I usually get at Whole Foods), there is an amazing range of choices for pretty much everything, and it has big wide aisles and fantastic merchandising displays. Ahh... I do appreciate a good supermarket.

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July 19, 2005

Refgrunt, 7/19

4 hours J -- some really busy stretches and some times that were nice and quiet so I could spend a long block of time with various patrons. A bunch were things that were over on the adult side -- which was unfortunate since I was still limping from Monday's softball injury and was not enjoying running back and forth to the other side of the building. Here are some of the questions/requests:

earthquakes
Land Before Time videos
Haunted
checkers
books of a summer reading list (a particularly good list actually)
Calvin & Hobbes
check if their copy of Harry Potter they put on hold 2 months before was ready (it was! there are 517 people on the waiting list now, and 270 copies in the system!)
Teletubbies
history of African American education
One Up on Wall Street
Return of Jafar
biographies of corporate CEOs
lost summer reading club forms (x2)
electrical and ndustrial engineering career information
Aladdin movies
2nd grade books
"dk anoted art" (they even spelled it out for me, but I eventually realized it was Annotated of course)
"ogamay" (figured out it was origami and decided that I needed to clean out my ears)
Vietnam War
funny kids movies
New Adventures of Mary Kate & Ashley
Bionicles
W.I.T.C.H. series (which I learned from last week has those periods between letters)
Dolphin Diaries
School Tycoon
Cheerleading Camp Mystery
dental assistant programs
Phil Jackson books
CISSP study guides

Posted by Emily at 10:24 PM | Comments (0)

Warped Reality

I have been feeling like I was the last person on earth to finish reading H.P., and even feeling bad having scheduled my move for H.P. day. [yes, i know it's only tuesday and that i'm insane] Mom IM that she had finished it Saturday, BobbiLynn blogged about finishing it as did a number of other friends and people whose blogs I read. NPR ran a story about some kids who stayed up all night that first night and finished it. At this point I'm about 100 pages from the end and was reading in the break room before my shift when a couple of people walked by and exclaimed that I was so far along in the book! I was shocked, thinking that surely everyone here at the library would have read it over the weekend (or on Monday at least, when the library is closed for the day).

I fully admit that I live in a warped reality. Yes, Parker, it is just a book. But it is a very good book and I'm looking forward to finishing it tonight. And really, how cool is it that everyone is all excited ABOUT A BOOK! Hurray for reading! But I do now realize that I didn't need to worry about being the last one done.

I liked how one of the girls in the NPR story said that it feels like its your own special world when you're reading it -- and then you look up and realize that everyone else feels like they're in a world all their own too :)

ok, back to weeding viking books

Saved Comments:

Two things:

First, you're not at all the last person to finish reading, because I'm only about 200 pages into it. If that. I REALLY want to finish it before I go to Convention next week though, because I just can't bring myself to lug it along.

Second, you don't live in a warped reality. The girl here lives in a warped reality. Seriously.

http://www.hermionepotter.net/

(Third, always have three points)
Posted by: Emy at July 19, 2005 09:58 PM

I was *so* happy to find a friend who had finished it by Monday. I have been holding all my comments back until my buddies can discuss this openly.

My brother (why?? why????) read the last 10 pages first. Can you believe that???

Hope you like the book! Would love to discuss when you finish, since I always enjoy your YA fantasty reviews.

-spinnity
Posted by: spinnity at July 20, 2005 04:25 PM

I loved it. I didn't really like the ending, but I think that's because I didn't want it to end, which is probably a good sign. I wish I had reread the one before it right before reading this -- there were a bunch of little things I didn't remember (since, of course, I had read that one the day it came out and rushed through it pretty quickly). There weren't as many small wonders like the candy and things that made the early books so enchanting, but it was definitely a satisfying romp and I find myself daydreaming myself into the book when I'm not paying attention...
Posted by: Emily at July 20, 2005 10:06 PM

I'm glad to hear i'm note the only nutty one ... I STILL haven't finished it because I can only manage a delicious hour a nite but I'm loving it (and this weekend for sure ....)
Posted by: lisa kimball at July 21, 2005 05:17 AM

Just bought it!
Posted by: Carrie at July 21, 2005 02:38 PM

Hey.
I stumble upon your blog while I was in my English class, suppposed to be doing research for my English Oral, which is due next week.
I finished HP the day I starteded it- when it cam out! Don't worry that you haven't read it all yet though- as long as no one spoils the ending for you- I cried in the end, by the way.
So, that's about all I have to say, except that I'm from AUSTRALIA, and I'm 15! I finish Year 10 on the 25th of November!! And then I have a formal. YAY!! FORMAL!!
And I love Sirius Black!! YUMMY!!
My bets friend Emma- who is sitting next to me- just told me that I am strange! And I am!!!
He he he.
Posted by: Lauren at October 12, 2005 05:47 PM

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July 16, 2005

Life is good

Movers are here with my stuff, DSL is working (yay!) and Harry Potter arrived while I was waiting for the movers to arrive, so all is very very good in my world :)

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Moving Day!

Its moving day! I'll be signing off shortly to pack my computer and may not be back online until Monday at work because our DSL won't be active for a couple of days. Have a great weekend everyone -- and enjoy your Harry Potter fix.

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July 14, 2005

Book Roundup

It's been a while since I posted the books I've been reading and listening to. Here's the latest set:

shoponblossom.jpgThe Shop On Blossom Street and A Good Yarn
by Debbie Macomber
Mom sent these along too (thank you!) and I loved them. They are set in a yarn store in Seattle and are about the owner and the women who take her knitting classes and become friends. I passed it along to Emy since she's now a knitting store gal herself.

eternitycode.jpgThe Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, Book 3)
Ok yes, I skipped book two, but I love this series and will try to go read the remaining two at some point. Its fun that its high tech and fantasy at once -- I'd definitely recommend it to kids (of all ages).

Scarlett Feather
by Maeve Binchy
S picked this one out for our drive down to San Diego (but since it was 17 CDs long, it took me another week to get through it). Irish drama about two friends who start a catering business and the ups and downs of the personal and professional lives. Very slow in parts, but I found myself drawn back in and wanting to see how it ended up.

weddingsanity.jpgWedding Sanity Savers : How to Handle the Stickiest Dilemmas, Scrapes, and Questions that Arise on the Road to Your Perfect Day
by Dr. Dale Atkins and Annie Gilbar
Mom sent this one, written by her friend Dale. It is Q&A about all the things that can go wrong in the wedding planning process. It made me truly appreciate how relatively calm and normal and civil my family (which I had always thought was crazy) really is. Perhaps that's why Mom sent it?

beinhart.jpgThe Librarian
by Larry Beinhart
Another case of if enough people remind me that I should read a book it does eventually move its way up my to-do pile. I loved loved loved Wag the Dog (and the book it was made from, American Hero). This is just as good -- a scary look at the political system that rings all too true -- and on top of that, the main character is a librarian!

Sadly, I seem to have packed ALL the other books in my apartment already and as tempted as I am to rush out and get an emergency book, I don't think I'll have time to finish it during the move and want a clean slate for HARRY POTTER. There is a pile of magazines sitting here that would be nice to read and recycle rather than taking with me, so I suppose I won't be starved for reading material tonight... plus there's the last bits of packing to do...

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Tupperware

How cool is this? Translations in Tupperware contest. Enter by September 16.

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No Phone

The phone company seems to have jumped the gun and cut off my home phone a tad early (we are moving this weekend, but I really thought I had asked them to make the switch on Monday). So if you need me, email me or try my cell phone.

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BlogHer BlogRoll

Here's who is listed for the BlogHer Conference, July 30 in Santa Clara, CA. Looks like they only have a few spots left, so if you want to go, sign up today!

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July 13, 2005

Now a hurricane...

According to the latest advisories, "EMILY HAS RAPIDLY INTENSIFIED INTO A HURRICANE THIS EVENING."

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July 12, 2005

Refgrunt, 7/12

Questions/requests from my Tuesday night shift, 4 hours J:

To Kill a Mockingbird (x2)
whales (je)
teen classics (any that are funny?)
Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge by Kathryn Reiss
X-Men 2
Garfield
Pokemon Readers
ancient wonders of the world
Mud City
Is today the 12th?
arts and crafts
Amelia Bedelia Helps Out
Pokemon comics
yu-gi-oh
Cadet Kelly
Cinderella Story
buy a world book? (try the book sale in October)
787.1
check holds
land forms
protractor homework help (somehow I always get the math homework ones)
W.I.T.C.H. series
Star Wars movies
My Uncle the Alien
crop circles
meaning of he name Gidalti (my favorite question of the day -- we didn't find it in any of the name books, but it was online here)
Spongebob Squarepants
Star Wars books
piranhas
Geronimo Stilton series
National Audubon Society First Field Guides

Posted by Emily at 10:48 PM | Comments (0)

Won't hire bloggers

This bothered me -- Bloggers Need Not Apply from the Chronicle of Education (via one of the blogs on the cool list of feeds of people attending Blogher but I didn't save the post, just the link, so I can't give credit, sorry).

I had saved this as a draft since I wasn't sure I really wanted to post it, but then I read this reaction and figured I'd go ahead and post it.

I do wonder sometimes about blogging... but I really enjoy doing it and if you don't want to read it, you don't have to :)

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July 11, 2005

I'm a tropical storm

Emy just pointed out that they've named the latest tropical storm Emily. (and there's even an rss feed to track her.) I have news clippings somewhere from the last hurricane Emily that Brian had clipped for me... hopefully this one won't do quite as much damage.

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We won!

Our softball team won our first game 17-10! I had 4 hits, one run, one rbi, and one decent play at second. And I got tagged out in a really embarassing forced out when the runner on first kept going even though I had stopped at second. But it was great fun, and I'll definitely be back for next week's game!

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July 10, 2005

Random Things

Ooh, addictive internet game, Guess the Google. Found it on Bay Area is Talking which seems like a great grass-roots journalism kind of site ("a blog devoted to the daily conversation that is news in the San Francisco Bay Area community.") Of course now I'm going to want to go through and check out all the sites on the blogroll there. I already spent a nice chunk of time yesterday and today going through the cool blogroll from the upcoming BlogHer Conference.

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And I'll definitely be checking out this new show in the fall -- Commander in Chief (there was an ad during Extreme Makeover Home Edition) with Gina Davis as the President!

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Girls Day Out

Emy, BobbiLynn, Ellen and I took a girl's day out and saw the always awesome Indigo Girls at Montalvo. The photos are a bit goofy since we took them ourselves instead of asking the people in front of us in the shuttle line (which would have been the sensible thing to do).

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I was good and didn't take any photos during the show, but it was a gorgeous venue (on the front lawn in front of the Villa)
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July 09, 2005

Refgrunt, 7/9

A pretty quiet Saturday at the library, 4 hours J, 1 hour A. Here are some of the questions/requests:

pokemon (chapter books x2, comic books x2)
Dr. Seuss
Blue's Clues
The Case of the Sleepy Sloth
summer reading club questions
Tales of Troy
Love Actually DVD
reset pin?
scissors
Chicago Review Press NCLEX RN Practice test
where can I buy boxes? (that was S)
The Color Purple (DVD)
parking questions (x3)
Washington Mutual Bank nearby?
reading comprehension practice
Rachmaninoff sheet music
how to remove ink stains from the dryer (sadly, I've washed pens as well)
reading club sign ups
Riverdance videos
Calvin and Hobbes (x2)
are the books in the new books section for display only? (no)
found Darren the Dragon (x7)
The Wizard of Earthsea
how many books do I have checked out?
lost child
lost book
community room reservations (x2)
damaged book (all the pages were stuck together)
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
"more anchovies please" (actually Hold the Anchovies)
The Pet Store Sprite
recommendation for a non-US YA author
Star Wars Visual Dictionary
"I'm 12, can I check out books from the teen section?"
The Mystery of Mr. Nice
Teen classics

Posted by Emily at 10:49 PM | Comments (0)

Los Altos Arts & Wine Fest

If you're looking for something to do today or tomorrow, Los Altos is having their Arts and Wine Festival downtown July 10th and 11th. I popped in briefly before work and may swing through again when I'm done here because it looked like a really good festival. Parking's a bit zooey, but worth it.

Update: here we are at the fair. CareerBuilder.com was taking digital photos of people that you could later pick up on their web site if you registered (a brilliant promotional scheme) They were also giving out yummy banana candies.
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July 08, 2005

New Jasper Fforde!

There's a new Jasper Fforde coming out in July!! According to the author's newsletter, "You may be interested to know that 'The Big Over Easy', my new book in the Nursery Crime series is just about to be published. It will be available to UK readers from the 11th July and in the USA only fourteen days later, on the 25th July." It's not a Thursday Next, but I'm sure it will be a lot of fun anyway.

And, as I was checking to see if I could pre-order that, I noticed that Amazon is celebrating their 10th anniversary! Umm, how utterly awesome would it be to have Harrison Ford deliver Raiders of the Lost Ark to your door? That's one of the coolest promotions I've ever seen. I wonder how they'll pick the winners...

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July 07, 2005

Softball!

Tonight was the first practice of our work softball team (yes, i have joined the softball team... don't sound so surprised! Yes, I abandoned little league at a very early age, forever disappointing my father, but I played on the Apple and NMP softball teams when I worked at each of those companies, and the team here assured me that they really did welcome players of all abilities.) The organizer is a fantastic coach and took a lot of time helping two of us who clearly needed the most coaching, but I surprised myself and held up a lot better than I expected for my first time out in years. First game is on Monday (though i expect to do some serious bench warming)

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Report from London

FYI: Hanna reported in from London and she and John are safe and well (John missed the one at liverpool street by fifteen minutes apparently!)

How utterly terrifying.

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July 06, 2005

While you're waiting

While you're waiting for Harry Potter day to come along, check out this list of others to try from ALA. I'm really glad to see Mister Monday make the list (since its not on the list we give out at our library but I've been promoting it to anyone who asks for a Harry type book)

Books on the list that I loved (or at least would recommend)

Baum, L. Frank. The Wizard of Oz.
Billingsly, Franny. The Folk Keeper
Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl.
Funke, Cornelia. Inkheart.
Nix, Garth. Mister Monday. (Keys to the Kingdom)
Snicket, Lemony. The Bad Beginning. (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
Stroud, Jonathan. The Amulet of Samarkand. (The Bartimaeus Trilogy)
Eager, Edgar. Half Magic.
Ende, Michael. The Neverending Story.
L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.
Lewis, C.S. Chronicles of Narnia.
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. [one of my new favorite movies, haven't read the book]
Nix, Garth. Sabriel. (Abhorsen Trilogy)
Paolini, Christopher. Eragon.
Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass. (His Dark Materials)
Tolkein, J.R.R. The Hobbit.

Ones that were on my to-read list already:

Black, Holly. The Field Guide. (The Spiderwick Chronicles) [I listened to one of the later ones in the series]
Cooper, Susan. The Dark is Rising. (Dark is Rising Sequence)
Duane, Diane. So You Want To Be A Wizard.(Young Wizard Series)
Sage, Angie. Septimius Heap, Book One: Magyk.
Yolen, Jane. Wizard's Hall.

and now I'll have to go check out the rest :)

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July 05, 2005

Refgrunt, 7/5

4 hours J tonight, not too busy but steady. Here are some of the questions/requests:


Safari Friends
Dear Zoo
immigration questions
reading club questions and signups
Roots, Pt 4-6
other books in the Indian in the Cupboard series
White Fang
Freight Train
The Baby's Lap Book
Here Comes Mother Goose
Big Fat Hen
Baby's Boat
Where does the brown bear go?
More more more, said the baby
Goodnight Moon
Bumpety Bump
Jan Ormerod's to baby with love
Island of the Blue Dolphins video
The Great Brain
The White Mountains
Dragon Rider
Spy Cat
Ruby Electric
iRobot
language books
dinosaurs
reading comprehension
pop-up books
Spiderwick #5 (and is there a number 6?)
Elf
Boy of the Painted Cave
math
peanut butter song
On the Run Series (nope, but found others by Gordon Korman)
Pokemon
National Treasure
Barney books (nope)
Maisey books
The Indian in the Cupboard
Greek Gods
Music CDs
The Marker
Michael Baisden books (nope)
George Harrison CD
cookbooks
The Pacifier
Power Rangers
Kicking & Screaming
Emeril

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July 04, 2005

Happy Fourth of July

Happy 4th of July everyone! I opted out of any of the festivities (though LG has an all day fest down on the town green) and popped up to SF for dim sum with Carrie (mmmm) and then came home and finished up my take-home cataloging midterm. I'm going to attempt to spend the evening cleaning up in preparation for packing, but since my Tivo is full and there is a pile of library books waiting for me, I'm not sure how far I'll get...

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July 03, 2005

Refgrunt, 7/3

A quiet holiday weekend Sunday at the library, a mix of J and A (I was supposed to go back and forth each hour, but found that I wasn't scheduled with any time with two of my favorite colleagues, so they were nice enough to switch with me so I got to work with each of them a little bit). Unfortunately I seem to have left my first page of notes in my locker there, but here are some of the questions:

Kids finding "Darren the Dragon" poster which is hidden in a different place in the library each week and if you find it you get a prize (this week was a little plastic dragon).
The Whistle, The Grave, and The Ghost
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
New Kids at Polk Street School series
PeeWee Scouts series
Magic Treehouse series
Madeline Says Merci
a recommendation for someone who liked Secrets of Droon? (Dragon Slayer's Academy maybe?)
children's songs on CD
Calvin & Hobbes
Spaceballs
Garfield
The Once and Future King
A Bone From a Dry Sea
Taking Sides
Do the dragons glow in the dark?
Lord of the Deep

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July 02, 2005

Apartment Hunting

We spent the whole day looking at apartments in Morgan Hill, Gilroy and San Martin and fell in love with a duplex in Morgan Hill. We're going back tomorrow to meet with the owners and are keeping our fingers crossed. Lots of room for guests to come and visit and I fell in love with the bright sunny kitchen!

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Ooh, that does look like a lovely ktichen!
Posted by: Emy at July 2, 2005 09:47 PM

good lake
mazal tov bhazlacha
tasu chiim bdira achdasha
mam/
Posted by: shulamit shemtovloewy at July 2, 2005 11:01 PM

This is the best part of househunting! The sky is the limit and anything is possible. Let your imagination run and find the place of your dreams!

(Meanwhile I am still knee deep in dust, remnants of walls, half-plumbed in bathrooms and no kitchen to speak of... I am very jealous!)
Posted by: hanna at July 4, 2005 09:02 AM

Mazal Tov you two
have fun and look around the house I'm sure the owner left you something to celebrate with ... HeHeHe ;-)
Ben
Posted by: Ben Orkhof at July 5, 2005 01:33 PM

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Front Page

I'm in the photo of the rally on the front page of the Merc! The online version is here (ok, you can't see my face, but that's definitely me)
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You can also see the top of my head (I'm holding the "We won't go back" sign) here on the channel 5 news (in the second picture, I'm on the far right)
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July 01, 2005

Rally Tonight

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte will join organizations across the South Bay
for a rally and visibility event this evening. Bring a sign and make your
voices heard!

What: Save the Supreme Court Rally and Visibility
When: 5:00 PM, Friday, July 1
Where: San Jose Federal Building 280 S. First Street (corner of First and
San Carlos) San Jose, CA

Update: The rally was great -- good turnout and lots of people honking their horns in support as they drove by. Note to self: next time I go to one of these a) wear better shoes (since we decided to march too) b) wear one of my stash of pro-choice t-shirts that I carefully saved around here somewhere for these situations c) bring a list of more creative chants since we quickly ran out of interesting ones and it really is a lot more effective when everyone is yelling and d) do not march with a copy of the AACR2 (which is far too heavy to lug all the way around downtown, but I went to the rally right after meeting with my cataloging group to prep for this weekend's take home exam) Most of the local news stations were there covering it, so you may see us later tonight. I had a quick chat with one of the gals from PP about what the next steps are, and they sound like they're organized and ready to fight which was a little reassuring given how bleak everything looks from here.

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Caucus Goes Open Source!

Congrats to Charles for taking this big step!

Caucus 5.00 will be released in July 2005, as Open Source, i.e. free.

For those of you who don't know, Caucus is the great software we use for our online collaborative spaces, online courses, online events and all sorts of other projects and discussions. It is a fabulous tool and very customizable to meet whatever your group's needs are.

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Time to get involved

In an action alert today from Karen Pearl, Interim President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America: "It's here - the most critical moment for our reproductive rights that I've seen in my lifetime. With Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation from the Supreme Court today, the time to spring into action has come. The justice appointed to take her place could potentially determine the reproductive choices we are allowed to make for an entire generation. And we need you to make a difference in this fight, starting now."

NARAL: "Justice Sandra Day O'Connor retirement gives President Bush and the radical right the chance they've been waiting for to overturn Roe v. Wade. They're pulling out all the stops to push through President Bush’s anti-choice judicial nominees to the Supreme Court. We cannot let it happen." Bush v. Choice: "Over the next 10 days, NARAL Pro-Choice America is launching the campaign we have been preparing for months. With your support, our campaign can block the confirmation or appointment of an anti-choice justice who would end a woman's right to choose."

ACLU: "The ACLU has great concern that the Bush administration will replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who announced her retirement on Friday, with a nominee whose judicial philosophy is fundamentally opposed to the progress made in protecting individual rights."

NOW: "With the resignation of Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, George W. Bush will have the opportunity to replace a justice who has often made the difference in the preservation of essential rights. With a fragile 5-to-4 split in the Court on issues like abortion and affirmative action, we must fight for the appointment of a justice who will uphold and protect our hard-won Constitutional rights. Urge your Senator to oppose any Supreme Court nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade and limit the economic and reproductive rights of girls and women in the U.S."

MoveOn: "Its rumored that Bush will nominate a replacement as quickly as this Tuesday. In the next few days Bush, the Senate and the media will all be will be listening very carefully--gauging the public reaction to this vacancy and deciding how far they can go."

Ms.: Hanging By A Thread: What’s At Stake If We Lose The Supreme Court

BlogHer: The first woman to serve on America's highest court has just rocked the political world.

Write to your senators, speak up, volunteer, get involved.

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Survey

I've been seeing links to this survey on lots of people's site, but after seeing it on Jenn's just now I finally went ahead and signed up to take it. I do love a good web survey.
Take the MIT Weblog Survey

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10th Largest

According to the US Census Bureau, San Jose has passed Detroit to become the tenth largest city in America, with a population now estimated at 904,522. Founded in 1777, San Jose is the oldest city in California and is the third largest in the state after Los Angeles and San Diego.

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New York, with a population of 8,104,079, still tops the list of the 10 largest cities in the United States, followed by Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Antonio, Dallas and San Jose.

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