September 30, 2005

Cars, cars, cars

Here are some of our photos from last week's Concours (I'm still catching up on everything after being away for so long)


Bill's red-white-and-blue Javelin

Mom borrowed a 1930's cape for me from the Historical Society's costume collection and I played docent in the barn, talking about the scale model of what Westport's downtown was like c. 1900.

S and I both voted for this one as our pick for People's Choice

In this one, the whole front of the car opened up

Check out the matching shirt

All set for a picnic!

Special thanks to all the sponsors

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September 29, 2005

Reading in NY

Doesn't this look like fun? (via

Great Read in the Park
"An extraordinary literary event commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the New York Times best-seller list"

The Great Read in the Park is being held in Bryant Park on Sunday, October 2, 2005, with events starting at 9am and ending at 6pm. Bryant Park is located in midtown Manhattan, New York City, NY, between 5th and 6th Avenues and 40th and 42nd street.

The event includes: More than 150 nationally known authors; Panel Discussions, readings and book signings; Children's area sponsored by Target with performances, readings and costumed characters; Literary Brunch and Tea at Celeste Bartos Forum at The New York Public Library; On-site Barnes & Noble bookstore; Book appraisals by Bauman Rare Books; Entertainment including yoga on the lawn, Big Apple Circus, Broadway performances and WQXR's "Music to Read By" live on stage; and a "Gently Used, Greatly Loved Book Sale"

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Western Farm Press Article

A nice press clipping from the Western Farm Press.

Salinas Valley trials monitor covers, con-till
Sep 6, 2003 12:00 PM
By Dan Bryant

"Can cover crops and conservation tillage work in Salinas Valley vegetables? Growers likely have their opinions, but University of California researchers hope to harvest details about the concept from current trials with broccoli at USDA's Spence Research Farm south of Salinas."

Fennimore also cooperated with Shachar Shem-Tov, a visiting scientist from Israel, in a trial at the Spence site to quantify the advantages of pre-irrigating lettuce fields as a weed control practice.

By stimulating early weed emergence, local growers have found that much of the growth can be destroyed by tillage prior to seeding and the amount of herbicide needed can be reduced. In the trial, Kerb was used at rates of 0.6 and 1.2 pounds per acre.

The two researchers confirmed that weed densities and hand weeding time were reduced by preirrigation vs. no preirrigation. They measured weed densities 21 days after planting and the time required to thin the stand.

“Where a one-week preplant interval was used, sprinkler irrigation was the most effective method to deplete weed emergence, while furrow irrigation resulted in no reduction in weed densities,” Shem-Tov reported.

Where a two-week preplant interval was used, he added, weed densities in the control plots were twice those in the preirrigated plots regardless of irrigation method.

“Thinning times in the furrow- and sprinkler-irrigated plot were reduced by 37 percent to 49 percent compared with the control,” Shem-Tov said.

Differences between the preirrigation treatments and the control were significant, regardless of whether the low or high rate of Kerb was applied.

No meaningful difference was observed between the two rates, suggesting that the low rate could be used.

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September 28, 2005

Arts Education Action

Take a second and write to your reps:

First, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill to eliminate FY 2006 funding for federal Arts in Education programs at the U.S. Departmernt of Education. The Senate, however, is poised to approve a slight increase. You can help ensure that the Senate position prevails by taking two minutes to write your Member of Congress urging support for arts education funding. At stake is approximately $35 million in annual grants that support model programs in arts education.

Click here to take action

Second, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) has called for *eliminating all funding* for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The RSC is a policy body that advises conservative Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Needless to say, cutting this funding would not even make a dent in the need for hurricane relief, and at the same time it would deprive the affected areas of much-needed help in rebuilding their vital cultural sectors. The Americans for the Arts E-Advocacy Center has “talking points” on this threat that you can include in the message you send to Congress.

And since I'm on my soapbox, have I mentioned how upset I am that the congressman representing where we just moved to is totally not who I would have voted for? The ACLU gives him a lifetime score of 3% and both NARAL and LCV give him a big fat 0%.

And when I went to check LCV for his score, he's the top news story -- "Over the objections of fellow House members, Rep. Richard Pombo moves his pro-developer revision of the Endangered Species Act to a vote. A vote is expected this week." Ugh.

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September 27, 2005

Refgrunt, 9/27

A fairly busy night on the J side, here are some of the questions/requests. A couple of parents coming in with long lextile ranked lists of books they wanted to get for their kids and three very ambitious 4th graders working on the DAR essay contest who wanted anything and everything we had on Ben Franklin (though we had been cleaned out already)

Ricky Ricotta
Declaration of Independence
The Umbrella
Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing
Rat Teeth
Star of Fear, Star of Hope
sequel to Little House on the Prairie (Farmer Boy)
3rd and 7th grade books
The Witches
Wrinkle in Time
Wizard of Oz
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Spirited Away
More Spaghetti Please
Green Eggs and Ham
reading comprehension questions to go with JE books?
Space Jam
Where the Red Fern Grows
chemistry, biology and physics
golden retrivers
Mia Hamm
Sailor Moon
1421: THe Year the Chinese Discovered America
Shoshone Indians
a date?
The Power of Oil article from Time Kids

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Commander in Chief

Don't forget to watch Commander in Chief tonight at 9pm on ABC. (of course I forgot to set my tivo to catch it and work until 9, but hopefully S will start the recording for me --- thank you thank you)

I was so glad I caught West Wing on the plane on the way back Sunday night (I LOVE Jet Blue!)

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Shofar Idol

S found this link and sent it along to help us all get ready for Rosh Hashanah (next week)

Shofar Idol

And, in case you were wondering, services are:
Monday, October 3
Erev Rosh HaShanah Service 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 4
Rosh HaShanah Morning Service 10:00 am
(though I may not get to that one)

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September 26, 2005


So our softball team made the playoffs (ok, so all the teams made the playoffs, but still...) and then we actually made it to the next round (ok, so the other team didn't show up for tonight's game, but still...) But we had a great practice and all got a lot of time to practice our batting. Plus, since the other team forfeited we got free pizza... and if we had lost it would have been the last game of the season (and they didn't sign up for the fall leagues)

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Banned Books Week

bbweek.gifIt's Banned Books Week 2005 (September 24–October 1) -- celebrate your freedom to read by reading a book that has been challenged or banned.

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Interim Chief Named

Veteran science museum director to lead The Tech
Formal Search for Permanent Chief Begins
By Karl Schoenberger
Mercury News

"San Jose's Tech Museum of Innovation announced Friday it has appointed Sheila Grinell, a veteran science museum director, to lead the institution until a new chief executive is recruited."

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September 25, 2005

Back home

Back home again safe and sound but worn out. Back to work tomorrow and to tackle the huge pile of mail and email waiting for us. It was great seeing everyone though!

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2005 Fairfield County Concours D'Elegance

It's here! After a year of planning (and fretting about the weather), today is the 2005 Fairfield County Concours D'Elegance. Congrats to Bill on what I'm sure will be another fantastic event.


We're going over in a bit to help, and then I'll post some photos when we get back to California.

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September 24, 2005

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy birthday today to Mom!

Update: Photos from Mom's birthday:

The saleslady at Chico's sang Happy Birthday in the store:

Dinner at Splash:

And then cake at home:

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More photos from the trip:

Visiting the Greens

Taking S to Stew Leonards:

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September 23, 2005

Happy Birthday to Jane, Barbi and Greg

Multiple birthdays today -- we're on our way up to Boston now to meet up with Dad & Jane for Jane's birthday, and happy birthday today too to Aunt Barbi and to Greg!

Update: photos from Jane's birthday dinner at the Rialto restaurant at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square

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September 22, 2005

Sorority Liz

Congrats to Liz who is now officially a Delta Delta Delta at BU!


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Visiting Grandpa

Here's us visiting Grandpa yesterday:


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September 21, 2005

Selected Shorts

After having dinner with Aunt Susan, S and I went to the Playhouse for Selected Shorts being taped for NPR. It was a collaboration between the Playhouse and the Westport Arts Center (that's so cool that they are doing programming together!)

You've heard it on the radio, now see it in person! Selected Shorts features some of the finest artists of the American theatre, reading contemporary and classic short fiction - the most distinguished works from a broad array of literary talents. Join host Isaiah Sheffer as he brings the renowned Symphony Space program, as heard on NPR, to the stage of the Playhouse. The reading will be taped for broadcast nationally on public radio, and will feature some of the Playhouse's favorite actors.

We heard:

Pie Dance by Molly Giles, read by Kate Burton
Learn a Trade by John Updike, read by Paul Hecht
Towel Season by Ron Carlson, read by James Naughton

They were all great stories and really wonderful to listen to. After intermission, there was a sing-along-quiz where Isaiah Sheffer (no relation) sang the first line of an old song (on the theme of transportation) and the audience had to all sing the next line.

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Positive Directions

Congratulations to Mom & Bill for being honored today by Positive Directions, The Center for Prevention & Recovery. We all went to the luncheon.

Here's Mom & Bill plugging Sunday's car show on Westport Now. Gordon Joseloff, editor of Westport Now (and candidate for First Selectman) introduced them at the Positive Directions lunch.


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September 20, 2005

Giving with a twist

These two fundraising efforts really appealed to me, so I thought I'd post them.

1) via the knitist, people are giving gifts of love to the original signers of the anti-gay marriage legislation petition in Massachusetts. What are they giving? They are making a donation in their name to The Human Rights Campaign Fund. All HRC gift memberships of $35 or more include a cuddly Equality bear and a personalized gift card with your special note. Don’t forget: a $50 gift also includes an HRC Cap! You can adopt a name from the list (claim it in the comments.) While you're at it, you can sign HRC's Million for Marriage petition.

2) via apophenia, an opportunity to Pledge-a-Picket at Planned Parenthood in Southeastern Pennsylvania. They are going to count and record the number of anti-choice picketers each day from October 1 through November 30, 2005 and you can pledge a certain amount for each that shows up. As Danah writes, "Thus, every picketer gains Planned Parenthood money by engaging in their egregious behaviors. Their activities are no longer purely destructive - they are inverted to help PP do its work!" Brilliant.

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Change of Venue

I clearly haven't been paying attention, which makes the article's comments about no one missing it all too clear ("Today, America should miss Miss America, but we'll hardly notice she's gone."), but I was looking back over my September blog archives to see if there were any anniversaries or anything coming up, and realized that we should be crowning Miss America right about now (a long time tradition among my family/friends). So I just noticed that they've not only moved out of Atlantic City, but moved the pageant to January? Did everyone else notice this (Lisa?) and I just missed it?

By the Boards: Miss America Has Gone Away And Atlantic City Is on the Rebound, With Some Big High Heels To Fill (Washington Post)

So I guess we'll be tuning in to Country Music Television in January.

Miss America Pageant Two-Steps Over to CMT (Washington Post)

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Methyl Bromide

For those of you wondering what S does, one of the projects he's working on is testing alternatives to methyl bromide. This article came across one of the mailing lists I'm on today:

Methyl Bromide Loophole for U.S. Prolongs Ozone Hole

On July 1, 2005 a dozen nations agreed under the Montreal Protocol on
Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to reduce exemptions for "critical use" of methyl bromide by 20% in 2006. Methyl bromide is a powerful ozone depleting chemical, 50 times more destructive to the ozone layer than chlorine from CFCs (chloroflurocarbons), the other major class of chemicals targeted by the treaty. In 1987, sixteen industrial nations, including the U.S., agreed under the Protocol to end all use of methyl bromide by 2005, and developing countries agreed to end use in 2015. Instead, use of methyl bromide as a soil fumigant
pesticide has increased in the U.S.

The 20% reduction appears to be an environmental victory, but in fact, U.S. consumption of methyl bromide rose so steeply in 2005 that the 20% "reduction" represents an increase over 2002-2004 levels. The U.S. walked into the negotiations for 2006 "critical use" exemptions requesting exemptions to use 37% of its 1991 baseline number (set at 25,528 metric tons), despite the fact that users in the U.S. in 2002 got by with less than 30% of the baseline. The Parties awarded the U.S. 32% of the 1991 base, and have indicated they will hold nations to 29% of baseline numbers in 2007. That represents a release in the U.S. alone, of 7,403 metric tons of methyl bromide into the atmosphere, a significant "loophole" that serves to prolong the hole in the ozone.
But in 2004 the Bush administration began to pressure for "critical use" exemptions (permission to continue using a substance) for methyl bromide, primarily as a pre-plant fumigant for tomato growers in Florida and strawberry producers in California. For the treaty's first decade, critical use exemptions were confined to needs based on national security or medical uses where there was no alternative, but in 1997 the Parties to the Protocol allowed economic considerations to be a factor to justify an exemption for use of methyl bromide. Environmental groups, including PAN North America, argued at the time that inclusion of economic challenges would open the door to increased use of methyl bromide as a soil fumigation pesticide. Unfortunately, that is exactly what has happened.

Instead of completing the methyl bromide phaseout as promised in 2005, sixteen nations, lead by the U.S., asked for and were granted exemptions for use of 16,050 metric tons in 2005. The U.S. exemptions totaled 9,500 metric tons and were by far the largest, allowing the nation's use in 2005 to increase. In July 2005 the Parties recommended approval of 13,466 metric tons of methyl bromide for "critical use" in the developed nations in 2006. Allotments were modest for Australia (9.25 tons); Canada (2 tons) and Japan (75 tons). The United States was allowed 8,075 tons; and PAN has learned that the Administration is already working on a request to continue exemptions in 2007.


It goes on longer and suggests that for more information see the website for the UN Environmental Programme Ozone Secretariat. The PANNA website contains extensive resources and fact sheets on methyl bromide's use for soil fumigation.

Sources: UNEP Report of Second Extraordinary Meeting of the parties to the
Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, Advance Copy, July 1, 2005, p.4; Associated Press, July 2, 2005; Background, Critical Use
Exemptions for Access to Methyl Bromide
, Dept of the Environment & Heritage, Australian Government; PANUPS, December 10, 2004, April 5, 2004; Methyl Bromide Briefing Kit, 1995, Methyl Bromide Alternatives Network, PANNA website; Contact: PANNA.

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Nice Ad

I love the Citibank ad I saw in the New Yorker. It has a great bookmark that you can punch out with Lillly from Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. The directions on the rest of the page read:

1. Punch out.
2. Find a kid.
3. Open book.
4. Read [out loud]!
5. Place in book when kid falls asleep.
6. Repeat steps 2-5. Lots.

And, to be extra classy, the bookmark doesn't even mention Citibank again, it just says, "To donate books to New York-area schools in need, visit

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September 18, 2005

Catching Up on Book Blogging

Here's the last few books (I was reminded how behind I was again by today's Unshelved), about one of the books I read a couple of weeks ago.

Necklace.jpgNecklace of Kisses by Francesca Lia Block
Mom sent this one with a note that I had to drop everything and read it right way, that it was that good. And of course it was. The PW review quotes my favorite line of the original book, explaining that, "Readers who remember Weetzie Bat and My Secret Agent Lover Man's first kiss (a "kiss about apple pie à la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat") from their YA incarnation may be crushed to learn that they've shared no kisses since September 11, 2001. " Weetzie, now 40, takes some time off and checks herself into a magical pink hotel where an assortment of strange people and things come into her life. Booklist wrote, "the celebration of the silly and the magical in a scary, sad world will appeal to all those once-teen fans who remember Weetzie and, just like her, now need a rewrite." I got to the end and cried and wanted to pick it up and read it again (which is just what I did when I read Weetzie Bat the first time).

opaldeception.jpgThe Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl, Book 4) by Eoin Colfer
Artemis is back for more adventures (having to overcome the mind-wipe that ended book 3 in order to be of much use to Holly and Mulch and to save all of Fairy civilaztion from the crazy Opal Koboi who was supposed to be securely imprisioned and in a coma. Great fun as always. Narrated by Nathaniel Parker (I listened to this on the commute).

wishlist.jpgWish List, also by Eoin Colfer
Narrated by James Wilby
Very different from Artemis, but if you liked them you might as well add this to your pile (or at least that's what I thought and did).

The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Been meaning to read this one forever (recognizing another one of those huge gaps in my fantasy coverage).

Currently I'm reading Possession (which Dad and Jane recommended) and listening to Good Grief in the car. Though really I should be working on my papers and in the car I should be listening to my new Hebrew language CDs. There may be some others I've forgotten about, but I think this catches me up on posting.

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Passion Fruit Flowers

S sent me these photos of our passion fruit plant flowers that are busy blooming away while I'm traveling.


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September 17, 2005

Rabinowitz Family Reunion

Just got back from dinner at a wonderful family reunion in NYC. Amazingly, two (third?) cousins who I had never met mentioned having visited my blog to check out the family history materials that I've been posting here. So I got up in front of the group and gave out the URL to the site, so hopefully some of them will pop in and say hello here. [Note: to say hello, scroll to the bottom of this entry and fill out the comment form --- please disregard the error messages you get after filling out the form, it probably will post, it just gives errors]

I wish Margaret & Alan could have come, but I was so excited to finally meet Margaret's siblings! Plus, I learned that I have a ton of family in California (Chico, San Diego, San Mateo and elsewhere) so we're angling for a California-based family reunion next time around. Its pretty amazing to think that the people there my age share the same great-great grandparents. People got up and told stories about those famouse sedars at (my great-great) Aunt Felicia's. They gave out copies of the family tree that Aunt Susan made in 1983 so everyone could update it (there are a million new cousins since then) so hopefully we'll all get copies when it's up to date and can see graphically how we're linked to each other. We also got copies of Aunt Susan's new book, "The Life and Times of Aaron Rabinowitz" which was just published by The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, located on the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.

Here are a couple of the photos from tonight's dinner. There was a professional photographer who took shots of the whole group and each of the branches of the family (the decendants of each of Jacob & Jennie's children -- Rose, Aaron, Maurice, Felicia and Leon), so there will be some better photos coming at some point.



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Sorority Betty

Congrats today to Betty who just found out that she's now a Delta Gamma


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September 16, 2005

Heading East

Packing up to head East tonight. If anyone's around CT (or Boston) and wants to meet up, give me a call or drop me an email. And if you're looking for something fun to do Sept 25, stop by Bill's Car Show (disclaimer, the web site was redone by another designer -- it looks better but I would never put car sounds on a site I made... especially without an option to turn them off)

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This came in today's alumni enews:

AMHERST, WILLIAMS ESTABLISH PROGRAM FOR XAVIER STUDENTS -- Amherst and Williams have established a program that provides fall enrollment, room, board and fees for students from Xavier University in Louisiana's distinguished pre-med program. To date, seven Xavier students have enrolled at Amherst. The college also has reached out to local students who had been previously enrolled at other Gulf Coast colleges; five students from Tulane have come to Amherst this fall, to take classes until their home institution reopens.
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September 15, 2005

Refgrunt, 9/15

2 hours J, 3 hours A, but I lost the first little page of notes, so this is just some of the questions/requests:

historical fiction
Number the Stars
the future
migrant labor
mental retardation
movies with The Rock
independent contractors
real estate law
magazine exchange
Holland travel videos
how many copies of Regis Philbin's CD where he sings Frank Sinatra songs have sold (stumped me)
Catcher in the Rye
The Bluest Eye

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Library School Lies

Well this was depressing:

Lies I learned in Library School by Patrick Huey

via library link of the day

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September 14, 2005

Still Young, but more bloggy

It's nice to see I still count as the Young Adult group ;)

A.P. Fashions a News Feed for the Young
By Katharine Q. Seelye

"Experts say the biggest problem in the newspaper industry is capturing readers between 18 and 34 years old, and now The Associated Press is looking to tackle that problem head on.

On Monday, the 157-year-old wire service is to start its "younger audience service," offering articles and "experiences" in multimedia formats, with audio, video, blogs and wireless text aimed at reaching readers between 18 and 34 years old. The service, one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by The A.P., is called asap, pronounced letter by letter, meant to evoke the wire service's legendary speed."

Though of course, according to Jupiter, us in the 25-34 year-old group are "usually more like the next older group (35-44) than it is like the young 'uns" in how we use media.

"Wwhile 11% of online adults say they regularly read blogs, that figure is 24% for 18-24 and 13% for 25-34." -- so I guess I'm rather bloggy for my age group.

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Google Blog Search

I'm so proud. If you search for Emily in Google's New Blog Search Tool, I'm the first related blog listed. (Or maybe I should be scared?)

(The fifth entry is another Emily's Musing from Seattle!)

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September 13, 2005

Refgrunt, 9/13

A busy 4 hours J. Here are some of the questions/requests. School assignments are definitely back in force.

Junie B Jones
Chinese language learning tapes
books from 1st day of school book list
Capital Mysteries series
pop-up books
JE's and JE's with tapes x2
Reading Counts lists
Initial D
sci fi
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
Walt Disney
You Be the Jury (no)
other books by Marvin Miller (no)
100+ page animal books (ended up with Stuart Little and Babe)
Word Bird
teen pregnancy
Disney princess books
Ricky Ricotta's new book
Arthur's Family Treasury
Geronimo Stilton (question was the book with the rat and the mouse in glasses or something but it took a lot of trying)
Lemony Snicket movie
The Pacifier
Meet the Fockers
Charlotte's Web DVD x2
Maine Pyor Kyon Kiya
Olympic Games DVDs
The Secret Life of Dust
Queen Isabella
Patrick Henry
Christopher Columbus
volley ball
printer problems
Harry Potter

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Happy Birthday Grandpa!

Today's my grandfather's 92nd birthday! I'm looking forward to getting to see him on Saturday!

Update: photos from Mom of Grandpa's birthday

Check out his cool library hat! (and Uncle Doug's new mustache?!?!)

Update #2: Nice mention on Westport Now

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September 11, 2005

Seattle Photos, belatedly

Some more photos (from S's camera) of our trip to Seattle.

Dinner, this time with some of his future in-laws:

With Jane in Dad's office

The view (mostly of sports stadiums) from Dad's office

And a neighborhood gathering to let people meet S:

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September 10, 2005

Refgrunt, 9/10

5 hours A today, lots of computer time-out software signups and more heavy fiction weeding in the T's. Here are some of the questions/requests:

Jeeves & Wooster, 1st and 3rd seasons
Sept 2005 calendar
The Women Who Broke All the Rules
scary stories
political rant
Renaissance Europe
books on tape
Should We Burn Babar?
Complete Idiots Guide to Understanding Catholicism
Rastafari: Roots and Ideology
DVDs of TV shows
pencil sharpener
Gone with the Wind on DVD
Gandhi on DVD
Gunga Din
guest card x2
info on Samoa, CA
poetry books
dance instruction videos
Where Banda el Recodo is playing in Richmond, CA tonight and directions to there

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September 09, 2005

Refgrunt, 9/9

Ooops, no refgrunt today since I can't seem to find the little piece of paper I wrote my notes on today. Maybe it'll turn up later. But it was 4 hours A and some fiction weeding but nothing too exciting.

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September 08, 2005

Refgrunt, 9/8

Steady but not overly busy tonight, 3-9 on A (with an hour for dinner) Here are some of the questions/requests today:

Wolves (100+ pages)
800# for Australian tourist board
Schindler's List (book)
outboard motor repair books
Perricone Weight Loss
book by someone who was on the Daily Show earlier this week (False Alarm: The Truth About the Epidemic of Fear) (there's a great list on wikipedia)
cds x2
chapter books
African American authors
Beach Girls
Of Plymouth Plantation and Sinners... from an Interactive Reader text book
lyrics to LeAnn Rimes's version of Amazing Grace (for an American Idol audition in Chicago on 9/16!! so cool!)
The Book of Three
Napoleon Dynamite
Pride & Prejudice (video)
photos of Senators and district map of CA11

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September 07, 2005

Intimate Apparel

Intimate.Apparal.jpgBobbiLynn and I saw Theatre Works production of Intimate Apparel. I have to say I didn't love it -- and we were too tired to stay for the discussion afterwards (which often redeems the plays I am unsure of). We rewrote some of it on the way home in the car though. The set and staging were wonderful, the actors impressive... but we just wanted it to all turn out a bit differently (which I guess isn't a bad reaction to have to a play, at least we left thinking about it).

There's a nice review here.

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I should come with a warning label

Ask me a simple question and I'm likely to go off on a 45 minute lecture about how amazingly cool RSS and Bloglines are (those of you who have already heard it know exactly what I'm talking about and know just how scary I can get) Really, it is so wonderfully addictive!

(and special welcome today to Darren who has been sucked into the bloglines world... hehehe)

Really, I did come home early from work to do some paper writing started, but that was really much more fun.

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September 06, 2005

Refgrunt, 9/6

Busy night on the J desk with Ann. Here are some of the questions/requests:

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of Flight 54
9 + 18 / 6 (order of operations algebra homework)
The Ohlone Way
law/civil rights/human rights
chess pieces x3
help using the dictionary
scary stories x3
science experiments about light and rainbows
Bill Nye movies
video games
princesses (looking for a series like Meg Cabot but for younger kids - gave her one of the Jewel Kingdom series to try)
"a novel" (gave him the 'guys read' YA list)
Dragon Ball Z and Hello Kitty coloring sheets (they had their own crayons)
Night of the Living Dummy 2
Hanted Mask
Pokemon 2000 DVD
Mexico info (books and finally a good printout from the CIA World Factbook)
Peng Ren 26 Fa vol 1, 2, 4
book lists
Swiftly Tilting PLanet
Case of the Twin Teddy Bears
biographies of doctors
June B, 1st Grader, Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (not out until 9/27)
Invisible Island
A Toad for Tuesday
CAT6 for 2nd graders
Homer Price
Space Jam
How many Friday the 13ths are there in 2006 (2: 1/13/06 and 10/13/06)
Miserable Mill
Wizard of Oz on CD
Guiness Book of Records
printing trouble
Island of the Blue Dolphins
building garden ponds (there was the perfect one about building garden ponds in 10 easy steps)
Karl Marx

lots of trying to explain to people why they really shouldn't run in the library and one fantastic picture-perfect moment when I was talking to a kid about working in the library and we started talking about the new SJ library and how it was partly a university library. She asked what a university library was and I explained to her about college/university and how you go after high school to study more and then become anything you want to be... and she asked, "Can I go?" and I just about teared up and told her that of course she can if she studies hard and keeps reading all these books, etc. Sigh. I hope she comes back (she also told her friends that I was cool -- but I think that was more to do with the coloring sheets than the science experiment books, but still.) I want to be one of those librarians that ends up making a big difference in kids lives and they end up going to college because we were there giving them the tools they needed and the encouragement they weren't getting anywhere else...

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September 05, 2005

SPL - at last!

spl_outside.jpgSo I _finally_ got a chance to visit the new Seattle Public Library! I've read so much about it over the last year+ that there weren't too many surprises, but it definitely lived up to my expectations and was a fantastic place to visit. I'm not sure I'd like working in such a huge place (though being able to have that size of collection and access to that scale of resources would be pretty amazing) -- I like being able to walk patrons over to find the books they need rather than sending them up to specialists on other floors, but I'm sure I could get used to it. We took the guided tour and then walked the whole way down along the "spiral", stopping to explore and to quiz some of the librarians about what it was like to work there.

The teen section was somewhat disappointing -- not much sense of place or excitement (of course it was Saturday of a three-day weekend, so there weren't any teens which probably didn't help the feel of it).

Some of my favorite things:
The dewey numbers on the displays in the Friends' Shop (this one says "663.2 Celebrate Fall with Northwest Wine")

The coffee cart (which we didn't try out but Jane says sells great coffee) is run by an organization that trains homeless people to enter the food industry and provides barista training and experience.

The chairs look like they are hard plastic, but are foam or something of the perfect squishiness so they are extremely comfortable (but you don't sink too much).

When you return a book, its put in this conveyor built and whisked upstairs where it is automatically sorted using RFID technology. Explained here. Very cool. Bigger Brian has apparently had a whole backstage tour of how that worked.

And I loved this display in the children's room with the books in rainbow order:

I'll add a few more photos when I get them off S's new camera.

[They do have some YA jobs posted (though probably at the branches and not at central.]

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Speak on Tonight

Reminder: speakmovie.jpgThe movie version of Speak, one of the YA books I had read last year is on TV tonight on Lifetime at 9pm (or 6pm). (thanks to Pop Goes the Library's reminder which I had bookmarked in my bloglines feeds)

Update: I just finished watching it and thought it was extremely well done. I was sobbing by the end of it. One of the librarians on one of the YA mailing lists I'm on sent along these related links:,1002,271%7C97076%7C1%7C,00.html - a great article about the movie with lots of insight from the director. - trailer included.

Update 2: And if you missed it, they're showing it again on September 13th @ 7pm et/pt

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A Northern Light

northernlight.jpgJust got home from our trip and finished up the last few chapters of A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, which is the upcoming selection for the Morgan Hill Library's book club.

Not only was it a fantastic book that I would definitely recommend (and a YA one to boot!), but in the "Sources and Suggestions For Further Reading" in the back, Bill's book is mentioned!

Scheffler, William L., and Frank Carey. Big Moose Lake, New York in Vintage Postcards. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Tempus Publishing Group, 2000.

It takes place (obviously) at Big Moose Lake in the North Woods (aka the Adirondaks) and the back story involves a famous murder that happened there (apparently one of the only exciting things to ever happen there since there are tons of books using it, most famously An American Tragedy). The main story features 16-year old Mattie Gokey, a poor farm girl and promising writer-to-be, who takes a job at the Glenmore (the hotel where Grace Brown was staying when her drowned body was fished from the lake).

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September 02, 2005

Off to Seattle

We're off to Seattle to see Dad and Jane (and the new super-cool Seattle library). We may have some updates from there, and lots of pics to post when we get home.

Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone!

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Keplers Closed

Via Mad Lib., a SJ Merc Article talking about the sudden closure of Kepler's, that wonderful Menlo Park independent bookstore that Auban first took me to where we were living in Mt. View in the summer of '96 or so. I haven't been there for a while (since I keep moving further away from there) but I thought it was a great store and I think it will be missed greatly in the area.

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September 01, 2005

Refgrunt, 9/1

5 hours tonight on the A side and they just zipped by. Here are some of the questions/requests (though i missed a lot of them and had some long rambling book conversations with various people that I didn't write down titles for)

Nutrition textbook
max # of books you can check out?
Laura Crum mysteries
The Moon is Down
Haunted Mansion
The Afterlife
Franchise Bible
The Lady or the Tiger
books in Spanish

and I put more books out on the banned book week display and checked a pile of new /Fiction books to see if they should go with the teen books or the adult books (and found a bunch that needed changes to their catalog entries so I have to write them all up and send them to HQ). I played around with the microfilm some more for the woman who had requested things last week and will fax her a few more articles tomorrow.

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