June 30, 2006

Aug 24 - Read for the Record

Karen let me know about this very cool project that Jumpstart is doing to set the record for the number of children and adults reading the same book in a single day. They're going to have everyone read The Little Engine That Could on Thursday, August 24, 2006. There are materials on the web site for libraries and classes and individuals can sign up and be part of it too. They're going to be on the Today Show and other places as well.

http://www.readfortherecord.org/

On August 24, 2006, Jumpstart and its partners Starbucks, Pearson/Penguin, American Eagle Outfitters, and we hope YOU! – will set a world record for the number of children reading the same book, The Little Engine that Could, on the same day. This will be an annual event to build awareness around the importance of quality early education. Jumpstart is hosting events across the country in major metropolitan areas, in Starbucks stores, bookstores, Head Start centers and other preschool sites. Mrs. Laura Bush is the campaign’s Honorary Chairperson and NBC’s Matt Lauer is supporting the campaign…he will even be broadcasting the event live to the world from Rockefeller Plaza on the “Today” Show. Jumpstart will be selling custom limited edition books to the public through Starbucks stores from August 1-28; the sale of these custom books will support Jumpstart’s work in low-income communities (your constituents may also purchase copies online for Jumpstart preschoolers).

Now I have to see if I can get my library to sign on...

Help spread the word please!

As Karen writes:

This year alone, Jumpstart college student Corps members are working with 10,000 children in 22 states building the vital literacy, social, and emotional skills children need to thrive. High quality early education for children has been shown to increase graduation rates and lower negative outcomes such as being convicted of a violent crime.

As powerful as this experience has been for me, even more amazing is that this transformational experience is duplicated thousands of times each day in Jumpstart programs across America.

I hope you will get involved in Jumpstart's Read for the Record to support my work and to connect in the same way with a child in your life.


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Brian on Video Ads

Brian's in an article on the ClickZ Network today: PointRoll and Others Reach Out to Undecided Political Market

Speaking generally about online video advertising, Brian Reich, director of Boston operations and senior strategic consultant for Mindshare Interactive Campaigns, said that he recommends the format to his clients. Still, he's skeptical that those clients will achieve a significant return on video ads until all technology providers recognize the differences between political and commercial ad objectives. "Selling consumer goods is very different than selling issues," he asserted.
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June 28, 2006

Commissioner!

I'm super excited to have been appointed this evening to the Library, Culture and Arts Commission in my town! So I'll be stepping down as an extra help librarian (to avoid any conflict of interest) and will attend my first meeting on July 10th!

I applied a couple of weeks ago and was interviewed tonight by the city council at their meeting (in front of the whole audience of people waiting for the council meeting). It was actually quite a lot of fun to do, and I am very excited about this opportunity to be more involved in my town on issues I care so much about.

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Janet Evanovich

While I was at work on Sunday, S was super wonderful and stood in line at Costco for 2 1/2 hours to get Janet Evanovich to autograph her new book so that we could donate it to the silent auction at the upcoming Friends of the Library fundraiser. I'm so impressed how many people were willing to wait for hours for an author there!

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p.s. if anyone has other ideas for silent auction items or would like to come to the fundraiser, please let me know.

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June 26, 2006

Jealous

I'm so jealous that everyone got to see Hanna and Albert on Sunday! We're still hoping to get to London in December if we can swing it, so hopefully we'll finally get to see them then!
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June 25, 2006

Refgunt, 6/25

Another busy Sunday. 2 Hours A, 4 Hours J. Here are some of the questions/requests:

The Confident Hope
The Custom of the Sea
Goldfinger
Unknown Soldiers: The Story of the Missing of the First World War
dictionary
videos in German
do I need a password for the computers?
someone actually called out time management a "brilliant system" for its ability to let you use your time in small increments -- I don't think I have EVER heard anyone say that
books about transportation
books featuring the letters T and W
On Liberty
do I have to go back to the reservation console each time? (no, just the first one unless all the computers are occupied, and then you go there to get on the waiting list)
Building Wealth
The Last Unicorn
What is brought on the picnic in the song?
found Polly, get a frog x7+
drugs and alcohol (362.29)
basket
Dear Dumb Diary
The Kid Who Ran for President/The Kid Who Became President
Biscuit (the dog)
teen reading club x4
High School Musical sound track
Foxtrot
damaged copy of Osmosis Jones, hold another copy (oops, can't -- too new a feature film for holds)
sign onto Internet x4
Vampire Mountain
sequel to Magyk
Beatrix Potter
age 13 daughter, ok to read these teen books? (umm... we suggested the 8th grade list instead since she was concerned about content)
4th grade boy picks (ended up with Stuart Little)
earthquakes and seismic waves
Anne McCaffery scifi
BoxCar Children
Harry Potter in paperback
how to get a library card x3
_easy_ easy readers (yellow dots)
Clique series
Around the World in 80 Days DVD
5th grade math and English
Sweet Honey In the Rock
dinosaurs
Tripping Over the Lunch Lady
old movie about the Brothers Grimm? think it was the 1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, but we don't have that
rules for attendance for Wednesday's program? (school kids 5+, kids only)
STOP STANDING ON CURIOUS GEORGE'S HEAD! x2
card won't work (13 yr old, kids computers are for 12 and under)
instrumental music for gymnastic routines

Jean and I also tried to sum up the different types of reference questions we get (in prep for upcoming interviews) Here are the categories I came up with (how handy to have all these refgrunts handy!)

Technology Questions -- useing our system (since it isn't exactly self-explanatory, and using the Internet, Office, etc.)
Readers Advisory -- recommendations, requests for reviews, handing out book lists, etc.
Directional
Service (hours? wifi? do you... ? can you...? )
Local Resources/Referrals (I love these and get fewer than I expected)
Trivia/Facts -- song lyrics, spelling, content entry help, elevation, state flowers, etc.
Subject -- I'm looking for books on...?
Specific -- title, list of titles, author, etc... do you have....?

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Library Web Cam, 06/25

If I can make myself remember to take and post a screenshot of the library's web cam every week for the next year, at the end I'll have a pretty awesome animation to share. So here's my first attempt.

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June 24, 2006

Mini Golf!

Ben and Trish came up and we went to dinner at Viand and played mini-golf at the local course. We all spent a lot of time fishing the balls out of the water hazards (there are convenient nets at each one and luckily the balls float), but it was a lot of fun and a beautiful night to be out. Ben and I even managed to each get a hole-in-one on hole #17 (which unfortunately didn't make up for the "6"'s I got on a few others...)

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Refgunt, 6/24

A hot and quiet day on the J desk this afternoon (5 hrs) but it was fun to be there and catch up with some folks. Weeded most of the 'N' picture books since it was so quiet. Here are some of the (few) questions/requests today:

replacement summer reading sheet x2
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
NYC and Washington DC travel guides
3rd grade math
Twighlight (Warriors New Prophecy Series -- doesn't come out until Sept)
Chinese DVDs
page job?
Summer Reading Signups x10
comic books
All American Girl (Meg Cabot)
11th grade reluctant reader sci fi, not too scary
Ready or Not (Meg Cabot)
how to use powerpoint (from a kid who couldn't have been more than 6yrs old!)
The Elvenbane
Double Fudge
restrooms
JE's
wireless? (no, sorry)
Shonen Jump Magazine
Jane Eyre
princess books (JE)
Anne of Green Gables
Full House Michelle series
Full House Season 3 DVD
Jigsaw Jones
phone?
do you have these in a bigger type size?

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Mailbox Follow-up

Since I've received a number of questions about the new mailbox, I thought I would post a quick follow-up. I don't think I explained well that it is attached to the garage door, so the mail falls right in from the slot in the door and then the mailbox safely holds it as the door opens and closed until we come and open the latch and retrieve the mail. Here are some photos to demonstrate.

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Some other random life-at-home photos. S made fried zucchini blossoms (from the local farmers market, stuffed with feta and breaded with matza meal since we didn't have any breadcrumbs) for his cooking group last weekend (theme was flowers -- he also made rose petal ice cream in our icecream maker), the flowers in our garden (not edible) are doing great despite the heat (though the jasmine is looking pretty toasted), and Bonnie continues to run the house.

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June 22, 2006

Jane in PI

Family press clippings today featuring Jane who was quoted in a Seattle PI story about the closing of the MLK Elementary School:

End of MLK era marked by tears
Elementary school likely will not reopen in the fall
By Paul Nyhan
P-I Reporter

"I feel really sad for the kids who already have so much disruption in their lives already," said Jane Reich, who volunteered at the school for the last six years.
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June 21, 2006

Hot

It is definitely officially summer!

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(and Friday they're predicting 106!)

and it definitely makes me appreciate working in high-tech where it is always well air conditioned!!

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June 18, 2006

Refgunt, 6/18

4 hours J, 2 hours A today. Lots of kids signing up for the summer reading program and finding the picture of Polly the Parrot that is hidden each week in a different spot. Had a lot of fun catching up with the other Sunday afternoon regulars since it seems like its been ages since I've had hours at this library.

Here are some of today's questions/requests:

Pursuit of Happyness
CD Rom on trains
Memory stick issue
internet sign up help x3
log in problems
how do you log off
Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance
How to Teach Your Baby Math
How to Teach Your Baby to Read
How to Teach Your Baby to be Physically Supurb
retaining walls
logic, critical thinking and semantics
endangered species encyclopedia
summer reading signups x8
I Spy Christmas book
delete a hold
Wiggles
Trickster's Choice
Tin Tin
lost lady bug toy (found it!)
An Ideal Husband
wifi? (not yet...)
books in Chinese
schedule of hours
sheet music
En Vogue
Sloppy Firsts
En Vogue Song My Lovin (You're Never Gonna Get It)
Bob the Builder DVD - Build it and they will come
The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
Nate the Great
Pokemon

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Happy Father's Day!

Happy father's day!
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June 17, 2006

New Mailbox

My fantasticly handy husband has built us a new mailbox (which I got to paint green - a lovely shade from the $1 "oops" table at HomeDepot). The problem was that the mail comes in through a slot in the garage and then lands in a spread out pile on the floor of the garage... and then I would run over it. So after a couple of weeks of putting up with mail with tire tracks, he rigged up a very impressive solution with a plastic bin that hooked into the door and captured the mail. Unfortunately packages of books from Amazon proved too heavy for the bin and eventually it fell one time too many and shattered. So we got some wood and he built me a new one from scratch with a cute door on little hinges.

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Book Group Expo

Just got back from a great day at the Book Group Expo. I went with one colleague from work and saw 3 of the librarians I know there (Hi Paul!) plus the head of the local Friends of the Library.

Here are the salons/authors I saw:

Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner)
Book Group Gatherings: A Loaf of Bread, A Jug of Wine, and a Tiara
Lauren Zina John (Running Book Discussions: A How to Do It Manual for Librarians)
Kathy Patrick (who owns a hair salon/bookstore and founded the Pulpwood Queens book club, where "tiaras are mandatory and reading good books is the rule." I'll definitely have to check out her upcoming book, "The Pulpwood Queens' Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life"
Leslie Sbrocco (host of KQED's Check Please, Wine for Women)
The Lure of the Young Adult Novel - Reading Together
Melanie Gideon (Pucker)
Rosemary Graham (Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude (And Other Commandments I Have Broken)) (her blog)
Lisa Jensen (The Witch from the Sea -- a girl pirate adventure!)
Kathleen Caldwell (from A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland)
Escape from Hollywood
Adrienne Barbeau (There Are Worse Things I Could Do)
Phil Doran (The Reluctant Tuscan)
Ron McLarty (The Memory of Running)
Ben Fong-Torres (Becoming Almost Famous)
Women of Mystery
Cara Black (Murder in Montmartre)
Cornelia Read (A Field of Darkness)
Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs)

I managed to only purchase 4 books to be signed:
Thous Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude
The Witch From the Sea
Good Grief by Lolly Winston (which I had listened to it the car last September and absolutely loved)
and Stiff by Mary Roach (which so many people have raved about I thought I'd finally give it a try)

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Rosemary Graham and Lisa Jensen

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The Escape From Hollywood panel

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The Women of Mystery

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The lobby was filled with a series of themed seating with some comfy chairs, books, and various props. This one seems to have been about fashion -- we saw romance, mystery and some others scattered around. You could tell that one of the organizers was a theater guy -- each panel had a "set" with sofas, rugs, fake fireplaces, etc.

Some of the other books/authors mentioned that I'll have to check out when I get a chance:
Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons
Room on Lorelei Street
The Nobodies by N.E. Bode
Good Girls (this fall)
The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green
Prep
Painted House
Susan Isaacs

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June 15, 2006

Tag Cloud

Playing with a new tag cloud that I'll probably add to the side later. Its from Zoom Clouds


Except that it doesn't seem to be working... it does here at least I think.

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Happy Birthday Phil!

Happy Birthday today to Phil! Here's a photo of him and his family at our wedding:
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4.7

Woke up rather abruptly this morning to a 4.7 earthquake centered about 9 miles East of here. Just felt one big shake but it wasn't strong enough to knock anything off the shelves or anything.

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June 14, 2006

Hebrew Book Week

Happy Hebrew Book Week (which apparently runs June 7-16)

During this week leading Israeli authors and poets will meet with the readers in organized fairs all over the country. Poetry readings, lectures, literary workshops, street theaters, comics happening and other activities for young and adults will also take place.

Some stats: The National Library at Hebrew Universtiy in Jerusalem reports that 6,840 books were released last year, as compared to 6,436 in 2004. In addition, there were 915 journal titles and new newspapers, and 650 non-book titles, including cassettes and CDs, appeared last year.

While unrelated, I'm very excited to be going to the Book Club Expo here in San Jose on Saturday! (if any of you are going, let me know and we can meet up there!)

And speaking of Hebrew, thank you to Ran for sending me a link to my site in Hebrew :)

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June 12, 2006

One by one marketing on MySpace

Another great use of MySpace -- an author asked me to be her "friend" on the site so I checked out her profile, read about her book, and ordered myself a copy on Amazon (because of the good reviews people were leaving on the site and because I thought it was so cool she sought out readers through the social network... and because our library doesn't yet own a copy). How's that for good marketing?

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June 11, 2006

Hairspray

poster0506_hairspray.jpgSaw the matinee of Hairspray today. I thought it was the best of the shows we've seen this season at AMTSJ. Its one of my favorite movies and I thought they did a great job turning it into a musical.

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Mezuzah

We finally got our new mezuzah hung on the doorpost. I found some directions to follow so hopefully its up properly. Our lovely realtor and mortgage broker had given us some gift cards to purchase one as our wedding present and we finally found one we liked at the Israel in the Park festival last week. I really like how prominently the "shin" is featured (most do have the letter shin on them) since its the first letter in my new last name and seemed like a good thing to have on the door.
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Cat vs. Bear

Parker pointed out this great story about an orange tabby chasing a bear up a tree! We can't quite imagine our own orange tabby being quite so brave...

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June 10, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

We saw the much-talked about new documentary from Al Gore today, An Inconvenient Truth. If you haven't seen it already, go out and see it. I thought it was really well done, gripping, and ultimately extremely disturbing (although a lot of it did feel like an extended advertisement for Apple Powerbooks and Keynote :))

I filled out the Carbon Calculator on the web site and was very dismayed to see that I have a larger than average person impact - the result of a long commute (though relatively decent gas mileage) and a lot of cross country flights. We do take a lot of the steps they recommend -- our light bulbs are energy efficient, we bought energy-efficient appliances, we recycle heavily, we try to choose products with less packing when we can, we try to turn off the lights when we're not in the room, etc. but its hard not to feel overwhelmed by the scope of the problems and how we each contribute to it.

There was a lot in the movie to make me mad... and worried. Hopefully it will get more people to sit up and take notice of this important issue.

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June Plege, part 2

One more shift this pledge season. I'll be there 9-1:30 today getting camera shots of the volunteers answering the phones.

What's on:

Magic Moments: The Best of 50s Pop
Saturday, June 10, 9:30am
CHANNEL 54 (KTEH)
Performers include Mel Carter, the Four Aces, the Chordettes, the Four Lads, Patti Page, Don Cherry and the Crew Cuts. Hosts: Pat Boone, Phyllis McGuire, Mary Lou Metzker, Patti Page and Debbie Reynolds.

Andre Rieu in Concert: The North America I Love
Saturday, June 10, 12:00pm
CHANNEL 54 (KTEH)
Dutch violinist-conductor Andre Rieu leads the Johannn Strauss Orchestra in a program ranging from Viennese waltzes to music of the Big Band era, including tributes to Glenn Miller and the Andrews Sisters. The 1997 concert was taped in Detroit.

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June 08, 2006

My site as a graph

A gorgeous applet will take any URL and draw a mapping of it. Here's my front page:

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What do the colors mean?
blue: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags

but you really should see how it evolves and grows. So put in your own page here

And I admit I was sorely tempted to buy one of his one thousand paintings... if only to be part of the community of 1000 people who did. What a fantastic idea. (as of right now there are still 449 left, ranging from $183.60 to $579.60)

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Chocolate Spoon Cafe

Did you know that there is a Chocolate Spoon Cafe in White Bear Lake, MN? I only realized this because I got a message that should have gone to some other people about an event there. Unfortunately its about 2,280 miles from here, but I'll definitely check them out next time I'm in Minnesota (which I have actually been to once, and I apparently have a cool cousin who works at the Mall of America, so maybe I'll be back again one day!)

[p.s. if you are here on my site because you were looking for the cafe... oops!]

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Skip Lunch Day

Today is Skip Lunch Day

On Thursday, June 8, 2006, feed 20 people without lifting a finger (or a fork).

Skip lunch and donate the money you would have spent to Second Harvest Food Bank. A donation of $10 is enough to provide 20 nutritious meals to people in need.

I saw this originally by following a link that got me to this design firm that did a 24 hour design marathon to come up with all the materials, web site, etc. I would so love to be part of another marathon design project like that -- I had a blast when we competed in one at NMP to make a web site for a nonprofit (and I still have the jacket I won when our team got first place!)

And then I noticed that MPOW (my place of work) is a participant and will be collecting donations outside of the cafeteria today.

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June 07, 2006

Spoof

Heehee. Susan's husband Jamie and his friend made this ebay spoof commercial.

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My First Google Map

LiB had linked to this article about online cool things for libraries which mentioned (in addition to blogs, myspace, etc.) making Google maps. So, at lunch, I thought I'd give it a try.

So here's my very first Google map.

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(of course Google maps don't work on Safari or IE on my Mac, and Firefox keeps crashing on my home computer, but it looked nifty at work)

Here's a library that uses it really well.

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Election Update

I had about my usual sucess rate in picking the winners in yesterday's election. Oh well. Its so sad that both the library measure and local school parcel tax failed -- on the plus side we made the town safe for yet another supermarket (I'm still not sure what that went to the voters). Now we'll have to see how the candidates fare in the general election in November. It'd certainly be nice to have a new congressperson from this disctrict!! Here are some of the results (via smart voter):

28.9% Countywide Voter Turnout (215,760/747,644)
28% Statewide Voter Turnout (4,388,827/15,668,439)

Governor; Democratic Party
* Phil Angelides
980,065 votes 47.9%
* Steve Westly
888,948 votes 43.4%

Lieutenant Governor; Democratic Party
* John Garamendi
869,577 votes 43.4%
* Jackie Speier
772,794 votes 38.6%

Secretary of State; Democratic
* Debra Bowen
1,080,671 votes 60.9%
* Deborah V. Ortiz
694,788 votes 39.1%

Attorney General; Democratic
* Jerry Brown
1,258,909 votes 62.9%

United States Representative; District 11;
* Jerry McNerney
19,408 votes 52.6%

Proposition 81 California Reading and Literacy Improvement and Public Library Construction and Renovation Bond Act of 2006
Fail: 1,865,583 / 47.0% Yes votes ...... 2,104,230 / 53.0% No votes

Proposition 82 Preschool Education.
Tax on Incomes Over $400,000 for Individuals; $800,000 for Couples
Fail: 1,577,048 / 39.1% Yes votes ...... 2,453,578 / 60.9% No votes

Measure A Sales Tax -- County of Santa Clara (Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 89,075 / 42.38% Yes votes ...... 121,120 / 57.62% No votes

Measure B Parks -- County of Santa Clara (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 143,537 / 70.32% Yes votes ...... 60,587 / 29.68% No votes

Measure E Parcel Tax -- Morgan Hill Unified School District (2/3 Approval Required)
Fail: 4,442 / 55.33% Yes votes ...... 3,586 / 44.67% No votes

Measure H Ordinance Revision -- City of Morgan Hill (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 4,036 / 81.80% Yes votes ...... 898 / 18.20% No votes

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June 06, 2006

Voted

I did manage to vote (albeit provisionally since they didn't manage to make the address/name change successfully) Here's hoping the library measure passes!!
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We feel...

Saw this on LibTechBytes and fell into it... it is as spellbinding as promised.

We Feel Fine

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The graphical representation is just stunning and its fascinating to dig in and see the quotes (I like the "murmers" mode where they scroll selected quotes) and you can filter by feeling (just see all the people who felt stupid in the last hour...), by the weather at the time when people wrote what they felt, by location (I have it open now showing how all the people blogging feelings in Morgan Hill are feeling)

Careful ... this definitely can suck you in!

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Election Day!

Its election day here in California. I usually try to vote first thing in the morning but think I'll save the fun until after work today instead (since I'm a bit concerned that my change of address didn't go through so I may need to try both polling places to find my name) But I have my voting guide all annotated with who I'm planning to vote for and my favorite "VOTE" pin, and am ready to go!

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June 05, 2006

Some thoughts on marriage

I have traditionally had a pretty unromantic view of marriage. Having watched many marriages dissolve, I had come to the conclusion that marriage was either unnecessary (the independent feminist in me determined to prove that I didn't need to be married to be a full person, etc) or really all about health care, visitation rights, and legal status (which seemed somewhat unfair that you couldn't then get those without being married). I had grown up around quite a few (and often very messy) divorces, which certainly colored my views.

Despite that, I've always felt strongly that the right of marriage should be extended to same-sex couples (though honestly I felt about it much as I thought about gays in the military -- anyone who wants in should get in, but I didn't entirely understand why anyone would want to join up...)

But now, having taken the plunge and been married for all of 2 1/2 months, I'm beginning to finally understand why people are fighting for the right to get married and am more adamant in my opposition to the bigoted and baffling proposals to "protect" the institution of marriage.

As they say, marriage is a fundamental institution of civilization. Any loving couple who is willing to make this commitment and take on the responsibility of getting married should have the right and honor of doing so (or choose not to if they'd rather and still be protected legally on all those important things).

So what to do?
Learn more, send postcards or emails, sign petitions, check out the list of co-sponsors to the bill, spread the word, get out there and VOTE (for some of us, tomorrow!) Other ideas?

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Happy Birthday Lisa!

Happy birthday today to Lisa!

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June 04, 2006

Israel in the Garden

It was absolutely gorgeous today in SF, a perfect day for an outdoor festival! We wandered around, ate delicious foods, I registered to be a marrow donor (S had signed up at last year's festival), and worked from 12:45-3 at the information booth. It was a good thing we were there as a team, because about 1/2 the questions came in English and half in Hebrew. At 3 we were able to go to hear Rami Kleinstein, great Israeli composer and performer (and husband to Rita the Diva!) along with Shiri Maimon (who had represented Israel in the Eurovision song contest last year).

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Afterwards we wandered around some more, bought a new mezuzah  for the house, and had a fantastic tea at the Samorvar Tea Lounge on the upper terrace overlooking the Yerba Buena Gardens.

We also bought a kids book in Hebrew about an orange cat to give to Bonnie.
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June 03, 2006

New England Mille

Best of luck to Bill who is off tomorrow to ride in the New England Mille in a '71 maserati. Apparently they drive 1000 miles from New England to Quebec City and stay in really nice hotels. Sounds like a tough trip :P

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Over the Hedge

Saw Over the Hedge, the new Dream Works animated flick this afternoon. Gorgeous animation and very funny. The tie-ins everywhere are a bit much, but we enjoyed the movie.

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Quite a year!

Its been quite a year -- we got engaged right around this time last year (I didn't announce it to anyone until June 7 here on the blog). Since then we've moved twice, bought new cars, got married, bought a house, visited San Diego twice, Seattle once, Pennsylvania once, Connecticut three times, Hawaii once, Arizona once, went camping once (and once time staying in a cabin), got a cat, and all sorts of other things. I've graduated from library school, switched from being a part-tme intern to a full-time contractor, read a pile of books, seen a bunch of plays, watched a lot of tv, and... of course... blogged a whole lot about all those things and more.

Thanks for being with me for all these adventures!

Today's a nice quiet day at home. I submitted an application to be on the local library commission, we hung out at the library for a while, went to the farmer's market and our favorite fruitstand (where we loaded up on plums and apricots), stopped by the hardware store for a pipe wrench, and have been spending the day hanging out outside reading, fixing the drip irrigation system (hence the pipe wrench) and making fruit soup with the bruised fruit. Tomorrow we're volunteering at Israel in the Gardens in San Francisco.

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June 02, 2006

Potential Library Museum Partnership

This caught my eye in today's Merc coverage of the art museum probably starting to charge admission again (its been free thanks to funds from Knight Ridder, but they're selling the Merc this summer so won't be the local player they used to be). Among the things they are considering to keep the museum affordable is: "a discount for San Jose library-card holders". I like that idea (I think my membership to the museum has lapsed, this would definitely be reason to renew it!)

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Tonight on KTEH

Its pledge time again at our local public television station. I have a shift tonight from 8-11:30pm. I love doing the Fridays because they show Mystery! Here's what's on tonight:

Mystery!
Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw
Friday, June 2, 8:00pm
Part 1 of two. “What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw,” an old friend of Miss Marple's, Mrs. McGillicuddy (Pam Ferris), sees a young woman being strangled aboard a train. Trouble is, she saw it through her window on another train, and no body was found.

and then part two is on at 9:15.

I haven't been there since they announced on May 2 that KQED, Inc and the KTEH Foundation intend to merge and create Northern California Public Broadcasting (NCPB), in a significant move to consolidate the strengths of public broadcasting in the Bay Area.

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June 01, 2006

Happy Shavuot

shavuot.jpgHappy Shavuot today -- a holiday celebrating the harvest season in Israel. Shavuot, which means "weeks", refers to the timing of the festival which is held exactly 7 weeks after Passover.

Some information (since I certainly had to look up this one)
Shavuot on the Net
Wikipedia entry
Torah Tots

Apparently one celebrates by eating lots of dairy foods -- ice cream, cheesecake, cheese-filled blintzes, etc. Mmm.

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