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What's with the Cranberry Banner Blake?

{this text is too short} Is it just for a change of pace?

Workflow this weekend...

1. Finish The LISNews Bulletin
2. Do a check-print of the Bulletin since the printing costs have been fully funded
3. Finish writing freebie propaganda radio ad for New Jersey librarians (among others) to use
4. Ponder further this strap line: "American Libraries: Windows on our past...Bridges to our future"
5. Record and post the propaganda piece for use

Time for Peeps

It's that time of the year...and since there seems to be some special relationship between librarians and peeps (can someone please explain that to me?)

Here's the Washington Post's celebration of the wee marshmallow treats, from their fourth annual Peeps Diorama Contest that drew more than 1,100 sugar-inspired entries. See the winner -- a candy-colored take on the movie "Up" -- and 37 of their favorites at the 'Peeps Show'. For Peep-0-maniacs, here's video of the top five entries including a sweet portrayal of the Margaret Wise Brown's classic "Goodnight Moon".

Blogging By Hand

Power outages during snow storms are not fun. While power has been restored (for now?), the following handwritten bit of blogging is posted as an attached PDF talking about format diversification.

Comparing two stories

Story in the NYT Jan 20, 2010 - Chilled by Choice

Story in the NYT Dec 26, 2008 - No Furnaces but Heat Aplenty in ‘Passive Houses’

After reading both stories some might think that you can be warm and environmentally conscious at the same time.

And now the cat is into head-banging...

Our indoor/outdoor tomcat is having problems. We had to rearrange things. Since I got back from the day job, the cat has been spastic. He's been far more expressive than normal with fairly strange physical antics. Here's what happened.

The space here on the farm where we record LISTen suffered some structural damage recently. I had a spaghetti pot catching the leak as water dripped down from the ceiling of that space. We just had a damage assessment that indicates that that whole space is going to have to be repaired. Before I had to shuffle off to the day job I worked with family to tear out that whole area and reconfigure another part of the farm house to compensate for the loss of space.

This truly sucks. I was worried that I was going to have to negotiate time to borrow somebody else's recording space to record the next episode. I was even more worried the podcast would be forced back into hiatus until I could figure out a solution.

After all that worry, I am pleased to say that we're still on the air barring any unforeseen complications. The acoustics profile has changed so things might sound slightly different. Listener discretion is encouraged.

Doing Non-LIS Things

Sometimes I actually do do non-librarian things. This blog post talks about one of those projects. More about that project can be found at a certain site too.

What's In a Name Part I.

What's In a Name Part I.

My PICAW (Partner In Crime At Work) and myself found ourselves bored at work when we were covering the phones.
I randomly searched for unique names in our patron database and was quite surprised what names (first and middle) popped up. So what started out as a way to pass the time turned into a competitive game.

Our list became quite extensive and we have tried to keep it organized, somewhat...

States:

    Florida
    Georgia
    Illinois
    Indiana
    Louisiana
    Maine
    Maryland
    Montana
    Nevada
    Virginia
    Washington

We found out that our library system has its own "United Nations" of patrons' names when it came to countries along with some other cities.

Countries and Cities: -- Read More

    Africa
    America
    Antigua
    Argentina
    Asia
    Austria
    Bari
    Benin
    Bolivia
    Brazil
    Burma
    Canada
    Chad
    China
    Cuba
    Denmark
    Dominica
    Egypt
    England
    Eritrea
    Ethiopia
    France
    India
    Iran
    Ireland
    Israel
    Italia
    Jordan
    Kenya
    Mali
    Manila
    Milan
    Niger
    Oman
    Paris
    Romania
    Rome
    Somalia
    Spain
    Sudan
    Tonga

Testing Theories

This provokes some thought when it comes to the testing of theories and how generalizing from the part in lieu of the whole creates issues:

The Year in Buzzwords

From The New York Times:

It was a year for birthers, deathers and Tenthers to go all nine-iron on the Obama brand.

Catchphrases and buzzwords can tell us much about a year past — what resonated, what stuck, what the year revealed about the sensibility of the nation, whether you’re a wise Latina woman, a mini-Madoff, a teabagger or Balloon Boy.

Who knew there could be a word for a mother of eight?

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