Librarians as geeks

djfiander writes "I have a minor addiction to silly online quizzes, so when the Inner Geek came floating through a mailing list I read, I had to check, especially since I am very geeky. My point, and I do have one, is that one of the questions is, "You want to be, or have every been... a librarian", is a question. I'm not sure if this is good or not. Oh, and I scored a mere "Total Geek", which is fairly low on the pantheon, even if I did check off every single checkbox in the "have read" section except for the "Star Wars/Star Trek Companion book" option."


Canadian Access to the Infamous Action Figure

djfiander writes "Probably the cheapest and easiest way for those of us north of the 49th (even if I'm at 42 deg N) is from the Ontario Library Association online store. That way we don't have to argue with Canada Post about paying a service charge for them to provide the "service" of collecting taxes."


Can a Librarian Go to the Prom?

An anonymous patron sent this one in [via craigslist]

can a librarian go to the prom? -m4wI was at the central library this evening with my daughter. Completly and unexpectedly I became smitten with the beautiful librarian working in the juvenial section. I've been trying to work up the courage to ask a woman to the prom being held at Roshambeau Winery this saturday night. I'm a single father and would never ever ask a woman out in front of my number one lady(daughter). I do hope you are there when I get a chance to come in alone. Oh and I know tons about Yom Kippur now, thank you.

Just thought we'd post this in case the lucky librarian reads LISNews!


Life's Unanswered [Reference] Questions

Lee Hadden writes: "If you are interested in Reference Services, be glad you don't
routinely get questions like these. Try these (for fun) Life's Unanswered
Reference Questions:

To which we add, "Why did someone ask this question of ME?"


Idaville Detective 'Encyclopedia' Brown Found Dead In Library Dumpster

The Onion is "Reporting" Police are currently investigating the death of police detective Leroy "Encyclopedia" Brown, 49, whose body was discovered in a Dumpster behind the Idaville Public Library Monday.

"Detective Brown's death is a great loss," said Idaville Police Commissioner Rupert "Bugs" Meany, a longtime critic of Brown's unorthodox investigative technique who nevertheless appeared to be shaken by the murder. "Thanks to him, Idaville has the highest arrest-to-conviction-due-to-obscure-trivia rate in the nation. I believe I speak for everyone in Idaville when I say that Encyclopedia Brown was truly the greatest sleuth in sneakers."


Some Fun Links For The Weekend

stevenj writes "If any of you unattached librarians out there are looking for dates and romance - you really must visit this web site."
Almost related, here's a collection of the my favorite other get-a-good-laugh sites.
We're cool enough to have our own Action Figure, well, 2 Actually, but did you know librarians star in at least 2 cartoons, Library Girl, the adventures of a library girl and her cat, and the fantastically funny "Unshelved".
We've been Featured in the funny pages numerous times, and have been the subject of a couple funny flash cartoons as well, The Library, a catchy toon [Warning: May stick in your head for hours], and a "Cops" parody "Overdue", featuring the library cops. And finally, not at all related to anything, but I'm not sure where I'll ever link to it, Dan's The Image of Librarians in Pornography, safe for the desk, but, as he puts it "Do not proceed to the links if you're offended by four letter words or explicit images"
We're a Funny Bunch, not just a bunch of ol' ladies.


Onion Lovers Unite

No not that Onion. An Anonymous Patron wrote in with Cedric Oignon visits the library, done in the vein of PEEP research from earlier this year. Looks like the library shown has a lax food and drink policy.


Patron walks into bar, leaves a library

solidstate writes "Comparing a bar (beverages, food, darts, etc.) to a library may have happened before. Maybe there's a library with a pub in it instead of a cafe. In the case of a story out of Denver, however, the patron entered a bar expecting to have fun and celebrate friendship with laughter and noise. Instead, the manager asked the party to quiet down. That's when the "we must be in a library" comments came out."


Paul Newman is still HUD

First, there was Spike TV and Spike Lee. Next came "Fair and Balanced" FoxNews and Al Franken. Now Paul Newman takes on HUD.
From the NYT:

"Unreliable sources report that the Fox suit has inspired Paul Newman, the actor, to file a similar suit in federal court against the Department of Housing and Urban Development, commonly called HUD. Mr. Newman claims piracy of personality and copycat infringement.

In the 1963 film "HUD," for which Mr. Newman was nominated for an Academy Award, the ad campaign was based on the slogan, "Paul Newman is HUD." Mr. Newman claims that the Department of Housing and Urban Development, called HUD, is a fair and balanced institution and that some of its decency and respectability has unfairly rubbed off on his movie character, diluting the rotten, self-important, free-trade, corrupt conservative image that Mr. Newman worked so hard to project in the film. His suit claims that this "innocence by association" has hurt his feelings plus residuals."



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