Friday Time Killers

A Literary Quiz for Spring

Just how many daffodils did Wordsworth see? This and other queries of the season. From Guardian UK.

Make Your Own Buzzword Bingo

Raena Jackson-Armitage at Sitepoint in Melbourne posted a unique tutorial in coding PHP. Raena's post discussed how to build your own "Buzzword Bingo" card using PHP. The inventive discussion can be found on the Sitepoint blog.

What's the personality of your favorite blog?

Typealyzer is a text classifier that t analyzes your favorite blog (or your blog) and assigns a Myers-Briggs personality to it based on writing style. The analysis of LISnews determined that it is a "Doer." I'd say librarians are doers, wouldn't you?

Do You know Where Punxsutawney Phil Spends His Other Days?

All eyes will be on Punxsutawney Phil Monday morning early (February 2, Groundhog Day), so I thought you might be interested in knowing that on OTHER days of the year, lucky Phil (with his wife, according to Wikipedia) lives in his own burrow located in the childrens section of the Punxsutawney (PA) Library. Not a bad life for a groundhog.

Wonder when and how he gets relocated to his outside burrow?

Know Any...Dead Librarians?


They were in costume on the job at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library(it's really Kellee Taavel).

What did you wear to work today? Have a scary Halloween and comment below...

One of Those Tough Theoretical Questions...

Your house is suddenly going up in flames! You have time to save all your animate loved ones (children, pets, housemates, etc.) a handful of vital possessions, and ONE BOOK from your beloved collection. (Just one!) Which book will you choose? (Decide quickly!)

Wall Scrawl from Publishers Weekly. Only eight responses thus far, maybe you'd like to add your own.

Read At Work

Librarians do *not* sit around reading books all day but despite that, you might want to check out this cool website from New Zealand "Read at Work" sponsored by the NZ Book Council.

Librarians Beyond the Realm of Reality

Via Pub-Lib, indulge your librarian fantasies with the Seattle Library blog Shelftalk.

Make That Next Conference a Little Easier on the Feet

Can you imagine cruising down the aisles of the next ALA on this? Not sure if it can accommodate seven heavy bags of schwag, but perhaps it could be modified to work for librarians.

Post Apocalyptic Library Commercials

This one from the good folks over at Boing Boing:

"When I was in fifth grade, Mississippi Public Broadcasting decided to introduce a series of short films to educate children on how to use the library. For some godforsaken reason, the people at MPB decided that the best way to do this would be through a post-apocalyptic science fiction serial with children roaming the blasted earth in a… bookmobile… like a cross between 'Reading Rainbow' and 'Damnation Alley.' Confused? So was I. I loved the library and post-apocalyptic movies and television programs, and even I was completely nonplussed. Apparently someone has uploaded the entire run onto YouTube. The music still gives me the creeps!"

The adventure begins!

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