Friday, January 26, 2007

Round Up

On July 7, 2007 (07/07/07) 7 New Wonders of the World will be announced. Chime in and vote on what you think they should be.

These critter cars are just too cute. The dogbone car and the pinecone car are cracking me up. Here's a larger and clearer image. (via SwissMiss)

The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is a collection of over 40,000 hours of spoken word recordings, dating back to 1888. The collection includes the voices of over 100,000 persons from all walks of life. George Robert Vincent was a pioneer in the field of sound recording. Among other things he helped to start the Armed Forces Radio Service in 1943. He donated his collection of over 8,000 voice recordings to the Libraries of Michigan State University in 1962.

A friend that knows my love for the periodic table sent me this.

It looks like some of the university presses are blogging. Here's a link for the Harvard University Press blog and their blog roll lists some of the other press blogs.

Construction is a job board and resume database for employment in the construction, design and engineering fields.

PolyMeta is a clustering and metasearch engine. One of the things that I like about it is after performing a search the results page has a topical navigation listing on the left-hand side of the page. Here's more information on it's features.

I had no idea that last year Norfolk, Virginia had a Mermaids on Parade festivity. Sort of like the cows, Lindborg's dala horses, and the WDC Party Animals. Norfolk, Virginia decided to take a non four-legged animal approach and had mermaids. Here is a listing of some "im-moo-tators" of the cow parade idea. I love public art and think these are all great.

While I was searching for "can't recall what now" on Wikipedia I ended up finding this interesting list of cognitive biases.

Do you ever wonder about life. You know why am I here, why are things the way they are, yadda, yadda, yadda. If you do and you don't like the answers you are giving yourself go to Ask Philosphers.

Have a great weekend.

"Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it." - Samuel Johnson

Friday, January 19, 2007

Round Up

According to my Forgotten English calendar today is St. Flilian's fest day. St. Fillan or St. Fillian helped deranged souls. Love hagiography.

A friend told me about the ecofabulous site. Lots of interesting items on the site, but even though they are sexy and sustainable, they are still pricey. Conspicuous consumption alert.

While I was perusing the ecofabulous site I came upon the Tesla roadster. Oh, how my heart went a pitter-patter. First of all it's a high-performance, electric sports car. Be still my heart. Secondly, it shares the same name as my absolute favorite scientist/inventor-Nikola Tesla. I read a book about Tesla, the man, not the car, in high school, and I developed this huge crush on him. (yes, I was a science geek). Alas, besides the car's prohibitive price, $92,000, there's a waiting list. If you want one, you have to reserve it. Nice to dream though.

I was reading the November 2006 Library of Congress Information Bulletin (hard copy) and I came across an interesting article about a comics collection owned by LOC. It's on view until February 24, 2007. I came to appreciate comics rather late in life. The only comic I ever read as a kid was a Casper the Friendly Ghost comic. I would occasionally read Peanuts in the Sunday paper, but that was about the extent of my comic interest. When I was in library school I ended up reading Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi. I fell in love with the graphic novels. I have a growing list of titles that I want to read: Persepolis 2, Cancer Vixen: A True Story by Marisa Ac Marchetto, Blankets by Craig Thompson and Banana Sunday by Root Nibot and Colleen Coover.

Probably only those of us in the library world can appreciate the recycled interlibrary loan envelope.

I should have posted this link in last weeks round up before Martin Luther King day, but better late than never. Juliette Hampton Morgan was a white, Southern librarian who finally had to resign from her job because of her public support for black citizens during the 50's. She wrote letters to the editor of her local newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, supporting civil rights for blacks in general and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in particular. On Novemeber 1, 2005, nearly 50 years after her death, the Montgomery City Council voted to name the main public library after her. Articles here and here/ There is also a book about this courageous woman. I guess there really is such a thing as a steel magnolia. (I see that there isn't a Wikipedia article on Ms. Morgan. I think I'm going to have to try and write one for her).

Have a good weekend.

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality." Dante Alighieri

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Round Up

Well, my girl's stamp comes out next Wednesday. Oh, how I love Ella. There's so much I could say about her, but Afrobella's eloquent post of January 10th,2007, says it so much better than I could. She also has some great anecdotes about the great lady.

Since it's finally winter here in the East, some of you might want to warm your tootsies.

Ahh, Melvil Dewey would be so proud.

ALA (American Library Association) has come out with the best free reference sites. This link is the combined index for the years 1996-2006.

For some odd reason A. and I missed the airing of Bleak House when it was on the first time. We started watching it last week, and I realized I didn't know all that much about this particular work by Dickens. I decided to do some research and it led me to this. Make sure your sound is turned on.

I finally found the cloth or felt trees that I hope to make for this years mantle village. More here.

A friend told me about the Buttonarium. I have been having a lot of fun and learning a lot perusing this online button museum. There is every kind of button you can imagine,and then some. I have been looking at all of the cool airline buttons. Great site. Thanks K. for the tip.

Have a nice weekend and a nice MLK day.

"Once, when we were playing at the Apollo, Holiday was working a block away at the Harlem Opera House. Some of us went over between shows to catch her, and afterwards we went backstage. I did something then, and I still don't know if it was the right thing to do - I asked her for her autograph." Ella Fitzgerald

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." Martin Luther King Jr., Accepting Nobel Peace Prize, Dec. 10, 1964

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


At one time I was considering collecting fundraiser cookbooks. I just love these treasure troves of regional cuisine, lore, and history. I already had a couple from where I grew up in PA, and I added a couple more to my collection. I particuarly like to find ones that have hand-written notes in them. Then I started getting obsessed about them, the way I do with most things. I was constantly looking for them on eBay and in thrift stores. When we moved, I decided to just give them away. Every once in awhile the fundraiser cookbook ember gets fanned and I start looking for them on eBay. Who knows I may start collecting them again.

What fanned this flame this time was Amy Sedaris' hilarious book, I Like You. It called out to me when I was in the library the other day. It is really a fun read, and there are a lot of very good recipes included in the book. And some of her tips are side-splitting funny, but also good ideas. Like if you invite elderly people over for dinner, you should thread some needles for them to take home with them. So many of the recipes reminded me of the sort that one finds in fundraiser cookbooks-hence the flame was fanned.

A. and I generally have a couple of books each going at the same time. While I was chuckling my way through I Like You, he was reading In Search of Nella Larsen: A Biography of the Color Line by George Hutchinson.. Now, I have seen this man engrossed in many books, but he literally could not put this book down. He said he thought he knew a good bit about the Harlem Renaissance, but this book really opened his eyes to so much more information. Apparently this woman had a fascinating and yes, heart-breaking life. I knew she was an author, but I didn't know much else. Will have to add to my TBR list.

I had come across Paperback Swap in Pages magazine, and I thought it sounded like a great idea. I like the whole concept that money isn't being exchanged. (except for the postage-Media Mail). I just registered last week, and the 6 books that I listed are now on their way to someone, and the books that I selected are on their way to me. In fact, I already received 2. You can also include audio books and hard back books as well. Check it out-it's also fun.

When first came on the scene I loved it. I sold quite a few books and I purchased quite a few books. I stopped using when they changed their remuneration policies and stopped sending out checks. They now use direct deposit, and I just don't like giving up access to my checking account. I just joined a gym, and I was thrilled that I didn't have to argue with them about the whole checking account access situation.

"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill." Barbara Tuchman

Friday, January 05, 2007

Friday Round Up

Well, this is the first post for 2007. I hope that my 3 faithful readers had a wonderful holiday. Things were well at the A & L Ranch. I decided to construct a mantle village since I kept seeing them all over the web. I copied mine from Danny Seo and made mine from cards. Crafty I am not, but it didn't turn out to badly. I think white twinkle lights can cover a multitude of sins. I think this year (I should get started now) I will add some cloth trees. I can't locate an image of one, but you know, they are usually felt or boiled wool, tree-shaped, and then you can sew buttons, rick-rack, etc. I'll keep hunting for an image of one.

And for all of you Disney fans out there I found an unofficial Disney blog .

I don't have a space in MySpace (am I the only one) and I have heard some unsavory things about MySpace, which led me to be even more surprised when I found that some museums have spaces in My Space. (I'm trying to see how many times I can type "space". The Brooklyn Museum, Cartoon Art Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and the American Jazz Museum, to name a few.

If you feel like humming or singing a few tunes hum your way over to the TV Tunes (wav file). I had a ball listening to some of my favorites like the theme to Carmen Sandiego.

If you are someone who is interested in linguistics, alphabets, and writing systems you absolutely must visit Omniglot.

Coudal, which has become one of my favorite sites has the very cool drink link.

I apologize for the brevity of this post. Next weeks should be better.

Since this is the conclusion of the Yule season I thought I would end with this medieval quote.

"When we and ours have it in our power to do for you and yours what your and yours have done for us and ours, then we and ours will do for you and yours what you and yours have done for we and ours." It must help to recite the above if you have your wassail in a two-handled loving cup. Lots of wassail.