Friday, June 16, 2006

long time no post

wow, it's been a long time since i've updated this thing. uh....sorry? i actually have a new blog that i'm working on for one of my classes - all about libraries and technology and other cool stuff, so why don't y'all come and visit me over there??!!!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Librarian Chic

Checkout this article about "shifted librarians," those who realize that information comes to people more than people seek information, so libraries must be made portable. I’m thinking of it also a call-to-arms. Although I am certainly a proponent of new technologies, electronic resources, etc., I have very little knowledge in the actually hows and whys of it all. I really have no idea how any of it works, and, honestly, I really wouldn’t care, if it weren’t for the fact that at some point I will HAVE to learn all of this technology as a requirement for employability. I suppose I just need to change my thinking and look forward to the challenge. Perhaps while I’m at it I can also face my fears and learn about all of that home improvement/handyman crap I hate and have no skill at. It’s about time I learned how to install a new medicine cabinet, put recessed lighting in my ceiling, and add a screen to my back door. Naaaah, I’ll stick to learning about RSS feeds, for the time-being.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Mighty Cool

Admittedly, I don't know too much about the actor Josh Lucas, but i think it's pretty cool that he's trying to get Mighty's off the ground, a healthy and environmentally-conscious alternative to McDonald's. Boy would I love to help out with recipe development for that one...

wow, Google is actually standing up to the guv-ment. Although I occasionally have issues with Google regarding their digitization projects and the fact that it is often over-used (or not correctly used) for academic purposes, I fully support their decision here. I think this is just another way the current administration is trying to get more personal information from all of us.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Personal DNA Test

Shep shared this personality test with us on nancies. It's a bit of a time-waster, but it's also kind of an updated Myers-Briggs type of test with a neat sliding scale grading system. I turned out to be a Benevolent Director. Go figure...

Gender & Profanity

I've been noticing more and more that men apologize for using profane language while in the presence of women. Clarification: men who do not know the women they are swearing in front of tend to apologize for their language. It happened to me twice yesterday; granted, the second time was buy a drunk guy at 7-11 who was buying a 40. But still. Do men think that women don't swear? Are we really that genteel that if we overhear another converstaion where someone uses profane language we'll be morally offended? I suppose it's people just being polite, but I find it to be funny that although I curse and swear all the time, men who are complete strangers (and therefore wouldn't know this about me) take the time to notice that a stranger has overheard their profanity and call themselves out on it. I guess lots of these guys were raised "right" after all.

Monday, January 09, 2006

New Name

With the recent and upcoming creation of blogs with clever names, it seems mine needs a cute and creative name, too. Any ideas??

Library Lust

A cute little article about sex in the stacks...

I finally finished that damn book

I FINALLY finished reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand a week or two ago. It was very long and I didn't particularly like it, which made for a very slow reading process - about four months. But I was committed to finishing it, and I finally did...for which Sam still owes me a shot. But that's beside the point.

I’m not even going to touch Rand’s objectivist theory right now…or maybe ever….but I do want to comment on her characterizations. (I’m not really giving anything away here, so if you haven’t read the book and plan on it, I’m not spoiling anything because these plot points are so completely obvious; and if you haven’t read the book or don’t plan on it, then it’s a moot point anyway)

I really dislike the way Dagny, the female protagonist, is portrayed in such a sexualized way. Dagny is a tough-as-nails female railroad executive in the first half of the twentieth century (dates are not named, but from the technology available I assume the book takes place somewhere during the late 1940s/early 1950s). There are a handful of leading male characters in the book, and each time Dagny encounters one of them, there is undeniable sexual tension or attraction. I’m just not sure why it’s necessary in every specific case. Part of the novel focuses on a love triangle, so I suppose it’s necessary in that case, but I just don’t see why Rand had to bring up sexual tension (or chemistry) at certain points throughout the book. The scenes and scenarios would have worked just as well without them. It’s almost as if she was trying to include a continuous theme specifically to draw in women readers. I wasn't quite sure what was the point of having Dagny have sexual encounters with each of the lead male characters, except to make her out to look like a slut.

If anyone has read it and would like to comment....feel free!

Dewey Decimal System

Since the first response when I tell someone I'm in library school is something along the lines of, "Oh, so what do you do? Learn the Dewey Decimal System"? I thought I'd let you all know that yes, I DID learn the Dewey Decimal System in one of my classes last semester. And ya know what? It ain't easy! It's a lot harder to come up with those numbers than some of you might think. Personally, I like the Library of Congress Classification system much better. Just thought you'd all like to know.

I'm baaaaack

Wow, after about four months away from this thing, I realized it's about time I started posting again. Also, because everyone under the sun seems to have a blog, I figured I should keep up with mine. With shorter posts this time, rather than the whole online journal thing. goes!!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Some thoughts on music

Well, I have yet to share the url of this blog with anyone, so for now it's just serving as my personal online journal, which is fine with me for the moment.

I've been thinking about music lately, and about how I haven't really had as much of a chance lately to listen to "my" music, specifically Phish. I can't listen to music at work (it unfortuntely doesn't quite fit in with the atmosphere of a library) and have few opportunities to listen a lot at home. Sam has been dowloading quite a bit of music lately, and although I really like most of what he's exposed me to, there isn't always the opportunity for me to play a lot of what I like. Not that he'd mind if I put on a Phish show (or other such jam band), but I sometimes feel a bit guilty since songs I like can easily run 15-20 minutes, and his stuff is full of short, 2 minute songs!

I'm seriously thinking of asking for an IPOD either for my birthday or Hannukah so that I can at least listen to music on the train or have an easier time of listening to it in the car (don't even get me started on Sam's methods of CD transportation/storage in the car...suffice it to say that an IPOD would make both of our lives much easier!)

There are a few factors (which I can identify) why I've been craving Phish so much lately. The first is that it's almost the 5-year anniversary of my first show (9-23-00) and there's something about the late summer/early fall that just brings me back there. The experience was so intense - partly due to the e, but also due to the scene, the naivety which I felt going in, the whole new world opened up, etc. I just wish I could go back to that moment....I also have been craving the music because I haven't been able to afford the money or time to go to other shows lately and therefore need to create the live music experience for myself the best I can.

In actuality, I kick myself over and over again for not exposing myself to the live Phish experience earlier - to know that I was in Chicago, Providence and NYC for so many wonderful shows and not even thinking about attending; it almost makes me sick. But you can't recover lost opportunities, so I choose to make the most of them by at least being able to listen to the shows.

Unfortunately the entire concept of downloading music is currently beyond my technical capabilities, so I'm stuck trying to acquire new shows by the dinosaur trade method. Trades do come through on occassion, so my collection has slowly been able to grow. I'm currently trying to expand my collection of any '97 shows, since it was such a landmark year, and get as much of that into me as I can.

So in the meantime I'm using my few moments alone at home or in the car to savor this music and to continue to let it shape me and give me precious moments "away from myself"...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

thoughts on processed foods...

So last week, Sam bought "Reduced Sugar Cinnamon Toast Crunch" at the grocery store. We both ate it and the results were not pretty. Let's just say, it had Olestra-like effects. Yuck!

Then I read a series of articles the Chicago Tribune published this week about Oreo cookies, and the problems Kraft foods faces while promising not to market junk food to kids and simultaneously trying to raise their profits. One of the sidebars mentioned that the Reduced-Sugar Oreos contain a chemical called Malitol (or something like that) which "can cause laxative effects." The lightbulb came on and I realized that's what must have been in the Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Oy!

As Bill Maher has said recently, it's the food we eat that's killing us. Not just the sheer quantities of it, but the actual makeup of processed foods - chemicals, dyes, compounds created in labratories, etc. He's right. We're being poisoned by corporations, but we're happily eating it up in the form of low-sugar, low-carb, low-fat products. (The Oreo article pointed out that a reduced-sugar Oreo only has 5 fewer calories than a regular Oreo). It's no wonder that cancer, obesity and diabetes are on the rise - we consume so many chemicals in our food (in addition to calories, carbs and fat) that they're obviously contributing to our nation's horrible health.

So Sam and I decided last night that we're gonna try to eat less processed food, at least when we're at home (eating out is a different story). We're hoping that eating more natural foods, cooking from scratch, etc. will help both of us with our weight goals (mine - to lose weight, his - to gain), keep us feeling healthier, keep us from having future "Olestra-like symptoms," allow us to eat a more balanced and nutritious diet, and, hopefully, keep us from having long-term effects from all of these chemicals.

It will be quite a challenge, but I'm pretty convinced that eating small amounts of a "regular" food (sour cream or cheese, for instance) is equally as healthy (or less unhealthy) than eating huge amounts of all of the lite or reduced fat shit. We shall see....