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Need a Break...

Sort of.

See, I'm in Kentucky for the holidays, so I probably wouldn't have been posting much anyway...but then I went and slammed my finger between the car door and one of those concrete pillar things at gas stations.

I think the finger tip is broken. And it's going to be gross when/if I lose the fingernail. Ewwww... Meanwhile, the blog will be on hiatus until it's better.

Links Again...

Libraries, Books, & Authors25 titles added to National Film Registry "Steven Spielberg's 1998 World War II epic, 'Saving Private Ryan,' Joel and Ethan Coen's cult comedy 'The Big Lebowski' and the 1976 drama 'Please Don't Bury Me Alive!' — considered by historians to be the first Chicano feature film — are among the 25 titles added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress."Dec 17, 1843: A Christmas Carol is publishedAgriculture regulators in Minnesota and Pennsylvania warn libraries about their seed-sharing programsNorman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86 "Starting in 1963 with Clifford, the Big Red Dog, Bridwell wrote and illustrated more than 40 Clifford books, from Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors to Clifford Goes to Hollywood. More than 120 million copies have sold worldwide, along with cartoons, a feature film, a musical, stuffed animals, key chains, posters and stickers. Images of Clifford have a…


I promised you a substantial post.
This is not that post.
I have D&D tonight, and I had to make baklava for a work party tomorrow. 

Er, so...enjoy the links! Unless you're playing D&D with me tonight - then you can have leftover baklava AND links. Aren't you special?!
Links! Libraries, Books, & AuthorsDec 15, 1936: George Orwell delivers the manuscript for The Road to Wigan PierThings That Make the Librarian AngrySeven ways schools kill the love of reading in kids — and 4 principles to help restore itLibrarians: the Latest Pawns in the Debate "It’s a lot easier to ignore the 100+ scholars, ignore the entire actual debate, and pick on the librarians. It’s not like any of them would be able to read carefully and pick apart that kind of BS, now is it." Eheheheheh....Religious Post: I did a review on Amazon for Sammy Adebiyi's  Christmas Stories You've Never Heard: Like How Baby Jesus Had A Cone Head And Stuff and thought I'd share the book here, …

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I swear I'll write something substantial at some point this week....  :D

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsDon't Judge a Book by its Cover: Tech-Savvy Teens Remain Fans of Print BooksJane Austen gets her own day (Dec. 16)​Preserving our nation's film heritageNet & TechU.S. slips in measure of Internet freedom, accessPointing Users to DRM-Stripping Software Isn't Copyright Infringement, Judge RulesOtherEngland Has Avoided Eric Garners and Michael Browns by Doing What the U.S. Won'tProsecutor Quietly Releases New Ferguson DocumentsF.B.I. to Investigate a Hanging Death in North Carolina "The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday that it had joined the inquiry into the August death of a black teenager in North Carolina, where family members and their supporters have questioned the finding by the state authorities that he committed suicide."Irked NYPD union asks de Blasio not to attend officers' funerals

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But they're really good ones, I promise...

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsSchool board presented with measure that would restrict what students may or may not readNew York Times reporter James Risen may be offered deal to avoid jailIceland’s Jólabókaflóð: The Christmas Book FloodNet & TechCensorship 2.0: Shadowy forces controlling online conversations "...certain parties – whether individuals with mischief in mind, organisations with vested interests, or certain nation-states – have been using false identities to control online conversations.   Unknown forces are making sure their voices are the loudest in online discourse."Web firms won’t promise no ‘fast lanes’ My guess is because that's exactly what they want to do.Ghost of Antipiracy Bill SOPA Haunts New Copyright Push Do we need copyright law reform? Absolutely! But SOPA/PIPA - well, that was the wrong way to go. Congress quietly expands NSA powers for spying on AmericansSt. Louis Post Dispatch Declare…

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Although I had a blast tonight. DH and I took Swicky and Coconut to see the Christmas lights at the park, and roped a couple of our friends into going with us, as well. It was fun!

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsWhen the Prison Doors Slam Shut On a Teen: Hope in LiteracyPrison book ban is unlawful, court rules "In his ruling, the judge said that it was strange to treat books as a privilege when they could be essential to a prisoner’s rehabilitation."J.K. Rowling's Crime Novels To Step Onto The Small ScreenCan You Identify The Plural Of These 14 Tough Words? I got them all correct - no surprise to anyone, I'm sure. Zuckerberg's Reading Material Has Some in China Crying FoulInternational Community Rallies to Support ZunarNobel laureate writer Orhan Pamuk slams climate of 'fear' in Turkey'Fault in Our Stars' returned to middle school libraries Hurrah!  Net & TechVerizon's New, Encrypted Calling App Comes Pre-Hacked for the NSAThe Pirate…

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It's Emily Dickinson's Birthday!

Happy birthday, Emily Dickinson!
Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.

We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun –

Or rather – He passed Us –
The Dews drew quivering and Chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle –

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground –

Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads
Were toward Eternity –

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsStudent pushes for academic freedom in HanoverThe Little Prince French TrailerNet & TechSecret court extends NSA surveillance rules with no…


No more secret trade agreements! We know that there are provisions in the TTIP and TPP trade deals that lead to censorship. The US is the only country blocking the release of the TTIP to the public, and now they’re refusing the release of the TPP. No government should be able to hide in the shadows and act on our behalf. It’s time to release the text.
Libraries, Books, & AuthorsOn Information PrivilegeThe Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'Fascinating Text Book Doodles Made By Bored Students From 800 Years AgoRandom House Promises Changes To Lena Dunham BookOtherWhy Poor People Stay Poor "ecause our lives seem so unstable, poor people are often seen as being basically incompetent at managing their lives. That is, it’s assumed that we’re not unstable because we’re poor, we’re poor because we’re unstable. So let’s just talk about how impossible it is to keep your life from spiraling out of control when you have no financial cushion whatsoever. And let…


My reaction to the grand jury decision regarding the homicide of Eric Garner?

Jon Stewart wrapped it up pretty well:

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So, too, did Fr. James Martin, SJ:

Really, what else is there to say?

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsPublishers Weekly honors ALA leadership for library ebook advocacyEdmonton Public Library Adds Homeless Outreach to Five New BranchesWhat Kids Want in Books "A sneak peek from Kids & Family Reading Report: Fifth Edition Full report coming in January 2015" I can't wait to see the full report!Net & TechThis Will Revolutionize Education "So why has technology not revolutionized education? According to Derek Muller from Veritasium, there’s two reasons: technology is not inherently superior to traditional teaching methods, and learning is a social activity."A quick, jargon-free explainer to the Supreme Court case that will decide the limit…


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Libraries, Books, & AuthorsNew York Public Library Expands Free Wi-Fi ProgramPublisher changes titles after seven-year-old girl’s complaintCharles Dickens’ Comeback Tour "On December 2, 1867 Charles Dickens kicked off his first U.S. reading tour.  It was a gutsy move."Location, Location: GPS in the Medieval LibraryHow an eBay bookseller defeated a publishing giant at the Supreme CourtRussell Brand pledges funding to set up library at his former schoolUK libraries protest copyright restrictions with empty spacesSchool libraries are essential for learning "Here's a quiz. Which of the following are required by Pennsylvania to have libraries and certified librarians:  (a) barber and cosmetology schools,  (b) nursing programs,  (c) adult prisons,  (d) juvenile detention facilities,  (e) public schools?  The answer is all of them, except for public schools."Net & TechEdward Snowden wins Swedish human rights award for NSA revelationsFeds want Apple’s hel…


Since we didn't get massive amounts of snow and are therefore not stuck in Kentucky, I suppose we will pack up tonight and head out early tomorrow morning. Time to get back to The Real World.


Libraries, Books, & AuthorsArt Student Hand-Illuminates, Binds a Copy of Tolkien's Silmarillion So gorgeous! Hanover schools release list of sensitive instructional material "Hanover County school administrators have sent all principals a list of instructional materials that teachers now need a principal’s permission to use in class....The books on the list are 'Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude,' by Rosemary Graham; 'So Far From the Bamboo Grove,' by Yoko Watkins; 'The Color Purple,' by Alice Walker; 'The Well,' by Mildred D. Taylor; and 'Thirteen Reasons Why,' by Jay Asher."Publishing: The peer-review scam "When a handful of authors were caught reviewing their own papers, it exposed weaknesses in modern publishing system…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I, for one, would love to revive a long-forgotten tradition: When Thanksgiving Was Weird.

Oddest thing: Thanksgiving in turn-of-the-20th century America used to look a heckuva lot like Halloween. People — young and old — got all dressed up and staged costumed crawls through the streets. In Los Angeles, Chicago and other places around the country, newspapers ran stories of folks wearing elaborate masks and cloth veils. Thanksgiving mask balls were held in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Montesano, Wash., and points in between. In New York City — where the tradition was especially strong — a local newspaper reported in 1911 that "fantastically garbed youngsters and their elders were on every corner of the city." Thousands of folks ran rampant, one syndicated column noted. "Horns and rattles are worked overtime. The throwing of confetti and even flour on pedestrians is an allowable pastime." It must have been like a strange American dream. 

How much…

Sympathy for the Devil

This morning, I had a talk with my 8 year old daughter, Swicky, about systemic racism, the militarization of the police, and how ordinary evil really is. I woke up with Sympathy for the Devil running through my head, and it made more sense than ever.

I am sad for Ferguson. I am disgusted by those who take the Grand Jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson as proof that he was justified in gunning down an unarmed teen (and, therefore, Mike Brown's guilt of something worthy of the death penalty without charges or trial). I am also disgusted by those who condemn the protesters - particularly those who are lashing out in violence.
That one's the hardest to explain to people. But, yes, I understand the violence, even though I don't condone it. I understand the burning, the destruction, and the looting. (Thank God, I'm not the only one.) I'm angry, too - and I'm lucky: I'm white. 
I don't have to worry about what happens if I consider buying a BB gun …


Prosecutor Announces Ferguson Jury Decision In Michael Brown's Death

"A grand jury did not indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for any crimes related to the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August."

I wish I could say I'm shocked, but I'm not. I am, however, saddened. I will be praying for the people of Ferguson and Michael Brown's family.

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsNov 24, 1859: Origin of Species is publishedH.P. Lovecraft’s Classic Horror Stories Free Online: Download Audio Books, eBooks & MoreSalvador Dali's cookbook is every bit as insane as you would expect it to beAuthors Sign Up to Raise Barnes & Noble’s Black Friday Sales "The chain recruited 100 prominent authors — including Donna Tartt, David Mitchell, Dan Brown, E. L. James, Jeff Kinney, George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton — to each sign roughly 5,000 copies of their latest books. The company will distribute the 500,000 signed books among its more than …

Naught but Links...

Headaches are Terrible....

...and now I'm worried there might be something crawling around in my brain...


Libraries, Books, & AuthorsNov 22, 1819: George Eliot is bornMeet the Man Who Catalogs Medieval Cartoons4 Fake Quotes by Famous Authors to Watch Out ForTexas Approves Textbooks With Moses As Honorary Founding FatherScienceEPA Barred From Getting Advice From Scientists "A bill passed through the US House of Representatives is designed to prevent qualified, independent scientists from advising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They will be replaced with industry affiliated choices, who may or may not have relevant scientific expertise, but whose paychecks benefit from telling the EPA what their employers want to hear." Authority IssuesVideo shows teacher forcing girl to school pool The P.E. teacher "...was put on paid leave for a month immediately following the incident, but was then brought back and assigned to another Stockton campus. Only Thursday, when KXTV-TV notifie…

It's a Coffee Miracle!

Remember when I raved over my new AeroPress?

This morning, my husband of ten years - who only rarely drinks coffee, when he desperately needs the caffeine to stay awake, and only then black and ice cold - walked by me and said, "Something smells good..." He picked up my cup of coffee, took a sip, and then took it away.

That's right - AeroPress coffee is so delicious, my coffee-disliking husband will drink it because he likes it.

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsNov 21, 1694: Voltaire's birthdayTown Reportedly Nixes Winnie the Pooh Mascot Over 'Dubious Sexuality' "Officials in the Polish town of Tuszyn (around 87 miles southwest of Warsaw) were deciding on a mascot for its town playground, when the classic children's character was suggested as a candidate. They decided to rule Winnie out, because he's an 'inappropriately dressed' bear of 'dubious sexuality.'" The War of the Words "Amazon’s war with publishing giant Ha…

Hurrah for Sleep!

I feel much better now. I even woke up while it was technically still morning, so I don't feel like I wasted the entire day, although I did spend most of the day catching up on Gotham and not changing out of my pajamas.

I also had some friends over to watch a movie (The Fall, which was pretty good, I think), and that was loads of fun.

All in all, a very good day!

Libraries, Books, & Authors“A Giant of Literature”: Ursula K. Le Guin and Neil Gaiman at the 2014 National Book AwardsNov 20, 1875: Henry James' first novel is publishedFSU Gunman Identified As School Alumnus and Attorney Myron MayReuters To Cut Jobs Despite Budget IncreaseNet & TechSen. Al Franken Demands Answers From Uber on Privacy, ‘God View’ ToolWhat is Your Location?: Public Knowledge Petition Pushes FCC to Implement 911 Accuracy RulesAuthority IssuesVirginia Police Have Been Secretively Stockpiling Private Phone RecordsNewly obtained video of Southeast Bullitt Fire Department chief raises question…