Showing posts from October, 2014

Halloween!! Hooray!!

It's all about Halloween, baby!!

I worked today. You think that stopped me from dressing up?

(DH says it's a good thing I have the hat - otherwise, no one would know I was in costume. C'mon, I don't dress like this every day. Maybe every other...)

Google's in on it, of course, with a frightfully cute set of Doodles My favorite?

I took the kids trick-or-treating tonight, of course. They ran into a little trouble.

They had a lot of fun, and brought home a lot of candy! Then we had dinner - hot dog octopuses, asparagus spears, and grapes - with a Halloween cookie cake for dessert. Fun times!

Halloween Links!
Libraries, Books, & Authors - Halloween Special!The top 10 vampire booksThese Comics Remind Us Why Halloween is the Best Holiday EverI'm Not Scary, I'm Just Drawn That Way: Great Comics For Halloween I would definitely add Sweet Tooth and Chew to the list, as well as The Sandman, of course. Related: 13 Terrifying Modern Horror Comics I have not read so …

Happy Halloween Eve!

Sorry, all, I just get really, really excited about Halloween.

I've set up my Halloween playlist, too, and put it on repeat! Here's the list:

Hotel CaliforniaSympathy for the DevilPaint It BlackCreepDon't Fear the ReaperPeople Are StrangeCry Little SisterBeauty Has Her WayBig EmptyDead Souls Color Me OnceI Still BelieveTo the Shock of Miss LouiseThe Devil Went Down to GeorgiaBad Things Hal
It's a short list - what are some songs I need to add, guys?

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsEssential Tools for the Today’s Cybrarians20 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know #14 is my favorite!Oct 30, 1811: Sense and Sensibility is publishedNet & TechSomebody’s Already Using Verizon’s ID to Track Users "Twitter is using a newly discovered hidden code that the telecom carriers are adding to every page you visit – and it’s very hard to opt out."OtherAMC Nabs Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston Miniseries ‘The Night Manager’Marie Laveau tomb restoration So muc…

Happy National Cat Day!


Happy _____ Day!

So, happy 100th birthday, Jonas Salk - and you get your very own Google Doodle! Learn more about the doctor and the vaccine he gave to the people of the world.

Today is also the Feast Day of St. Jude! He's the saint of lost causes, desperate situations, and the impossible. You can probably understand why I like him.

In other news, I finished building my latest D&D character, a Changeling elementalist named Jinx, with a cat called Trouble. I'm hoping they last longer than two weeks.

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsWhat Book Should You Read Next? Putting Librarians And Algorithms To The Test "The real difference, then, between the library’s BookMatch service and a site like Amazon or Netflix may be less about the method and more about the motive. One is commercial, the other is not. Both want to recommend books people will like--but the commercial interest is to sell more books and the calculations behind that are not transparent to the user. Librarians, says David…

Dang It...

Trunk or Treat!

My library held their second annual Trunk or Treat tonight!

The crowds were impressive - we got there a good five minutes early, and there was a line all the way down the parking lot, curving around the side of the building, and down the street. I'm not sure how many people there were, but there were a lot.

I dress up any chance I get, so here are our pics!

Swicky Red Riding Hood, Sergeant Coconut, Witchy Me, and DH in his traditional Grad School Student costume. 
After Trunk or Treat, we hit Pho Sunrise, a family favorite! 

So much fun! Now I have to start getting everything together for Halloween itself. 
Links! (Just a few today - I've been busy!) Libraries, Books, & Authors50 of the Scariest Short Stories of All TimeSan Antonio airport installs digital library kiosks for travelersJ.K. Rowling's Pottermore to Publish Dolores Umbridge Story on HalloweenScienceScientists Print Ebola Test Onto Tiny Bits Of Paper

National Friends of Libraries Week

Happy Open Access Week!

Happy Open Access Week! Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.  “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.  Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agenci…

Just Links!

The Madness Begins...

I'm a big fan of Halloween! What's not to love? You get to dress up in costume and eat lots of candy! (And, no, you're never too old.)

The kids had their first Halloween party of the year tonight, so I get to show off their costumes.

The party itself was pretty cool. The kids played Make a Mummy:

See the little girl in the pink dress? That's Swicky's new friend. See the kid with her, completely wrapped up? That's Swicky.

See Coconut? No. That's because he wasn't interested in playing Make a Mummy. He was too busy playing football with the big boys.

After that, they all went in and watched Hotel Transylvania and ate popcorn. They also got treat bags full of stickers, pencils, and candy to bring home.

All in all, a good night.

Next up: Trunk or Treat!

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsThe future of tech: Your local libraryKeynote, Libraries as a Bridge: The Role of Libraries in Closing the Digital Skills GapUninvited "Liberian journalist Wade Wi…

Busy Day...


Kids get plenty of candy for Halloween! Why not give them something they'll love, that they can enjoy for a long time, and that won't rot their teeth?

(Okay, okay - give them some candy, too.)

This Halloween, join in the fun with All Hallows' Read!


Libraries, Books, & AuthorsLibrary worker dusts off Louisiana folklore in new web series This sounds amazing!Happy 160th birthday, Oscar Wilde! Related: How Oscar Wilde Invented Celebrity Culture In AmericaThe Literary United States: A Map of the Best Book for Every State That's a cool book club idea...Highland Park, Texas censoring books based on ALA’s Most Frequently Challenged List That is not the intended use of the list!Net & TechLaura Poitras on the Crypto Tools That Made Her Snowden Film Possible#GamerGate. The battle on the internet you haven't heard of.ScienceObama OKs reservists for Africa Ebola fightThe Survivors: Liberians who recovered from EbolaCondition Called Tetrachromacy Allows This Artis…

It's Late, Nothing But Links...

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsHappy birthday, P.G. Wodehouse!In honor of All Hallows Read, we’ve matched books that are sure to set the tone this season for you AND your young reader. Awesome!2014 National Book AwardsFree Wi-fi in the Allegheny MountainsBook Ban Rumors Boost Authors in China "Having a book banned in China is often a marketing coup for publishers selling copies abroad. In the age of social media, this dynamic appears to be playing out on the mainland as well."University of Michigan Illustration Sparks Backlash "In decrying an illustration for being “violent & wrong” on Twitter — and tagging local authorities on the tweet — a University of Michigan adjunct professor has both endorsed censorship and overshadowed a bigger issue: the debate about the safety of college football players." Educators grapple with Internet censorshipCarolyn Kizer Dead At 89, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Honored for 'Yin'Net & TechISPs Already Violating …

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Who Was Ada Lovelace? The woman most often known as ‘Ada Lovelace’ was born Ada Gordon in 1815, sole child of the brief and tempestuous marriage of the erratic poet George Gordon, Lord Byron, and his mathematics-loving wife Annabella Milbanke.

Fearing that Ada would inherit her father’s volatile ‘poetic’ temperament, her mother raised her under a strict regimen of science, logic, and mathematics. Ada herself from childhood had a fascination with machines– designing fanciful boats and steam flying machines, and poring over the diagrams of the new inventions of the Industrial Revolution that filled the scientific magazines of the time. At the age of 19 she was married to an aristocrat, William King; when King was made Earl of Lovelace in 1838 his wife became Lady Ada King, Countess of Lovelace. She is generally called Ada Lovelace, which is a little incorrect but saves confusion! She had three children. In 1833, Lovelace’s mentor, the scientist and polymath Mary…

Not Much of a Post Tonight....


Happy Day of the Girl!

Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights” -United Nations Resolution 66/170 Learn more about Day of the Girl, and how you can help girls worldwide conquer problems with school dropout, illiteracy, sexual harassment at school, violence, forced marriage, and more.


Libraries, Books, & Authors14 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Margaret AtwoodNew Clinton documents shed light on Monica Lewinsky fallout "The National Archives has released documents showing how the White House sought to defend President Bill Clinton against the political fallout from his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky."Authority IssuesIf You Thought Police Brutality Didn’t Affect You Personally, You Were WrongWhy does the St. Louis PD keep changing their story about the killing of VonDerrit Myers?Cop’s knockout hit that family says gave teen brain dam…