Showing posts from March, 2017

Metal Art

Yesterday, we got to have dinner with my parents - Hi, Parental Units!

It was lovely.

MP brought them a couple pieces he'd made for them, and I grabbed some pictures before they took them away.

For my Mother Unit:

For my Father Unit:

The little saw is so cute! Also, surprisingly sharp.

MP has some talent, hey?

In other news, tomorrow in April Fools' Day. I won't be playing any pranks - but some people have apparently gotten started early, so: An updated (and depressing) list of all the April Fool’s pranks on the Internet Be careful, y'all! Also, the Google Maps Ms. PacMan is harder than I thought it'd be...

Library LandTop 10 things to know (and do) about saving library funding  "The talk of Washington and the library community (when people aren’t talking about the President’s tweets, anyway) is the recent recommendation by the President to completely eliminate funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including their library fundi…

Monsters Aren't All Imaginary

Energy Department climate office bans use of phrase ‘climate change’  A supervisor at the Energy Department's international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases "climate change," "emissions reduction" or "Paris Agreement" in written memos, briefings or other written communication, sources have told POLITICO. When I was little, sometimes I had very vivid nightmares; I'd wake up and be sure there were monsters in my room. I'd keep my eyes shut very, very tight until I was sure there were not, in fact, monsters in my room.

It worked - but only because the monsters weren't real.

Climate change, however, is real, and refusing to see the monster won't actually make it go away.

Pretty picture time!

Library LandHow celebrity deals are shutting children's authors out of their own trade  "One prize-winning writer, who didn’t want to be named, left her last publisher after a new media star received a huge …

Really, O'Reilly?

O'Reilly mocks Dem Maxine Waters for wearing 'James Brown wig'
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said Tuesday he "didn't hear a word" Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said during recent comments on the House floor because he was focused on "the James Brown wig."  Seriously. Watch it:

This right here? Is why women still believe we are not taken seriously. This is why we need loud feminism. Here is a powerful woman being ignored and treated flippantly because a random man (and there are few men as random as O'Reilly) was so focused on the way she looks. She doesn't look unattractive, inappropriate, or clownish - she looks professional, which she is - but O'Reilly can't seem to help himself: the man's eyes somehow stop his ears and brain from working. Although, let's be clear, I don't particularly care if she was Deadpool ugly in clown make-up and a tutu: she should be heard. She should be taken seriously. 
That a loud man with a…

IMLS Matters in Tennessee

Elimination of IMLS Funds places TN Libraries AT RISK
Create bar charts
[Source] Let's be honest - your state's stats probably look much the same - and the more needed your libraries are, the more affected they're likely to be! 

Library LandReading by Example: What Kids Learn About Books from Watching You "The fact that she — someone I admired — read made me want to read and eventually grew my appetite for devouring books. It didn’t matter to me what she read; I never did develop a taste for romance novels the way she loved them, and she never did understand why I would read science fiction and fantasy novels with such passion. But she shared a love of reading with me."  10 Books We Wouldn’t Have Without the NEA  "To put it more simply: NEA grants help writers. The grant money gives writes time to work on their creative output in a world that rewards them very little for such endeavors most of the time. To highlight this, we’d like to share so…

So Many Links! And a Picture

I've been experimenting with TiddlyWiki, and having fun doing it. So much so, I've just assembled a list o' links, rather than writing anything today.

But here's a pretty picture, too:

Library LandLibraries as a luxury item "We need government services that support our physical wellbeing, and we need the services that support our intellectual, aesthetic, and cultural lives too. Not only that, but libraries, museums, and cultural institutions don’t exist apart from essential services'; they’re intertwined with them, and in fact they often provide them.... Libraries and arts organizations are not luxury items for our society. (That’s especially the case for those segments of our society who already have the fewest luxuries, and yet poor and less educated people have seen disproportionate declines in library use — perhaps because of cuts to local services.) Spending on them, and on the agencies which support their work, is not government waste. These agenci…

Time for a Makeover

So, yes, as you can see (if you've come to my site and this isn't your first time), I've been changing it up. It's fun to change things up occasionally. The best part is getting to mess with the code.

That is all.

Pretty picture time!

Library LandDe Gruyter sponsors Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)  "De Gruyter Open Access Book Library contains between 800 and 900 titles and is intended to draw attention to the growing number of open access books. Half of the Library contains De Gruyter’s open access books, while the other half is by publishing partners. Forty percent of the titles are in history, social sciences and philosophy, ten percent are STM books and the remaining 50 percent distributed among other humanities."The Life and Death of the Library of Alexandria  "The library became one of the original and most spectacular hostages to fortune in all of world history. The tenet “knowledge is power” was its founding creed; yet if know…

[Info]graphic Content

Library LandFlorida fire started by book burning destroys at least 10 homes  "At least 10 homes in Nassau County, Florida, were destroyed in a wildfire caused by a man who was burning books Wednesday.... The man has been issued a notice of violation and will be sent a forestry bill for all the equipment and personnel used into fighting the fire, which could be several thousands of dollars, Winter said. He could also be held civilly liable for any damage caused by the fire." Yes, there actually is going to be a disco party with Gloria Gaynor at the Library of Congress  "Last year, Gloria Gaynor's disco anthem 'I Will Survive' became one of 25 new additions to the National Recording Registry, a collection of sound recordings considered 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States' and kept at the Library of Congress.... In May, Gaynor is coming to the Library of Congress, where s…

Where Are We Going, And Why Are We In This Handbasket?

Today has been too crazy and it's late, so I'm just gonna leave these here:

Questions Raised by Chairman Nunes Disclosure of "Incidental Collection" of Trump Officials:  My sense is that the Trump team somehow thinks this disclosure helps them revive the quite discredited claim that Obama was spying on the Trump team.  Of course, it doesn't come close to doing this.  All this suggests is that the U.S. was spying on certain foreign officials (which it should obviously do) and that Trump's people spoke to these foreign officials.  Rather than vindicate Trump's false claim, it raises new and disturbing questions about who the transition team were talking to--and why.
Schiff: 'There Is More Than Circumstantial Evidence Now': Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said MSNBC Wednesday afternoon that there is evidence that is "not circumstantial" of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.