Thursday, May 29, 2003

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Thursday, May 22, 2003

  It's 2:15 am, and I can't sleep. I guess that I'm too excited about going to Portland, Oregon tomorrow for David and Sara's wedding. I love to fly. I actually prefer the smaller planes, because you can actually feel stuff and are aware all the time that you are in a plane. I once rode in a really large plane, and hated it, because you couldn't feel a thing -- I might as well have been sitting in a building on the ground! I even like turbulence and flying in storms...yes, I'm a freak, I know.

I will miss James, but it will be interesting to see how we handle 3 1/2 days apart, now that we are going to be apart for long stretches this next school year...

Monday, May 19, 2003

  Well, I've been holding out on you guys... A few weeks ago, I accepted a job as a residence hall library manager at IU, and I will be quitting my job here and moving to Bloomington to work and go to school for nine months. I leave in mid-August, and hopefully will have my masters degree at the end of the school year. It's kind of scary giving up a decent job with good benefits, but I really need to do this. My boyfriend, James is being very understanding and supportive, even though he is unhappy about it. Bloomington is about two hours away, so I plan on visiting often. If any of you ever come to Bloomington, you can crash at my place.

Saturday, May 17, 2003

  "All your patty are belong to us!"

We had our staff in-service day Thursday, and at lunchtime, I observed an interesting phenomena... At each place were all the usual things, silverware, napkin, glass, etc. but also a Peppermint Patty and a toothpick with a paper American flag attached. As soon as we sat down, at least half of the people picked up their "flag" and stuck it in their Peppermint Patty. As lunch progressed, others followed suit, until nearly every patty had a little flag sticking out of it. WTF?!

  Have you noticed that no one checks your signature when you sign a credit card receipt? John Hargrave has, and he decided to conduct some experiments. (Start at the last entry on the page.)

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

  "Lawsuit Seeks to Ban Sale of Oreos to Children"
Sounds crazy, right? It's not. Oreos -- along with 40% of the food on grocery store shelves -- contain trans fats, artificial fats which are being linked to heart disease, increasing harmful cholesterol, and insulin resistance. You can find out more from this article and this website.

Monday, May 12, 2003

  When do you become a grown up? I'm 30, and I still don't feel like a grown up most days...

Friday, May 09, 2003

Thursday, May 08, 2003

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

  My 15 seconds of fame (look under the heading "Are You A Freak?")

And for those of you who missed it the first time...Are You A Freak?

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Monday, May 05, 2003

  I love this snarky quote from the Digital Reference listserv:
"The important thing in education, however, is that we make sure that K-12 students have lots of standardized tests so that when we stick the graduated label on them one can be sure that they conform to quality standards and specifications." David Dillard, Temple University Libraries

Sunday, May 04, 2003

  You can crash Internet Explorer with a single line of code. Maybe this could be just the thing to break IE's dominance as a browser...everyone could just insert this line in every web page they code, and people would have to switch to something better, like Mozilla or Opera...AND they would discover the wonderful world of pop-up free browsing! I think we should do it.

  From my friend Lori:
I am dying to find a job like this. Do you know if any of the libraries here in town need a bibliotherapist?

"As an alternative to traditional medication, family doctors in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, will refer patients who are struggling
through bouts of depression, stress and anxiety to a "bibliotherapist" at a local library. The bibliotherapist will then
scan the library's database to create a customized course of books designed to assuage each patient's particular malady. The
goal is to pair patients with books that will serve as an inspiration for them to get better -- or at least cheer them up. The pilot program is funded by the government, local health authorities and a libraries' charity."

See the whole article at Salon.com Here's the link:

Saturday, May 03, 2003

  An interesting tidbit from my friend Jan's recent trip to New Zealand: At the main library in Palmerston North, they have public shower facilities that can be used for $1.00 every 15 minutes!

Just for fun, I'm picking Peace Rules to win in the Derby. (10:27 am, CST)

Thursday, May 01, 2003