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Saturday, February 28, 2004
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Party girls in training...
Sunday, February 08, 2004
Sex, sex, sexCheck out this story about a librarian who collected and catalogued porn for 30 years, then sold his collection to the Museum of Sex. (If you need a login for the article, try Bug Me Not.)
As an interlibrary loan librarian, at least a couple times a year I processed requests for articles from Playboy magazine -- yeah, guys, there are articles in there -- usually for the interviews, which are usually pretty good. I cultivated a few sources from which I could borrow issues so I could copy the articles for our patrons. Officially, our library didn't carry "erotica" but we would request it via ILL -- and we got lots of requests for it -- so there was no policy problem with what I was doing. BTW, Penthouse also has some good articles. When I worked in a bookstore, I used to read certain columns regularly, such as Ben Stein's.
Update: I just found out that Playboy is indexed after all, but only available in a couple expensive databases:
As for it not being indexed...Last week, I went on a tour of the Kinsey Institute with a bunch of other library science students. They took us into the stacks, which is not on the regular tour, and I got to see the unique classification system that they have developed to manage their unique collection.
000 General Works
016 Bibliography100 Psychology
101 Psychology, General200 Religion
208 Catholic Church300 Social Sciences
300 Research Methodology500 Science
520 Sexual Behavior600 Applied Science / Medicine
600 Anatomy, Growth700 The Arts
790 Cinema800 Literature900 History
Thursday, February 05, 2004
Cab 81, where are you?James called me on his lunchbreak with this great story...apparently this morning in Evansville someone stole a taxi. Now, I'm sure that this sort of thing happens from time to time, but it's the way that it happened that was interesting...
Last night, a man walked into the dispatcher's office of one of the local cab companies and said that he needed a cab. Assuming that he was a new hire, the dispatcher handed him a set of keys and told him to take number 81. He came back a few minutes later because the car wouldn't start. The dispatcher called the mechanic, who got the car running and sent him on his way. Sometime after that, they realized that he was not an employee and had just stolen their taxi. There is now an APB out for "cab number 81."
Mingle @ your library"Mingle!
12 February 2004
Meet and 'Mingle' with other book-lovers and gallery visitors at an early evening private view in the British Library exhibition galleries. The event is open to anyone who is single, likes to talk, and wants to make friends and network with like-minded people.
Event time: 18.30 - 21.00
Location: British Library Treasures gallery, St Pancras
Price: Free, but you need to book
Further details: To reserve tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel +44 (0)20 7412 7110"
Wednesday, February 04, 2004
Smackdown!Todd brought up the Al Franken-Heckler incident repeatedly in the comments area of the last post, so I looked it up to get the whole story.
If someone attacked a bunch of people and then broke my glasses, I'd kick their ass, not just put them in a wrestling hold to subdue them. Al has more restraint than I do.
Sunday, February 01, 2004
Aaargh!Mozilla crashed while I was in the midst of writing a long entry about my trip to Iowa for the caucuses two weeks ago. I don't have the time or inclination to rewrite it, so I will just post some pics: Russ, the Davenport Stormer wrangler, Andy and Sarah listening to Russ, a group photo before separating in Davenport, Senator Tom Harkin talking to a constituent in Bellevue about why he supports Gov. Dean, Judy Dean, a.k.a. Dr. Judith Steinberg, "Sarah and Pete for America!", and the man of the hour, Howard! (I got thisclose to him!)
If you want to ask me anything about the trip, put your questions in the comments area. Thanks.