Tuesday, March 30, 2004

  Tomorrow, a new radio network debuts, Air America. It can be heard in NYC, LA, Chicago and Portland (OR), or streamed live via their website.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Job envy...

  Okay. It's official. Marc has the coolest library job ever:
EW has a library, with 3 full time librarians. my job? well - it's to be up to date with pop culture. hmmmm... i generally see 98% of all movies that come out, read about 15 magazines a week, surf the web all day, go to concerts. and most of that is related to my job.

the library answers queries from reporters when items are being fact checked and we get background clips for writers when they are starting to work on a story.

i cover toy fair for the magazine and have written a few music reviews.

super lax work environment. where else can you run down the hall asking if anyone has the paris and rick video or show people the jenna jameson doll you were just sent and not get fired?

i interned at the library at 'people' magazine the summer between my first and second years at library school. 'people' has 10 librarians on staff. and i only took one 'library' class in lib school. [i was an archives + records management person.]

information center associate
entertainment weekly

Thursday, March 25, 2004

  Ever heard of silicon bakeware? I hadn't before I saw it in Kohl's last weekend. My sister demonstrates...

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

  Last year, a self-published author emailed me asking for advice on how to publicize his book. I'm no expert, but I do know a few successful self-published authors, so I shared what I knew about what they did that worked. As a thank you, he sent me an autographed copy. He has recently done a radio interview, and sales have gone through the roof. Now, a copy is being advertised on Amazon for $198!?! WTF?!?
Update: I found out that he was on Coast-to-Coast.

Monday, March 22, 2004

  This is not the proper way to deal with a noisy library patron...though I wish it were some days. (link from Evan)

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Friday, March 12, 2004

Fun with political posters...

  On the Bush/Cheney re-election website, you could make a B/C poster with your own slogan at the top. That is until the oppostion started having some fun with it. The Bushies have now changed it so you can't add your own text. Bummer.

However, you can use this PDF to make your own poster. Click on the text above the logo, and fill in your own text. Note: Our server is scheduled to go down for maintenance at 5pm EST today, but until then, knock yourselves out. (Thanks to David for the PDF file)

Saturday, March 06, 2004

No child left behind?

  According to this Miami Herald article, a study shows that students in schools with good media centers do significantly better on standardized tests. Here in Indiana, due to budget problems, school media centers have taken a big hit, which means we can look forward to lower scores on standardized tests. (Indiana schools were already hurting for school media specialists, and now we've lost the ones that we had...)

Also, my hometown was one of the few in the state that offered all-day kindergarten, but it was eliminated last year, just before my oldest niece was to start kindergarten. Her daycare center started an all-day kindergarten, so she hasn't been affected by it, but I worry about all the other kids who were not so lucky.

Tuesday, March 02, 2004


  Are world events getting you down? Need some good news? Go here. (link from David)