Tuesday, January 29, 2008

10 Things That Annoy Me Today

This list will probably change tomorrow. Or not. Hard to tell.

10. Anybody's needless hysteria (except for my own)

9. Fitted sheets that give no indication which side is the "long side" and which is the "short side" (Which is why I have now switched to only stripes but still annoys me)

8. People who pepper their statements with over-generalizations couched as "fact."

7. People who wear obscenities on their t-shirts and are within my range of vision

6. Hermetically sealed and/or clam shell packages. Even though I have a number of tricks now for opening them, they still tick me off. ( see Lifehacker for my favorite new trick)

5. Lengthy bouts of indecision

4. People who make an accusation without the facts

3. People who make an accusation toward me without facts

2. People who make assumptions about me

1. "Petite" sized pants with more than a 29 inch inseam

SO THERE WORLD!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I drank my way to the Daily Kos!!!!

No wonder I started getting hits!

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/1/3/1373/62260/385/429800

Granted, it's kind of embarassing to be cited because you decided the Iowa Caucuses needed a drinking game, but what the heck! According to feedburner, that's where 77% of my meager number of hits come from

Color me: amused

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Must Not Explode!!!

Elver's comment over at Free-Range Librarian makes me wanna puke. How dare he bring shame to my faith? How dare he generalize about Christians and Muslims? What an enormous stew of half-witted pus-filled gangrene.

Don't get me wrong. This Elver has the right to say what he wants as long as he's not shouting fire in a crowded theater. I'll defend that. This is my right to say.

Mother Theresa On a Harley! Who the heck cares if a person is gay anyway? Like it's my business? WTFBBQ!

Sparkpeople

Sparkpeople is definitely the best health, nutrition, and weight management site I've ever seen! Sure, I haven't made much progress toward my goals, but every little bit helps!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Could they have shown any worse judgement????

I love you guys. Safford, you rule. But this is just too scary. And to put it front and center? What on earth were you thinking?
Most of the book is "of the moment." Snapshots of what the experienced and/or experts in diverse fields see coming in the near future. Topics range from professional sports to the environment to bartending to politics to the latino population.

Tony Hawk addresses skateboarding, Amy Ziff talks about travel and Liz Smith even talks about the future of gossip. Reza Aslan's commentary on Islam is very insightful and timely for US residents. Buckingham's introduction encourages the reader to look to his or her own learning and experience to take responsibility for the future we want. Recommended for those responsible for the immediate planning of popular services and the perpetually curious

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Television - American Idol

OK, so maybe we are approaching a kinder, gentler world. Rock on, Temptress!

The New Year's quilt : an Elm Creek quilts novel

The New Year's quilt : an Elm Creek quilts novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
The coziness and creativity continue in this latest installment from the Elm Creek Quilters Series. No, it's not the strongest entry in the series. Yes, it mostly seems to be a re-hashing of already known information about Sylvia Bergstrom's life and relationships with her family and friends. Still, its comfort, good humor, and downright pleasantness is such a refreshing pause in life that I continue to recommend the series.

I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Pennsylvania-German holidays with all the traditional trimmings. Sylvia has seen a culture change within her Elm Creek world and the greater world. Being human, Sylvia and her beloved Andrew balk at times but, in Elm Creek good grace, their acceptance of their past, present, and future is a great example for us all.

Looking forward to the Winding Ways novel coming next!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Welcome Perspective

Karen Schneider at Freerange Librarian has been a library technical services leader for many years. I first learned “met” her in about 1991 on the publib listserv. She, Jean Armour Polly, Sara Weissman, and the late John Illif introduced me to the internet long before the graphical interface.

We publibbers back then were the ones who prompted John Berry’s scorn as “internet gadflies,” - an attitude he may live down yet. Karen Schneider was also the person who could not for the life of her comprehend why anyone would need a graphical interface for the internet. Times do change!

Karen and the rest of the early 90s publib gang have come a long way. Along the way, some have become quite well-respected. Others of us have stayed in the background. Some of us became big fish in big ponds, some became medium fish in medium ponds. And some swam away. We all took our own merry path.

Through it all, Karen and I have rarely emailed and we have never met in person or spoken directly to each other. Still, our virtual interactions have always given me great ideas, a little perspective, and spurred my curiosity.

Wherever you are in your life, whether in a library career, academic career, or something else you care deeply about, I encourage you to take a moment and read this post from Karen’s blog:

How to be “famous” (wink wink, nudge nudge)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The plague continues

When one is well and truly ill, things go into a new dimension whether you are dosed with prednisone or other reality-altering drugs or not. While, in my weakened state, I suspect this is ok a natural, if I really thought about it too hard for too long I think I'd scare the crap outta myself.

I know the cats have been feed and the litter box scooped. There is adequate vocal, behavioral, aromatic, and visual evidence of that. Win one for the kitties.

I myself have eaten and even managed to cook up the meat I bought before succumbing to the inevitable. Somehow by the Grace of God, I managed to remember to purchase some pre-maid protein breakfast type shakes before the worst happened. Muscle Milk doesn't taste bad although I've only had the banana and vanilla. The ingredient list tells me that this is one of the scariest substances I have ever ingested. The components of this supplemental beverage have been altered, boiled, spindled, mutiliated, and recombined to create it. The nutritional information, if true, isn't bad for the 11 oz. size.

What the heck. When you're in my condition and medication, asthma, bronchitis, GERD, and fibromyalgia have reached a perfect storm status in your life, it helps keep your bod going, so why not just do it. I suspect that a purist would be concerned about the creaminess and the congestion. It doesn't seem to be making things worse, so I'll just hang with it.

Tapering off the prednisone. I think I go to one pill tomorrow. Must check calendar.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Prednisone, insomnia from

Yes, even the cats have given up on me. They're all cozy in my bed. I'm here in my recliner watching QVC and typing. Insomnia? Check. Next up: mood swings. Then: appetite returning.

I have actually managed to lose weight on a low dose burst of prednisone. 5 lbs in one week. OK, so maybe I was sick. With my feeling of hunger right now I think maybe, if I'm really lucky and dedicated, I can gain that right back. Just pack it right back on the hips it fell from.

I will say I am really enjoying breathing.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Prednisone

I am here to report that prednisone does, indeed, give a person bizarre dreams and distrupt the sleep schedule. If the dreams weren't to dizying to think about I'd write them down and make some kind of best-selling experimental novel about them.

In color

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

What I'm

READING
Just finished The rising shore : Roanoke by Debora Homsher. I picked it up because, like the author, the story of the Roanoke colony has always fascinated me. Homsher's speculation on what happened at the colony has always seemed to me to be the most rational explanation. So from that standpoint it's obviously a brilliant piece of deduction.

It's also easy to forget that the settlers were Elizabethan to the very core. When we think of later settlement, even Jamestown, the time period we think of is post-Elizabethan. An entirely different sensibility. The sections taking place in England before the trip are well-researched and do a good job of explaining why certain behaviors and attitudes contributed to the tragedy.

Homsher also has a strong interest in women's history and it shows very well in this book. When we think of the Elizabethan woman, we think of an empowered woman. The woman praised by Edmund Spenser in Gloriana. We forget the common woman. Even the titled woman. And forget about the merchant-class woman entirely. Homsher's work does a great job of reminding us of all the classes of women. How they were different and how they were so very alike.

Most particularly, we see women who are subjugated to the men in their lives. Forbidden to make life decisions without guidance of their men or, in the case of servant-women, their betters. We also get a good glimpse of the life of the convict and all its variations in those who were given the chance to leave prison for this venture.

All of these things were very nicely done. Unfortunately, I did not find the book iteself a great fiction read. Homsher has apparently mostly done non-fiction before and this may be her first fiction title. As such, it shows a need for polishing. Each character has interesting facets and yet they tend to blend. It's hard to say, "Oh yes, that's this person, the one with the red hair" or "Oh yes, the character with the red hair is named Hugh." In fact, besides the two main characters, very few stand out. This is a shame because those that survive by returning to England could rate their own books.

It's a decent book. With her knowledge of women's history, I hope Ms. Homsher will continue to work on her fiction-writing and present us with improved examples in the future.

WHAT I'M HEARING
Tomorrow's Iowa's Democratic Caucus. I'm all NPR/CNN/whatever all the time. I love a horserace and, at this posting, it looks like a good one for the democrats. Can't say I care about the Republicans.

WHAT I'M WATCHING
Not a whole lot. Thank goodness for DVR and TCM. Props to the writers for their cause. Double-props to Letterman for going live without writers tonight. And thank you to Big Brother for putting together a winter version.

Can I wait for Lost, Jericho, 24, and Heroes? Guess I'll just have to!

MUSICAL MOTIF DU JOUR
It's that familiar rhythmic refrain: "My shoulder is frozen, my chest is aching, would have gone to the doctor but I was sure I was faking."

Today's Picture - We Know Him

We've never seen him before
Still, we know him

We know him in a wheelchair
We know him trudging alone across the park
We know him resting under the bridge
We know him male or female, black, white or any other color

We know him, this person we've never seen before
We know the sweetrotted cabbagesmell of gangrene of death
It has been here before
It will come again

It's an open floor
a masterpiece the size of a soccer field
sleek steel surfaces, weekly-washed carpets, concrete pillars
and contrasting tall maple half-walls

One shuffle
Half the floor
We understand now

An escort to the door
A piece of paper
Typed words and phone numbers
And advice
Vague help

The building can recover
The building is saved

Once met, always known
In this place or in another place
All places
Still unknown
Nofacenoname

And we know ourselves
Our fear
Our anger
Our shame for our anger
Our helplessness
Our guilty prayers
Our heart prayers

We remember the horrorplace in the corner of our Selves
The place where compost lives
It must stay with us

He is human
We are human
We know him