Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Things That Make The Day Go Faster

Day 43 - Dead Roach.

I've been away. Grieving. Pining. Bereft. I left work for a week and when I came back he was gone. Vanished. Wooshed off to the Great Roach Hotel in the Sky. Did anybody mark the incident? Did they notice? Who was responsible?

We'll never know.

Roach, we hardly knew ye

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Big Snark-Off!

Karen Schneider, the Freerange Librarian has restarted her Twitterprose project. How she finds these things is beyond me. Some of them are Priceless:
“My worries begin as I unzip my pants.”
“Once, years ago, I got into a dogfight.”

Dressing, On how to use as a torture device
from A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette by Sal
Librarians, being notoriously bad dressers, can sure learn a lot from this. I especially concur about hats.

Collections, Special
from A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette by J
"A good librarian should collect something. Anything. House your collection of unicorn figurines, Pez dispensers, or dog skulls in your library workspace to show your coworkers what a well-rounded individual you are." J hits the nail on the head with this one. I must confess that, after finding the 3rd tiny gecko skull in my house after the rest was eaten by one of my cats, I did briefly consider a display. Or gross jewelry.

What Not To Crochet always satisfies
Don’t Bear Abuse
Posted on April 28, 2008 by SB&C

And my beloved former co-worker and upcoming poet Eduardo Corral often makes my day:

from Lorcaloca by Eduardo C. Corral
"A woman required 20 stitches to her face after a pelican crashed into her in the sea off Florida, apparently diving for fish. Ouch!" This is why Eduardo is a good poet. The "ouch" sums up what it would have taken me 2 paragraphs to express.

What I'm Reading

What I'm Reading

Just finished The Shanghai Tunnel by Sharan Newman. A historical mystery with an amateur sleuth, this book shows a possibility of being the first of a series. While some don't think it is as good as her Catherine LeVendeur novels, I disagree. I found it every bit as interesting as her first in the series and look forward to seeing her characters develop.

While the LeVendeur series took place in the middle ages, the Shanghai Tunnel takes place in Portland, Oregon in 1868. For those expecting another middle-ages historical, this title will not serve. It is as well-researched and presents a little-explored portrait of the area at the time period. Controversies about the treatment of the Chinese workers in the area, the coming of the railroads, and the process of shanghaiing workers are explored. A brief glimpse of the conditions in China and the beginnings of civil unrest in that country are also presented.

Good research, appealing characters, and glimpses into a world little-known to most US readers makes this a very good read.

What I'm Hearing
Being home this week, most of what I'm hearing is political news. Today was particularly memorable for me as I heard John Edwards' public support of Barack Obama on Nova M radio. Rock on, team.

What I'm Watching
American Idol is winding down. It's down to figuring out who has the largest fan-base. Me, I think David Archuleta is a bit annoying. His presentation is off. Not that it isn't something he can grow into, it just isn't for me right now. Any of the final 3 winning will be okey-dokey with me. Fine kids, all.

Can Lost get any better? Sure it can and I'm looking forward to each remaining episode. A well-plotted television series that a friend of mine likens to good literature. Perhaps so my friend.

During my unexpected convalescence I've also found watching BBC America's Bargain Hunt to be comforting so I've started DVRing it at night. And, what the heck, Cash in the Attic, too. This, combined with HGTV's venerable and drinking-game-worthy House Hunters are very comforting to me.