Sunday, June 28, 2009

How Did You Find Me?

Although most of you just link via my facebook links, here is a chart of other ways people found Booktending this June. Excuse the poor formatting. Learning new stuff here

The Big Snark-Off: Migraine Edition

First a sad note:

Our beloved Mr. Nuisance Copper Trout's soul finished with his body this week. We miss him very much. Fortunately, he has relocated to a higher plain of existance and now has even greater powers of guardianship. He is also enjoying some Guy-Time with my late father.

On To The Snarks!
Politics Department
New Biography Examines Rumsfeld's 'Rules' via NPR Topics: Authors on 6/25/09
"Journalist Bradley Graham discusses the successes and failures of former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld. Graham is the author of By His Own Rules, a lengthy new biography of Rumsfeld."

Chortle, tee hee. I can't help it. Every time someone says that man's name I laugh. Whatta moron.

Sanford e-mail to mistress: Situation 'hopelessly impossible' via Recently Published/Updated on 6/24/09 It's L-U-V luuuuurve for Gov. Sanford. You have to wonder about people like these. Is it so frickin' hard to keep yer underwear on and yer lips to yerself?

Closed Clinic Leaves Abortion Protesters at a Loss via All News Feeds on 6/6/09. Yup. Operation Rescue ain't yer Daddy's Operation rescue anymore, either.

Reality TV Department
Christian publisher still plans Kate Gosselin book via Books - Top Stories on 6/25/09 Oh who the hell cares? Did we not see this train wreck coming?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Deadly Salem

Deadly Harvest (Flynn Brothers, #2) Deadly Harvest by Heather Graham

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Those Flynn Brothers are cool. And what a team! And how much fun is it to see them begin to accept that there is more to this universe than verifiable fact?

I found this novel slow-going compared to the previous novel in the series. Perhaps the pall of evil surrounding Salem is not to my taste. New Orleans was much more fun. And musicianship did not appear in this novel.

No matter, I'll read the next in the series to see if I like it as well as the first.

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Nora Roberts does it again!

Vision In White (Bride Quartet #1) Vision In White by Nora Roberts

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Mac and her three best friends from childhood live in and on the grounds of one of the women's inherited mansion. They run one of the hottest wedding planner businesses around. Mac is the photographer

Carter is a professor turned high-school teacher. A true academic, he teaches for all the right reasons. He is also endearingly clumsy. And even sweeter than the hero of Tribute.

Thanks to a looney-tunes, needy mother, Mac is afraid to love. Thanks to a failed romance and general uncertaintly, Carter has to learn how to woo.

And woo he does. And win they do. A brilliant beginning to a quartet of contemporary romances by The Nora.

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Dork Report - Spew Edition

This man is so far out of line I want to shove a flaming pitchfork up his butt and then pummel him with the hockey stick of justice.

In the name of love and Grover Cleveland what kind of father is this? At least I hope it's a father and not some random guy holding a kid's hand. A kid old enough to read.

Reminds me of the time I went to the step's junior high concert and saw a man wearing a t-shirt with the f-bomb on it. What kind of clueless, abusive idjit does these kinds of things?

Yes, abusive. There is no earthly explanation other than he gets off on making people around him squirm. Abusive.


Senate approves resolution apologizing for slavery via Recently Published/Updated on 6/18/09 Why wait so long? So long that the apology seems empty and meaningless? Actually, the dork-factor on this one belongs to any legislative body that didn't do it directly after the Civil War.


U.N.: Sudan letting some aid groups return after expulsion via Recently Published/Updated on 6/11/09 Well big whoopee-shit to the Sudan. There isn't enough aid in the world to make up for the atrocities committed during this civil war/persecution of the southern half of the country. And wouldn't you know our nemesis/good buddy Osama Bin Laden has been involved in this outrage? Hey U.S.! Tried checking Bin Laden-friendly Sudan for him lately? He just might have left the major oil producing countries for other murderous delights, ya know.

Protester Dorks

Closed Clinic Leaves Abortion Protesters at a Loss via All News Feeds on 6/6/09. Oh poor pigs. Thanks to murder their playground is no more. They'll just have to spread their hate elsewhere.

George Bush

Was Bush on a mission from God? via All News Feeds on 5/28/09. He certainly seems to think so. Thanks for screwing up the country, George.


Group wants R rating for any film with smoking via Recently Published/Updated on 5/28/09 Oh good grief give it a rest. Does anybody not know smoking is dangerous by now? Besides, how are you going to tell the good guys from the bad guys? Or the nervous from the calm? Let's move on to more important things!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Big Snark-Off: Information and Referral - Domestic Sciences Edition

When it isn't aggravating as hell, domestic science can be rewarding both in its results and in moments of humor. There are many great websites in and related to the domestic sciences that are quite humorous.

The Gallery of Regrettable Food was an early entry in the internet world of domestic humor. Now sadly unattended to, this site still satisfies the snarky world of weirdness that was cooking at mid-twentieth century:

"What a bleak vista to regard on a winter’s day - surreal, disturbing, hardly reassuring. Life is just a sweet, perishable thing dropped in the uncaring wastelands of ice and snow and sunless skies. What happened to the fellow who dropped this basket as he staggered across the frozen terrain? Why was he carrying unprotected fruits and vegetables across the Antarctic, anyway?"

Recommended for nostalgia and strong stomaches. Other than the tears of laughter coming from your eyes, work-suitable.

Cakewrecks is a treasure trove of snarkery.
To the Pain va Cake Wrecks by (Jen) on 5/21/09:

"You know what every caramel cheesecake needs?

Pretty much anything but large poo-swirls topped with plastic mold-specked hot dogs and hamburgers, that's what. Although I'd be lying if I said I didn't like the little surfing 'dog on the left:

C'mon, a mini hot dog riding a poo wave? What's not to love?"

Usually but not always work-friendly, Cakewrecks is a true masterpiece. Now available via rss.

There are many non-food domestically-related sites out there. One of my favorites is What Not To Crochet. Witness: Rodents. Somehow, they’re just not decorative. via What Not to Crochet by SB&C on 12/7/08

Occasionally not-work-friendly.

Especially when crochet swimwear is presented.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Good Stuff

I was all set to snark, or find dorks to spit upon today. But I remembered it was friday. So let's find some good stuff in the news, shall we?

Transgendered Persons Find Courage, Hope
Right off the bat, props to Chaz Bono. I praise her for the courage to be who he really is. And let's also be grateful for the what I hope will be positive press for our transgendered brothers and sisters. Rock on, Chaz!
and in related news:

Sex Department
For those who don't know, TED is a cool place for ongoing learning. Brief 20 minute lectures from experts in their fields. And yes, that includes sex. And it's both interesting and informative. Give it a whirl.
Sixteen Minutes of Orgasm via Smart Bitches, Trashy Books on 5/29/09
Mary Roach, author of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, talks about 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm.

Intellectual Freedom Department
Lots of buzz about this in libraryland. Is it true? Who cares! What a cool idea from very cool kid.
illegal library in my locker? via by jessamyn on 5/23/09
“Is it OK to run an illegal library from my locker at school?” a student asks Yahoo Answers. [thanks shannon]

Funny Picture Department

Love your animals. Care for them. Protect them. Transport them.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Things That Make the Day Go Faster - Sad Edition

Sadly, not every thing that makes the day go faster is a funny thing. Yesterday and this morning were full, rich, and yesterday sped by. Our customers were not up to their usual antics. These were Serious. These were Sad.

Yesterday morning was a sad example of public service in an urban setting. We have a wonderful teen area. Kids feel safe. Kids create. Vitality is rampant. And then a girl passes out from and OD. A first for us in the teen area. Non-Responsive. Paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital. How will she do? We do not and can not know.

We don't know her name. She is One of Ours. We'll see her again or we will not.

Within the same hour, a known sexual offender permanently trespassed appeared in the teen center sporting an ankle bracelet. The kind that tracks offenders in the community. Police were called. By the time they arrived he was already putting the moves on a girl.

We know his name. He is One of Ours. If we ever see him again, it will be a very long time.

Later in the day, while serving at a public desk, I was alerted to a regular customer snoozing in our comfy chairs. The customer usual worked the area around the front planter, helping others in need find assistance in addiction recovery. He was not only snoozing but snoring so loudly it echoed in an open area the size of a soccer field. He was roused. He was beyond tired. He was in a severely altered state, moving in slow motion, pausing to sleep on his feet and snore some more. It took half an hour to get him 10 feet to the elevator. He refused our offer to call for medical assistance and slowly walked away. This morning he was found dead in the park next door.

We knew his name. He was One of Ours. We will never see him again.

At these times, I am comforted by a Spiritual I am familiar with from the gospel group Sweet Honey in the Rock:

Cain't no one know at sunrise
how this day is gonna end.
Cain't no one know at sunset
if the next day will begin.

In this world of trouble and woe,
a Member had better be ready to go.
We look for things to stay the same,
but in the twinkling of an eye,
everything can be changed.

Cain't no one know at sunrise
how this day is gonna end.
Cain't no one know at sunset
if the next day will begin.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Things That Make The Day Go Faster

On the first day, the builders installed the reflecting pool in the lobby and it was good and the builders rested.

14 years later one of our more agitated customers felt the need to jump the barrier and enjoy a frenzied moment of self-baptism in the pool.

Karate kicks were attempted. Shorts ended up around ankles. Much babble and shouting was heard.

The moment of spiritual redemption ended after a brief skirmish with our brave and well-humored guards. The customer's afternoon was rounded off when he was given the opportunity to spend the evening and much of the next day at the police station.

A good time was had by all.