Friday, December 31, 2010

Booktender 2010: The December that Was

Believe it or not, there are some noteworthy things that happen during Solstichristmakwanzakuhvus.  And not just the rightful and solemn rememberance of Pearl Harbor.  Let's take a look, shall we?

This is the time of year that lots of places, including my favorite silly picture resources, release their top tens:

With concerns about the US infrastructure and the price of gas, interest in alternative modes of transportation seem to have increased this year

funny pictures history - The reason beans are banned on Amtrak today.

Face it, 2010 was a rough year. 

funny pictures-You want to impress me, Frank?  Get a job and move out of your Mom's basement.

I choose to remain optimistic

funny pictures history - It's alright . . . maybe tomorrow you can poop a rainbow.

funny pictures - Wuz dat a DISCOURAGIN' WURD ai just heard?

We can still hope to be rescued by Batman:
wtf photos videos - Wouldnt Their Chins Get Really Tan?

Here at the 'ol biblioteca, we have seen change, unchange, and re-change due to current budget.  It is enough to drive a person bonkers.  Some things have, fortunately remained comfortably unchanged.

funny pictures - GREY POOP-ON

funny pictures-Well, of course, I'm pigeon-toed.

Arizona remains a strange and frightening place to live.  Please pray that cooler heads prevail this year

funny pictures history - Kitchen this!

funny pictures history - They  grow  up                                       so  fast.

funny pictures-I tried to see things your way.    You're still an idiot.

Unusually cold here in AZ this week

Preparing for Winter...AND HELL!

An odd month to be sure.  As I said, I remain an optimist.  It's my nature.  Otherwise I'd just spend all my days curled up on the floor of my closet quietly sobbing.

Meanwhile, in Russia
demotivational posters - SOMEWHERE IN RUSSIA

And that's just the way it was, December 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Things That Make The Day Go Faster

The annual wrapping of the supervisor with Christmas lights

Booktender 2010: The November That Was

funny pictures-My chemical imbalance... let me show you it.
OK, so this November wasn't my best month.  So sue me.  I tend to survive any beating life gives me and come up with sense of humor and brain intact.


December has been better so far.

Be on the lookout for the exciting post:

Booktender 2010:  The Year That Was

Meanwhile, in Soviet Russia

demotivational posters - IN SOVIET RUSSIA

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Love Boat

Death Echo (St. Kilda Consulting, #5)Death Echo by Elizabeth Lowell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A blend of two of my favorite genres: contemporary romantic suspense and disaster. Or in this case, near-disaster. Make no mistake. This is a romance. I just like the near-disaster elements thrown in.

Mac's nightmare past in Afghanistan was well-told. His character is identifiable as one of the good guys - whether he thinks so or not. Emma's past is also well-told and paints her as a dedicated woman. While their initial meeting doesn't go well, the emotional attachment and trust develops steadily. By the end of the book there is no mistaking that they are a good team, both for St. Kilda and for each other.

Some of the bad guys are easily identifiable, while others remain in the shadows until events come to a head.

Bonus points to Lowell for portraying the desperation that exists on many reservations with a poignant side story.

Would I recommend this to a contemporary romantic suspense reader? Yes

Would I recommend this to someone who prefers disaster books that move a mile a minute? No. While imminent disaster is narrowly averted, the pace is not as swift as a thriller of that sub-genre. It is primarily a romance.

Would I recommend this book to someone who reads true-crime or likes realistic depictions of organized crime? Only if the person was looking for a departure from their regular read and indicates they would enjoy something where the focus is on characters and the development of love

Would I recommend this book to a man in a bear suit? Hard to tell. Some parts to take place in a wooded setting...

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His Soaked Scepter

Make Her Pay (Bullet Catcher, #10)Make Her Pay by Roxanne St. Claire

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alternate Title: His Wet Scepter

First book I've read on my Android!

Once again, St. Claire brings us a pretty-darn-good contemporary romantic suspense title. Unfortunately, I found that this one had a couple of problems. Not enough to destroy my enjoyment of the book, just a bit flawed.

I found that the emotional connection between the hero and heroine was not as well-developed as I like. It didn't seem as much a development of emotional attachment as much as it seemed an "Oh! I really like this guy!" It's almost as if sex was used in place of emotional development.

Strangely, I found the move from an isolated ship off Florida to an isolated island off Portugal a bit off-putting. I believe this is because during the shift to Portugal, we are introduced to two new characters only mentioned briefly in the first half of the book. For a while, these characters carry the storyline while the hero and heroine are left in the background.

I give St. Claire a lot of points for introducing traditional Gothic elements into the story. The isolated ship. The isolated island. The friendly characters who turn out to be threats and the threatening characters who turn out to be friendly/a love interest.

One bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch. I'm looking better to my next St. Claire read.

Would I recommend this book to a contemporary romance reader to read at the airport? Yes

Would I recommend this book to an expert diver? No

Would I recommend this book to a contemporary romance reader who also liked the DaVinci Code? Quite possibly.

Would I recommend this book to a man in a bear suit? Naw, I wouldn't think he would have a great interest in diving in warm waters off the coast of Florida.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Stupid Elections

I've been taking some time to mull over the election results a couple weeks ago.  As my reader may have guessed, I'm just a tad liberal.  Funny thing, where I grew up in Iowa, my political views were considered middle-of-the-road.  My views have not particularly changed.  In Arizona, I'm labelled "ultra-liberal."  I don't even know what that is.  Then again, I lived in Iowa in another millenium.  Maybe things have changed.

Of course, in Maricopa County, AZ, we're stuck with Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  That hasn't changed since the last millenium.  Weird.

 I was very annoyed with the advertising various candidates indulged in this year.  Disgraceful.  They're usually pretty bad.  This year they seemed particularly heinous.  Worse than 2008.

In fact, many of them here appeared to be lies.  Yes, you can interpret data different ways.  Sadly, many of these lies had everything to do with hate and anger and nothing to do with data interpretation.

And this worries me.  Politics and lies will, of course, always be inseparable.  I suspect that political discourse could be hitting all-time lows.  I checked with my Mom (age 74) and she sure-Lord don't remember it being like this even during McCarthyism.

While the internet, with all its sharing and posting and whatnot, certainly spreads nice or nasty stuff at lightspeed, it's good 'ol tv and radio that are fueling the flames. 

Spreading lies, false accusations and innuendo  inspires fear and anger.  Fear and anger inspire inappropriate action.  While most inappropriate action has stayed in the mudslinging stage,  how long before someone takes a terrible action because they were acting on these lies, false accusations, and innuendo?

Quite frankly, folks, I'm a bit unnerved about this whole thing.   Since when is it ok to divide the country?  OK, there was the whole Civil War thing.  But other than that, how the hell is this OK? 

Most of us are just regular Joes.  Compared to the rest of the population, only a select few are actually out there following media marching orders.  And yet media coverage of those select few makes it seem like the views of that select few are more generally accepted than they are. 

I suspect our country would be better off if we just sat down, shut up, and listened to what is not being said.

What, you ask, is not being said?  AHA!  Here are some things that are not being said.  Just off the top of my head:

The more sensational things you say, the more attention you get.

The more attention you get, the more your ego gets stroked

The more your ego gets stroked, the higher the chance is that you'll someday see yourself as Emperor of  the Land of I'mincharge.

The more attention paid to pundits who stoke emotional fires, the better ratings they get.

The better the ratings, the greater the number of advertisers.

The greater the number of advertisers the higher the profit

The higher the profit, the higher the pay for the pundit

The higher the pay for the pundit, the higher the chance he or she will continue to do the same thing over and over.

The higher the pay for the pundit, the more likely we'll all become peons in the Land of Worldofshit.

So here's my deal.  Let us reason together*.  I know, I know, I know.  It's asking a lot.  We would actually have to sit together and be civil.  We'd have to respectfully listen to one another.  We'd have to take the painful step of looking at our own beliefs and behavior in light of information and opinions from many sides of an issue.  Who knows?  We just might enjoy it.

  *This idea is null and void in the presence of Chuck Norris. 

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Booktender 2010: The October That Was

Such a joyful month.  Except for the political ads.  That was pretty heinous.  Fortunately, I have other things to worry about:

Seriously, how long before we discover that those little stickers cause cancer? How long does it take for them to biodegrade in a landfill? Where could they possibly fit in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle meme?

Color me suspicious

Now before you wonder what I dressed up as for Halloween, just sit back down and shut the hell up.  I was home that day but, frankly, we don't get that many trick or treaters.  In my neighborhood, this is the time of year that the snowbirds (species:  migrating blue-hair) return to the Valley of the Sun.  The rattle of walkers is deafening this time of year.


Work the week before Halloween was interesting as always.  The down-and-out really take this time of year to heart.  Costumes were intriguing to say the least

A Road Sign on the Island of Dr. Moreau

Old MacDonald had a farm   until this thing killed him.

fashion fails - The Family That Skis Together Wears Terrible Clothes Together

demotivational posters - THE 70'S

Girls Gone Wild  Industrial Revolution EditionCasting Call -

funny pictures of cats with captions
Yes, my customers are an "exasperating and heady" lot.  They love the free internet computers we have at the 'ol biblioteca.  Unfortunately, the race their location on the second floor can lead to fisticuffs

funny pictures-Gross! Tell me I did not just step in something!
Worse, hygiene is not a priority among a few unnamed individuals

But, all good things must come to an end:

Closer, Being a good via A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette by J on 10/19/10

After the final "We're closing!" announcement is made over the intercom, librarians may dispense of all niceties, break out the riot gear, and forcibly remove patrons from their Farmville games on the library's public computers.
demotivational posters - MEANWHILE...

And that's just how it was
October 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Booktender 2010: The September That Was

While the new school year nowdays starts sometime in August, I still think of September as back-to-school month.  And, oh, the things we learn!

Here at the 'ol biblioteca, we like to set a scholarly example for our students. We have found that wearing formal dress during the first few weeks of school startles even the noisiest student into silence.

There are lots of new things kids are learning this year, but the classics should never be ignored:
When sitting in a quiet classroom while taking a test, never assume it's going to be a "silent one." #LFMF

History is a topic no student can miss:


Time to get those school pictures taken:

The football team looks like it could really go all the way this year! 

epic fail photos - Juxtaposition WIN

When my Lad was a boy, those individual pizzas we bought by the boat load at Costco disappeared quickly.  Every kid in the neighborhood seemed to show up at our house after school.  Eventually, we discovered that putting a lock on the freezer put the mass consumption of pizza to an end.  Today, the kids seem to dig "pizza lite." 
demotivational posters - PIZZA ROLLS

In leisure reading for the kids, Twilight is still very popular.  But can vampires remain a strong sub-genre forever?  While they are immortal, there has been much speculation in the publishing world that zombies may become the next vampires.

Better stay here folks, the zombies are loose on the streets again.

And that's just how it was, September, 2010

Things That Make The Day Go Faster

Declare a theme for the day.  Make up a greeting related or unrelated to go with it.  Make sure everyone knows.  Hijinks will ensue.

Today's theme in my workplace is Glee!  Why?  Because it's all I could think of on the way in.  Everyone's name today is Mr. Schuester.  We will address each other as Mr. Schuester.  "Hi Mr. Schuester!"  "Bye Mr. Schuester!"  "You really screwed that up, Mr. Schuester!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Booktender 2010: The August That Was

OK, frankly, I don't remember much about August.  I was sick.  Then I was on vacation (Hi Mom!)  Then I was sick again.  I'd tell you that I was actually a bit sick while on vacation, but I don't want to worry Mom. 

Ooops.   Sorry Mom

If you have read the news lately, you know that Arizona is one tough state. We got beheadings in the desert. We got terror babies. We got rattlesnakes-get-in-free night at Diamondbacks games.

We got a sheriff that ain't afraid a no Homeland Security.  We got a Governor that ain't afraid a no Constitution. 

Most importantly, we got shit for gun laws.  Yep, you all can mosey on over here to the wild west and conveniently carry your weapon either in the open or concealed.   In a bar or wherever your destination may be.  Loaded.  We don't pay no nevermind.

Guns have, in fact, become extremely fashionable with the wimmens hereabout.  Let's take a look:

Here we see Annette.  She just returned from a trip from San Diego and what a trip it was!  She and Frankie broke up.  But that didn't get our girl down, no sir.

Upon her return to the state of sanity known as Arizona.  Annette picked herself up, dusted herself off, and headed straight for rifle range

Take that Frankie!  And that!  And that!

While feisty, a good Arizona woman also knows her place.  After all, Annette wasn't really using the breakup for a fun excursion to the shootin' gallery.  Oh no. 

Annette was angry at herself.  She'd taken all the time to doll up and prance around and Frankie still hadn't given her the lovin' she was lookin' for. 

Belatedly, Annette realized that what Frankie really wanted, and what she so desperately wanted to give, was a thorough demonstration of her housewifely skills. 

I'm here to state that this state is wild about the state of our guns.  We polish them, we pamper them, we rock them in cradles like babies.  When someone protests something we disagree with, we like to make sure they can see the size of what we're carryin'

But this is not to say Arizona is an unsafe place!  No sir.  We do have our priorities.  Keepin' our guns all hid away from the light of day just isn't one of them.

And that's my state of the State statement for august.

         Happy Trails!