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Hey folks. I kind of missed the month of May. After my 3 conferences in 30 days palooza I got back to work just in time to pack up my office and move to a new building. I got unpacked (mostly) just in time for all the projects I’ve been trying to put together to magically all come together on the same day. Seriously. Weeks/months of planning and I got emails from all the contact folks of all the projects within 36 hours of each other.

Right now I’m doing a lot of prep work for fall instruction sessions and focusing on outreach with student groups. I do have one IL session scheduled so far for summer school. Which is good, because this fall there are 56 sections of the class that we do the most IL sessions with.

I’ve been thinking about some new (well new to us) models of instruction for the fall. I usually have the 50-minute one-shot sessions (although sometimes I get a T/Th class so I get 75 minutes). I know some people don’t like those, but I do and think they can be beneficial if you design them carefully. However, I don’t believe that it is enough. Call my crazy, but I think students need to think about the library for more than 50 minutes in 4 years. I went to the Off-campus library services conference in my beloved Cleveland, Ohio (#2 of the 3 conferences in 30 days palooza). I figure that I probably won’t be able to convince all 56 sections of the class I work with to come into the library, let alone to come in more than once, and even if they wanted to I’m not sure we’d be able to (sanely) support that. So I decided to head up to The Cleve and learn ways of connecting with students online from the distance ed experts. It was neat. The folks from ANTS were there. I love that they’re making the conference rounds. I’ve already sent tutorial links to my favorite college student, and my coworkers at another one of our libraries. Fantastic!

The OCLS conference presenters had a lot of student feedback about learning objects and LibGuides. Don’t you love it when other people do research and publish it so you can learn from their experiences don’t need to start from scratch every time? (I *hate* the phrase “reinvent the wheel”) The conference proceedings are phone book thick (luckily our travel folks signed me up for the digital version – thanks y’all!) so there is a lot of material to wade through, but it’s full text searchable in Acrobat which helps so much.

This is the point of the post where I would usually insert some relevant song lyrics or a movie quote, but I’m listening to Yo-Yo Ma play the first movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85. Yeah, y’all didn’t think I was cultured, did you? 😉 Ooh and now my shuffle has steered me to Radiohead’s “Punchup at a Wedding”. Good stuff!


The aforementioned Book Cart Drill Team has made it past the YouTube copyright folks.

This is great because you can actually hear the fun and clever lyrics, but you miss out on the crowd noise. There was a lot of it. Good job, ladies!



My attempt at the Baby Got Books lyrics:

*parody of Sir-Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back*

Oh my god, Becki,
look at her books
they are so big
she looks like one of those librarians
who understands those librarians anyway
I mean, her books, they're just so they're so big they're just like out there
she's just so smart

I like big books and I cannot lie
you other brothas' can't deny
that when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
and a big book in your face
you check out
that's what it's all about
paying my overdues
I'm looking at the nonfiction
so I can improve my diction
oh baby wanna tell you my preference
meet me in reference
so don't be such a bummer
just give me your – call number!

ooh Dewey Decimals
you say you don't like LC?
well read me, read me
catalog and discard me

*Low Rider by War interlude*

so welcome to the school library
ya got a big dictionary
we don't want books unless you got good looks
you can sleep or read a magazine
if books just ain't your scene
I just can't help myself I like 'em in order
sit and read – don't loiter!
admin thinks it's funny
the budget ain't got no money
so ladies?
do you wanna support libraries?
scan it, scan it
scan them barcodes
baby got books

*Reading Rainbow Theme sung by Tina Fabrique interlude*

*Single Ladies by Beyoncé Knowles parody*

if you like it then you shoulda put a hold on it (x4)

I saw this incredibly amazing image while stumbling through the Internet yesterday. It makes all sides of me happy: the music geek, the librarian/information professional who color codes her closet (well first by category, then color), and the avid map reader.

Rock 'N' Roll Metro Map v1.0

Rock ‘N’ Roll Metro Map v1.0 © flickr user “theonlyone” :: Alberto Antoniazzi
See full size image on flickr

This is so beautiful. I really want a poster of it. I have spent most of my time on the alternative and grunge lines, rock out shamelessly on the pop rockstars line, and don’t understand how Death Cab for Cutie is on the punk rock line. I’m sure people can/will argue about who belongs where, but whatever, this guy did a fantastic job.

Check out his website full of other fun visualizations of information and assorted fun, brightly-colored stuff.

is to make tasty things to eat.

The last two weeks of my life have been ridiculously stressful and awful.  I ate many yummy things (like multiple containers of ice cream) but I think it’s time to reintroduce vegetables into my diet.

These are the ingredients I’d like to use this week:

  1. Two anaheim peppers (one hot, one mild – but I have no idea which is which)
  2. One jalapeno
  3. A mini tub of grape tomatoes
  4. Carrots
  5. Snow peas
  6. Garlic
  7. Pesto tortellini
  8. Frozen broccoli

After consult the internet, these are my proposed dishes

  1. Anaheim peppers stuffed with feta cheese and jalapeno – either with raw peppers or cooked
  2. Pesto tortellini tossed with olive oil, broccoli, Parmesan cheese, and cherub tomatoes either sauteed or roasted
  3. Candied carrots
  4. Honey glazed peas and carrots
  5. I also really want to make microwave caramel popcorn, the recipe is pretty much the same as the microwave peanut brittle I make every Christmas (fantastic with cashews as well, but DON’T double this recipe).  You have to be quick when you add baking soda to this kind of thing.

I will probably throw tomatoes in with my egg whites a few times, but I still need some more things to do with all those tomatoes

Is Chris Cornell really singing Imagine on The Tonight Show right now?  Does he look like Dave Grohl to anyone else?  He never has to me before, but something about his long-haired unwashed self.  Ok, I’m about a minute in, and now remembering how much I LOVED Chris Cornell.  Not only could he scream with the best of them the do the whole smooth vocal thing, but holy crap he was hot.  I’ve been feeling 90’s tastic lately, mostly due to the J. Crew catalog with the denim shirt, white turtle neck and thick black cardigan on the cover.  Can I get my flannel back out?  Oh wait, it won’t be flannel weather until those two weeks in January.  I am LOVING the rain though.  I’ve had my AC off for TWO WHOLE DAYS!

I love the suggested links in GMail, although I also find them a bit terrifying.

I love the suggested links in GMail, although I also find them a bit terrifying.

I prefer to let singer/songwriters apologize for me.

Sorry songs:

1) Sorry I Am – Ani DiFranco

  • I guess I never loved you quite as well as the way you loved me I guess I’ll never really be able to tell you how sorry I am.

See, now that doesn’t seem like a NICE apology.  It’s an apology that makes the apologizee hurt just a bit more.  Hey, so yeah I’m sorry that I didn’t really ever love you enough, even though you were TOTALLY into me, my bad.

There are TONS of Ani songs about apologies.  How many can YOU name?

2) We’re Both So Sorry – Mirah

Here is another one that is not REALLY an apology

  • And hey I’m sorry ’bout so much baby but I know you’ll understand
    I’m sorry ’bout so much baby but I know you’ll understand

    So, yeah, I’m sorry and all, but really, you get it, so I’m justifying my actions WITHIN THE APOLOGY.  Nice, Mirah!  That takes chutzpah.

  • How can I ever apologize? I meant you no such harm I never knew I could possess that fatal kind of charm. This one is soooo good.  It’s in the same vein as the Ani one.  Whoa, I’m so sorry that you are so into me, I don’t know what to do about it, I mean how can I contain this awesomeness?

3) All Apologies – Nirvana

I can’t ignore this one; it would be traitorous to my alternateen soul.

  • I wish I was like you, Easily amused
  • Ok, that’s not nice.

  • Find my nest of salt
    Everything is my fault
    I’ll take all the blame
    Aqua seafoam shame
    Sunburn with freezeburn
    Choking on the ashes of her enemy

Ok, so that has a hint of sincerity I guess but more hyperbole and Oh (poor) Me ness.  Then it says some stuff that must be all poetic cause I don’t get it.  This is why I focused on the Pumpkins and not Nirvana.

Speaking of . . .

4) Transformer – The Smashing Pumpkins

  • she’s not sorry she’s happy

Oh, hey, maybe GMail is right about me, cause I don’t know if you noticed, but none of those were really apologies . . .

I guess I just live a clean life free of regrets.  🙂

1. Vibrating Mascara. Apparently this is so last year, but I guess I am behind the curve in the vibrating cosmetics world. But this is great, because what I really want to do, is take a shaking stick with black goo on it and put it right next to my eye!

Because what I really want to do, is take a shaking stick with black goo on it and put it right next to my eye.

2. Why does Toyota feel compelled to inform the public that this is a dramatization?

Are they trying to avoid this scenario?

Dear Toyota,

I took my new Prius for a drive in the country, and let me just say, there was NO rhythmic vocal soundtrack, the grass didn’t sway in my direction, and not one flower looked up at me with a baby face. I declare false advertising, and I want my $23,000 back.

Al Gore

3. Why I didn’t see the “from URL” tab when I tried to embed the hulu clip of Alec Baldwin as Gary, the oldest Jonas in this post.  I tried the embed code, then looked around online, but a lot of stuff I found was for WordPress installations on your own server, not I was ranting wildly about “so-called web2.0” where social sites are supposed to integrate and connect not be irritating and stupid. It was a well-thought-out and eloquent rant for sure. Also, it was just in my head, as I was home alone with a cat, and I am not ready to be “she-who-yells-to-her-cat-about-the-Internet.”

But, seriously, look at this:

I didn't have my glasses on.  (Although they are only for "baseball games and movies" according to the doctor that first diagnosed me with notbeingabletoseefarawayism.

I didn't have my glasses on. (Although they are only for "baseball games and movies" according to the doctor that first diagnosed me with notbeingabletoseefarawayism.)

4. Why it took me two weeks to properly format this post.

I have been trying to make what should be a simple post for four days now. I have no idea what is wrong, and I want to be able to use some freaking css.


Here’s a Monday mini-Playlist (for when I’m feeling literal)

  1. I don’t like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats
  2. Monday, Monday – The Mamas & the Papas
  3. Monday, Monday, Monday – Tegan & Sara

I promise that some day soon I will have that post up, but it is no longer funny to me AT ALL.

Someday little children, someday soon.

(This song used to really mess me up as a child, it made me feel alone and hopeless. I think it was even worse than Puff the Magic Dragon. Thanks Sesame Street!)

I have about 20 screenshots hanging out on my desktop waiting for meaningful file names and a purpose. I’m trying to figure out where to start (as addressed in the subject line), and I can’t really think of anything more topical than Michael Jackson.

I know everyone and their second cousin twice removed are talking about MJ right now and how he changed their life, but dudes, he did. I started to wade through my own bank of Jackson memories, and had a great conversation with my mom about us gathering around ye olde television set to watch the Thriller video. I was four when the video debuted, and I’m not sure if this memory is from the day that MTV first played it, or just the first time WE saw it. Either way, I was no older than five. The video is terrifying. It’s one of two beloved pop-culture phenomena that have scarred me for life (the other being Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, more on that in a future post). I made it about two and a half minutes into the fourteen-minute video. When were-Michael looked up with his yellow eyes and yelled, “GO AWAY,” I did. For years, YEARS, I had nightmares about this, and not just nightmares, but also hallucinations. I used to sleep with my bedroom door open and we had a yellow-tone light in the hallway, at night, I would look up and there he’d be, were-Michael, in his red jacket, hunched over about to pounce, yellow eyes glowing and claws ready for the attack. Years. We moved out of that house about seven years later, and the hallucinations stopped, but I still would have occasional nightmares.

Unlike Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, however, I love Thriller. Love. it. Do you all remember all those Michael Jackson marathon’s MTV used to do? When he came out with Dangerous in 1991 I was glued to MTV. I wore that tape out. I grew up listening to Bad and Thriller on vinyl, my parents learned to disco to Off the Wall. The Jackson Five are on all of my “cheer up” or “shake your booty” playlists, also, some of my wallowy playlists, and definitely on “Lea Sings in the Shower: Songs to make the neighbors break their leases.”

I think what has been most difficult, is to me, and I’m sure to many people of my generation, it felt like Jackson died a long time ago. Our MJ was gone, and these increasingly bizarre iterations appeared every couple years or so, but now, we are all celebrating all that he’s done, the many people he’s been, and the staggering legacy of FORTY years of music.

As you may know, I recently watched The Queen, about how Queen Elizabeth II dealt with the public’s reaction to Princess Diana’s death. I keep going back to that, just watching how the mourning swelled, how millions of people were affected, and see that happening for MJ too (but on a astronomically larger scale). I am pleased that the MJ events are celebrations of his life and his art. I can’t wait to hit up a few myself – friends and I went to the MJ singalong for my 25th and I highly recommend it, if you can get tickets.

I also love that Michael Jackson broke the Internet. That is just so amazing to me. He crashed Twitter and AIM, freaked out Google, blew up Wikipedia, and appeared in millions of Facebook status messages. The latter was incredibly powerful for me. My Facebook friend list is comprised of people from the many different phases of my life. There was just something about seeing my elementary school classmates, summer camp friends, fellow former Cleveland-area alternateens, college and grad school folk, just really everyone I’ve ever known – all react to the same event – it just made me think about the universality of Jackson.

Oh man, MJ, I want you back.

MySpace is streaming tons of Jackson songs and videos, here is one of my favorites The Way You Make Me Feel.

What are your favorites?

If you don’t know where to start, may I suggest this?

I wish it wasn't :(

I wish it wasn't 😦

have you ever see the rain, comin down on a sunny day?

apparently I will today

Apparently I will today . . .

Happy belated birthday Mr. Fogerty!

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