Tuesday, January 27, 2009

We encounter each other in words, words
spiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed,
words to consider, reconsider.

--from "Praise Song for the Day," written and recited by Elizabeth Alexander for the presidential inauguration 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Did you ever notice...

That no matter whether or not you're interested in them, wedding ads/blogs/mags/everything have some of the best design ideas in the world? I had to do some more research on blogs, and was going through blog awards...and there's some really pretty things. Check out this to the left. The typeface and colors are fantastic!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Libraries and blogs

I've been asked to do a little research and talk about using blogs in library and information science settings. Did you know that the first blog was started in the mid-90s? And that free blogging services began in 2000? Somehow I think of blogs as a bit newer, but I guess that's only because they've really taken off in the past few years. Enough so that people can write articles saying things like "The Death of Newspapers Will Be the Hero of Newspapers," etc (some of the titles are really bad).

Anyway, in my research, I've come across some really nice blogs. I had a bit of a debate with one of the other staff members of the usefulness of blogs (well, and the internet in general, but mostly blogs). He claimed that most of them were pointless. To a point, I agree that unless you have some vested interest in the writer, many are. It's not like the world waits with bated breath to read about my day. But some of them are pretty cool. Take a look at Time's blog awards , but be prepared to waste a day or so exploring them. In terms of library blogs, there are whole compilations of them. I enjoyed this one, but check out this list for more.

In other news...being a librarian rocks (as you can tell by this bag here):

It's cold here. But our heat is fixed!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Resolutions, Shmesolutions

I have excellent intentions when it comes to writing regularly in this blog...they just never seem to work quite right. Anyhow, I'm back in Oxford after a lovely (if snowy) Christmas at home, working away. It's FREEZING in Oxford now. Our heating just got fixed Thursday, but we had a really really cold few nights before that (if you're interested in the saga of the Rymers Lane Heating and Hot Water Fiasco, do ask. It's too long to post. Short version = Hamptons International is useless).

What have I done recently? I am (rather shamefacedly) speeding through the Twilight series of books. They're actually horrible. Stephanie Meyer cannot write. It's "I had to hold my sides to keep the pain from pulling my heart apart" this, and "I choked back the panic that rose inside me" that (that isn't so bad the first time, it's the fifth time in as many pages that starts to irk you). But...they're kinda catching, if you don't think about them too hard. And movie is better in that it makes itself so over the top they know you'll want to laugh at it (unless you're a 13 year old girl, in which case you just might faint with happiness).

That said, I'm also in the middle of Brideshead Revisited and The History of Sexuality, so I guess it balances out.

Pretty much all that I can say about anything right now is that it's cold. Look for more information and news when I become warm again.