Saturday, January 21, 2006

Stop it! Make it stop!

Ok...more of the same...this is really self-indulgent...I'm getting back to my book, but apparently, I couldn't resist...

1. Name three things you can't live without:
Love, brains, energy

2. If you could hang out for a night with any fictional character, who would it be?
Students and teachers at Hogwarts.

3. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up?
A writer, an attorney, an artist, an interior designer (until my Dad said it wasn’t a socially redeemable profession).

4. Right now what do you want to be when you grow up?
A professor. I love what I do, now, but in the end, I want to help guide/select new librarians.

5. What song always makes you cry?
Songs don’t make me cry.

6. What's the best advice you've ever been given?
a. Have a beer and leave it to Jesus (this works best if you have a slight Texan accent).
b. Go to library school—at least you’ll be able to get a job.
c. If you get flipped out of your craft in the middle of the rapids, just go limp—don’t fight it…just let the current take you. If you fight it, you’ll die; if you go with it, you’ll just get spit out down-river.

7. Are you a good liar?
Used to be. It hurts too much.

8. What still surprises you about your life?
That apparently, I’m really sheltered. And people feel the need to shelter me. I think I’m super-tough. Everyone who loves me knows otherwise.

9. What quality can make you instantly connect to someone?
A mixture of intelligence, cockiness, and the ability to not take yourself too seriously.

10. What turns you off right away?
A skewed arrogance to excellence ratio.

11. What's really difficult for you?
Shooting a left-handed jump-shot.

12. What do you wish you'd done differently?
I’d like to say “cared which school I went to for undergraduate work,” but really, it’s nothing. Everything I did wrong pointed me in the direction I’m in now. How can I regret that?

13. Desert island picks?
Is there a limit to who I get to bring and how many times the ship from the mainland brings us supplies?

14. Favorite spot at home?
Our bed. It’s so yummy.

15. What emotion motivates too many of your actions?
Competitiveness. Is that an emotion?

16. Favorite kind of extreme weather?
Really strong thunderstorms.

17. Do you have any recurring dreams?
Many. One where I realize I never attended a class for which I was enrolled, and now it’s time for finals. Another where I realize I’m in my great-grandma’s house, and she’s telling me nursery rhymes in Czech. Many others that can’t be detailed here.

18. Psychic or shrink?
Neither can be trusted.

19. Vintage or modern?
Vintage purses; modern skincare.

20. Do you ever scream?

21. What are you most afraid of?
Regret (didn’t I already answer this?)

A sampling of songs...

Ok...continuing on this thread that seems too difficult to resist, after seeing the Cringing Goblin's post on songs that may or may not be your favorites, but just have a lot of meaning for you...

Here's a quick, berry-picking sampling of what's on my iPod...These are all songs I love or did love for some reason at one time...

Lucky ~ 311
Professor Booty ~ Beastie Boys
Something ~ Beatles
Good Day Sunshine ~ Beatles
Revolution ~ Beatles
In My Life ~ Beatles
Bitchin’ Camaro ~ Dead Milkmen
Israelites ~ Desmond Dekker
Romeo and Juliet ~ Dire Straits
Hard Headed Woman ~ Cat Stephens
Pink Toenails ~ Dixie Chicks
Sin Wagon ~ Dixie Chicks
Barabajagal ~ Donovan
Peace Frog ~ Doors
The Lady is a Tramp ~ Ella Fitzgerald
Almost Blue ~ Elvis Costello
Bossa Nova Baby ~ Elvis Presley
Whatta Man ~ En Vogue & Salt-N-Pepa
On & On ~ Erykah Badu
It Doesn’t Matter Anymore ~ Eva Cassidy
Slow Like Honey ~ Fiona Apple
Fire Island ~ Fountains of Wayne
Rodeo Clowns ~ G. Love & Special Sauce
Maybe I’m Amazed ~ Gem
Freedom 90 ~ George Michael
Feel Good Inc. ~ Gorillaz
Celebrity Skin ~ Hole
Ready for Love ~ India Arie
Summertime Rolls ~ Jane’s Addiction
Blue ~ The Jayhawks
Coast of Marseilles ~ Jimmy Buffett
I’m Wrong About Everything ~ John Wesley Harding
I Still Miss Someone ~ Johnny Cash
Mean Eyed Cat ~ Johnny Cash
Blue Hotel Room ~ Karrin Allyson
Evil Gal Blues ~ Karrin Allyson
Back to Me ~ Kathleen Edwards
Nothin’ in the World Can Stop Me Worrin’ About that Girl ~ The Kinks
Eight More Miles ~ Laurie Lewis, Claire Lynch, Lynn Morris, and Rhonda Vincent
Supernova ~ Liz Phair
Fist City ~ Loretta Lynn
Sex and Candy ~ Marcy Playground
These Days ~ Nico
Hearts and Bones ~ Paul Simon
You Don’t Know Me ~ Ray Charles
Hallelujah ~ Rufus Wainwright
It’s Tricky ~ Run-DMC
Please Send Me Someone To Love ~ Sade
Waiting for You ~ Seal
Fallen for You ~ Sheila Nichols
The Book ~ Sheryl Crow
Camel Walk ~ Southern Culture on the Skids
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing ~ Stevie Wonder
Call Me a Dog ~ Temple of the Dog
Twisting ~ They Might Be Giants
Creep ~ TLC
Roll & Roll ~ The Velvet Underground
Volcano Girls ~ Veruca Salt
Add It Up ~ Violent Femmes
In the Waiting Line ~ Zero 7

Now...back to reading M-D.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Another Lazy Post, or Moby-Dick is taking all my "free" time

Ok, I'm having a great time re-reading M-D (more blog posts and the link to the technorati tag on our book-specific blog:, but then I saw that Mr. Blue Pamphlet has an infectious so-called lazy post. Since I, too, am addicted to silly e-mail surveys, I'm following his lead...

1. What color are your kitchen plates?
White with navy trim. It’s Denby Baroque.

2. What book are you reading now?
Moby-Dick, of course….(again)

3. What's your favorite board game?

4. Favorite magazine?
I’m a magazine slut. Not counting all the magazines/journals I read at work (Online, Computers in Libraries, Library Journal, ALA, LITA, PLA, etc...), I personally subscribe to FastCompany, Lucky, Marie Claire, Food and Wine, and Shape…

5. Favorite smell?
I lost all of my sense of smell after my concussion last year (long story)…and I gradually regained about a 1/4…now the fact I can smell anything at all thrills me. Green peppers smell terrific because they smell pretty much like they used to. I can’t smell things like chocolate or coconut…It sucked to not be able to smell anything…

6. Least favorite smell?
See number 5.

7. What's the first thing you're thinking in the morning?
I love my bed. I love my job. Choices suck.

8. When you come out of your house and you realize it's raining what's your first response?
Yum. I love the rain.

9. Favorite color?
Blue…black…and yellow…and purple….and pink…and white (even if it’s not a color)….oh, and green…ok…pretty much any color…

10. Least favorite color?
See number 9.

11. How many rings before you answer the phone?
If I want to talk: ½. Otherwise, I don’t pick up.

12. Future children's names?
Daisy, Eudora, Walker, Cady, Quentin, and Ishmael

13. Favorite alcoholic drink?
It’s a context thing. Wine with dinner. Rum on the beach. Martinis at clubs, and beer, beer everywhere.

14. What is your sign and birthday?
Libra, Oct. 20. Can’t you tell because I’m oh-so balanced?

15. Do you eat the stems of broccoli?
Of course! You mean other people don’t?

16. If you could have any job what would it be?

17. If you could have any color hair what would it be?
Jet black like Betty Page, but that would just be silly. If I could have my hair color with eternal highlights I’d be happy.

18. Is the glass half full or half empty?
It’s either overflowing or desert dry. There is no in-between.

19. Do you like lemonade?
I like the idea of lemonade. It’s too sweet to actually drink.

20. Do you type with the right fingers on the keys?
Absolutely. I type faster than I talk. I’d make a great secretary. ; )

21. What's under your bed?
Dust bunnies

22. What is your favorite number?

23. What is your single biggest fear?

24. Favorite song?
Too many to name…

25. Super Bowl ads, love 'em or hate 'em?
Don’t care

26. Ketchup or mustard?
Mustard—but only on real brats with real kraut

27. If people could describe you with one word what word would you want that to be?

28. Name something you always wanted as a child but never got.
A tree house

29. Favorite soft drink?
Diet coke

30. Name one good thing you did today.
Hmmm…is that a philosophical question? Is working 12 hours a good thing?

31. Favorite High School Subject?

32. What screen saver is in your computer?
Photos of my nieces

33. Burger King or McDonald's?

34. Favorite pet?
I love all my pets, but my dog, Seka, is my baby. She’s sleeping beside me now.

35. Vacation beach or mountains?
Yes. Oh, yes.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

It's on, baby! The Pequod is leaving the dock....

Ok...I don' t know how much I'll post here over the next few months, because we're hitting the seas and reading and discussing Moby-Dick as our own little pre-conference to PLA in Boston. The goal is to read at least 1/3 of the book per month.

If you'd like to join us, either post to your own blog and use the technorati tag , or just let me know if you want to join the discussion blog so that you can post directly to (If you're posting to your own blog, send me the link so I can list it on our blogroll.)

(technorati tag)

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

A more leisurely course...

Like drinking and dialing/texting, there is probably a guideline about posting in the middle of the night when you can't sleep, but now I'm thinking 20 chapters a week for 7 weeks and a weekly online meeting is too ambitious (partly because I woke up at 3 a.m. in a panic about everything that's going on in the next 3 months--an IMLS/CPB grant we're working on with KCPT and Science City, the new content management system, completing the grant-funded projects we have, orienting new staff, completing the SWOT analysis and developing the 2007-2009 JoCoWeb World plan, etc...etc...)

What if we read at least 1/3 of the book per month (although you can read the whole thing in a month if you want, and just continue to contribute to the discussion as you wish)...and then we post as we wish, and meet monthly online? Like, end of Jan, end of Feb, and almost end of March (but before PLA)?

Scott mentions Skype--I'm cool with that, but I thought Skype was limited to one-on-one conversations, rather than an interactive "roomful" of folks--is that true? I'll admit that I like the idea of using OPAL since I want more staff to check it out and use it first hand, but I'll defer to you all. What are your thoughts? I don't want to be a cheertator (that was for Sarah).

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

We set sail on the Pequod...

Woo hoo! Yes, bring your boots, clones, taste for whale meat, and your well-worn copies of M-D.

Re-enactments and interpertive dance aren't required, but highly encouraged.

All aboard,'s the plan...we read for 7 weeks...and try to steer toward 20 chapters per week... and I'll see if anyone else wants to join us...

We set sail this weekend. Here are some options for how we can share our thoughts as we chart our course:

1. If you have a blog, post away. So that we can find all of our posts, just tag them with (technorati tag).

2. For those who don't have your own blog or would prefer to post in one place, I started another blog just for this...
I'll send everyone who wants to play invites, so you can all post directly...

3. We can meet online in our OPAL room weekly...again--this is up to you, and feel free to show up or skip it as you wish, but in case you'd like to join, what day works best for you all? A weeknight evening? Tuesdays or Thursdays are ok with me. (I have yoga on Mondays/Wednesdays)...or a weekend afternoon? Let me know what works best if you're interested in using the VoIP/text-chat/co-browsing of OPAL... Weekly might be too much...we'll see, but let me know when you'd like it to be scheduled.

For your reading pleasure, here are a few stories about the 10-anniversary marathon reading of M-D that just started be on a dock in New Bedford tonight....

(technorati tag)

Monday, January 02, 2006

Want a good launch for 2006? Read Moby-Dick with me!

Yeah, yeah, maybe I can't convince any of you to stand on a dock in New Bedford reading M-D in March (slackers), but maybe I can convince you to read M-D with me over the next few months? I'm not planning to act as discussion's more of a joint venture, and whoever wants to set sail as a shipmate is in....Here are my questions: should we meet weekly or monthly as we all read/re-read the book? Should we have our online discussions via OPAL? Should we post discussions via a blog? Or (gasp) meet in person? (I'll admit I'm leaning toward an online experience...but maybe a beginning and ending face-to-face meeting would be cool)....

Come know you wanna play...