in for mation - "Any stimulus that alters cognitive structure in the receiver." R. M. Hayes, 1991.
REMINDER: Go outside. The graphics are amazing.

Political Misc:
Librarians Against

The only country song I have ever heard that made any sense at all to me: "Love don't have to be a bunch of drama/Just a bunch of knock down, drag-outs, cryin' in the rain/ It's alright to keep it light now, don't you think?/ We're having such a good time together, and it's only just begun/ My heart's never smiled so hard./Loving you is fun." Wednesday, November 14, 2012 06:46 p.m.

"And tonight, despite all the hardship we’ve been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I’ve never been more hopeful about our future. I have never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope. I’m not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight. I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting. America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try." Wednesday, November 7, 2012 06:02 a.m.

BLVR: What do you think of e-books?
Maurice Sendak: I hate them. It’s like making believe there’s another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of book. A book is a book is a book. I know that’s terribly old-fashioned. I’m old, and when I’m gone they’ll probably try to make my books on all these things, but I’m going to fight it like hell. [Pauses] I can’t believe I’ve turned into a typical old man. I can’t believe it. I was young just minutes ago. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 06:54 p.m.

Irony is the opposite of wrinkly.
I don't expect everything to be handed to me. Just sit it down anywhere.
Normal is just a setting on the dryer.
Sarcasm is the mind's natural defense against stupidity. Saturday, September 29, 2012 04:01 a.m.

‎"Don't look at me in that tone of voice." - Dorothy Parker Monday, March 19, 2012 05:50 a.m.

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ~ Stephen King Monday, February 6, 2012 04:45 a.m.

“Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.” ~ Neil Gaiman Thursday, February 2, 2012 04:31 a.m.

“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.” ~ Ray Bradbury
Friday, January 27, 2012 04:04 a.m.

Rembrandt at rest
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 02:29 p.m.

“If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well viewed.” - Lily Tomlin Tuesday, January 24, 2012 02:26 p.m.

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts.
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me:
Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
~ Shel Silverstein
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 04:58 a.m.

“The more that you read/ the more you know. /The more you learn,/ the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss Wednesday, June 15, 2011 03:58 p.m.

"Parties who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of the field in hopes that the cow will back up to them." —Elbert Hubbard Thursday, May 5, 2011 04:26 a.m.

You mourn the loss of what you thought your life was.
You mourn the future that you thought you'd planned.
~ Lynn Redgrave

April 18, 2011 04:36 a.m.

"There are things you do because they feel right and they may make no sense and they may make no money and it may be the Real reason we are here: to love each other and to eat each other's cooking and say it was good" - brian andreas Wednesday, April 27, 2011 02:53 a.m.

“What is literature but the expression of moods by the vehicle of symbol and incident? And are there not moods which need heaven, hell, purgatory, and faeryland for their expression, no less than this dilapidated earth? Nay, are there not moods which shall find no expression unless there be those who dare to mix heaven, hell, purgatory, and faeryland together, Or even to set the heads of beasts to the bodies of men, or to thrust the
souls of men into the heart of rocks? Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet.” ~Yeats from THE CELTIC TWILIGHT Tuesday, April 12, 2011 04:20 a.m.

Four things you can never recover: the stone after the throw, the word after it's said, the occasion after it's missed, and the time after it's gone. April 5, 2011 4:15 a.m.

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” ~ Theodore Levitt Wednesday, February 2, 2011 08:57 p.m.

"Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money." ~ Moliere Sunday, November 21, 2010 4:13 a.m.

"How to live to be 100: Remember the three R’s: resolution, resourcefulness and resilience. Take hardships in stride, traipse blithely over obstacles and convert as many as possible into building blocks." Tuesday, October 19, 2010 06:32 a.m.

"On Wednesday, October 13 2010, the manager of a Chilean restaurant in New York City wore a miner's helmet with "Esperanza" — Spanish for "hope" — on it. From Australia to the coal fields of Appalachia, people in seemingly every corner of the world followed the Chilean miners' rescue Wednesday on TV and the Internet, and many were uplifted by the experience. Viewers were transfixed by the Chilean state video feed: a you-are-there view from a camera mounted on top of the rescue capsule that carried the miners to the surface. It showed the brilliant white light at the end of the tunnel getting bigger and bigger and finally exploding like a starburst as each man ascended." - AP Thursday, October 14, 2010 06:11 a.m.

"This seems like the perfect time for Tony Romo to end the debate about whether he's an elite quarterback or simply a talented athlete who piles up gaudy passing statistics, but doesn't win the games that matter most. It starts with Romo, who has every gaudy stat a quarterback would ever want. He's 39-19 as a starter with two NFC East titles. He owns the franchise record with 24 300-yard passing games. He has 54 more touchdown passes than interceptions. And he has played in three Pro Bowls. Still, so many of you can't let go of the fumbled snap in the 2006 playoffs against Seattle . Or the dumb trip to Cabo before the playoff game against the Giants in 2008. There's a perception that he's a knucklehead, an easy-going guy who wears his cap backward and doesn't care that much whether the Cowboys win or lose as long as he has a set of golf clubs in his trunk and a hot date..." Monday, October 11, 2010 06:08 a.m.

Joke of the day:
Q: How many narcissists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Just me.
Monday, August 23, 2010 05:17 p.m.

“Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Monday, June 7, 2010 03:46 a.m.

Monday, April 12, 2010 12:01 p.m.

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus being perceived as significant. Perhaps the most common example of that is seeing faces in random places. Human beings are "hard-wired" from birth to identify the human face. This allows people to use only minimal details to recognize faces from a distance and in poor visibility but can also lead them to interpret random images or patterns of light and shade as being faces. There is a blog dedicated to finding faces called Faces in Places. Monday, February 1, 2010 04:57 a.m.

NULLIUS IN VERBA: Latin: "Take nobody's word for it."
The motto of the Royal Society.

Thursday, January 7, 2010 06:52 a.m.

NULLIUS IN VERBA: Latin: "Take nobody's word for it."
The motto of the Royal Society.
Thursday, December 10, 2009 03:23 a.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 06:06 a.m.

"Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher." -Flannery O'Connor Friday, September 25, 2009 4:00 a.m.

From birth to 18, a woman needs good parents.
From 18 to 35, she needs good looks.
From 35 to 55, she needs a good personality.
And from 55 on, she needs cash.
--Sophie Tucker
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 02:06 p.m.

Some people have a way with words. Others not have way.
Our house is your house. If you pay off the mortgage.
I'm ready for my stimulus package now.

Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist. -Harrison Ford Friday, August 14, 2009 02:42 p.m.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 04:39 a.m.

Age improves with wine. Monday, July 27, 2009 02:38 p.m.

"Promoting competition is only the tip of the iceberg — there are also the thousands of applications so novel that they don’t yet compete with anything. These tend to be produced by tinkerers and hackers. Instant messaging, peer-to-peer file sharing and the Web itself all exist thanks to people out in left field, often writing for fun rather than money, who are able to tempt the rest of us to try out what they’ve done...If the market settles into a handful of gated cloud communities whose proprietors control the availability of new code, the time may come to ensure that their platforms do not discriminate. Such a demand could take many forms...We’ve only just begun to measure this problem, even as we fly directly into the cloud. That’s not a reason to turn around. But we must make sure the cloud does not hinder the creation of revolutionary software that, like the Web itself, can seem esoteric at first but utterly necessary later. " - from "Lost in the Cloud" By JONATHAN ZITTRAIN at Tuesday, July 21, 2009 10:11 a.m.

"There are those of us who read because we love it more than anything. We feel about bookstores the way some people feel about jewelers."~ Anna Quindlen

"There is nothing to be feared from a body, Harry, any more than there is anything to be feared from the darkness. Lord Voldemort, who of course secretly fears both, disagrees. But once again he reveals his own lack of wisdom. It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more." Dumbledore, chapter 26, pg 566, HP6 Tuesday, July 14, 2009 05:17 a.m.

Saturday, March 28, 2009 08:48 a.m.

"America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy."
- John Updike, Problems and Other Stories
Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 07:16 a.m.

Thursday, January 1, 2009 09:50 a.m.

"Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar." -Edward R. Murrow (while speaking of bloggers from the great newsroom in the sky) Friday, October 24, 2008 02:39 1.m.

Saturday, August 30, 2008 09:03 p.m.

Monday, August 25, 2008 06:24 a.m.

"Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force." . ~ Dorothy Sayers Sunday, July 13, 2008 09:06 a.m.

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." ~ John Lubbock Saturday, July 12, 2008 05:53 p.m.

All expectations must be safely stowed before reading this blog. Thank you.
Monday, May 19, 2008 11:15 a.m.

Evelyn: Look, I... I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am.
Rick: And what is that?
Evelyn: I am...... a librarian!
[Rachael Weisz, 1999, The Mummy] Tuesday, May 13, 2008 04:04 p.m.

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ” - George Bernard Shaw Thursday, April 17, 2008 04:26 p.m.

Behind every great man... is a woman rolling her eyes.

Honesty is the best policy but insanity is the best excuse.

They say that memory is the first thing to go. Wait. What were we talking about?

My life is a soap opera. All I need is a sponsor.

In wine, there is wisdom. In beer, there is freedom. In water, there is bacteria.

I yell because I care.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 08:53 a.m.

Monday, March 17, 2008 11:53 a.m.

Friday, March 7, 2008 04:18 p.m.

The Librarian Song "Librarians come in all shapes and sizes/full of facts and figures and few surprises/but the one thing they all know how to say is/"Boys, there is an easier way."/So she'd show it to me/Then she'd do it with me/Then she'd smile so happily when I did it for meyself/She's the interactive kind/When there's things I need to find/Oh, my librarian/She is so fine." Saturday, March 1, 2008 05:08 a.m.

Jesus saves, but Buddha makes incremental backups. Friday, February 29, 2008 06:47 a.m.

Yes, we can Monday, February 4, 2008 07:00 p.m.

Monday, February 4, 2008 10:22 a.m.

"When action grows unprofitable, gather information. When information grows unprofitable, sleep." - Ursula K. LeGuin Wednesday, January 30, 2008 11:47 a.m.

Library Career Romances [excerpt from Kitsy Babcock, library assistant / by Joan Sargent. -- New York : Avalon, 1958. 220 p. ; 20 cm.}
“I’ve been thinking about being a librarian. I’ve even been reading up on it. Did you know that there are librarians in these United States who make eighteen thousand dollars a year?” Friday, January 25, 2008 07:00 a.m.

Librarian Dress Up!! Tuesday, January 22, 2008 04:00 p.m.

Blogging Accidents Friday, January 11, 2008 06:06 a.m.

Conformity Interesting study on why we will agree to something we know is incorrect. Friday, January 4, 2008 12:27 p.m.

It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or the fourteenth. -George Burns Friday, January 4, 2008 2:14 am.

Get Your War On

Madness takes it toll. So please have exact change. Wednesday, October 17, 2007 04:11 p.m.

The oldest geek profession "Curiously, the thrillingly futuristic Web has hyper-driven us into the next millennium just quickly and rudely enough to reveal that we were in danger of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It turns out that the indispensible element of online media remains -- get this -- text! And the frenzy to produce the first Internet "killer app" has revealed that we had one all along -- good old vanilla e-mail. And after we all got buried by the World Wide Vanity Press, we realized that the most valuable job on the Web belongs not to HTML coders and graphics wizards but to the members of the oldest geek profession, librarians -- "cybrarians," as they're known in the realm of electrons -- and along with them, of course, editors." from The Next Big Thing -- Words! by Ralph Lombreglia The Atlantic Online Wednesday, September 19, 2007 04:26 a.m.

The Ten Funniest and Best Diagrams Ever Made Tuesday, September 11, 2007 12:23 p.m.

Can the Internet cope with stress? This brief paper proposes an experiment to test the response of the Internet to stress. If the network demonstrates coping and defense mechanisms, is it then a conscious entity? Monday, September 10, 2007 06:07 a.m.

Book lovers never go to bed alone See the full size version here: Monday, September 3, 2007 09:08 a.m.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 11:41 a.m.

Kurt Vonnegut loves librarians: "I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles. So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries." Tuesday, August 14, 2007 08:15 p.m.

Quotes to live by:

One who knows HOW will always have a job-working for one who knows WHY.

You do not have a soul. You ARE a soul. You HAVE a body.

Dont give me that smart alec attitude. I already have one.

Those who forget the pasta are condemned to re-heat it. Tuesday, August 14, 2007 04:46 p.m.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 04:44 p.m.

"Top 100 Tools For Learning" ...hmmmm...learning? These are kinda just ordianry tools, not really "learning" tools... Tuesday, August 14, 2007 04:39 p.m.