Ye Olde Archive Archived Posts: 2004-2009

24May/06Off

absinthe makes the heart grow fonder

I found out via email this morning that Emily is getting married. I'm not sure why the news affected me as much as it has, but my stomach immediately tightened up. I decided to take a half-day off work. I'll go home and relax, drink wine and watch the rain fall.

Every time I've thought about her in the last two years I've had this same feeling.

Anger. Regret. Confusion. Longing.

I don't think of myself as someone who lives in the past. Perhaps packing up my car and moving 3000 miles away wasn't as good a closure as I thought it would be. I still think it was the only thing I could do at the time that made any sense.

Perhaps I'm just bitter. Of the two relationships I've fully committed myself to as an adult, one ripped me apart in France and the other has, one way or another, been quietly gnawing at me now for nearly two years. I don't know why I haven't just let go and moved on. I've tried and it hasn't worked, and I don't know why that is either.

Sometimes trying to be self-aware is such a nuisance. And yet I remain a romantic, despite myself.

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23May/06Off

As the sky falls

Pandora plays my "Zero 7 Radio" at a quiet reference desk, one earbud in as I watch the rain fall outside and wonder what the spam email I just got means by "trombone Asian-American".

The email continues with such gems as:

CAN BIGN HAVE YOU SPEEDING PAST OTHER TRADERS LIKE A ROADRUNNER ON STEROIDS?

THE ALERT IS ON!!! DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE!!

(and at the end) WARNING: You can lose all your money by investing in this stock.

In the sense of poetry as original language, I think that a great deal of spam email qualifies. I'm well-aware that many people take their spam email and create projects from it (spamusement, spam poetry, etc). Almost all my spam email comes to my work address, and as such a lot of it gets filtered, but even so I find that it's some of my favorite email I receive on my work account. Would you rather know that your softball team got beat by 11 points, again, or sit and think about what a "trombone Asian-American" might be?

Me too.

Filed under: humor, music No Comments
18May/06Off

BibliOdyssey

Mentioned by Blogger’s Blogs of Note, BibliOdyssey claims dominion over matters of Books, Illustrations, Science, History, Visual Materia Obscura, and Eclectic Bookart. For the most part, it seems to cover illustration in various literary works, and caught my eye for its post on Hans Christian Andersen illustrations by Edmund Dulac.

Filed under: art, book, internet No Comments
18May/06Off

Doug Squared

Author Douglas Coupland talks with Wired about his new book, and how he became, much to his surprise, a character in the book and developed an internet persona with its own life and interesting hobbies. So what do you do if the internet version of you has more interesting hobbies than you do? Pick them up, of course!

There’s a rumor going around the Internet that Douglas Coupland collects meteorites. Nobody knows how it began, least of all Coupland. But the story started to circulate shortly after his first novel, Generation X, became an On the Road for the ’90s. Every effort he’s made to set the record straight has been ignored by his many fan sites. So he recently decided to purchase a few choice specimens.

“We should all be so lucky to have people throw such good ideas our way,” he says.

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18May/06Off

The MySpace Library

Meredith has posted an excellent article on libraries using social networking software. It’s one of my favorite library subjects these days, and she’s really written some great thoughts and included some great links. I’m looking forward to reading her book. I particularly appreciate the distinction she makes between libraries simply being on these networks, and libraries actually using these networks.

A lot of libraries have started building presence in MySpace and Facebook by creating profiles. And I honestly think this is a really good idea though unfortunately most libraries are doing it really badly. When you decide to put up a library profile on MySpace or Facebook, what is your goal? If it’s to look cool or to make students more aware of the library, don’t bother. A profile that offers nothing but a picture of the library, a blog post or two and a cutesy thing about how we won’t shush you just looks cheesy. I think there is a big difference between “being where our patrons are” and “being USEFUL to our patrons where they are.” I think some of the libraries in MySpace and Facebook have put a profile up, but they have not tried to make it useful to their patrons at all. Just putting up a profile does not make the library seem cool, nor does it make the library more visible.

I have seen two ways that libraries have used MySpace and Facebook effectively. The first is to get feedback from students. The second is to create a library portal within MySpace and/or Facebook (or whatever social networking software inevitably will come next).

Being on MySpace as an end to itself is pointless. Using MySpace as an information or communication gateway to connect with your patronage in a place where they already are and are comfortable is, for me, the entire idea behind library 2.0. She includes some links to libraries and library systems who are using MySpace in practical and active ways. You should definately go check them out.