Ye Olde Archive Archived Posts: 2004-2009

26Mar/08Off

A Suit and a Haircut

Yesterday I bought a suit and a haircut,
and now I've got the world on a string.
At least until the string's cut,
then it won't mean a thing.

Interviews, moving, assignments,
fond farewells and
fond hellos
and
the

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t
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that beckons like a drum,
that thrums through the wires;
the distance between home and home.

It was never a choice,
but it was always hard not choosing.

Filed under: personal, poetic 1 Comment
23Mar/08Off

Easter melody

I was playing around learning "Hit Me Baby One More Time", and I started playing this instead. Funny how music works.

Happy Easter, whatever it means to you. 🙂

Ahniwa Ferrari - untitled guitar tune
[audio:http://ahniwa.com/blog/uploads/easter-melody.mp3]

Filed under: music, personal 8 Comments
22Mar/08Off

a poem, but not for me

apple trees, winter

silence marks keep filling up the page

angled lines of desperation stretch across

margin to margin like evening shadows

reach across the endless winter

what of that pink railway carriage

what of those blue cushions

we'd have never reached out

had we but known

Filed under: personal, poetic No Comments
22Mar/08Off

Things I’ll Miss

montreal at night

City lights glowing through the blizzard;
the air infused with falling faerie
dancing gently down to rest in piles
among their silent brethren.

Twenty minutes through the blizzard,
or through the sunny cold,
or the tepid spring;
that walk to class down
charming city streets.

The closeness of the east,
one city piled atop another;
this family of cities
that I never took the time to see.

Energy. Frenetic energy built
around community; the
we-are-all-in-this-together-ness
that made each word bearable.
The thrill of the hunt,
bringing down that big assignment so
we could feast during winter.

And more, perhaps. Perhaps more
than I can say. But
I can say,
Oh, things,

how I long to miss you.

Filed under: montreal, poetic, school 1 Comment
17Mar/08Off

Wyoming Libraries: Advertising done right?

picture of the wyoming libraries mud flap girl

On one of my recent flights home I had the fortune to sit next to an interesting woman who happened to be in marketing. We got to talking about libraries a bit, and she sympathized that if people only knew the breadth and depth of the services their libraries offered, they would want to move in. Given her field, it's no surprise that her advice was, "You guys need to get in touch with us." It's true. In my experience, libraries like to market themselves, and it probably works to some extent. Marketing is not our specialty, though, and our efforts at marketing are probably akin to the results we might get if we gave a marketing expert a book and asked them to catalog it (sure, it sounds easy until I ask you what the 245 MARC field is for, and then you're baffled). Maybe it's time libraries went to the experts for their marketing.

Wyoming Libraries are there already, and their campaign is awesome. It's intelligent, sassy, and multi-modal. They have a library mud flap girl, a library Eiffel Tower billboard, and two radio spots. From the site:

Wyoming's libraries are as expansive as the state, and as close as down the street.

Libraries offer more than many people realize, and we want to reach out beyond our regular users to let people know this. The new statewide marketing campaign is designed to increase understanding, use and support of Wyoming libraries.

I don't know about you, but their campaign makes me want to move to Wyoming and use a library. I'd love to know how effective the campaign has been so far in bringing new users into the library, but that's always a dodgey statistic at best, and I imagine it will take some time before any valid results can be analyzed.

In the meantime, I need to find myself some of those mud flaps ...

Filed under: humor, libraries 1 Comment