ichinichinemasu: (Librarian)
If you haven't seen the "Better Book Titles" tumblr floating around the internet yet, you should totally check it out. A few of the titles made me laugh out loud. Here's the link, and one of the funnier titles:


ichinichinemasu: (marie chillin)
I got my invitation today to Music Beta by Google!! I'm very excited. It basically allows you to store all of your music online, so you can access from anywhere with internet and on your Android phone. Potentially, I wouldn't even need to carry around an iPod anymore. You can store up to 20,000 songs on your account, it automatically syncs with your computer, and the songs you listened to most recently are downloaded to your device so you can still listen to them even without available internet. Sounds like a sweet deal.
ichinichinemasu: (Reading!)
Kindle will soon allow users to borrow free ebooks from libraries! I'm super excited. Basically the only reason I've been wibbling so long over my ereader purchase is because I liked Kindle the best, but the library's free lending service didn't work on it.

Given this news, I'm going home and buying a Kindle tonight, yo.
ichinichinemasu: (lizzy reading)
Lately at work I've been taking the time to just explore through some of our online databases and learn the collection. I want to get a feel for what we have before I start taking on more ambitious projects (eventually--weeding the periodicals, creating a facebook page, programming).

I've discovered some pretty neat Philadelphia history websites!

The first is Historical Images of Philadelphia maintained by the Free Library, specifically those organized by neighborhood. I looked up the area in South Philly where I currently live, and was surprised to find images of factories and trees there roundabout 1850.

The second is Philadelphia GeoHistory Network. They have all sorts of interesting historical information on Philadelphia, including old city directories where one can possibly do genealogical research. What I liked the best, though, was the interactive map viewer, where you can switch views between old Philadelphia maps dating back to 1843. I found my little alley definitely for sure on the 1910 map, which means my house is at least 100 years old.

I'm such a nerd :|b.

Otherwise, sorry for not being around so much lately-- between the new job and a now active personal life, I am extremely happy, but failing at maintaining an online presence. Rest assured I've been reading things though if not commenting. ALSO rest assured that I definitely did watch the season premire of Doctor Who and enjoyed it immensely.
ichinichinemasu: (Librarian)
I was reading through the ALA email newsletter after checking in periodicals today (I love my job. Love love love it, it's just exactly what I wanted to be doing...but perhaps I'll do a seperate post on that later), and I came across an interesting article.

The point of this entry is...BoingBoing found a sign in a library which was the "Top 10 Reasons Why the Internet is no Substitute for a Library," and granted, it's a little shameful. It was written a while ago, but it qualifies all of the, er, older librarian arguments..."ebooks? who needs those? they are destroying the industry!!111!!". However, ALA put up a response article that asks librarians for current arguments why libraries are relevant, and those responses are amazing.

The one I like best is: "Getting information off the Internet is like getting a drink of water from a fire hydrant.” -Mitchell Kapor. I've only been working four days, and I've already seen a teen come in with a research project who didn't know how to use a computer. She didn't know how to use the internet...she didn't know what a search engine was. This is an extreme case, but the thing is, not everyone is digitally savvy. Shocking, I know. Some people still need free internet access. Some people need guidance on how to use that access to get relevant information. What is frustrating is that most people who argue libraries aren't relevant are the upper and middle class who grew up with technology, and not everyone has, and it's important to remember that. /end rant
ichinichinemasu: (English Rose)
I just spent a ridiculous amount of money for tickets to see The Decemberists play on June 15th. I don't even care! It was one of those things where I had to go, especially since I've been listening to their latest CD on repeat for the past two weeks.

Speaking of which, I did mean to post a few tracks from The King is Dead. I like this new effort a lot. It's much simpler than their past few albums and more grounded in a traditional country sound, but I think that's what gives it strength. And while I enjoy almost all of the songs, the paired "January Hymn" and "June Hymn" tracks are my favorites. They're just so...calming, I guess, and pretty and evocative. Here is "January Hymn" for your listening pleasure:


Feed Review

Feb. 9th, 2011 02:07 pm
ichinichinemasu: (Librarian)
Since I'm too lazy to rewrite this, I'm going to crosspost the review from my goodreads account. It's been a while since I shared a book review, though, so I thought I should at least put up something here other than bitching.

Feed (Newsflesh, #1)Feed by Mira Grant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really loved this book and I would recommend it freely. It was an extremely smart zombie novel. Rather than focus on the fact that zombies, they exist, this book went into detail about how the zombies were created, what happened to society when they appeared, and how their existence changed politics and news distribution. At its heart it was a really interesting political thriller. Not only that, I loved all of the main characters--Georgia, Shaun, and Buffy--bloggers who follow a political campaign, and who are satisfyingly snarky. The only reason I hesitated to give this book five stars is that it suffered from some pacing issues. It probably could have been shorter than it was, but when it got good it definitely sucked you in.


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oh CLAMP!

Feb. 4th, 2011 08:32 pm
ichinichinemasu: (check the hat)
Hey guys...so what do you think? Is it Subaru, is it Kamui, or is it Lelouch?



CLAMP...really needs some new character designs, I think. This is from their new mangette Gate 7. Scans available on [community profile] clampnews.

I'm not gonna lie, I find this endlessly amusing. I don't really even know what the story is about, even after reading the translations...

Hmmm.

Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:21 am
ichinichinemasu: (Librarian)
I'm thinking about buying myself a Kindle. It might help me to be less angry at the world, if I can do something nice for myself for working hard. I don't know, though. It's pretty expensive and not really something I can afford, but a splurge just ONCE in two years is okay, right? Do you think it's smart to purchase one now, or should I wait until price goes down, or buy another device all together? Considerations!
ichinichinemasu: (Go to the library)
WWI style posters to help save libraries-- they've been making the rounds on twitter.


ichinichinemasu: (English Rose)
Stolen from my FL. I love it.

Memory Is a Disease of Animals
Marc McKee

This is the shirt you wore
when someone you'd hurt wore sunglasses
in an airport at night
and told the woman at the counter
that everything was fine. Fine.
We are populated by each other
and this is a disease of animals.
Whose means include syllables. Jean Cocteau
would have loved this evening,
it's 1930 in Paris somewhere
—this is a disease
we airplanes have, chasing bells
hooked into the ribs of the wind-licked causeway.
This is the shirt you wore, right?
which burned in water
like a map soaped in gasoline
calling to matches. These are the sunglasses
upon which such scars of streetlights.
We are each alone. You play a fiddle or a violin,
you make the garrote wire bend resonant
and pretty over a box of shadow.
You get the hot fries from the vending machine
like it's nothing. There is a mouth
on either side of you
but only one leopards your neck.
Take / your make-up / off.
We are in this together. Kind of.
This is a city where you lived.
A girl sits cross-legged with her guitar
beside the last window you will have to yourself,
all is well, all is well then the calm snaps.
A boulder sighs down the stairs.
None of the lights are right
but someone mercurial turns a grin out of the ruckus
and it is enough. Before before
you let your foot push hard against the floor,
the silver-slivered night shivering above you
so you nearly thought it would be beautiful enough
to be enough. This is not hell, the night
laced with neon, neon another version of blood,
this is not the same shirt.
If I started saying Sorry or I love you now
I would never stop.

ichinichinemasu: (Librarian)
This is like, the worst publishing industry news ever. Apparently there are also rumors that Borders employees have been advised to seek employment elsewhere, if they have the chance.

I like Borders so much better than Barnes and Noble. If they collapse, I don't know what I'll do :(. Order all of my books from Amazon, I guess.


ichinichinemasu: (Reading!)
Tonight if you happen to wake up (or be awake) at 2:41 AM EST, you can witness a total lunar eclipse! NASA advises, however, to wake up and look at 3:17 AM EST, because that's when the moon will be prettiest. I may be a nerd and set my alarm.

It's an awesome way to kick off the winter solstice tomorrow. Happy days-will-finally-get-longer day in advance, all. If only it promised warmer days, too.


While we're on nerdy things, link to Code Geass on crunchyroll for those who were at fandom night and are interested!

ichinichinemasu: (marie chillin)
I keep hearing this song on the radio, and each time I'm struck by it. I just love the lyrics..."Happiness hit her/ Like a train on a track." That's such a great image. Being happy despite trying your best not to; being surprised by happiness.

Embedding just the song, because I don't know how I feel about the video.




ichinichinemasu: (lizzy reading)
So the library is encouraging staff to submit book reviews by hosting a contest. I'm super excited!! I remember the moment I decided to become a librarian was when I was attending a class in the Rare Book Room at Penn, and the librarian was there. He said, "This is the best job in the world, because I can decide what's good, and what's not. I can tell people what to read." And I thought, that really is an awesome job. And now I can do it.

You can submit individual reviews and make up lists. I decided my recommendation list would be "Dystopian Fiction." Because really, that seems to be the sub-genre I know most about. Definitely including 1984, Brave New World, The Handmaid's Tale, Fahrenheit 451, The Giver, and some more recent, The Hunger Games, Matched, Uglies. I might also sneak the V for Vendetta graphic novel in there. Anyone else know anything good? I think I'm already over the qualifying number by a few...

Otherwise, I really want to go see The Black Swan. But some of the physical stuff I read about made me twist in my chair ("oh. oh. toes crunching. agh."), so I'm not sure what'll happen when I actually see it, but still. It sounds interesting.

ETA: Seen this floating around the internet, so I did it while waiting for the event tonight: My personalDNA Report. Apparently I am a "considerate creator."

ichinichinemasu: (Tomoyo and Sakura)
I have holiday cards!

I figure that's attention-getting :). I'm a little late to the party, but I have super-cute non-denominational holiday cards AND stamps, so I'm pretty much set to send some out.

If you would like one, please leave your name and address. All comments are screened. Even if I see or talk to you on a regular basis, you should still leave your address!! Help me organize my life! And if you would like my address in return, link me to your holiday card post?

Alternatively, I have super-creepy holiday cards free from the library, if you'd prefer that ♥

ichinichinemasu: (Default)
"Dear Stores Everywhere,

There's a holiday between Halloween and Christmas. Just letting you know.

Sincerely, Thanksgiving"

From: Dear blank, please blank

I love this site.

ichinichinemasu: (Catherine Reading)
Long story short, I was sorting through some of my books from ALA the other day and came across Matched by Ally Condie again. I remembered how much I originally wanted to read the book and nothing else seemed to be doing it for me lately, so I brought it home. And proceeded to spend the entire weekend unable to put it down.


First, let me address the hype: it's being promoted as the fall's next big YA dystopian fiction, in the vein of Hunger Games. But if it was just another knock off of Hunger Games, I don't think I would have liked it as much as I did. I think this is a strong stand alone book all on its own, and if anything, it reminded me more closely of Huxley's Brave New World. The basic premise: it's Cassia's seventeenth birthday, the age when society will choose for her her "match," or the person she's going to marry. In her Society, everything is controlled: your work assignment, who you marry, when you have children, what you eat, even when you die. Everything is streamlined. No one in Society has more than anyone else; no one is unhealthy or unhappy. But no one has choices.

OK, this got long. More under the cut! )

So, go read it! It doesn't come out until November, but I am happy to pass on my Advanced Reading Copy to someone. Just let me know.

ichinichinemasu: (check the hat)


YES, THIS, SO MUCH. Holy crap. A whole website devoted to tearing apart Stephanie Meyers's writing in Twilight. I find it endlessly amusing. Mostly because I have to be a grammar nazi in work, anyway.

ichinichinemasu: (Librarian)
For some reason, Joyce Carol Oates has always existed in my head as Jane Hamilton. I really...I don't know why. Maybe because both of them have been to the library? I can't explain it. I just remember a coworker telling me how boring Jane Hamilton was, so when I found out Joyce Carol Oates was coming in the spring, I was so not excited. And then I started writing her blurb, and in fact, she sounds dark, and violent, and amazing, and right up my alley. She even writes gothic romances!!!1! Bellefleur, A Bloodsmoor Romance, and Mysteries of Winterthurn. Who knew? (Obviously, I didn't). Needless to say, I'm excited now. Apparently, she also published romances under a pen name, which is kind of funny, for a National Book Award Winner.

I'm putting her books in my queue...even though I'm in the middle of...three? Still reading Freedom, started Super Sad True Love Story, started Anais Nin, almost done Sookie Stackhouse book eightish, never finished Gibson, have The Hours now. Plus all of the summer backlog. I am so sad. I really have to get through at least one actual book besides Sookie Stackhouse by the end of the month (Charlaine Harris doesn't really count as a literary venture).