A Day of Leisure

Listening to:

Road to Perdition – Main Theme

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Sonny Rhodes – The Ballad of Serenity

I spent all day on Friday at the University of Houston’s Serials Symposium. I will have some write ups to offer soon, later today if you are very lucky. I spent Saturday, working and then attending a BBQ Cook-off at a little hole in the wall bar south of Houston. My uncle was one of the cooks; they won best brisket and potato salad. It was hot, but there was plenty of cold beer and meat the likes of which are hard to come by elsewhere.

I also worked Sunday, so I took today off. What a blessing that has been. I have gotten to take my time reading my email and feeds. Glorious leisure! I am all caught up, for now, and I have gathered some offerings for you. So put on some mellow music, relax, read, and enjoy.

Biblio Bits

Karen’s got the right idea; I would not mind finding one of these in a birthday wrapping. Mine is only 2 ½ months away.

Meredith talks about keeping up and what library school does (not) teach you. My library school experience contained technology in the form of one Internet/HTML class which was not required. We used Blackboard for all of our classes. Like Meredith, everything I know about library technology, I have learned from others or taught myself. While I do not think that everyone should know everything about technology in libraries, I do think we should at least be aware of what is going on around us and stop being so afraid of things. I am a glutton for technology, but I do not think everyone should be exactly like me. That would be boring!

Lis*dom has a nice roundup, with links, about the book “banning” business going on in Florida. Reading is power and anyone who thinks different has only to look at the number of counties in many different states that are dealing with people who would like to control what others are able to read.

An interesting article about young authors. Unfortunately, my favorite, Christopher Paolini, only gets mentioned in a chart. For those of you who are looking for something wonderful and fun, might I suggest Eragon? The second book in the series, Eldest, comes out August 23rd.

Nerdy Bits

Wanting to look at listservs in your RSS reader? Here is a nice breakdown of how to do it in Bloglines. (Thanks to Meredith for the link)

I came across this on Whedonesque today, because, you know, I am obsessed and have nothing better to do. It is sung to the tune of the “Hero of Canton” a song in the Firefly episode Jaynestown. Joss is my master now.

Just Desserts

Now this is what I call karma. If you are going to be that big of a witch in public, at least be original. (Link from bookslut)

–Jane, someday she’ll wish upon a star