Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Blog about Homelessness

I've started a new blog. It's kind of for a class assignment. I don't know if I'll share it with the class or give in and create a powerpoint (I have only a few days to finish it though!).

The class is on Information Transfer in Special Populations, and I decided to look at library services for the homeless--since public libraries especially have all kinds of issues with homeless people.

My new blog is Homeless.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Politics As Usual

I have a new bumper sticker (okay 2 new ones) on my car. One has a local candidate's name. The other is more specific: "De-Kline Kansas: Vote Moderately." (Kline is the current Attorney General for Kansas--he is an extremist about certain things, IMHO)

And someone gave me the finger. I'm sure I was not driving like a lunatic at the time. So it must be the new bumper stickers.

You know, I never, no matter how much I feel like it, give anyone the finger while driving. What is it about someone that makes them feel they can give me the finger? What makes someone so threatened by seeing an opinion on a car?

A friend said that "the finger" is to intimidate and bully. Might the Finger Guy have felt intimidated by the words on my car?

It's the polarized political climate. These may be midterm elections and here in Kansas we are re-electing a Democratic governor and in my neighborhood, a Democratic congressional representative. Also, there are a few moderate Republicans out there who welcome bi-partisan, or multi-partisan legislative efforts. But it seems that there are more yard signs than ever before and more bumper stickers.

To fit all mine on, I had to cover my old Kerry-Edwards bumper sticker. Maybe the Finger Guy was mad about that.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Gus at rest

Gus at rest
Originally uploaded by electrogrrrl.
Just a nice picture of my kitty, sleeping on the sofa.
It makes me want to relax as I look at him.

Ahhhhh I can feel my blood pressure dropping!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Miriam, last time

My friend Miriam Engelberg died last Tuesday.
She was dying, she had brain mets. Her book is very funny and I highly recommend it:
Cancer Made Me A Shallower Person.

I don't know what else to say. It's us who are left behind who are sad. I'm especially unhappy about the irony of it: her book made her famous--cancer made her famous, but it killed her. And what's more is if she were alive, all the media attention she's getting now, she'd be making fun of.

I can't write anymore.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Librarians are still nerds...

...but nerds are cool.
In this world, anyway.
My profession is a nerdy one. It always has been, whether we librarians have been book-oriented or information-oriented. Electronic media, computers and all the stuff we do with them, like blog about it--it's just like having a bunch of books on shelves that we talk about, tag and catalog. Whether we use technorati, clusty or z39...I mean who are we fooling?

I don't know, maybe it's because we are so involved in information transfer,that the 2.0 world (and soon the 3.0 world) is relatively easy for us to move around in.

Is that really cool? Or is it just more of the same? Maybe we no longer shush, some of us are pierced and tattooed, some of us don't wear sensible shoes--but we're still computer geeks and nerds! In an earlier age, we were book geeks and nerds.

Feeling uncharacteristically unhappy about all this. Maybe because I am not technologically fluent--not as native as others whose blogs I read. I want to be like them, but not entirely. I still want to be able to relate to people whose computer literacy is nascent or even unawakened.

And yet I'm impatient with people who wish we had a card catalog (we do--it's in the computer) and who think that computers'll take the place of books (they won't--they're a long way from being cozy to snuggle up with in bed)

I am also just feeling cranky. Must be the weather. Currently 57 degrees (F) and overcast.