ice cream making and ranting

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

I'm one of you now

I turned in my penultimate library school assignment last night. One more week and I’m done. I’ve always thought penultimate was a retardedly pretentious word, but it sure beats typing out second to last.

And in a not very smart move, on Monday I bought a pink Nintendo DS. I’m sharing it with my sister. She’s been trying to get me to go in with her on some kind of video game machine and I finally gave in.

We have two games right now—really more than I can handle. I started off with Super Princess Peach. While cute, it’s too much like a regular game. Too many buttons to press and not enough stylus action. Then my sister unlocked the toad mini game where you blow to jump. So far, I’ve bought all the levels I can, and am impatiently waiting to get the rest of them. Also, the spinning log thing before the second boss was pretty cool.

Knowing that I only like novelty, Nintendogs should have been perfect for me. I started my dog last night after I finished my assignment, and I don’t even think I played an hour. The stupid dog will only go on really short walks, and she only found one present—a stupid tennis ball that I already had. While I like Nintendogs in theory, I’m not sure how long I’m going to last in practice. My dog just might be too boring for me. And I was lured in to buying Dalmatian and Friends, but I think I actually wanted Lab.

Monday, November 27, 2006

7 Minutes in Heaven

I was watching a rerun of King of the Hill yesterday and the kids started playing 7 minutes in heaven.

Has anyone actually ever done that? Maybe I didn't get out much during the after-school-special demographic age, but I don't even know that I've heard of it happening in real life. Is it just something they make up for TV like bumbling mall cops and Applebee's?

Also, has anyone else noticed that bloglines has stopped updating for blogger hosted sites?

Sunday, November 19, 2006


Wooo! Finally done! And about 31 hours early!

If you've noticed, I haven't been available much lately. Here's the major reason why.

After being in the program for 2 years, the new director goes and changes the graduation requirements from 2 research papers to an e-portfolio. There was no buffer, no grandfathering, just past and present.

Now, a research paper I could write in my sleep. I’ve writing a million of them, and I haven’t come close to failing one. I’d even venture to say I’m good at them. E-portfolios, however, are different. I’d never made one, a barely knew what was a few months ago. There was no way of knowing if I’d be naturally good at one. And so I spent a few months angry. But sometime in mid-October I managed to shape up and start churning out portfolio content to match with our “core competencies.” Bleh.

So here it is, most of my portfolio on view for the world to see. (At least for 6 months until they delete it). If I don’t have a job in a couple months, I think I’ll move it to a more permanent location. I don’t expect anyone to read it. But, if you’re incredibly bored one day and want to understand librarianship a bit better, go ahead, click.

My Portfolio

If I never hear the word “competencies” again, it’ll be too soon.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


It's the slow season in competitive eating. Badlands Booker's 3rd eating themed CD is coming out on Thanksgiving. But that's about it.

That's why last Saturday's fantastic TV Funhouse Cartoon was even more appreciated. Watch it before they kick it off youtube. Kobayashi is a superhero who saves the world through eating.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Chicken Pie!

I think I had enough to say last time So, I'll let these pictures speak for themselves. I'm so glad I found the perfect place to wear that dress.

See all the glory here, including the neon chicken sign. Whenever you're in the area, just give me a call and I'll meet you at the chicken pie shop.

Friday, November 03, 2006

We're not worthy

I'm not sure why my kitten does this. But she does it a handful of times a day. We think she's just flaunting her cuteness. One day I hope to get good video of it.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Fun with wiki

I dabbled in the Squelch wiki. 2 of my classes had wikis that we worked on. I've read articles from the real wikipedia. But, today, for the first time, I was pulled into action as guardian of knowledge, defending wikipedia from those who would abuse its democratizing powers.

I was trying to remember the order of Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science and it was the first result in Google. So I go to the article, and see that this jerk has replaced law #1 with “boob.”

Then, I had to look it up correctly, and fix it. And made a few other changes while I was at it. The article was defaced for about 6 hrs before I swooped in. I must have been the only one to look at it, I doubt anyone would believe the first law was boob. This seems like a good story to tell in a job interview, I’ll be working on it. I did a good deed for the world, the karma better work for me.

I don’t use wikipedia that much, and it was the first time I noticed anything like that. I hate to think it was someone involved with libraries that did that. But, who else knows about the 5 laws of library science?


Bob Barker retiring after 50 years on TV

Who wants to go with me before he leaves in June? It's always been my dream to win a soda fountain.