Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mario 64

Dear Mario64,

I know, I know-- this relationship is just getting started, and you want to spend a lot of time with me. That's totally sensible, and I appreciate that.

I have to go to work tomorrow morning, and my boss doesn't understand our love the way that I do. Our devotion is a foreign idea in today's world of trivial pleasures and fleeting attachments.

Please stop being so addictive, so I can go to bed.

All my love,

PS: I promise we'll play when I get home. Promise.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Lesbian Herstory Archives

So my dream of interning at the Lesbian Herstory Archives this upcoming spring, and being really, really gay with some ladies has died an early death.

I was mainly going for the internship because:
a) it sounded like a great place to gather some archival experience
b) it sounded like a great place to meet chicks
c) it sounded like a great place to be an active member of the community

This pipe dream of course was heavily reliant on me ignoring the fact that this semester is going to be spent:
1) working full time
2) thesis
3) archival class
4) library manifesto
5) C2E2 in April
6) occasionally stopping to try and breathe

Sadly, twas not meant to be. Apparently, I can not make division of myself to attend to all of these tasks, and one of them had to give.

The one that involved no money, no credit, and Brooklyn was selected. Ain't it always the way?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Hello Jedi

This is what anime fans see before they die .

The last thing they feel of course is a Star Wars fan's hands around their neck choking them while repeating "Perversion! Perversion!" over and over again.

Also, probably something in Japanese. Whatever.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The iPad

Yeah, pretty much.

...still kinda want to play with it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ode to the Roach I Just Saw

O roach I just saw in my kitchen
Ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew
Why aren't you dead, o roach that craweth so?
With legs atwitchin' and feelers afeelin'
If only I had been faster with that sponge
Or less concerned for my new manicure
O roach I just saw in my kitchen
Ew ew ew ew ew ew ew

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Additions to the Bucket List

Because I'm still alive and haven't actually crossed anything off of the other list, but adding things always makes me feel better about the future.

More plans:
1) Give a toast at a wedding
2) Throw a rooftop party, and wear an obnoxiously attractive cocktail dress while doing so
3) Learn how to mix drinks for the previously mentioned party
4) Fire a gun
5) Master a marshal art
6) Get a job where I can bring a dog to work with me

Monday, January 25, 2010

Zotero: Making my Thesis Easier One Citation at a Time

So my newest cheat around having to know how to cite things in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Deep Dish format is called Zotero.

Zotero is a Firefox plug-in that collects bibliographic information about articles and books for you, takes snapshots of the pages, lets you add notes and attachments to those records, and makes them accessible on any computer you choose to sit your butt down on.

And the best part? At the end it formats all of the information for you, and spits out a perfectly done bibliography to appease even the toughest of professors.

Screw you, APA Handbook. I'll see you[r useless memorization of information] in hell! YAH!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Thesis Project Ho!

With the help and hosting of the charming Ms. Lena (creator and founder of Can-Lena-Have-a-Pony.Com) The Underground Performance Project is officially up and running. My thesis/archival dreams are coming to fruition, and there is going to be an archive for subway performances on the internet.

Run by me, and graded by a professor who then declares me to be a real librarian. That's the overall goal, here.

Check out the fruits of my labors as they grow over at

Friday, January 22, 2010

In the Sky! It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's an Emo Riddled Man in a Hat!

The next time you need to escape from the day to day grind, race around the world in 80 days*, or simply be the biggest pimp in the sky, consider the following:

*Little known fact: there is no actual balloon racing in Jules Verne's book. Though it did feature prominently in the short-lived and awesomely steampunk "The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne."

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Westlaw (and You!)

So I have the same conflicting relationship with Westlaw that a lot of librarians seem to have. Mainly, that they charge too much for mostly free content, and look down on the profession that keeps them in business.

...but they throw a great party. With an open bar. And the "Electric Slide"!

(Don't know how to do it? I'll teach you-teach you-teach you.)

So when I heard about Westlaw's new Cobalt (also known as WestNext for those of us playing in ice) my initial reaction was "HOLY CRAP THAT SOUNDS GREAT AND LIKE IT'S GOING TO COST A LOT OF MONEY."

And now, I will know for certain. With the Free Breakfast (and Demo) that West is offering here.

Eggs! Coffee! Search engines!

EDIT: Apparently, West/Thompson is so crazy, that after seeing what was once a picture of an ice sculpture saying "WestNext" commissioned and constructed outside of one of their offices (the above noted missing image), that they have friend locked the pictures, and reprimanded their employed to STFU Dudes. No one is supposed to know what the damn thing is even called. Now that's high level neurotic.

Better be some damn good eggs.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bucket List Sans Morgan Freeman

In an effort to have a bit more direction in my life than four dudes on an MTV show, I'm making a bucket list. My version does not include Morgan Freeman or Jack Nicholson (or the punks from the aforementioned MTV show-- get a job you directionless slackers!) but is on the internet for strangers to read.

So there. Nyah.

Bucket List
1. Camp out under the stars and burn stuff
1a. Possibly dance around the flames in some state of undress
2. Swim in every ocean
3. Learn to play the piano (not Heart and Soul)
4. Learn to dance
5. Road trip across the US
6. Learn to apply eyeliner
7. Wander unaccompanied through the Library of Congress
8. Have a summer home
9. See Italy (like, in person)
10. Make someone's jaw drop

Entries added/subtracted periodically.


Apparently, the NYPL Librarians and staff have an "extreme temperature" clause built into their contracts. If it's too hot or too cold in the library, then can leave and still get paid.

This is hysterical if only because, by default, every building in Manhattan is 90,000 degrees in the winter. It's why the old concept of temperature control we have as a people is cracking the window up top and walking around in a bra and panties all day.

...which could be an awesome idea for the NYPL actually.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Darth Vader Is Not Amused

As part of a new weekly tradition, I bring you the first installment of Darth Vader Is Not Amused

AKA-- the most awesome picture of Darth Vader I've found during the course of the last seven days. One day, they shall build an archive to house this endeavor. A visionary, I shall be hailed as. A visionary, I tell you!

This week I present to you the Darth Vader phone. Pull out Darth's brains and make a collect call to your friend. To tell them all about how awesome your new Darth Vader phone is, and beg for mercy as he proceeds to use the force to wrap the cord around your throat and squeeze.

Mara the Clairvoyant Librarian!

This woman used to be a cruise librarian (which oh wow I need to find a job offering for) and now makes her living by traveling around, looking deep into people's eyes, and telling them which book is right for them.

Dear God, please let me be this awesome when I am a grownup.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Blog

For those of you following from the previous blog, you have have noticed a change:

Han Solo.

Some of you may ask "Clair, why? On a library blog, why is there a picture of Han Solo, who is never shown to read a book or book-like future device in any of the movies?"

And to you non-believers I answer "I know."

End of discussion.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Library Journal's Best Librarian of the Year

(It's not me. Fascists.)

Louisville Free Public Library Director Craig Buthod

Twitter! As Useful! WTF?

So I'm the first one to recognize that I'm a twit for being on Twitter. Speaking of, follow me at CrunchySunshine.

But I've found a use for it! AKA some awesome academic law librarians at University of Nebraska found a way to use it! TWEET TREATS! A library treasure hunt for candy!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I have

A Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure with push button shushing action! She comes with book cart, and a copy of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

For those of you who don't know who Nancy Pearl is, instead of wikipediaing it, watch this video with a Chihuahua.