Month: August 2007

Movie Moods

I don't know if I am the only person who experiences this, but frequently I will get into “movie moods”. Essentially, movies cause a certain nostalgic feeling. For instance, this morning I was completely in the mood to watch Captain Ron and My Father the Hero. They, to me, represent the moods of fun, comedy, summer freedom, beaches… you get the idea. Yesterday, after seeing a performance by a local dance school doing a medley of numbers, I really had a desire to watch Moulin Rouge. I'm sure it's pretty common.

We walked to the downtown area the catch the end of farmer's market and watched the performance before having lunch. I was reminiscing about college life – every Friday I would stop by the coffee shop and buy a tasty hot chocolate as a reward for getting through the week. It was a great tradition, especially for Minnesota… so I thought it might be fun to do the same thing here. That is, every Saturday walk over to farmer's market, then have lunch and walk back. So fun! Next weekend I want to check out the big farmer's market though.

We then went to see the end of a dog show. Neither of us had been to one before, so it was a good new experience. Lots of pretty dogs. Hoyt had problems not petting the dogs though, so about halfway through he broke down and started asking owners if he could pet their dogs. lol No one turned him down (I think the dogs he pet had already performed), so we left with lots of dog fur… we drove through town a bit, taking pictures, watching the sun set on the buildings. Now I just want to lay around and do nothing for my last half of the weekend, but no… groceries to buy, orders to make, etc etc. I need a beach.

Me too…

Your Score: Progressive

You scored 78 Equality, 78 Liberty, and 28 Stability!

Your commitment to both liberty and equality makes you a blend of the Liberal and the Socialist. For you liberty and equality are two parts of the same condition. Everyone has to be free to pursue their own way-of-life but in order for that to happen everyone must start with a similar basic standard of living.

You value liberty particularly in cultural and personal life. You also value government intervention to promote equity in economic life while still supporting private enterprise. If this is too bland for you then try the Radical on for size.

Link: The Political Objectives Test written by Originaluddite on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test

And look! MB is using a picture I took!! 😀 Downloadable Audiobooks at the Johnson County Library

Happy times! 😀

Future of libraries

When I was just finishing up my degree back in November/December of 2005, I was asked to give several presentations at job interviews. An academic engineering library posed the question what technological opportunities libraries will face in five to ten years. I ended up integrating everyday use technologies and library services, taking an optimistic approach. The past few days I have been recalling this particular presentation, two and a half years after its original conception and halfway to the lowest range given of five years.

I have to say, back then people thought I was weird and a bit too sci fi. Now, thinking about how much open source has spread, peer review/contribution, and tag clouds among other Internet novelties have grown, I'm not sure I was as “spacey” as people may have thought me. I don't know, what do you think?

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Oh, and I created the terms in this slide show. Ask me what EBKS is, if you aren't sure. 😉

I'm still alive.

I have purposefully been avoiding posting in an effort to keep off my computer. I was doing well up until a week ago. I've wanted to post on several things: seeing Hello Dolly (I think the worst musical I've seen, but still not bad), getting spit at by a caterpillar (creepy!), the s.o.'s new job… lots of things! I'm so financially strapped right now it hurts, but I bought a telephoto lens yesterday anyhow. I have a charity photography gig at a golf tournament, and for anything like that one really needs a telephoto lens. It has a great range too – 70-300mm with F4-5.6 (I believe) focal points. Much bigger range than my standard 35-55mm lens. 🙂

About the same time, the sunflower field we found near Lawrence will be about ready to bloom. A great time to have the new lens. This is one of the few things I wanted to do moving here – see a sunflower field! I'm very excited about this. I'm very excited for September in general. Cooler weather will allow for bicycling, more exercise (lots of walking), and just being able to go outside without dehydrating. I am really looking forward to going through a corn maze (maize maze, ha ha!) and a pumpkin patch. Then afterwards stop by and get some fresh apple cider. Mmmm mmm good. :-p This might happen September or October, but October promises to be packed with goodness. Germany from the 3rd to the 13th (it's a Saturday, whew! And I really wanted a better lens for this trip), then a conference from the 28th to the 1st.

Next week we launch two sites. I'll be glad to have them “done”, but I know in reality they aren't. *sigh* But I promised myself that once I am not so stressed with those sites, I'll get back to rebuilding my own. Still need to decide whether WordPress is the right way to go, so I have to re-evaluate what exactly I want the site to be. Then I get to design. 😀 It'll either be WordPress, Joomla, or something maybe B2evolution (probably not, but I'm thinking about multiple blogs…). I'll also be learning inDesign for my newsletter. I'm currently using OpenOffice, which is actually quite painful for my layout. I think inDesign will simplify it significantly, once I figure it out of course… it'll be great to know though. Then I'll have used a lot of Adobe's products (and Adobe's Lightroom is now on the list to learn…).

Busy! So trying to cut back on computer time, but right now I have to finish grading some websites, maybe upload a few photos to DeviantArt, then off to learn inDesign as I eagerly await my new lens. My life in a nutshell.