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The rain in Bahrain falls mainly on Dar Kulaib, which doesn't quite rhyme with Bahrain, which is why we went with Spain instead.
But the Planet Donut & Bakery in Dar Kulaib has good reviews. - Zamms
I was in Bahrain a bunch but mostly in Manama. I don't recall particularly good or bad donuts. - Christina Pikas
I don't think I could visit Manama. I'd just have that Muppet Show song stuck in my head the entire time: - Zamms
Do do do do do! - bentley
Meg VMeg
Shot in the dark: do any of your users save proxy info in their browsers? And if so, do they ever have trouble with access to certain publishers crapping out?
Do you mean that they've configured the browser settings for proxying or do you mean they've bookmarked URLs? If the latter, are the URLs in those bookmarks the proxified URLs or the ones from the publisher? - Stephen Francoeur
The former. They set it up so that it automatically connects to something like and then save their login/password. Here's an example of the instructions: - Meg VMeg
Oh, then that would be a no for me. Sorry. - Stephen Francoeur
Papers, Mendeley, Zotero all can cache proxy information and I think all sometimes crap out? - Christina Pikas
Stephen Francoeur
Anyone have these three: EZproxy, Books24x7, and Primo? Trying to fix access problem in Primo. Suspect that EZproxy may be problem.
Did you try the EZProxy listserv? (I didn't see it there, but maybe it's in moderation). - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Now thinking that Primo may be the real culprit here. - Stephen Francoeur
Whenever possible, blame Primo. Unless you can blame Shibboleth. - Catherine Pellegrino
I think we do, but maybe our Books24x7 titles aren't in the catalog. - Meg VMeg
I mean, we don't have Primo Central, but we have the Primo overlay(?) to Aleph. - Meg VMeg
We don't have Primo but we have had huge issues getting ezproxy to work with books24x7 so I think we stopped trying. - Christina Pikas
Catherine Pellegrino
Oh, Primo, you never cease to amuse me.
Primo knows best - lris
We need a "Damn You Auto-Suggest" tumblr. - Catherine Pellegrino
Oh yes. Oh yes we do. - laura x from iPhone
We do!! - Meg VMeg
We need a Primo Knows Best Tumblr, really. - Zamms from iPhone
I will do this tomorrow. - laura x from iPhone
I just demonstrated this to a class of senior music majors. They were amused. - Catherine Pellegrino
Always show how the resource doesn't work. That's my rule. - Zamms
omg - perfect use for tumblr - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I still like the Ebsco autosuggest for cyber warfare to caber warfare - Christina Pikas
^^^ That is brilliant. - Catherine Pellegrino
Depending on how the vote has gone .... - barbara fister
I remember students posting some interesting ones for Encore.. I think one went "Singapore general elections" and it went "did you mean 'Singapore fairy tales' "..... Can't duplicate it anymore or find the screenshot. - aaron
I got "did you mean frocks" when I searched for frack*. submitted. also, why are there 2517 results for frack* and only 426 for "frack*" . #LeSigh - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Oooh! And I got "did you mean frage?" for the same search! WTH is "frage"? (edit: Oh, right, German.) - Catherine Pellegrino
Christina Pikas
Speaking of rhymes. Does gorilla rhyme with mirror in any English accent? Children's book tried it.
If you're, say, Bob Dylan, of course it does. - Walt Crawford
In Aussie, mirror tends to be mir-a so yes - Johnny from iPhone
Ahhh. Ok - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Ok, seriously, why do college boys think nobody will notice if they're working with you and then lean back to get a good angle on giving their crotches good deep scratches.
I don't think they think no one will notice? Like, when I was in college, my male friends were attempting to teach me to do this in a male fashion. - laura x
You are supposed to notice. - Aaron the Librarian
boys.... - lris
...are gross - Aaron the Librarian
what the... Damn, am I ever glad I work at a women's college. - Catherine Pellegrino
I am SO not a guy. - DJF from Android
^ ditto, btw. - Aaron the Librarian
wait, so this is supposed to be appealing? or gross? they want to be noticed? - maʀtha
Disrespectful at best. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I assume it's like needing to adjust your bra. - laura x from iPhone
not like pulling a strap up... maybe getting all in there and putting things where they need to be, but I wouldn't do that outside of the ladies room unless there was a major malfunction that I had to hold together to get to some place private. - Christina Pikas
Melly - #TeamMarina
Anyone know where I can get icecream in a waffle cone at this hour? #fb
downtown? - Mr. The Jason Fleming
Don't think the pubs and nightclubs sell icecream! - Melly - #TeamMarina
Cold Rock closed at 10, Baskin Robbins closed at 10, Gelatissimo closed at 11, McDonald's doesn't sell waffle cones. FML! ;o) - Melly - #TeamMarina
truck stop? have one of those? How about a diner? - Christina Pikas
laura x
I have forgotten. Do we still make fun of Vanilla Ice or is he someone I now supposed to take seriously?
Just like Marky Mark? - Joe
The splash page on his website says: "Spokesman for Habitat for Humanity, Vanilla Ice also supports The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Little Smiles Organization, and the Toys For Tots Organization." So, on the one hand there's the charitable work, on the other hand there's the web site with a splash page. I think we can still make fun of him. - Steele Lawman
I've actually caught his remodeling show a couple of times - he pokes fun at himself. I think he's fine with it. - Christina Pikas
Vanilla Ice visiting the Amish with his posse and building together is a hoot Yeah I think he's OK with making fun of "vanilla Ice" - WarLord
Steve C Team Marina
$680,000 Home Wrong Lot: Dream Florida Beach House Built On Wrong Lot -
$680,000 Home Wrong Lot: Dream Florida Beach House Built On Wrong Lot
"A $680,000 home was built on the wrong lot, leaving the new owners with quite a headache. According to The SpreadIt, Mark and Brenda Voss of Missouri wanted to build a fancy home near Palm Coast, right near the water. They hired a building company and got their plans underway. However, the company ended up building the beautiful home on the lot across the street… Oops? The beach house is absolutely stunning. It has “5.5 bathrooms, a home theater, game room and screened-in pool,” but it’s in the wrong location. The lot that the house was built on belongs to a couple from North Carolina. Andrew Massaro and Brooke Triplett now have a beautiful home on their property… that they didn’t put there. The $680,000 home on the wrong lot story gets even more interesting. Apparently the Voss’ — who own a “well-established” real estate company — own 18 different lots in the gated community. Unfortunately, their builders picked one lot that didn’t belong to them. According to FOX News, Mark and his wife are in “total disbelief” that something like this even happened." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
Minor detail. - Joe
High-end land squatters? - bentley
I get that they've got a lot of properties, but how the heck do you not notice this? I mean, I can't imagine never checking up on the build. - Jennifer Dittrich
I still don't understand how the house got completely built before it was noticed. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Yes Jennifer the builder says "the buck stops here" I disagree if the owner can't come out one time in the planning or build of a home then it's their fault. Even if you live in another state. - Steve C Team Marina
I'm not sure which way you're arguing, butI think both parties share some of the blame, I just thought it was odd that the owners weren't interested enough to notice until the end, or able to visit (given the cash they were investing.) - Jennifer Dittrich
If there is no basement, just lift it up and move it. Simple. Problem solved. - Joe
^ - Marie
So plumbing, electrical, etc inspectors didn't notice either - Christina Pikas from iPhone
In places with actual building codes (not Florida) the plan check step would have examined building plans against setbacks and siting which would (very likely) have alerted folks to this issue while it was "paper" problem #regulationCANbeaverygoodthing . - WarLord
Maybe they did visit the property while it was being built and just didn't know it was the wrong lot, considering that they own a bunch of them. Perhaps they couldn't remember which lot was which, and which they did and did not own, till it was too late? - April Russo
Crocheted spare tire. On a Jeep. Really, Arkansas?
Crocheted spare tire. On a Jeep. Really, Arkansas?
Aw. I kinda like that. :D - Hookuh Tinypants
I like it - Steve C Team Marina
I like it, too. - Christina Pikas
Hey now. I never said that I didn't like it. - Uli
*hisses* A jeep - Mo Kargas
I an' I been in Arkansas too long... - Eivind
My dad is getting a smart phone. The mind boggles.
He's never had a cell phone at all. - lris
My parents still share one (dumbphone) between them. I've only ever seen my mom use it, though. - Catherine Pellegrino
will he turn it on? my Dad has the newest technology but never is available on it :( - Christina Pikas
Oh good question. We'll have to see. - lris
My 74 year old parents got iPhones and now they both love texting. This is one of my favorite developments. - Katy S
Sarah's parents never turn on their cell phone. They also don't have voicemail on their regular phone. Very annoying. - maʀtha
Oh goodness. That will not fly with my parents. - lris
RT @grungerelic: Casual racism
RT @grungerelic: Casual racism
and demanding you show them! - Christina Pikas
Imma unplug their danged DX7! THAT'LL learn 'em! - Big Joe Silence from Android
Dirty white boys, the lot of 'em. - Steele Lawman
Bragging on their national healthcare, then bringing their fevers over here. - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Eric - It's My Thing
Our first Trader Joe's is now open. What are your go to Trader Joe's items?
pain au chocolat (frozen, trust me...), naan, simmer sauces, ginger granola cereal, Italian blood orange soda, lavash... I'm forgetting a bunch of stuff... - Bren - pseudo-Buddhist
The Indian shelf-stable meals. The Indian frozen meals are pretty good, too. They're cheaper on dairy than most grocery stores. Their ice cream is private labeled Double Rainbow and is some of the best richest non-chunky ice cream you'll find. The mushroom hors d'oeuvres are to die for. I will scarf those in one sitting if someone doesn't stop me. I second the Italian blood orange soda.... more... - Spidra Webster
OOH! I remembered something else: they have pre-marinated meats. kalbi, carne asada, and the like. Those have been really good, too. - Bren - pseudo-Buddhist
Harvest Hodgepodge frozen veggies (great for stir fry), frozen chicken breasts, turkey bacon (both regular and pepper), flavored sparkling water, organic lemonade, pomegranate lime juice (great with vodka), chicken apple sausage, guacamole, hummus, salsa especial (refrigerated section), salsa autentica (near the tortilla chips), simmer sauces (the masala one is my favorite), olive... more... - Corinne L
The already-cooked carnitas is good to grab when you're too tired to do more than heat something up. - Spidra Webster
OH YES. The carne asada is so good you want to slap someone. Ground beef & ground turkey are great too. - Corinne L
I need to get the pomegranate lime juice next time I'm there... this is going to be one of my favorite threads, I can tell. - Bren - pseudo-Buddhist
They used to have a chicken salad sandwich on pretzel bread... I don't know if they still have it (pre-made, refrigerated section) but if they do... it was great. - Bren - pseudo-Buddhist
I am so hungry now. Eric, will your Trader Joe's be selling beer & wine? If so, and you like good wine, I'd recommend getting friendly with their wine buyer as they will clue you in to some great deals. - Corinne L
I can't even imagine a TJ's not selling wine. Wine & cheese were what the store was founded on. (That is, you've introduced me to the novelty of TJ's in possibly dry counties...) - Spidra Webster
Oh, I can't stress this strongly enough: get on the Fearless Flyer mailing list, or make sure you check it regularly online. I've made a number of discoveries reading that. - Bren - pseudo-Buddhist
In several places back east grocery stores can't sell beer, wine or liquor, Spidra. It was quite a shocker when I moved to CA 14 years ago & went to Safeway or Vons and there were ALL THE BOOZY THINGS. - Corinne L
We have a state law that a single entity can only sells alcohol at one location. They chose the Denver store for the booze. - Eric - It's My Thing from iPhone
*kisses the ground of California* - Spidra Webster
HA HA HA Spidra! - Corinne L
Jo-Jo's, always get the Jo-Jo's. Never be embarrasses to impulse buy the check out counter chocolate, you can't go wrong. - Heather
I swear by their handmade tortillas. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Maple cream cookies. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Cheeses! Kalbi - my kids would eat it every day if I let them. Uncooked bratwurst. Their Clif bars tend to be cheaper than elsewhere. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Pre-made curried chicken salad. TJ's brand pita crackers. Indian simmer sauces. Naan. Their pre-made thanksgiving stuffing is tasty. - Lnorigb from FFHound!
Peanut butter, apple sauce, coffee, Californian olive oil, roster red pepper soup, frozen pizza, ginger cookies, meat,syrah cheese, sprouted grain bread - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
The apple cider. - Julian
I should give their Fort Worth store another chance, armed with a shopping list from this post. - Greg GuitarBuster
pain au chocolat. And more pain au chocolat. - Glen Campbell
Nuts, California e.v. olive oil (local makers with $20/half liter EVOO say "get TJ's if you can't afford ours"), Israeli cous cous, maple syrup (we get Grade A Canadian, but there's also Grade B and Vermont), the three-small-chocolate-bars-in-a-wrapper Dark and Extra Dark varieties and the organic Extra Dark chocolate bars. Oh, and dried fruit. - Walt Crawford
Their nuts and dried fruit are wonderful! I keep a bag of the mesquite almonds in my drawer at work for snacks and their sweet and spicy pecans and dried cranberries are very tasty in salads. I also love their mild cheddar and triple cream brie cheese and they have a smoked mozzarella that was very good in my omelette the other night. - vicster: full-bodied
Do they have anything that is not pre-made? - Elena
Yes - you can get cheese, meats, vegetables etc. - Glen Campbell
Lots of stuff, Elena. TJ's is like any other grocery store in many respects, just on a smaller scale. Most of their items are TJ's own label(s). You could conceivably do all your grocery shopping there, but if there are certain brand items you want (e.g., Coca Cola products, Tyson poultry) you would have to go to your local major supermarket. - Corinne L
Coffee. Nuts. Frozen green beans. Appetizers. Frozen Indian foods. Simmer sauce. Pumpkin butter - Christina Pikas from iPhone
COOKIE BUTTER. - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPhone
OMG how had we forgotten about Cookie Butter? - Julian
I'm not close enough to a Trader Joe's to go very often, unfortunately. When I do visit one, I make sure to check out the cheese selection and the beer and wine. - John (bird whisperer)
I refuse to even try the cookie butter because I'd go back 4 times a week to replenish my stock of it. - vicster: full-bodied
The cheap wine been mentioned yet? - Joe
These are great. Joe, the cheap wine will not be available at the Colorado Springs location. Colorado only allows liquor sales at one location. This is why our Costco stores have a separate liquor store run by a small business, but obviously in partnership with Costco. - Eric - It's My Thing
Went to the TJ in Denver today. Got some cookie butter, sipping chocolate, Halloween Jo joe's, beer & wine. Didn't want to get anything that had to be refrigerated since I was an hour away from home. I'll save cheese & other cold goodies for the one her in C/S. - Elena
laura x
Speaking of which, what giveaway item should I have at my table at the book fair? Don't say condoms.
literature for local Planned Parenthood and similar orgs? you probably already thought of that one. - RepoRat
Yeah. I am actually DEEPLY tempted to get condoms with the statistics on unintended pregnancy and the numbers of PP and the Emma Goldman Clinic attached. - laura x
See, now i can't unthink condoms. They'd be kinda perfect. - Kirsten from Android
A baby? - Pete : Team Marina
Or perhaps strap a fitbit on for a day and give away laminated graphs along with a sachet of coffee. - Pete : Team Marina
Condoms, totally - maʀtha
This Mortal Coil cds - Pete : Team Marina
Just don't attach the information about the clinics with staples to the middle of the condom. Protip. - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
My friend also suggested morning after pills. - laura x
Whiskey - maʀtha
^^^^^^^that - Meg VMeg
Sweatbands? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
I love those business card magnifying glasses. Came across some recently and they are so handy. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
breath mints? - Big Joe Silence
Stephen Francoeur
Can anyone tell me the general differences between the legal research options you have in Westlaw Campus Research vs. Westlaw Next?
When would you want to use one instead of the other (we have both, and also LexisNexis Academic). - Stephen Francoeur
We use LN for newspapers... and legal stuff as we do not not have WCL or WN - Aaron the Librarian
Idk but campus has a very restrictive license - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Law librarian here. WCR is very comparable to LNA for legal research - excellent coverage of primary legal materials, and access to law journals (one of the less helpful secondary sources, but they cost WL very little to offer). The biggest difference in legal materials is WLN has a wealth of the really good (and $$$) secondary / analytical materials - treatises, practice guides, current awareness, et al. - Elizabeth from BuddyFeed
I'm glad a law librarian chimed in. We have the Westlaws, but only at the law library or with login by law people. University libraries have LN only (well, and other nice things like Hein Online). - kaijsa
i buy Westlaw Next (Paralegal ed.) for mai grad students who study media law. It's got more stuff & is easier to search than LexisNexis academic. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
For those of you who have Westlaw Next, have you been able to configure off campus access via EZ proxy? I've tinkered with the settings in EZ proxy but can't ever get it to work from off campus. - Stephen Francoeur from Android
laura x
Meet Galahad. Also, bonus new car selfie.
Also, I got the No. 22 with sweet potato fries from here for lunch: - laura x
Should I call it sir? - Joe
I love the color - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
She's cute, and the car is nice, too. - Glen Campbell
Nice! - lris
nice! - ellbeecee from Android
Most excellent! - Galadriel C. from Android
WHAT CAR? (also, cute Lawra is cute) - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
2014 Subaru Impreza, base model. (It has Bluetooth but no cruise control--wtf?) - laura x from iPhone
Suhweet! - Stephen Francoeur
Is it time to take it drifting and rally racing yet? :) - imabonehead
#toddlerx is disappointed that it is not black. In that case, however, I'd have to name it Mordred. - laura x
#toddlerx is apparently metal as fuck. (or totally goth) - DJF
I love my base impreza - 2008 model does have cruise control. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Welcome to Club Impreza! I love mine (not only because I bought it online, and it was damaged coming off the truck so they upgraded me a Sport version available in the lot the day I showed up to get it!) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I always wanted an Impreza. I've test driven them. - Eric - It's My Thing
just about every car I've owned has been black. Malcolm and I are simpatico - MoTO: Team Marina
If our users don't migrate away from RefWorks after seeing this login screen, I have NO sympathy for them at all.
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Pret' good warnng, there. - barbara fister
does the seconds box visibly decrement? - RepoRat
Yup. It's generated by javascript, so it's a live countdown to next august. - DJF from Android
When I sent a mass email out to the local RefWorks users (everybody who's logged in in the past year), I got a complaint from one grad student that we didn't give her enough notice. - DJF
She can keep her account, no? Or does that only happen if you graduate from a school that currently subscribes. Or did they drop that "it's yours forever" thing? - barbara fister
alumni from schools that currently subscribe... but I don't know how tough RefWorks is going to be on people. - Christina Pikas
Can you get the Mission Impossible music to autoplay.... kidding! #sorrynotsorry - John Dupuis
It's "forever, as long as the school subscribes" - DJF from Android
I need to show this to folk at MPOW -- I think we're a couple three years away from crossing this bridge but it's coming. - Heather
It really does take a year, because you need to start the school year with the librarians talking about "not RefWorks", and give lots of time so that people can pick a good time to transition their writing from one system to another, including folks who are writing books or dissertations. - DJF from Android
What are you offering instead of RefWorks? - Holly's favorite Anna
Wait, what? They gave an official date? - Meg VMeg
Oh, you are canceling it, it's not a switch to Flow. - Meg VMeg
I cannot tell you how much I love this. - Mari
Christina Pikas
Not sure if tweet will come through: anyone doing cost sharing of expensive bioinformatics tools (openhelix, oncomine... ?) with their bioinformatics labs? How does that work? Experiences? We tried chemistry stuff at MPOW and it was too complicated.
Yeah, I don't think it's possible to do cost-sharing stuff here. - Meg VMeg
We might be able to in the future, we have some other cost sharing stuff happening. Not doing it as yet. - Hedgehog
can you talk about other cost sharing happening? in general terms? - Christina Pikas
Meg VMeg
Did anyone here ever try that terrifying recipe where you make dulce de leche by boiling a can of sweetened condensed milk? And maybe it explodes?
When I was little, my friend Gina's grandma used to make it that way. No cans ever exploded. - Jennifer Dittrich
that sounds like a fun experiment to do in a friend's kitchen. - kendrak
I think these days you can just buy precooked cans of dulce de leche, or at least in Latin markets or big supermarkets with a decent Latin items aisle. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Yes. We use it for caramel tart. - Johnny from iPhone
My friend makes caramel for dipping that way, but she uses a slow cooker. I haven't tried it myself, but the results are so good. - Corinne L
Ah, slow cooker is smart. - Meg VMeg
have you read Sweet Potato Queens? mentioned there prominently as "danger sauce" I still want to try it. - Christina Pikas
I learned that trick in Zimbabwe. We made all sorts of desserts but by far my favorite is to just dip the spoon in the can. "Danger sauce" is a great name I think I'll adopt it. - Lnorigb from FFHound!
I make that all the time, for banoffi pie (banana toffee). - Iain - locked out of ff
And it never explodes? - Meg VMeg
No, not so long as you keep an eye on the pan, and never let it boil dry. You don't have it on a rolling boil, but it's still a bit of a leap of faith. You have to trust that it'll be OK, and it will. - Iain - locked out of ff
Just keep a kettle with boiling water in it, ready to go. That way, you can keep topping up the level of water in the pan with the condensed milk cans - Iain - locked out of ff
My parent's made it a few times. No explosions. - Holly's favorite Anna from Android
I've done it. I also emptied a can of condensed milk into a pan. Bake it for 60-90 minutes, stirring every 30. It was delicious! - Gabrielle from FFHound(roid)!
my cousin exploded a can, but that's because she wasn't keeping an eye on it and let it boil dry. she's the only person i've ever heard of who had a can explode. - ~Courtney F
laura x
Recommendations for urban fantasy for a young teen boy, preferably without much sex?
Clockwork Orange? - Janet
what's urban fantasy, Laura? - Pete : Team Marina
Would Diane Duane's Young Wizards series work? Or too young? ( - Jennifer Dittrich
Emma Bull, War for the Oaks? (I think there's a little sex in there, definitely some attractions-stuff, but not much -- but follow up on that if it's a concern) - Catherine Pellegrino
Also, "The Planet of Junior Brown" (and by "Urban Fantasy", I presume you mean fantasy stories in a urban setting?) - MoTO: Team Marina
Also, "The Planet of Junior Brown" - MoTO: Team Marina
Not a huge fan of Charles deLint personally, but his stuff might fill the bill. - RepoRat
Oh right! Gaiman. American Gods. - Catherine Pellegrino
Or Anansi Boys. - RepoRat
As usual, Catherine and RR are ahead of me. - MoTO: Team Marina
I'm wondering what urban fantasy is too. - Stephen Francoeur
Urban fantasy: think Shadowrun if you ever played it. Basic idea is fantasy elements (elves, dragons, magic) in a recognizably urban, modern-ish setting (so not steampunk, or Regency fantasy). - RepoRat
Neverwhere would work. - Katy S from iPhone
An argument could be made for the His Dark Materials series, if they're willing to be patient with the first book to get to the second. - RepoRat
If he's interested in graphic novels, "Fables" and "Sandman" fit the bill. - MoTO: Team Marina
Oooh, yes. And if superheroes are fantasy enough, Astro City. - RepoRat
Other graphic novels: the Courtney Crumrin series from Ted Naifeh and The Good Neighbors series by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh. (Actually, I think the latter might have been adapted from Black's novels.) - Andrew C (✔)
The Story of Owen is pretty good. Grasshopper Jungle if foul language is okay. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown if he will read books with female protagonists. Maggot Moon is very good. Holly Black's Curse Workers series. - Katy S from iPhone
Me and RR need to sit down over coffees on a cold day and share book lists. This needs to happen soonest. Edit: Actually, I'd like to talk books with all you criminals. Katy could bring a nice pie. - MoTO: Team Marina
The Bordertown books. They're shared world anthologies of short stories set in a town that lives on the border between this world and Faerie. There are a bunch of them, but the most recent, published after a gap of over a decade, is "Welcome to Bordertown". The real world publishing gap is actually taken into account in the stories. - DJF
Dresden Files? I think there's some sex? I can't remember, so it must not have been very good. - Steele Lawman
The sex in Dresden is mostly of the "happens off camera" type. I like those and I think a teenage boy would too. - Marianne
There's a series of collections of SFF short stories aimed at teens, edited by Sharyn November, starting with Firebirds... all the other ones also have firebirds in the title. Anyway, they're not all UF, by any means, but a lot of them are, and would be potentially a good way for him to find authors he wants to read more by. - Marianne
oh, another couple of anthologies that might be good: Beagle's unimaginatively titled The Urban Fantasy Anthology and Ekaterina Sedia's Paper Cities. (I'd steer him away from the many many anthologies that solely collect novellas of existing series, as usually one of those novellas will be very steamy.) - Marianne
Also, "Portable Childhoods". Great collection of short stories. Some sex IIRC. Nothing explicit. And there is at least one homosexual relationship if there is any concern by the parents. - MoTO: Team Marina
China Mieville's "The CIty and the CIty" and "Kraken" are kind of atypical urban fantasies. I thought they were both great, and if the kid's taste is a bit more literary/adult, he might like them. - Steele Lawman
Mieville's "Un-Lun-Dun" is actually YA, and very good, although it's a bit younger than many of the other suggestions. He'll have to cope with the main character being a girl POC, though, so don't tell him that before he starts reading. - DJF
Thank you all--sent this on to the person who was asking. You rock. - laura x
War of the Oaks [whoops, already there upthread] - maʀtha
I LOVED City and the City. Also, speaking of Sedia, The Secret History of Moscow - maʀtha
Among the hidden? Too young ? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Finally on the wifi at the Minnesota Library Association meeting. Hi from #mla2014!
10 minutes in? First case of a presenter presenting slides from edit view. - lris
I pledge to click "present" when my turn comes. - lris
on behalf of conference attendees everywhere, Iris, I thank you. - Catherine Pellegrino
just yell out "hit F4" until presenter either does or you get booed out of the room. #NeverHadTheNerveToDoThat - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Isn't it f5 - Christina Pikas from iPhone
"Hit F1! You need help!" - Steele Lawman
"It looks like you're trying to give a presentation. Would you like some help with that?" - Catherine Pellegrino
Lol - lris
New scholarly field--"Information interacy"
not information itinerant-cy? - Christina Pikas
I swear I read that as "information intimacy". - Catherine Pellegrino
Instruction question--what's a good way to explain to students why the DB uses subject terms that are much different than from what they might type into the DB unaided?
I always say it is because databases are very literal. They don't understand which meaning of the word you mean. E.g. nursing, cavity, Ed (emergency dept or education) - Hedgehog from Android
also, I call the subjects "tags." Maybe they'd understand that different people would apply different tags to the same item? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Seconding Stephanie's advice. I tend to use the word "tags" for the same reasons. - Stephen Francoeur
Thanks. I do the literal thing sometimes too. I like the word "tag." - YvonneM
I say that subject headings are what librarians think they should be, not what normal people think they should be. Which at least flags them as useful but problematic, without actually explaining why they are that way. - Steele Lawman
All of this. Also, it has to do with learning disciplinary lingo. What terms would a sociologist/psychologist/anthropologist use for this concept? - maʀtha
I also give the example of diabetes - who wants to search for >10 different terms for diabetes? The correct subject heading exploded retrieves everything regardless of variations in terminology. - maʀtha
I explain to them that there are a lot of different ways people could write about the same concept, and give them an example (e.g, heart attack, MI, myocardial infarction), and explain that using the subject terms help make sure they're using the "right" term for the database, helping them capture articles on the topic even if people wrote about them in different ways - Rachel Walden
sometimes, depending on the audience, I tell them that it's like learning another language - along the lines of what others have said. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I say that there are different groups all referring to the same concept by different names so they have to pick one name and go with it, even if it a) isn't what you'd call it b) might be slightly different in connotation (like optical radar, ladar, lidar) - Christina Pikas
Christina Pikas
such freaking b.s. They got rid of our copier/network scanner which was JUST FINE... for this new all in one color thing that has a platten that won't fit anything wider than 8.5". Guess what doesn't fit on that? any of our reference books. we can't copy from any of our reference books. any. have to walk them to another group, leave them there
and pay for a scan. WTF. - Christina Pikas
unless, of course, i want to do it sideways one page at a time. which i dont - Christina Pikas
but probably will - Christina Pikas
What a PITA. - Kirsten
Chromecast acquired. First impression: Cool.
something everyone might know besides me: if you want to watch amazon streaming, you need to change it from silverlight to flash in settings ( or whatever the other option is). It degrades quality slightly but still looks fine to me. - Christina Pikas
Christina Pikas
Mom fell last night, hurt her leg, and apparently didn't move from the chair where Dad parked her until 15 min ago when my sister found out and called 911. what is with these people not calling for help?
:( that sucks i'm sorry! *HUGS* - Sir Shuping is just sir
Sorry that happened with my parents too - Steve C Team Marina
I'm so sorry about this. - Galadriel C. from Android
Oh God, how awful. - laura x from iPhone
Any news? How's she doing? - Kirsten
nothing was broken (this time - they did locate all of her previous breaks - she's dissolving from osteoporosis) but they kept her in the hospital so she could get started on physical therapy also because they were seriously concerned about what help she has at home (none) - Christina Pikas
Oh my gosh. Hope she's okay. - Rachel Walden
So... I took a study break and... wrote a quasi-scraper just so I could find a song on radio website playlist database.
So, you know, R&R. - Micah
:) - Jenny H. from Android
As one does. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
John Dupuis
Don't know who tweets for the SKitch, but they seem particularly thick in this exchange:
Thick in a kind of nasty passive-aggressive way too, so perhaps I could hazard a guess. - John Dupuis
Ugh. They keep going "gotcha" when there's no gotcha. Bravo to the impact story rep for bein cool and clear - Christina Pikas from iPhone
The Skitch just kant understand. - Joe
I KAn't imagine who may be doing the thick tweeting; apparently someone who's never heard of companies making big bucks by massaging public-domain/government or freely-available information (just as one example). - Walt Crawford
Anybody from USC (SoCal) on LSW who can tell us what's what with the library layoffs on Friday?
whoa. I hadn't heard about this. is there any public discourse on it? - RepoRat
:( - Nikki D.
whoa. I think I know a science librarian there, but she's not on lsw. - Christina Pikas
Isn't that the campus that's been in serious budget trouble all 'round (not just the library)? Or am I misremembering? - RepoRat
I just emailed a friend in the law library there. I'll let you know what he tells me. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan from YouFeed
Wow. I think Sara left to go to JPL a little while ago, if I remember right. - Joe
Law library knew nothing.... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Word is these were staff positions, not librarians? And there will be more. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Joe, yes, Sara's at JPL. - kristin buxton
Uh oh. :-( - YvonneM
Yvonne Renee
Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bagel with Pumpkin Cream Cheese... YUM!!!!!
Have you tried TJ's pumpkin butter? Perfect for parties: pour the jar over a block of cream cheese & serve with crackers. - Corinne L
Pumpkin butter is magic. - Julian
Parties? Lol! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
It's good for random snacking on holiday days, too :) - Jennifer Dittrich
That even sounds good. - Eric Logan
I think the samples the other day had pumpkin butter on them. YUMMY! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I could eat tj's pumpkin butter from the jar - awesome on toast with butter too - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Parties, random snacking, that moment when you are pulling together a last minute item for a know. :-) - Corinne L
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