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Gypsy was looking particularly unhappy, so I turned on the TV for her. Now she's fine. Good grief, I have a teenager on my hands, don't I.
She's gonna want a cockatoo mohawk next. - RepoRat
If cockatoo mohawk happens, I want pictures! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
I think I'll draw the line at piercings. - lris
Jason Toney
This guy. RT @BuzzFeed: Bill O'Reilly explains white privilege
This guy. RT @BuzzFeed: Bill O'Reilly explains white privilege
Thanks, Bill. I get it now - MoTO: Team Marina
Well that settles it, I guess. - Steele Lawman
Did anyone point out that this white guy, talking about education making whites better than minorities, showed a graphic with "unemployment" spelled incorrectly? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Fox News is classic for their misspellings on their lower-thirds titles. - Eric
Whew. Here I was all worried about my privilege for a bit there. Glad I tested negative on that one. - lris
#RTpodcast 1 Litre of water = 1 Kilogram weight. It's the basis for Specific Gravity #FuckYeahTheMetricSystem
The metric system: for people who are scared of math. ;) - lris
Steele Lawman
Gray, sleepy, sad.
:( - lris
today would've been a great "cancel everything, have naps" day. - Marianne
hugs - maʀtha
Dooood. *fistbump* - MoTO: Team Marina
Marianne, that was my thought, exactly--it's a "snuggle the dog" day. But I'm here, at work, working. It'll be OK. - Steele Lawman
Yup. Tomorrow will be different. - Marianne
is it gloomy outside. I can't even remember. *sigh* - FLEMING
I'm learning how to crochet, and I'm still knitting. Here's where I am on my two projects at the moment.
Believe it or not, that first picture is the beginning of a crocheted sweater. And the second is headed towards a lacy knitted wrap. - lris
Every so often, the question rears its ugly head: is it time to get rid of all the Norton Anthologies I acquired as an English major?
yes, it is time to let them go Iris. buy the stories that you like in eformat. let the books return to the earth from whence they came - Sir Shuping is just sir
you might need to refer to something... let's not get hasty - maʀtha
Or donate to a public library? - Joe
Burn, baby, burn. - Steele Lawman
Spoken like a true Processor of Library Gifts, Mr Lawman :) - lris
oh God, my Norton Anthologies. *clutches them to chest and closes eyes tightly* WHATEVER WILL I USE TO KEEP THE KITCHEN TABLE FROM WOBBLING?!? - Big Joe Silence
It took me about 20 years to get rid of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Hey, I took great care in putting that clear contact paper on my copies of Vol. 1 & 2 of English lit...and I carefully chose the highlighter colors too...can't just turn my back on all that work 20-some years later... - Corinne L
In a mind boggling reversal of fortunes, FF is up for me, but I can't connect to any other website, even Google.
I'm going to take it as A Sign that I can't get through to the support line for my internet provider... - lris
are you on Charter? because I am, and mine is out too. Can't even call them -- line is busy. - RepoRat
yep, and yep - lris
mmkay. gonna guess they've heard, and keep leeching off the hospital's open wifi until they fix it. *shrug*. - RepoRat
Yeah, I've also decided they've heard. Wish I had a hospital nearby! (But at least I still, mysteriously, have FF.) - lris
Twitter sez "nationwide outage." Not totally sure I believe that, but "widespread" certainly seems appropriate. - RepoRat
Thanks. I went looking for Twitter... but it's not FF, so no luck. - lris
Okay, there may be a workaround. Go to your DNS settings (Mac: Apple menu --> System Preferences --> Network --> Advanced --> DNS) and add the IP address (which is Google's free DNS service). The Internet is working; it's just Charter's DNS that appears fried. - RepoRat
FF is working for you because your computer knows what IP address it's at. - RepoRat
Thanks! I suspected that there was something to the idea that FF was the website that was actively running before the crash. This must be it. Thank you! - lris
I owe it all to Twitter. *g* And the hospital's generous wifi policies. - RepoRat
And I owe it all to you. *breathes more freely with wifi* - lris
A damp, grey day #undermytree
chased indoors by rain :/ - lris
Sarah G.
It's still being taught in lib school??? "@DCdotNerd: Argh, Second Life again! I think Second Life has come up in every core course."
LOLsob - lris
dear god why?? even the second life people started running away from it - Sir Shuping is just sir
It was also taught in my m.ed. Course a couple years ago. I really enjoyed seeing my classmate be humped by a random furry as we were leaving second life :) - ~Courtney F
Steele Lawman
Ice Bucket Challenge FAIL Compilation
Might want to give some money to concussion-awareness charities along with the ALS Association. - Steele Lawman
I hadn't realized the dumping of the bucket was the hard part. - lris
At least that one guy was wearing a helmet. - Laura
I happened across the only book I can remember my mom saying I shouldn't read until I was older when I was a kid. You better believe I picked that book up and checked it out of the library.
What was it? - 'H'institches #TeamMarina
Alanna: The First Adventure. I'm sure it'll be positively salacious. - lris
That's a Tamora Pierce book right? Girl trains as a warrior. Kept meaning to read that - Hedgehog
Yeah, my otherwise vague memory (I only remembered the series name) is that I got a couple of books in and then things got a little adolescent on me while I was still pretty young. But yes, girl trains as warrior. - lris
<blink> I recall it mentioning breast binding, but other than that I can't think why it wouldn't be appropriate for any age. (Of course my parents never blinked at me reading the Clan of the Cave Bear series starting age 10, so maybe not the best datapoint.) - Deborah Fitchett
So I read a fun YA book last night (Alanna: The First Adventure) and this morning went to the public library to check out the sequel. IT WASN"T THERE. The library let OTHER PEOPLE check out the book I wanted to read??? Libraries are so unfair!!!
Oh, Iris. - laura x
I could almost recite those books for you. Not the same, I know ;) - ellbeecee from Android
Also, once you get through Alanna, if you've liked them, go for the Wild Magic series (your library has the first of those ) and then the Protector of the Small. Watching how Tammy Pierce's writing skill has grown over her career is really neat. - ellbeecee
It's nice to know I'm not the only person who checks other people's libraries when making recommendations. - DJF from Android
Don't we all do that? - laura x
Looks like my public library has them, EBC - lris
what kind of librarian would I be if I didn't, DJF? - ellbeecee
Olivia (my 23 y.o.) still re-reads those books once in awhile. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Steele Lawman
First day of fourth grade for Nick!
Wow, how time flies! - lris
Meg VMeg
I wonder if I'd really *use* a hanging shoe organizer.
Can use them for more than shoes, of course... - Corinne L
Yeah, I'm just bad at putting things away. Cubbies and open bins are my upper limit of organization, it seems. I gave up on dressers years ago. - Meg VMeg
I use one to organize all my electronic gear (cables, chargers, adapters, cases, earphones, etc.). - Anne Bouey
i have one hanging on my bathroom door for all that hair/lotion/stuff - ~Courtney F
Yeah, nothing fits on these doors, so it would go in my closet, so I would never see it, so I would never remember to put anything into it, which is the concern. - Meg VMeg
this idea is totally doomed - lris
But maybe I'd keep my shoes in it! Maybe! Like normal people! - Meg VMeg
I keep my shoes in a pile by the door. - laura x from iPhone
Yeah, I keep mine in a cubby. But maybe! - Meg VMeg
I love both of mine :D - Soup in a TARDIS
Well, it might be good for holding less frequently worn shoes. - April Russo
My siblings and I earned our first DVD player (edit: actually VCR player) by digging dandelions out of our yard, five cents per root that measured an inch or longer. That remains one of my prouder accomplishments. #saturdayFF
In my middle age, I imagine my parents thinking "Oooh, we can get a DVD player AND a weeded yard." - lris
Damn. I only got a penny for weeding dandelions, but I got a dollar for ironing blouses. My mother had a wrinkle free wardrobe and a weedy yard. - laura x from iPhone
Aw man, I did ironing for free! - lris
Luckies! To get paid, I had to do things like paint creosote on the horse pastures' fences. - Katy S
Ironing for free as a child. One reason I wear (almost) entirely non-iron clothes as an adult. (The "almost" hasn't come into play for a year or more...) - Walt Crawford
I didn't have anything to spend money on, so I mostly did it out of boredom, I think, or a desire to get my mother's attention. I suspect she did it mostly to get me out of her hair, so it was kind of a zero sum there. - laura x from iPhone
My chores were based on a non-monetary reward system. Mostly donuts. - Meg VMeg
Aw man, I really missed out on rewards! The dandelions were the only chores that came with rewards for me. - lris
(I am also deeply curious about how early on you all got a DVD player--I had only a VCR until I was 30.) - laura x from iPhone
Good catch! This was a VCR player I'm remembering. - lris
50 cents for mowing the front yard, 70 cents for the side or back yard. Dandelions were considered a lost cause. - Deborah Fitchett
Hello hammock. #undermytree
It's cool, damp, and cloudy today. Perfect for my mood. - lris
Brought the bird out to share in the adventure. - lris
I may have ordered more yarn...
No no no: "more yarn may have been ordered." ;) - Catherine Pellegrino
It's true - lris
It seems quite possible that more yarn may occur in the near future, for various reasons. - Marianne
I certainly can't rule that out as a possibility - lris
It's sunny in Minneapolis. Also, you have a very nice airport.
why thank you - lris
It is a nice airport. I enjoy flying through it. - RepoRat
they have the NICEST TSA agents!! Srsly going thru security there is a PLEASURE. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
WHY IS MY COMPUTER WORKING SO HARD??? Oh, right, because I'm running that huge program in the background.
How huge is it? - Eric
THIS big - lris
In a surprising twist, our spam system is preventing me from sending messages to Gustavus librarians. Is Barbara blocking me? ;)
Revenge for the 30 Years War? - Spidra Webster
Whaaaa....???? It's probably because our PR is so dreadful. If it's me you need to contact, I have an alternate identity, as you might imagine for a sekrit agent. - barbara fister
*Your* spam system is doing it? That seems odd. - Meg VMeg
I got around the difficulties by using Gmail. And yes, nothing about this makes sense. I can't WAIT to hear from the server dudes what happened with this one. - lris
Ha! Turns out we had a compromised account that caused Carleton email addresses to be blacklisted by the spam folks. - lris
Galadriel C.
It is now official: UConn Libraries is discontinuing access to Web of Science as of 9/1/2014.
In 2005, UConn Libraries began a subscription to Scopus with the intent to, after a period of time, evaluate both Scopus and Web of Science and determine which *one* of these two resources should be maintained given use, user feedback, coverage, and fiscal resources. - Galadriel C.
Our usage overall for Scopus over the last three years is higher than that for Web of Science, while the cost of Scopus is significantly lower. - Galadriel C.
Additionally, while Scopus does not yet have the deep coverage that Web of Science does, Scopus does include books, patents, and more conference proceedings at no additional cost. - Galadriel C.
We have determined that our priority in collection development is e-preferred full text content. When we examined our top five e-resource subscriptions by spend for FY14, Web of Science was the only one that is an abstract and indexing resource while the other four are full text journal packages. - Galadriel C.
An official press release, and hopeful an article of our findings from the massive analysis that we did are forthcoming. - Galadriel C.
wow. very interesting! - Christina Pikas
As a side note, should you ever cancel Web of Science, have your internal communications to users ready to go as soon as you tell Thomson Reuters as they will soon blast an e-mail to your campus alerting everyone of the upcoming loss of access without warning you first. - Galadriel C.
^ Good grief. - Marie
Yes, indeed Marie! They even sent one to the archivists and the president of the university. - Galadriel C.
Reminds me of stories I've heard about that time we canceled subscriptions to Elsevier. - lris
Wow! Can't wait to read your full article - nice work! - Jen
But remember, vendors LOVE librarians! - RepoRat
Jeez, that's dirty tricks. - barbara fister
o_O WTF Thomson? that's messed up - Sir Shuping is just sir
Yes, I had strong words for TR. They first said that they knew it was a challenging situation and wanted to help make sure that users had time to switch their alerts. I kept reiterating the four main points *besides* budget for the cancelation. - Galadriel C. from Android
I don't think any librarian needs to be ashamed of budget management. Also sod you, TR, you disingenuous jerks. - RepoRat
I also explained that I knew with the loss of revenue from a big university that it was a challenging situation for them and that I could see their interest in alerting faculty with hopes for a reversal, but that they should be working with the library as their primary customer and that we were profoundly disappointed in their actions which represented a poor business practice. - Galadriel C. from Android
<3 <3 <3 - RepoRat
The ACS pulled the same stunt with our faculty fifteen years ago when we SWITCHED from print to electronic. They spammed all the faculty telling them we were canceling journals. - DJF from Android
Oooooh, interesting. What happens to your WoS backfiles? Or did you have them. - Meg VMeg
We'll be receiving the back files (1974-1995) on CD or external harddrive. Because Scopus is in the middle of reindexing records to go back to 1970, we're going to wait a year and see if we need to invest in locally hosting the back file. Originally TR said they host the bckfile for 10% of last year's subscription fee but then said that they no longer host... - Galadriel C. from Android
...because they need to focus on existing subscription customers. - Galadriel C. from Android
Interesting. We're deeply invested in backfiles, which has made me hesitant to consider canceling, even if my Science librarian wasn't so deeply in love with TR. - Holly's favorite Anna
^ same. - Marie
back in the day I was hopeful that this would be the end result. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
AND this is not news to Web of Science, iirc. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I'm just happy that there's competition. I actually like WoS a lot better than Scopus, but competition is good. - Christina Pikas
the competition made Web of Science better … but not better enough, imho. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Looking into back files and our investment in them was interesting. It proved to me that licensing them should be much stronger as we paid once for the back files; so, we shouldn't have to maintain an incredibly expensive A&I subscription in order to access back files easily especially when there are competing A&I resources that on our campus is used a lot more. - Galadriel C. from Android
Would someone mind unpacking the backfiles question for me? I'd like to understand it better. Is the issue how much of purchased backfile is covered by whatever A&I databases have been separately purchased? Or am I totally not getting it? - RepoRat
RR - Web of Science as a regular annual A&I subscription presently includes 1996 to the present. If you want to go further back, the library has to pay a one time fee to purchase back file coverage that is chunked out by year. For example, UConn purchased back filed that included 1974-1995 for art and humanities, social science and science. As long as we had a subscription to current WoS, back file content was also available on the WoS platform. - Galadriel C. from Android
Oh. And that backfile access goes away when you discontinue WoS? - RepoRat
Many libraries have purchased more extensive back files. - Galadriel C. from Android
While it is very true that one has to be able to find a citation to even know that full text exists, there are other ways to get citations (subject specific databases, Google Scholar, Scopus). In addition to paying a very high price for WoS citations and platform access, we are also paying for an OpenURL linker to connect from citations to full text, and then paying millions for full text as well as a lot for ILL if we don't have full text. - Galadriel C. from Android
The cost of access is absolutely unbelievable. - Galadriel C. from Android
Yes RR - the back file access on TR's WoS platform goes away when you no longer have a subscription. University of Prince Edward Island cancelled WoS and now they locally host their own back files. There is no support from TR once they've handed over the raw back files as I understand and it took them a while to get it set up. The whole set up of requiring a subscription for platform access to back files bothers me greatly especially since the back files alone are quite pricey. - Galadriel C. from Android
Wow. That is pretty f***ed up. How much did UPEI have to do to make use of those raw backfiles, if you can give me a sense? - RepoRat
Agreed. In the correspondence I had with UPEI, I got the sense that they had a very competent IT/systems person working on it and it took about a year of steady work amongst other responsibilities. I also *think* it occurred before a lot of libraries were investing more in hosting their own digital collections which may or may not have make it easier - I don't have deep grasp on what local hosting would entail. - Galadriel C. from Android
Thanks, Galadriel. Now I feel I can usefully explain this to students. - RepoRat
You're most welcome! - Galadriel C. from Android
Clearly something happened to you such that you need looking after. - RepoRat
^^^ this. :) I'm sure that in his mind, you are fortunate to have such a vigilant guardian. - Catherine Pellegrino from iPod
He was just so incredibly forthright with me! He trotted next to me every bit like a well-trained dog, getting in front of me every once in a while to trip me up and ask for more scratching. Funny guy! - lris
laura x
Nothing inspires self-pity like a bad head cold.
Truth. Hope you feel better! - Katie
*passes the hot toddy flask* - Kirsten
I hope you feel less miserable soon. - John (bird whisperer)
And summer colds are the worst :( feel better soon. - Jen
Oh noooooooooooooo - Meg VMeg
so true - lris
Settling back into Northfield. Already missing my family and my sister's now-bigger family.
The pets are pretty pleased to be back, though there is one fewer now than when we left. (Turns out, the fish succumbed to his ailments while we were away.) - lris
Poor fish. :( - RepoRat
Oh, poor fish. I'm sorry. - Catherine Pellegrino
When mr 3 doesn't want me around he claims I'm "too smelly!!!!"
I swear I shower regularly - lris
Wife does the same thing. Edit: No comment on my bathing schedule. *cough* - MoTO: Team Marina
Lol - lris
When I don't want my hubby around, I complain about distracting noise or too much body heat. - April Russo
My 1 y/o is much more direct: "go away!" - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
I just unlocked the "put the toddler down for a nap" badge.
That's a difficult one! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Very advanced! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I had kind of plateaued at playing, feeding, and diaper changing for a while there. Nice to know I'm back in the game. - lris
Mostly I skim the Times Literary Supplement. Every so often a sentence comes along that makes me glad I bother. Today, a nasty burn at the end of a review: "Come Christmas, this will make a vindictively disappointing present." *whistles*
That is SO TOTALLY TLS. - Steele Lawman
Yikes. Which book is it?! - Kirsten
Heeeeeeeeeee - lris
Kirsten, he was referring to Alexander McCall Smith's book about Auden (reviewed in conjunction with a new edition of Auden's Christmas Oratorio). There are many other mean-funny sentences in the review, and I don't really TRUST the review, but it still cracked me up. - Marianne
Ah. Cool, thanks. - Kirsten
Adding salt and garlic to the fish's tank seems suggestive of... stew.
hah, never heard of that what would the garlic be for? - Steve C Team Marina
Apparently it's good for infections and parasites, both of which seem to have reared their heads in the wake of some pretty extreme stress. - lris
Good to know - Steve C Team Marina
I have always treated tropicals with Copper Sulphate (Aquari-Sol) and raised the tank temp to 80F. That causes the parasites to come off the fish, to breed, but unless you drop the temp again, they won't be able to reattach to the fish and will eventually just die off. (but don't try this with goldfish, they don't like heat). Treating the water with Aquari-Sol when you change it, and... more... - April Russo
Yeah, I certainly wouldn't have put salt in without doing research first. :) - lris
So. Many. Diapers.
I think we're at 12 to 14 a day. - Steve C Team Marina (I couldn't find the whole song to link to, though I do I have it if someone wanted the whole thing) - ellbeecee
I prefer not to count. Between the toddler and the infant, we're always changing someone. - lris
"Please can I hold a toy windmill? Please can I hold a toy crane?" #mr3 #useyourimagination
He has also decided that clothes are for sissies. - lris
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