laura x

laura x

Librarian. Native Iowan. Wyoming expatriate.
The Millions : Praise the Colophon: Twenty Notes on Type - http://www.themillions.com/2015...
The Millions : Praise the Colophon: Twenty Notes on Type
The Millions : Praise the Colophon: Twenty Notes on Type
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"Writers, praise the typographers and designers: our words are in their hands." - laura x from Bookmarklet
There's a lovely example of Electra, too. I forget how much I love that typeface. - laura x
Electra's nice. I'm happier with it than with the Bemboesque serifs where the x-height is just too high compared to ascenders for my liking. - RepoRat
Lovely. I wish more books had colophons; it seems to be a disappearing trait, at least in the books I read. And I frequently wonder just what that typeface is... [And I need to go back to following my own wishes...] - walt crawford
I see them all the time in books I read, but I mostly read poetry, essays, and "literary" fiction, so go figure. Anyway, I thought you'd like this, Walt. - laura x from iPhone
I see 'em a lot, but that's because O'Reilly books. *sheepish* - RepoRat
I'm guessing that if I was reading classier books (or O'Reilly), I'd see more of 'em. And since I left a colophon out of my last (x) books, I got no right to complain. - walt crawford
Not classier; just different. - laura x from iPhone
And now, in a near-complete non sequitur based loosely on Laura's comment, I'm hearing Willie Nelson, "Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys." There are worse earworms. - walt crawford
On my personal pain scale, dislocating my kneecap was a 10 and labor and delivery were a 4 or 5 (it varies over the course of 36 hours). My shoulder right now is an 8. Ow ow ow fucking ow.
That damn kidney stone was my personal 10, but I've had a rotator-cuff injury hit a solid 7. - RepoRat
My mother always tells me that what I describe as a 7 most of her patients would call a 15. So much for the 10-point scale. - laura x from iPhone
Yeah, that 10 point scale is way off for me. I hope you and your shoulder are pain-free very soon. - Galadriel C.
Oh damn, that sounds awful. - Kirsten
:( - Marie
is this a dislocated shoulder - if so, that's the most painful thing I ever experience (happens to me every once in a while so I know how to put it back). c-section drugs were faboo. hope you feel better! - Christina Pikas
April Fools Day is one of my most favorite holidays. Once again, I am much too tired to prep for it. Take me as seriously as you ever do.
We Need To Stop Devaluing Femininity | Ravishly - http://www.ravishly.com/2015...
We Need To Stop Devaluing Femininity | Ravishly
I have the neediest cat in the world. Also now my nose is running. And have I mentioned I'm on "vacation" for this sick day as I am once again out if sick time? Whine over.
booooooooo - Meg VMeg
Dang, no fair. - Marie
:-( - Kirsten
I commend this book to your attention for many reasons, but the librarians among you will I think especially like her description of research (in comments) Eula Biss | Author Website - http://www.eulabiss.net/books...
I commend this book to your attention for many reasons, but the librarians among you will I think especially like her description of research (in comments) Eula Biss | Author Website
"I gave my son a lavishly illustrated edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for his fourth birthday, and it did not take very long for me to realize that this was a gift for me, not hi. As Alice engaged in repartee with a dodo early in the book, my son became bored. Alice's bewilderment and disorientation, which I had anticipated might speak to my son's experience of being a child in an adult's world, spoke instead to my own experience navigating the world of information. Being lost in Wonderland is what it feels like to learn about an unfamiliar subject, and research is invariably a rabbit hole. I fell down it, in my investigation of immunization, and fell and fell, finding that it was much deeper than I anticipated. Like Alice, I fell past shelves of books, more than I could ever read. Like Alice, I arrived at locked doors. 'Drink me,' I was commanded by one source. 'Eat me,' I was told by another. They had opposite effects--I grew and I shrank, I believed and did not believe. I cried and then found myself swimming in my own tears." - laura x
(Eula went to the same graduate program I did but started the year after I left, so I never met her, but I try not to let that stop me from bragging.) - laura x
Bronchitis.
Nooooooo - lris
Ugh. - Kirsten
:( I hope you get better soon. - Tamara J. B.
oh, doll. blergh. - t-ra needs this place
Our Computers, Ourselves : Invisibilia : NPR - http://www.npr.org/program...
Our Computers, Ourselves : Invisibilia : NPR
The first half of this (especially) is completely worth a listen. I can't remember all the reasons I thought so last night while I was listening to it, but I do remember that in library school I read an article about Thad, the guy who is profiled, and his cyborg project. - laura x from Bookmarklet
And here's a transcript, if you'd rather read: http://www.npr.org/2015... - laura x
I liked that one, too. - lris
Good. - Joe
Thanks for the transcript. (How'd you find it? I couldn't find a link to it and I've been stumped by lack of Invisibilia transcripts before.) - bentley
Thanks for the transcript! - Meg VMeg
BE STILL MY BEATING HEART. the next mind-bending chapter is coming! | The X-Files on Fox - http://www.fox.com/the-x-f...
BE STILL MY BEATING HEART. the next mind-bending chapter is coming! | The X-Files on Fox
"Thirteen years after the original series run, FOX has ordered the next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES, a thrilling, six-episode event series which will be helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully." - laura x from Bookmarklet
It says SO much about me that Fox Mulder is my imaginary boyfriend. - laura x
apparently one of the things it says is that you and I have something in common :D - Marianne
:D - laura x
He's one of my husbands. - Yolanda
Oh wow, this is a most fantastic. - Galadriel C. from Android
A library patron just tried to engage me in a discussion about the dress I was wearing the last time I saw him.
Sure sure, it's about information needs. - Meg VMeg from Android
i love you, meg. - jambina
It was white and gold. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
No, it was blue and black. I remember it well. - Todd Hoff
nice dress - maʀtha
He said it was red. I don't own a red dress. Wtf. - laura x from iPhone
...Do you have a green dress? - Deborah Fitchett
Weirdly, no, though green is my favorite color. - laura x from iPhone
That sounds creepy. Don't like. - kaijsa
Mr. 3 wanted to watch David Byrne, but we returned Stop Making Sense to his dad's awhile back... so I just spent $10 and bought it on Amazon instant video. I have never made such an impulsive purchase (though I'm sure we'll get our money's worth from it).
But DAMN, does Amazon make it easy to buy stuff. Two clicks on my phone and bam! it was there on the Roku. - laura x from iPhone
For a three year old, he's got pretty good taste in music. - DJF
When he was two, we watched this every single day. The only other music he likes is the Beatles. He does have good, if limited, taste. - laura x from iPhone
Peter is Raphael; I am Michaelangelo; Daddy is Donatello; Granna is Leonardo. Recording for posterity
Is this like the toddler version of Myers-Briggs? - Meg VMeg
I guess? I can't ever remember which one is which. - laura x from iPhone
Tonight we are happy!
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:-) - Mary Carmen
<3 x infinity - Jenny H.
I had a rather cute baby. - laura x
Your baby has a rather cute mom. - Marie
God, I look so much younger there than I do now. - laura x from iPhone
No way, prove it. - Meg VMeg
Duck chooses to nest outside Coralville Public Library | TheGazette - http://thegazette.com/2013...
Duck chooses to nest outside Coralville Public Library | TheGazette
Our duck in one of the local papers. - laura x from Bookmarklet
Remember when we had a duck at my library? - laura x
I do! - maʀtha
Selfie with new haircut.
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Hello :) - Pete's Got To Go
Very nice! - lris
You look MAHVELOUS, darling! - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
LOOK AT YOUR HAIR, BOO! LOOK AT IT! - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
It's not that I thought FriendFeed would last forever. It's just that I thought we'd have migrated to some other backwater of the Internet before it died.
Yeah. - Kristin
Yup. I kinda feel homeless. - Mary Carmen
It's hard to find a similar combination of features & community. - John (bird whisperer)
I kept hoping. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Have to cobble together 2 or 3 services to equal on Friendfeed. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
I think it's not only finding features & community but "backwater." Need I mention what happens when you get 10,000+ library folks joining a social network aggregation? (It's five letters beginning with a misleading trio, for those of you not already burned...) - walt crawford
I think we can create the LSW somewhere else, but I will miss the other half with the interaction with normal people not calling themselves librarians. And they even put up with us, the librarian mafia. I am not sure that will happen elsewhere. - Joe
An excellent point, Joe. - walt crawford
I've often wondered - and have grown to believe - that the fact that this place is so highly populated and influenced by The Librarian Mafia, is what keeps it so "civil." You folks are trained (or so I'm given to believe) in rigorous in inquiry and reasoned discourse. Wherever the librarians go is where I want to be. - MoTO Boychick Devil
Yes. I came for the librarians, I stayed for the Friendfeeders. - bentley
It was always fun to watch the librarians venture out into the FF sea; I always hoped they stay. - Anne Bouey
I'm very glad I stayed. - bentley
I came for the FFeeders and stayed for the librarians. The Librarian Mafia better find a way to let us novitiates and wannabes know where they go next! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Can I just say a giant FUCK YOU to cancer? Because really. Just fuck it. Two people in one week, both of them much too young. Goddamn it.
I'm so sorry. And, I agree, cancer is an asshole. - AHnix (Anna Haro)
You sure can. - RepoRat
Fuck cancer - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Fuck cancer. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Fuck cancer. - Heather Piwowar
I'm so sorry. And YEP. Fuck it all the way. - team everyone
I'm so sorry. Fuck cancer. - Stephen Mack
I'm sorry. *hugs* - Yolanda
Sunday I told a boy I liked him and he said he wasn't interested in me. Monday FriendFeed announced it was shutting down. Yesterday my ex-best friend's mother died at age 60. Today I have a runny nose and a sore throat and feel like I'm getting a fever. Any bets on what tomorrow will bring?
Oh, that is a whole heap of crappy. I am hoping tomorrow brings a restful day full of good things. - Jennifer Dittrich
Oof, rough week! I really hope that it gets better from here on out. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Re: The boy. I could cut him if you like? His loss either way. Sorry to hear about your loss. Get better soon. The sun will come up tomorrow. We will face stuff as best we can, together. How's that? - MoTO Boychick Devil
I am so sorry. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
***hugs*** - Kirsten
(((laura))) - Jenny H. from Android
That's a lot to take in I'm sorry. - Steve C, Team Marina
I will hold Bee's coat. *shoulder punch* - Pete's Got To Go
Courage, sister. - Corinne L
Way too much for 4 days - sending good thoughts for Thursday. - Jen
More (((hugs))) but also, that's three things and three means you have reached the statute of limitations for this week. - Galadriel C.
Even moar {hugs}. - Joe
Still standing?! - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
You all are the bestest. - laura x
laura his loss your gain. - ♫Maurice the Dolphin♫
And today a member of my church died from cancer. She's one of the first people I told when I decided I was ready to announce publicly that I was pregnant. We were at a retreat my mom organizes, and her husband was leading one of the tracks. She'd never had kids, but she always asked after mine. - laura x
:(((( - Meg VMeg
Oh Laura, I'm so very sorry. (((hugs))) - Galadriel C.
I'm so sorry, doll. - Corinne L
I'm sorry your week is so tough. {{hugs}} - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
*HUGS* Laura! - Katie
Some parents are asked to make up stories. I have to make up songs. Tonight's had to have a digger, an excavator, and a little dump truck.
And what rhymes with Bulldozer? - WarLord
The excavator part also involved an elevator. Luckily I haven't been asked for a bulldozer yet. Previous topics have included owls, bunnies, and fire trucks. - laura x from iPhone
Oh man. I'd forgotten all about #toddlerx's song period. - laura x
I have wine and a broken heart. #askmeanything
Red or white? - Stephen Francoeur
Red. Zinfandel from a box, because #klassyasfuck. - laura x from iPhone
What's your favorite memory? - Meg VMeg
What's your favorite curse word? - Tamara J. B.
What skill do you wish you had? - Kristin
Janet, today my answer is Greece. But generally anywhere I've never been. - laura x from iPhone
How long have you been writing? - Spidra Webster
What book do you wish you had written? If you don't have one... make one up. - SAM
Memory: Walking to Dairy Queen with my best friend and our inappropriately older (we were 14, he was 19) male friend one day to tell them his girlfriend was sick and couldn't work (their phone had been disconnected). I have never laughed more than I did that day. It was spring and we were all skipping school. - laura x from iPhone
Name three movies you like that begin with the letters B, N, or S. - Stephen Francoeur
Tea, coffee or wine? - Steven Perez
Do you think Texas will ever go blue? If so, how many years? - Meg VMeg
Spidra: Pretty much since I knew how. Somewhere I have a book my friend and I wrote together in preschool. We were friends until last year. Her mom died today. That's at least 1/3 of my broken heart. - laura x from iPhone
SAM: Oh, so many. For tonight I'll say the collected essays of George Orwell or The White Album by Joan Didion. - laura x from iPhone
If I could send you chocolate for your broken heart, what kind of chocolate would you prefer? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
What is your favourite season? - team everyone
If you could relive one day from your past without changing anything, which one would it be and why? - Marianne
What's something you have always wanted to do but keep putting off? - Yolanda
Stephen: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Notorious, Say Anything - laura x from iPhone
Steven: Coffee in the morning; wine at night. Tea only under duress. - laura x from iPhone
Meg: I assume it will go blue when the parties swap positions again, so maybe in 70-100 years? - laura x from iPhone
Rudy: Dark, always. Possibly with mint. - laura x from iPhone
Joey: Spring. - laura x from iPhone
Remember when we shared a hotel room? - Meg VMeg
Marianne: The day of the memory I shared above. That whole day was magical. It was so outside my ordinary life that I don't think I'll ever forget it. I relive it in memory all the time, and I'd love to relive it for real. And unlike many other good days, I have no regrets that stem from that one. - laura x from iPhone
Meg: I do! - laura x from iPhone
Yolanda: Traveling to the Pacific Northwest. - laura x from iPhone
Will you marry me? - Melly
Which do you think will get you first, instant karma or the rhythm? - Corinne L
Ideal writing environment? Pre-writing rituals? - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Melly: of course! Corinne: Rhythm is my weakness. Rhythm for sure. Anna: I like writing best at night, but I don't have any preferences or rituals beyond that. - laura x
Tonight my feelings taste like cashews, red wine, and cheddar bunny crackers.
Tequila/lime/seltzer and pecans. - Meg VMeg
Apple pie greek yogurt, saltines, lemonade and a Malteaser chocolate bar. - Tamara J. B.
Grapes, a hunk of whatever cheese that was, wine. - Marie
I have wine and a broken heart. #askmeanything
Can we salve the pain? How can we help? - SAM
I just keep coming back here thinking everything's fine and then it's not.
Yeah - lris from Android
yup - Marianne
Denial is one of my key competences :-/ - Heleninstitches #teamff
I have loved Paul Simon's album Graceland since I first heard it when I was eleven or so, but it did not strike me until just last night how much it is an album about the problems of middle age. Divorce, child custody, mental breakdowns, midlife crises, work, dating as an adult--still brilliant after all these years.
I read one of Carrie Fisher's memoirs. A *lot* of Simon's songs were about them...not surprisingly. And, yeah, much of it still brilliant after all these years. - walt crawford
Yes, I read that too, Walt. I suppose the people in my life can be grateful that I am much, much less famous than Paul Simon. - laura x
I realize the web is both forever and extremely ephemeral. But I wish to God there was a way to preserve the parts of it I want, like every #babyx and #toddlerx post I ever made.
RT @seachangeprog: Tomorrow is National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day! Show providers you appreciate them: http://www.1in3campaign.org/napd15-... (via @AmplifyTweets)
RT @seachangeprog: Tomorrow is National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day! Show providers you appreciate them: http://www.1in3campaign.org/napd15-postcard (via @AmplifyTweets)
No Boys Allowed: School visits as a woman writer - http://shannonhale.tumblr.com/post...
No Boys Allowed: School visits as a woman writer
"Later a teacher told me, “The administration only gave permission to the middle school girls to leave class for your assembly. I have a boy student who is a huge fan of SPIRIT ANIMALS. I got special permission for him to come, but he was too embarrassed.” "Because the administration had already shown that they believed my presentation would only be for girls?" "Yes," she said. I tried not to explode in front of the children." - laura x from Bookmarklet
"I think most people reading this will agree that leaving the boys behind is wrong. And yet—when giving books to boys, how often do we offer ones that have girls as protagonists? (Princesses even!) And if we do, do we qualify it: “Even though it’s about a girl, I think you’ll like it.” Even though. We’re telling them subtly, if not explicitly, that books about girls aren’t for them.... more... - laura x
We're also telling boys that women are unimportant and boys don't have to listen to them. Which is effed up. - RepoRat
This happens way too often - Katy S
Yes, RR--the pullquote I put on FB but for some reason didn't here gets right to that: "The belief that boys won’t like books with female protagonists, that they will refuse to read them, the shaming that happens (from peers, parents, teachers, often right in front of me) when they do, the idea that girls should read about and understand boys but that boys don’t have to read about... more... - laura x
That's part of it, but not all IMO; letting the boys out of the auditorium also communicates that real-world women have 0 authority. - RepoRat
Yes. That too. - laura x
I hate hate hate hearing this same shit when campus common readings are chosen. 'But the guys might not like it." And the good girls will read what they're told. ARGHHH. - barbara fister
Huh. I think I'll give my campus some props, then: we did Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Radioactive and I Am Malala and if the boys woofed about it, tough crap. Feel free to use us as an example if it'll help. (The only protest we ever got, actually, was over Michael Pollan!) - RepoRat
Well, Pollan is kind of an arrogant jerk. I say that as someone who liked The Omnivore's Dilemma but has found him insufferable since. - laura x from iPhone
I have decided not to serve on our Reading in Common committee ever again or at least not unless there is 100% turnover and somebody I get along with runs it. (An ethnographer interested in the sociology of literacy would have a field day studying these committees - such fascinatingly opposite notions of what reading is for.) - barbara fister
EarlyWord: The Publisher | Librarian Connection » Blog Archive FIFTY SHADES Meets … TV? - EarlyWord: The Publisher | Librarian Connection - http://www.earlyword.com/2015...
EarlyWord: The Publisher | Librarian Connection » Blog Archive FIFTY SHADES Meets … TV? - EarlyWord: The Publisher | Librarian Connection
"On the heels of the massive success of Fifty Shades of Grey at the box office and the book’s return to bestseller lists, comes news that Anne Rice’s 1980s BDSM trilogy might become a television series. The company behind Lifetime’s Devious Maids has bought the TV rights to Rice’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy (Plume. 2012; OverDrive Sample), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rice will executive produce with Rachel Winter (who was nominated for an Oscar for her work on Dallas Buyers Club)." - laura x from Bookmarklet
*blink*. *blink blink*. - WebGoddess
I'm still boggling over how there's now a 4th book in the trilogy. - Katy S from iPhone
she's following piers anthony method for counting? - Sir Shuping is just sir
Or the Douglas Adams method. - laura x
It seems to be happening more and more frequently. - Katy S from iPhone
Well, Tolkien resented having his book broken up into a trilogy, and I suppose ever since then people have resented having to write them. - laura x
The 14 volume Wheel of Time trilogy stands head and shoulders above most other trilogies - Aaron the Librarian
To say nothing of the Discworld trilogy... - walt crawford
Must admit I might expect better from EarlyWord: I would not have thought that The Nerdist was "Long controversial and frequently challenged in libraries" but that's what the article says, at least read in my version of English. I might have thought that Rice's books had that status. - walt crawford
RT @georgiareview: Bringing a Daughter Back from the Brink with Poetry: http://nyti.ms/1Dhol4M @nytimes
Thanks for broadcasting this. - Marianne
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