Saturday, February 28, 2009

Young People are Crap and the World is Going to Hell

There's been lot's of generation stuff on my RSS feeds lately. Lost generation, nextgen, digital divide, 'young people are crap and the world is going to Hell' and so on and so forth. Here are two really great "my generation doesn't quite suck" videos via Stephen Abram's blog.  I guess there really is some hope for this world.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Icy Light Pillars

National Geographic (which I apparently post a lot about?) had an interesting article on the recent occurrences of 'light pillars'. They're quite common in polar regions, but have been spotted further south due to the freezing cold conditions we've been having lately!
Light pillars are not Northern Lights. They're just the refraction of natural light bouncing off ice crystals.
I actually saw this phenomenon on February 15th, as I was driving back to Edmonton on the highway. It was foggy and freezing and really icy, like it was snowing ice (if that makes any sense). I kept seeing these tall pillars of white light and thought I was coming up to a town or some sort of street light, but the highway was dark and there weren't any towns on that particular stretch of road. It took me awhile to figure out the pillars of light were from the headlights of the other cars coming towards me. It was strange. Seriously, the light pillars stretched all the way up into the sky! It looked like this:
Very cool.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It's All Greek To Me

Panic-too much homework-hate school...
That would be my thought process at the moment.
I have just enough time to direct you to this great post from Strange Maps: Greek To Me - Mapping Mutual Incomprehension. Remember that saying "It's all Greek to me!"? Read the article to find out more about how certain languages find certain other languages incomprehensible. Click to see a larger graph, or better yet just read the post.
Very interesting. Way more interesting than my homework...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"50/50 Tickets. Strathcona County Library..."

What a fantastic night! I volunteered to sell tickets for the Edmonton Oilers hockey game 50/50 raffle, on behalf of the Strathcona County Library. I love the Oilers and libraries, so really it was a no brainer - any night in the Rexall Place arena is a good night. Plus, I love going behind the scenes anywhere. Judges elevator? Sure! Loading dock? Count me in? Concrete hallways? You bet! I think maybe I feel privileged: I love going where not many people have gone before.
First, we entered Rexall (third attempt) via the security ramp and signed in. We stood in what can only be described as a "coral" under the seating for about twenty minutes. This was at ice level, we could see a zamboni working on the ice. Timeline of what happened while we were in the coral:
- zamboni gets moved
- Zack Stortini saunters by (please someone cut that boys hair!)
- Dwayne Roloson walks by (seems kinda small for a goalie, must be all the padding?)
- Sam Gagne (like a cute little hobbit) and Robert Nilsson pass by, signing a couple autographs on the way
- TSN guy walks by (you know, that guy...)
- another player stops to sign a few autographs (Gilbert? Brodziak?)
- big garage type door thingy opens, letting in all the cold air
- big bus pulls up
- the entire Tampa Bay Lightning team and staff walk of the bus to their dressing room, only one signing anything on the way
- some guy tries to shut the garage door, but stops...
- Sheldon Souray and Ethan Moreau get out of Souray's truck (parked right by the door) and walk by us (very nice, very nice)
And that short twenty minute wait made the whole night worth it. How very exciting - Oilers in suits!! Up close!!
Anyways, back to business. We were taken up the stairs to a long concrete hallway, told to hang up our coats, put away our purses, and then ushered into a smaller room. We signed up for our numbers (#14 for me), got our oh so stylish 50/50 smocks and our float. Then we waited on the concourse for further instruction. Unfortunately no one told us to shove snacks in our pockets prior to leaving our purses in the other room. Oops. Then this guy told us what we had to do, and what we couldn't do (aka Don't Watch the Game!). We were taken back to the main concourse and shown our spots. My friend (who's from Vancouver and really didn't appreciate the whole 'Oilers up close' thing, but had fun anyways) and I apparently got the 'quiet entrance' but it was still busy enough to keep me occupied for the night.
So, for the next two hours this is what I said: "50/50 Tickets! Strathcona County Library!" And I sold. And sold. And tried to remember my math to make change. And then ran out of change (repetitively). And sold some more. In the end I sold $1230 worth of $2 tickets. Not too shabby for the 'quiet entrance'.
It was fun. Oh so fun. Everyone (staff, fellow volunteers, public) was so friendly, very good natured. I had an excellent time. There's always such a buzz in Rexall on game night (any night really). I didn't get to see much of the game (some though) but heard the cheering and appreciated it nonetheless. And the Oilers won too!
Yes, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I reckon libraries are a good cause of course, and our efforts probably raised $13-15k. A job well done folks. My feet are killing me...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Terrific Trilogy Meter

I spent an entire day watching the Lord of the Rings extended editions with some friends last week. So when I saw this Trilogy Meter I knew I had to showcase it's brilliant-ness on my humble blog! I actually liked the third X-Men and Jurassic Park, though of course not better than the originals. And as far as LOTR goes, my order of merit is 1-3-2. This graphic also showed me how out of touch with movies I am, as I've seen barely any of these pop culture classics. I'm a TV kinda girl.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Christian Reflections, and a Webcomic...

It's Sunday, so I figured I'd share my two favourite Christian blogs.
This thoughtful blog is written by a local author (one day I'll check out the church), and is also a good source for local events etc. Mostly the posts consist of a thought provoking picture or video, followed by a related bible verse and/or a reflection. I'm sure there are thousands of blogs like this out there, but I like this one because it's local, and short, yet still makes me think. 
At first I didn't think this webcomic artist was a Christian, but he is. His opinions, though probably offensive to some, are usually along the same lines as mine. I think he's quite spiritual and loves the Lord, but definitely has a few words to say about church politics and hypocritical churchgoers. Controversial, yes, but also honest and true. It should be about a relationship, not rules, eh? The comments are always interesting to read too.
I used to do the washing up at church every week. I guess that explains a lot...

Friday, February 20, 2009

More Web 2.0 For Dummies

Here's a few 'web2.0/techie/learning' links that have been lurking in my bookmarks folder:
Alternate reality games, Facebook, Wii, Lecture Capture, Google Apps, Skype, Wikipedia, Creative Commons, Ebooks, Screencasting and so on. The pdfs are visually appealing and quite thorough.
Written for school library media centres, this wiki is full of easy to understand tutorials and tons of great links to check out for doing web stuff like blogging, social networking, photosharing and so on.
A fantastic, highly visual tool useful for explaining Boolean searching. Try it out, it's kinda fun to play with.
Stop typing up this post, get back to work...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

BBC Book List

I've seen this before, but some of the books have changed so maybe this is an updated version.
Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. [I'm just copying this bit, not vouching for it.] I'd be interested to hear which ones you've read and loved.
Instructions: 1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. 2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE. (I'm adding a '-' to the ones I HATED too.) 3) Star (*) those you plan on reading. 4) Tally your total. How many have you read?
1. [x-] Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 2. [x+] The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien 3. [x+] Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 4. [x+] Harry Potter series - JK Rowling 5. [x] To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 6. [*] The Bible 7. [x-] Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 8. [x] Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 9. [x+] His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 10. [ ] Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 11. [x+] Little Women - Louisa M Alcott 12. [ ] Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy 13. [*] Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 14. [ ] Complete Works of Shakespeare 15. [ ] Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier 16. [x] The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien 17. [*] Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks 18. [ ] Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 19. [ ] The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 20. [ ] Middlemarch - George Elliot 21. [x] Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell 22. [ ] The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald 23. [ ] Bleak House - Charles Dickens 24. [ ] War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 25. [x+] The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 26. [ ] Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh 27. [ ] Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 28. [ ] Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 29. [x] Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 30. [x-] The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame 31. [ ] Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 32. [x] David Copperfield - Charles Dickens 33. [x] Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis 34. [x-] Emma - Jane Austen 35. [x-] Persuasion - Jane Austen 36. [x] The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis 37. [ ] The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 38. [ ] Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres 39. [x+] Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden 40. [ ] Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne 41. [x] Animal Farm - George Orwell 42. [ ] The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown 43. [ ] One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 44. [ ] A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving 45. [ ] The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins 46. [x+] Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 47. [ ] Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy 48. [ ] The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood 49. [x-] Lord of the Flies - William Golding 50. [ ] Atonement - Ian McEwan 51. [x+] Life of Pi - Yann Martel 52. [ ] Dune Frank - Herbert 53. [ ] Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons 54. [x-] Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen 55. [ ] A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth 56. [ ] The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon 57. [ ] A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens 58. [ ] Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 59. [*] The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon 60. [ ] Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 61. [x] Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck 62. [ ] Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 63. [ ] The Secret History - Donna Tartt 64. [x] The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 65. [ ] Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas 66. [ ] On The Road - Jack Kerouac 67. [ ] Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy 68. [x-] Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding 69. [ ] Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie 70. [ ] Moby Dick - Herman Melville 71. [ ] Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens 72. [ ] Dracula - Bram Stoker 73. [x+] The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 74. [x] Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson 75. [ ] Ulysses - James Joyce 76. [ ] The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath 77. [ ] Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome 78. [ ] Germinal - Emile Zola 79. [ ] Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray 80. [ ] Possession - AS Byatt 81. [x] A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens 82. [*] Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell 83. [ ] The Color Purple - Alice Walker 84. [ ] The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro 85. [ ] Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert 86. [ ] A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry 87. [x] Charlotte’s Web - EB White 88. [x] The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn 89. [ ] Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 90. [ ] The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton 91. [ ] Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad 92. [x] The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 93. [ ] The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks 94. [x+] Watership Down - Richard Adams 95. [ ] A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole 96. [ ] A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute 97. [ ] The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas 98. [x] Hamlet - William Shakespeare 99. [x] Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roal Dahl 100. [x] Les Miserables -Victor Hugo
Total read: 38
Total loved: 9
Total hated: 9
Total planning to read: 5
Musings: LOTR and Jane Eyre are two of my most favourite books ever! I did read the entire Old Testament, but stalled once starting the New Testament (one day...). And yes, I've read every single Jane Austen book - and hated every one. I only read them because I thought I would be smart and cool if I did (I was in grade 8, gimme a break!). I must prefer the Brontes and their depressing moodyness. I think The Little Princess is actually slightly better than The Secret Garden. I've read everything ever written by LM Montgomery (including a freakin' ton of her short stories), Louisa May Alcott and Bill Bryson. Even though it's about rabbits, I think I've read Watership Down like 5 times because I really like it. My adding is most likely off because it's late and I suck at simple maths (because I taught Low Maths for two years and it killed that part of my brain).
I stole this from Tara, who stole this from Astrid. Feel free to steal this from me!
And...feel free to post me a comment regarding my literary taste, or yours!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Interactive Forces of Nature

I'm a big National Geographic fan. I've subscribed to their magazine in the past (and will again in the future when I've actually got free time to read it) and currently receive a few e-newsletters in my inbox. The website is usually well done and there's always lot's to see and do.
Here are a few fun NG interactive pages:
Lightning - Make lightning strike and learn about how it's produced
Avalanche - Create and avalanche and learn about the different types
Forces of Nature - Create a tornado, volcano, hurricane and earthquake and learn about the different types
If you're ever bored, just type 'interactive' into the search bar on the National Geographic homepage. Time well wasted - way more fun than writing papers over Reading Week...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Google. Data. Gone.

I'm a Google-aholic. But what happens when Google goes down? No, really, what if Google one day just...disappears? How would I get back all that 'stuff' I've relied on Google to manage for me?
If you've ever wondered this (and now that you've heard it's possible, you will), read this post - HOW TO: Take Back Your Data From Google's Claws.
Must. Go. Make. Backups. Of Everything.
Oh, does anyone know how to back up blogger blogs???

Monday, February 16, 2009

Provincial Curling Champs

Warning: Curling post ahead
I had a fantastic weekend! I drove out to the Saskatchewan border to see my cousin in Lloydminster. We gossiped and shopped and ate Valentines day chocolates and played video games with some of her friends. Good times.
Sunday, we got up way too early and headed west to Wainwright. Why go to Wainwright? Curling of course!! The event was the 2009 Men's Provincials, and in Alberta the level of competition at provincials is just as good as nationals, in my opinion anyways. I went to the provincial's last year and really enjoyed it. The people are super friendly, the competition excellent, you're really close to all the action and tickets are cheap. Couldn't ask for much more, eh?
At first, I was really disappointed because one of my favourite teams, Team Koe, didn't make it to Sunday's semifinal. Technically they should be third in Alberta. I was chatting to an older lady sitting in front of us and asked what happened to Team Koe - she made a face and said "They weren't playing very aggressive." So sad. I was really hoping to meet Nolan Thiessen (My condolences on your loses. Can I buy you dinner?). Anyways, I kinda got over my disappointment during the Pahl-Ferbey semifinal. Team Pahl played really well, and almost beat Ferbey. I guess if they're that good, it's not totally insulting that they took out Koe. 
We did see a famous curler at lunch though - Cathy King was at Boston Pizza! 
Before the Martin-Ferbey final, my cousin said "I hope it's a close game.", to which I replied "Nope, I want a trouncing." And it was. Martin demolished Ferbey. It was embarrassing really, and I'm a huge Martin fan, but I still felt sorry for the Ferbey boys. Team Martin was on fire! 
My cousin and I really enjoyed the games. We drove up to Vermillion for dinner at my aunt's and then I headed back to Etown. I had a fantastic weekend in east-central Alberta. Great company, great curling. Who can ask for anything more? Next year the provincials are in Olds. That's kinda far, but it would be a shame to miss it. Maybe next year I'll finally get to see Team Koe in action...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Winter-Flu?

Eureka!
Q: Why the flu strikes hard during the winter but nearly vanishes in the summer has baffled epidemiologists for decades.
A: Now a new study may have the answer: Influenza germs last longer and pass from person to person more effectively in lower absolute humidity—i.e., when it's cold outside and the air is dryer.
Full article here.
Yes it definitely is cold and dry in Alberta!! So, only two more months and I'm in the clear. Let's hope the Norwalk Virus doesn't make a reappearance...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Famous Librarians

Via Swiss Army Librarian, I read a great post this morning about 25 Famous Librarians Who Changed History. There's some big names on there - did you know Mao Zedong, Benjamin Franklin and Lewis Carroll were librarians?
And Laura Bush was an elementary teacher. I was an elementary teacher. Laura Bush also became a librarian, and I am becoming a librarian. Maybe I'll get to marry the prime minister one day. Ha ha, as long as he can string together an intelligent sentence...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Making Money Off Love

V-Day is just around the corner. I think it's a stupid excuse for greeting card companies, florists and chocolatiers to make money. 
"Valentine’s Day is traditionally known as a day for lovers, but from a commercial standpoint it is one of the most lucrative holidays for businesses. There are four major holidays in the shopping calendar: Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter and Halloween. Valentine’s Day is celebrated by 84% of Canadians and of those, 60.9% spent an average of $100.89 per person on a gift for their significant other in 2006. In 2007 this is expected to go down to $97.27. 43% of those celebrating will buy a gift for other family and friends. The average Canadian male will spend $135.67, while females will spend only $68.64."
Waste of money. If you choose to participate, at least go for an eco-friendly option or a gift of your time. All I want is for someone to write my papers for me, that's free!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

To Do Research, Or Not??

An 'assessment' librarian gave a guest lecture in our research methods class today. What's an 'assessment' librarian you ask? It basically means she constantly does research projects in order to obtain evidence ('assessment') to support policy and service improvements at the university libraries. This all has to do with Evidence Based Librarianship. 
What's EBL? I understand it to mean doing research to gather evidence to inform library practice and decision making (which services to offer, what materials to collect, how to organize the space etc.) The Evidence Based Library and Information Practice journal was started by a couple UofA librarians. It's mandate is to "provide a forum for librarians and other information professionals to discover research that may contribute to decision making in professional practice." 
There's a really good summary of EBL, and an interesting discussion throughout the comments on this Marcus' World blog post. Two of the prolific commenters are the two librarians who started the EBL journal.
The more I hear about EBL, the more excited I get about doing research. And considering I started with absolutely no desire to do research, that's a big leap. 
Actually, after today's guest lecture (which I found interesting and thought provoking, for once), I'm seriously considering taking the Advanced Research Methods class next fall. It makes a bit of sense. I want to be an academic librarian. Academic librarians do research (well, some do anyways). The class might help me get more comfortable with the concept. Perhaps it will make me more marketable in terms of jobs? I made the mistake of checking the course assignments though, and it's pretty brutal (facilitate a 3hour seminar, complete 1 research project in the form of a 20min conference presentation and a publishable paper - yikes!). 
I suppose if I pass the Introduction to Research Methods class, then maybe I'll keep thinking about it. Right now I'm going to play Guitar Hero...

Monday, February 09, 2009

The Problem With Unobtrusive Reference Assignments

Last term for our reference class at library school, we had to do an unobtrusive reference interview. I knew exactly the parameters of this because I'd had to do one at library tech college too. They are stupid. Basically, you go to a library and anonymously ask a questions, and then write a really long paper critiquing the entire transaction. The whole thing felt like one big fat lie. Which it is.  It's lying and spying and, in my opinion, unethical. I'm sure the college and university somehow managed to get the assignment past the ethics board, but that doesn't make it morally right.
Academic Librarian has a very interesting series of blog posts about this very same issue, from the librarian's perspective:
I really want to forward those posts to all my classmates, and the powers-that-be at my library school. I'm just not sure I'm brave enough though...

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Adopt-A-Geek

I stole this quote from a classmate, who stole it from another classmate's facebook notes. It's a gooder.
"There's a reason why thousands of twenty- and thirtysomethings enter graduate school each year: they have nowhere else to go. If these people had spouses – or even marginally well-functioning relationships – they wouldn’t pack up their ashtrays and candlesticks and head off to places like Iowa and Buffalo and North Carolina to go into obscene debt to learn a skill that is, to the world of moneymaking people, obsolete. These people aren’t interested in learning how to write literary fiction or quantify the importance of fish oil in second-century Middle Eastern society. They just want someone to love them.
Yes, grad students may sound a little desperate for attention, but there’s an upside: They’re smart. No stupid genes will pollute the water on which your family tree feeds. All you have to do is convince them that the master’s degree in international studies they just earned is the perfect foundation on which to build a career in high finance. Grads students are also desperate. They spend most of their time in libraries and computer labs. Ask one of them to grab a drink with you, and it will be the highlight of their week. And if you’re looking for a low maintenance relationship, these are your people. They’re so wrapped up in their studies, they won’t have time to go out more than once a week, much less make a personal project out of trying to change every single thing about you. They already have a personal project. It’s called a thesis."
~ Holloway, D and Robinson, D. "Dating Makes You Want to Die: But You Have to do it Anyway."HarperCollins, New York: 2008
I'm in grad school because I needed a career change. And yes, I do just want someone to love me (I'm cat-less at the moment - and yes you may interpret that in a number of ways. I'm honest and have no tact, remember?). 
And as a bonus, if you're a grad student like me, you get to spend an entire Sunday putting together a presentation about the historical development of the fax machine. That's what I pay big bucks in tuition for. 

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Cool (In A Weird Kinda Way) Links Of The Day

Eye tracking studies These are results from studies that track where your eyes go once you open up a webpage. No kidding. Google's done it. So has SirsiDynix. (stolen from Stephen Abram's blog)
'In The Library' perfume Perfume that smells like books. No kidding. (stolen from Corey Redekop's blog)
Dr. Horrible My Little Ponies No kidding. I want one. (stolen from Whedoncraft)

Friday, February 06, 2009

All Talk, No Action

Today was SLIS PD day (too many acronyms for you? Let's rename today 'library school professional development day'). I learned stuffed about current library research.
I also learned something about life.
I had just gone through the lunch line and was standing at the end, scooping hummus onto pita wedges. When I looked back, their was no one immediately behind me. Everyone was at the start of the buffet, or in a long line stretching down the corridor. I looked at my classmate who happened to also be spooning hummus onto his pita wedges and commented about the blockage. He also wondered why the line wasn't moving. I suggested it was because people were talking a long time using the little tongs to pick up individual carrots and pickles. He agreed. I would've left it at that and walked back to my seat to eat.
He, however, put down his plate and said "I think I'll move the pickles to this end of the table That ought to let the line flow more freely." And he did it, just like that.
Why am I telling you this story? At that moment I felt like a bystander, like the whiny cynic I am. He looked at the situation and formulated a solution, which he promptly carried out. I was all talk, no action, whereas he was helpful. 
Proactivity - 1, Lisa - 0
I'll do better next time, promise. Will you?

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Book-y Top 5s

When I was a kid I wasn't cool. When I was a kid I wasn't athletic. When I was a kid I wasn't much of a talker.
I was book-y. I've always devoured books. The only time I stopped reading was when I was a teacher. There just wasn't time or I was stressed and tired and miserable. Good thing I quit.
Now that I'm in library school, I can't help myself. I'm always surrounded by book talk. I work in libraries. I'm always surrounded by books. And now I'm reading a lot again. Actually, probably more than ever. I love it.
I just finished (as in 15 minutes ago) 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak. It's amazing. Beautifully written. I cried through the last 50 pages. Narrated by death, it's about a German girl during WWII, about her relationships and humanity. Fantastic.
So far it's #1 on my Top 5 list of best books I read in 2009.
While I'm on the subject, here's my Top 5 list of best books I read in 2008:
Canadian Edition
1. Happiness by Will Ferguson
2. Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop
3. The Garneau Block by Todd Babiak
4. King John of Canada by Scott Gardiner
5. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
(Guess what, the first four are about books, and the last one a retelling of a famous one. Weird. I must be meant to be a librarian.)
International Edition
1. Maus by Art Spiegelman
2. Love Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
3. Searching For God Knows What by Donald Miller
4. God Grew Tired Of Us by John Bul Dau
5. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Gosh that was difficult. As you can see I couldn't even compress it into one Top 5.
Now...what should I read next...

Monday, February 02, 2009

Rambling About Teaching In England

Today I gave my second ever 'lecture' to a group of university students. Attempt #1 was a library instruction session which I co-taught with a classmate. Attempt #2 was all me though. For some strange reason, I volunteered to give a lecture for the UofA's Education Student's Association about teaching in England. You're asking your self at this very moment "Why would she volunteer to do that? She hated teaching in England!"
Um. True. I am, however, uber helpful and love sharing my knowledge with others (hence this blog). I wanted to tell others about all the things I wish I knew before I left. I tried really hard to leave out the whole Bob the Ulcer and depression thing though. I'm not sure how well I did at the whole 'being unbiased' thing though. 
Maybe someone learned something that will help them in the future. Maybe someone decided to seriously consider teaching in England. Maybe someone decided teaching isn't such a good idea and is now rethinking their career path. If any or all of these maybes occurred because of my talk, then I guess I succeeded.
If you're curious (forgive the formating errors, they totally annoy me but are only a result of the reformatting from the upload process):

So You Want To Teach In England...

I'm giving a lecture for the Education Student's Association on Wednesday titled 'So You Want To Teach In England'. So if you're local, and bored and at all interested in the topic, stop by the Ed building on campus. No heckling from the back row though!!!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

What Happens To Your Recycling?

What happens to your recycling after you dump it on the curb? Check out explorethecycle.com to find out. They made a series of videos that explains the whole process in simple terms. It's oh so very exciting!
Here's the first part, visit explorethecycle.com for the other chapters.
Thanks once again to One Green Generation for the link.