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Archive for April, 2010

How awesome is this, I ask you? Russell Crowe came on the Oprah show to promote his new movie, Robin Hood, which is opening in theaters this May.  As a very cool retirement gift, Russell presented Oprah with her own long bow and a copy of the prop sword he used in the movie. The sword has the words “Rise and rise again until lambs become lions” which is very appropriate for Oprah.

The gallant Ms. Winfrey does not squee like a fan girl which is what I would do her in position, but, as you can see by the video below, she is very touched and is positively surgically attached to that sword.

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A conversation between myself and one of my colleagues after a truck squirrel took out a neighborhood transformer and caused the entire campus to lose power for about two hours.  The loss of power meant that our electronic security system wouldn’t function and thus we couldn’t lock the doors of the library or the archives.

“We could always barricade the doors. I mean, if there were zombies out there, we would barricade the doors.” –Me, pointing out a possible solution.

“If there were zombies out there trying to get in here, the security of this place would be the last thing on my mind. I read World War Z.“–Peg, causing the entire staff to burst out laughing.

Just another reminder that I work with some of the coolest people on earth.

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Card-Catalog Men

Originally uploaded by methodini

“We’re going to need a bigger cart”.–Facilities Services workers contemplating moving heavy card catalogs full of audiocassettes.

So, a couple of weeks ago, we needed to have some of our re-purposed card catalogs moved about. They are just the right size for audiocassettes and, with one level of drawers removed, they will work for CDs as well.  Because shuffling heavy (read hernia-inducing) card catalogs around qualifies as “needs professionals” as opposed to “let the staff do it themselves”, the department put in a work order. Surprisingly, Facilities Services sprang into action in a reasonably short space of time and arrived this morning to do the honors.  Naturally, they had translated “card catalogs” as “file cabinets” and had sent two guys and a hand cart to move seven units, each the general weight of a small baby elephant. Once they had meditated upon the problem, they returned with two more guys and some hydraulic carts and got the job done. We are now all squared away and ready to expand.

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“God hunt us all if we do not hunt Moby Dick!” –Capt. Ahab, Moby Dick

Follow the link to this story on Boing Boing. Apparently, the iPad has a naughty word filter that stars out potentially offensive words such as “sperm” as in “s***m whale”. Which leads to the obvious question: was Moby an S & M kind of whale? Gives a whole ‘nother cast to Captain Ahab’s pursuit of him, doesn’t it? Be sure and read the comments on Boing Boing as they are utterly hysterical.

Another example of why librarians have opposed filtering software ….

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“Computers are like men. They can’t read your mind.”

–my colleague, Bob, explaining the importance of consistent file names to a quartet of female co-workers (myself included) who promptly broke up laughing.

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