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Archive for October, 2013

House Dracula Sigil

I was having some fun with the Game of Thrones Sigil Generator and came up with the above. Try it yourself here.

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For librarians and archivists, the scariest part of the first Lord of Rings movie was not the Nazgul, the orcs, the Balrog, or the Eye of Sauron. It was Gandalf threatening the longevity of priceless, one-of-a-kind documents by holding them next to open flames and eating and drinking while reading them. One little mishap and–poof–Isildur’s account of the finding of the Ring of Power would be lost forever.

I’m not letting the Steward of Gondor off the hook here either. Notice that the archives is completely disorganized. My fingers just itch to get in there and start straightening the place up. You can file that under “you know that you’re an archivist when …” :-). Notice also how the archives seems to be at the lowest level of the building, leaving it open to water damage, which goes to show that even in Middle Earth some realities of archival architecture remain the same.

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“South America, Take It Away” —a fun song for Friday.  “Take back your samba, ay, your rhumba, ay, your conga, ay-yi-yi ….”

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Fandom Life

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“But libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.

I worry that here in the 21st century people misunderstand what libraries are and the purpose of them. If you perceive a library as a shelf of books, it may seem antiquated or outdated in a world in which most, but not all, books in print exist digitally. But that is to miss the point fundamentally.”–Neil Gaiman

The quote above comes from a speech Neil Gaiman gave in London on October 14, 2013 to the Reading Agency, a charity that promotes literacy. In it, he had many wonderful (and smart) things to say about the importance of libraries, of fiction, and of reading in general. Here’s a link to the edited text of his speech that appeared in The Guardian newspaper.

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Re: Quote of the Day

“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person! Having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out just as they are, chaff and grain together. Certain that a faithful hand will take them and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” — George Eliot.

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The moment I saw Corb Lund’s new music video, “Dig, Gravedigger, Dig”, I knew that I wanted to include it on my next Halloween-themed jukebox.

Amanda Seyfried covers “Little Red Riding Hood” originally made popular by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs. I like her quieter, guitar-driven version.

What would Halloween be without a murder ballad? There have been many versions of “Pretty Polly”. This one is by the group Vandaveer.  There’s more information about the making of this music video on their YouTube site.

The weather forecast for Halloween? Well, there’s a “Bad Moon Rising” for a start. Also, a bathroom on the right, but that’s another story.

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