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And now here’s my librarians’ version of the “Battlesaurs” theme song:

From civilizations long ago

Decoding enigmas wrapped in mystery

We’ve battled every foe since the dawn of history.

United we are one

Fighting all those who stand opposed.

No one knows all that we do or the stylin’ way we wear our sensible shoes. Sensible shoes!





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Tom Hiddleston Love

And a very Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

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Okay, this isn’t really singing, but it is Benedict Cumberbatch giving a reading of R. Kelly’s song “Genius”. Having listened to both Kelly and Cumberbatch do this song, I have to say I preferred Ben’s performance.

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In Skyfall, the redoubtable Judi Dench as M quotes a scrap of Tennyson (see below) which I really liked:

Though much is taken, much abides: and though

We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Here’s a link to the longer poem it’s from, Ulysses.


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“He’s handsome, charming, and a bastard. Literally.” Sasha Roiz as Capt. Sean Renard (NBC’s Grimm). Fan art by @HardRobots.

Is it wrong of me to admit that I heart evil Capt. Renard on NBC’s urban fantasy show, Grimm?  I’ve been following Grimm since it’s first season because a) I like the show’s premise which uses iconic Grimm Brothers’ characters such as Little Red Riding Hood to tell modern stories, b) they use a lot of German in the show which is very cool for someone of German ancestry such as myself, c) they give a big shout out to German folklore which, although central to Western culture, doesn’t get the acknowledgement it should, and d) pretty much the entire male cast can be classified as “hotties”.

The mysterious Capt. Renard is especially tasty, however. We’ve known that he’s had a DARK SECRET since Season One, but we’ve only just discovered that he’s an illegitimate son of one of the seven Royal Families, a shadow government that rules or attempts to rule over humans and supernatural creatures alike. A human/hexenbiest (literally “witch-beast”) hybrid, Renard leads a secret life as a Prince ruling over Portland as part of his “canton”. To the outside world, however, especially our hero, Det. Nick Burkhardt (Dave Giuntoli) he is the cool, professional, and politically adept police captain that Nick reports to.

However, after awakening Nick’s fiancee, Juliette, from her spell-induced coma with a kiss, both Renard and Juliette have become attracted to each other. Renard, in particular, is having obsessive thoughts about his subordinate’s main squeeze which could blow his cover for good. I have commemorated Renard’s dilemma in the following rhyme:

The Captain is part Hexenbiest

On Juliette he’d like to feast

But if Nick’s fiancee should he get

The balance of power will be upset.

Thank you, thank you. I’m here all week.

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Autumn at the University

On the hill, green leaves shade to gold and rust

An orange school bus

A yellow dump truck

A mosaic of leaves on the wet pavement.

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I ran across some fun links that I just had to share with y’all.
First, Linda Holmes , who writes for NPR’s pop culture blog, Monkey See, posted this about her recent visit to her local library. Full disclosure: I had zero idea it was National Library Week and I’m a librarian. But that’s another story. For the record, depending on your library system and the depth of its budget cuts, your library may deliver requested library materials to a location near you, either by courier service or by one of its outreach services. Also, many libraries do a lot of business by phone and over the web so call or e-mail them if you don’t like visiting in person. However, if you haven’t made a visit recently, think about dropping by. You may be surprised by what the library is carrying in the way of loanable materials. At Hobbiton Public library, for example, you can find video games for checkout as well as downloadable audio books and books on CD, a HUGE selection of DVDs and graphic novels as well as lots of other cool stuff.

Did you know that the triceratops, that three-horned plant-eating dinosaur and frequent T. Rex sparring partner, is now considered to be the juvenile  version of the torosaurus? No, me neither. In fact, my reaction was pretty much as author Robert Krulwich describes here:

“Triceratops lovers were not happy. We all know cute teenagers who become less cute adults. But, hey, this was an iconic dinosaur. It’s like discovering that Elizabeth Taylor was a youngish phase of a creature on her way to becoming Bette Davis. No, no, no and NOOOOO!, people cried. We want the thing we know as Triceratops to stay a Triceratops!

And hear, hear say I. Hey, this isn’t Science Friday, it’s Unwillingness to Look Facts in the Face Thursday and I’m a-sticking to it.

Finally, another post by Linda Holmes, entitled “Poem in Your Pocket” (yeah, I know) in which she asks readers to post their favorite poems. Here’s the YouTube video of  a performance poem by Lauren Zuniga called “Girl: Exploded” which speaks to me about the constant pressure placed on women to rein in our frustrations even as we are loaded up with expectations:

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