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We made it!

How do you know for certain that your profession has finally made it as certifiably "serious?"
You know when articles about what you do for a living bear titles (and subject matter?) that are so obscure as to be virtually meaningless.
On that count, we librarians have made it!
Consider the title of this article, recommended for our elucidation by InfoDocket on Sept. 16:
"New Research Article: 'Professional and Citizen Bibliometrics: Complementarities and Ambivalences in the Development and Use of Indicators.'"

Looking to be offensive

I guess I should no longer be surprised by what offends people -- and what does not.
What does not: Bad grammar nearly everywhere -- public signage, newspaper headlines, magazine articles, books!
What also does not: Bad language, likewise nearly everywhere, even in presidential campaigns.
And this: Misbehaving kids all over the place, even in fine restaurants.
Of course, TV is just rife with stuff that would make my mother and father blush, and my grandmother would simply die of embarassment and shame.
But, what does offend: Things like this -- a window display in a bookstore window of banned books that includes a cover copy of Little Black Sambo.
This is so awful that protesters in Oregon have actually shut down the independent bookstore that had the silly notion that you could make public the stupidity of people who want to ban books by showing banned books and that would be OK!
I'm offended.

Test your product

For my monthly cooking classes, I generally try to pick a theme and then arrange a menu around the theme.
For example, tonight I'm cooking a number of Spanish dishes, mainly tapas, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Sept. 15 in this country.
I thought I'd go Old School on the plates, rather than picking something, as I have in the past, from the Americas.
After tonight, I'll be thinking about October's menu, and I may have some help on it. Jane Wyatt, president of LazyTexan products, came by this morning with a sample of her seasoning mix for me to try out. We started talking, and she's going to come up with something using one or more of her food products for a German-themed menu in October -- for Oktoberfest.
This is a good opportunity for her to get the word out about her new business and line of food products; it's good for my class; and it should be good for those who attend on Oct. 3.
So, here's the deal: If  you  have a food product or idea for a product and want to test it out and get the word out, come by and let's talk about featuring what you have in progress.
Or give me a call: 512-847-2188!

Something new ... to me

Every once in a while someone comes in and asks us to print out a list of everything he or she has read in the past, oh, year or so.
We can do that, althoiugh it's not a quick and simple process.
I surely do understand the desire to have such a list. We have quite a number of patrons who are reading books from our Louis L'Amour collection. That's a lot of books to keep track of to make sure you don't repeat before you've gone through the entire bunch.
Likewise with someone like James Patterson.
And upon occasion I've thought it would be neat if I had had the forethought to put keep a list of what I've read, just in case someone asked about this or that book and I couldn't -- inevitably -- recall whether I had read it or not and/or whether I would recommend it, etc.
Turns out there is such a thing -- online, of course.
It's called: Librarything.com.
Here is what the website says:

What is LibraryThing?

LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers.

LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of books: books you own, books you've read, books you'd like to read, books you've lent out ... whatever grouping you'd like.

Since everyone catalogs online, they also catalog together. You can contribute tags, ratings and reviews for a book, and Common Knowledge (facts about a book or author, like character names and awards), as well as participate in member forums or join the Early Reviewers program. Everyone gets the benefit of everyone else's work. LibraryThing connects people based on the books they share.

I will be signing up.

Enough of 'Game'

So, just go ahead and call us fuddie-duddies.
My wife and I are just not up to watching one more head chopped from a human body or one more slut in bed with a jerk.
So, after watching all of Season 1 and a couple of episodes of Season 2, we are calling it quits on "Game of Thrones."
We may actually be the last adults in America to have started this HBO series. Surely we are not the first, nor the last, to put it back on the shelf and turn the channel to Shark Tank or Flip or Flop.
I'd rather watch Mr. Wonderful use word play to eviscerate a would-be entrepreneur than see another set of vital organs spilled out on the cold, barren soil of Neverland as envisioned by Mr. George R.R. Martin.
It's just all too, too much.
Actually, I might prefer watching paint dry.
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