Tuesday, January 20, 2009


From The Story of Libraries comes this passage which was inscribed at a library in the High Middle Ages:

"If anyone attempts to carry away one of these books by theft, by fraud or in any other manner, let his name be struck from the book of the living, that he not be inscribed with the just - but instead delivered to the fire of hell, to be tormented endlessly."

Kind of makes paying 30 cents a day in late fines seem pretty light, huh? :)

Friday, January 16, 2009


Check out the special message I got when I logged into Netflix this morning:

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Come On Down

On Tuesday, I fulfilled a goal of mine to see a taping of The Price is Right. This was only my second attempt to go - my brother and I tried in college but the studio reached capacity a few people in front of us. I woke up at 5am and got down to CBS Studios by 6, when I was given a line order number. I was #109 which I was hoping was a good omen, since 9 is my lucky number.

We had to return to line up around 10am, then continue to wait in lines and watch #1-100 get interviewed to fill up the studio, followed by people with other special tickets and large groups. I wasn't sure if I'd make it in but I ended up being #224. I believe the studio holds around 300.

The first thing I noted (as did several others) is how small the studio is compared to TV. They make a really effective use of space and camera angles. I originally sat in the back but since I was by myself, I was told to fill in one empty seat in the second row, on the aisle. So when the episode airs on February 25, you should be able to see my quite a bit. I'll be in the main section on the right hand side, second row on the aisle.

A lot of people (myself included) had custom t-shirts but they only had 1 girl contestant with a custom shirt. I guess maybe that's not the best way to get noticed. I was reallllly glad because there were two groups of four that were acting like assclowns. I know you're supposed to be enthusiastic if you get on TV but there's a line between being excited and being an assclown.

Hands down, the best t-shirt I saw was just in front of me - a guy with a shirt that said "Pick Me! I'am from Ohio"

Yes, and you'are also dumb.

By the way, my unoriginal t-shirt I made said 'Whose Price Is It Anyway?' in a Price is Right font.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The One Where I Answer 5 Random Questions Adri Made Up

Adri had this thing on her blog where her friend asked her 5 random questions, kind of like a random spontaneous interview type thing. Sorta. So I volunteered and now Adri is asking me these 5 questions:

1) If you could travel anywhere in the world RIGHT NOW, where would it be and why? RIGHT NOW? Um...probably New Orleans because I miss it and because my fiancee really wants to go there.

2) Why did you start blogging, and is it the same reason you blog now? I think I started because my friend Jenny did it. At first, I thought it random to continuously post updates about your life, but I enjoy her blogs. More and more friends started doing it. I've gone through a few blogs (Easyjournal, a previous Blogger, Livejournal) and ended up back here in a not-so-personal format. I think I'm more level headed and reserved about what I post now, which is good.

3) What is your favorite cheese? Wow...tough question because I love cheese. I'd probably have to say Cheddar (are cheese types capitalized?) 'cause it's so classic. I was introduced to Harvati a few years ago but they don't really sell it in blocks like most others. It's a bit tougher to come by but that one's up there, too. I also enjoy Mozzarella and Swiss a lot. Told you I love cheese.

4) What is the most difficult decision you've had to make in the last year? Probably deciding what to do with my life after I got laid off.

5) If you HAD to get a tattoo, what would it be and why? Hmmm. I already have one tattoo but can't think of anything I'd get for a second. It would definitely have to be a symbol of some type - even though my first instinct is to say "Captain America's shield!"

Monday, January 12, 2009

Meet Clark

My fiancee helps out with a program at our church with 4 and 5-year old kids. The parents drop them off when they go to 9am mass and she watches, teaches and interacts with them. I helped her out this past weekend and observed the following scenario featuring Clark (not his real name in case his parents ever find my blog).

Fiancee: "Okay, one way your parents can show their love is by cooking for you."

Little Girl in the Class: "I had pancakes for breakfast this morning."

Clark: "I like toast!"

It cracked me up and the rest of my Sunday afternoon was peppered with random outbursts of "I like toast!" in honor of Clark.

My other favorite Clark-ism from months ago is when the other teacher was talking about animals. The point she was trying to make is that God loves everyone and everything the same - there are no favorites. So she asked the class which animal they thought was God's favorite and Clark blurted out "The cheetah!"

I can't wait 'til my nephew hits 4 and starts blurting out semi-random things.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Book Club

If anyone wants to keep up with my textbook reading and join my Book Club for discussions, you'll need to track down copies of: The Story of Libraries, The Whole Library Handbook 4, Using Sources Effectively and Avoiding Plagiarism and Developing Library & Information Center Collections (5th Edition).

First meeting is next week. I'll bring cupcakes.

Monday, January 5, 2009

iTunes Fail

I'm signed up for a few 'My Alerts' on iTunes. Basically, you can mark your favorite artists so if they add a new album, b-side or a remix or something, you will be notified via e-mail. This is the one I got on New Year's Day alerting me to the Foo Fighters album that came out in June 2005. Thanks, iTunes.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Since I have a lot more free time these days, I've made it my mission to get on The Price is Right. Well okay, the first part of the mission is to go see a taping. I'm thinking about making a custom t-shirt to grab some attention. I'm openly accepting ideas and I could easily throw something together in Illustrator pretty quick. If I use your idea and I get on the show, I'll give you $25 bucks. Why the hell not.

I've been watching TPIR for the past few days to brush up on the games and prices. The other morning, I totally would have won a car. Get me on that show, Drew Carey.