Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Tonight: Davy & Peter Rothbart, the FOUND Magazine guys, speak at the Firehouse Theater.

And in honor of the program, two found items on computer-side scrap paper:

Id psy101
pas Freud


Monday, September 26, 2005

Things I Observed in Pittsburgh

  • Man-clogs are very popular there.
  • Flip-flops are as ubiquitous as here. Some people think they are okay apparel for a wedding.
  • Major league cities take their major league teams seriously, and so citizens talk sports way more than in my minor league town.
  • Some people don't get that others' faiths are important to said others and distinct from that of said Some People.

Also Note: Mitch has posted wedding pix that a couple of us took using her camera this weekend.

On the Muzak at Ukrop's: "Come Dancing" (Kinks).

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

One of my early history geeking-out moments was in the periodicals stacks of the library at Mount Holyoke: the neatly-bound complete run of The New Yorker took my breath away. So much good writing! So much history to glean from the ads! So much to consider in terms of what was included and what was not!

Now, it seems, I can have the intellectual experience and content in digital form. But what of the tactile experience? I wonder if old magazines are as wonderful without the smell of old paper? (Thanks to PF - who also takes my breath away - for the link.)

In other news, Mitch's wedding is this weekend!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Very interesting article on Katrina and social psychological issues such as misperceived risk, hindsight bias, and blaming the victim -- here (University of Richmond).

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Scrap Poetry 2

1 517 3


Happy 4th Birthday NP! No official celebration . . . just the destruction of the jigsaw puzzles rack, some running around by a four-year-old, a J paperback book scavenger hunt, a good question a about hiking books, an odd question about a book on tools, and a fav clueless computer user.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Thursday, September 08, 2005

One of the most important books I ever read was a collection of John McPhee pieces called The Control of Nature. The New Yorker has posted "Atchafalaya," here. It's about why building levees just invites trouble later on.

Friday, September 02, 2005


Often, the scrap paper abandoned by patrons leans to the poetic. One scrap is at home, awaiting posting; here's today's [as found with capitals, etc.]:

shape change
sonic Boom

Random compliment, from picking up the Library Answer Line, while at TU yesterday: "Thank you, you're really on the ball."