Thursday, July 26, 2007

Quote of the Day: July 26, 2007

"I had strange fellows at the library and, in truth, there were many hours when I never quite knew how I'd gotten there or why I stayed."
Philip Roth (1959). "Goodbye, Columbus." In Goodbye, Columbus. Cited from Bantam Modern Classics, 1969, p. 23.

Quote of the Day: July 26, 2007

"Thus did the neck of the giraffe reach out across the whole heavens and make men believe that what they saw there was a gloaming of the gods. For if this sort of selection could turn an antelope into a giraffe, it could conceivably turn a pond full of amoebas into the French Academy."
George Bernard Shaw (1921). Preface to Back to Methuselah. Cited from Penguin edition, 1961, p.33

Monday, July 23, 2007

Downtowne Books (Riverside, CA)

Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic
Nice used bookstore near the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. Good selection of books on a variety of topics. Friendly staff (no cat seen on premises, but a variety of owl figurines scattered about)

Back to the Grind

"Back to the Grind" an interesting little coffee place in Riverside, California, also has an excellent collection of books and junk!

Though I didn't have time to read a whole book there, I took advantage of the open shelves to do a little browsing

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Ft. Ward, Virginia

Ft. Ward, Virginia. This Civil War fort was part of the defenses built to protect Washington. At the time, Washington was among the most heavily fortified cities in the world. How times change (?)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Quote of the Day: July 11, 2007

From the "Commentary" column in Government Computer News by the anonymous "Packet Rat" comes the following quote:

"Maybe someday we'll even have a army of search experts ... They'll call them librarians."

The author was commenting on the battle for the search market and included a run-down of various products/services. He discussed Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and Mahalo. The last uses an editor-guided search approach, thus the context for the librarian quote.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

4th of July Parade, Washington, DC

4th of July parade in DC. Not the typical "Main Street USA" parade! A little of something for everyone.

Quote of the Day: July 4, 2007

"The power that produced Man when the monkey was not up to the mark, can produce a higher creature than Man if Man does not come up to the mark. What it means is that if Man is to be saved, Man must save Himself. There seems no compelling reason why he should be saved. He is by no mean an ideal creature. At his present best many of his ways are so unpleasant that they are unmentionable in polite society, and so painful that he is compelled to pretend that pain is often a good. Nature holds no brief for the human experiment: it must stand or fall by its results. If Man will not serve, Nature will try another experiment."
George Bernard Shaw (1921). Preface to Back to Methuselah. Cited from Penguin edition,
1961, p.14

Monday, July 02, 2007

The Manta Ray

One of the most beautiful sea creatures is the manta ray. The Washington Post ran an interesting story about the latest discoveries about this animal.

This threatened animal, that can grow to 25 feet across and weigh over 6,000 lbs., ranges around the world and is harmless to humans.

Photo by David McMurdie, near San Bendicto Island, Mexico, Spring, 2003

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Librarians: Their Ways and Means of Living

It was inevitable, after the success of "March of the Librarians" (from ALA Midwinter in Seattle), someone had to make a knock-off imitation from ALA Annual in Washington. "Librarians: Their Ways and Means of Living" is not nearly as amusing or entertaining, but it does seem to be the first one out of the blocks! The editing quality clearly shows that the creator didn't use a Mac. Version 2 is on top.