Thursday, January 31, 2013

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... Happy Birthday Philip Glass

2007-05-09-dscn0216Lately I've been listening a lot to Philip Glass lately and so thought this would be a good time to do a minimalist post on his birthday (January 31, 1937). I've been a Glass fan (and Minimalist or repetitive structured contemporary music) for years, but just in the past year or so, I've focused on some of Glass's major works. Specifically, the great "Portrait Trilogy" of Einstein on the Beach, Akhnaten, and Satyagraha. The "Knee Play" portions. Knee Play 5, in particular, is great.

Knee Play 5
Two lovers sat on a park bench with their bodies touching each other holding hands in the moonlight there was silence between them so profound was their love for each other they needed no words to express it and so they sat in silence on a park bench with their bodies touching holding hands in the moonlight finally she spoke
"Do you love me, John?" she asked
"You know i love you, darling" he replied
"I love you more than tongue can tell you are the light of my life my sun, moon, and stars you are my  everything without you, i have no reason for being"
Again, there was silence as the two lovers sat on a park bench their bodies touching holding hands in the moonlight once more, she spoke
"How much do you love me, John?" she asked
He answered, "How much do i love you? count the stars in the sky measure the waters of the oceans with a teaspoon number the grains of sand on the seashore impossible, you say?"


Seattle: American Library Association Midwinter, 2013

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Headed off to Seattle on Alaska Air 1 early in the morning. After boarding, things got pear shaped soon when we learned there were problems with the spare tire (spare tire?). After sitting on the plane a while, we were off-boarded and had another, oh, 4 hours or so at DCA. Luckily the plane was full of librarians, so we gathered and held an impromptu conference discussing digitization and related things (as well as having a belly-laughing stand up - or sit-down - routine from some Library of Congress colleagues).

After reboarding and de-icing, we were off about six hours late. Battling "excruciating headwinds" (as the pilot called them), we were eventually over Toledo (Ohio). Then, behind me, a passenger had a medical emergency. Without going into the details, she had one lung, a heart condition, and a huge list of medications. Luckily, there was a respiratory specialist and nurse on the plane; they, and the amazing cabin crew, took care of the passenger with contact to doctors on the ground. I had a vision of spending the night in Cleveland (or Chicago, or Pittsburgh) but the passenger stabilized and we eventually landed in SEA (where paramedics evacuated the woman from the plane).

Zipped into town and my hotel. Went out for a bite of sushi at the fabulous Fuji Sushi. Headed over the Uwajimaya grocery store and the Kinokunyia Bookstore and did a little shopping and then then to bed.

Spare tire for Alaska Air flight 1 arrived, 3 hrs late 2013.01.24-IMG_7680 2013.01.24-IMG_7629

25 January 2013
Checked in at the Biodiversity Heritage Library exhibition booth, got my conference credentials. Paid a visit to the market at Pike Place and did a little other sightseeing. For dinner, met up with a group of old friends for some very tasty oysters and mussels a Etta's in the Market.

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26 January 2013
Spent most of the day at the conference and in meetings. Some very good and productive one-on-ones. Also, attended a session on the DPLA given by Director of Content Emily Gore and caught up with some other colleagues.

We were also doing a video interview shoot for the Biodiversity Heritage Library, so myself and two colleagues were picked up by the film crew and went to the Marriott down by the water and spent a couple hours talking about BHL. And then it was time for a reception at the Space Needle. Took the Seattle Monorail (ah, tempus fugit! How the future can look so ragged and tattered 50 years on!).

Turns out the reception I was going to was on the mid-level area, not the top (which was having a party hosted by Elsevier!). Still, had a great time catching up with some other librarian friends and enjoying the view.

Headed out and back to the monorail; getting a bit late, so grabbed a quick bite to eat (more Washington state oysters, especially liked the Kusshi and Kumamoto) and then back to the hotel.

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27 January 2013
Headed down to Pike Place for breakfast at the Crumpet Shop. Wow, quite amazing to get fresh crumpets and jam. An obligatory visit to the first Starbucks (number 301). Then, more one-on-one meetings. Some productive discussions about the DPLA.

Met up with a Smithsonian crowd for a Japanese/Spanish fusion spot (Japonnessa) that was a little too trendy for my tastes. Great service from a helpful server and fun conversation.

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28 January 2013
Productive hotel lounge meeting with DPLA, DLF and LC staff (over a nice pair of Sazeracs). Dinner at Urbane's comprised of PacNW treats and then a long discussion with colleagues about BHL Africa, the state of library science education, field notes, and, of course, the BHL.

BHL Button at the Public Market Alaska Building Salmon Bay Foundry

29 January 2013
Up and took care of some work, packed and then got a ride to the airport from an old friend (thanks Marta!). Hung out at SEA for a while waiting for AS 2: SEA to DCA. Left on time in a fairly empty flight (hello empty middle seat). And, with some nice tailwinds, landed at DCA a little early.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Alaska Air 2: SEA to DCA

Gate C9

Robert and the Cat in the Hat

DSCN6786I came to Seattle for the ALA Midwinter conference this year. The last time I was here was seven years ago (also for ALA Midwinter).

That year was also the 50th birthday of The Cat in the Hat. I was able to attend the birthday party where we had a great cake, some interesting drinks (Thing 1 and Thing 2).

Also at the party was Robert Ellett. Sadly, earlier this year we lost Robert. We'll all miss Dr. Robert and the fun, intelligence and humor he brought to our profession and lives.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Vital T-Leaf

Seattle version

Baker & Taylor cats, skinned

@BioDivLibrary and Field Notes at #ALAMW13

Bianca, Grace and Carolyn

Public Market

Clowns Unlimited truck, the mind boggles

Starbucks #3312, 2nd Street, Seattle

Endangered Species Chocolate... just doesn't sound right

Monday, January 21, 2013

Heading to the inaugural ball ... in 1981

Eighties campaigns
Campaign memorabilia (1979-1985)
After going to Ronald Reagan's first inauguration, M and I decided we wanted to go to an inaugural ball, so, after watching the parade and hanging out downtown, went up to the Washington Hilton to see if we could pop into the ball.

These were simpler times, so we had no trouble getting into the hotel, watching people coming, and hanging out in the lobby. We went to the lobby lounge and had a drink (coffee) and some appetizers (deep fried mozzarella sticks). But for some reason the wouldn't let couple of college kids, inappropriately dressed, into the actual ballroom.

After a while, we got tired of waiting around so headed out the side door (that let's you out on T Street (the same location where President Reagan was later shot). Just as we were heading out the door, the Presidential limo pulled up and the door opened. President and Nancy Reagan  were in the backseat and I stepped into the door with my hand outstretched to congratulate him.

I think he was a little (maybe a lot) surprised to see me greeting him as the door opened, but he reached out his hand, but, just then, Secret Service staff grabbed me from behind and firmly placed me well away from the President and Mrs. Reagan.

Ronald Reagan Funeral, June 2004
As I said, those were simpler times when the people could get a little closer to the President (sadly, it also meant that people like John Hinckley could get close to the President).

This inauguration night I'm not heading anywhere near downtown, not that I could get anywhere near the ball!

Inaugurations, from Reagan one to Obama two

Inauguration 2013
This year I attended my eighth  Presidential Inauguration, well, technically it was my seventh, since Ronald Reagan's second was a private affair, the public elements mostly cancelled due to the extreme cold (was it for the benefit of the attending crowd and parade participants or for the 74 year old president?).

Like last time, we walked from our home in Arlington, down to the Rosslyn Starbucks (for refreshment) and then down past the Marine Corps Memorial and across the Memorial Bridge.

It was much less crowded than in 2009, but there were also less jumbotrons and more security. We walked down past the Washington Monument and camped out at a jumbotron for a bit, then tried to get into the public standing space beyond 14th Street, but weren't allowed to pass. Went back to our jumbotron (F1) but it was breaking up (a la Max Headroom). It tuned in in time for the swearing in, but half way through the inaugural address, started breaking up again. Headed back down the Lincoln Reflecting Pool, over Memorial Bridge, back to Starbucks and then home.

Barack Obama, 2009
This year seemed a little anti-climactic. Maybe it was because it was a second term; maybe it was because the first Obama inauguration was such a huge affair. Another reason, for me, was the massive, and intrusive security in place for this 57th inauguration.

George W. Bush, 2005

George H.W. Bush inauguration
George H.W. Bush, 1989

Heading back after #inaug2013

Martin R. Kalfatovic | | @udcmrk

Jumbotron hill #inaug2013

Close as we're getting #inaug2013

Martin R. Kalfatovic | | @udcmrk