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RIP George Carlin

Who is going to tell it like it is as eloquently and forthrightly as George Carlin does in this video. Well worth watching.

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Being on break and all, I don’t have too much to share in the library and information science realms. However, I did read a great article yesterday (with an equally interesting follow-up piece today) that I thought I’d share: Josh Porter talks about making the design process transparent and how that can benefit an organization, not just design-wise but in other ways as well. While I don’t have a lot of control over process in my current work situation, I am definitely gathering ideas and forming a general design and process philosophy to perhaps implement some day. Porter offers a lot of food for thought, and his site Bokardo, has become a must-read for me since one of my professors introduced it to me. If you’re intrigued by the idea of an open design process, the follow-up post is also worth checking out.

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I have always been envious of those people who can read four or five books at once, keeping up a good pace in all of them, never getting distracted and leaving one to languish bedside until even the main characters have been pretty well forgotten. I mean, I have a hard time with two books at once. Yes, despite the fact that I am reading ALL THE TIME, I try, at least, to stick to one book at a time, because when I get overzealous, things get neglected, and I end up distracted, with the constant nagging feeling that I left the stove on or the door unlocked.

That’s not to say I don’t make the mistake and attempt it every now and then. Right now, I have bookmarks holding places scattered all over my room: I’ve been in the middle of The Intuitionist for weeks, and while it’s very good, I suspect I will have to start all over with this one next year, because I’m just not getting into it. I started A Short History of Nearly Everything awhile ago, but much like Richard Dawkins’s The Ancestor’s Tale, I’m having a hard time paying attention. I recently got back into research about children and commerce, and I’m reading Born to Buy, but finding it not nearly as interesting as Raising Consumers, so I’m thinking of returning it and looking for something more useful.

Then, of course, I’m reading something related to information science, so my brain doesn’t get all mushy over summer break: Ambient Findability is right up my alley and I’m sure very useful for my studies, but what with all the other stuff, it’s languishing in a pile next to my desk. And there always has to be some fiction in there, right? That would be Mysteries of Pittsburgh (read almost the whole thing in a weekend, but put it aside to finish the children and commerce research), and I read I Am America (And So Can You) over the weekend (that’s fiction, right?).

Even just reiterating this list here is making my head spin. I need a new mantra (well, if I ever had an old one): “Repeat after me, Laura, one at a time.”

Are you a juggling reader, or do you like to focus on one thing at a time? Any hints for making that juggling a little easier?

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Just two days ago I was thinking, “I really need to get a step stool in this house.” I’m not a tall woman, and alas, many things in our house are stored far above my reach. Dragging a chair around the house constantly is getting pretty annoying. And lo! What did I see today? The Kik-Step 50th Anniversary Library Edition!

“Kik-step?” you ask? Oh, if you’ve ever been in a library, you know them: the classic round step stools that skid around seemingly on air, planting themselves firmly on the ground as soon as you step on them. I love them. I have always loved them, they are so easy to move around and the added foot of height is pretty awesome for someone as short as me. And I always thought having one in my house which just be too perfect, firmly solidifying my true dorkitude. And being useful at the same time!

The new library edition is, alas, perhaps a little more than I can justify spending on a step stool. I am just a poor library student, after all. But I’ll be dreaming about it. I know I will.

(Thanks to the Librarian blog for bringing this glorious thing to my attention.)

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