Let’s hear it for Librarians


By way of Jessamyn West’s librarian.net, here is a list of 33 reasons librarians are still extremely important. Mary Carmen also offers a passionate defense of Access Services on her new Circ and Serve weblog.

Book Review: Thumbs, Toes, and Tears by Chip Walter


Thumbs, Toes, and Tears: And Other Traits That Make Us Human by Chip Walter is an evolutionary story about what sets human beings apart from other animals. Walter specifically identifies six traits of humans that can be found in no other species: Big toes, opposable thumbs, the pharynx, laughter, tears, and kissing. The big toe…

Movie Review: The Departed


On Friday night, Susan & I finally saw the Boston-based crime drama The Departed. This movies is the goriest and most brutal I’ve seen since The Gangs of New York. Not surprisingly, the two films share the same director Martin Scorsese. Other things in common are that they are stories about Irish mobsters and star…

Independent Book Stores


Three recent articles of interest regarding bookstores: First an article about the people responsible for opening new independent book stores at a time when the independent book store is is said to be on it’s death bed: ‘We’re not in it for the money’ The number of independent bookstores has been steadly growing. But will…

Not scared enough?


One of the things that push my buttons most when following the news is fearmongering. So you won’t be surprised how peeved I am by the following headline. “U.S. not scared enough of bird flu, Senate told” — By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor. Copyright 2007 Reuters. I think the last thing that the…

Web 2.0 and Library 2.0


Until recently I had no idea what Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 are, and furthermore little interest. Mainly because these trendy terms kept popping in everything I read and I have a strong aversion to trendiness. I even read one blog that stated that one can increase traffic to one’s blog by including the terms…

Henry Knox and “The Noble Train of Artillery”


This week is the anniversary of one of the most interesting events of the American Revolution. After the initial battles of the Revolution in 1775, the British army held the city of Boston while Continental troops under command of George Washington attempted to lay siege to the city while holding the high ground in neighboring…

Concert Review: Marcia Ball


Jan. 25, 2007 — Marcia Ball at the Regattabar, Cambridge, MA. At the invitation of Susan’s friend Donna, we met up with a large group at the Regattabar in Harvard Square’s posh Charles Hotel for a concert by Marcia Ball and her band. Self-described as honky tonk, Ball plays a mix of electric blues, cajun,…

Book Review: Heaven’s Command: An Imperial Progress by James Morris


Heaven’s Command: An Imperial Progress is the first in the Pax Britannica trilogy of history books about the British Empire by James Morris (better known today as Jan Morris, the world’s most respected travel writer). This volume traces the rise of the Empire from a few scattered holdings to dominance over 2/3’s of the Earth…

Movie Review: The Case of the Grinning Cat


Tonight I went to the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square and used my membership voucher to see The Case of the Grinning Cat or Chats Perchés in the original French. This documentary set in Paris follows the filmmaker Chris Marker’s fascination with giant yellow cats with great big grins that suddenly begin appearing painted on…