Friday Sillies: Who’s On First


Baseball season starts this weekend with opening night in St. Louis. After all the free agent signings, trades, and rookies who shined in Spring Training, you may need help identifying the players on your favorite club. Abbot and Costello are here to explain it all.

Movie Review: Garden State


I’m long overdue in posting my review of Garden State (2004) which Susan and I watched on DVD a couple of weeks ago. A movie set in a New Jersey with a soundtrack full of hip music and Natalie Portman, what’s not to like?  Well there are a few things I didn’t like.  Too much…

Gearing Up for Baseball Season


My Lenten fast from online Mets forums means I’m paying even less attention to Spring Training than I usually d0. I am however very aware that Opening Day (or Opening Night as is the case) is approaching. The Mets will be playing at the Cardinals Sunday night, April 1st, in real, honest-to-God regular season baseball….

An Assemblage of Assorted Articles


Once again I’ve read and collected news articles and blog posts that are worth sharing but have absolutely nothing to connect them together except maybe that they teach us something interesting. Enjoy! The Boston Globe contains a story from AP about a Maine man announcing for president — as Thomas Jefferson. From the Christian Science…

This Week in Libraries


Here are some recent (and not so recent) pieces on libraries and librarianship: I try not to bristle at the typical “libraries are behind the times” and “what can we learn from big business” aspects of this article and try to glean the positive aspects of how libraries can help the patron who shouts I…

Friday Sillies: The Journal of Star Wars Research


In the not too distant future, one can expect the study of Star Wars to become a serious discipline in anthropology, arts, sociology and philosophy. Articles on Star Wars will be published in peer-reviewed journals and one will read things like this: A New Sith, or Revenge of the Hope: Reconsidering Star Wars IV in…

Beer Review: Long Trail Double Bag Ale


One of my favorite beers of late is this strong ale from a Vermont microbrewery. Beer: Double Bag Ale Brewer: Long Trail Brewing Co. Source: 12 oz. bottle Rating: ** (6.9 of 10) Comments: This is a malty altbier pours foamy and dark. After not being able to smell my beers lately I’m pleased to…

Out Like a Lamb


An article published in the Boston Globe, First lambs are sign of spring at Stamford farm, by Alison Damast of the Stamford Advocate makes me happy on a pretty spring day. First, it is about sheep which always make me happy. I love that the ewe is named Rachel. I love that the llamas are…

News of Ireland and the Irish


This is the time of year when we get to hear a lot of news about the Emerald Isle, its denizens, and the Irish diaspora. Lots of Irish bands tour the United States around St. Patrick’s Day, and the Pogues have started an annual tradition of making short tours of cities in the Northeast. Susan…

Funny Thoughts


On my way to work this morning, it occurred to me that a baby born on the date of my high school graduation would now be getting ready to celebrate her/his Sweet Sixteen in May.  It’s hard to comprehend that in a little over a year I will have lived more years since my graduation…

St. Patrick’s Day


I’m making two posts today. I’ve already posted my reflections on Saint Patrick the man. In this post I’m writing about the holiday in which St. Patrick’s feast day is celebrated. St. Patrick’s day is a festive day that is a break from Lent and a harbinger of Spring. It’s a way that Irishness is…

Saint Patrick


Except for the Virgin Mary, no other saint is as well known or inspires more devotion than Saint Patrick. At least in the parts of the world where emigrants from Ireland have settled, and the Irish diaspora is spread far and wide. Despite this, no biographical description of Patrick contains many certain details, and in…

Beer Review: Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine


A cold winter’s night is a good time for a beer from sunny Southern California. Beer: Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale (Limited Early 2007 Release) Brewer: Stone Brewing Co. Source: 22 oz bottle Rating: ** (6.9 of 10) Comments: Like Nut Brown Ale, Barley Wine is a term that indicates to me another time…

Friday Sillies: Angry Librarian


I’m doing a training class on how do a reference interview at my library and I’m using this short movie I found serendipitously on YouTube as an example of how not to do it. For all the rotten customer service exhibited here, it’s pretty funny and I secretly wish I could say things like that…

Snow Emergency!


After a few days of Spring-like weather, Winter has returned with a vengeance. Thus begins only the third and possibly the biggest snowfall of what has been a rather mild season. In preparation for the storm, Somerville declared a snow emergency. The terminology gives me the feeling of a Cold War Eastern Bloc nation, as…

Beer Review: Nut Brown Ale by Peak Organic Beer


I drank this beer to wash down my supper at the great and wonderful Charlie’s Kitchen in Harvard Square. Beer: Nut Brown Ale Brewer: Peak Organic Beer Source: Draft Rating: *** (7.1 of 10) Comments: Just the name Nut Brown Ale gives me a warm, happy feeling and the beer did not disappoint. Very fresh…

Anyone Have a Tissue?


Stories like this one from the Boston Globe really make we want to weep. Not even homelessness deterred 9-year-old’s devotion to school. “School is about learning, and learning is a special way to know what you’re supposed to do,” Brenda said yesterday. “And this is why I like school: You know lots of lessons and…

Beware the Ides of March


I have great fondness for the Ides of March due to studying Latin for three years in High School. My teacher Mr. McAndrews would dedicate the entire class on March 15 each year to recreating scenes from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. We’d begin with the scene with the soothsayer warning “Beware the Ides of…

A Tribute to Interlibrary Loan


An article on the Chronicle of Higher Education website “What Goes Around” by scholar Susanna Ashton is a tribute to the Interlibrary Loan and resource sharing system in the United states. I’ve worked in ILL for five years but I’ve learned a few things from the insights in this article. Not to mention that it…

Happy Π Day


Today is Π Day, at least in the United States where the date is represented as 3.14. In Π’s honor here is Π to a million decimal places (I love the URL for this site). More Π fun at MetaFilter. Mmm….Π.