Cities with Mountains


I’m a man of extremes.  I love urban living, but when I want to get out of the city I want to get way out of the city, skipping over all those suburbs.  Ideally my best vacation spot is on a remote trail hiking up a mountain.  Too bad that the best of both worlds…

100 Favorite Albums of All-Time (60-51)


Part five of my top 100 albums of all time. Previously: 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 100-91. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 90-81. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 80-71. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 70-61. 60. The Remix Album…Diamonds Are Forever by Shirley Bassey (2000) If this list of favorite albums confirms anything it’s that…

Book Review: Rex Libris: I, Librarian


Author: James Turner Title: Rex Libris: I, Librarian Publication Info: San Jose, Calif. : SLG Pub., [2007] ISBN: 9781593620622 Summary/Review: Rex Libris is a tough-as-nail librarian now several eons old fighting to protect knowledge and make sure books are returned on time, even when they’re held by intergalactic space creatures.  This comic book/graphic novel is…

Book Review: FREE: the future of a radical price by Chris Anderson


Author: Chris Anderson Title:FREE: the future of a radical price Publication Info: New York : Hyperion, 2009. ISBN: 9781401322908 Previously read by same author: The Long Tail Summary/Review: I downloaded Chris Anderson’s latest book as an audiobook from iTunes.  The price I paid was … FREE!  The entire book is based on the concept that…

Book Review: The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields


Around The World For a Good Book selection for: Canada Author:  Carol Shields Title: The Stone Diaries Publication Info: New York : Viking, 1994. ISBN: 0670853097 Summary/Review: First impression:  This author has a predilection for unsettling, detailed descriptions of human flesh in order to get the point across that a woman in overweight. Second impression: …

A Day in the Life of a Librarian


Librarians everywhere are signing up for the Library Day in the Life project as a way of showing what we do to fellow librarians, library school students, and anyone curious.  I missed out on this the last time it occurred so I definitely wanted to participate this year, especially since I’ve been looking for ways…

Beer Review: Rogue Shakespeare Stout


Beer: Shakespeare Stout Brewer: Rogue Brewery Source: 22 oz. bottle Rating: **** (8.9 of 10) Comments: Rogue Brewery is one of the most creative and competent craft breweries out there, one which I had the delight of visiting way back in 1997.  I hadn’t had a Shakespeare Stout in a while and decided it would…

Beer Review: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy


Beer: Summer Shandy Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company Source: On-tap Rating: ** (6.8 of 10) Comments:  I’ve reviewed a couple of Leinenkugel beers before and found them a bit too sweet for my tastes.  Yet on a sunny summer Sunday afternoon I was drawn to the Summer Shandy.  Shandy is basically lemonade mixed with beer…

Beer Review: Redhook Long Hammer IPA


Beer: Long Hammer IPA Brewer: Redhook Source: On-tap Rating: ** (6.5 of 10) Comments: I always think Redhook beers should come from Brooklyn, but in reality they are brewed in Seattle.  I don’t generally like IPA’s but the Grand Canal was out of pretty much everything on tap, so I gave it a try.  Luckily,…