Archive for March, 2014

librarian myths debunked

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , on March 26, 2014 by phanteana

librarians are bombarded with questions that border on everything from annoying to ridiculous: yes, an MLIS is required for most library positions though a very small amount will accept a Bachelor’s Degree with some form of library experience (such as a page program or internship). no, not all librarians are avid readers; some are specialists in art, music, theater, sports, or history. i work in a non-traditional library setting that focuses on archiving and cataloging television programs and live music, so that would be my area of specialty but i am also an avid reader. in addition, Google is not a replacement for the Ask-A-Librarian function. on the I Need A Library Job blog, Aimee Graham posts 10 of the most common librarian myths and her responses to each with an honest-yet-humorous approach. contrary to certain misconceptions, we’ve come a long way from the days of stamping books and itchy wool cardigans!





Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , on March 24, 2014 by phanteana

Rolling Stone (and a variety of other sources) reported this morning on the passing of GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus…did i spell that right?). so far, the official cause of death has not been determined but police responded to a call regarding a dead body sitting upright in a chair around 7 pm last night. Brockie, who hailed from Richmond, VA (not Outer Space, contrary to the belief that GWAR was from there), was 50 years old. it’s a massive shock, even to people who are not fans of GWAR but are familiar with the name…even more shocking is the fact that a band formed initially as a joke went on to last 30 years. that’s quite a remarkable feat for a stage show that includes a giant worm and huge toilet bowl.


on the right is the real Dave Brockie; yes, there really was a human underneath all that make-up


several years ago, a good friend and i had the privilege of hanging out with Dave (out of costume) while he was on tour with The Dave Brockie Experience. although i’ve never been a fan of GWAR, i did see them perform in 1997 and 2006 but more so for the sheer spectacle rather than the music. despite his outrageous costuming and bizarre lyrics, Mr. Brockie was probably one of the nicest people i’ve ever met. he will be missed.


UPDATE: the Richmond police are treating Mr. Brockie’s death as possibly drug-related. while the autopsy results won’t be available for several weeks, this is what has been circulating. still, it’s too soon to tell if Brockie’s death was drug-related or not. and he will still be missed.

industrial strength

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , on March 20, 2014 by phanteana

a documentary titled Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay, about the humble factory beginnings of Industrial music in England, is currently in the works and will be released later this year. interviews will be conducted with such artists as Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle) Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV), and Graeme Revell (SPK; he later went on to become a critically acclaimed film score composer whose credits include The Crow and Sin City). this film looks as though it will be a lesson in music history for those who are new to the genre, and a wonderful reminder to those already familiar with it.

Dr. Caligari comes out of the cabinet for a digital makeover

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff with tags , , on March 18, 2014 by phanteana

after a nearly-two year process, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari has received a complete digital restoration. the film, which was initially released in 1920 and is considered one of the pinnacles of early cinema (both in Germany and America), premiered in its new form at the Berlin Film Festival last month accompanied by avant-garde American musician John Zorn providing the score on an organ. in an interview with BBC News, film restorer Anke Wilkening discusses the long and difficult process of restoring the film so audiences could see it the way it looked when it premiered nearly a century ago. i first saw Dr. Caligari during my second year of undergrad, as required viewing for a film aesthetics and analysis course. however, the image below had been familiar to me long before thanks to one of my favorite bands. (i still have the T-shirt and it still fits after 16 years…preservation and conservation efforts come in handy both in and out of the library setting)


the question no librarian should ever have to hear

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags on March 14, 2014 by phanteana

“What’s a library? Is that like a big Kindle?”


this pretty much sums up the reaction of librarians everywhere

the World Wide Web turns 25

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , on March 13, 2014 by phanteana

the World Wide Web is all grown up! March 12 marked the 25th anniversary of the creation of the web by British scientist Tim Berners- Lee, and it’s amazing to see just how far it’s come: in 1995, roughly 14% of Americans accessed the internet. the days of the irritating AOL dial-tone sound and awkwardly navigating chat rooms are now but a distant memory, as the number of users has increased to 87%. these days, high-speed internet access and social networking sites have become so routine that it would be difficult to imagine travelling back in time to re-live those ancient days of computer technology (not to mention some of the now-cringe worthy fashions of 1995). happy birthday, World Wide Web!

le bibliophile

Posted in Art & Photography, Library Science stuff with tags , , on March 10, 2014 by phanteana

le bibliophile