Archive for September, 2014

curling up with a good book (or two…or twenty-five…)

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , on September 27, 2014 by phanteana

tired of those uncomfortable library chairs? want a new book to read, but too lazy to get up and make a selection? well, here’s a nifty design that will solve those problems!

it’s called The Library Chair…a precise, if not too imaginative name. but from the photo above, it’s purpose is to provide owners with a cushy seat and a fully functional library, along with hidden compartments for extra storage space. so you can enjoy all the library has to offer without ever having to leave home. in other words, this chair gives La-Z-Boy a whole new meaning.


i’m with the banned…books, that is

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , on September 22, 2014 by phanteana

it’s that time of year again…happy Banned Books Week 2014!

where have all the librarians gone?

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , on September 19, 2014 by phanteana

supposedly, the field of librarianship is a steady one. but for many library school graduates, it can be a bit of a challenge to find work post-graduation. this is partially due to competition in the job market (which tends to be greater in urban areas) and the lack of retirement among elderly librarians. in fact, the Wall Street Journal reports that two professions most likely to experience a shortage of workers are librarians and sea captains (yes, you read that second one correctly…sea captains). but there is an upside: wages will grow, so all those sea-faring archivists will have higher salaries after long periods of stagnation. but for the job seekers out there who have obtained their MLIS, volunteered or interned, and spent countless waking hours rehearsing their Prezi presentations on the history of cataloging, the pinch is definitely felt. hopefully things will pick up for all the recent graduates, and they won’t get too dizzy from staring at their LinkedIn profiles through countless updates.

the clouds burst

Posted in Film with tags on September 15, 2014 by phanteana

A Tolkienist's Perspective

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Banner Scroll (header)

“Air! I need air!”

Anyone else?

I’m channelling Bofur’s lines here, from The Desolation of Smaug because that is exactly what I’m going through right now.

Unlike the dwarf however, who found himself trapped in the claustrophobic entanglement of Mirkwood Forest, mine is out of pure joy after seeing the just-released banner scroll for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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dig it all over again

Posted in Music with tags , , , on September 5, 2014 by phanteana

Sonic More Music

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It was on September the 5th, 1986 that Skinny Puppy released their most important album…‘Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse’, with vital tracks like “Dig It” and “Stairs & Flowers” it made other musicians sit up and take note and at the same time ushered in a whole new generation of industrial artists.

Listen to the complete album below

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going dark

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , on September 3, 2014 by phanteana

going to the movies, whether a new release or a second-run favorite*, involves experiencing the whir of the projector just as the film is about to begin. while the audience settles in with their snacks and drinks, projectionists are tasked with the critical position of ensuring that the movie runs smoothly for its duration, and editing any portions of the reel that might cause skips or interruptions. they must also make sure the film is kept hidden safely away from potentially damaging elements, be it sunlight or spilled coffee. in brief, it’s their job to show the movie to a room full of people seeking 2 hours worth of escape time from reality.

projectionists aren’t just film fanatics…it’s true, they love movies but they also love what they do. so it’s perfectly understandable that with the advancement of film in the 21st Century and the shift from projection reels to digital films in full swing, a great concern over the future of classic projection reels looms nearby. many Hollywood studios are switching over to digital technology and thus forcing out the folks behind the scenes. this is the subject of a documentary entitled Going Dark, a portion of which can be viewed by clicking the link below.

The Death of Film: What Happens To Movies After Hollywood Goes Digital

*author’s note: midnight movie screenings of films from the 70’s and 80’s are prime for hearing the whizzing of the projection reel. it almost feels like travelling through time, especially if the theater hasn’t been renovated since 1989.