Archive for September, 2016

8 moody (non-Horror) reads for (gasp!) October

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , on September 27, 2016 by phanteana

with October approaching rapidly, that means only one thing (no, not pumpkin spice-flavored everything): Halloween! though in theory, this country has been prepping for October 31 since roughly mid-August when all the stores began pulling out the spooky decorations, despite it being 90-something degrees outside (because who doesn’t love melted Hershey’s minis? exactly.). with that said, plenty of people get into the Halloween spirit by reading scary books. however, if you’re not into horror or just looking for something with a different feel, Book Riot has a terrific list of 8 moody (aka non-Horror) reads for October. i’m glad to see that one of my favorites, Anya’s Ghost (which i read during Library School) made it to the list!


the Dischord Records archive project (aka a music nerd’s dream)

Posted in Library Science stuff, Music with tags , , , , , , on September 22, 2016 by phanteana

Washington DC may be the Nation’s Capital, but it’s also home to a long-storied punk and hardcore scene courtesy of Dischord Records. huge stacks of lore have been written about bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains, and even the humble beginnings of Monica Richards before she became everyone’s favorite Muse, thus providing fans and musicologists with a plethora of information. with that said, Dischord recently posted on its website an internship opportunity that is too good to pass up for current MLIS students or recent graduates. that’s correct…a chance to assist with cataloging, preserving, and creating finding aids for manuscript collections with a legendary independent label. applicants must be local to DC, and have some familiarity with Punk music (though both of these are kind of a given). as far as internships go, this definitely ranks high on the list of awesome ones.


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HR would apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (if he were in an MLIS program)


library wars

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , on September 19, 2016 by phanteana

rivalries are common among sports teams, political affiliations, and siblings. but among libraries? sure, there are libraries all over the world vying for the attention of their communities. but in ancient times, libraries actually went to war with each other to prove who was the boss of the academic world. these included the famous Library of Alexandria (which is usually introduced to first semester MLIS students at the beginning of their program) and the Library of Pergamum, who were known for battling (albeit, rather viciously) for top library honors in the Hellenistic Era. while things may have gotten messy for these two institutions, one positive note that emerged from all this was that libraries began to receive wider audiences and modern libraries have these opposite sides to thank for the attention.


the Library of Alexandria was the hip place to be back in the day

unveiling the veil

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , on September 14, 2016 by phanteana

once again, Peter Gabriel breaks his typically long-stretch of silence with another new song titled “The Veil.” it seems PG has heard the call of his devoted fans, and is been busy cranking out new tunes to let everyone know his recording career is still very active. this new tune, about our presence in the digital world, is a remarkable piece, and while PG doesn’t appear in the track’s video, there is a surprise cameo by the individual who inspired “The Veil“: Edward Snowden. hope for a new album is growing stronger.


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[author’s note: i cannot begin to tell you how incredibly thrilled i was to hear PG open his concert earlier this summer with “The Rhythm of the Heat.” he rarely performs it live, so to hear it in its full glory was phenomenal.]

one of the few

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2016 by phanteana

Pink Floyd, in its various guises, has been one of my favorite artists for decades. although i never had the opportunity to see them perform, i did attend one of Roger Waters‘ shows 10 years ago…so that’s the closest i’ll ever get to the real thing. at times, my feelings towards Roger are divided: on the one hand, some of his viewpoints make me extremely uncomfortable. on the other hand, he is responsible for some of the most groundbreaking albums of the late 20th century. but today is Roger’s birthday, so i am glad he’s still swimming in the fishbowl year after year.


the grey pilgrim

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , , , on September 2, 2016 by phanteana

“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973