Archive for February, 2017

game over, man

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on February 26, 2017 by phanteana

what makes an actor versatile? it’s the ability to appear in both mainstream and underground media, and be revered for it. very few thespians can pull that off but one who achieved that goal was Bill Paxton, who unexpectedly left this world yesterday. if you grew up in the 80’s, then you probably recall some of his cult classics (Weird Science, Near Dark,¬†and a big-budget one called Aliens). then, the 90’s came along and ushered in his more mainstream period (ahem…Twister, Titanic), but the accolades kept pouring in. of everything he ever did, perhaps his most surprising role was that of New Wave musician in a band called Martini Ranch (and that ridiculously-comical-and-slightly-creepy “Fish Heads video…because everyone has to start somewhere before they hit it big). he also appeared in New Order’s video for “Touched By The Hand of God.” i always enjoyed Bill, but knowing he had a spot in New Wave history has given me an even greater amount of respect for him, thus making his death even more upsetting. ūüė¶

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the end of overdue fines?

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , on February 24, 2017 by phanteana

come on, admit it…at some point in your life, you’ve forgotten to return a library item¬†(or several) and were issued a¬†late fee. when i was in elementary school, i borrowed a book from the school library and totally forgot to bring it back. after awhile, they said i could keep it and thankfully didn’t charge me. the book in question was this classic piece of childhood nostalgia, which¬†has made appearances on eBay or Amazon from time to time (as other overdue library books have been known to do). i was lucky, but others weren’t and their library privileges were revoked until they redeemed themselves.

the idea of overdue fees began in the US during the early 20th Century, and seems to have stuck among public libraries. the drama of failure to return books still unfolds today, but librarians are beginning to have a change of heart.¬†several states have already done away with overdue fines, because they were counterintuitive to their library’s mission and purpose. not everyone has the money to fork over if they or their kids misplace or lose a book. as a result, circulation within the children’s and young adult sections rose and staff members no longer engage in awkward conflicts with patrons who forget to bring everything back. the executive director of a library district in Colorado even went so far as to announce to patrons: “we trust you.” this is the message all libraries should send to their users.

 

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keep it as long as you like, Bart

 

 

 

a cure for the winter doldrums

Posted in Art & Photography, Film with tags , , , on February 18, 2017 by phanteana

winter movie season is typically characterized by films most people will wait to see until the DVD release; from January through late March, moviegoers are content with staying home to avoid venturing out into the cold for a sub-par screening. there’s the occasional big-budget mess (this year, it’s Matt Damon battling monsters in ancient China) plus a montage of crappy horror films (VHS? that’s soooo 2002). but there’s¬†a cure¬†for this ailment. i attended an advance screening of A Cure For Wellness earlier this week, and was absolutely intrigued by Gore Verbinski‘s latest project. despite some negative reviews and complaints regarding a long running time, A Cure For Wellness is “the first good horror film of 2017.” Switzerland is beautiful, and so is¬†Dane DeHaan. but this film will haunt your dreams, and make you think twice about going to a spa.

 

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last night a DJ saved my mix

Posted in Library Science stuff, Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on February 8, 2017 by phanteana

did you have stacks of mix-tapes once upon a time? i did.¬†some of them remain in occasional rotation, while others make me want to cringe. a few of these tapes are DJ mixes from the heyday of the US Goth scene in the late 90’s/early 00’s (this may be a cover, but it never gets old), and listening to them makes me yearn for the days before adult responsibilities set in. back then,¬†7 am was bedtime after a night of dancing. these days, 7 am is equated with the sound of buzzing alarm clocks. the times, they have a-changed.

so what would you do if someone dropped a whole bunch of club mix-tapes off to you…would you chuck them? or, would they serve a purpose? for Jim Hopkins, a San Francisco-based DJ, the choice veered towards the latter. Hopkins has been working on a project called the SF Disco Preservation Society, a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the sounds of the SF dance scene from the 70’s through the 90’s. much of the collection has been digitized for future generations, and also serves as a nostalgic reminder for those who remember it well.

perhaps Hopkins’ unique approach to archival preservation might inspire DJ’s from other genres to¬†follow suit. even after the morning alarm goes off, those old Goth mixes help me start my day.

 

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..everyone dressed like Fairuza Balk