Archive for April, 2017

everyone’s a critic

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on April 27, 2017 by phanteana

it’s common knowledge that J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis had a unique friendship. since social media and the Internet weren’t around during their time, we don’t actually know what a typical conversation was like between the two authors, and can only assume it usually involved meeting at the local pub to discuss what they were working on. despite the lack of technology that was readily available during the early half of the 20th Century, movies were common forms of entertainment both in the U.S. and in England. among those churning out motion pictures was Walt Disney, whose brand of animation seemed to draw the ire of both Tolkien and Lewis. while they may have phrased their opinions more eloquently, their general consensus after attending a screening of Snow White was that “it sucked.” Lewis claimed the dwarves had “bloated, drunken, low comedy faces.” JRRT, on the other hand, described “feelings of nausea” upon seeing the film. early 20th century fantasy authors: they’re just like us (except without social media)!

 

 

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Aslan, those aren’t dwarves! i should know, i’ve spent waaaay too much time with them. 

 

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magic (and a whole lotta sugar) in every sip

Posted in Art & Photography, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on April 24, 2017 by phanteana

since the invention of social media, it has become a platform for sharing images of food, cats, kids and silly memes. the best one that i’ve seen recently involves a new concoction made by an international coffee chain (which probably looks better than it tastes…sorry, i stick to tea) paired with a classic 80’s fantasy film (which, in all honesty, i would actually love to see a live-action version of):

 

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forget Red Bull…this’ll give you wings!

 

digging the claws into R

Posted in Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , on April 18, 2017 by phanteana

several months ago, i blogged about JavaScript for cats…because the language is so common even cats can learn it. when they step all over the keyboard, the output onto the screen could easily be mistaken for a JS file. i’m still not crazy about JS, but i feel like it’s gotten easier with practice. jQuery is a lot less intimidating.

but JavaScript isn’t the only programming languages that appeals to our feline friends. there’s also R for cats. R is used for statistical computing. it’s a language i haven’t gotten around to learning yet (i’ve become quite attached to Ruby these days). but if Garfield can learn R, then so can i…eventually.

 

 

 

 

a labyrinthine plot is afoot

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on April 16, 2017 by phanteana

the two most dreaded words to fans of the classic 80’s film Labyrinth are not “eternal stench“, but rather “sequel” and “remake.” rumors of revisiting Jim Henson‘s twisted maze have plagued the internet for years, and have usually been brushed off. but it seems some validation to those stories has been confirmed as a continuation is currently in the works. so far, the most obvious factor in this potential new story will be the absence of David Bowie, who was the heart and soul of the initial film despite playing the (much-loved) antagonist. Henson’s daughter Lisa will be involved in the project and while that should be taken as a promising sign, there are still tremendous amounts of undeniable anxiety (and slight anger) felt by the original’s fiercely devoted fan-base.

 

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yes…she said it. 

NBD…it’s National Bookmobile Day!

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , , on April 12, 2017 by phanteana

spring has sprung, and with it comes one of the best times of the year. no, not Tax Day (unless, of course you actually enjoy filing those)…National Library Week! today in particular, however is a special day: National Bookmobile Day. on this day, we celebrate libraries-on-wheels and the library professionals who provide these on-the-go services to their communities. these are especially crucial to areas where libraries are sparse or non-existent. so if you love your Bookmobile, let it be known!

 

send me an earworm

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on April 1, 2017 by phanteana

there are many songs that are instantly recognized by just a few notes…like this. or how about this one? and who can forget this classic? well, one song that won’t die is finally getting the coverage it deserves after nearly 35 years of infiltrating our brains….and that’s a wonderful thing. y’all know the words, y’all have danced to it a zillion times at clubs (i know i have). you’ve even heard countless cover versions of it (my favorite is this little known gem from the late 90’s). here’s hoping this song continues its long reign as one of the greatest ear-worms of all time!