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heavy metal tech branding

Posted in Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , on June 12, 2017 by phanteana

i have found my new tech hero, as he combines the best of both worlds. inspiration is all around!




as for me, i recently completed General Assembly’s 10-week Web Design Circuit. even though i was familiar with some of the concepts already, this program helped me to better understand what goes into web design so i can continue to make leaps and bounds. that’s pretty Metal right there.

rock you like a…

Posted in Library Science stuff, Music with tags , , , , , on May 26, 2017 by phanteana

do you have a vast knowledge of music? do you enjoy cataloging library resources and giving tours? are you willing to brave brutal Midwest winters, sticky summer humidity, and swarms of Cleveland Browns fans to get to work everyday? if so, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is looking for a librarian*!

for those about to apply, we salute you.


*this posting has been up for quite awhile, so clearly they still haven’t found what they’re looking for.



hillbillies who code

Posted in Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , on May 11, 2017 by phanteana

while the title of this post might sound like the name of a hipster band, it’s actually part of the latest trend of people learning to code from anywhere and everywhere. according to Kentucky-based coal-miner-turned-coder Garland Couch, “a hillbilly is someone who is hardworking, thoughtful, and loyal.” in other words, it’s not the stereotypical image we tend to have of folks from certain regions of the States. Mr. Couch hails from a small town, but his career options grew bigger as he began learning code. just like a large portion of beginner coders, Garland is a career changer and although he is twice the age of an average CS graduate, he doesn’t let that stand in his way.  the same applies to Rusty Justice (yes, that’s what he goes by), who founded Bit Source in 2015 after 40 years of workin’ in a coal mine. Mr. Justice found that the salaries earned by miners were on par with those of many tech jobs, and with so many unfilled positions in the tech industry these days it made sense for him to get involved. with the solid work ethics of Rusty Justice, Garland Couch and countless others, it’s only a matter of time before Kentucky is dubbed “Silicon Holler.”


Posted in Techie Stuff with tags , , , , on January 27, 2017 by phanteana

as mentioned previously, i’ve been delving into the world of coding & web design to enhance my skills and resume. since i have a full-time job and most of the coding “boot-camps” out there cost about as much as a month’s rent in some cities, i opted for the “to-be-done-at-your-own-pace” (not to mention more affordable) route courtesy of Skillcrush. i seriously love these people…their staff are super supportive, and do their best to explain everything clearly. thanks to their Web Design Apprenticeship course, i landed my first (and possibly second) client! woo hoo!

however, the area in which i still grapple with is JavaScript. it can be nerve-wracking at times, and one of my teaching assistants even said that she struggled with it for awhile before finally mastering the language. i’m not the only one out there who wishes they could just stick with HTML & CSS, but i’m more at ease knowing that it can be done…and eventually, will become ingrained into my brain just as “Sussudio” is right now!

JavaScript is cool for cats

Posted in Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , on October 6, 2016 by phanteana

when you think of coding, what comes to mind…computer science geeks? 20-something guys with facial hair drinking coffee? startups with free lunches? cat memes?

while some of these might be applicable (really…who doesn’t love free lunch?), the image of a coder is rather flexible. anyone can learn to code, regardless of age or gender or educational background. coding has become more accessible, thanks to a plethora of local schools and online sites (many of which offer free or reasonable affordable courses). it’s one of the most sought-after professions, with high salaries and the ability to work remotely if you should so desire. one of the more common languages used in websites is JavaScript. in fact, it’s so easy that cats can learn it…sort of.

here’s a tune to get you and your feline companion in the mood for some coding!

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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)


honing your Kraft

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , on March 10, 2016 by phanteana

as we all know, libraries have expanded their collections far beyond books and magazines over the past few decades. the role of the librarian has also shifted, and more responsibilities are added to job listings on a daily basis. in addition, a growing number of agencies and organizations are adding librarians to their staff. recently, the CIA announced its need for a librarian. there are over 1,400 information professionals employed by the federal government, but the CIA itself is typically more recognized for its James Bond-like nature. in other words, you probably won’t be able to talk about work much at the dinner table.

another newly-advertised position comes from a highly unlikely source: the American Cheese Society in Denver. the actual title is Content Manager, but candidates with MLIS degrees are preferred. basically, a Cheese Librarian. in addition, applicants must love Pepperjack and Gouda. wearing a Cheese-Head hat isn’t necessary, but you need to know the Dairy Decimal System.


Homer is dreaming of all the benefits that come with the Cheese Librarian job