Archive for creativity

Alexa, who you gonna code?

Posted in Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2017 by phanteana

do you or someone you know own an Alexa? for anyone who might be living under a rock, it’s that wonderful invention that tells you what the weather is or how many calories are in a chicken wing. there have even been cases of individuals getting creative with their Alexas, such as this guy and also this Hamlet-inspired contraption. now…what if you could design your own voice app to interact with Alexa? well, you can thanks to Codecademy, who have partnered with Amazon to teach new and experienced coders how to build their own Alexa skills. Codecademy is already known for its free training in languages such as Python, JavaScript, and Ruby but also offers instructions on how to Make A Website and how to incorporate Responsive Design into said website. not only is the course free, but you don’t have to actually own an Alexa to participate. so go ahead, build you own voice app and ask Alexa all the crazy questions you want!

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clowning around

Posted in Film, Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2017 by phanteana

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the scariest thing about our IT department is when you really need assistance, but their out-of-office notification is turned on!

 

(as for the movie, the reviews are pretty darn good so far)

 

long live the King

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on July 29, 2017 by phanteana

it seems 2017 is indeed the Year of Stephen King. with less than a week to go before The Dark Tower welcomes its visitors, the excitement (as well as the anxiety) is building up. i haven’t been THIS excited about a movie since, well…since the last time i took a trip to Middle-Earth. considering summer movie season is typically comprised of sequels and reboots, this is an anomaly all its own as an original piece of work with an unusually short run-time for Roland and Walter‘s epic showdown. obviously, there are plenty of people who are unfamiliar with King’s saga, so in order to prep them for it Rolling Stone has offered a listing of its backstory and what to expect (without revealing too much, of course).

Tower isn’t the only Stephen King adaptation making an appearance this year. The Mist is now a TV series, and coulrophobia will be on the rise once again when IT comes back to terrorize everyone who repressed nightmares of the 1990 mini-series. if y’all intend to see the latter, keep an eye out for an homage to Tim Curry…and maybe sleep with the lights on for awhile.

Send(ak) in the clowns

Posted in Art & Photography, Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , , on July 10, 2017 by phanteana

there are plenty of authors, actors, musicians, etc. who have passed on yet they still manage to crank out bodies of work long after they’ve physically departed this world. JRRT released a best-selling book this year, despite the fact that he set sail for the Grey Havens in 1973. the more recently-deceased Maurice Sendak will also be publishing a new illustrated book set for next year…although, it’s not entirely new. it was actually conceived in 1990, but the manuscript was set aside and discovered when the author’s former assistant was sorting through Sendak’s papers following his death in 2012.

throughout his career, Maurice Sendak was no stranger to the infamous Banned Books List. several of his stories were deemed too disturbing for his target audience, but that didn’t seem to put a dent in his reputation. only time will tell if the new one, titled Presto & Zesto In Limboland, will be among those controversial classics.

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.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

a lending library of coziness

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , , on March 29, 2017 by phanteana

ever go to the library in the summertime to escape the heat and cool off with a good book, only to be frozen by the air-conditioning? or maybe you’ve ducked in during the winter, but are still shivering from the outside elements. some libraries offer coffee (just don’t drink it near the computers) to perk up their chilly patrons, while others provide free lunches to kids during summer vacation. then there’s the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, whose staff have taken to lending hand-knitted shawls to researchers spending hours in the library’s reading room. since temperatures have to be kept at a certain level in the reading room to protect the rare books, patrons are prone to feel a bit cold. but the shawls, designed by the room’s Head of Circulation, will help keep them nice and cozy.