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the Young Aragorn Chronicles (or, My Life As A Teenage Ranger)

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , , , on May 23, 2018 by phanteana

the MECU (Middle-Earth Cinematic Universe) is moving forward with that once-rumored Lord Of The Rings series, courtesy of Amazon. for those who feared there wouldn’t be any further return journeys to Middle-Earth, rest assured there will be plenty. while no showrunner or cast have been announced as of yet (still rooting for PJ, obviously), it has been confirmed that the series will focus largely on the rise of young Aragorn from humble beginnings to, well…y’all know the rest. given that the show will take place during an in-between period (which encompasses 60 years from the events of The Hobbit up to the start of Fellowship), there will be some characters missing but there will also be plenty of familiar faces to look out for. one crucial player has expressed some doubts about returning, which could pose an issue for many fans…but another has already stated they would love to come back for more, and that is an encouraging thought.

 

 

 

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con-founded

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2018 by phanteana

conferences are always filled with free food, informative panels, swag bags & the occasional surprise guests. the tech conference i attended last weekend certainly offered all of the above (except for the surprise guests). it’s a good thing one of the sponsors gave out free hand sanitizer bottles, because after a few days of being surrounded by hundreds of people you’re bound to catch the dreaded ‘post-con crud’ (cough/cold). fortunately, it’s not bad enough to keep me home from work. but i do feel bad for everyone who hears me sneezing. this is where remote access will come in handy in the future.

while my conference may have been low on the surprise factor, CinemaCon delivered a wallop during its lunchtime schedule with the premiere of the first footage from the upcoming Suspiria remake. judging from the reactions, whoever decided to show the clip while people were chowing down is either insane or a marketing genius…or both.

while i’m not the biggest fan of Dario Argento, Suspiria is considered to be his most well-known and most successful movie. i understand why people love it: the visuals & the soundtrack are important elements in his approach to storytelling (remember, i studied Film in Undergrad). when news of the remake broke, it sent fans into a frenzy because they felt it would ruin a classic: replacing Goblin with Thom Yorke for the score is completely ludicrous. on the other hand, there is no modernization of the plot so expect lots of 70’s outfits/haircuts. speaking of the original, Jessica Harper has given her support by appearing in a small role in the new version so that has put some of the anxiety at ease. but until the first trailer drops, we’ll all just have to rely on the commentaries from those terrified lunch-goers who may never look at quinoa salad the same way again.

 

 

 

code-achrome

Posted in Techie Stuff with tags , , , , on May 3, 2018 by phanteana

i realize i’ve been fairly inconsistent with blogging over the past few months. don’t worry, i haven’t forgotten about you, dear WordPress (or the few people who actually read my posts, the majority of whom i know IRL). i’ll try to remedy that.

my coding journey is coming along nicely, so much that i’m actually starting to feel better about JavaScript (i’ve created a few basic projects that make people laugh when they test them out, so i’ve done something right). my portfolio is up and running, and Weebly is its home. i’m still a librarian, because the more skill sets you have, the better off you are regardless of what industry you’re in. as i make the last minute preparations for an upcoming coding conference i’ll be attending, i’m trying to determine what sort of coder i actually am (aside from newbie, of course). that’s where this image comes into play:

 

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i suppose i’m a bit of all of the above…except for the eating breakfast on the keyboard and dreaming in code parts.

 

there may be an app for that, but there’s also a librarian

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , on January 8, 2018 by phanteana

it may be a new year, but those doomsday prophecies about the disappearance of libraries remain the same. as someone who has worked in the private library sector for over a decade, i’ve heard countless reports about how libraries and librarians are a dying breed, similar to that of brick-and-mortar movie rental hubs (believe it or not, they still exist). it’s assumed that people no longer depend on libraries for leisure and education, because they have such easy access to it on the internet. these days, if there’s a question to be answered the immediate action to take is to refer to Google (while it may be faster, it doesn’t replace the satisfaction of speaking to a live human being).

the latest attempt to debunk the “libraries aren’t relevant anymore” myth comes courtesy of Inside Higher Ed, who noted that a previously published article had exaggerated the demise of the librarian as a profession. libraries and archives are still heavily populated by university students (especially during finals week) & public libraries provide a haven for introverts who just want to read in peace and quiet, refuge for the elderly and less fortunate, and they’ll keep your kids out of trouble by providing them with endless hours of video games (sure, they can do that at home but sometimes a change of scenery is necessary for the sake of both parents and offspring). the only possible reason naysayers would continually view libraries as “past their prime” is due to financial constraints. but even with smaller budget plans, there’s still plenty of books to read (or in my case, media to catalog).

fandom and chill

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on December 11, 2017 by phanteana

we’ve now reached the point where year-in-review reports start to pile in. whether in the professional or personal world, everyone has a list of goals they achieved & areas they’d like to improve in. if you’re a major streaming service, then you take note of what your subscribers are watching and how often they do so. well, one Canadian subscriber seems to be quite devoted to Middle-Earth (it’s not me, because anyone who reads this knows i’m in the US…also, i don’t have an account with said streaming service). that’s dedication…and a whole lotta bathroom breaks.

 

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“you really need to get outside more”

happy Electronic Records Day! (or, “must have missed that email”)

Posted in Library Science stuff, Techie Stuff with tags , , , on October 11, 2017 by phanteana

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!