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A part time librarian job paying $20-37 an hour had this lovely paragraph:

"Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in reading written reports and work related documents. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal service. The need to lift, drag and push files, paper and documents weighing up to 25 pounds is also required."

Clearly, public librarianship is not a job for me, or any other disabled person. It is like they thought of any disability and made a line to cover excluding disabled people of that class.
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So Thursday I went up to the Adocentyn Library to do an afternoon of cataloguing so I could stay over in the East Bay for a Friday conference. I finished off my own books and started on Gus's boxes. Wow, that feels like an accomplishment! I had a lovely solo dinner at the Suzette Crepe place on Solano (yay, buckwheat only crepes) and then stopped at a nail salon to get my nails redone, followed by a drink at the Ivy Room (a boring sports bar as it turns out). But hey, it was a great "me time" kind of evening. My giant air mattress blew up beautifully and I slept well. So no more worrying about where to stay when I do my two day library volunteer stints.

Friday early I headed over to the Brower Center, UC Berkeley, to a conference called, "Making it Count: Opportunities and Challenges for Library Assessment" put on by the Librarians Association of the University of California on issues in academic libraries. <> Keeping a hand in the field even if no-one seems to want to employ me.

Steve Hiller, Director of Assessment and Planning, University Libraries, University of Washington talked on Library Assessment from Measurement to Impact and Value. (Check out his library's fact sheet at <>.)

He started with a quote from J.T. Gerould of the Princeton libraries from 1906, stating that the basic questions of assessment were essentially, "Is this method the best? Is our practice adapted to secure the most effective administration? Are we up to the standard of a similar institutions?" The emphasis for the first decades of library assessment was mostly about size - how many volumes, how much growth. These are easy to collect inputs, but don't tell us what users were able to accomplish because the library exists.

So the emphasis has changed to try to capture the impact of the library on the individuals, community and organization (impact and value). Hiller mentioned he had been on the ISO committee for ISO 16439 (Methods and procedures for assessing the impact of libraries). Nothing about it on the ISO site though, under development. There is an article about it available on Emerald though that I think I'll bookmark to read later <>.

But anyway, his point was that we are moving beyond internal performance and satisfaction to advocacy to a variety of stakeholders, creating narratives. And he invited everyone to consider the August 2014 conference on library assessment in Seattle with the warning it sells out months in advance.

There was a Panel Discussion featuring Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC; Joanne Miller, California Digital Library; and Lyn Paleo, Evaluation Research and Training. I didn't take very good notes, although all three talks were interesting. The link I captured about UC libraries was <>. Looks very old school by Hiller's talk. Also I would like to read an OCLC published on archival collection assessment, co-authored by Merrilee Proffitt. <>

We broke for lunch and I had several interesting conversations with different folks. Another librarian who also had a patent background suggested I join Patent Information Users Group <>. Several people commiserated about how hard it is to find library jobs and mentioned they are often hiring MLS holders into paraprofessional positions. No librarian likes that circumstance.

I went to an interesting afternoon breakout session by Lynn Jones and Susan Edwards (UC Berkeley) called "Every number tells a story: using data to make collection decisions" about their experience with needing to close the Education and Psychology library (for seismic issues) and doing various metrics to figure out how the students and faculty of the Educations, Psychology and Social Work departments used campus libraries. It was very interesting but complicated and I don't think I can summarize it here.

The closing keynote was given by David Fetterman about his "Empowerment Assessment" ideas used by Fetterman & Associates, an international evaluation consultation firm. His idea is that assessment shouldn't stop but be used to push an organization's goals forward. He has done all kinds of cool projects and was selling his latest book, _Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages: Hewlett-Packard's $15 Million Race Toward Social Justice_ about closing the digital divide. He also talked about an anti-smoking campaign for youth in Arkansas. I chatted with him a bit at the wine reception afterward. Some of his techniques reminded me of appreciative inquiry and other techniques I've learnt over the years. No jobs link on their website though. *wry grin* Or even training opportunities. I'd like to read his most recent book and also _Ethnography: Step-by-Step_. I sent samples to my phone but both are kind of expensive. I just don't have the textbook price thing down.

I also had a nice chat with Stephanie Rosenblatt of Cerritos College who had given a breakout session I had to miss. We may network some more. Yay.

After the nice (bar the grey day) wine and snacks reception on the terrace of the Brower Center I headed off to Adocentyn when I met Don & Anna and wandered down Solano to find dinner. We ended up at the Solano Grill and had a lovely dinner and conversation. Then I, predictably, grabbed some takeaway from Aangan and headed home. I had stayed late and missed the rush hour but traffic is always bad on that corridor. I need a teleporter really badly.
rowanf: (SL Librarian)
Marshall Breeding Library technology guide. Lots of stuff on the scale of academic or large public libraries. He was advocating a Salesforce-like cloud structure for library catalogs. With from "local" discovery to "web scale". ILS were made in a time of print and have been evolved by adding modules in very inefficient ways. No longer sensible to use differnet software platforms for managing different types of materials. He wants a Library Services Platform instead of an ILS. Since most libraries keep their systems for 10+ years, make sure it is interoperatable and extensible with open APIs. We are at the beginning of a new model of library automation.

50 Great Mobile Apps for Librarians by Richard Le of San Rafael PL and Tom Duffy of SFPL. Presentation and info on the site.

I have about 1/4 of the apps mentioned and there are a few I have to go check out. Neat session!

I went back to Ambrosia and had their lunch buffet before heading home. There was no way I was going to last through to the end of the closing keynote at 4:30pm. (After all, I slept through the afternoon session Mon-Tues.) The sore throat I have been fighting is definitely winning. And several friends seem to have the same/similar thing. I hope I am well enough for the NROOGD Samhain on Saturday. I have been really looking forward to it.

When I got home and jumped into WoW, Kurt was in his hotel room in North Carolina and we took our Mage and Paladin through the candy buckets of Pandaria (except for one we are phased from due to being too low). Then he went to dinner and I fell over.

Today, since I spent most of the day sleeping and since there is a remarkable lack of food in the house (esp things soft enough for my throat and I am entirely out of diet Dr Pepper), I decided to give Safeway's delivery service a try. Hopefully tomorrow morning they will bring me sodas and stuff. I really hope I can swallow (and talk comfortably) soon.

I took exactly one snapshot the whole time I was there, a picture of one of Breeding's slides. But I am too lazy to upload it for this post. I really think I did some good networking and I attended some interesting sessions... but it was a very low energy IL for me.
rowanf: (SL Librarian)
Wednesday's Keynote — Transforming the Library Empire: Possible? with Steve Coffman and Roy Tennant. saving your flist with a cut )
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There was an interesting talk on "Self-Service: Help Customers Help Themselves" by Moe Hosseini-Ara, Director of Markham Public Library in Canada. They have self-checkout kiosks and library sorting machines that automate a fair bit of the circulation process and free library staff for more customer service and interactions. They have also doubled their circulation and added a branch in the last decade without adding more circ staff. And they cut down on repetitive injuries from book sorting. They also ditched Dewey and created a customer-centric cataloging scheme that groups things more like you'd find in a book store (for instance nautical GPS is with boating rather than with GPSes). And they have taken a fair bit of merchandising from book stores too. It was an interesting talk.

Digitally Engage Your Community & Campus with Michael Sauers and Christa Burns was mostly about their video/podcast program at Nebraska Library Commission. I remember hearing about it back when they were starting it... sounds like the program has been a great success. They provide links to all the software and examples mentioned in the talk.

This was followed by a really boring guy from Massachusetts talking about Blackboard 9.1 so I went to lunch early. Rosine's again. Yum!!! Then another afternoon nap. I have a terrible sore throat.

Kathleen & Philip Gust, Stanford University Libraries hosted a dine-around on ebooks at Epsilon Greek Restaurant. We didn't do much talking about ebooks but it was another lively table and I gave them my card. I hope we can meet up in the Bay Area.

I went to the evening session which was on non-traditional careers but it devolved into arguing about whether an MLS was necessary to work in a library and I was ready to slit my wrists. Back to the hotel and a bit of WoW and a phone call with Russell before bed. I did not sleep very well and am dragging this morning but here I am, fed, checked out of my hotel and waiting for the keynote. Go me. I figure I'll head home after the morning sessions. No way I am leaving at 4:30 after the evening keynote.
rowanf: (SL Librarian)
Lee Rainie talked about Pew Internet's work. He is thrilled they recently got lampooned by the Onion.

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I am now in the Marriot for keynote for internet librarian. The intro says that we have about 960 pre-reg at the 16th Internet Libarian. With on-site reg is probably about 1K. 43 states and DC, 11 countries other than US.

David Weinberger Keynote - Transforming Knowledge in the Age of the Net. He talked about all kinds of things - Library as Platform, Reddit and the Enlightment Ideal, ways of dealing with disagreements that are evovling on the web (as it becomes clear everyone has a different point of view). Much talking. He is very hard to follow. Johotheblog -

Then I went to David Lee King's 7 Weird Goals and Six Hot Tips (for library websites). They were interesting and I think I will get his new book, Face2Face. (I flipped through it at the author signing time but just couldn't bring myself to buy it in paper.)

Walked between the web design track and the search track - yikes it is raining out there! And my umbrella is back in my hotel room.

The new room has really sucky wifi compared to the Steinbeck Auditorium. I know I shouldn't prefer things tracked in Steinbeck... but I do. If two tracks are equally interesting and one is in the Steinbeck I go there. But I really wanted to hear the Google Tips Greg Notess will offer since I'm writing google guides. His 50 tips were interesting but not the same ones I would give for the audiences I'm planning on working with (he was focussed on academic). But at least I feel like I'm not missing anything!

At the lunch break I grabbed some ham and cheese and Dr. Pepper at the deli and went back to my room to play WoW. Then I thought I'd just rest my eyes for a minute. And then it was 5pm. I am still fighting this sore throat thing and I guess my body just didn't think web design and such was important. Bah. I am sorry to have missed the Drupal session.

I went over for the 5pm opening of the exhibits and had a glass of wine and a crab cake and talked to various folks. There really aren't that many vendors this year but we are in a smaller exhibit area than usual and it felt crowded with a large fraction of our thousand attendees in line for crab cakes. *grin*

Then I went to dinner for the "mobile app" dine-around at Jacks. There was no moderator and we did very little talking about mobile but we had some good conversations and I met a guy from CSU Hayward who says they need a business librarian if I was interested. He lives in San Jose Japantown and plays WoW... we had lots of talk about!

I got to the hotel about 9:30 and played WoW for a bit (Roszantha is a Zen Master Archaeology and about 1/3 of the way through 86.) I wish I could sleep for stretches longer than 4 hours at a time but I did probably get 7 hours. I got up at 6, played WoW until 7 when the hotel wifi died and I moved over to the convention center until 8. Now I am waiting in the Marriott for Tuesday's keynote.
rowanf: (SL Librarian)
So I'm off at Internet Librarian as often happens this time of year. I've eaten at Rosine's already. LOL I had a salad for dinner (with Spike and a law librarian named Jason) but bought a slice of orange cake to eat for breakfast (of which I ate something less than half). And the cookbook was available this year so I finally got a copy. Lots of yummy recipes, yay.

The Internet Librarian Monday Keynoter was Howard Rheingold who talked about smart mob type phenomena and social networking. His current project is a social media in the classroom effort.

Session 1 - super searching
Mary Ellen Bates, of course and slides in program - she uses to get search terms in other languages to search the non-English web. Huh.

Greg Notess - Searching conversations (Twitter, Facebook & the Social Web)
Conversation as database.

Summize - search reviews & opinions and summarize, now twitter search

planetneutral on slideshare
Greg Schwartz - Branding: Not just for cows anymore


Somewhere in here I stopped taking notes - my computer's battery needs replacing. And they gave us the slides and stuff in printed form. plus there is and Twitter tag IL2008 for much more dedicated commentary.
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I had occasion this morning to be looking at School Library Journal as part of a search I'm doing. There I noticed a note that the Library of Congress has a Flickrstream! Very cool pix up from the 1910s-1940s. Looking at one of the pictures from the 40's with little girls in matching dresses there were a bunch of comments about whether they were feedsacks or bolt fabric. Someone posted an interesting link to the history of feedsacks in quilting. In fact, the few photos I took time to look at before getting back to work had a very interesting level of commentary. I'll definitely be back!
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Wednesday was a wonderful Solo Librarians meeting that included a tour of NASA Ames. We ended up in the Exploration Center where we had a meal and watched some wonderful footage on their "Immersive Theatre", a 14x36 foot screen that can be hooked in with planetariums all over the country. They are going to show some Phoenix Mars landing footage in "real time" (there is obviously a transmission delay) on May 25th. I'm so tempted to ditch BayCon and go watch some of it at least.

[ profile] spikeiowa was in attendance too and it is always nice to have a chance to visit and catch up a bit. The Solo Librarians group is a really solid group of folks and I'm happy they let me come even when I am often not a member of SLA.

The new icon is from a series of Hubble images recently released of interacting galaxies. I totally thought it looked like a cosmic heart.
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Almost another week without journaling. Resolutions unkept already. It has been a combination of being really lazy and really busy in turns. I had an amazing lazy weekend.

A totally unrelated to anything link - Hedgehog cake! from Samanfur's journal. I want one for my next birthday!

I did the call back auditions for Vagina Monologues in SL and I have a small part (reading one of the introductions to a monologue rather than a monologue itself). I'm very happy with that - participation but not a huge number of lines of memorization. *grin* I did various other inworld meetings and parties, including the party with pizza pictured here. *grin* Being a hatchie is so uninhibited.

I have been running around to various caches and picking up travel bugs to carry to NZ. Tuesday Kurt & I went in search of one in the Portola Valley trail system. We got to the trailhead and looked waaaaaay down the hillside. We agreed we were both insane and plunged ahead. We found the two caches along the trail but the TB we had been looking for wasn't found. Somehow that made it feel even crazier. LOL

Last night my professional group, Solo Librarian, got a tour of the Computer History MuseumM in Mountain View. It is one of those local attractions I am always *meaning* to visit but never quite making. Wow. That tour really whetted my appetite. I think Russell and I need to come back for the full tour. They have an amazing collection (a Hollerith tabulator from the 1890 census!) and it is a total walk down memory lane as one sees the first computer you ever used and all sorts of familiar cultural icons - ENIAC, UNIVAC, CRAY. Because we were there on a librarian's tour, the archivist took us into the back and we go to see the much vaster collection of items no on display. Too fun!

Tomorrow we leave for New Zealand! I feel totally unprepared. I have been reading a very silly NZ travel book called, Kiwis Might Fly by Polly Evans. She takes a motorcycle tour around NZ looking for manlyl "Kiwi blokes" who are reputed to be a dying breed as they are replaced by sensitive new age guys. I came across it in Recycle Books the other day and it looked like fun and it is. I don't usually read this genre but I may need to look at some of her other travel books. She has an engaging voice.

An excerpt off the Random House site to give you a bit of the flavour.
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Halloween at Internet Librarian
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I just had to blog this picture from my friend Jill. I loved the headbands Greylin made for all the SJSU SL librarians who were working the SJSU booth. I always thought it would be a great idea for people to have their names above their heads in real life. LOL
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Tuesday I got to the gadgets talk to find it full and decided a hot tub would be the better choice. So I enjoyed a tub and got to be fairly early. I am definitely feeling the strain of going full out for so many days! And no, I didn't feel the earthquake down in Monterey. I instantly heard about it from my extended family though as everyone emailed, texted or called to say they were okay.

Wednesday was Halloween, of course, and I wore my fox ears and garb all day. The keynote was by Danny Sullivan on the Future of Search. He talked about the way search engines are evolving, esp. the way the major search engines are going into personal and vertical searching as well as the traditional horizontal search of the entire web. Then I finally got to visit the Exhibits! There wasn't really any companies I need to talk to this year though I did check in with some vendors I use. I may also get a trail of the new Elsevier product Scirus as the demo I got looked like it might be of interest.

Then I attended World of Warcraft versus Second Life which was interesting. I am afraid to get into WoW, I don't have enough time as it is! Cindy Hill also talked the Sun virtual world, MPK20, which they are developing so that they can have proprietery discussion on their own servers instead of being on the Linden servers. I think IBM is working on something similar too. But it was interesting to see screenshots. She says they ahve a video up on YouTube for which I need to search.

Then I had lunch with Lorelei, Kitty & Puglet in the hotel restaurant (which I had never been in all these years). We all had the salad & soup bar which was excellent. I found that Lori was going to take a bus to San Jose where she had a hotel for the night before an early flight. I offered to be her driver and it turned out her hotel was almost exactly a mile from our house so it wasn't out of the way at all.

I went to one more session to hear om Reamy talk on, "Folksonomies and Tagging: Libraries & the Hive Mind". He was rather negative about the potential of folksonomies with a bit of research to back him up. Unsurprisingly... users, beyond various kinds of geeks, really are not interested in creating elaborate user-generated tagging schemes.

Lori & I left before the last session and closing keynote. The person doing the keynote had spoke at SL vs Wow and did not impress me at all! I had been thinking of staying for it until then. But it was just as well that I headed home, I was totally exhausted by the time I had unpacked. Russell & I ate and waited (in vain) for kids on whom to bestow candy. We had two knocks on the door between 4:30-7:30. So we went over to 6th Street and walked the block looking at the cool decorations. Our favorites were the Pirates (done by our friends Miranda & Diane) and the alien autopsy guy. He was telling several children that the crashed spaceship in his yard had hit last night "and hadn't they felt the shaking when it crashed". Their eyes got big as they nodded. LOL - was it earthquake or aliens? Russell was fighting a cold and I was fighting fatigue so we turned in early.

Today I had tons of things to catch up on and worked all day despite being very tired. Tonight Russell & Erika are out at a lecture she is doing but Tina came by and gave me a massage. It was wonderful, except that my skin reacted to the oil (plain almond oil!) and I had to take a mid-massage shower. *sigh* I figure the insult of sleeping on hotel sheets probably had me right on the edge. And the neighbors were playing loud Mexican oompa music. I put on Yothu Yindi which did a good job of keeping us insulated - much better than the usual soothing massage music would have done anyway.

I went inworld only briefly to wish my friend Bildeaux happy Rez day at his party. Then I finished up my talk for tomorrow on Elizabethan Seasonal Customs which I give at the Rose & Crown Tavern on Ren Island at noon and again at 6pm (so both our European and US residents can have a chance to hear it). I just hope that the tradesperson who is supposed to come and give an estimate on the heater gets here at 11am as planned. I need to be inworld on time!

So now, I'm taking my exhausted body off to bed. Happy belated Samhain & good night!
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Monday night was the Second Life librarians dinner and we ate at Rappa's on Fisherman's Wharf which was a great place for a dinner. The food and service was excellent and it was uncrowded enough that we could bounce around the two tables and talk to each other. And they had fried artichoke hearts. Those who know me know that I was in culinary heaven. *grin*

This morning I had breakfast with [ profile] rutemple and Lise. We had planned to go to Rosine's but alas they did not open until 8am, so we went to the Old Monterey Cafe which is always good too. I decided to skip the keynote and Ru & I went caching. We found three (two I'd found last year) and one that was a stinker! A two difficulty and a three terrain - but only because of the need for "special means" to reach the bloody thing. LOL Middle-aged, overweight librarians in dress pants should perhaps consider the wisdom of climbing around like I did... but well, anyone who has ever cached with me knows I am a caching fool.

Today was the all SL all day session. Jill moderated and librarians from all sorts of libraries talked about what they are doing inworld. I didn't actually take any notes. But I thought everyone was very eloquent and there are some great things going on.

At lunch JJ, Wellindorf and Ru and I went to lunch at the Fisherman's Grotto. I had a crab quesadilla. It was a great conversation, as all the ones I have had here have been. Then back for more SL. Derry slipped in some religion in her wellness talk and we may propose to do something on religion in SL at some later date. We will certainly talk more!

I decided that I wouldn't try to do any dine around tonight but walked the Monterey Farmer's Market and bought some things to eat to dinner. I also picked up a couple of stickers (Shiva & Coexist) at the Monterey Import store I had noticed earlier. I really need to get my car's bumper fixed or whatever so I can start repopulating it with stickers. There is another session that starts in 10 minutes. I was planning on going. Hmm. Okay. Enough for now. Off to "gadgets, gadgets, gadgets".
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I took a lot of "notes" about the "Cool Tools for Webmasters" session I went to but they are pretty much lists of links for me to check out. I guess I'll post 'em here so I'll have a place to look for them.
notes )
rowanf: (Batgirl)
Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet & American Life Project was the keynote speaker at Internet Librarian this morning. He gave us a run down on some current research. Some of the interesting statistics included:

Have broadband - 73% of adults, 93% of teens, 50% of homes

College students have - 88% cell phones, 81% digital cameras, 63% have mp3 players

I think the young people are 12-28 and adults are 29+. He used "young people" soetimes and "college students" other times, which I would assume would be 18-29? I don't promise I got the demographics designations quite right! These are percentages of "online" adults and young people. Not sure what that means in terms of the total population.

Profile on social networks - 55% young, 20% adults
Have a blog - 33% college, 12% adults
read blogs - 54% college, 36% adults
in Second Life - 19% college, 9% adults
uploaded videos - 15% of young
listen to podcasts - 14% young, 12% adults
rate things on websites - 37% young, 32% adults
tagged content - 34% young, 28% adults
commented on videos - 25% young, 13% adults

young people and web 2.0 - 40% have customized news or other feeds, 50% are on speciality listserves, 25% use RSS

They found differences depending on gender, age group, economic status and ethnicity. (No surprise).

The did a "Ten Technology User Groups" survey. You can take the quiz and find out where you fall.

I tested as an Omnivore (which is what I guessed based on his talk - despite being an old, female non-student. *grin*) - They are young, ethnically diverse, and mostly male (70%). The median age is 28; just more than half of them are under age 30, versus one in five in the general population. Over half are white (64%) and 11% are black (compared to 12% in the general population). English-speaking Hispanics make up 18% of this group. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many (42% versus the 13% average) of Omnivores are students.

a big graphic of the 10 types )
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Sunday I puttered around in the morning (mostly inworld) and then headed off to lunch with my friend Jill. We ate on fisherman's wharf and caught up on our first and second lives. Then I went to a class on using CSS. I have worked with CSS web pages but mostly those created by others. Now I feel like I know a bit more about what's what. He offered some great websites for further info which I will have to add later as that handout is back in my room. (I'm writing this on Monday in the Steinbeck auditorium listening to a web 2.0 talk. *grin*)

I had dinner with Derry & Brielle and their friend from New Jersey. I have run into them in the SL library work. I did a beautiful mandala of Derry awhile back. So it was a blast to meet them in person. Their friend totally did not get SL, and it was a very interesting conversation veering from SL to general library stuff to food to television shows. Derry mentioned that there was a Celtic music festival at Nancy Blake's this weekend, so after dinner I went into SL and Scar & I danced to the last of the music.
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Okay, it was a long weekend with little computer access... so here is a mega-catchup-entry.

Thursday I went to the Solo Librarians meeting. Nancy Blachman and another woman from Google Guide talked about "Power Googling: Getting What you Want from Google". They handed out this reference sheet and talked about a variety of things most of which I knew... but two of which were interesting news to me. One is that the tilda placed before a word will search synonyms. So ~run gets marathon as well as various words actually containing run. The other was that the hyphen stands for hyphen/space/nospace so that if you search for, say, bar-code you will get bar-code, bar code & barcode. Very handy! They also gave us Google Guide coffee mugs with the most common operators on them. *laugh* It was a great talk for a library meeting.

Friday I went for my last session as a docent for the McDonald Windows... but the exhibit will be up until April 15, so go if you get a chance. My shoulder was no happy about the drive to SF, so I actually left a little early. I enjoyed the gentleman who was opening this weekend though. His daughter is just about to start library school at San Jose State so we talked a fair bit about that.

Back home, I had the first inworld meeting of the landscaping committee for Renaissance Island. It sounds like we are going to have very limited prims for gardening so we will need to be creative. I need to find a nice picture of espaliered trees on a garden wall to use for a texture.

Friday night I attended the elevations of two former covenmates, since moved to Oregon. It was wonderful to see them and I really enjoyed partying afterward with the various folks who came to celebrate their achievement.

Saturday Russell and I celebrated our 24th anniversary of living together. I moved in March 23, 1983. I take him out in the spring and he takes me out in the fall to celebrate our September 17, 1983 handfasting. We headed to San Francisco and viewed the R. Crumb exhibit at the Yerba Buena Gardens art center. It was interesting but I don't think hanging on the walls is the best way to view comic strips. It was interesting to see how much of popular culture is presented in his work. I'm glad to have seen the documentary about him a few years ago to give it more context. My favorite pieces were the "placemat art" which is drawn by him in restaurants whilst waiting for the food. He says he carries his rapiograph and whiteout with him everywhere. *laugh*

Saturday night we stayed at the Radisson at Fisherman's Wharf. We walked around and played tourist and had a wonderful dinner at A. Sabella. The family has been on the wharf since the 1880's but there is an excellent chef in the current generation and their menu is modern and very, very good.

Sunday we went down to the Ferry Building and wandered amongst the artisanal food shops (and bought expensive chocolates) and enjoyed the day by the Bay. We got homoe to San Jose about 2pm as I had to shop for Tuesday dinner before my 6pm library staff meeting inworld. [Russell thinks I am crazy to had joined a virtual world in which I am beset by staff meetings! *LOL*]

Monday was work and prep for Tuesday dinner. I got my corned beef from Zanotto's this year and it was very good. They give you a packet of spices to add to the cooking water as well as whatever it was brined in. I wasn't too sure about the obvious peppers in the mix but the result was quite tasty. I left it in the crock pot all day on Tuesday and it was entirely consumed by the table. We had sixteen at table - a 4th Tuesday record - but it allowed my Oregon friends to join us. It was a lively table with great conversation. *happy sigh* I love my friends!

So that is the outline, at least, of my last five days. If I could manage to write every day I'm sure it would be more fully detailed. But sometimes living gets in the way of journaling.

May 2015



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