Tag Archives: silliness

It’s about time this happened to someone other than librarians

23 Sep

Thanks to the imagination of David Malki ! and the diligent effort of one Liam Cooke, the internet has now obviated the genre author.

Nascence is a process

3 Aug

At around noon on Friday, July 24th, 2009, something really cool happened: I finished my last class as a library student. The nice pieces of paper with “Master of Science in Library and Information Science” and “Certificate of Advanced Studies in Digital Libraries” won’t show up for a while, but barring unforeseen calamity I am done with library school.

It’s a major milestone in the path I’ve chosen for my life, and it’s sort of mindblowing that my answer to the question, “Are you a librarian?” just changed from “Not yet” to “Kinda!”  The progress serves as some validation: if I’d decided to go to law school, I’d probably be wrapping up my seventh year of practice by now. If I’d decided to be a professional policy wonk, I’d likely be giving myself an ulcer working 100 hour weeks to get some traction with the new administration. If I’d decided to keep making sandwiches, I’d almost certainly be exploring the experimental reaches of concept sandwiches — like concept albums, but delectable:

“Hey man, can I get a Silmarillion, hold the avocado?”
“Are you mad? The avocado represents Fingolfin’s brave yet futile stand against Morgoth before the fell gates of Angband itself!”
“Great, but… I don’t like avocado.”
“I think you should probably leave.”

…yeah. Librarian was definitely the way to go.

Apologies to Robert E. Howard

5 May

This illustrates why I probably shouldn’t keep writing at night after I start to get punchy:

“Know, O prince, that between the years when the undergrads drank Zima and nasty box-wine, and in the years of the rise of the collars on fratboys’ pastel polo shirts, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining graduate programs lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars — Ithaca College, Cortland, Cornell with her gold-tongued lies of instruction in any study, Binghamton with her WalMart-haunted depths. But the proudest graduate program was Syracuse, reigning supreme in the dreaming fields of information science. Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, laptop in hand, a thief, a slayer, a library paraprofessional, with gigantic melancholies, gigantic mirth, and ever-more-gigantic student loan balances, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet.”

It’s a good thing my semester’s almost over. And thanks, Judd, for getting me riffing on Conan. :)

Father… do you wanna shelve books with me?

18 Feb

I’m about to take my first few days off since starting the new gig, but rather than leave you bereft on the library commentary front… here’s a shirtless Glenn Danzig talking books.


Austronesia or art?

19 Nov

Apparently, my Dewey classifcation depends on whether I go by “Jim” or “James”:

Jim DelRosso’s Dewey Decimal Section:  

499 Austronesian & other languages

Jim DelRosso = 09345285995 = 093+452+859+95 = 1499

400 Language

Linguistics and language books.

What it says about you:
You value communication, even with people who are different from you. You like trying new things don’t mind being exposed to unfamiliar territory. You get bored with routines that never change.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

James DelRosso’s Dewey Decimal Section:  

739 Art metalwork

James DelRosso = 0135945285995 = 013+594+528+599+5 = 1739

700 Arts & Recreation

Architecture, drawing, painting, music, sports.

What it says about you:
You’re creative and fun, and you’re good at motivating the people around you. You’re attracted to things that are visually interesting. Other people might not always understand your taste or style, but it’s yours.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

I’m torn: on the one hand, I tend to go by Jim. On the other, metalwork is, well, metal. And unfortunately, the results from my date of birth are downright anti-helpful when it comes to choosing a name:

Jim DelRosso’s Dewey Decimal Section:  

014 Of anonymous & pseudonymous works

Jim DelRosso’s birthday: 3/7/1977 = 37+1977 = 2014

000 Computer Science, Information & General Works

Encyclopedias, magazines, journals and books with quotations.

What it says about you:
You are very informative and up to date. You’re working on living in the here and now, not the past. You go through a lot of changes. When you make a decision you can be very sure of yourself, maybe even stubborn, but your friends appreciate your honesty and resolve.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

Ah, the trials of the protolibrarian!