Location: Iowa, United States

61 years old (pretty old for a blogger) proud to be a grandpa

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

True Story

Around 35 years ago, When my sister worked at the University of Illinois as a bibliographic searcher she hunted through hundreds of huge volumes that listed cataloging information for millions of books so that recently received books could be cataloged correctly. One of these reference works was the union catalog of the British Museum Library (in the library world, it is usually referred to as the BM catalog). It runs well over 100 volumes and the paper on which it was printed had a peculiar and distinct odor. One of her co-workers was a recent hire from Great Britain who had done similar work in her home country. She was seated next to my sister when she got a whiff of the U of Illinois' copy of the British Museum catalog after which she exclaimed in her British accent, "Why your BM's smell just like our BM's!"

Dryest Humor in the World

Still funny

Also, look for the Bob and Ray Komodo dragon interview on youtube

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Nerds are me

“O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!” (Robert Burns)

Have you ever given a talk or presentation and thought later that you did a pretty good job and then had a chance to see what it actually looked and sounded like because somebody videotaped it? It’s not fun (at least for me) – as I watched the tape, the words, “doofus” and “dork” seem to be almost written across my face. Please tell me I’m not the only one.