Posts Tagged ‘library’

To indulge one’s long-repressed bookworm

Friday, March 13th, 2009

(LJ edition: the Natsume icon speaks now)

It’s amazing how much weird crap floats through Circulations. >_>;;; It used to be that I would deliberately avoid sorting Children/Easy Reader-level because I’d get distracted by old books I’d read as a wee Yoshi-ling, and now I find the same thing happening while sorting Adut, specifically Non-Fiction. I’d find some bizarre thing here and there, and the temptation to flip through it a bit is essentially impossible to resist. o_o;;; So far, these have included the history of donuts, various recent Presidential bios (Clinton and Obama, specifically), an all-chocolate cookbook, French grammar, cakes with cute fondant figures, a 2007 edition of a PC hardware repair manual, lots of Simpsons reference guides…

…and the mother of all “out of left field” books: The Homework Myth. Basically, an argument about why homework is counterproductive (in that it does NOT serve to improve achievement and only turns students off to learning) and borderline age-ist.

Oh, if only I’d brought my library card with me, I’d have hijacked one of the internal checkout stations and checked this thing out right there! But I managed to speed through it during my shift. Testimonials about how there really is no hard data connecting homework load to test scores (otherwise known as “correlation is not causation”), about how some teachers have experimented with curriculae that do not include assigning homework and have found that their students do much better and actually WANT to learn the material, how there are actually parents who request homework as a means of avoiding having to interact with their kids, and how there’s a silent culture of both teachers and parents using homework as a form of inflicting torment on children and to keep them in line (because, of course, without homework, children will find ways to misbehave or, gasp, have FUN, and oh no we can’t have that).

Now, I could never ever become a teacher, I lack the patience and I don’t really have a soft spot for children at all… yet I find myself drawn to reading about classroom management and the whole “school culture” thing. Possibly it’s a latent wish to relive elementary school… which is ESPECIALLY odd considering how much I hated West Heritage for all the drama I suffered because of it.

Anywho, I’ve REALLY veered from my original point: holy crap, contrary to the impression that high school leaves you with, there’s actually oddball interesting stuff to read in Non-Fiction. Which, for me, is a good thing because I still can’t find anything appealing about boring-ol’ Adult-level fiction, it’s all bleh… and at the same time I would feel really weird bumming around in Teen/Young Adult.

What I SHOULD do is, like, devote a whole day to camping Non-Fiction. Haul Dinah+tablet, of course (in case while reading stuff I get blindsided by Ramen fodder as it’s best to handle that while it’s fresh), but otherwise just freaking camp the high-700 and 921 levels and just go freaking Cookie Monster on anything remotely interesting. I would do this tomorrow, except mother and Evil Stepfather are leaving early to transport the latter’s not-so-evil mother out of the senior rehab center (she had pneumonia and other things) and setting her up with a visiting nurse.

I totally did not get to draw today, and I’m too tired to think of doing anything now.

As much as I like cold weather…

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

…I often forget that at its worst, California winters makes my right hand miserable, MORESO when drawing for extended periods as I’ve done today. x_x In these cases, my left hand can stay not-freezing if hidden under my cloak (or even better, on my person… one of the few perks of being tubby mctubberson) but my right hand’s exposed and on a cold surface. BRR is an understatement. Where is Kestine when I need him? One of the perks to having a cat is that they’re self-powered hand-warmers, and he’s probably watching TV downstairs, that silly cat. (Though… it is not so cold downstairs.)

Not only was I not able to smuggle Synergy out because at the last minute mother decided not to go out for the day like she was going to, but because of puppies running amok I couldn’t even fiddle with her uncooperative third box. So, scribbling crap upstairs for me. Nothing Ramen-worthy (yet), this is just layouts and such for RT, but they did score big with Aeth, Neo and Typh, so yay. (Moral of story: using Chelsea as a dummy character makes Aeth more likely to greenlight stuff.)

Assuming I’m not preempted tomorrow… library service = yay get me away from these Pups of the Apocalypse. With the heater not working consistently, though (it only turns on for less than a minute), TOTALLY not looking forward to showering in the morning.

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I don’t handle sudden temperature shifts very well, I found that out when I first built Synergy and kept switching between House Cantlay with the new heater (super fancy stuff) and my freezer of a house, and ended up with a nasty headcold that nearly kept me from going to my Portfolio final.

I wonder what’s going on with Dinah though… probably got shipped off to HP/Compaq since they’d have the parts to fix her red snow.

Oh hi, Yoshi Day in a month and a half? But, aside from just the blessing to go to Colorado for long-awaited Neo-pestering (money is a non-issue… I just want the guarantee that mother will not turn into a raging drama queen over it, and pigs will probably fly before that ever happens), there isn’t anything significant I’d want. Well, aside from my license. But with lol puppies, that seems a bleak prospect too. Maybe I should just settle for tasty food.

Argh, mind wants to continue drawing but hands are “TOO COLD LET’S RETREAT FOR NOW.” x.x

I know I tend to Mario-cize a lot of things, but…. XD

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Thwomp The Vote XD;
Funny, I’d have thought they’d link Sarah Palin to Peach rather than Daisy.
And LAWL @ Toadsworth as Joe Biden. Wow, I’d have never thought to make that comparison.

I STILL think that the elections need to culminate with a 2vs2 Brawl. DOO EET. Pretty please?

In other news… with the evil stepfather retired, I don’t have to actually head to the library until about 4:30. Much as I like having those couple of hours where I don’t even have to think about wiggly puppies or raging drama queens or what have you (out of sight, out of mind!), it’s also nice to not wake up at noon and be all “OH CRAP MUST GET READY NOOOOW” and such. (Of course, I should probably not be sleeping in to noon as is…) Of course, all this is out the window as of Tuesday. Maybe. >_>;

Ah, here comes Kestine to claim his napping spot next to the window. Silly orange furball…