Archive for May, 2002

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May 27, 2002

I mended the link below so it leads to Open Directory’s Parts Unknown links rather than straight to Cheapass. Wish I’d thought of it myself instead of having to have it pointed out to me by my resident Open Directory editor.

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May 27, 2002

Board gaming yesterday: we finally got to play Parts Unknown which was a lot of fun though nine players may have been slightly too many; it made it difficult to keep track of who was displaying what in their shop windows and that slowed it down a lot. Another result of being so many was that the town kept growing — at least we think there wouldn’t have been quite so much of a population explosion with fewer players. I wouldn’t want to meet some of the new inhabitants, though. . . certainly not the ones built entirely of mold, or of giblets.

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May 24, 2002

Been playing around a lot with Kevan’s blog twinning project, which is a fun gadget; I haven’t looked at enough of the blogs to actually do any twinning but I did find a couple of excellent ones: How to Learn Swedish in 1000 Difficult Lessons (difficult? Hey, Swedish is simple! 😉 and librarian.net. Very pleasant discoveries, both of them. So many blogs are utterly uninteresting (although to be honest I suppose this one is, too, for people wholly unconnected to me!) that I don’t bother clicking around much at Blogger; the links from logs I read are sometimes different, but Kevan’s blogtwinner is better still.

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May 24, 2002

Another Swedish-language link, I’m afraid — but at least there are pictures. Urban, my wood-carving friend, about his work.

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May 23, 2002

Met some people I haven’t seen for a long time today. Åsa af Geijerstam with 5-month-old Lukas in a pram; she’s getting married in a week’s time! Kinna, who gave me hints on pruning apple trees (that doesn’t look right — do you really prune apple trees?? Yes, apparently you do: at least m-w.com seems to think so) ; the best hint was “Invite me in August and I’ll do it for you” 🙂 And Annika, whose voice is well again, thank goodness. I don’t know how we would have managed Allegri’s Miserere* without her.

* No, I don’t know what the page says or what choir is singing. But it’s a very nice recording of the Miserere, and pretty much the same version we sing, too.

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May 23, 2002

Am still here, just haven’t been very creative lately. Today I’m off to Stockholm to look at this

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May 19, 2002

I should expound on that latest, though; explain what librarianship means to me if you will. Of course I’m not claiming that mine is not a service profession. We are there to provide service for the library patrons, and being arrogant and presupposing the borrowers don’t know what they talk about or what they want is not conducive to that. However, accepting that the borrower is automatically right can be even worse, for a lot of the time they aren’t. They know what it is they want, and my job is to make sure they get it or the closest possible equivalent of it. This means I need to think for myself, and if I am certain of something I mustn’t be afraid to say so — otherwise the borrower won’t have a chance to check what it was he actually wanted!

Of course I must always keep my mind open to the possibility that I have very likely missed something, and check, double-check and ask around. . . but that’s the first thing they teach you at library school so I don’t need to point it out here.