Archive for October, 2008

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2008

Just in case you have forgotten the rules for a safe and Happy Halloween!

1.  When it appears you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it’s really dead. 

2.   Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a joke.

3.   Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone  out.

4.   If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language  which they should not know, shoot them immediately. It will save  you a lot of grief in the long run. However, it will probably take several  rounds to kill them, so be prepared. This also applies to kids who speak  with somebody else’s voice.

5.   When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER pair off and go it  alone.

6.   As a general rule, don’t solve puzzles that open portals to  Hell.

7.   Never stand in, on, or above a grave, tomb, or crypt. This  would apply to any other house of the dead as well.

8.   If you’re searching for something which caused a loud noise and  find out that it’s just the cat, GET THE HELL OUT!

9.   If appliances start operating by themselves, do not check for short circuits; just get out!

10.   Do not take ANYTHING from the dead.

11.   If you find a town which looks deserted, there’s probably a  good reason for it. Don’t stop and look around.

12.   Don’t fool with recombinant DNA technology unless you’re sure  you know what you’re doing.

13.   If you’re running from the monster, expect to trip or fall  down at least twice. Also note that, despite the fact that you are  running and the monster is merely shambling along, it’s still moving fast enough to catch up with you.

14.   If your companions suddenly begin to exhibit uncharacteristic behavior such as hissing, fascination for blood, glowing eyes, increasing hairiness, and so on, kill them immediately.

15.   Stay away from certain geographical locations, some of which are listed here: Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania, Nilbog (you’re in trouble if you recognize this one), the Bermuda Triangle, or any small town in Maine.

16.   If your car runs out of gas at night on a lonely road, do not  go to the nearby deserted looking house to phone for help. If you think that it is strange because you thought you had 3/4 of a tank, shoot yourself instead. You are going to die anyway, and most likely be eaten.

17.   Beware of strangers bearing strange tools. For example: chainsaws, staple guns, hedge trimmers, electric carving knives, combines, lawnmowers, butane torches, soldering irons, band saws, or any devices made from deceased companions.

18.   If you find that your house is built upon a cemetery, now is the time to move in with the in-laws. This also applies to houses that had previous inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in some horrible fashion, or had inhabitants who performed satanic practices in your house.

19.  If you find that: a. your house is built upon or near a cemetary, b. was once a church that was use for black masses, c. had previous inhabitants who went mad, or committed suicide, or died in some other horrible fashion, or d.  had inhabitants who performed satanic practices in your house, MOVE AWAY IMMEDIATELY!

Stay safe, one and all!

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Preseason NCAA Basketball Polls . . .

October 30, 2008

Go Green! The Michigan State Spartans have landed in the top 10 (7th)! And, according to ESPN.com, “Duke and Michigan State have tied Kansas for the most appearances (nine) by any team in a preseason top 10.”

ESPN goes on to report that “In the history of the poll, only two preseason No. 1 teams — Florida in 2006-07 and Connecticut in 2003-04 — have gone on to win the national title. The eventual champs have been in the preseason top 10 in nine of the 11 years ESPN has participated in the poll.”

Does this bode well for the Spartans? Time will tell. Get ready, March Madness is just around the corner (really, less than six months — okay, I’m stretching it a bit, but I just love college basketball)!

Go Green!

The Next Hood!

October 30, 2008
Mescalero Fire Dancer

Mescalero Fire Dancer

Yet another print by Larry Hood from my collection.  All total, Larry produced 5 prints of his works (I’ve collected all five).  The remaining works of his in my collection are original watercolors.

Enjoy!  Stay tuned.

Art de Rink!

October 29, 2008

I’ve been remiss!  I’ve been documenting my art collection for quite some time now and I am just now getting around to highlighting the artwork of a couple of my brothers!  (My humblest apologies, guys!)

My oldest brother is a journalist who just so happens to also draw cartoons.  He presented me with this one during my first year on the job at the Tulsa Police Department. 

My youngest brother is an architect (a very artistic profession in its own right) who just so happens to design his own greeting cards (hand cut).  Visit www.amorcards.com for an example of the types of cards he has designed in the past.  He also created this beautiful stained glass piece for me several years ago.  Just gorgeous, especially on a bright, reflective, sunny day.

Wi[c]ki[d] Fun! On to Week 8!

October 29, 2008

Having played with wikis for a while now, I knew that week 7 would not take me too long.  And, I’m also in the process of designing another wiki at work to act as a “policy/operations” manual of sorts.  A central location where all employees can document their daily tasks and processes.  This way, if any of us are away from the office, there is a repository of how to do each other’s tasks/jobs. 

Unless the last couple of weeks really overwhelm me, I certainly should be able to finish up the 23Things by the December 15th deadline.   My pace has certainly picked up here lately.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt to be in the sections that I’ve actually had a little bit of experience with . . .

The beat goes on . . .

Wiki Reflections!

October 28, 2008

I’m not sure any “new” ideas were spurred by reviewing these examples; but upon reflection, the creative variety of uses (work, non-work, restricted, governmental, personal, educational, subject specific, library-related, organizational, etc.)  shows that the usefulness of this tool is only limited by your imagination in application (hopefully some “new” ideas will come to me as the opportunities present themselves).

I’ve already been using wikis for several months now.  At work, as a collaborative tool for “committee” work; as a document repository; for policies and procedures (operational type issues); best practices/lessons learned database; knowledge management initiatives; and many more. 

Professionally, in addition to how I’ve been using wikis at work, just visit the SLA wiki spaces and you can see first hand the numerous applications — from the Chapter and Division Idea Banks to single Division or Chapter wikis to special interest group wikis, to conference planning, to local arrangements — all in place to facilitate the exchange of information.

Personally, I’ve not applied wikis into my “away” from work (or SLA) activities yet, but you just never know when you will need to create something that will require group input/feedback.  Whether it be a hobby, a church/social group, or some community event, we all are involved in a great many activities in our personal lives where a tool of this nature could certainly facilitate sharing information.  Again, just think a bit creatively and get the ball rolling.

Having gone through the SLA23Things has certainly taken some of the “fear” out of these new technologies so that I can actually take the first step (if I so desire).  The learning has begun (and will continue); now I just need to take what I’ve learned and put it into practice (which I’ve been doing, slowly but surely — sometimes sooner than I would have liked, but . . . c’est la vie!).

Stretching beyond your comfort zone is a good thing (once in a while).  but let’s not forget, even a stretched rubber band needs recovery time . . . or . . . it snaps!

Let’s all keep stretching!

“Play Week” (Week 6) Reflections!

October 27, 2008

Creating my avatars (yes, plural) was a lot of fun, and who knows, I may continue to create new ones as my mood dictates.  Although I probably should settle for just one . . . alas, such difficult decisions.

Cataloging my book collection on LibraryThing was also a fun activity.  A colleague of mine already exposed me to Shelfari — which she uses to keep her faculty members apprised of her collection development activities within her subject areas — a great professional use of this resource.  I had some difficulty creating a widget to highlight my collection on my blog (I was unsuccessful).  But I was able to create a new page, and include a link from there.  Oh well, perhaps I will figure it out eventually. 

Then there was Rollyo.  What I liked best about Rollyo was the ease of creation and the editability!  What a perfect tool for the subject-specific task (or any task for that matter) where you have multiple reliable sources to search across.

On a personal level, I’m apt to create a searchroll for recipes, travel deals, or any other “consumerable.”

On a professional note, as a Resource Coordinator/subject specialist, you can create custom, subject specific searchrolls for whatever topic you are needing.  And, as you discover new “quality” sites, you just add them to your existing roll!

I’m on a “roll” now as I head into Week 7 and Wikis.  I’ve actually already been using a couple of wikis (PBWiki and Confluence), so I’m hoping to breeze through this week’s lesson!

Spartans Win!

October 26, 2008

In the Big House!  Regardless of anything else, this game “made” our season!  And while we may not be the perennial powerhouse in football (I wishfully believe that this may be changing?), this intra-state rivalry always carries with it great significance . . . onward and upward!  Next up: the Wisconsin Badgers!  Go Green!

And Speaking of Anniversaries . . .

October 24, 2008

I just realized that today marks the 4th month anniversary of the start of my blog!  I’m still blogging along!

And, on a more personal note, and since I’m in a celebratory mood, let me pass along a greeting to my youngest brother and his wife on their 10th Anniversary which is also today!  And, in about two weeks, I’ll be celebrating my one-year anniversary at the new job!

Ready . . . Set . . . Run!

October 24, 2008

Yep, the 31st Anniversary of the Tulsa Run is less than 24-hours away.   And, despite a minor twinge in my left calf that cropped up on Monday’s run, I’m feeling fine (and certainly well rested having not run since Monday) and will attempt to run tomorrow morning. 

My goal, sub-70 minutes for the 15K course, could be a challenge this year (my training has been less than consistent), so I should probably just satisfy myself to finish.  If my calf gives me any inkling at all that there is a problem, I will NOT continue running.  Time will tell. 

The forecast is for a beautiful and cool morning, so the temperature should not be an issue this year.  

The new course this year has us finishing downtown at the new BOK Center on Denver with a pretty significant climb from Riverside and rolling ups and downs all the way to the finish line. 

I’m surprisingly optimistic despite my mini-layoff this week.  We’ll see how it goes.