Archive for February, 2009

Weekend of Art!

February 28, 2009

No sooner had my weekend begun and I found myself at “Art After Hours” open house at the Arthaus Gallery.  I was able to re-acquaint with some of the previous works I had spied on earlier visits as well as fall in love with some new pieces and new artists.  Cindy Parsons was the featured artist last night.  Since Arthouse is “dedicated to the promotion and expression of local artists” I had run across many of these artists at other events or galleries in the area.  I’m finding that when you are an art junkie, like myself, you don’t need much of a nudge to go gallery hopping!     I also had the opportunity to meet another one of the artists, Betty Dalsing, who’s background I was curious about.  She has the same last name as a former colleague of mine from when I worked at the City . . . she is his mother!  It sure can be a small world at times.

The open house was a bustle of activity and rather than whipping out the checkbook during the festivities, I returned this morning to lay claim to a couple of original oils (“Gentle Cascade” and “Rainy Day”) by Kay Deardorff that I’d had my eye on for several weeks. 

I then proceeded to the Renaissance Hotel to attend the NatureWorks Art Show and  Sale for a leisure afternoon of viewing fabulous art.  And, I was able to successfully navigate the show without making a single purchase.  However, I now have several more artists to keep my eye on and to save up for possible future purchases: Jerry Ricketson [landscapes](Oklahoma), Kenny McKenna [landscapes](Oklahoma), R. Scott [wildlife] (Michigan), Renee Buller [wildlife] (Colorado), Terry Lee [wildlife] (Idaho), Amy Poor [wildlife] (Oregon), and Bradford J. Williams [bronze sculptures] (Arizona).  And many, many more  . . .  but these were my favorites.

I’m not normally too fond of wildlife art; the only exception . . . I’m rather partial to depictions of the American Bison, and there were several Bison  representations displayed by some of the above listed artists. 

I am definitely going to start buying an occasional lottery ticket or two.

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T.G.I.F.?

February 27, 2009

pressureAfter a pressure-filled week of too much work (and not nearly enough play), I’m sure glad it is Friday.  And, I’m certainly not resembling the diamond at this point in time.

Happy Friday one and all!

[image courtesy of www.despair.com]

Fact or Fiction?

February 27, 2009

[I’m not sure if this is based on reality, or merely meant as humor . . . you may decide for yourself.]

A woman was called in front of a Texas grand jury for manslaughter after she shot a mugger 6 times in the back as he was running away with her purse.

The mugger had grabbed the woman’s purse and ran; the woman’s hand had been clenched on her gun inside the purse and she was
left holding the revolver in her hand as the mugger fled.

When asked by the grand jury why she shot the man 6 times in the back as he was running away, she replied under oath:

“Because when I pulled the trigger the 7th time it only went click”

The woman was acquitted on all charges.

What Kind of Technology User are You?

February 26, 2009

Found this in blogland this week.

From the Web Site:

Do you cringe when your cell phone rings? Do you suffer from withdrawal when you can’t check your Blackberry? Do you rush to post your vacation video to your Web site? The questions below allow you to place yourself in one of the categories in the Pew Internet Project’s Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users. To identify the typology group to which you belong, please answer the questions below. When you press the ‘Calculate My Results’ button, a new page will tell you in which group you fit, along with a description of the general characteristics of that group.

Direct to Quiz

I’m a “connector.”  Here are the results of my quiz.

Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project

Hail to the Victors!

February 26, 2009

Way to go, Blue!  The Wolverine win over the Purdue Boilermakers has given my Michigan State Spartans a two-game lead in the Big Ten!   Okay, so we’ve needed a little help.   But, we still must continue to win — every game is important at this point in the season.  March is dangerously close!  Just a few more games . . . then the Big Ten Conference Tournament . . . then the Big Dance . . . Go Green!

And . . . Happy Anniversary!

February 24, 2009

Today marks the 8 month anniversary of the Gun Carryin’ Librarian blog!  I’m still here . . . and it doesn’t look like I’ll be giving it up any time soon.

The Next Hood!

February 24, 2009
Dust Storm

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Here’s the next installment of my art collection.  Yet another painting by Larry Hood! 

Last weekend I visited the Pierson Gallery where there was an exhibit of the works of Stanley Hess.  There were several that I liked (especially the one entitled “Early Oklahoma” — I’m going to have to save up for this one).   The irony — Stan and I go to the same church and play bridge on Friday nights . . . and I’ve just now discovered his artistic talents!  (Oh well, better late than never.)

This weekend there is an open house once again at the Arthaus in Broken Arrow (woe is me).

Next weekend, who knows . . .

NPR Library Blog!

February 23, 2009
For those of you who may be interested, the NPR library has a new blog called “As A Matter of Fact.” 
 
http://www.npr.org/blogs/library
 

Cool Web Sites!

February 23, 2009

Here are some web sites worth exploring if you have the time (by topic).  As is the case with all continuous learning (especially Web 2.0/computer technology type topics/issues) . . . so much cool stuff, so little time to “play.”

Topic: Calendar & Events
WhoWhatWhen
http://www.sbrowning.com/whowhatwhen/index.php
A database of key people and events from 1000 A.D. to the present. Create graphic timelines of periods in history and of the lives of individuals.

Topic: Lifelong Learning
How Stuff Works
http://www.howstuffworks.com/
Recently purchased by Discovery, this site explains hundreds of subjects, from how a Krispy Kreme doughnut is made to how an electric car works using text, images and video.

Topic: Search Engines
Google Search Features, Google Advanced Search
http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/features.htmlhttp://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en
Shortcuts allow quick ways to find conversions and calculations, time around the world, search term synonyms, word definitions, and airline flight information. Advanced features improve search results with more focused searches, including limiting by domain, file format, and URL.

Topic: Info on the Go
Gethuman.com
http://gethuman.com/
Need to reach customer service in a hurry? This site lists toll-free numbers for a long list of companies, including directions on how to bypass the automated system and reach a live human being.

Topic: Government & Politics
PolitiFact
http://www.politifact.com/
This project from the St. Petersburg Times monitors and researches statements, speeches, interviews, documents and ads from politicians and special interest groups. Each article analyzes the content, background and context of each item, with links to sources.

How Much Value?

February 23, 2009

Check out the “Library Value Calculator” (courtesy of the Denver Public Library).

http://denverlibrary.org/news/dplnews/roi_calculator.html

What a great promotional tool!  Every library ought to adapt something similar to this to help show the value (return on investment) of your tax dollars at work!