Archive for January, 2010

Belated Happy Birthday!

January 31, 2010

I just discovered that yesterday was the birthday of the Michigan State University Spartan’s head basketball coach Tom Izzo.   The team provided a great birthday present with a win over the Northwestern University Wildcats!

Belated Happy Birthday Tom!  Keep up the great work! 

Check out Coach Izzo’s web site

Go Green!

Some Glass Art for a Chilly Weekend!

January 31, 2010

With winter raging a comeback in the south and east, here’s a piece of glass that appears very frostlike and chilly.  I’ve seen actual pictures of icebergs that have similar “stripes” of blue in them.  This particular piece was discovered in the Museum Shop of the Philbrook Art Museum a couple of years ago.  And, like all of my acquisitions, it was the color and shape that captured my attention to the point that I could not leave the shop sans glass.

Victorious Once Again!

January 30, 2010

Whether it is just great basketball, or just plain luck does not matters . . . the Spartans managed to win another hard fought battle.  From what I saw, luck was not involved (but I am probably a little biased).  Go Green!   Next up, Wisconsin on Tuesday and Illinois next Saturday (neither will be easy).  Then the following week . . . Purdue.  The season is far from over, but the Spartans have managed to remain unbeaten (9-0) and maintain their 3-game lead over the rest of the conference.  Is it March yet?  No, but it is dangerously close.

Saturday Food for Thought?

January 30, 2010

I ran across a couple of really great articles today.  The first one is about “perfectionism” (guilty at times) and addresses the debate over whether this behavior is a “helpful asset” or a “crippling obstacle.”  The second article is about feeling “out of control” and how this affects your sense of well-being.

http://www.miller-mccune.com/news/the-two-faces-of-perfectionism-1774

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=lack-of-control-yields-to-superstition

And, while I’m at it, here’s a new vocabulary word.

ratiocination

\rash-ee-ah-suh-NAY-shun; rash-ee-oh-\ , noun;

 
1.  The process of logical reasoning.

A Night of Beethoven!

January 29, 2010

What a treat! Tonight was the beginning of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven Festival and what a beginning it was! Under the direction of conductor David Robertson, the lineup included:

  • Leonore Overture No. 3, opus 72a
  • Violin Concerto in D major, opus 61 (Christian Tetzlaff on violin)
  • Symphony No. 5 in C minor, opus 67

What a great way to end the day (and the week)!

Lead Grows!

January 29, 2010

The Michigan State Spartan’s lead in the Big Ten Conference has grown to three games thanks to the Purdue victory over Wisconsin last night. But, the heart of the schedule is still to come and maintaining their perfect conference record will be a challenge. Go Green!

Indecision!

January 28, 2010
Courtesy of http://www.despair.com

Here’s another gem from www.despair.com.   And, what a great bit of humor to help us kick off the Leadership Summit of the Special Libraries Association.

Additionally, I ran across a new word this week . . . a word that I think ties in very closely to leadership discussions.  Or more specifically makes me ponder the qualities of the truly great and genuine leaders of our time who manage to lead without the pretention.  A rarity indeed?  Leadership is so much bigger than merely status and the perception of importance.

panjandrum

\pan-JAN-druhm\ , noun;
1.  An important personage or pretentious official.

Go Green, Over Blue!

January 27, 2010

For the second game in a row, Michigan State has managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat while on the road.  This time, in Crisler Arena (home of the University of Michigan Wolverines).  The Spartans improve to 8-0 in the Big Ten (their best conference start ever — it was hard for me to believe that they’ve never done this before — but who am I to question the ESPN analysts) and maintain their two-game lead over the second-place Wisconsin Badgers who travel to Purdue later this week for what should prove be a great Big Ten matchup.  And, with all of the “upsets” among the top ranked teams last week, Michigan State has managed to creep up in the polls to #5.  Next up for Michigan State: at home against Northwestern on Saturday before their next challenging road trip to both Wisconsin AND Illinois next week.  And, still to come, a couple of games against the Purdue Boilermakers as well as Ohio State.  So, there is still a lot of basketball to be played in the Big Ten, but State is looking good at this juncture and is certainly in control of their own fate if they can continue to win on the road.  I’m not sure how many more of these “close” games my fingernails can take (they are nibbled down to nubs already).

In other college basketball news, the University of Kentucky (#1) is no longer undefeated after their visit to South Carolina (NR) and Clemson fell to Boston College . . . the march to the Madness continues.

Go Green!

Best Jobs for 2010!

January 26, 2010

From the article: “Using five key measurement criteria – stress, working environment, physical demands, income and hiring outlook – the Jobs Rated report seeks to compare and contrast careers across a multitude of industries, skill levels and salary ranges, sorting them into a definitive list of jobs that can be called ‘worst’ and ‘best.'”

Well, the list for 2010 is in . . . and librarians are #46.  Not too shabby!  Police Officers on the other hand come in at #180 just barely avoiding the distinction of landing on the “worst 20” list. The bottom 20  “tend to suffer from a combination of fatal flaws – low salaries, difficult working conditions, serious risk of injury or death, and poor employment prospects.”   And, while police officers share many of the same “faults” of the bottom 20 (including extremely high stress and dangerous working conditions),  “they generally offer median salaries above $50,000 as well as a strong hiring outlook.”   

That being said, the current economic climate can also have a dramatic effect on the hiring outlook . . . in Tulsa there is the possibility of the laying off of over 150 police officers by February 1st . . . NOT a strong hiring outlook in the Tulsa area!

Another Weekend of Surprises!

January 25, 2010

As we continue the march to March, so continues the madness . . . once again we’ve experienced another weekend that witnessed a handful of upsets (or close calls) among the college basketball ranked teams.

Let’s start with Texas (#1) who lost to Connecticutt (#22).  Then there was Michigan State (#7) who barely squeeked by Minnesota (NR) [Go Green!], Tennessee (#8) losing to Georgia (NR), Kansas State (#9) losing to Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh (#11) losing to Seton Hall (NR), and Georgia Tech (#18) losing to Florida State (NR).

Despite the turmoil that this causes alums and fans, this is what makes college basketball so wonderful.