Archive for March, 2016


March 31, 2016

Here’s the next installment of manners and etiquette (courtesy of the Goops)?

Tony started bright and early, clearing up his room,
Soon he found he had to stop and make a little broom;
So then he went into the yard to get a little stick,
But the garden needed weeding, so he set about it, quick!
Then he found his wagon he intended to repair,
So he went into the cellar for the hammer that was there;
He’s just begun to build a box, when it was time for dinner,
And that’s why Tony’s father called his son a “good beginner.

Source: Goops and How to Be Them: a Manual of Manners for Polite Infants Inculcating Many Juvenile Virtues Both by Precept and Example by Gelett Burgess.

What Do You Know?!

March 30, 2016

Knowledge has been defined as “facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.”  As such, we all “know” a great many things based upon our experiential existence; what distinguishes us is in how we apply this knowledge.  Here are some of my favorite quotations concerning knowledge.

Three Thousand, and Counting!

March 29, 2016

My blog has reached a new milestone today . . . my 3,000 post!  A journey that began on June 24, 2008, as a learning opportunity in concert with the Special Libraries Association’s “23-Things” Web 2.o initiative.  A journey that has continued for just under eight years (and counting).

To date, my blog has had . . .

  • 3,000 posts
  • 37,688 visitors
    • day with the most views: June 14, 2012 (1,091 views)
  • most popular day: Tuesday (17% of views)
  • most popular hour: 2:00 PM (7% of views)
  • visitors from 64 countries — the top ten countries by the number of visitors for 2016: U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Australia, India, Brazil, Netherlands, and Spain.

Historically, 2012 was by far the best year statistically with 371 posts published and 59,303 views . . . but the blog goes on.

The Final Four, 2016!

March 28, 2016

What an exciting couple of weeks for college basketball fans.  Yes, there were the requisite upsets that ruined many a bracket, there were the close wins as time ran out, there were the wins in overtime and the field of sixty-eight has been reduced to the final four . . . It was not a good weekend for #1 seeds as three of the four found themselves on the wrong side of the final scores.  Only one #1 seed survived along with two #2 seeds and a #10 seed.

North Carolina (#1) defeated Notre Dame (#6)
Oklahoma (#2) defeated Oregon (#1)
Villanova (#2) defeated Kansas (#1)
Syracuse (#10) defeated Virginia (#1)

On to Houston for the Final Four next weekend where North Carolina will face Syracuse in one of the semi-finals while Oklahoma will face Villanova in the other.  Good luck one and all.

Show Me The Money!

March 27, 2016

I don’t even remember which book I was reading at the time, but I ran across this word and not even the context was able to help me figure out its meaning.    What does is say about one who prefers pelf over principle?


\ pelf \, noun;

1.  money or wealth, especially when regarded with contempt or acquired by reprehensible means.

Elite Eight in 2016!

March 26, 2016

The plot thickens . . . is your team still in the mix?  The field has been halved again as we inch closer to the glory of achieving a “final four” finish.  Here’s the eight who still have a shot.

West Regional
Oregon (#1) defeated Duke (#4)
Oklahoma (#2) defeated Texas A&M (#3)

South Regional
Kansas (#1) defeated Maryland (#5)
Villanova (#2) defeated Miami (#3)

East Regional
North Carolina (#1) defeated Indiana (#5)
Notre Dame (#6) defeated Wisconsin (#7)

Midwest Regional
Virginia (#1) defeated Iowa State (#4)
Syracuse (#10) defeated Gonzaga (#11)

This Isn’t Missouri, But . . .!

March 25, 2016


Missouri is commonly known as the “show me” state.  Here are some mathematical “show mes” to perhaps amuse you on this Friday.

  • Show me a man who counts on his fingers;, and I’ll show you a digital computer.
  • Show me a useless exponent and I’ll show you one.
  • Show me how to partition six and I’ll show you how to do it to two, too.
  • Show me a glib salesman and I’ll show you a line.
  • Show me an erratic teenager with no personal income and I’ll show you a dependent variable.
  • Show me a skier in a miscalculated jump and I’ll show you a slope-intercept form.
  • Show me a homicidal hippie and I’ll show you a square shooter.
  • Show me a desegregated school and I’ll show you integration.
  • Show me a nudist colony and I’ll show you some finite differences.
  • Show me some sharp cleavers of the positive  from the negative and I’ll show you axes.
  • Show me a roulette player who likes to play numbers of the form 2n + 1 and I’ll show you a man who has the odds in his favor.
  • Show me a protest march and I’ll show you some radical signs.
  • Show me a brooding hen and I’ll show you a nested set.
  • Show me a police state and I’ll show you the law of the mean.
  • Show me the checkbook balances during a long vacation and I’ll show you a monotonically  decreasing function.

Source: “Mathematics and Humor,” Aggie Vinik, Linda Silvey, and Barnabas Hughes (eds.), p. 27.

For the origin of the “show me” state slogan, check out this article.

No, It’s Not Broccoli!

March 24, 2016

Duvall- Copper RaintreeYes, when I first saw this painting from across the room, my first impression was “broccoli.” However, upon getting a closer view, it was obviously NOT broccoli, but rather a couple of trees.  This is yet another painting by Duane Duvall that just immediately captivates one’s attention.  The use of the heavy-body acrylics again add some depth and character to this piece and it was love at first sight (hmm, I seem to be saying this a lot).  The artist: Duane Duvall; the title: Copper Raintree; the medium: heavy-body acrylic (and pomegranate juice).

Movers & Shakers 2016!

March 23, 2016

Movers2016Congratulations to the 2016 class of Movers & Shakers!  With this year’s class (the fifteenth), the number of Movers has grown to over 750 librarians making a difference.  Each year Library Journal seeks nominations and asks for help in identifying the emerging leaders in the library world. Profiled here are the  up-and-coming individuals from around the world who are innovative, creative, and making a difference.

These fifty-four librarians being honored fit into one of six categories: Advocates, Change Agents, Community Builders, Educators, Innovators, and Tech Leaders.

Allow me to give a shout-out to SLA member Mila Pollock for being recognized in this year’s class.  Congratulations Mila!

Here’s a map showing the breakdown of all Movers & Shakers by State and Country.

How Healthy is Your State?!

March 22, 2016

Here are the results of the United Health Foundation’s survey that ranks Americans’ health by state.  Factors considered in this assessment include diet, smoking, alcohol abuse, and obesity.  Hmm, Oklahoma is in the bottom five.

1.  Vermont
2.  New Hampshire
3.  Minnesota
4.  Hawaii
5.  Utah
6.  Massachusetts
7.  Wisconsin
8.  Colorado
9.  Oregon
10. Connecticut
11.  Maine
12.  Washington
13.  Maryland
14.  Rhode Island
15.  Iowa
16.  Nebraska
17.  Michigan
18.  Delaware
19.  North Dakota
20.  Idaho
21.  New York
22.  Arizona
23.  South Dakota
24.  Kansas
25.  Pennsylvania
26.  New Jersey
27.  Florida
28.  Virginia
29.  California
30.  Ohio
31.  Alaska
32.  North Carolina
33.  New Mexico
34.  Montana
35.  Wyoming
36.  South Carolina
37.  Illinois
38.  Missouri
39.  Georgia
40.  Indiana
41.  Texas
42.  Alabama
43.  Nevada
44.  Tennessee
45.  West Virginia
46.  Oklahoma
47.  Arkansas
48.  Kentucky
49.  Mississippi
50.  Louisiana

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Source: AARP Bulletin, March 2016.