Thursday, December 23, 2004

Sneak Peeks...

A sneak peak from the currently in-production Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire...

That's a really terrible dress robe, Ron!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

i'm a librarian and i need a life!!

Came across this article some time back and was pretty amused by it. Titled 'Librarian Dolls Defend The Nation!' by Tanya Angell Allen

"Jessamyn West, coeditor of Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out, mentioned during a recent lecture at Yale. West spoke of how librarians of the past thirty years tried to break away from lackluster librarian-stereotypes, proclaiming, “I may be a librarian, but I’m also a rock-climber!” or “I may be a librarian, but I’m also gay/black/Latino!” or “I may be a librarian, but I’m also sexy!” Now, however, West and my friends in the profession say they are seeing an attitude change among young librarians. Many Gen X and Y librarians don’t mind being seen as serious, smart, and nerdy. They don’t feel that they need to fight for a better image for themselves. They want to concentrate on doing their work, simply because it’s cool."

So what am i??

should i be defined by my job, friends, race, education??

Anyway.. given my work and school schedule, it doesn't leaves me for much.

Yes.. school is starting soon.. barely 1 month after the announcements of the previous semester's results. Pain, pain, pain.. suffer, suffer, suffer.

Anyway... it is interesting about all these debate about librarian's stereotype and image.. i know of a librarian who might be featured in an article in Shape magazine due to her choosen sport... will post the article here if it is ever published! har har har

cheers to that!!

BTW.. Do you have your new year's resolutions ready?? i make them every year. But this year, to be honest.. i don't think i kept much of mine for this year... kinda pathetic.. lots of oversight and ZERO reminders... so.. will be making my list and hopefully.. will be able to share them with my friends. (We exchange our resolutions yearly!)

Well.. i do hope for a better year for my friends and myself.. that everyone will be happy.. no regrets in the things that they do and have the freedon to choose.

OH... and latest news... HARRY POTTER and the HALF-BLOOD PRINCE will be out next year on 16th July 2005. I can't wait to get my hands on the book!! That's part of the reason why i'm looking forward to the new year!!

Monday, December 20, 2004

How you do keep yourself motivated?

hrrrmmpp.. i really wonder about it. i've been at this job for quite a number of years and honestly.. i'm starting to dread going to work.

i don't know if it is me or the environment that is slowly zapping me of enthusiasm and energy.

In an interview before i joined the library.. i was asked where i see myself in five years time. Well.. almost four years into the job.. i'm still doing what i did in the first year of my work.. and honestly. i'm getting very tired and bored with it. Ironically, i have been involved with so much more during my first years and getting involved with projects. Now.. all i get to do is to revamp a package, without the manpower and budget. ( that's another gripe)

I don't find the work challenging. At times.. i wonder if anything i do in the library is making an impact on patron's lives.

i now dread conducting programmes.. cos due to the openness of the venue... i'm constantly being interrupted by inconsiderate parents who dump their kids without consideration for the suitability of the programme or if kids needed to pay to attend the programme.

How do you do it? When you are in the middle of telling a story (at a programmes where parents pay money for their children to attend) and some other parent brought their kids into the programme and left them there? Would you... Do you stop the story to tell the parents that they have to pay?? What impact would the interruption have on the story and the children.. would you be losing their attention.. losing the build-up of the story.. losing what you have started on for the past 10-15minutes... short of re-telling the whole story... what do you do? just grit your teeth, be thick-skinned and advice the parents and continue the story?

It is things like that that is zapping me of my drive, passion and energy. What's the point in improving your skills in storytelling and entertaining the kids when you know that your session is going to be ruined anyway? Might as well do a crap job right?? Don't think that the kids themselves are enjoying it anyway.

Anyway.. i honestly don't see myself doing this for long... don't think that i'm contributing much.. and i rather be putting my energy in some other areas that i know i will enjoy doing and will be impactful and enjoyable to the recipients.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Har har har.. guess wat? I've gotten an early X'mas present... and it's my own domain...

Ain't that cool??? har har har.. just wanna update this today.. before i forget and before it becomes old news!

Thanks Santa... you know who you are !! :)

Friday, December 10, 2004

Nerve wrecking and hair tearing session..

After a few false alarms..(they were supposed to be out on Monday, 6th Dec. However, were delayed until today), my exam results were finally released... it's been really scary for me waiting for the results.

Why, you ask?

Several reasons to be honest...

1. i overloaded myself with 3 subjects.. it's really hard having to run for classes 3 nights a week... reaching home only around 11pm. Plus the night shifts that i have to cover in the library. An average of 2 nights a week including weekends. Giving me not much time to catch up on readings and for my assignments. Forget my movies, tennis, gossip sessions... etc etc.. my social life (that's another issue).

2. You know how you are supposed to be on track with the readings that are assigned to you weekly.. i didn't read them till 1 week before my exams.. yeah.. how great is that? On the exam day itself.. i couldn't even remember which articles i have read and which ones i left out. My coursemate held out 1 article and waved it in my face..."This article is really useful." And of cos, i started freaking out... which article?.. What is it about?.. Do i even have it??

3. During my study sessions... i was watching Oprah on cable... and *gasp* bidding for stuff on ebay. It was something i did so that i could look forward to the end of the exams by having stuff delivered to my place. Oh.. the joys of receiving things in the mail. To be honest.. i spent quite a lot of money online... you know all about "retail" therapy, right? However, it backfired big time!! Why? i was so busy keeping track of my bids every second.. and with the time difference... it means that i was up till wee hours of the morning waiting for the end of the auction! My mum thought that i was so hardworking... if only she knew.

so slack.. so slack...

i worked so much harder in the previous semesters.... so of cos.. knowing the kind of effort i put inthis semester.... i don't expect my grades to be that great.. my motto since the start of the semester.. "Just Pass, Can Liao". But that doesn't eliminate the possibility of me failing 1 or more of my subjects... and the horror of having to repeat any particular modules doesn't sit well at all. Imagine.. all your time spent studying and attending classes when you are in the prime of your life??!!

By the beginning of this week... i was having a major freak out... checking the university's website every few minutes for my results. i have honestly never felt this way for a long long time. Even during my undergrad days.. i knew i would do well... and when i was younger.. i honestly couldn't be bothered about my grades at all.

The chill that went through my heart while the results were loading is not something that i want to go through again. It's too nerve wrecking. Don't think that i would be able to take it again. Once is enough. Thank you very much!

Oh.. and yes.. I cleared all my subjects. Surprise, better grades than what i expected. In fact.. i'm jumping for joy right now... i didn't know that i could even better my undergrad results!! har har har!!

Till term starts again...and i'm not looking forward to it.. (well.. a bit.. cos this would mean end of the suffering and pain!)

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Meet Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure

I did say that i would get back on this.

Nancy Pearl, a retired librarian from Washington Centre for the Book has a Librarian Action Figure modeled after herself. Seems that people can't get enough of it and it's been flying off the shelves with over 2000 sold. Ms Pearl claims that the action hero was a tribute to librarians.. and most librarians has a sense of humour. Therefore, they take it that way.

Honestly... would you get the Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure? I wouldn't. I personally think that it is hideous and will get nightmares if i look at it. It's strange how one tries to fight the stereotype of the bespectacled spinster-looking librarian.. and best feature of the action figure... push a button on her back and she'd assumed the POSE... one finger at the lips, ready to shush anyone who dares disturb the readers' peace. i hate that image ... can't wait to get out of this pose.. at least we have security guard shutting people up in the libraries here!

sigh... why can't we have a collectible Librarian Barbie, dressed in hip and happening clothes from Zara with the cutest accessories and the latest best sellers and interesting books on fact and figures for all...

Why? WHY? WHY?????

It's official... Tom Hanks as Langdon

well... it has been announced... Tom Hanks has been cast in the movie version of the best selling book, Da Vinci Code as Robert Langdon. At one point in time, several names were thrown up.. and seems that they are out now. Those names were star of 'A Beautiful Mind' Russell Crowe; Mr. Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford; Mr. Wolverine, Hugh Jackman and Mr. Big himself, Tom Hanks.

Personally I thought that Hugh Jackson was a fit.. i can just imagine him in tweed and being a code breaker and stuff.. thought that Harrison Ford was too old.. Russell Crowe was a bit too high wired... and Tom Hanks seems to be too stiff..

Oh well.. i do hope that the movie will live up to the hype of the book. It's one of the more interesting books that i have read this year.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Up and coming... Noah Wyle as The Librarian...

Hrrmmpp.. is it hip to be a librarian now?

Noah Wyle (aka Dr. Carter from ER) has a new role... as a librarian with the Metropolitan Public Library overseeing a very special collection: all the biblical, mythical and even literary treasures of the world, ranging from Pandora's box to the Ark of the Covenant to H.G. Wells' time machine.

Think Indiana Jones.. Think the mummy... hrrmmpp.. you get the picture... wonder when we'd get to see it here?

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Would you buy a doll like that?

oh my gosh.. i can't believe it.. i'm speechless... no comments now.. let me gather my thoughts!

Monday, October 25, 2004

Free bookplates!!!

Bookplate by Quentin Blake

Found this website that is really cool... free bookplates for you to use!! ain't that great... now you can just print them out... print your books on the bookplates and stick it in your books!!

To think that i used to buy them from states... sigh... but i did get really nice ones..

Get them all here!! from all your fave illustrators!!! Quick quick quick!!

Emails for sale??!!

Ok ok.. i'm guilty of not updating my site for some time. Been really really busy... haven't had the time to breathe... between work and studies.. i don't have a life!!!

There's so many interesting news that i want to update on this blog.

Ok.. here's one... hope that it's not too old news... apparently, the british library is creating an archive to store the emails of the nation's top authors and scientists, as the written word is replaced by electronic messages.

Emails from literary figures such as Ted Hughes, the late English Poet Laureate, will form a new digital archive alongside the library's collection of paper correspondence, which includes love letters written by Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas. Curators have become concerned that conventional letters are becoming increasingly rare as writers and scientists abandon paper for more perishable email.

The library has appointed the world's first digital manuscripts curator to collect important material that would otherwise end up as deleted items. It has already acquired emails written by Hughes, and has created a list of important people whose
computer files it would like to collect, including J.K. Rowling, A.S. Byatt, Alastair Campbell and Stephen Hawking. Jeremy John, who has set up the library's first digital archive, is appealing to writers and scientists to ask them to store their correspondence in a way that will allow future generations to see their work.

Read more about it here.....

Here's an interesting thought....will people in future, be bidding for a copy of emails instead of actual notes and letters hand-written and signed by famous people?!!... how do you gauge authenticity?? By ip address?? electronic signature??? hrrrmmppp..

Anyway...It's been reported that the first email sent is lost forever... unlike the first phone call made or the first letter sent..who knows what other information is lost...

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Telling it like it is...

This is pretty funny... and i really am in awe of the techies who were able to hack.. :)

The Sun (UK) reported that either a malicious customer or a disguntled employee hack into NTL's (a cable company) phone system. Callers to the company were told,
"You are through to NTL customer services. We don't give a (expletive) about you. We are never here. We just (expletive) you about, basically, and we are not going to handle any of your complaints. Just (expletive) off and leave us alone."

What kind of message would be good for the users of the libraries?


"You have reached XXX library. If you have fines on your account... you deserve it. That's for returning your items late/ damaging the items / losing the items. Other than that, if you can't find the items on the shelves, that's cos YOU don't put it back properly or stole from the library. Quit complaining and do something constructive."

Oh well... might not be the best.. but that's the best i can come up in 3 mins.

On a more serious note.. on a blog?? How can it be?? har har... It's the Banned Book Week in the States... They celebrate it to remind themselves of the freedom of speech, freedom to choose and to voice opinions... and to ensure that even the unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints is available to all who wish to read them...blah blah blah...

Anyway.. what i found really interesting were the type of books that were frequently challenged or banned.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
Forever by Judy Blume
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Some of these books are my favorites... Where's Waldo's banned?? It's just a simple and fun puzzle book... oh well..maybe there's some hidden pictures that i couldn't spot. Sometimes i really don't understand how people can be so uptight about stuff... does it mean that reading about it will cause a reader to emulate the protagonist/antagoist in the story? Eating fried worms is a great source of protein.. haven't You heard?

Reminds me of how i used to try to grow a money tree by putting, planting and watering coins in a flower pot cos i really thought that it could grow into a money tree.. Damned that Standard Chartered TV ad.. for giving me such false hopes!!....

BTW... the MPH warehouse sale was on over the weekend.. and i spent over $100 on books books and books... it wasn't as good as the Penguin book sale which had lots of great classics and novels on your must-have lists (or books that you have to read so that you'd be seen as an intellectual)... but you still get to get hardcover children's books for $10 - $15. Shel Silverstein's The Missing Piece, A Giraffe and a half and Lafcadio, the Lion who Shot Back, each costing $15.. great buys!!!

Can't wait till the next book sale!

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Neil Gaiman's Journal and other stuff...

Just wanna share something really cool..

Neil Gaiman's journal is something that he updates daily. sometimes more than 1 entry a day. I really wonder... where does he gets his time to do it. Given that he is such an accomplished multi-award winning author.. wouldn't/shouldn't he be concentrating on his books and stories instead? Where does he gets the time?

This actually reminded something that i read recently... in order to get the creative juices flowing.. it is recommended that you sit down and write in your journal approximately 1000 words a day.. Wow... that's one-third of my assignment.. har har har..

Wait till my assignment is done.

On a different note.. i'm really drooling over some of the designer blogs. . so... kinda just feel that maybe if i get a cool looking one.. i'd feel more inspired to write more witty and clever entries?? hee hee hee.. so right now.. am in the mist of working out something new over here. No.. i can't afford to pay for one from my favorite blog designer, Moxie.

One suggestion was to collect for donations. Haven't you heard of the girl who put up her website for donations so that she can increase her boob size?? FYI, she did get people to donate money and she did get new and bigger boobs. Any kind souls out there who's willing to donate so that i'd get a new blog look?? Donations??? Please!!!??? The other way is to design and set a blog up by myself. So i'm actually trying set it up with the help of a friend. (YES! You know who you are and you have been suckered to help me do my blog up!!!) If it works out.. you'd get to see it right here?? Or.. i might shift this blog to another host. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Meanwhile.. check out this really cool website based on Spy vs Spy.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

First of its kind?

Well well handphones are banned from the library... this includes texting (smsing as we know it here in Singapore), talking and ringing tones. First-time offenders would be warned and subsequently, they'd be fined... sounds very Singaporean.

Seems that the Library Director at Huntington Beach Public Library tried all sort of ways to ask patrons to refrain from using the phone during reference interviews and when using the terminals. But obviously all in vain.

i am wondering if it would it work? How do you keep track of repeat offenders?

i know how handphones can be a pet peeve of some librarians... same here... i would always advice the patron to go outside the library to talk on the phones.. since it's MOBILE anyway.. har har har har..

Let's see if our libraries going to do that too... note to myself: Add to ban list :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Can i ban YOU?

Only in the states you get great stuff like this... Carlos Hernandez filed a federal lawsuit after he got banned from the Hawaii State Library for visiting a pornographic gay and lesbian website.

Apparently, in the United States, there are state laws that allow authorities to ban people from public spaces after a written request or warning has been issued. Aimed at removing squatters from public campgrounds, parks and beaches, THE LAW prevents the offender from the public space for one year.

No doubt that there would be cases of abuses... but but but..wouldn't it be great for us? i definitely know how relieved and happy some of my colleagues would be if we could just banned certain trouble makers from the libraries...

List of people i'd ban.. (work in progress.. will add on to the list. Keep a look out)

  1. Love struck stalkers... yes yes.... we do have good-looking and attractive people working in the library.
  2. Peeping Toms/Janes... have to be politically correct, you know?
  3. Prostitutes... who solicit their business in the library... Com ' ON!! Go somewhere else! And maybe that's the reason why the Peeping Toms are in the libraries..
  4. Perverts.. such as those who masturbate to cookbooks in the library.
  5. People who think that librarians are really dumb... just today someone asked if i have a "balain"... i figured she was trying to say 'brains'. Yes, i have brains, else i wouldn't have figured out what she was saying. :)
  6. Real wackos... who tears up books and claims that he found them in the dustbin (we couldn't catch him in action).
  7. Sickos ... who swapped the Britney Spears disc with porn. imagine the poor kid who saw it.
  8. Eaters, Snoozers, and Whinners.
  9. Parents... who can't discipline their children and keep saying, "Librarian will scold you." Man.. that's YOUR job.. not mine.. they don't pay me enough for me to do your job.
  10. People who can't see the book when it is exactly where it is supposed to be.
  11. People who are forever asking, " Where's the toilet?"
  12. People who don't read the signage.
  13. People who don't follow library rules and regulations.
  14. People who abuse us and think that they can get their way by being unreasonable, loud and nasty.
Sigh.. if only we could... most of the time, our hands are tied and the police can't do anything about it at all.

Given a chance.. whom would you ban??

Grammar vs style?

Thought that i had to address something else it'd bug me out of my mind. Someone read my post and doubted that i was a real librarian cos i write with incomplete sentences and don't capitalise my "i"s.

Never thought that some people would be so particluar about stuff that is written on a blog, to be honest. i always thought that what make i so great that you constantly have to CAPITALISE I I I all the time.. isn't it a little self pompous? What makes YOU less important that it has to be in small caps?? hee hee hee... anyway... got some really good advice from friends.. and maybe i'd just like to share some tips... as published by by Mark Bernstein on 10 Tips on Writing the Living Web.

An excerpt from point 10:

Relax! Don't worry too much about correctness: Find a voice and use it.
Most readers will overlook, and nearly all will forgive, errors in punctuation and spelling. Leave Fowler and Roget on the shelf, unless they're your old friends. Write clearly and simply and write quickly, for if you are to write often you must neither hesitate or quibble.

Don't worry about the size of your audience. If you write with energy and wit about things that matter, your audience will find you. Do tell people about your writing, through short personal email notes and through postcards and business cards and search engines. Enjoy the audience you have, and don't try to figure out why some people aren't reading your work.

Don't take yourself too seriously.

Do let your work on the Living Web flow from your passion and your play, your work life and your life at home. Establish a rhythm, so your writing comes naturally and your readers experience it as a natural part of their day or their week. But if the rhythm grows onerous, if you find yourself dreading your next update or resenting the demands of your readers, if you no longer relish your morning web routine or your evening note-taking, find a new rhythm or try something else. Change the schedule, or voice, or tone. Switch topics. Try, if you can, to resist the temptation to drop things entirely, to simply stop.

Don't worry about those who disagree with you, and don't take bad reviews to heart. The web is filled with caring and kindness, but thoughtless cruelty can and does cloud every writer's spirit from time to time. Ideas matter, but name-calling doesn't, and petulant critics wrap tomorrow's virtual fish.

In closing, just like to share with you this from Jack Lynch:

Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

MoonCakes and LanTerns!

Today is the first day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar. So what's to look forward to? Mooncakes and lanterns and little piggy baskets. Had a preview tasting of some really good mooncakes last night. That's why i couldn't resist putting mooncakes into my shopping list. i simply love snow skin lotus paste mooncakes. i used to like baked skin red bean paste with pumpkin seed. However, over the years, i kinda didn't like it so much cos it became too sweet for my taste.

kinda funny cos when i was studying, i couldn't afford to buy mooncakes and my mum would send a box of mooncakes and little piggy baskets to me. Pretty cute. And when i got them, i'd have to share it out with over 20 people. Each would only get 1 miserable really thin slice. That's not enough to eat, especially when you are looking at someone who can eat a single big round mooncake with double yolk in one sitting. Talking about mooncakes gonna start my craving. i was so tempted to make a detour on my way home to grab some mooncakes to eat!

And of cos, with mid-autumn festival, you can never be without lanterns and candles. hrrmmpp.. got to start shopping for my lantern this year. Last year i got a huge goldfish, the year before i had a few.. 'Xiao ding dang' Doremon, and Power puff girls. Har har har...

Did you know that you have to burn your lantern after the festival (told to be by one of my dearest friend)? This is so that you'd have a new one the following year! Duh.. with a burnt lantern.. think that you'd definitely need to get a new one!! :) Tell that to her!

There's also this light-up at the Singapore River that i'm really keen to go and take a look. That's what festivals are all about ain't it? Lots of festivities and noise, crowd and bustle. Will try to post some pictures when i get the chance. In the meantime, here's a piece of news on the light-up.

Can't wait to hang around with a bunch of friends, get together, eat mooncakes, carry lanterns.. and not forgetting the all important, candles and sparklers!

Cheers for the Mid-Autumn Festival!!

Best Selling Librarian?

Got to share with you guys something interesting. i'm sure that most of us have heard of the book, Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. What's interesting in today's news is that a librarian actually helped Dan Brown in his research for his books. Excerpts from The Athens News:

Stan Planton, an Ohio University librarian is quietly enjoying the fact that he contributed to the summer's New York Times' bestseller. "It's been very satisfying," said the head librarian at OU's Chillicothe campus, on the book's success. Planton assisted in researching topics for the book's author, Dan Brown.

Planton said he considers it part of his job as a librarian to assist in research no matter who is asking for help. "You never know who is going to come through the doors asking for help, either an author or a graduate student," he said.

Wouldn't it be great if your expertise and assistance as a librarian contributed to a best-selling book?

Things that i found out today

Went to the bookstore today. It's been quite sometime since i last went there. Been pretty busy. i always like going to the bookstore to check out all the new books, immerse in books. don't think that it is too strange. i know that it might sound a bit crazy to people. YOU ARE ALREADY SURROUNDED BY BOOKS EVERYDAY!! Guess that it is different. At work, you can't browse and take your time. it's always rush, rush, rush. Do more with less time and more effort. Does it sound familiar to you?

Anyway.. so there i was in the bookstore browsing.. and guess what i discovered? One of my secondary 1 (grade 7/8?) literature text was made into a movie starring Ben Tibber and Jim Caviezel. And a pretty good one from what i heard, winning several film festival and best actor awards already. i don't know if the movie will be out in Singapore.. but i really hope that it will. Most films in Singapore make it here only if they are viable commercially.

Hands up to those who have read I am David (movie link) by Anne Holm.

To think that i almost threw that book out when i was packing my books just last week. Did a flip through and decided to keep my worn and tattered 15+ year old book.

I will probably do a re-read of the book one of these days.. but just to pip your interest and for me to try to do a fuzzy recollection - the book is about this boy called David who was locked up in a concentration camp till he was 12. With the help of a guard, he manages to escape and coupled with a compass, he is to travel north, from Eastern Europe to Denmark. Having lived in isolation, he has to cope with life outside of the concentration camp, first learning to survive and finding food to eat to trusting dogs and people. Knowledge of things that we take for granted is unknown to him. Stuff like how you can't eat an orange peel etc. (Spoiler ahead) i know that i always cry when i reach the part where his dog gets killed at the border.

Something else too... Avi was a librarian for 25 years before he become an author.. and you can become a published book author by writing blogs (see Mimi Smartypants). So there's still hope for me despite of my numerous rejection letters from various publishers such as HarperCollins, Simon&Schuster etc etc... Or, i can start a collection of rejection letters? How's that for a new hobby? What do you think?

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Secrets that Librarians Hide...

Seems that you can't judge a book by its cover.. nor a librarian.. hee hee.. bit of old news here... (see below) Hey.. but i love it.. keep them coming!! Honestly... what secrets do you have in your closet?? Secrets that you wouldn't want your employer, supervisors, colleagues or friends know? Guess all of us have secrets and try to keep work and private life separated. How long can you hide? And the best part... should your employer be concerned with what you do in your free time outside of work? Even so, how much/will/should/ your promotion and rise up the 'corporate' ladder be judged on what you write on your personal blog? What happens when your hidden identity is unraveled? Point to illustrate: The Demise of Nineteen97

Toronto librarian accused of being wanted Panther (Not an animal found in the zoo!! )
By JEFF GRAY AND JONATHAN FOWLIE Thursday, July 29, 2004

He worked as a researcher among the quiet stacks of the Toronto Reference Library for more than a decade, supporting a wife and children. But 55-year-old Douglas Freeman -- whose real name is Joseph Coleman Pannell -- is accused of hiding a secret, violent past.
Mr. Pannell, police in Chicago say, is a former member of the Black Panther Party wanted for attempted murder in the shooting of a police officer four times at point-blank range in 1969 at the height of the radical group's notoriety. To read more

Cracks me up!!

Since i put up a picture of my dog.. here's something about a cat!

What happens when you:

1) have nothing to do

2) own a sharp knife

3) have a large lime

4) own a patient cat

5) drink too much tequila

6) and it's football season?

Feeling Mixed-up

Barely 6 weeks into the new term, the exam timetable's out. And this is in view of the fact that I HAVEN'T completed any of my assignments!!! Start to plan study time table?? Time to start reading all my readings. Haven't done any of that to be honest. *start running in circles with arms failing everywhere*

Pretty ok spacing between the papers.. with a very long the break between the first 2 papers. Good or bad? Am up for a conference after my exams..Can't remember when it is. Just hope that the timing is such that I'm able to make it.

Tori and Munchy

Something on a totally different note. Read about how someone lost her dog to a stroke. Totally unexpected. i can relate to that. i lost my dog of 10 years over 1 year ago and i still miss her. Never knew what happened to her. She just passed away in her sleep while i was at work. I never got to see her wagging her silly tail and wearing that silly grin again. I buried her with her collar and tags. She never liked being without her collar and i never want her to get lost. Wearing that to doggy heaven will ensure that she knows that i belong to her and her to me. we'd be together again soon enough. Meanwhile.. i'd still be meeting her in my dreams.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Meeting Blues

This poem is really cool. Out of the blue. This guy emailed me saying that he used a picture that i took to illustrate his poem..about meeting blues... think that almost everyone can relate it it. so here it is. Enjoy!

p/s: wondered how he found my picture :)

Meeting Blues

Words! Words! Words galore!
Sitting here has become a chore
Droning words, can't take no more
Words from this microphoned bore

I've sipped the coffee
I've sucked the candy
That happended to be handy
Still I fade to drowsy
Still to be known
How long he will drone
My limit soon shown
When I end up prone

Blurring words repeating
Overpowering, defeating
Many in the comfy seating
Of another useless meeting

'Meeting Blues' Copyright © Tom Brock

I want ONE!!

AAArrrggh... this is the third time that i'm posting this same blog.. anyway.. was just ranting about how i can't sleep due to all the stress that's going on.. being very resentful of the 12 work day week that i've been putting in over the past months... and that i really don't know how much longer i can last. It's ok with working once a month over the weekends.. but having to give up free time on sat and sun TOTALLY SUCKS big time... and the best part is that you can't just replace a weekend with a weekday.. the value is didn't.. family, friends.. etc.. most of the time you can't get to enjoy their company on the days that you are off during the week.

Given that all were making sacrifices during the opening of the new library.. it's acceptable.. but now that it's been stablised... isn't it time to do something before everyone get burnt out??

Anyway.. since i'm awake.. just thought that would do some posting.. and also.. check out some sites. Found some that I really like.. do check these sites out
Little Miss Attila

hrrmmpp... got to pay for the design though... maybe.. just maybe...

Oh.. and
I got gmail
hee hee hee...

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Literacy vs Education: What role is the library supposed to play?

What is the role of libraries in today's world? It used to be very straight forward. To promote reading. Get people to come in to the library to build up their reading skills. Hence, ensuring that people are literate.

lit·er·a·cy [ líttərəssee, líttrəssee ]

1. ability to read and write: the ability to read and write to a competent level
2. skill in particular subject: knowledge of or training in a particular subject or area of activity.

Singapore's got a literacy rate of 94.2% for residents over 15 yrs old. Should the library continue on its literacy campaign or evolve? Given that our National Library's vision and mission is one that expands the learning capacity of the nation so as to enhance national competitiveness and to promote a gracious society as well as to help in creating enlightened individuals who can compete confidently in all sectors. Is knowing how to read enough for that?

Seems that it is not. Is the library becoming an education institution? Can it become a learning centre?

ed·u·ca·tion [ èjjə káysh’n ] (plural ed·u·ca·tions)


1. educating: the imparting and acquiring of knowledge through teaching and learning, especially at a school or similar institution
2. knowledge: the knowledge or abilities gained through being educated
3. instruction: training and instruction in a particular subject, for example, health matters

Not only the library is promoting reading ti its users, it now has a additional role of teaching and ensuring users how to go about searching and gathering information. Would this fulfill the mission of the library? And that's not enough. Seems that librarians must also teach users on how to be anaylse and critic the information was collected. Know where and how the information is from, how it can be manipulated, what kind of message it is converying, is there 2 sides to a story...etc?

Effectively, it's teaching people how to think. It is a big job to undertake. Would libraries have to take up this role in order to support NLB's mission and vision? What kind of commitment would be need from the library users as well as the librarians?

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Five day work week??

In the News today: PM Lee's National Day's Rally Speech brought much joy to civil servants and married couples with/planning to have kids.
- 12 weeks' maternity leave,
- Those with children under 12 pay a lower maid levy
- Centre-based infant-care subsidy of $400 a month
- Two days' childcare leave a year for mums and dads with children under seven
- Baby Bonus extended to first and fourth babies (now for second and third only)
- More generous tax benefits

- Equal medical benefits for men and women civil servants
- Civil servants to have five-day work week, including schools and army camps.

Hrrmpp..should/can I be happy about the announcement? Can't say that I'm happy about it. Presently, i'm supposed to be working a alternate saturday off week but i'm putting in way more hours without any overtime pay at all (I'm considered executive so no OT pay). I'm currently working a 14 day work week, including saturadays and sundays with no off days during the week. I have clocked over 30hours to be claimed as time off. (HR says that one cannot have in excess of over 4 hours at any time.. har har.. what a joke!) However, when do I get the time off? With the nature of serving in a public community library, it's easy to say something but being able to implement, is another totally different matter. Let's see if I'll be getting a five day work week anytime soon.. or just be accumulating more claim hours along the way. We'll see!!!

What about benefits for singles? Will there for tax reliefs for things for singles? In search for more babies for the nation... have the singles been penalised? Sometimes it's not a choice... just lack of opportunities to meet the right one? Smaller social circles, less time for interaction with people outside of work and school? Reminds me of a Sex in the City episode I saw once. Carrie was invited to a baby shower. She raises a question. When people grow into adulthood. Seems that all you do is celebrate couplehood, from engagemets to hen parties, weddings, and births. When does anyone celebrate singlehood? If you are single, after graduation, all you have to look forward to are birthdays and christmas... there's nothing that celebrate singledom. hrrmmpp.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Do you make a inventory of all your books?

Am in the process of moving house and hence am packing up all my stuff in boxes. Then I started wondering... Do librarians take stock of their own books and collection? Of course, I do assume that book lovers will buy and keep their own books. I have quite a lot of books and I don't arrange them at all and my books are always in a mess.. and what's worse is that cos of my many many interests.. I collect all sorts of books, from personalities to photography, sports, novels, comics and children's books.

How do you go about sorting out everything? I'm constantly constraint by space... I stack my books everywhere, next to the bed, under the bed, on the floor, in the tv console... on my window still.. on the book shelves..har har.. guess maybe i'm not the only one out there. (keeping my fingers crossed)