Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Sports confuse me.
In other sports news, swimmers' butts are, aparently, under scrutiny. Wow. Careers in prostitution, politics and sports become more and more similar every year.
On a brighter note, this is Dearborn Station in Chicago, home of Loopy Yarns. Loopy is a fantastic shop and it will be offering some classes this summer with Franklin Habit. I am trying to decide about going to one of them...
And this is the Harold Washington Library in Chicago, which I adore. It's the Library station on the El.
It has cool lights:
The combination of glass and brick, along with some sculpture at the top:
Kind of a random combination of rant and photos today, but there you are.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
My first knit-tag:
Small start, but a start...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
(Silly me - I thought this issue was dead - the things you learn at staff meetings!)
To entertain myself, and with the hope I don't lose my mind, I read American Libraries Direct on Plant Path days, I mean, why not? It's not like I can concentrate on anything.
And before I start, could I just mention that the North Koreans have slam-dunked Hillary Clinton - this just in from the wire services:
North Korea's Foreign Ministry lashing out at Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in unusually personal terms for "vulgar remarks" that it said demonstrated "she is by no means intelligent."Right. Consider the source.
And here are this week's favorite tid-bits from the library world:
Who knew that drinking beer could be such a literary endeavor? I usually curl up with a good book when I have a beer in the evening, but this beats all! This in from Brews and Books:
Avery Mephistopheles - Mephostophiles, by Faust.
Rogue Shakespeare Stout - The bard himself, William Shakespeare.
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig - A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. The Fezziwigs are the owners of the warehouse business Scrooge worked at as a lad.
Baltimore-Washington Beer Works’ The Raven - The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe. The Raven is brewed in Poe’s native Baltimore, and a nod to the author’s most famous work.
Sweetwater The Grapes of Cask - The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
Bad Habits’ The Hops of Wrath - The Grapes of Wrath again, natch.
Mattingly 1984 Golden Ale - 1984, by George Orwell.
Lost Abbey Inferno - Dante’s Inferno.
Philadelphia Brewing Company Walt Wit - Walt Whitman, transcendentalist and (unfortunately) prohibitionist.
Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale - Henry W. Longfellow. Fun fact - HWL was born at the current site of the Shipyard Brewery!
Rock Bottom Catcher in the Rye - Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger.
Bell’s Oberon - A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare. Oberon (or Auberon) is the King of faeries in Shakespeare’s play.
New Holland’s The Poet - While it isn’t entirely clear from the description, the label for The Poet suggests it is another brew named for Poe’s The Raven.
New Holland’s Mad Hatter - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.
O’Hanlon’s Thomas Hardy’s Ale - English author and naturalist Thomas Hardy.
East End Ugly American - Eugene Burdick and William Lederer’s The Ugly American.
Cisco Whale’s Tale Pale Ale - Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville. Though it isn’t obvious (other than the spelling of the word “tale” in the name), the brewery higher-ups have confirmed that the beer is named for Melville’s eponymous whale.
I'll have to get cracking since I've tried very few of the beers listed.
Also, and this is not a joke, did you hear about Kindle erasing the Orwell books? I was never very enthusiastic about Kindle but this will keep me away for a long, long time.
And although I know I'm old and a librarian and I knit and I'm oh-so-boring, I am able to enjoy the wild side vicariously. I can also appreciate creative fund raising. Take a look at this new 18-month calendar of tattooed librarians.
Maybe I should get a tattoo?
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Note the anticipation of the wee ones in the foreground.
Girl-child also finished her first sweater - started about two years ago and finished yesterday, it turned out great:
Two of her summer goals can be checked off the list!
Monday, July 20, 2009
And this from my Page-a-Day calendar - Sunday's page:
"Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.'"
~Charles M. Schultz
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
- Chicago is not a larger version of the Twin Cities.
- It is way, way, way bigger.
- Minneapolis looks puny when you fly home from Chicago.
- There are a lot of skyscrapers.
- Many of the skyscrapers are in the Art Deco style.
- There are a lot of people begging in the streets.
- Young women in bars and restaurants wear CFMs and clothing that does not offer adequate coverage.
- North Rush Street is a great place to people watch on a Friday night.
- They have a mass transit system that works really, really well.
- Men sometimes offer up their seats to women on the trains.
- A woman should never decline a seat from a man on public transportation.
- I have trained Boy-child that he should never be sitting on a bus that has a woman standing.
- While I was on a train a woman scowled at a man who offered her his seat.
- I told said man that he was a real gentleman and I wished him better luck next time.
- I love to go to conferences.
- Who knew?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
This was an experimental community built on the river -if I remember right it was built in the 1970s - the first phase of a grand plan (and the only phase completed). I love the parking lot for boats:
And this is a small set of very cool townhouses on the river:
I thought we had a lot of bridges in the Twin Cities, but Chicago has an unbelievable number of bridges. Most of them are that meshy metal and they open up for river traffic to pass:
But really there are a ton of skyscrapers. When we flew in to Minneapolis there was a great view of downtown which looked puny by comparison.
And and occasional surprise - low brick with vines:
The Sears Tower (which has a new name now but who cares?) which is the ugly one in the middle:
This is one of my personal favorites:
This is a newly refurbished building, now the Hard Rock Hotel - complete with a gilded phallus on top:
These fountains in Millennium Park cool you off just by looking at them:
On our last night we went to Branch 27 restaurant - it used to be a branch of the public library:
It's very nice and open inside:
And although the American Gothic painting has always been on loan from the Institute when I've been there before, there was a way to see it this time (I didn't get to the museum - no time - but I will go back to look for the painting as well as to see the new Modern Wing):