Smoke 'em if you got 'em.


Women’s Work: Reimagining “Blue-Collar”

26 images of tenacious, strong female loggers, welders, firefighters, miners and so forth challenging the idea of what we consider “women’s work.”

I don’t know if ya’ll heard but JAMES LIPTON IS 88 MOTHER EFFIN YEARS OLD.

The man of my dreams has a broken down vehicle and needs me to haul him around tomorrow, destroying my plans for camping.

If I am giving up solo camping for this dude something had better work out eventually or I am going to be a wretched pile that does nothing but eats Half Baked  by the gallon and watches every episode of Buffy before eventually getting over it and marrying the banjo player from Trampled by Turtles.

I guess it’s a win either way. 

Except I will still not be camping tomorrow.

The Velvet Underground - Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
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The Velvet Underground - “Oh! Sweet Nuthin’”

Had a patron come in today who has absolutely no understanding of how to use the computer. He needed to access the e-mail his daughter set up so he could print a boarding pass to go see her on the train.

The guy was probably about my father’s age, work boots and a beat up old jacket. Had me talk to his daughter on the phone (completely against policy to touch a patron’s items but oh well) so I could get his e-mail address and password from her.

The guy was sheepish and nervous the whole time, scared to even use the mouse and apologizing to me constantly as I helped him find all the letters in his name on the keyboard. It took us 15 minutes, but eventually we got into his e-mail and got that boarding pass printed with him at the helm the whole time. By the end, he was able to click the mouse with confidence and could even find a few of the keys with out my help.

It is so easy to take the knowledge and skills our generation considers “basic”, for granted. 

I know being a librarian isn’t the most important job in the world. Still, I have the opportunity every single day to make people feel comfortable when they were nervous, confident when they were scared, and often relieved when they had been worried. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

These are the days that must happen to you.
Walt Whitman  (via celticmoonchild)



I just uttered a trembling groan




I just uttered a trembling groan

Fan fiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of by the folk.
Henry Jenkins (Director of media studies at MIT)