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I already started a second blog. And just like this one, no one, or very few, people will actually read it. This blog won’t be another litany of my narcissistic ramblings. I read an article about how to engage staff in the business of running a branch library. One suggestion I found intriguing is to create a staff blog as a forum for two-way conversation for ideas and proposals. We’ll see if anyone will actually use it. I’ve tried stuff like this before and it’s apt to be ignored unless I really demonstrate a need and continually push its use.
Softball is starting up again this season. This is the twelfth year as a member of the Art Butchers of the City of Boise slow pitch softball league. We had our first practice today and it was probably the best first time out I have had in years. Partly due to my new steroid routine and partly due over exerting a body that I am trying to convince is both much younger and in much better condition that it really is. I think part of my spryness comes from my first taste being a manager. The confidence is weirdly transferring.
We’re taking my daughter to her very first big time grown-up concert tonight. We’re going to see Kelly Clarkson. I’m a Kelly fan, not so much her music, but who she has become as a pop star. Given her beginning on American Idol, I”d suspect that should would become a corporate tool but she has proven herself to be very independent, real, and frankly someone I want my daughter to respect. I recently read a profile about Kelly in a NY Times blog that reveals her to be both honest, private and has a terrific sense of humor about herself.
I have spent the last couple of days rewatching the Scorsese documentary about Bob Dylan. The film captures the transition between the early folk years as the people who first embraced him would later reject his abstract songwriting and going electric. It’s an amazing thing to watch someone who is being touched by God. Watch Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back as well. He’s a font of creativity that can’t be harnessed or explained. Dylan would later say that those years were some sort of magic that he can’t recreate. It’s the same thing that happened to Mozart before Salieri killed him.
The Peyton Manning sideshow is over and I got what I wanted out of it – Alex Smith is starting for the 49ers. I’m not a 49ers fan per se. I hated them for years when Steve Young helmed the team. Young went to BYU. Other than Jim McMahon and a brief infatuation with Jimmer, I despise all things Cougar. I am a Ute. Smith never got a fair shake. The first time someone believed in him, he did great and was so rewarded by his team attempting to cast him over for Peyton. I hope it only makes Smith stronger.
My library is undergoing a web site redesign and have sent out a request from the staff to critique the beta. Given the fact that this is an in-house job because we have zero dollars, there is only so much we can do. However, if I could make a great library web site, I would go back in time and steal everything the Salt Lake City Public Library is doing now. What is so special about the site isn’t just the amazing design but the way it truly brings the community into the site as a contributor. Totally next level.
I am trying to figure out how to unite my friend George and my boyfriend George. It’s a Seinfeld reference that I wont’ both explaining but I am trying how to bring together what I use at work and what I use at home to keep my life a tad more organized than just trying to remember all this crap. So I have personal and Google accounts and Microsoft Outlook. They all have calendars, e-mail accounts, and task/to-do lists and I want to unite them all. It’s confusing just reconciling what I want do let alone how to do it.
I’m playing around a bit more with Google+ and as it progresses, it seems to be getting more function and frankly more cool. Part of this new found opinion on my part has to do with my recent falling out with Facebook. I’m just bored with Facebook and don’t really find much use for it other than marketing the library. It just may be that Google+ may be a welcome option. I am coming around on Circles – the ability to easily create specific groups. I am trying to set up a group video chat to see how well it works.
Tomorrow morning I am continuing an odd schedule ever since I left my last library. Each Wednesday this month, I return to my former employer to teach an Excel basics class. This is something I volunteered to do (my current job is paying my time so I can replicate the classes at my new library). Previously, I would spend a lot of time researching and putting together a lesson plan, but I have bagged that thanks to what my just be my favorite internet resource: GCFLearnFree.org. It’s a wonderful non-profit that provides step-by-step computer tutorials including videos and live classes.