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 For anyone who doesn't know, I finished my last class of library school a couple of weeks back. I rambled a bit about this over at The Nascent Librarian.

Also be aware: I consider finishing library school to be totally awesome. :D
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Note: the below is a big honkin' setting riff based on one of the new D&D races in the PHB2. If that's not to your interest, please accept my apologies. You can totally stop reading now. :-)
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As of tomorrow, I will be leaving behind the humdrum life of a web editor and reference assistant for the hustling and/or bustling existence of a web and digital project manager. This career mobility isn’t as mobile as it might have been, though, as I’ll still be going to work every day at the Catherwood Library; I’m taking over the team I’ve been a part of since 2006. 
To say I’m excited about this is an understatement.  I enjoy the work our team does, and the work that the library does.  I also dig the folks I work with, which is always a plus. This move means more management responsibilities (obviously), but also more involvement in the vision end of web work within the library.  It’ll be a big change in a lot of ways, and not just that I’ll be trading a demi-cubicle for an office.
I think it’s gonna be keen.

(Crossposted, sans image, from by library-type blog.)
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And to some extent, we just did.

There's so much more to be done.

But this is one hell of a start. Or maybe just one more step in the right direction.

Any way you look at it, there's a lot to be proud of tonight. We need to enjoy that. 


Nov. 4th, 2008 11:09 am
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For those who are interested, I posted my write-up of the Dresden Files RPG version of Ithaca to for comments, questions, and general pillorying. If you tend to visit that place, drop on by and chime in.
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OK, so I've techincally been involved in the playtesting of Evil Hat Productions' Dresden Files RPG, based on the books of the same name. Sadly, events have conspired to prevent me from really digging into the project, but in an effort to change that -- and with some great input from [ profile] contentedmoo , [ profile] thebiggest , and [ profile] judd_sonofbert -- I've used the really keen City Creation rules to put together a supernatural version of Ithaca as a potential setting for some playtest sessions.

So if you're interested in such things, look behind the cut. )

I think this game is gonna be awesome.
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In a recent post, [profile] jccohen introduced me to a new terror. I have attempted to deal with this nightmare by posting to my quasi-professional proto-librarian blog about it, and about the really cool site it led me to discover.

Beyond this link, find things that should not be.
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I've been running a 4e game since the weekend it got released, and we've been having a great time (check the excellent write-ups Judd and co. have done about the game here). But I got to thinking about another game I'd like to run, less straight-up D&D and shooting more for a Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser or Conan kind of thing.

On Judd's insistence, I've posted those thoughts here.


Jul. 1st, 2008 09:55 am
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This is apparently what happens when [profile] narose and I get punchy these days: we conceive of Facebook groups with terribly punny names. I hereby present:

TUG (Thespian Until Graduation)

Lemme know if you want an invite. All you folks who actually managed to stick with theatre... well, we'll think about letting you in. ;-)


Jun. 19th, 2008 08:15 am
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I hereby present my massive planning, marketing, and assessment project... as visual art:

This Wordle widget is pretty fun... thanks, [ profile] bruceb, for the link!
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The Pilfers make me feel young.

The Reel Big Fish make me feel old.
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Any Ithacans up to go see the Pilfers and Reel Big Fish at the Haunt tomorrow (Thursday) night?
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... comes to us, somewhat unsurprisingly, from Chris's Invincible Super-Blog.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a library staff member who has just finished a lunch-hour reference desk shift must be in want of a meal outdoors. This is especially true on a day as gorgeous as today. So it was unsurprising that come one o'clock I found myself riding a bus downtown in search of sunshine and sustenance.

The latter came in the form of a delicious gyro from the stand that one can often find weekdays at the Commons and weekends at the Farmer's Market. I wasn't sure the weather would draw the proprietor out so early in the season, but there he was. Had he been down there all along, or did my yearning for his delectable wares will him into being even as I set foot upon the Seneca Street bus stop? A question for philosophers. Being ever the pragmatist, I cast such shallow profundities aside and sat on a low wall to consume the gyro of my desire.

Having finished my gyro and perfunctorily perused the stacks at Autumn Leaves, I walked up the Ithaca Coffee Company, where they wisely use ice cubes made of coffee in their iced coffee. With such a drink in hand, I took a bus back up the hill and -- with both time in my lunch break and coffee remaining -- strolled briefly around campus. Then, it was back to the library, feeling thoroughly refreshed.

In short: it was one helluva good lunch break.
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Some updates!

First and most importantly: as of April 5, 2008, [profile] narose and I have the honor of being godparents to James Paul Andrew DelRosso-Freeman. Thanks again to Jeana and Dave for the honor, and hopefully I'll have some pictures of the auspicious event to post very soon. Little Jamie has joined his sister Sofia in the ranks of the christened, having long since joined her in the ranks of Kids Who Are Totally Awesome.

Secondly, I have recently returned from Computers in Libraries 2008. It recursively inspired me to start a new blog in which I discuss it and other items of note in my quest for librarianship:

The Nascent Librarian

My goal is to post substantive library-related things to that blog twice a week, while trying to keep this LJ updated with my non-librarian shenanigans. We'll see how it goes. In any case, if anyone here is interested in my ramblings about books and web resources and so forth, please feel free to drop by.


Mar. 10th, 2008 07:46 am
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It's a beautiful thing to behold.

The sunrise slides down Tower Road and kisses the clock tower that makes it one of the better-named byways on this campus. The tower's lit up in a warm brightness that makes you think of of fireplaces and hot cocoa, and it's sketched against the cold blue reluctance of a western sky that's not quite sure it's ready for the day to begin. It's simply beautiful.

I'll get back to you about whether it's worth getting up an hour early for.

My Spring Break begins in earnest today. It's difficult to grasp how that can be, sitting on a 7:20 bus that feels for all the world like a 6:20, but maybe it'll sink in later in the week when I'm not busting my ass on two major assignments while trying to sound insightful on the class discussion boards and settling for coherent.

It occurs to me as I write this that I enjoy tapping out a few words here and there and posting them for folks to read. I'm narcissistic that way. Maybe this time I'll keep it up for a bit on this journal, rather than hoarding it for folks who like libraries or hate how I game.

Wouldn't bet on it once my classes start up again, but it's a beautiful thing to consider.
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