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The Christmas Pickle

My friends have expressed some dubiousness (and a great deal of mirth) upon my recounting the German tradition of the Christmas pickle (the “Weihnachtsgurke”). (And yes, this is related to the English word “gherkin“– tho’ the etymologic descent is actually … Continue reading

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New Year 2008

My, it’s getting dusty around here. Time to do something about that, I think! I had a lovely New Year’s, I hope you all can say the same. As per usual, my family went up to our place in the … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season

I cut our tree this afternoon just as the sun was going down, and it sits trussed in the back of the van, awaiting our return trip. We had dinner. And now…

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Librarians Rock

Tidbits lifted straight from LJ’s January “frontdesk” page which were too funny not to share: The ALA has a MySpace page! (Gender: Female. Age: 101. Who said MySpace was only for teens? Though, strictly speaking, we lied about our age– … Continue reading

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Where in the world have you been?

A nifty little tool I saw on Neil’s journal… here’s a nifty visual representation of the U.S. states, European countries, and countries of the world to which I’ve been. (Yes, I know, I don’t get out much.) The really sad … Continue reading

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Tom Gauld

I found this single-page graphic story outline (of sorts) called “Characters for an Epic Tale” on the back page of a catalog for First Second (which is a new graphic novel imprint), and went looking for more. Go look, he’s … Continue reading

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OW.

I have a headache. Our quiet, planned, SIMPLE server upgrade is a mess, thanks to a stupid mistake someone (no, NOT me) made about 8 years ago (the guy hasn’t worked here in nearly that long, but I think there’s … Continue reading

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Confusticate book meme

Look, it’s spreading all over the site! Right, so: 1. Grab the nearest book. 2. Open the book to page 123. 3. Find the fifth sentence. 4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with … Continue reading

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ARGH

(This joke was so bad, I simply must share.) Did you hear? The Pope has the bird flu.

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Booksbooksbooks

Oh, look, I *do* still remember how to log in to my blog. Fancy that. Yes, I know it’s been an awfully long time… ::wanders around, doing some dusting and sneezing copiously, cleaning off some graffiti someone scribbled on with … Continue reading

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