The Miss Rumphius Project
nprbooks:

Libraries in many big cities often serve as de facto homeless shelters — a place for people living on the streets to find quiet and warmth — and it can make others, there to just check out books or videos, uncomfortable. 
KQED’s Scott Shafer reports that’s why the San Francisco Public Library has hired a full-time social worker. She spends her days roaming the library floors, keeping an eye out for regulars who look like they could use her help. And sometimes she hires the formerly homeless patrons she’s helped, like Joe Bank, to do outreach under her supervision.

Nobody does homeless outreach like the San Francisco Public Library. Which is to say we should all be doing homeless outreach like the San Francisco Public Library.

nprbooks:

Libraries in many big cities often serve as de facto homeless shelters — a place for people living on the streets to find quiet and warmth — and it can make others, there to just check out books or videos, uncomfortable.

KQED’s Scott Shafer reports that’s why the San Francisco Public Library has hired a full-time social worker. She spends her days roaming the library floors, keeping an eye out for regulars who look like they could use her help. And sometimes she hires the formerly homeless patrons she’s helped, like Joe Bank, to do outreach under her supervision.

Nobody does homeless outreach like the San Francisco Public Library. Which is to say we should all be doing homeless outreach like the San Francisco Public Library.

The Replacements - Answering Machine
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colonelmerkin:

"Answering Machine" – The Replacements – Let It Be (1984)

The Replacements get me today. The Replacements get me every day.

A critical component of breaking the cycle of violence in areas such as Atlantic City is providing youths with alternatives to the lure of drugs and gangs.

The Atlantic City Free Public Library - with offerings that go well beyond a library’s traditional services - is proving to be an important player in that effort.

Atlantic City’s Library: Leading The Way, today’s editorial in the Press of Atlantic City.

Congratulations to Megan England, Maureen Frank, their colleagues & patrons at the Atlantic City Free Public Library on this wonderful coverage of their teen makerspace, MAKE | AC.

(via librarylinknj)

lecieltumultueux:

Thanks for the question suggestions, everyone. A few of them were similar to previous ones so be sure to check out the archive here. And a special thanks to Kt for today’s choice.

You’re a superstar searcher. You seek that information like NO OTHER. But let’s be…

I’ve become the go-to for my friends when they have questions like:

I’m looking for roommates on craigslist, are these people sketchy?

I met this guy at a bar. I know his first name and where he went to high school. What’s his last name and is he single?

I need something embarrassing on my coworker. Find it.

I’m dating this guy. Is his ex wife likely to kill me?

So you might say I’m chaotic neutral.

Conventional wisdom says we should probably cruise.
I’ve been known to quote Hold Steady lyrics in normal conversation to see if it throws anyone off. It never does. Perhaps my friends expect me to talk like a cross between a noir paperback and an episode of Breaking Bad.

I linked books in three languages today. Nifty.

challenger23:

How to use Photoshop to restore an old, faded photo
I wrote/gif’d a short ‘how-to’ piece for the dailydot, featuring techniques I used to fix this photo.

Before photos existed only as .jpgs, backed up on Flickr andFacebook and Imgur and in cheap portable hard drives, they were subject to the ravages of time. 
Prints only lasted so long. The negatives, from which they were originally made, were lost or destroyed. Saving these analog memories from their inevitable destruction can be as easy as a one-click desktop scanner, but sometimes the images have already suffered from damage. 
Software like Adobe Photoshop can breathe life back into faded photos—if you know how to do it right.

Read the rest —->

challenger23:

How to use Photoshop to restore an old, faded photo

I wrote/gif’d a short ‘how-to’ piece for the dailydot, featuring techniques I used to fix this photo.

Before photos existed only as .jpgs, backed up on Flickr andFacebook and Imgur and in cheap portable hard drives, they were subject to the ravages of time. 

Prints only lasted so long. The negatives, from which they were originally made, were lost or destroyed. Saving these analog memories from their inevitable destruction can be as easy as a one-click desktop scanner, but sometimes the images have already suffered from damage. 

Software like Adobe Photoshop can breathe life back into faded photos—if you know how to do it right.

Read the rest —->

oldbookillustrations:

And just for the heck of it, a page of The idylls of the king printed in shorthand. Montreal, 1889.
(Source: archive.org)

oldbookillustrations:

And just for the heck of it, a page of The idylls of the king printed in shorthand. Montreal, 1889.

(Source: archive.org)

I should have known better than to rile the Tumblr Library Fandom.

Last Words (via howitzerliterarysociety)

Don’t mess with the librarians, Stimie.

(via thelifeguardlibrarian)

We’re so fierce in our cardigans.

Creating style sheets is the secret to catching small errors. I am obsessed with my style sheets. I keep a word list, a character list, a list of places (fictional and real), a chronology, a general style sheet, a list of hyphenated modifiers, and any other list that helps me keep track of everything. I usually fact check as I go, although when I’m pressed for time I make a list of items to look up later, sometimes after I’ve returned the manuscript to the publisher. In those cases, I send a list of corrections that can be added by the production editor to the first pass. (Ha-ha, if someone else wrote this paragraph, I’d query the repeat of “list” — I used it seven times in five sentences.)

Susan Bradanini Betz, who is an amazing copyeditor.  I interviewed her over at The Millions (via italicsmine)

This interview is so interesting! And so nerdy. Copyediting sounds dreamy. 

(via authorstalker)
bettafish-resistance:

blackamazon:

masteradept:

queenconsuelabananahammock:

science-sexual:

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
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This is the kind of shit that gets civil wars started. 

Are any of us surprised by this? People have been saying the same thing for a while now. 

…well maybe we will actually have some revolution.

So Princeton needed how much money to figure out what POC have said for years


^^^^DINGDINGDINGDINGDING.

bettafish-resistance:

blackamazon:

masteradept:

queenconsuelabananahammock:

science-sexual:

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

(Read Full Text)

This is the kind of shit that gets civil wars started. 

Are any of us surprised by this? People have been saying the same thing for a while now. 

…well maybe we will actually have some revolution.

So Princeton needed how much money to figure out what POC have said for years

^^^^DINGDINGDINGDINGDING.

utmostidiocy:

I’m a little ticked off, I checked a book about surgery out of the library and when I opened it up I found that someone had taken the appendix out.

So my idea of “Easter best” has always been a bit skewed. I wasn’t feeling the sundress and pearls.

So my idea of “Easter best” has always been a bit skewed. I wasn’t feeling the sundress and pearls.

Some days on Etsy: Why yes, I’ll spend $80 on this dress. It’s adorable and perfect and my aren’t you people talented.

Other days on Etsy: Hell no, I will not spend $40 on a spool of flipping hand twined twine. What are you thinking? I can get twice as much for $2 at my local Mom and Pop hardware store and it looks exactly the same.

The Hold Steady and Deer Tick - Toad’s Place - New Haven, CT - 4/18/14

So I sang and screamed so much at the show last night, I kinda lost my voice. Oops.

To recap, I’ve been in love with The Hold Steady (and Lifter Puller) for a while now. It’s more an emotional than a cerebral—or even musical—thing. It’s definitely tied up in my undergrad friends, and it might be a little tied up in one of my exes? I started listening to them in 2007, but went to my first show at the 9:30 Club in DC in 2008. This was my 5th Hold Steady show. The others were The 9:30 Club again in summer 2009, The Welmont Theater in Montclair, NJ For New Year’s Eve 2012-2013, and The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ opening for Gaslight Anthem summer 2013.

We drove up to Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT. The venue has a rare wider-rather-than longer-format. It worked. The sound guys were fine. Deer Tick opened. They started out shaky, but built up to an impressive roar. Apparently their lead singer is married to Vanessa Carlton? That was a random duet.

THS played a fantastic set including You Gotta Dance (the only song they played from Almost Killed Me) Your Little Hoodrat Friend, Hot Soft Light, The Weekenders, You Can Make Him Like You, Ask Her for Some Adderall, Stuck Between Stations, Massive Nights, Magazines, Multitude of Casualties, Slapped Actress, oh look I found the set list, though I think it’s missing a couple songs from the list. One thing was odd. They didn’t close with Killer Parties. They ALWAYS close with Killer Parties. So we didn’t get the, “There is so much joy… We are all The Hold Steady,” speech. Ah, well.

They also played a few songs off of their new album Teeth Dreams. I have it, and I really like it, but I don’t have it all memorized, yet, or anything. Just enough to sing along for the choruses.

Also, I got to talk to Tad after. Well, I didn’t talk so much as I rambled and gaped at him. He was really sweet. I know things have been rough for him recently, but he’s been with Craig since Lifter Puller, so he’s my favorite member of the band. Damn, he can make a guitar wail.

Have I mentioned, every time I listen to Clear Heart Full Eyes, I unintentionally hear music as Tad would have written it. He would have jumped in with this kind of riff here. And the tempo would have picked up a little there, and that… That would have been the sweet spot in the solo. /shrug

Also, also, I got a great t-shirt. Win. Maybe I’ll see them in Asbury Park this summer, too. If the tickets aren’t mad expensive. But they’re opening for Drive by Truckers and meh.