Muppet History

A great article from Ellen earlier this week: “Surprising stories behind 20 Muppet characters.” Here’s some Beaker trivia:

13. Beaker: I always thought of Beaker and his buddy Bunsen Honeydew as characters that came along later in the Muppet timeline, but they have been around since the “The Muppet Show.” Although Beaker usually says things along the lines of, “Mee-mee-mee-mee!”, he has had a few actual lines: “Sadly temporary,” “Bye-Bye” and “Make-up ready!” Despite being word-challenged, he manages to do a pretty convincing Little Richard impression and, surprisingly, had mad beatbox skills. Beaker is one of the only Muppets that was never recycled from some other purpose — he was created solely for “The Muppet Show.”

12 Days

Merry Christmas! I seem to have problems getting YouTube videos to embed & display on my blog, so you will just have to click on this link to watch a funny Indian-ized version of the 12 Days of Christmas.


So, they dress like hipsters but you’ve gotta be pretty nerdy to come up with this idea for a video, right?

This is one of my current favorite songs. I don’t think I like the video quite as much as the first, but it is pretty amusing to imagine the conversation that led to the video.

Finding stuff

People generally assume that librarians know how to find stuff, especially in their own libraries. But that is not always the case. Witness the past 20 minutes of my life.

I took a call from a professor who needed a copy of an article he wrote. Not available electronically, but he says we have it here. I pull up the record in the catalog and verify that we should have the volume in question. Continue reading

Chain survey


1. Ten years ago I was: To the day, quite possibly rehearsing for my high school graduation, or at Baccalaureate or Class Day. I could try to look up the date but I know it was early June. [ETA 6/9: Mom says: “You actually graduated on June 5, 1998. So on June 8th ten years ago, you would have been ‘recovering’ from all the graduation hub-bub.”]

2. Five things on today’s to do list: work on suggestions for changes to basic English Lit library instruction class. work on next week’s reference desk schedule. try to come up with something to post to the library blog. post pictures from Sox @ O’s. feverishly knit on never-ending afghan.

3. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire: Pay off my student loans and my close friends’ student loans. Pay my parents back the money they loaned me (a loan they forgave) after college graduation. Buy a Vespa. Buy new cars for a couple of people. Probably buy a house for myself. Make a big donation to the Hospice of the North Shore.

4. Three bad habits: easily irritated, difficult to re-motivate myself once bored for too long, weakness for chocolate cake

5. Six places I’ve lived: Baltimore, MD; Somerville, MA; Brighton, MA; Boston, MA; Douglas, MA. That’s actually it. I don’t have a sixth (though I have lived in more than six apartments/houses/dorm rooms). And really, three of those places barely count as being separate.

6. Six jobs I’ve had in my life: librarian, grad school tech support, ticket seller, writer/editor/copyeditor, college yearbook nerd, grocery store cashier.

Jumping for Joy @ Your Library

A coworker sent these links out today. Neat stuff, (though nightmare-inducing for library administrators who have to consider insurance & etc). The second one is a bit low-res.

Rappelling in UK Library:

Base jump from 21st floor of the Moscow University library:

Book meme

Because I apparently don’t really blog anymore, and because I am at the reference desk and no one has questions. From Chez Shoes:

  1. Pick up the nearest book.
  2. Open it to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence/ phrase.
  4. Blog the next four sentences/ phrases together with these instructions.
  5. Don’t you dare dig your shelves for that very special or intellectual book.
  6. Pass it forward to six friends.

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

Impotence is legal grounds for divorce in twenty-four American states.

In a tradition dating back to the beginning of the Westminster system of government, the bench in the middle of a Westminster parliament is two-and-a-half sword lengths long. This was so the government and opposition couldn’t’ have a go at each other if it all got a bit heated.

Tag yourself for this if you are so inclined.