Videos I’ve enjoyed lately

I was hoping to do something more LIS related, but this might be all I have energy for right now.

  1. Red Letter Media’s Mike Talks About Ghost Adventures. A fascinating look into a genre of TV I rarely watch.
  2. Lindsay Ellis’ two-fer on the Game of Thrones series finale: We Need To Talk About Game of Thrones I Guess and The Last of the Game of Thrones Hot Takes. As someone who bailed after season four, I’m glad I didn’t stick around for the end. Note: I think all together it’s about 90 minutes of video essays.
  3. Brutalmoose’s Old School RuneScape Forever. I always love his video game videos, and his enthusiasm for RuneScape is rather infectious.
  4. Chris Fleming’s Davis II. It’s impossible to describe, but if you like Chris Fleming, there’s no way you won’t like this.
  5. Bill Pump’s YOU TAKE THE MOON AND YOU TAKE THE MOON AND YOU. This – this is one of the few videos I’ve seen over the last week that makes me laugh so hard my gut hurts, and it’s very absurd and really only appeals to Chowder fans, but I hope someone out there enjoys it as much as I do.

Wednesday Briefs: Disassembly Required, Part Six

This week, we’re back in the thick of things with Disassembly Required. In part six of this serial story, Allen finally gets a last name, a crucial object from part one is remembered, and everything goes even more pear-shaped than Beatriz could imagine.

Previously parts of this story can be read starting with part one. For a quick refresher, part five is here.

Disassembly Required, Part Six

Allen shut off her phone. She’d spent the last fifteen or so minutes composing countless angry messages to Beatriz, only to delete them and start over with a blank screen. But in the end, nothing was sent. Her silence still spoke volumes—or so she thought as she angled her way through the conference hall.

Her face burned. Beatriz had completely shut her out of their project, adjusted the machine without her knowledge or consent, and then brushed off her concerns as a manifestation of conference stress. Beatriz had been right from the first time they met, Allen thought. She really did not bring any joy to the world. Allen’s clenched jaw and unspoken torrent of insults were proof of that.

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Wednesday Briefs: Disassembly Required (Part Five)

Back at it again with Disassembly Required, my current flash fiction series running through Wednesday Briefs, a weekly flash writing group. In this latest part, science happens, there is an explanation of recent story events, and someone takes one step forward and one step back.

You can read previous parts of this series here: Part One | Two | Three | Four

Disassembly Required, part 5.

Imagine time.

Or, at least a representative image of what scientists describe as time, as what a human brain perceives time as. Maybe it’s a clock, or a sun dial. Maybe it’s a piece of string that stretches forever, or an eternally long slinky. Maybe it’s even a blue police box, its light flashing as it fades out of vision.

Take those images of time and shake them until they disappear like so much magnetic fuzz on an Etch-A-Sketch. Imagine time as an amorphous blob that slides out of your hands the moment you think you’ve got a handle on it.

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Wednesday Briefs: Under A Clear, Dark Sky

Sometimes, the only way to break through a bad spell of writer’s block is to write The Adventure Zone fanfiction. Spoilers only for the conclusion of the first arc in the Balance campaign. Apologies in advance for any errors with D&D lore/worldbuilding, I’m still new to the tabletop roleplay sphere.

Under A Clear, Dark Sky

Your name is [redacted] and your position within the [redacted] is that of a [redacted], which means you are very important and do a lot of traveling throughout the country. You look for objects of great importance, then recover them—and often you do not recover them. Your record so far is zero items recovered. Still, you travel a lot. You enjoy the work. You cut a solitary path through Faerûn and beyond, which suits you just fine. You have known your whole life that there’s no one place you belong.

Your current job has you undercover as a merchant, part of a traveling caravan heading toward a distant market. You’ve received intelligence that the [redacted] will be there, so you brush up on the local dialects and learn the craft of making leather goods as your cover before joining the caravan. It’s  a mixed group of humans, halflings, elves, and dwarves, and the overall atmosphere is rather chill. There’s  a lot of small talk and storytelling around the nightly fires, and there is no shortage of friendly bartering and exchanging tips to pass the time during the day.

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Two Videos For The Price Of One

First, a very good (50~ minute) presentation for OCLC about copyright in cultural institutions, primarily the LAM part of GLAM. Very good presentation for anyone interested in the multi-faceted way copyright and related issues like fair use impact our daily work as well as our work with specific communities.

 

And here is a short original animation based on the video game Kirby Star Allies, because it is adorable and sweet and bright and never fails to cheer me up, even on the darkest, gloomiest days.

Video: Dealing with Angry Customer Behaviors

I found this webinar video from RAILS at a good time in my pre-professional library career, although I think anyone who works directly with customers/patrons can find a lot to learn from this. This is especially useful for public library employees. I don’t think I agree 100% with everything, but I find enough of it to be immediately applicable to what I do at the front desk.

Note: it’s over one hour long. It’s a good video to let run in the background while working on other things, if you don’t mind missing visuals (the slides being presented can be downloaded separately at the RAILS website).