Things To Do In 2018

A list for myself but really for anyone who wants it:

  1. Give up on media that bores you, or aggravates you. Stop listening to music that doesn’t excite you. Drop any book that doesn’t have a good hook or an interesting build-up. Don’t watch a TV series if it does nothing for you after a few episodes.
  2. Write something once in a while that isn’t for a school assignment. Maybe it’s fiction, or creative non-fiction, or an article, or just a list of things (meta!). Don’t force it. Don’t try to do it every day. But, sometimes, write.
  3. Allow yourself the freedom of saying, “I don’t know what that is, but I’d like to learn”, and variations on it. Be okay with admitting that you don’t know everything.
  4. Experiment with computer languages you’ve never worked with before: R, Ruby, Rust, et cetera. Think about computer programming for apps and mobile devices. Think about SQL applications and the millions of ways Python can be put into Excel. Maybe brush up on your HTML/CSS?
  5. Go see a movie at an actual movie theater.
  6. See music being performed live, whether it’s a band on stage or a talent show at the local library or someone playing guitar at an open air market.
  7. Don’t worry so much. Seriously, you don’t need to worry as much as you do right now. Everything will be okay.

Is It Finally Time For Library Fines To Be Over?

An image of a paper due date slip, with stamped due dates ranging from 1983 to 2002.

Library due date slip (Wikicommons)

An interesting question arose on the library listserv I subscribe to, and I’d love to hear various people’s input on it. How do you feel about public libraries going fine free? That is, libraries no longer charging fines for overdue books and lost/missing items?

On one hand, the revenue from fines help keep the library running, although I’d personally like to see a breakdown of how the revenue streams actually fit into a library’s budget, and it reflects a need to have patrons respect the time and work put into keeping the collection up to date and not filled with ragged, torn books. Also, some libraries use the fine system to keep people above a certain limit of money due off of community computers, to reflect that their refusal to pay their fines have restricted all of their library rights, not just borrowing books.

On the other hand, as many members of the listserv pointed out, libraries are often used by the disenfranchised and the low-income. Not everyone can afford to pay a fine, and not everyone loses a book or keeps a book past its due date out of malice. Having a fine system does not encourage that patron subset to return to the library, and it looks like it’s a pretty big patron subset to lose.

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Starting Summer Semester

Now that finals are over and I’ve finished moving into summer housing, I’ll be starting up the summer semester and my second semester overall as a library science graduate. I’d like to keep the blog regularly updated during the summer, with more posts on physics and books and library science, as well as more flash fiction. I’m also taking two classes and have a part-time job, so sometimes blogging will be lower on my priority list, but it will never be fully forgotten.

Anyway, until then, I’m totally obsessed with Carly Rae Jepsen’s EMOTION album, so enjoy the title track below:

Where You Can Find Me

Still have some proper posts cooking in the pot, including some book reviews and thoughts on board games and library science, maybe even a PAIGI. Until then, I thought I’d let you know what places on the Internet I haunt these days.

On Twitter, you can find me @theseventhl.

On Steam (which I haven’t started yet but it’s still there!), you can find me at gunsandships1776.

On BoardGameGeek, you can find me at lafayetteouioui (see a theme between those two?).

On Pogo, you can find me at PinkStarsFalling (although I currently do not have a Club Pogo membership).

On, you can find me at theseventhl (this is the anime/manga cataloging site I’ve switched to after abandoning MyAnimeList).

I am also on Goodreads and LibraryThing. I use Goodreads and LibraryThing to both catalog what I’ve read; Goodreads is also where I keep my actual reviews and do my yearly reading challenge, while LibraryThing is where I connect with librarian groups and mess around with beginner cataloging.

If there’s anything I’ve forgotten, it’s probably not worth mentioning (and yes, that includes Facebook). Look out for an actual blog post soon!