This is Halloween, This is Halloween

Update: the RFID gates seem to be working again. (Huzzah!) Now we just need to upgrade/update/replace the software that the circulation control system we implement for use with the gates on the circulation PCs. Hopefully we’ll take care of that in one fell swoop tomorrow morning.

In the meantime . . . in an awesome display of stunningly choreographed music and technology, I present to you: the Singing Halloween House.  Yes, it’s a Facebook page but it’s public.




Finally, a Library Display

As you surmised from the title of this post, I owe you a library display. Here you go.


The theme for October was “Monsters: Real & Imagined” so we worked to find a selection that we felt was worthy of the idea.

The obvious choices included the historical references: biographies of Joe Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and Mao Tse-Tung were inevitable, as were the books on applied psychopathy (People of the Lie by M. Scott Peck, and The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein, among others.) Haunted, by Chuck Palaniuk actually dealt with ghosts, and Grimoires, by Owen Davies, dealt with the practice of harvesting them in fact and legend. Monsters in America, by W. Scott Poole, deals with the American obsession with ghouls, ghosts, and assorted beasties. Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, and Judith Halberstam’s Skin Shows deal with gothic horror and the technology of monsters.



I’m particularly proud of the title card:


There’s some duplication here: Stalin, Hitler, and Mao, for example. Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter was a nice touch, though I think Brian Cox did a decent job of playing the same character in Manhunter.

Classic monsters from the 1930s on the left (note the closeup of Karloff as Frankenstein on the right), followed by zombie art. Personally, I didn’t think that Bernie Madoff belonged among serials killers, but I wasn’t prepared to argue, either.

I can’t take credit for including Toshiro from The Grudge, Michael Meyers from Halloween, or Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance from The Shining (that goes to Kate with some backup from Emma) but I did insist on using Heath Ledger’s Joker. Not to detract from Mark Hamill’s career as the voice of the Joker, but Ledger’s Joker scares the crap out of me.

Emma insisted on including Faye Dunaway’s Joan Crawford, and we all agreed on including Charlize Theron as Aileen Wournos from Monster. And the creepy little girl with the explosion in the background has been making the rounds on the intarwebs; it seemed wrong to exclude her.

Tomorrow, I’ll post my notes from last week’s SirsiDynix NYC User’s group meeting.

The Government is Toast, but MCNY is Still Here

Or, as CNN  put it in today’s news:

Washington (CNN) — The game of chicken failed. Neither side blinked. Now millions will pay the price.

Americans watched a colossal failure by Congress overnight and the shutdown of their government.

For weeks, the House and the Senate blamed and bickered, each claiming they’re standing up for what the public wants.

In the end, it led to the one outcome nobody wanted — one that will stop 800,000 Americans from getting paid and could cost the economy about $1 billion a week.

“Agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a note it sent to federal employees.

This is the first time the government has shut down in nearly 18 years. The last time it did, the stalemate lasted 21 days during the Clinton administration.

Which, we all remember, was initiated by a southern fried lunatic named Newt Gingritch (GA-R). History repeating itself? Well, yes, as far as I can tell, it is. But city and state governments are still running, and while that is eminently useful, the two entities are not really interchangeable.

This situation is a bit nerve wracking as MCNY gets a fair amount of support from student loans which are run through the federal government, but today and for the forseeable future, we are here.

And because we are here, we have a new display going up shortly. Here’s a look at the stack of books we pulled from the shelves:



As you can tell, the theme is “Monsters: Real & Imagined.” I’ll post another pic when it’s properly arranged.


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