ladybranwen: (Universal control!)
What happened to Nexis? Where is the old format that I loved, and why can't I get anything older than 2005 when yesterday, I had things going back for years. What kind of game are they pulling?

I used to love Nexis, but I'm so not feeling the love tonight.

Hah, see if I ever spend my well earned money on you in the future.
ladybranwen: (Felicity fashion)
Six classes left! Ugh, I am so not looking forward to tomorrow and the test of doom. Not to mention my interview for the library job. I do hope I get it, and I am not dressing up in a suit because she said "informal interview". Plus it is going to be cold out and I don't want to be tromping around all day in such an outfit.

Because I have to be bored to death in the afternoon thanks to my technology class. I must say, though, that upon completion of my reference notes, I feel very impressed with myself. I actually have a product that I can keep handy and use should I ever be stuck on the reference desk. Well, maybe not, but it sure was a heck of a lot of paper.

Now time for more studying and then sleep, blessed sleep!
ladybranwen: (Molly - vexed)
I hate reference. Why in God's name did I decide to take it with Smith? Why?

Cynthia gave me a back massage tonight because I begged her as it is killing me. Although I was startled when I was instructed that I had to get all nekkid for it. Unlike when Christine did them. It worked for about five minutes, and now my back is hurting again. Urgh. It's either the stress or the very bad beds that I pay premium price for.

Oh, and no tickets to see The Nutcracker. They were sold out. But this is probably a message to me to get my work done!

I did spend $3.06 today buying three books and a thing of soap. Not bad. [ profile] mmebahorel, did you get my Kim Philby book comment?
ladybranwen: (L5Y - rescue you)
[Poll #625722]

And, yes, I will attempt to get all of my cards out this year. I have somewhere here a comic I drew last year for [ profile] mmebahorel but never sent. I don't think it matters anymore because it was about her ditching her job and going off to England (which is exactly what she did). I do have a week between classes and going home, so time enough to fill out cards, right?

I'm so sick of reference. And yet I have barely scraped the surface of all that I need to do to prepare myself for my final exam on Monday. Goodness, you would think I had a death wish. And now I'm getting to be too tired to care.

Library book sale tomorrow morning? Oh yes, I'm there!

PSA #42

Nov. 7th, 2005 11:53 pm
ladybranwen: (so pretty)
It is certainly one of the most tantalizing things in the world, to be kept in weekly, nay, daily expectation.

This is mostly aimed at [ profile] philosphercat and [ profile] shawk, because I have decided to change over my NaNo journal from last year ([ profile] annie_davidge) and make it my research journal for the Davidge family. So here is your chance to defriend it before I start boring you with what I find exciting and interesting facts about the family! Run and save yourselves now. Well, hopefully that will keep all of my thoughts in one space and spare you all from my historical dorkiness excitement.

I plotted this out in my tech class this afternoon. In my defense, we were learning about blogs and wikis at one point. I also didn't get my test back; he had just started to look at them, and said we should get them back within the next two weeks. Joy. Personally, I wish he would just keep it. So much better that way, blissful ignorance!

AS was really off his game today. He had a family emergency and it was really quite alarming. I mean, in expensive DIALOG mode, he was making lots of little errors. We were worried for him.

We had some really interesting reference books to go through today. Take for instance Current Biography Yearbook 2004 which claims to "provide reference librarians, students, and researchers with objective, accurate, and well-documented biographical articles about living leaders in all fields of human accomplishment". But then, instead of having world economic leaders like Bill Gates, we had people like Colin Firth and the group Outkast. Huh? Living leaders? I mean, I love Colin Firth, but he is no leader in acting. Unless he leads the British literary film actors guild. Cause, yeah.

Then take Dictionary of American Biography for example. It included no living person, you had to be dead by 1920, and considered more than just merely average or a typical American. There was no room for you in the 20 volumes in that case. So all I could do was picture lots of Americans who thought they were important killing themselves off in 1920 so they could be included. Maybe that's why it is twenty volumes long. I did learn that John Beale Davidge's first wife's name was not William as the will stated but Wilhelmina. I'm not sure what is better. The funny thing is that she was Scottish.

Contemporary Artists included Nancy Spero. Nobody knows her here, I bet, but she had an exhibit at our school's art gallery my first year working there. One of her art installations included a clothesline that had Sheelas and some underwear on it. My co-worker Jess plotted out ways to steal a pair so she could say she was wearing art. Alfred Leavitt, lecherous 102-year-old man, was not included. He went after undergrad students when he was visiting our college at the age of 90-something!

And lastly, reference questions for [ profile] decken, cause you know you love them!
1. What is the range of motion of the thumb (flexion) in degrees?
2. In August, 55 BC, Caesar first invaded Britain. What information can you find about the catapults used against Britons on the beach.
3. What information can you find on biblical lamps?
4. Where could one find an article on monitoring neuromuscular blockade?
5. What are some methods of parlimentary obstruction?
6. Could you please find the notation for the first theme, second movement of Shostakovich's Symphony #5, Op. 47?
7. What is the function of the magistrate courts in Britain?
8. Where could one find a discussion of Arthurian illuminated manuscripts?
9. We often hear the Pew Charitable Trust mentioned on NPR. How many employees does it have?
10. What are the ceremonial robes of the Lord Mayor of London and what occasions are they used for?
11. What were some of the popular songs of 1941?

There you have it, a day full of reference. Yay!
ladybranwen: (Universal control!)
And besides, if my next entry is going to be on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, this Sunday story won't fit. So there.

I was doing reference work at the library on Sunday, and one of the books I had to go through was the Dictionary of American English on Historical Principles. It "covers words and phrases which are clearly or apparently of American origin (blah, blah, blah) terminating at the end of the 19th century." As I was putting the book away, I had the brilliant idea to look up a word I had run across during my time archiving the Davidge papers. I knew it wasn't right, but couldn't pick out of the 19th century handwriting what it was. My best guess was...


And really, I knew that that couldn't be it. Or at least I was quite sure they didn't. It was found in a letter from a Tisdal and Bordeau to Walter Davidge (I believe) on March 21, 1848. It was something like "'Peter-fucking', or to run it up or cause it to be run up to a pretty high mark." Yeah, that was the definition T&B gave of the word. A later letter, dated April 25, 1848, continues the discussion of the the man doing the "running up" with, "We almost think however, judging from his previous success in hocus pocus work that Mr. Rynmy will manage to stave off a sale." Go him, the little "peter-fucker".

So, I was always curious as to what is the actual word. And now I know. They had the definition pretty much spot on to what was in the dictionary. Ok, so maybe not quite the same, but still. But, the word is...


Such a difference one small letter makes! I think that AS should put "What does the term 'Peter-funking' mean?" on his list of reference questions.

And according to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable "Gretchen" (or "Maggie") is a stock name for any German girl. Doesn't that make you feel special, [ profile] decken?
ladybranwen: (One of those days)
Today in my technology class, as I stood over the open bowels of a computer, all that I could think of was that 400 years ago, it would have been very much like Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp. I think I was very lucky, however that it was not an actual human we were dissecting because I was feeling sick for much of the afternoon. Never will I buy the chicken cesar salad from the Fens again. But, there, that was my dorky moment of the day.

I didn't share my insight with my classmates for fear that they would find me too odd, and too art historianish, for words.

I also shot myself in the foot because I have two research papers (for reference and archives) and one group project due all at the same time. Yuck.

Fun times in Reference?

Well, he was telling us we have to be careful and check titles to make sure they actually exist. So like when a person comes in and says last night they were watching tv and they menioned a book on beagles and it was called "Oranges and Peaches", don't go frantically searching for hours for that book, because it doesn't exist. What they are really looking for is Origins of the Species.

This week's reference questions:
1. What is the origin of the phrase "Throwing a tub to the whale"?
2. What is the value of a 1975 Norton 850 Comando?
3. What are some addresses of small arms manufactures in Massachusetts?
4. I have heard the phrase "rabbit rabbit" repeated on January 1st. What does that custom indicate?
5. What would one spray around the baseboards and windows to discourage scorpions from entering the house?
6. What is the origin of the place name, Mousie, KY?
7. When is the King Ranch Annual Ranch Hand Breakfast and approximately how many people attend?
8. Please find a bibliography of diaries and travel accounts in the US from 1730 to about 1830.
9. Could you please find a bibliography of bibliographies of theses and dissertations?
10. The Siege of Trenchers Farm was made into a film. What is the title of the film?

And, the person I need to contact for the interview is out of town, so I sent her an email instead.
ladybranwen: (quietly studying)
While doing some reference work in the library, I examined Poole's Index to Periodical Literature 1802-1906. In his intro, he is describing how librarians from the US and from the UK joined forces to compile this Index. Except, half of the British librarians didn't get their info completed on time, so he muses that, "perhaps the climate and social customs of England are not so favorable as they are in America for night work". Somewhat hinting that they weren't as devoted to the cause as to the librarians across the pond. He then says that what they've really been doing, since all of the librarians basically did this at night when their regular jobs were finished, was "night play" instead of work. Because it was something that they hopefully enjoyed doing. Night play is a fun phrase.

I spent a good portion of my time in the library, but still need to go back tomorrow, if not Saturday. Hmm, weekend to do list:

-Finish up reference works
-Reference questions
-Readings for LIS 407, 415, and 488
-Paper for LIS 438
-Book review for LIS 438?
-Catalog record of one of my books
-Start researching EAD?

Now that I see that I have lots to do, maybe I won't waste time.

Like last night, I ended up watching two hours of Lost, because I hadn't watched it all last year, though now I realize that it is on at the same time as Veronica Mars. Why do they do that? Then I went down to visit Cynthia, and eventually watched Boondock Saints with her, Nina, and Brandon until a little after one.

Oh, and my shower sandals broke today while I was in the shower. How unfun is that? And I have no clue as to where to get a cheap pair, or any pair for that matter, in Boston. And going out to find someplace takes so much time what with the T and everything. But, if that is the worst of my problems, I guess I can deal. Plus, I avoided walking on the broken glass that was in the hallway between my room and the bathroom.
ladybranwen: (In the past - Veronica)
At least the archives. I went there today for part one of my checking out an archival repository for my archives class (which I had today). Part two was supposed to be completed tonight, a two page report on what I observed at the repository, but auditioning for the choir took too long. I did get in, by the way, though I think I went overkill with all of the different choirs I have been in in the past. Especially because I sounded like crap.

But back to Harvard. There are too many brick buildings and sidewalks in Harvard. Once you're in those walls, which happily I didn't have to blast down to get through, you are trapped! Actually, I didn't get lost, just headed east and found a big building with huge stairs and determined that that must be the main library (since what appeared to be the church was opposite of it), and headed to the left. Then I found signs and it was wonderful. They checked my id and such when I came in, and checked my purse when I left to make sure I didn't waltz away with anything important.

More Davidge family stuff )

Reference questions du jour?
1. Please find a published interview with Captain Beefheart.
2. Please find an article on psychoanalytic approaches to creativity
3. When is National Split-pea Soup Week?

Just think, hopefully at the end of this semester, you can ask me all sorts of crazy questions and I will be able to find an answer for you!

Oh, and Meredith has declared to me today that I'm going to help her cut her hair tomorrow. We'll see if that is really true and if I actually do it.


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