Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Borrow A Bicycle

Worlds colliding: fitness and nerdiness. You can borrow a bike from the Winter Park, Fl. Public Library (WPPL). This offering follows the long line of practical needs that libraries meet which includes the accessibility of both information and technology to those who may not be able to get these resources on their own. Libraries strive to meet the informational, educational AND recreational needs of their community. How much better than this initiative? 

Check out the proof:

Friday, March 14, 2014

Libraries > Pi / Pie

Did Someone Say Pie?

This is a delicious statistic that I came across on twitter. Well, I came across a tweet promoting this article which I then retweeted. Anyways, here's the good stuff. (And the source link is not too shabby either!)
The Atlantic actually attempted to answer that very question [What is the public approval rating for libraries?] and found that libraries beat the approval ratings of Congress (easy), President Obama (a bit harder), baseball (seriously?), and apple pie(!).

So You Want My Job: Librarian, The Art of Manliness
Tell your mental taste buds I say, "You're welcome, come on back any time."

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Merlin (TV show) Rapid Reaction

It's not like we devoted our lives to the watching of this program, but tonight was a bittersweet evening as we viewed the final episode of the Merlin TV Series. It took us about a year and a half to finish all 5 seasons. 

The story is captivating and compelling, while some of the twists may be a little off-putting. The plot, in short, pits the king of Camelot against all forms of sorcery. This is troublesome because Merlin, the greatest sorcerer in history, is the once and future king Arthur's personal servant. The tension between Merlin's desire to help Arthur and the fact that the practice of magic is illegal fuel the entire story. 

The first season is light and fun to watch. Clearly, the special effects budget increased as the show continued. After a couple seasons, random episodes take on a dark nature until it climaxes with war for the future of Camelot. 

A lot of the legend of King Arthur is presented here, though clearly the creators take liberties to tell their own story. If anyone finds that offensive, I suggest you look elsewhere. The myth weavesd here is excellent and entertaining. 

Overall, I give this TV Show aired on BBC five stars and a hearty recommendation. Now I need to find something else to watch on Netflix!

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