At the Ref Desk (9/16/20): Worst thing about chat reference : the number of times you get cut off. Sucks. [more...]
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Doh-Doh Librarian

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/5/20 (7:29pm)

So I wake up and look at the clock. Holy sh*t -- it's 6 o'clock! That's the start of my evening shift for chat reference! I rush into my workroom, turn on the computer, hook up to the library web-service page. Whew, that was close! Funny thing is, nobody else is hooked in. Huh? Usually at least someone from the earlier shift hangs around till you get settled. So where is everyone? I check out the time at the bottom of the computer screen. Just a couple minutes past 6 -- that's not bad! Then I notice something else: it's am at the moment -- not pm. Opps!

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Year-end & Decade-end Achievements

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 1/1/20 (1:55pm)

I managed to finish off both these guys!

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Hope Is On The Way! Pickle-Drone! Pickle-Drone!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/28/19 (3:27pm)

Drone delivery of Pickles (larger image). Truly a new era of innovation! :-)

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Today's Funny du Jour

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 6/25/18 (7:02pm)

[At the Salvation Army book section]: Not sure if the Chicago Manual of Style fits in with the other tour guides to Chicago. Will have to talk to Cataloging at the Salvation Army.

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Domain Suggestions from GoDaddy

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/12/17 (12:47pm)

HoustonLibrarian.co

Houston? Huh?

UPDATE: Needless to say, this post went up more than two weeks ago -- i.e. more than two weeks before the current tragedy. Coincidence, that's all.

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Something funny about that article title...

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/21/17 (12:47pm)

Something funny about that article title...

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Logical Next Step

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/16/16 (11:18pm)

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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Free Books: Tough Choice

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/29/15 (2:44pm)

At the Reference Desk: Free Books on the 'book truck' near the library entrance! It's either "WordPerfect: The Pocket Reference" (1987) or "Minute Manual for Apple Writer IIe" (1983). Tough choice.

I finally went with the "Minute Manual for Apple Writer IIe" -- I mean, how could I pass such pertinent pieces of information as:

How Much Can I Save on One Disk?
A normal Apple disk can hold a total of about 143k or 143,000 characters of information. The amount of usable space on a disk is equal to 128k to 136k or about 40 single spaced pages or 80 double spaces pages of text. When you run out of room on a disk and attempt to save a file, the computer simply beeps and displays the message, 'DOS :DISK FULL'. Put another disk in the drive and save the file again. (p.115)

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