Randomness

I think I wanted to start blogging again.  Somehow, I never found the time to.  It’s always fun to look back at the stuff I complain about.

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A Fair(y) Use Tale

I actually sat through the 10 minutes of that clip on YouTube.  It was somewhat amusing, but at times, difficult to understand.  I don’t know why I feel like they should add subtitles.  They seem to have created a decent lesson on fair use and copyright, but I’m not too familiar with all the minor details.

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Starting on a bad foot: I hate Syracuse University

I hate how Syracuse University expects me to know that everything is on My Slice.  I’ve been accepted into the program June 4th.  My work did not end until like June 27th.  Paperwork has been arriving to me in a weird flow.  I thought they would have sent me a financial aid package, but then they tell me I need to fill out more paperwork.  And of course, there’s the pre-coursework I’m supposed to start before I get to Syracuse on July 16th.  But on the 16th, I get billed when turned into a late fee on July 23rd.  But of course, I did not get that piece of mail since I’m not home…  And as my class was almost over, I get an email that I have an overdue balance, but the late fee has already been applied.  As I’m trying to sort this out, I get some help.  I called to ask them to waive the late fee, but I will have to petition after I pay.  It’s getting really ridiculous.

And I thought Stony Brook was bad.  Well, Syracuse is definitely competing for that top spot…

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End of a chapter

It’s Friday, July 30, 2010.  A group of students came together to participate in a crazy experiment.  Some left after a week and some new ones joined in for the second week.  I spent two weeks trying to figure out my life.  In the process, I’ve connected with many people on a social level.  We shared laughter; we shared hardship.  Some were peasant and others were dreadful.  How do strangers come together and embrace each other like friends?  They just do.  How do you part ways after such a short time?  We all need to get back to our lives.  There’s something surreal about all of this.  I guess I’m waking up from a dream.

In the distance from this lab, I hear jolly music from the iBand.  They are celebrating life.  It’s not a celebration for the group of strangers who came together.  I would say it’s more of a farewell.  It’s not a farewell for us, but I would like to think it is.  There’s a bitter-sweetness I taste from the food.  Is it the burnt taste from the BBQ or just my imagination?  All good things must come to an end.

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Youth Services?

It’s weird how I’m reading so much about Literature.  It is still not my strong point.  I’m not sure how much of this I am actually absorbing.  Somehow, I get the feeling like I’m the wild card.  I’m getting that uneasy feeling that I don’t belong in the Youth Services class and yet maybe something will change.  If I was seriously asked to pick books for my library, I would pick a whole lot of manga!  I don’t that would satisfy the requirements of my assignment…

So I picked five children picture books to talk about.  I think I’ve already failed parts of the requirements for the booktalk.  Let’s hope tomorrow goes well.

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Booktalking

I’m preparing for Monday’s class.  I guess I didn’t expect to have this much work.  It’s difficult to do all of this when getting the syllabus after I started the other classes.  But I got some help from my neighbor.  He lent me a few of his kid’s picture books.  It’s really weird to be reading picture books and using them for a booktalk.  I try to recall my childhood.  I feel like I’ve been to a few booktalks, but I don’t remember it.  It seems that growing up in traditional Chinese family has created a very different atmosphere.  Reading never had a strong emphasis.  I feel like I’ve been read to only a handful of times, but I can’t recall most of it.

Doing this booktalking assignment makes me question how important it is to read to my children.  It’s probably never too early to plan for fatherhood, but that’s still a long way to go.  First, I have to find the mother of my children!

I think this upcoming class will test whether I want to be in school media (SCHMEDIA!).  And then I think I will begin to truly ask myself whether I belong here.  Does a mathematician have a place in library school?  At least I didn’t try to become an English teacher…

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Reflection of Chapter 15 of the Portable MLIS

Research is important to me.  It has always been important to me.  When I look at librarians, I don’t think of the stereotype old lady to hides behind her books, coming over only to tell you to be silent.  I thought of them more are keeper of information.  With such knowledge, shouldn’t they be the best to do research.

I often recall going to the school library to get the librarian to help us with research.  They often have good information or, at least, good ideas on where we could get that information.  It seems like they were always able to know something about everything.  If we focus on this notion, then shouldn’t librarians be researchers?

Being from an Applied Mathematics background, I’ve done a good amount of experimental research.  I’m definitely aware of surveys.  This past week, I’ve spent a good portion of my time doing, more or less, a historical research project.  It was rather interesting, but at the same time, rather unsettling.  I guess I would like a clear cut answer to questions, but there won’t always be one.

I’m a little concerned about transaction log analysis.  I’m sure the government has been doing something of this nature to most of people, but it’s somewhat unethical to keep track of member of a library.  It has a ‘Big Brother’ feel to it.  Someone is clearly watching, but who should really have access to this information?  When can we expect to have some privacy?  I find it interesting that some people think that they have a lot of privacy, yet so much of their personal information is tracked that they are not even aware of it…

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