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Since it’s finally starting to act like spring (56 degrees yesterday!), I went into the city with M. as part of the “rediscovering a life outside of library school” series. Both having student IDs, we took advantage of the Village East Cinema’s $7 student Tuesday deal and saw The Secret of Kells, an animated movie about the illuminated manuscript called the Book of Kells.

Brendan and Aisling in the forest

The movie is utterly delightful – it might be a little frightening for young children at parts, but certainly doesn’t lose any enjoyment for adults. It’s a very lush movie – the music is well done and the visuals are worth finding a theater that has it.

While waiting for the movie, we stopped over at Artichoke, which only sells a few kinds of pizza but all wonderful. I had a slice of the eponymous pizza (which was the size of 3 slices), and M. had the sicilian, also delicious but smaller.

Since M. was finished long before me and the weather was so nice, we wandered next door to Led Zeppole, also run by the same guys, to get 3 piping hot zeppoles. I wanted to pick up some snacks for tomorrow, so we ventured over to Momofuku’s Milk Bar where I tried some of the cereal milk soft serve and snagged a compost cookie and a really buttery, delicious blueberry cream cookie. The cookies (and especially pies) are a little pricey, but they do have $0.85 day old cookies which (in my opinion) are just as good!

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Graduation

Congratulations to me, I’ve finished my coursework at Drexel and now have my MLIS! This past quarter was particularly difficult, since I was moving and starting a new job while still taking three classes online.

Since it’s Spring Break for the College but the library stays open, I’m using this quiet time to work on weeding and mending books! I came across this little gem just now: Child of Pleasure by “D’Annunzio.”

"Child of Pleasure" by D'Annunzio

Trying to figure out if we should bind, fix, discard, or reorder this, I open it at random to see what it’s about and find this gem of a page:

The carriage was standing at the foot of the great stairway; a footman held open the door. ‘To Madame Van Hueffel’s,” said the duchess to him, while Andrea helped her in. The man left the door and returned to his seat beside the coachman. The horses stamped, striking out sparks from the stones.

“Take care!” cried Elena, holding out her hand to the young man. Her eyes and her diamonds flashed through the gloom. “Oh, to be in there with her in the shadow -to press my lips to her satin neck under the perfumed fur of her mantle!”

He kissed her hand – pressing his lips to it as if to leave the mark of his burning passion. He closed the door and the carriage rolled rapidly away under the porch, and out to the Forum. And thus ended Andrea Sperelli’s first meeting with the Duchess of Scerni.

….what IS this book??

A Stamp Well-Used

My first piece of mail contained this, from my mother. Thanks, mom!

A lot has happened in the past few months, and I’ve gone from working with manuscripts to landing my first full-time job as a reference librarian in a small, academic library! Very exciting. I still have one quarter of library school to go, which I’ve been doing online, but it’s fantastic to have a Real Job.

So around Thanksgiving I started searching for a new apartment in New York, finishing up my penultimate term at Drexel, and went full-time for a bit at Penn in an attempt to finish up everything. I didn’t manage to move in to an apartment until last weekend, but I’m finally here, and trying to catch up with school and this job before the students return next week. So far I have an Official nameplate (in a Roman font on a faux-walnut background) and my desk has been decorated with a two-headed stuffed rabbit, a top from Ukraine, a small bust of Artemis, and nunzilla.

Troubles with Apple

I just got my third iPod Touch. I bought one of the 1stgen iPod Touches with my Macbook in August 2008, and since then have had two, cryptic, massive failures out of the blue. So after trekking out to Ardmore (a 2 hour trip) for the second time in the past 4 months, I have my third, 1stgen iPod Touch.

I find myself miffed that they can fail so easily with no warning, and that the utterly dismissive “Genius” who tossed a new iPod at me before shoving some paperwork at me and leaving just gave me a sad face and said “bad luck” when I asked how this could happen. Clearly this is a problem with shoddy craftsmanship. My previous laptop, a perky 2004 iBook, had three logicboard failures during its three-year lifespan.

For something supposed to be so top-of-the-line, I expect a little more from Apple, and maybe that’s wrong. In any case, after how rudely I was treated today at the Apple Store and how faulty these are, my next computer will most likely be a PC I build myself. At least then these “bad luck” failures will be easier to fix and cheaper.

Windows 7

I took advantage of that awesome Windows 7 discount for students ($30 for Home Premium or Professional!), as I have to use Windows for certain classes, and my copy of XP was horribly buggy. However, while that $30 price was very sweet, it took me a full 24 hours to get it up, running, and activated. This is partially because I installed it on a mac, partially because of the way the student discount works (third-party distributor). And while you can order a bootable dvd of the software for an extra $12, it takes about 2-3 weeks to be delivered.

So to get Windows 7 Professional x64 running on my macbook (running Snow Leopard, using Boot Camp), I had to:

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The Philadelphia Orchestra is starting up again after the summer break, and once again I’m glad to be part of the eZseatU program ($25 for a full year of free concerts). My first experience with Berlioz was to see Faust, which was good but I hadn’t been so enthralled that I went out and got a recording.

Charles Dutoit conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus. The lineup was:

  • BERLIOZ – Resurrexit
  • SAINT-SAËNS – Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”)
  • BERLIOZ – Te Deum

The Resurrexit completely astounded me. It’s really a wonderful piece, and I think one of Charles Dutoit’s favorites. I found an earlier recording from Montreal, conducted by Dutoit. If you haven’t heard this piece, check it out here. Although it was part of a mass (now lost, as Berlioz felt it not up to par), you can really hear Berlioz’s Romantic side – the piece is loud and passionate.

Thursday is Bartok and Brahms, two of my favorites!