Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day

I don't much care for Valentine's Day. I can't lie. But, I was more than slightly amused by this product of it: My Love is a...

So amused, in fact, that I wrote a poem using a good number of the, uh, completions(?) of that phrase. I was particularly fascinated by one: my love is a yellow hammer. So strange and beautiful, I just couldn't leave it out. I actually really like the poem that resulted, and I'll probably work on it more in the future, but for now I'm calling it a found poem and leaving it at that (though there are the obvious qualifications that I tweaked it some, added/subtracted words here and there, and didn't use all of the completions).

In any event, it was a lot of fun, and I encourage anyone who reads this post and has an interest in poetry to try the same thing. If you do, leave a link to your poem (or the poem itself) in the comments.

I suppose I should lay down this one rule: the completions in your poem should probably come either from the post I've linked to, or from the results of a Google search for "My love is a". that said, go out and find some poetry!

Here's mine:

My love is a black girl
a found poem (source)

My love is a black girl living
in a cramped apartment complex,
my love is a cat suckling
marrow from a ham bone,
my love is a complicated thing.

My love is a contemporary
R&B album, my love is a
dead, dead rose;
my love is a dew drop,
a fair lad, a gift,
my love is a gentle thing.

My love is a good case study,
my love is a kite,
my love is a leopard,
my love is a song
by Paul McCartney & Wings;
my love is a many-splendored thing.

My love is a major reinterpretation
of Shakespeare's sonnets,
my love is a middle of the road album,
my love is a kind of monster,
my love is not a one night stand.

My love is a pearl of light
that grows as the morning grows,
my love is a pink, pink rose.

My love is a rock,
my love is a sailor boy,
my love is a rider, a soloist,
my love is a song & a sigh.

My love is a tree,
my love does not wander,
my love is a world unto itself,
my love is a tribute to tomorrow
even as today goes by.

My love is a yellow hammer.
My love is a tall, tall ship.

Valentine's Day = Depression Day

I seriously love the way this guy thinks.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Not Quitting My Day Job

This is one of the funnier things I've read recently, and interestingly enough (or maybe not), I found it in my Google Reader recommendations:

...we come to point two:

2. Don’t quit your day job.

Lots of wanna-be writers wax rhapsodic about how great it would be to ditch the day job and just spend all their time clickety-clack typing away. These folks are idiots. Look, people: someone is paying you money and giving you benefits, both of which can support your writing career, and all you have to do is show up, do work that an unsupervised monkey could do, and pretend to care. What a scam! You’re sticking it to The Man, dude, because you’re taking that paycheck and turning it into art. And you know how The Man hates that. You’re supposed to be buying a big-screen TV with that paycheck! Instead, you’re subverting the dominant paradigm better than an entire battalion of college socialists. Well done, you. Well done, indeed. (link)

The above made me laugh and feel a little good. Not too shabby. Plus, he touched on how much I enjoy sticking it to The Man. That'd be a double-bonus!

As you were.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Library Fines, Friends, and Smug Ideas

Those who know me are aware that I've always thought it would be great to be a librarian. Those who know me are also aware that I've finally gotten to that place where I'm completely sure it's the profession for me (though I am several years and an MLS away from that reality). That said, today's Calvin & Hobbes really made me laugh:

And because I'm now in a mood for comics, here are a couple others that I actually thought about posting last week but never got around to:

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 Again? Really?

Yeah, now that I've gotten over the novelty (and accompanying annoyingness) of StumbleUpon, I think I'm headed back to the wagon.

Also, I haven't known what to do with this painting for a while, now. I found it a while back and loved it, so I bookmarked it. I'm posting it so I can share it with the meager numbers who visit this blog, and so I can get it out of my Google Bookmarks once and for all. Enjoy.

Rainy Etude, by Leonid Afremov

Wild Wednesday

I love & hate days like today. I love them because on days like today, it seems the supply of superb, fascinating things in my Google Reader is nearly infinite, each post more interesting than the last. I hate days like today because such an influx of interestingness means I am less likely to be as productive as I should be at work.


Anyway, here's a taste:

A PowerPoint slideshow from an OLA SuperConference Session - Building Capacity for Learning: Learning 2.0. I'm not quite done going through it yet, but it's well worth the time. (via Stephen's Lighthouse)

That'll keep you busy for a little while.