January 25, 2014
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My top five favorite Oscars (in no particular order):
Oscar the Grouch
The last one might be a bit of a cop out. I almost went with King Oscar II of Sweden but, well, then this blog would have focused more on the King’s commitment to education and the arts throughout Sweden and Norway during the last thirty years of the 19th century and less on the kind of silly awards given out for the best movie of the year. Who wants to read about that! Am I right?
(We could also focus on Oscar Gamble – who had a very solid 17 year MLB career with, among many others, the New York Yankees but is best known for having arguably the greatest afro in the history of baseball.)
So…onto the silly awards!
The Oscar Nominations were announced this morning and there is good news and bad news. The goods news, I found a great picture of an Oscar Gamble baseball card:
The other good news is that SJCPL already has many of the movies that received nominations. The bad news is that the growing trend in the DVD world is to push back release dates for the big award titles as long as possible. So, we still have to wait on several of the big releases. But rest assured (no, really – I want to to close your eyes and confidently take a break!), SJCPL will have these titles the day that they are released.
In the meantime, here is a list of every movie that received a nomination and whether or not it’s available at the world’s greatest library. For those that are not yet available I have listed their release date. For those without a release date I have selected a random year from Oscar Gamble’s career and listed his batting average, OBP, and slugging percentage. Gosh…I miss baseball.
Captain Phillips (January 21st) – Place a hold!
Blue Jasmine (January 21st) – Place a hold!
Bad Grandpa (January 28th) – Place a hold!
Dallas Buyers Club (February 4th) – Place a hold!
Cutie and the Boxer (February 4th) – Place a hold!
All is Lost (February 11th) – Place a hold!
Gravity (February 25th)
The Grandmaster (March 4th)
Philomena (March 4th)
The Book Thief (March 11th)
The Broken Circle Breakdown (March 11th)
Frozen (March 18th)
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (March 11th)
The Great Beauty (March 25th)
American Hustle (1979: .358/.456/.609)
Her (1983: .261/.361/.456)
12 Years a Slave (1974: .291/.363/.469)
The Wolf of Wall Street (1978: .275/.366/.387)
August: Osage County (1984: .184/.318/.440)
Ernest & Celestine (1969: .225/.321/.310)
The Wind Rises (1976: .232/.317/426)
Inside Llewyn Davis (1977: .297/.386/.588)
The Invisible Woman (1980: .278/.376/.567)
The Square (1971: .221/.275/.332)
The Missing Picture (1975: .261/.361.454)
Omar (1972: .237/.331/.326)
Saving Mr. Banks (1981: .238/.357/.439)
Alone Not Yet Alone (1973: .267/.329/.464)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (1985: .203/.353/.318)
Lone Survivor (1970: .262/.330/.345)
January 13, 2014
Whenever I have a problem connecting our TV to our video recorder to our DVD player to our Wii box, I try to figure it out myself. My strategy is to keep plugging jacks into holes until the device I’m interested in works. It’s a little like giving a monkey a word processor and hoping it will accidentally type a best seller. Sometimes I get lucky and plug every jack in the right hole, but more often than not my frustration builds to the breaking point.
Then I switch not to plan B but to Plan L. Leo, my next-door neighbor, is not only very bright, he is also a doctor of electrical engineering. In no time, he has all the jacks in their places, and everything is working properly. He uses his knowledge of science to solve the quandary.
However, there is one problem Leo has not been able to solve. No matter how many times he tries, he cannot make scramble as good as my wife, Bonnie’s.
Leo has tried to solve this cooking conundrum by using a scientific approach. He changed his ingredients, tinkered with the oven setting, mixed it more often, double-checked Bonnie’s recipe, but his Chex-mix just never tasted quite as good. Finally, after a two family conference, it was decided that Bonnie’s pan, which has been seasoned over many decades, was the difference. Plus, it seems that cooking may be more art than science.
A place where science rules will be the St. Joe County Public Library from January 22 – February 1. Our 21st annual Science Alive will take place with events happening at all branches. The grand finale will be Feb. 1 when 34 exhibits will be on display throughout the Main Branch. Robots, reptiles, honey bees, model airplanes, chemistry experiments and much more will be involved. Exhibitors include HealthWorks, Notre Dame, Fernwood, IU, Ivy Tech, Potawatomi Zoo, The St. Joseph County Police Department, the South Bend Chocolate Company and many many others.
If you have been to previous Science Alives, I won’t need to persuade you to come to this one. If you’ve never been, give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
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by SJCPL Techs
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Taking a Screen Shot (aka Screen Grab, Screen Capture)
(Note: There are several ways to do this on a Mac that give you far more control over what you are “capturing”)
On an Mac:
As a mac user, you have the option to choose whether to capture everything seen on the monitor screen (see A) or a specific area of your choosing (see B) or a pre-defined specific area (see C):
A. Use the keyboard short cut COMMAND+SHIFT+3 (hold the buttons down in that order and then let go). This will capture everything visible on the screen.
B. Use the keyboard short cut COMMAND+SHIFT+4 (hold the buttons down in that order and then let go) to turn your mouse into a crosshairs symbol. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the crosshairs over the area you want to capture (note: a box shape will appear to guide you by covering the area you are selecting in a transparent gray). When you have positioned the box over the entire area you want to capture, let go. (If you want to start over while you are in the middle of this, press the “esc” button to get rid of the crosshairs.)
C. Use the keyboard short cut COMMAND+SHIFT+4+ SPACEBAR (hold the buttons down in that order then let go) to turn your mouse into a black camera symbol. An available area (such as your internet browser) will appear highlighted in blue as you hover over it. Click on the blue area to capture it.
A noise reminiscent of a camera taking a picture will sound and an image file will appear on the desktop (common names are “Screen Shot…” or “Image #…”).
On a PC:
- Use the keyboard shortcut of ALT+PRINT SCREEN (hold the buttons down and then let go).
- Open Paint or Microsoft Word or PowerPoint to place the image in. (To get to Paint click “Start”, select “Programs,” select “Accessories” and then click “Paint”)
- Paste the image (Right click, then select “Paste” OR click “Edit” then select “Paste” depending on the program).
- The image will appear.
Optional: Format/Crop the image as necessary to achieve the desired view.
Suggested by: Francesca, the Library Technician for Francis library
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If you have been reading any recent reports, you will know that laughter can improve not only your outlook on life, but can actually boost your immune system, which can in turn make you a healthier person as well as happy one. Even smiling can help improve your attitude. And if really want to combine mind, body, and spirit, there is even Laughter Yoga.
What we laugh at can vary from person to person. If I need a quick laugh I will watch an old I love Lucy episode, which makes me smile every time. My grandkids make me laugh. My dogs really make me laugh. I am fortunate to also be married to a very funny man. And, I think it really is best not to take yourself too seriously. Life is too short.
Like many of us on Facebook ,chances are one of your daily news feeds may include something that makes you laugh. In a recent post from Upworthy, Bob Carey wanted to do something to to help support his wife through breast cancer. He came up with the idea of dressing in a pink tutu and taking self portraits in various place around the world. This launched the Tutu Project. The story is heartwarming and the photos are very funny.
Whatever it is that helps get a smile across your face or a fully belly laugh, there is plenty to choose from at the library. Here are a few books that have tickled my funny bone:
And I leave you with this. One of my personal favorites from Mary Poppins: