Friday, November 30, 2012

Computers computers everywhere!

Sorry for the lack of posts!  Work's been keeping me busy!

Today, I tried to help a gentleman search for books on the Apple iOS 5.  Not 4, which we have (or have access to), or any of the "For Dummies" books, but one on the programming and kernals.  He also wanted books on the inside knowledge (kernals again) of Windows 8.

Unfortunately for him, we had none.  I ordered him one book Android that he requested, the one that wasn't "For Dummies" that he was interested in.  No Apple books.  Or Windows 8.  Pretty sure they're both too new, so I told him to check back in a few months and we might have something in.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Sometimes, words just don't translate from person to person, despite speaking the same language.

Patron: I need books about bowling for class.

Me: Books on bowling?
Patron: Yeah, it's the only thing I could think of that other's weren't doing.

Me: *searches*  Okay, they're over here.

Patron: *scratches head*  Bowling.  With a 'u'.

Me: *bowling with a 'u'?  Bulling?*  *lightbulb*  Bullying!

Patron: Yeah, exactly!

Me: *laughing to myself over my error*  In that case, they're over here.

Patron: *laughing with me*

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The difference one word can make

I had a patron come in and look for a movie called "The Speaker".  I couldn't find it.  All I found were books, and she was looking for a movie.

On a whim, I asked her if it was "The King's Speech."  Bingo.  That was the one she was looking for.

One word can make all the difference.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Current Reads

I haven't gotten too many strange questions at work, so not too much to report.

Currently reading Mercedes Lackey's Obsidian Stone trilogy book 2 "To Light a Candle".

Playing Dragon Age 2 and Dishonored on the X-Box.

Last book I skimmed was 'Horse Color Explained' by Jeanette Gower.  It's an older book (1999), so some of the stuff isn't up-to-date, but what is current is interesting and accurate.

I just finished listening to Kim Harrison's 'A Fistful of Charms' and next on the audio list is 'For A Few Demons More'.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lots of Voting questions

I've had a large bit of questions on voting, mostly about what's going to be on specific ballots.  By now, I can almost walk people through how to find a sample ballot with my eyes closed and no computer at hand.

After the voting is over (today, actually), it'll be back to the 'normal' questions.  Mostly homework questions, but some of those are the most interesting ones, such as the history of the chocolate chip cookie.