Gypsy Librarian's Alchemical Annex

A commonplace book on the web for me. Basically this is sort of annex for my commonplace blog Alchemical Thoughts
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From the article: “These ads are funny, sure, but probably not helping diffuse the public perception of the funeral industry as a bunch of vultures lurking around waiting to pick at people’s bones.” 
Personally I thought this was amusing. But you can decide. Part of "Bad Ads? Funeral Services Struggle with Sense of Humor" found at Web Urbanist.

From the article: “These ads are funny, sure, but probably not helping diffuse the public perception of the funeral industry as a bunch of vultures lurking around waiting to pick at people’s bones.”

Personally I thought this was amusing. But you can decide. Part of "Bad Ads? Funeral Services Struggle with Sense of Humor" found at Web Urbanist.

The Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I had the chance to visit this museum some years ago when I was visiting the state.

Photo is part of a list of “11 Delicious Food Museums” posted by Mental Floss.

Part of a gallery of scans of a 1975 Marvel Comics calendar I think this is totally cool, including the calendar grid with trivia, so on.

You can find the rest of the images at Mark Anderson’s site here.

If you like Iron Chef (the original Japanese show, not the new American clone) and tales of truckers in space, this is the comic for you. Read my full review of it at my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click the link below to check it out. 
Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/06/booknote-wonton-soup.html

If you like Iron Chef (the original Japanese show, not the new American clone) and tales of truckers in space, this is the comic for you. Read my full review of it at my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click the link below to check it out.

Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/06/booknote-wonton-soup.html

I finished reading this, and I have to say I was disappointed. Find out why by clicking on the link below and reading my review of this book over on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. 
Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/06/booknote-jet-set.html

I finished reading this, and I have to say I was disappointed. Find out why by clicking on the link below and reading my review of this book over on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian.

Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/06/booknote-jet-set.html

marvelentertainment:

Three fan-made Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” posters from PosterPosse! 

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Great art. I have mixed feelings about the movie given I have read the comics. Still, this does look good.

There is almost no dignity left in air travel, so there is almost no compelling reason to try and look dignified.

From “The Complaint: Complaining About How People Dress on Airplanes" in Esquire magazine.

I would say that should be nominated for understatement of the year. Let us be blunt. There is NO dignity whatsoever left in the cattle movement system that is known as commercial air travel in the United States. And it is not the fault of the travelers. So why would people bother to dress up in any way to get in a flying cattle car given the indignities they will face between the TSA and the airlines?

This is definitely a book for folks who collect beer cans. It is a book to browse, and for me, it was a book that I really liked. Click the link and check out my review of the book Canned! Artwork of the Modern Beer Can on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian.

The she-devil with a sword continues her adventures. Check out my review of this on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click the link below. 
Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/06/booknote-red-sonja-unchained.html

The she-devil with a sword continues her adventures. Check out my review of this on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click the link below.

Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/06/booknote-red-sonja-unchained.html

I’ve come to find that we have a lot more in common with some student affairs units than we do with disciplinary faculty. Units like the writing center, the learning/tutoring center, and the career center provide a mix of point-of-need and course-integrated instruction as well as significant outreach. Some even teach credit courses (our College Success classes are taught by student life faculty). The staff or faculty in these units are not tenure-track, yet they often serve on faculty senate committees because they have a valuable POV. The Director of PSU’s Learning Center shares knowledge and presents at conferences. She’s very involved in assessment. I kind of wish more academic librarians would see themselves as having a kinship with student affairs (and vice versa) because there are some valuable collaborations that can happen between those units. We really do share the same goals.

Meredith Farkas writing “On tenure, after three years on the tenure track.”

I have known this for a while. That we academic librarians are different than the “regular” or “disciplinary faculty.” It is not the end of the world to admit so. Granted, I do not have Ms. Farkas’ clout to say it, and I am not saying that because I begrudge her in any way. If anything, we do need people with clout (or “pala" as we say in Puerto Rican Spanish), saying given a whole bunch of other prominent academic librarians and bloggers who all fawn over the idea of tenure and think we need to be "equal" to the "regular" faculty.

In my experience, I have often felt more kinship with the people in places like student services, the writing centers (I am sure the fact I was also an English major in a previous life helps), and other campus academic units. I could say more (for instance, the fact that faculty don’t really scare me when compared to other librarians), but I wanted to at least record this for now. There is plenty of stuff to think about here, so go read her piece and think about it.