Archive for August, 2008

Fables – Not Just for Kids!

Posted in Reading with tags , , on August 19, 2008 by moamcm

I just finished Fables: The Good Prince.  If you are a fan of graphic novels and are looking for something a little different than your standard super hero genre, this is a series you may want to consider.  It was good to begin with and it just keeps getting better as it goes along. 

In short, imagine if all of the storybook characters you knew as a kid actually existed somewhere in other worlds / dimensions.  Now image that a great war brought about by an unknown figure called only “the adversary” has occurred and many of these familiar childhood characters have become refugees slipping through a dimensional gate and hiding on our Earth for centuries.  This war is still going on and the enemy is slowly advancing seizing more and more worlds.  The fable population who managed to escape to the “mundy” Earth did their best to rebuild a society (a place they call Fabletown) and to block all gates that the enemy could use to advance on Earth.  This is where the series begins.  All the familiar characters are here, such as Snow White, Prince Charming, the Frog Prince, etc.  Since I do not want to offer any spoilers here, I’ll leave it at that other than to say that it would not be much of a story if the fables had actually managed to cut off all threat from the adversary. 

The series is worth the read one time just as a totally different take on the whole fairy and folk tales themes.  But beyond that, it is just a really good story in my opinion.  Great characters with a strong consistent theme delivered well can never go wrong.  For a little more detail see the Wikipedia entry here on Fables.

If you are local to Columbus and want to reserve any of the titles in this series, go to the CML catalog page, type “fables” (without the quotes), and then scroll down the right side to the “Series” section, click the link that reads “Fables (11).”  This will bring up all of the titles in the series.  The order of the series is this:

Fables: Legends in Exile
Fables: Animal Farm
Fables: Storybook Love
Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables: The Mean Seasons
Fables: Homelands
Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days)
Fables: Wolves
Fables: Sons of Empire
Fables: The Good Prince

And if you are local to Columbus and do not have a library card, for the love of Mike, go to the CML website or your closest library location right this second and get one!  Be sure to read over the library card page above before coming in so you have everything you need to get a card right then.  If the only “what’s in your wallet®” is something that causes you to spend more money you need a better card that will get you access to everything from entertainment to knowledge for absolutely zero costs.

1001 Nights of Snowfall is a stand alone read, though I would recommend reading it around the same time you read Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days).

And according to the Wikipedia article Fables: War and Pieces is due out November 19 of this year.  I will definitely be watching and hoping that whoever added that date had the right information.

7 ½ Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners

Posted in Learn and Play with tags , on August 18, 2008 by moamcm

I just completed the 7 ½ Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners. The assignment was to pick one that was easiest and another that was hardest and talk about it. For the easiest I actually could not decide between “Accept responsibility for your own learning” and “Have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective Learner.” I feel like both of these are pretty solid. I’ve never really felt like I cannot learn something if the resources are available. Given an interest or a need I will learn whatever I need to learn. At least so far that is how it has worked out anyway. Sometimes this goes easy, sometimes it is hard. That’s where the responsibility part comes in to play. I know it is me who will ultimately benefit from the learning, so easy or hard I’ll keep at it until I am satisfied with my retention.

The hardest one has to be “play” for me. Let’s face it. I’m not a play kind of guy. It’s 3:21 in the morning as I type this on a Sunday night (Monday morning?) and I am just finishing up work at my second job away from CML. I have to report to library work at 9:00 in the morning.  I tend to go to work each day, and then I … go to work again. After some sleep, I will repeat this again and again all week long. This just feels normal to me.  Don’t get me wrong.  I do enjoy time off here and there, but once every two weeks or so is generally what I aim at as time to get together with friends.  I think my biggest break throughout the week is reading everyday on my lunch break.  Yeah I know.  I’m a boring guy. Hey I watched two movies this weekend. I’m getting better. Maybe.

Learn and Play @ CML

Posted in Learn and Play with tags , , , on August 16, 2008 by moamcm

So obviously I am an employee of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.  When I heard that CML was going to run this program, Learn and Play @ CML, I have to admit I was impressed.  This is bold, very bold in fact.  I am pleased greatly to work for an organization with the guts to try something like this.  While some other libraries are doing their best to block anything “new”, employees of CML are being told to go out, find existing and emerging technologies, and use them. Beyond that we are being told to use them with very little limitation on how we use them. This is how much our organization trusts us. This is utterly cool.

So what am I going to write about here? Haven’t got a clue yet. Probably it will end up being a hodge-podge of assorted things that are of interest to me and very few others. When opportunity presents itself, I’ll add a bit here and there. Though honestly on some days that is just not going to happen. Overall, I am a SF geek, enjoy science and tech reading, I am deeply amused by conspiracy theories (could you tell?), reading is high on the list of course, and computers are a part of my everyday existence (more so than television actually). On a practical level my job is in customer service so I spend a significant amount of time reading on that topic and the topic of improving business performance as well. Likely these will end up being topics for me. Interesting? Stop back by and check me out again then after I’ve had a chance to post a few things.

Other than that, for now I’ll merely take this opportunity to point out that what you saw was Venus. You probably thought it was something else, but rest assured, it was Venus.