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93 weeks ago @ Clever Manka - Thursday Link Dump · 0 replies · +4 points

I would venture that the library system probably instituted the automated method because those specific employees weren't doing effective weeding in the first place.

93 weeks ago @ Clever Manka - Thursday Link Dump · 2 replies · +4 points

I have serious doubts about whether the materials the librarians are "saving" are actually worth saving. Deaccessioning is vital to keep public libraries relevant and useful to current patrons - not past users, or hypothetical future users.

By the time those books come back in vogue the glue in the spines may well have deteriorated and they'd need to buy new copies anyway.

102 weeks ago @ Clever Manka - Mid-week check-in · 1 reply · +4 points

103 weeks ago @ Clever Manka - Thursday Link Dump · 0 replies · +1 points

I should have been more clear that it was not me! Just that she's a toast.

103 weeks ago @ Clever Manka - Thursday Link Dump · 2 replies · +2 points

I don't know about that one, but I can confirm that the person who bought is a toastie!

116 weeks ago @ Clever Manka - Mid-week check-in · 1 reply · +9 points

I was having a terrible day yesterday and crying at work about being overwhelmed with school stuff, and so I posted to facebook asking for cheerleading and validation that juggling part-time school and full-time work is difficult and it's not just that I suck, and oh, dear internet friends, my non-internet friends gave me so much cheerleading and so much validation. I often get stuck in this feeling that I am alone and have no support etc etc etc but it turns out that whenever I ask for help, people come through for me.

So I am feeling grateful and supported, and actually kind of impressed with myself for having such good friends.

120 weeks ago @ The Toast - Go On, Get Out Of Here · 1 reply · +2 points

There is a "bay area toasties" facebook group to join if you want info about meetups.

124 weeks ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 0 replies · +10 points

Objets D'Art by Cynthia Macdonald

When I was seventeen, a man in the Dakar Station
Men's Room (I couldn't read the signs) said to me:
You're a real ball cutter. I thought about that
For months and finally decided
He was right. Once I knew that was my thing,
Or whatever we would have said in those days,
I began to perfect my methods. Until then
I had never thought of trophies. Preservation
Was at first a problem: pickling worked
But was a lot of trouble. Freezing
Proved to be the answer. I had to buy
A second freezer just last year; the first
Was filled with rows and rows of
Pink and purple lumps encased in Saran wrap.

I have more business than I can handle,
But only volunteers. It is an art like hypnosis
Which cannot be imposed on the unwilling victim.
If you desire further information about the process and
The benefits, please drop in any night from nine to twelve.
My place is east of Third on Fifty-sixth.
You'll know it by the three gold ones over the door.

125 weeks ago @ The Toast - Open Thread In Lieu Of... · 0 replies · +8 points

If you can fix it with money it's an expense, not a problem.

126 weeks ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +2 points

I don't have advice about what you should run saturday or goal pace, but I am chiming in to say that if you want to get faster, and you are not already doing speedwork once a week, add it in. It doesn't have to be at the track (although I love the track) - you can do intervals on the streets or trails or treadmill, but it is really effective.