Charity for Summer Reading
Did some research about charity drives sponsored by Summer Reading programs, like food for fines and other projects. I think this could help libraries gain more socially active attention as organizers of community events. Or I’m just talking out my ass. Anybody have any experience with this?
"We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by."
Ripping the Roof
I looked out my office window yesterday and saw a bunch of dudes ripping up the roof across from us. The building has been in disrepair for years and the tornado earlier in the year killed it dead, so the deconstruction is not unexpected. What is unexpected is how envious I was of the job of ripping up a roof.
Let me be clear: I am totally aware that my job is cushy and comfortable. Being out on that roof in 85 degree weather (heat index of 90) in the hot, humid July sun is not where I want to be. They can have that job, I did several similar in the past and have worked my way into too much debt to go back to low paying, back breaking work.
But, man, I miss the certainty of it. Everybody knew the job, did not question the job, did not complain about how the job was hurting their feelings, just did the job. Got it done. Then, after work, beers and chips and laughter because we worked hard and played hard.
I dunno. Maybe I have just been feeling isolated since the move. Maybe once everything stabilizes this entry will just be some weird whining that I can laugh at. High School Moment!
Speaking of high school (actually it was way earlier than that, but I watched the reruns until I moved away), I started watching MacGyver! One episode a night, Mon-Fri, 10pm central. I am mostly having fun and losing twitter followers over it.
There’s a fascinating interview with the creators of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries up over on Nerdist site (click on the big letters up there to find it). If you don’t know what LBD is, basically it's a YouTube retelling of Pride and Prejudice. What is really fascinating is the way they used social media, especially twitter. They used the sites to act as characters, furthering the story even beyond the main “show,” creating content that people then went out and had to find. Similar people have done this (Lonelygirl15), but the scope and professionalism here is awesome and fun to hear about.
Also, I’m serious when I say that I now doubt more than anything anyone I read online.
Jet City Comics
Amazon is setting up a comic publishing thing. Yay? And George R. R. Martin is involved? I really have noting to say about this.
Grand Theft Auto V Gameplay
FUCK YES. I hope I have a job and can play it when it finally comes out.