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Psst… Want a Sticker?

   October 20th, 2009 Brian Herzog

Swiss Army Librarian stickersThis is the week* I would have been at the Ohio Library Council's annual conference, had it not been canceled. However, before I knew that, I had printed a bunch of Swiss Army Librarian stickers I was going to give to the people who came to my panel discussion.

Since that is no longer possible, I thought I'd offer them here. I have 40 of them, so the first 40 people to email me will get them - free, but you will need to send me an stamped return envelope (I'll email you back with more details).

Update: Sorry, all the stickers are gone. If I get more I'll post again here.

My cousin and graphic artist Tom created the artwork (thank you again), and CafePress did the printing. I put the same artwork on shirts, too, but haven't seen how those look - maybe I'll get one for myself for Christmas.

And speaking of gift ideas, here's a few other Swiss Army-related products I've had kicking around in my bookmarks folder for awhile:

And just because I thought it was funny, here too is a Swiss Army Knife FAIL comic:
Explosm.net Swiss Army Knife Fail comic


*This is also the week of NELA09, which I attended and blogged Sunday and Monday. Yay for library conferences.



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A Brian By Any Other Name

   September 3rd, 2009 Brian Herzog

Did you read recently about MIT's Personas tool, that visualizes what the internet knows about you? The profile for my name looks like this (click for bigger):

Brian Herzog's Profile

Interesting, but what does it mean? I'm not quite sure. Especially when I realized it grouped all Brian Herzogs together.

Which reminded me there's more than one Brian Herzog out there. Of course, there's lots of us on MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn (but not me on the first two), and I'm following all the Brian Herzogs on Twitter, just to see what I was up to.

Occasionally I look myself up on WhitePages to remember past addresses I've had, and recently (?) they added a neat national name distribution map, to show where I am most densely populated (I'm the only me in MA). ZabaSearch links to a compilation of my past addresses - well, some of them, and some listed weren't mine (I know this is their business, but I was surprised to see it - it must come from Post Office Change Of Address forms?).

In the spirit of Me or Not Me?, I started pulling together all of the Me Brian Herzog information out there at herzogbr.net. Also, here's a few Not Me Brian Herzogs:

And finally, here's a few other name-related/internet-profile bits and bobs:

Give it a try - find out how much can be found about you and not yous.



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The Single Life

   June 25th, 2009 Brian Herzog

This post has nothing to do with librarianship - just my own over-sensitiveness.

I've started to worry about being (almost) 35 and single. I mean, come on - male librarians usually need to turn down leading roles in Hollywood movies and offers to be on the covers of paperback romance novels.

But being single at an age when most other people are married with families seems to cause other people to go out of their way to include me and let me know they're okay with my singleness. Like, at Christmastime, when all my siblings and their spouses and kids each gather around the tree to take family photos, they make sure to remember to have me stand by the tree, by myself, so they can take a photo of my "family." Thanks for that, guys.

So, I also have to send out a thank-you to Amazon. This week I was browsing for books and noticed they have a whole section devoted to "Single Authors." I appreciate Amazon pointing out that unmarried authors are just as important as married ones.

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But really, what? I'm guessing this refers to a book of poems all by the same author. I know they know what they're talking about, but perhaps less ambiguous wording is in order; this ranks right up there with the "Adult Movies" section in libraries.



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Library Serendipity

   March 19th, 2009 Brian Herzog

Finding information on library shelves always has an element of serendipity to it, but I experienced a bit of it with my request list and patron donations. Here's what I've been reading/watching this recently:

deadlikemeDead Like Me - I've been watching this series on DVD for the last couple months, and the last movie came in last week. It's about a girl who is a grim reaper, living on earth in secret, helping souls cross over (and it has a frog in it).

 

meetjoeblackMeet Joe Black - I'd never seen this movie, so when a patron donated the DVD, I took it home to watch it. It's about a guy who is death who visits earth, in secret, and helps a soul cross over.

 

blackbookofsecretsThe Black Book of Secrets - I requested this YA book months ago, and it came in last week. It's not about death, but is about the black and sinister secrets everyone carries with them in their lives (and it has a frog in it).

 

blankspotsonthemapBlank Spots on the Map - This is the book I leave at work to read during lunch. It's about all the secret places in the country the government uses for intelligence work and top secret programs - in other words, Black Ops.

 

 

I always have a lot of things on request, and I thought it odd that this group would all find their way to me at about the same time. Perhaps, rather than serendipity or coincidence, this concurrent collection is actually revealing my true nature in all its secretive blacky deathness.

Or, perhaps I just like spies, YA novels, Mandy Patinkin and Brad Pitt. And frogs.



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Giant Swiss Army Knife

   February 24th, 2009 Brian Herzog

giant swiss army knifeThe Surly Librarian tipped me off to this monster Swiss Army Knife - 85 tools and almost 3 pounds.

At first I thought it was just photoshoppery, but then I realized it is for sale, and there's a video of it in operation.

If I had bigger pockets, maybe I'd ask for one for Christmas. No, probably not - I'm pretty happy with mine.



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LibraryThing Flash-Mob Cataloging Party

   February 17th, 2009 Brian Herzog

Update: Check out some photos from the day.

librarything logoLibraryThing'ers are having a second flash-mob cataloging party this Saturday, Feb 21st, at the Rhode Island Audubon Society.

The first one was at St. John's Episcopal Church just north of Boston - it looked like fun, but I missed it because I worked that Saturday. This time it looks to be a smaller group, so if anyone is interested and in the area, read the details on the LibraryThing blog and get in touch with Sonya.

It should be a lot of fun, a chance to meet other LibraryThing people, and the Audubon resources will be inherently interesting. Dorky, I know, but I'm looking forward to it. Plus, any reason to go to Rhode Island is a good one.



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