EVPL Communities: E-Ville Librarian@evpl's Blog Postshttp://evpl.org/community/blogs/All of E-Ville Librarian@evpl's blog posts on the EVPL Communities site.en-USCommunityServer 2008 SP1 (Build: 30619.63) <![CDATA[Shutter Island... Good or Bad?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2010/07/03/shutter-island-good-or-bad.aspx Sat, 03 Jul 2010 14:51:00 G7T 2172 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2010/07/03/shutter-island-good-or-bad.aspx to post your comments!

So often I am of a single mind when it comes to liking or disliking a particular movie (just read some of my other posts and you'll see what I mean.)  But in the case of the latest Leonardo DiCaprio DVD Release, I am of two minds.  Without giving too much away, Shutter Island is the story of a man getting to the bottom of a mystery on an island prison for the clinically insane.  My beef is with the oft-overdramatic nature of the use of music and cinematography in a few scenes.  Particularly I was put off by the early scene of DiCaprio's arrival to the institution and the overwhelming use of music to underscore his arrival.  The movie itself is set in the 1950's, so some allowance must be entertained, but man it felt like I was watching a bad horror movie from the 60's instead of a modern phsychological thriller.  With these few gripes aside, I have to say Leo pulled this one off masterfully (that's a mouthfull for a guy who has not been impressed by much of the well-regarded actor's work.)  Emotionally this guy is all over the place, which is a perfect fit for both the character and the plot. Couple this with an almost "Shining-esque" tension of space and mood, and I have to say this one kept me interested.  The simmering broodieness was well played, and I have already heard several arguments about the implications that the end left behind.  What did you think?  I'm sure someone else has something to say about this one.

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<![CDATA[Sherlock Holmes is taking back "deduction" from the IRS]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2010/04/10/sherlock-holmes-is-taking-back-quot-deduction-quot-from-the-irs.aspx Sat, 10 Apr 2010 11:26:00 G4T 2144 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2010/04/10/sherlock-holmes-is-taking-back-quot-deduction-quot-from-the-irs.aspx to post your comments!

I was really skeptical about the quality of the new "Sherlock Holmes" when I saw how quickly it came to video.  However, Robert Downey Jr. has again left me thankful this actor didn't end his days the way of Belushi or Farley.  Every time this guy puts on a character role I find myself entertained.  Whether it is channeling real-life characters like journalist Steve Lopez or the superhero swagger of Tony Stark (AKA Ironman), Downey presents his viewers with a believable portrayal every time.  In the case of Sherlock, Downey presents an eccentric take on the classic character that will no doubt leave traditionalist with a sour taste.  I on the other hand liked the new take on the original.  Sherlock's eccentricity seemed believable, and the shoot-em-up directing of the ex-Mr.-Madge (Guy Ritchie) is the director's best since "Snatch."  My main beef was with the familiartiy of the theme.  Anyone ever seen "Young Sherlock Holmes?"  I loved it as a kid, but so must have Mr. Ritchie.  Chalk this one up as a guilty pleasure if you must, but I hope they make a sequel.

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<![CDATA[New Moon?!? I think I prefer the Old Moon...]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2010/03/29/new-moon-i-think-i-prefer-the-old-moon.aspx Mon, 29 Mar 2010 08:52:00 G3T 2138 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2010/03/29/new-moon-i-think-i-prefer-the-old-moon.aspx to post your comments!

New Moon fans answer me one question.  Did you all honestly think the first two movies were good?  Between mediocre green screen acting and the general lack of anything going on, I found myself thoroughly bored.  I'll keep it real, I read the books and didn't care for them either, but the driving force behind them was the internal struggle of the protagonist (that means the hero, in this case Bella).  However, without using the voice over (this isn't a French movie after all) I don't know if it would have been possible.  The only interesting thing I found during the 130 minutes (!!!!) was the very last sequence of scenes that introduced the baddest group of Vampires around, the Vultori.  I have to admit Dakota Fanning as Jayne was an excellent casting call, as she handled the character's seething menace nicely.  However, all-in-all I fear there will be another slow-paced movie before the end of the series sees the light of day.  Good thing teenagers everywhere will continue to subsidize another sleeper before the action finally kicks in.

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<![CDATA[Cuba Gooding Jr. May Be "Hardwired" For Failure]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2010/02/01/cuba-godding-jr-may-be-quot-hardwired-quot-for-failure.aspx Mon, 01 Feb 2010 09:01:00 G2T 2051 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2010/02/01/cuba-godding-jr-may-be-quot-hardwired-quot-for-failure.aspx to post your comments!

Do you remember the days of Jerry McGuire when Cuba Gooding Jr. played a cut, overly-emotional, oscar-accepting superstar?  What happened to that guy?  I'm not sure when the still-young actor jumped the shark, but Daddy Day Camp?  The Devil's Tomb?  Wrong Turn at Tahoe?  Hardwired?  These last three I am particularly interested in seeing due to the fact they seemed to have gone straight from shooting to DVD.  Not a good sign for a one-time A-List actor.  "Hardwired" with a few no-name actors and Val "What's-Up-With-His-Hair" Kilmer, this movie had to be as low budget as they come.  Couple that with the fact that everything felt as though it was shot on a sound stage, and you've got an hour and a half of Cuba running around.  The premise, while mildly interesting in its Orwellian commercialism, is only marginally flushed out of this turkey before the end heavy-handedly stuffs the viewer for a sequel.  Trust ol' E'Ville, the first platefull of this will guarantee no return visits.  As a side note what's up with Val Kilmer's blue screen cameos???  Is this guy turning into the next Marlon Brando?? Line!?!  "The Horror ..."

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<![CDATA[Not so Fast, and you may leave Furious]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2009/08/10/not-so-fast-and-you-may-leave-furious.aspx Mon, 10 Aug 2009 09:00:00 G8T 1748 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2009/08/10/not-so-fast-and-you-may-leave-furious.aspx to post your comments!

First off, I don't care how tough of a rear wheel-drive car you have, wheelies are pretty much impossible in a car that has an engine under the hood.  Even Fieros don't do wheelies, let alone V-8 muscle cars from the 70's, so you can understand my initial disbelief while watching the most recent of street rod action in Fast & Furious.  Couple the physics-bending wheelmanship with Vin Diesel's even less believable portrayal of anything other Van Diesel (aka Mark Vincent), and you have a recipe for another bad movie.  I have to admit that I skipped Tokyo Drift, so maybe I missed some important back plot that is key to my understanding of this flick Stick out tongue  However, If such is the case, I'll stay blissfully ignorant.  

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<![CDATA[Bread, the Bard, and the Pack]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/04/30/bread-the-bard-and-the-pack.aspx Thu, 30 Apr 2009 12:34:00 G4T 1461 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/04/30/bread-the-bard-and-the-pack.aspx to post your comments!

A Snack Attack Sonnet

 

Alas!  Snack Attack where have ye gone!!! 

We broke bread, we listened to song

We cracked jokes, we celebrated in style

And regaled one another with tales

of heady times bearing imagination's sails.

Around the world, we traversed the miles

From China and its explosive New Year

to Mardi Gras Stuffing and Roux

all the way back for Persian Nowruz

then ending with the English Bard adding another year.

And even if diversity isn't your cup of tea

Something tells me, you'll love this recipe.

 

Braided Bread Loaf

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<![CDATA[President 2.0 is at it again]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/29/president-2-0-is-at-it-again.aspx Wed, 29 Apr 2009 18:00:00 G4T 1459 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/29/president-2-0-is-at-it-again.aspx to post your comments!

Feeling left out of President Barack Obama's inner circle?   Wish you could have that almost there feeling of being part of history?  Well, said Prez has recently no doubt fulfilled another presidential first by creating the official White House Flickr page.  See B and Joe shoot puts on the House's greens.  Or right click that lovable image of Bo for your desktop love.  E-Prez to the rescue!!!!!!

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<![CDATA[New Bond Left Me Stirred, Not Shaken]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2009/04/10/solace-quantum-of-solace.aspx Fri, 10 Apr 2009 10:05:00 G4T 1416 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2009/04/10/solace-quantum-of-solace.aspx to post your comments!

Quantum of Solace BookI have to say I've always been a fan of the 007 franchise of movies.  From Sean to Roger, Dalton to Brosnan, I've seen them all.  However, until Daniel Craig took the reigns of Her Majesty's most secret assignments I never knew how really great the series could be.  This started with the stark realness of the the remake of "Casino Royale" which is for the Bond dynasty what "Dark Knight" was for the Batman series.  Royale offered gritty street level chases and the real life shock of what these violent moments in said secret agent's life must feel like.  With the newest DVD release "Quantum of Solace" Craig reprises his Bond-on-the-edge with a movie that begins to blend some of the old superhero bond with the new, more human James.  All this aside, Quantum brings the action just as hard as Craig's first outing with a few subtle elements fans haven't seen since Q was hookin' it up.  Of particular note was the use of the tool all libraries should have, the Microsoft Surface.  (What's up Bill & Melinda?)  Check out these links to see how cool computers will be some day.   Bottom line, cool gadgets, a more roughed-up hero who still gets the job done, and of course all the macking that comes with being the most decorated member of Her Majesty's Secret Service.  What else could any would-be-00 ask for?

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<![CDATA[And I thought James Patterson just wrote hundreds of books]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/03/05/and-i-thought-james-patterson-just-wrote-hundreds-of-books.aspx Thu, 05 Mar 2009 15:30:00 G3T 1343 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/03/05/and-i-thought-james-patterson-just-wrote-hundreds-of-books.aspx to post your comments!

I recently caught James Patterson doing the talk show schtick and was intrigued by a project he mentioned to the interviewer.  Imagine my surprise when I found a plethora of book suggestions for young readers of most ages.  With clean graphics and slick user experience, ReadKiddoRead is a great recommendation for new readers that may be a little apprehensive in their search for the perfect book.  It gives suggestions for guys and gals, as well as splitting them into age-driven categories.  While the suggestion lists aren't long, the many different resources through the site provide lots of information for both educators and parents.

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<![CDATA[Grammys weren't *gasp* all about the sales]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2009/02/09/grammys-weren-t-all-about-the-sales.aspx Mon, 09 Feb 2009 09:10:00 G2T 1244 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2009/02/09/grammys-weren-t-all-about-the-sales.aspx to post your comments!

Interesting night in the awards show department.  Top of the list is Robert Plant and Alison Krauss for their haunting performance on Raising Sand.  I gotta say this is a great album that, while old world, is alive in a real way.  As with all other awards shows this year, Coldplay won for and performed Viva La Vida that god-awful song in pastel band uniforms.  All the teeny heart throbs were represented (Jonas, Miley and Taylor oh my) and basicly needed more practice (though God bless Stevie Wonder for showing the young Jonases what real soul sounds like.).  T.I. and J.T.  maybe you could blame it on the sound engineer.  I have to say I would really much have prefered to here Duffy over Katy Perry, though how bout all the fruit?  Lots will be on the news tomorrow (today?) about Chris Brown and Rihanna, Nancy Grace is on the prowl.  Grrr.  Radiohead rocked the house.  With the USC band for backup, lead singer Thom Yorke channeled primative spirits and gesticulated forth a grinding, crashing number which stood proof of what their street cred already gets 'em.  Best Rap Album winner Lil Wayne performed with half of the Dirty Dozen.  Did you see Kid Rock's RING?!?!  (I know you don't remember his  singing ; )  Is it me or is Kanye more and more like Michael Jackson every time he comes on stage?  At first I thought MJ had been frozen scince '82.  Carrie Underwood knocked 'em dead.  Adele and Sugarland sounded solid.  U2 opened the show, but didn't leave an impression.  And Neil Diamond as the show closer ... meh (though Sir Paul was groovin' to Sweet Caroline.)  The highlight for me was Stevie Wonder playing the rarest of rare R&B songs with meat to its bones as the credits closed, causing the great tune to be relegated as background music for a Delta commercial.  For shame.

 

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<![CDATA[Remember the "Creature from the Black Lagoon"?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/01/30/remember-the-quot-creature-from-the-black-lagoon-quot.aspx Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:58:00 G1T 1201 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/01/30/remember-the-quot-creature-from-the-black-lagoon-quot.aspx to post your comments!

When I was a young lad, way back in the 70's, we used to watch "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" in 3-D on Halloween.  We would have to go get 3-D glasses from the store and prepare ourselves for the red/blue-glasses headache (Ahhhh promotional marketing.)  Fast forward three decades to Super Bowl XLIII and once again 3-D is all the rage in Hollywood, or at least for a 90 second half-time plug for Dreamworks' new blockbuster-to-be Monsters vs. Aliens.  The commercial, atypical in length, is set to run as the first halftime commercial.  BEWARE!!!!  You need the 21st century equivalent of the old blue and red glasses to enjoy the full experience, which can be found at participating grocery and convenience stores.  Pick them up early!!!  Also, check out the Pepsi/SOBE commercial later in the game to get your full use of the glasses.

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<![CDATA[The expression on W's face... priceless]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/01/30/the-expression-on-w-s-face-is-priceless.aspx Fri, 30 Jan 2009 15:10:00 G1T 1199 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/01/30/the-expression-on-w-s-face-is-priceless.aspx to post your comments!

I just came across the coolest website covering the Obama Inauguration today.  While it isn't the most fact-filled, nor is it insightful about the current administration and its goals for our future, it has probably one of the best panoramic photos from said historic day.  Super high resolution and zoomable viewing make for a feeling of almost being there. 

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<![CDATA[Meet Dave, you might not like him]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2009/01/24/meet-dave-you-might-not-like-him.aspx Sat, 24 Jan 2009 13:10:00 G1T 1185 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2009/01/24/meet-dave-you-might-not-like-him.aspx to post your comments!

Another Bad Eddie MovieI just saw Eddie Murphy's recent DVD release on my iPhone, and I think it had a few moments where it wasn't half bad.  While the story was hokey, the acting wasn't anything to mention, and even though the Razzies agreed it was one of the worst movies of last year, I'm soft on it.  Murphy is a master comedian in my book, and this was another example of master physical comedy.  While the role no doubt required little actual work for the actor, I found the subtle expressions and stiff-jointed portrayal of the robot to be the highlight of an otherwise forgettable film.  As always, Murphy plays a second character as captain of the human-shaped ship which no doubt required even less of the actor than the other role.  The more I think of this movie, the more I think of Pluto Nash...

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<![CDATA[Twilight Series not part of my Highlights]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2009/01/15/twilight-series-not-part-of-my-highlights.aspx Thu, 15 Jan 2009 10:03:00 G1T 1120 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/" target="_blank">Teens Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/teens/archive/2009/01/15/twilight-series-not-part-of-my-highlights.aspx to post your comments!

I have to say up front I listened to these books on audiobook, so no skipping the repetition.  I wanted to like this book for being a huge success for the publishing world and furthering the public's interest in such fantastical goings on, but couldn't get past the juvenile nature of our protagonist Bella.  I gotta say it is a Twilightgood thing Edward can't read her mind, because he may be bored by her unoriginal shallowness.  Aside from the fact this young lady can easily accustom herself to mythical realities, she isn't a very bright character.  Let's keep it real, it took her half of book one to even come to the realization that the love of her life is a vampire, even after he stops a truck with his bare hands, never comes out on sunny days, has hypnotic eyes, has a clan of "siblings" that are extraordinarily beautiful, and can read other people's minds.  In fact, it took the other man in her life, werewolf Jake, to tell her what they are before she even realizes it.  Is there anyone in the United States who has never seen a vampire movie or read an occult book?  As soon as someone stops a truck barehanded, I know something is afoot.  When I find out the local hotties are Nosferatu, you better believe I'm gonna believe in every fairytale I've ever heard.  The naive nature of Bella does not jive with what I believe would be nearly everyone on Earth's response to nightmares walking into their life.  But I guess that is why the story is about her.Eclipse

 

The entertaining aspects of this series are the new legends Meyer creates through the frame of this strange romance.  Indian werewolves, the vampire equivalent of the Cosa Nostra and vampire wars in Mexico are all just side notes to a 100-year-old man (albeit a vampire) making the moves on an 18 year-old.  Where's Nabokov when you need him?  Keepin it real, there are a few well-crafted characters who are interesting enough to warrant continuing with this series.  Still keepin it real, I'd be very surprised if Stephenie Meyer had the skill to create another world that could pull as many readers as this one has, if not for her new-found fame.  I haven't seen the movie, but I have to wonder how entertaining it could have been.  With near-to-nil action and gloomy scenery, a truely forbidden (by the law) romance is all we're left with.  How long can chaste kisses keep the attention ofthe 21st Century set?  Is Chivalry cool again?

 

Bottom line, this could have been way better.  Interesting tidbits aside, this is a creepy May/December whose only horror lies in the amount of rehashing of everyone's feelings.

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<![CDATA[13 not so lucky for LL]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/10/01/13-not-so-lucky-for-ll.aspx Wed, 01 Oct 2008 08:47:00 G10T 669 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/" target="_blank">Music Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/10/01/13-not-so-lucky-for-ll.aspx to post your comments!

First off I have to say that I wasn't upset with LL Cool J's newest studio outing, Exit 13, but the majority is very typical Cool James fodder.  Parents beware, most tracks are sexually driven.  The ladies do love him after all.  However, as LL has mentioned in recent interviews, this is his last album with long time label Def Jam (the Thirteenth in fact.)  With this newest project LL brings in heavy hitters 50 Cent, Wyclef Jean, Richie Sambora and Funkmaster Flex to create a sound that is fuller than any of his recent albums.  The only beef I have is that a couple songs (particularly the Wyclef track) sound as though he is trying on someone else's style, someone else's flow.  This isn't to say I didn't like these tracks, but it was certainly a stretch for Cool James.  All in all, Exit 13 is a respectable project for the man that put Def Jam on the map, and if interviews are to be believed LL has more 50-inspired tracks waiting for the next leg of his musical journey.

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<![CDATA[Big Brother got your number?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/09/09/big-brother-got-your-number.aspx Tue, 09 Sep 2008 15:25:00 G9T 471 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/09/09/big-brother-got-your-number.aspx to post your comments!

Right off, no I am not talking about that terrible CBS television show.  I am refering to Eagle Eye a new picture from DreamWorks Pictures starring Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan.  As is often the case with most modern marketers, the movie is being plugged via the internet's viral format.  In this particular case it takes the form of a database where you enter your phone number and pray they just try to sell you tickets to their movies.  Follow the link if you "Ain't scared."

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<![CDATA[Who you gonna call?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/09/09/who-you-gonna-call.aspx Tue, 09 Sep 2008 15:06:00 G9T 470 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/09/09/who-you-gonna-call.aspx to post your comments!

GhostbustersIt has been a big couple weeks for the comedy series the US has loved for so long.  The original Ghostbusters has recently been rereleased as a promotional add on to some PNY USB Flash drives.  If the idea of ghosts on your USB drive doesn't bother you, somethin' tells me the $60 price tag will.  In related news, co-writer Harold Ramis, also egghead scientist Igon, has said he is currently in the works with some of the original creators to come up with a modern adaptation of the parapsychological comedy.  He went on to say that all the original players have agreed to make appearances.

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<![CDATA[Today the Future, Tomorrow the Past]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/09/today-the-future-tomorrow-the-past.aspx Tue, 09 Sep 2008 14:47:00 G9T 467 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/09/today-the-future-tomorrow-the-past.aspx to post your comments!

In interesting news for newspaper historians, Google has decided that it is no longer happy to simply own everything presently on Earth, but also any memory of what used to be around.  Similar to their past scholarly endeavors, the search engine giant plans to deliver "over one hundred newspapers free on Google News and on each newspapers website.  Hopefully they've inked with the Evansville Courier and Press.

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<![CDATA[Find out, before you go out]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/04/find-out-before-you-go-out.aspx Thu, 04 Sep 2008 19:56:00 G9T 396 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/04/find-out-before-you-go-out.aspx to post your comments!

Want to go on a date with that cute guy you met on the internet, but aren't sure if you can trust him?  Why not check to see if he has an active warrant for his arrest?  The Courier & Press has recently posted a database where you can do just that.  However, this only checks in Vanderburgh County, so you still need to be careful with those long distance relationships. Indifferent

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<![CDATA[Physics got you down?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/04/physics-got-you-down.aspx Thu, 04 Sep 2008 14:54:00 G9T 390 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/04/physics-got-you-down.aspx to post your comments!

I came across this little bit of interesting hip-hop this morning and had to share.  It looks as though some intrepid internet diva has decided to lay out in detail what the CERN-operated Large Hadron Collider is intended to do.  The only thing missing is the button that commences total global annihilation.

Follow this link to check out the video.

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<![CDATA[So good, you may want to Cry Wolf again]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/09/03/so-good-you-may-want-to-cry-wolf-again.aspx Wed, 03 Sep 2008 09:17:00 G9T 355 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/09/03/so-good-you-may-want-to-cry-wolf-again.aspx to post your comments!

Here is a post from Seeker@evpl, whose posts can be found on the EVPL Research blog:


Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
 
"Becoming a werewolf brought nothing but problems to Anna every since she'd survived the vicious attack that turned her.  Now, she couldn't decide if meeting Charles, a strong and charismatic werewolf who insists she is his mate, was a step up in her life or just another problem.  Charles, on the other hand, is sure that Anna is not only the best thing that's happened to him, but also a gift to his pack. He's the first to realize that she's an Omega wolf, with the ability to calm and encourage others around her.  As second-in-command and enforcer of his father's pack, he's a wolf that can use a lot of calming (and loving).
 
Anna's introduction to the pack and her growing bond with Charles kept me riveted to the story.  Patricia Briggs has the gift of making the werewolf lifestyle and paranormal romances totally believable with advantages and disadvantages appearing naturally.  I literally could not stop reading as reports of a rogue werewolf lure Charles and Anna out into the wilds of Montana and into a physical and magical fight for their lives and the future of their pack. I've really enjoyed everything I've read by Patricia Briggs in the past.  Her paranormal romances have a lot of adventure and characters that I can care about.
 

p.s.  While this title can be read by itself as a stand-alone adventure romance, to find out how Anna and Charles first met, read the story "Alpha and Omega" in the collection On The Prowl.  All 4 stories in this collection are good reading but very different.  ( seeker@evpl)"

 

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<![CDATA[Ever heard of Pilobolus?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/21/ever-heard-of-pilobolus.aspx Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:55:00 G8T 248 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/21/ever-heard-of-pilobolus.aspx to post your comments!

NO, I am not talking about the fungus found on cows.  Pilobolus is a dance troupe founded at Dartmouth College in the 1970's.  The current incarnation does some pretty amazing stuff which is proved by this clip from NBC's Conan O'Brien Show.  You may have also seen them on the 79th Academy Awards as the logos of various nominated movies or on the video "Last Dance" which is available at Central Library.

 

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<![CDATA[You knew it was coming ...]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/20/you-knew-it-was-coming.aspx Wed, 20 Aug 2008 16:40:00 G8T 244 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/20/you-knew-it-was-coming.aspx to post your comments!

BigfootIn light of recent bigfoot developments, most of us now know for sure that some things are too good to be true.  According to NPR one such disappointment is the Japanese detox footpad craze.  These simple, adhesive pads are placed on the bottoms of the feet at bedtime, and when you awake you will be revitalized by the detoxing powers hidden within.  Upon peeling said pads, one can see all the nasty free radicals it had pulled from your body the night before. For a small fee these miracle pads can be delivered to your door.  Of course, such products work about as much as the pair of Georgia guys with a costume in their freezer (meaning the only work they do is trying to convince you they work.) 

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<![CDATA[Life behind ... coffee bars?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/19/life-behind-coffee-bars.aspx Tue, 19 Aug 2008 10:41:00 G8T 231 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/19/life-behind-coffee-bars.aspx to post your comments!

An interesting article on the Mother Jones website is quite eye opening.  Many times I have heard people say, "We should make prisoners work for their keep. All they do is watch TV and smoke cigarettes."  It would appear that in some states, they do just that.  The last entry in the list seems to be the funniest, yet cruelest of the bunch.

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<![CDATA[If it weren't for the hurricanes...]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/08/18/if-it-weren-t-for-the-hurricanes.aspx Mon, 18 Aug 2008 15:56:00 G8T 229 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/08/18/if-it-weren-t-for-the-hurricanes.aspx to post your comments!

Imagine, sandy beaches, million dollar yachts, Kate Hudson...  Maybe if you were Matthew McConaughey.  In Fool's Gold, the two said superstars team up in a romantic comedy that puts them in a race to find a bounty of treasure that has been missing for centuries.  Crime lords, rival treasure hunters, and recent divorce all conspire to keep the two protagonists apart from their dreams, but I bet you can guess what happens.  While a good date movie, don't expect to come away from this one any smarter than when you sat down.

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<![CDATA[Anyone want to drink from the Ohio?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/18/anyone-want-to-drink-from-the-ohio.aspx Mon, 18 Aug 2008 15:13:00 G8T 228 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/18/anyone-want-to-drink-from-the-ohio.aspx to post your comments!

One of the most pressing concerns for the developing world is the need for fresh, potable water.  The reality for billions of people is possible sickness and death from the one thing they need most.  Enter into the picture Lifestraw.  Affordable, easy to use and safe this simple product may at least be a Bandaid to a little of the burden facing so many.  Who knows? Maybe with a little bit of genius, we can find our way out of our current time of woes.

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<![CDATA[Maybe the world won't end after all]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/13/maybe-the-world-won-t-end-after-all.aspx Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:07:00 G8T 216 E-Ville Librarian@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/08/13/maybe-the-world-won-t-end-after-all.aspx to post your comments!

Ever heard of Hubbert's Peak?  No it isn't a mountain in the Rockies.  It is a logistical theory that we have passed the peak of oil production and from here will continue to decline until we are in another Dark Age.  While it is true that such a peak more than likely exists, and we may have passed it already, something tells me that mankind may have a few tricks up its collective sleeve.  Case in point is a post at the Tech blog Engadget.  According to this article, researchers at the Departmant of Energy's Idaho National Labaratory have created an "antenna" which can harvest 80% of the energy from infared rays.  Not too shabby, especially compared to traditional solar panels.  Hit the link for more info.

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