EVPL Communities: HoodooVoodoo@evpl's Blog Postshttp://evpl.org/community/blogs/All of HoodooVoodoo@evpl's blog posts on the EVPL Communities site.en-USCommunityServer 2008 SP1 (Build: 30619.63) <![CDATA[Upcoming Computer Classes in May]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/29/upcoming-computer-classes-in-may.aspx Wed, 29 Apr 2009 14:30:00 G4T 1458 HoodooVoodoo@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/upcoming-computer-classes-in-may.aspx to post your comments!

During these tough economic times, everyone is trying to gain that competitive edge by sharpening their technical skills by going back to school to take classes or taking computer training skills courses, but in most cases these options cost money.  Did you know that you can take computer classes and computer skills training at and through the library for free? 

Registration is now open for the following classes being offered in the Tech Center at Central Library:

Google Explored (Tuesday, May 5, 2009 from 10:00-11:00 AM) - Did you know that Google was more than just a great search engine?  In this class we will learn basic searching techniques along with other cool features like Google Maps, Google Translator, and Google Documents.

Requires some basic computer/Internet knowledge and experience.

Using the Library Databases (Tuesday, May 12, 2009 from 6:00-7:00 PM) - In this class we will learn about the different databases available through the library’s website. We’ll take a look at some of the databases we offer and how to use them to find information. The library databases are accessible anywhere through our website with a valid library card number.

Requires some basic computer/Internet knowledge and experience.

Welcome to the Internet (Wednesday, May 13, 2009 from 10:00-11:00 AM) - This class is an introduction to some of the basic functions of the Internet. We'll learn web basics, including accessing and navigating websites. Discover how the Internet works and why everyone’s using it.

Seating is limited to 15 individuals, so register today to reserve your spot in class. You may register in person, by phone (428-8200 ext 1515), or by email using the contact name link on the class description pages (click on class links above).

For a full listing of all free EVPL computer classes Click Here.

Also, if you don't have time to take advantage of our free classes, you can still take online computer skills courses for free through our database Learning Express Library.  Once on Learning Express Library, choose Computer Skills on the left hand side of the page and then appropriate course you desire.  Everything from Microsoft Word (97-07) to Windows Vista training is offered, with skill levels ranging from beginner to expert.

Check it out today! 

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<![CDATA[Upcoming FREE Computer Classes ]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/09/upcoming-free-computer-classes.aspx Thu, 09 Apr 2009 10:53:00 G4T 1405 HoodooVoodoo@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/2009/04/09/upcoming-free-computer-classes.aspx to post your comments!

During these tough economic times, everyone is trying to gain that competitive edge by sharpening their technical skills by going back to school to take classes or taking computer training skills courses, but in most cases these options cost money.  Did you know that you can take computer classes and computer skills training at and through the library for free? 

Registration is now open for the following classes being offered in the Tech Center at Central Library:

Searching the Library Catalog (Tuesday, April 14, 2009 from 10:00-11:00 AM) - In this class we learn to use the library’s online catalog to find books, DVDs, CDs, magazines and more. These valuable search techniques can be applied to many of today’s online search engines.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel (Thursday, April 16, 2009 from 6:00-7:00 PM) - You have asked for it and we have listened. We will be offering an hour long course in using Microsoft Excel. Microsoft Excel is an electronic spreadsheet program that can be used for storing, organizing and manipulating data. Come find out how to use Excel to keep data for home, business, or financial records as well as graphing or charting information.

Computer Basics (Tuesday, April 21, 2009 from 10:00-11:00 AM) - In this class we will learn to use the mouse and keyboard to open programs and navigate through Microsoft Windows. We will also learn a little history of the evolution of computers from their beginnings to today as well as discover the differences between hardware and software.

Seating is limited to 15 individuals, so register today to reserve your spot in class. You may register in person, by phone (428-8200 ext 1515), or by email using the contact name link on the class description pages (click on class links above).

For a full listing of all free EVPL computer classes Click Here.

Also, if you don't have time to take advantage of our free classes, you can still take online computer skills courses for free through our database Learning Express Library.  Once on Learning Express Library, choose Computer Skills on the left hand side of the page and then appropriate course you desire.  Everything from Microsoft Word (97-07) to Windows Vista training is offered, with skill levels ranging from beginner to expert.

Check it out today! 

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<![CDATA["Bridging the Distance: A Portand OR Covers Compilation"]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2009/01/09/quot-bridging-the-distance-a-portand-or-covers-compilation-quot.aspx Fri, 09 Jan 2009 16:38:00 G1T 1118 HoodooVoodoo@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/2009/01/09/quot-bridging-the-distance-a-portand-or-covers-compilation-quot.aspx to post your comments!

Every once in awhile I stumble upon a hidden gem when looking for music.  This happened recently when I was doing a search for the bands the Minus 5 and Loose Fur, both side projects for Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, and found Bridging the Distance: A Portland OR Covers Compliation.   

Bridging the Distance is almost exactly what the whole title eludes to, a collection of cover songs from Portland OR area bands.  The bands enlisted for this album aren't household names. In fact, before checking it out I had only heard of three of the bands before: The Decemberists, The Minus 5, and Blitzen Trapper.  The songs on the other hand are quite recognizable.  Most of the songs included were famous chart toppers of the 70s and 80s from artists like Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, and Led Zeppelin

As with most cover albums, there are some hits and misses.  Some of the standouts on the album include The Decemberists rendition of Fleetwood Mac's "Think About Me" which has been stuck in my head for days, and Whip's slow folky interpretation of Billy Idol's "White Wedding".  The hits outweigh the misses, but the glaring cover that could have been skipped is Lacktherof's cover of Michael McDonald's "What a Fool Believes".  Of course, this fool believes there is no appropriate version of that song and it would've landed on my miss list no matter who covered it, but don't let that deter you from checking out this steller compilation album.

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<![CDATA[Having trouble figuring out Microsoft Word 2007?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/11/26/having-trouble-figuring-out-microsoft-word-2007.aspx Wed, 26 Nov 2008 15:10:00 G11T 929 HoodooVoodoo@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/2008/11/26/having-trouble-figuring-out-microsoft-word-2007.aspx to post your comments!

As some of you may have been noticing, the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library is in the middle of their own "big switch" when it comes to the public computers.  We are in the process of switching out the old Gateway Profile 5 computers to new Dell Optiplex 755 computers.  These computers are step up from the old ones, but one constant area where I am getting questions concerns Microsoft Word.

The new Dell computers have Microsoft Word 2007 instead of Word 2003 and the display is noticeably different.  All your favorite tools and buttons are still there, but Microsoft has moved them around and made them more user friendly or as I like to say "They made it so easy, that it's hard".  To help ease the confusion I found a few easy to follow reference guides and tutorials.  These tools are very simple to follow and should answer any questions you may have about the differences between Word 2003 and Word 2007.  Check them out!

Word 2003 to Word 2007 Command Reference Guide

Word 2007 Training Tutorials

Word 2007 Help

Office 2007 Training Courses

 

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<![CDATA[Blitzen Trapper - "Furr"]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/10/10/blitzen-trapper-quot-furr-quot.aspx Fri, 10 Oct 2008 15:04:00 G10T 723 HoodooVoodoo@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/2008/10/10/blitzen-trapper-quot-furr-quot.aspx to post your comments!

Portland, OR group, Blitzen Trapper, recently released their album, Furr (2008), on Sub-Pop after receiving nationwide acclaim for their last album, Wild Mountain Nation (2007)While their last album seemed to be a little disjointed at times, Furr on the hand, is melodic masterpiece that evokes wild mountain sounds and lo-fi psychedelic indie rock that will have you bobbing to the beats long after you turn the music off.

It's hard to describe Blitzen Trapper's sound.  They list bands like Pavement and artists like Neil Young as influences on their sound (and you can definitely tell), but you can also hear shades of Beck, The Kinks, and New Riders of the Purple SageFurr has more of an alt-country sound and quite a few slow numbers than its predecessor, but the sonic squalls and feedback are still there, just not as heavy.  This drop in the mix has produced a very good album and one that I highly recommend.  You may not have heard of Blitzen Trapper before, but remember the name, because you hear it a lot in the future.

Reserve your copy today!

Blitzen Trapper's Homepage

Blitzen Trapper's MySpace Page

Sorry, the group doesn't have any videos out for the new record, but here's the video for "Wild Mountain Nation" of their last album with the same title.  Most of the rocking tracks off "Furr" sound a lot like this.

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoY9qtHm6vs]

 

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<![CDATA[Catalog Your Personal Book Collection Online]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/10/07/catalog-your-personal-book-collection-online.aspx Tue, 07 Oct 2008 12:46:00 G10T 703 HoodooVoodoo@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/2008/10/07/catalog-your-personal-book-collection-online.aspx to post your comments!

If many of you out there are like me, you have hundreds of books sitting on your bookshelf at home in a certain order that only you can keep organized (to a point).  Personally, I shelf mine chronologically by author according to genre, but I am very OCD like that.  No matter what kind of order you may keep them in, it's still hard to keep track of them all.  Also, in case something devastating would happen wouldn't it be best to have a cataloging system listing all the titles you own? 

Now you can at Library Thing, an online cataloging site that allows you to enter your collection in a library-type catalog format. Library Thing allows you to catalog up to 200 titles for free, or as many as you like for $10 a year or $25 for life.  Library Thing also allows you to catalog with Amazon, the Library of Congress or 690 other world libraries. You can also get recommendations and tag your books, along with checking out other people's tags.  To find out more, take the Library Thing tour today. 

 

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Conor Oberst's Mexican Getaway]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/10/02/conor-oberst-s-mexican-getaway.aspx Thu, 02 Oct 2008 13:28:00 G10T 678 HoodooVoodoo@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/2008/10/02/conor-oberst-s-mexican-getaway.aspx to post your comments!

I've never listened to a Bright Eyes album before.  This revelation usually comes as a surprise to most of my friends who know my musical tastes.  However, for some reason I decided to give Conor Oberst (aka Bright Eyes) a shot.  Maybe it was the fact that Conor used his real name for the album, I don't know and it doesn't matter, but what matters is that this album is very good.

Singer/songwriter types are usually hit or miss for me.  Bob Dylan for example is my musical hero but artists like Jackson Browne or James Taylor just don't do it for me.  I'm a big fan of Ryan Adams (although that is souring), Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Mason Jennings, and Steve Earle,  but not Paul Simon or Jack Johnson.  It's a fine line with me, but this album has struck that nerve.

Conor Oberst, using his birth name for the first time, gathered a group of musicans he called the Mystic Valley Band and headed down to Mexico to record the album.  The album itself has some references to Mexico in it but the music has more a country-rock feel.  There are a few melodic slow songs and some raucous bar beauties in this twelve collection.  I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys good music, because that's what it is.  Good music has no catergory or label, it's just good and so is this album.  Check it out or reserve your copy today. 

"Souled Out" off Conor Oberst's new self titled album:

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYewptydkvE]

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<![CDATA[Mango Languages: Are We Talking About the Fruit or the Vegetable?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2008/09/26/mango-languages-are-we-talking-about-the-fruit-or-the-vegetable.aspx Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:04:00 G9T 651 HoodooVoodoo@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/2008/09/26/mango-languages-are-we-talking-about-the-fruit-or-the-vegetable.aspx to post your comments!

If you haven't checked out our new foreign language learning database Mango Languages, what are you waiting for?  With twelve different languages and hundreds of different sessions at all levels, Mango Languages has made learning a foreign language simple and entertaining.  Check it out the EVPL's newest database addition today!

Also, for those of you interested in using Mango Languages to learn Mandarin Chinese or Japanese, there is an important update that you may need to acquire to see the Asian font on your computer screen.  Some users have reported seeing squares where the calligraphy should be.  Mango Languages was nice enough to provide me links to important downloadable fonts that should fix the problem.  Most of these problems are occuring with older computers not having the Asian fonts installed on their systems.  Mango Languages is currently working permanent solution to this problem. 

Please try downloading and installing one of the following fonts if you are having any problems:

Mango Language Font Download 1

Mango Language Font Download 2

Mango Language Font Download 3

For those of you who may be confused by the title of this post, let me explain.  When I worked in a local grocery store department some years ago many people referred to a green pepper as a mango.  I, myself, always referred to a mango as a mango and green pepper as green pepper, but still to this day when I hear people refer to green peppers as mangos it drives me crazy.  For those interested, here are a couple links that explain this expression and the root of it: Mangos and Green Peppers.

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<![CDATA["The Love Guru": 86 Minutes I'll Never Get Back]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/09/24/the-love-guru-86-minutes-i-ll-never-get-back.aspx Wed, 24 Sep 2008 13:57:00 G9T 634 HoodooVoodoo@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/2008/09/24/the-love-guru-86-minutes-i-ll-never-get-back.aspx to post your comments!

Oh Mike Myers, what were you thinking?  The Love Guru (2008), Myers first live-action film since Austin Powers: Goldmember (2002), is 86 minutes of Austin Powers type jokes in Hindu garb.  Of course the jokes on me, I actually sat through the whole film.  One would think that after six years of crafting ideas for a feature film Myers could come up with something better than this.  I enjoyed Mike Myers during his Saturday Night Live days, with skits like Wayne's World and Sprokets, but it's time to grow up do something different, or at least, entertaining.  Mike Myers is quickly becoming the new Eddie Murphy, expect that Eddie used to be really funny and play characters in movies that didn't involve over-the-top outfits, storylines, and makeup. 

Okay, now to the movie.  Myers stars as Guru Pitka, an american born guru, who specializes relationship management.  When the Toronto Maple Leaf's star player seperates from his wife, thus hampering their chances of a Stanley Cup, Guru Pitka is called in to save the day.  There are a few highlights in the movie, the hockey announcers played by Stephen Colbert and Jim Gaffigan are pretty funny and Justin Timberlake (who's acting is far superior to his musical talent in my opinion) is steller.  That's about it though.

The Love Guru, is 86 minutes of nonsense and the reverberations of it's viewing have stuck with me all week because I can't get the songs from the movie out of head.  Oh, I forgot the musical numbers, which are popular songs, like Dolly Parton's Nine to Five and Steve Miller's The Joker sung Guru Pitka style.  If you love mindless humor and bodily functions jokes, The Love Guru is for you.  However, I strongly recommend not watching this movie.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Dr. Dog - "Fate"]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/music/archive/2008/09/10/dr-dog-quot-fate-quot.aspx Wed, 10 Sep 2008 16:41:00 G9T 495 HoodooVoodoo@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/2008/09/10/dr-dog-quot-fate-quot.aspx to post your comments!

Dr. Dog, a Philadelphia-based band, released their fifth album Fate (2008) in late July on indie label Park the Van Records.  Dr. Dog began it rise on the national scene when Jim James of My Morning Jacket picked them to open for his band in 2004 after someone slipped him a copy of one of their earlier independent label albums. 

When describing Dr. Dog's sound one can't help but invoke musicians and bands of the past.  After I got a copy of their album, We All Belong (2007), my usual sales pitch to friends was "it's like a stew consisting of David Bowie, Elton John, and The Band, but it sounds new,".  I've read a lot of reviews of Fate and many have invoked The Beatles' Abbey Road and 1960s pop in their descriptions and while I don't think it's fair to compare the two, I understand why.  Fate almost flows as one singular piece than a collection of eleven songs and some of the guitar riffs sound like George Harrison was playing on the album. 

Dr. Dog fully excepts the comparions of "sounding and feeling old" with their promo depression-era pics for the album and constant references to all things old in their lyrics, but somehow they manage to sound new (at least to my ears anyways).  I highly recommend this album.  Check it out or reserve your copy today!

For more information on Dr. Dog check out the following:

Dr. Dog's Official Home Page

Dr. Dog's MySpace Page

"Hang On" from Dr. Dog's new album Fate

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV9QmCpcu2A]

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<![CDATA[Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/09/09/where-in-the-world-is-osama-bin-laden.aspx Tue, 09 Sep 2008 15:28:00 G9T 476 HoodooVoodoo@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/where-in-the-world-is-osama-bin-laden.aspx to post your comments!

Morgan Spurlock, director of Super Size Me and the creator of the FX series 30 Days, tries to answer this question by traveling to the Middle East in search of the most wanted man in the world.  After Spurlock finds out his girlfriend is pregnant, he must do whatever is possible for his child to grow up in safe and peaceful world.  This means only one thing, finding Osama Bin Laden (or OBL as Spurlock calls him).  The catch is that he only has seven weeks to complete his mission before his child's birth. 

Spurlock travels to Egypt, Morocco, Israel, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and finally Afghanistan in his search for OBL.  Along the way he encounters everyday people from the region who are more than willing to help him (most of them anyways) in his search and offer their views on terrorism, the United States (it's not as bad as you think), and what they want in their lives and for their children.

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden is funny and educational.  I highly recommend this film.  I have to give credit to Spurlock, he went where most never would and got closer than most have.  He's the Grizzly Man of the Middle East, only with a better ending (of course I think Grizzly Man got what he asked for).

 For more information check out the following:

The movie's official website

The companion book to the movie

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? Trailer

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYmEA4O6a10]

Don't forget you can put holds on documentary DVDs.  Reserve your copy today!

  

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<![CDATA[We are all brethern of the kernel. It sounds corny, but it's the truth.]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/09/08/we-are-all-brethern-of-the-kernel-it-sounds-corny-but-it-s-the-truth.aspx Mon, 08 Sep 2008 12:15:00 G9T 434 HoodooVoodoo@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/2008/09/08/we-are-all-brethern-of-the-kernel-it-sounds-corny-but-it-s-the-truth.aspx to post your comments!

King CornKing Corn (2007) is documentary that starts with two recent college graduates from Boston finding out (through hair testing) that their body mainly consists of corn.  This discovery leads them to relocate to Iowa and convince a farmer to let them grow one acre of corn all by themselves in hopes of finding how their corn makes it from the field to the body. 

This entertaining documentary includes facets of the history of corn, farm life today, implications of corn on livestock production, and how corn goes from the field to almost everything we eat today.  Even if you didn't grow up on a farm like I did, you will find this very interesting (and probably disturbing).  Check it out today!

EVPL's Catalog Entry

King Corn Website

 

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