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From the ALA Director 4/4: Was it Worth It? Find Something You Like?

From the ALA Director 4/4: Was it Worth It? Find Something You Like?

For nearly a week I have been excerpting from EBD # 12.20 2013-2014 Report to Council and Executive Board April 4, 2014 from Keith Michael Fiels Executive Director.

I’ve taken the time to break up the 28 page report into smaller bites, one organization per post in hopes that you’d take an interest in some of extensive activities of the American Library Association (ALA). It is actually pretty…

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libralthinking:

flypup:

rufftoon:

isaia:

terribaeddel-magpie:

ladymargo:

Dear Tumblr,
I just got around to seeing this movie, despite the fact that it did not get a wide-release.
Find it and watch it.
Believe me when I say, this film is in the same league of sci-fi/speculative film classics as Bladerunner and Children of Men.
This.
Movie.
Should have a HUGE fandom.
It deals with issues like class, caste-systems, oppression, and the nature of humanity in a way mainstream films like The Hunger Games never could.
Let me tell you a story about the film-maker Joon-Ho Bong. Some years back, I had the privilege of attending a screening of one his films and the man happened to be there. At that time, he’d already gotten some notice for making The Host, another awesome film that allegorizes heavy issues in humanity.
So, he does the q&a at the end and someone asks him why he’s never produced a Hollywood movie.
…And he says, paraphrasing; that Hollywood would never let him make the kind of movies he’d like.  He’d have to hire an all-white cast and the actors would have to fit a certain aesthetic. They couldn’t be non-white, older than twenty-five, or non-thin…especially actresses.
He said, it’s not worth selling out, when he can make the kinds of movies he wants in South Korea.
…And then he makes this.
I’d love to spoil it for you, but suffice it say it was, as all good speculative sci-fi is, very effecting for me.
Again, I beg you PLEASE SEE THIS MOVIE.
And if you need more convincing??
Your faves are in it:  Octavia Spencer aka the above flawless actress in the poster, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris and the father/daughter pair from The Host, Kang-So Hung and Ah-Sung Ko (which had me thinking AU!).
Now, I shall commence spamming my tumblr with Snowpiercer reblogs…
Apologies ahead of time.

mmm the host was great i’d love to see this.

OHMY GOD!!?

Snowpiercer has been on my radar for a little while now, and I do hope to catch it when it comes out, limited release or not. The Host was a really fun film.
Here’s to adding Snowpiercer on other people’s radar.
http://youtu.be/r6UmqNuMdY4
(trivia: the movie is based on a french graphic novel called “Transperceneige”)

and just to add one more trivia about this movie- it was originally scheduled to be released much much earlier, but that would’ve meant the movie would lose nearly 20 minutes of footage(X). The director fought tooth and nail to retain the movie as it was released in Korea, and although the agreement has been reached not to delete whooping 20 minutes(X), it also means the movie may not get the wide US release(X). So. yeah. Still crossing my finger, but thanks Weinstein and co -_-. 

You got my attention.

This looks intriguing for the back story alone. 

libralthinking:

flypup:

rufftoon:

isaia:

terribaeddel-magpie:

ladymargo:

Dear Tumblr,

I just got around to seeing this movie, despite the fact that it did not get a wide-release.

Find it and watch it.

Believe me when I say, this film is in the same league of sci-fi/speculative film classics as Bladerunner and Children of Men.

This.

Movie.

Should have a HUGE fandom.

It deals with issues like class, caste-systems, oppression, and the nature of humanity in a way mainstream films like The Hunger Games never could.

Let me tell you a story about the film-maker Joon-Ho Bong. Some years back, I had the privilege of attending a screening of one his films and the man happened to be there. At that time, he’d already gotten some notice for making The Host, another awesome film that allegorizes heavy issues in humanity.

So, he does the q&a at the end and someone asks him why he’s never produced a Hollywood movie.

…And he says, paraphrasing; that Hollywood would never let him make the kind of movies he’d like.  He’d have to hire an all-white cast and the actors would have to fit a certain aesthetic. They couldn’t be non-white, older than twenty-five, or non-thin…especially actresses.

He said, it’s not worth selling out, when he can make the kinds of movies he wants in South Korea.

…And then he makes this.

I’d love to spoil it for you, but suffice it say it was, as all good speculative sci-fi is, very effecting for me.

Again, I beg you PLEASE SEE THIS MOVIE.

And if you need more convincing??

Your faves are in it:  Octavia Spencer aka the above flawless actress in the poster, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris and the father/daughter pair from The Host, Kang-So Hung and Ah-Sung Ko (which had me thinking AU!).

Now, I shall commence spamming my tumblr with Snowpiercer reblogs…

Apologies ahead of time.

mmm the host was great i’d love to see this.

OH
MY GOD!!?

Snowpiercer has been on my radar for a little while now, and I do hope to catch it when it comes out, limited release or not. The Host was a really fun film.

Here’s to adding Snowpiercer on other people’s radar.

http://youtu.be/r6UmqNuMdY4

(trivia: the movie is based on a french graphic novel called “Transperceneige”)

and just to add one more trivia about this movie- it was originally scheduled to be released much much earlier, but that would’ve meant the movie would lose nearly 20 minutes of footage(X). The director fought tooth and nail to retain the movie as it was released in Korea, and although the agreement has been reached not to delete whooping 20 minutes(X), it also means the movie may not get the wide US release(X). So. yeah. Still crossing my finger, but thanks Weinstein and co -_-. 

You got my attention.

This looks intriguing for the back story alone. 

1950s Hover Board from the US Navy from 1955. Another piece of tech that didn’t quite catch on. I’m not sure this guy is wearing enough personal safety equipment.

Another video from British Pathe.

The Dynosphere (1930s wheel car) courtesy of British Pathe

What if we had wound up riding around in wheels. There’s a Dr. Who story in here somewhere. 

zenpencils:

MOTHER JONES: Sit down and read


Fits my mood today.

zenpencils:

MOTHER JONES: Sit down and read

Fits my mood today.

What did the Apollo 12 landing site look like from the surface?

What did the Apollo 12 landing site look like from the surface?

In my entry for Moon – data.nasa.gov, I claim you can answer the question “What did the Apollo 12 landing site look like from the surface?” with this resource. Here’s how:

  1. Visit the site and click on Apollo Surface Panoramas. This is a description of the resource.
  2. Click on the Apollo Surface Panaromas that appears at the top of the page.
  3. Click on the first photo for Apollo 12. You will get the…

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National Library Week Day 6: ebooks #nlw14

National Library Week Day 6: ebooks #nlw14

As recently as two years ago, only about of a third of Americans were aware that libraries loaned ebooks. So I want to be sure to let you know that the Juneau Public Libraries (JPL)  and more than three quarters of libraries nationwide do lend ebooks. Actually, Juneau Public Libraries goes the extra mile and loans Nook readers as well.

JPL has a number of sources for ebooks. The three that I…

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About Open Mapping

Forgot if I shared before. If it’s on the level, you help to map areas of humanitarian crises. 

From the ALA Director 4/4: ALA PUBLISHING

From the ALA Director 4/4: ALA PUBLISHING

ALA PUBLISHING

American Libraries Live

A recent American Libraries Live episode (free streaming video broadcasts) included a discussion of “The Present and Future of E-Books,” with a panel of experts led by e-book expert Sue Polanka.  Both advertising sponsorship and viewer audience continue to grow, with most of the programs averaging more than 2,000 viewers.  AL Live is a shared project between…

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From the ALA Director 4/4: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

From the ALA Director 4/4: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 

Registration Open for the 2014 YA Literature Symposium

YALSA would love to see you in Austin, TX, for the 2014 YA Literature Symposium this year on November 14-16.  Check out the preliminary program, apply for a travel stipend grant and/or register at www.ala.org/yalitsymposium.

Get Up to Date on the Future of Library Services for and with Teens

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