Friday, November 21, 2008

A movie? Really?

A movie trailer/advertisement during Good Morning America caught my attention this morning; not Twilight, even though I noticed the actor who played Cedric Diggory of HP fame is a lead character, not Bolt, and not even Madagascar 2 (I like to move it, move it), but The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

I promised not to blog about this book again, though technically this post is about the movie and not the book and I am predisposed not to see the movie, I will abide by the essense of the promise and link to Elizabeth Bird's Horn Book review, From Page to Screen, Mark Herman's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Here's an excerpt from her review:

"While many children's books have sought to teach young readers about Hitler's greatest atrocity, few have been quite as divisive as John Boyne's 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. This novel has caused some readers to sing its praises to the heavens while others desire nothing more than to rake out their own eyeballs after a chapter or two. The tale involves a preternaturally naive child who inadvertently discovers a concentration camp in his backyard and a new friend on the other side of the fence. Some find the book to be a heartwarming tale of innocence in the midst of horror, while others, like myself, have found it to be disingenuous, oppressively repetitive, infuriating, and unbelievable. Mark Herman serves as both director and screenwriter to this Miramax film and in doing so attempts to replace the novel’s more naively tweek elements with an honest-to-goodness story arc. That it isn’t effective is due less to Herman's clear labor of love than to the material he has to work with." - Elizabeth Bird, The Horn Book.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I'm not the only one down ...

With the new library web site successfully launched on Monday, a week later than planned with a few general qualifiers and necessary ammendments, I am looking forward to reading for pleasure at lunch and getting back to writing and posting book reviews.

The circles are pretty, but I kind of liked the Bloglines plumber fixing the pipes.

Friday, November 07, 2008

It's coming ...

It is official! The new web site will be transferred to the live server (as opposed to the review server) Monday morning at 9:00 am. The process should take 30 minutes, but I have posted to our library news blog cautioning patrons it may not be finished until noon. This way I have some leeway to make any necessary changes and/or tweaks.

I am joyous and yet oddly indifferent; it has been such a long, involved process the actual roll-out is almost anti-climactic. I am sure most of those feelings will be over run with glee when everything is live and works. I'm proud of what has been accomplished - and - am sure we could have done more. That's often the case with this type of project, as soon as it is complete there are ten more things I wanted to do.

I will soon be confronted by my "to-do" list, full of things that have been cast aside in favor of time spent on the web site. I worry about the towering mass of lists, folders, catalogs, journals, and magazines, one good wind and my filing system is defunct.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Cautiously optomistic

Barring any unforeseen circumstance such as the sky falling, the university server crashing, something I do not mention lightly as it is currently undergoing maintenance and I am unable to use it, or any other fickle whim of fate, the new library web site will be finished this week. I am not sure I have the words to express my unmitigated joy knowing it will be finished.

Yes, I know there will be bugs to work out.

Yes, I know we can not please everyone.

Yes, I know it will take time for the campus community to adjust to the new site (we are creatures of habit).

But the overall daily issues will be at an end. This has been an exhilarating and exhausting experience. I have learned so much more than additional web skills; specifically internal library employee structure and hierarchy. I may actually be able to face my computer in the evening and begin posting with regularity again. Regardless, I have two pages to complete and a site map to update this afternoon. I will look over everything again tomorrow and release it to the library director who will in turn determine when to contact the university web master to make the changes.