Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The AL's Passion

As a rule, I don't do "memes." The AL, as you know, is a free spirit. She doesn't follow rules or trends. She marches to the beat of her own drummer, baby. But now I've been "tagged," as the children say, and by no less than Stephen Abrams, who no doubt gets a perverse pleasure out of the AL. Since I'm in holiday spirits lately, I'll play along.

Here are the rules:

"1. Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about...and give your picture a short title.
2. Title your blog post "Meme: Passion Quilt" and link back to this blog entry.
3. Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce."

Unfortunately, I just couldn't follow the rules. The thought of putting the words "meme" or "passion quilt" in my post title made me cringe, and I don't have a professional learning network, so that was out as well. Other than that, I'm trying to play nice.

I've seen several bloggers do this, and planned to mock it if I ever got around to writing the post. There's lots of heartwarming stuff out there about how we all need to change or connect or share. Yuck. Can't do any of that stuff professionally, even in my relatively content current state. This one was much better, by the way, and gave me the strength to go on. So, here's my entry:



Get a Life Outside the Library



And I don't tag people, since I have no professional learning network. So you're on your own.

39 comments:

Amanda (the librarian) said...

So true, AL! I love it! Sometimes these professional learning network librarian bloggers take themselves way too seriously.

Anonymous said...

Make t-shirts, please! (I have a life outside of the library, just not a very good wardrobe)

Anonymous said...

Now I see why I left the field altogether. Thanks for the reminder. This garbage can become mind numbing after a while. Just watch the martinis and don't fall off the barstool.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that!

Anonymous said...

Let's add 'happy talk' to our librarian skill set. eh.

kudzuhomecomingqueen said...

I am so there...just let me know when the martini hour or minute starts.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who has a life outside of the library is either a slacker or a woman.

Dances With Books said...

Amen. I agree with one of the anon. commenters: we should be making tee-shirts. These people just take themselves way too seriously. Get a life!

Emily Lloyd said...

Thanks. [grin]

Anonymous said...

Make Love, not LOC.

T Scott said...

Did somebody say t-shirts?
http://www.beardedpigs.org/?q=node/342

Anonymous said...

So that's what my cats get up to all day?

Or self-portrait?

Or is AL one of my cats?

Baker or Taylor down the pub?

Anonymous said...

sigh

next thing you know, AL will have on-line games here so we can amuse ourselves.

It is what all the hip teens do at libraries now.

heavy sigh

Blue Lass said...

Man, there is some girly damn stuff out there.

Anonymous said...

LMAO. Yes, I feel that one when I'm in the public library but only in the adult room. One guy even hits every library in the area for computer time. WT?

Robert M. Lindsey said...

Meme is a stupid word and I applaud you for not using it. For that matter, blog is a stupid word. Passion quilt? What?

Minks said...

Must say, that is the perfect picture. You should change your icon to it!

Small world,, I know Stephen Abrams,, the question is,, why does he love your blog so much.

Yea,, ok,, dumb question,, forgive meh.

AL said...

I doubt he likes the blog, but it might be one he loves to hate or something like that. I get some of my best material reading his blog. Then again, unlike some critics, he might actually "get" the AL.

Anonymous said...

Classic. Sign me up for the shirt as well. It still baffles me how they show up en masse 1 hr before the library opens on Sundays.

Anonymous said...

The AL obviously didn't pay attention to "All rights reserved
This photo is public" at the flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/melsky/1435774732/ and went ahead and deeplinked it anyway without attribution. Back to copyright school for you. You need to take down the innappropriate copyright violation and unattributed link. You may not know how to link people but you sure do know how to appropriate copyrighted images.

Melis said...

I'm the artist of the Martini Party Cat. I like it when people use my art to illustrate a blog post as long as at minimum it's been linked back to the original image page, and that has been done here.

If you like my art please check out my my blog the Eclectic and the Random which is linked to this blogger identity.

Anonymous said...

Then you should change the all rights reserved notice to the creative commons statement.

AL said...

Thanks very much, Melis. Your martini party cat was great. I didn't check the all rights reserved notice, but I thought I found this image through the advanced search for images that could be reproduced, and I did link back to it.

emily said...

I love the picture. For some reason it makes me think of Faust.

Anonymous said...

It's 5:00 somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Another round (of applause, martinis, etc.) for the AL!

Kevin Musgrove said...

I like the sound of a passion quilt. Just not in the context of librarians or computers.

Oh bollocks to it... just not in the context of computers.

Brent said...

"The Passion of the AL."

Anonymous said...

Stealing intellectual property.

How annoying.

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Anonymous said...

Not to be cynical, but I have zero respect for Stephen Abrams. This is just another dumb idea.

Anonymous said...

Abrams should know that the AL would participate. He wasted on of his tags. He should have to tag someone else.

Anonymous said...

would = wouldn't in previous post. time for another martini.

LibraryGuy said...

Oh my god-"Be the change you want to be?" Passion Quilt?" And he works for SIRSI ("making your job harder than it has to be since 1973," as we say around here)?
Maybe it's time to create a new entry in Bullsh*t Bingo.

Anonymous said...

"Meme"? Shouldn't that be
'mememememe'?

Guess the librarian mindrot continues over the internet blogosphere.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Judging by the changes to its customer interfaces, Sirsi wants to be an anchorite community.

contrarian said...

So glad to see the AL getting annoyed at something & continuing to write.

Taupey, the Bush Kangaroo said...

Just reading the words "passion quilt" made me nauseous. Wonderful picture though, just perfect.

Anonymous said...

I think the AL drinks too many martoonis and is too tanked up to blog anymore.

Just a thought.