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It's been a while since I've worked in a DDC library, so I don't remember many specific numbers. But I've retained quite a bit of LC.

The librarians should know better than to reveal their contempt to patrons. That's basic. It's occasionally understandable, but concealing it is essential professional practice.

That said, patrons often ask to be pointed in the general direction of things that don't exist in a library collection. Ask a practical matter, "Where is your science fiction section?" can't be answered in an LC library. But a good reference librarian knows how to handle these situations.
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Let me rephrase that. The speech and comic are self-righteous and directed at college students who may be naive. It suggests that there's something unseemly or inadequate about working for profit.

And Watterson is essentially telling students "follow your dreams." That' nice, but it should come with the addendum, "...but take into account the likelihood that you can practically achieve those dreams and prepare accordingly."
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Although it's not a blog, the Alternate History boards provide me with a lot of entertainment:

One author just concluded a fine piece called "How Silent Fall the Cherry Blossoms":

It's an alternate history of World War II in which Japan launched biological weapons attacks against the US homeland. Good stuff and, after editing, certainly publishable.
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The Green Lantern oath would be a great addition to any set of wedding vows:

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power, Green Lantern's light!
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This was great! Wonderful video.

Open the cup over a waste can, pointed away from your own body. This works with yogurt, too. Always wear proper eye and ear projection. It's just like using a power tool.
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