Friday, May 24

10E2632: Book Sale | Acton, MA | June 1


My volunteer gig is for a local "friends" group that has a unique function - not only granting raised money to the local town library [natch' - ed.], but also to every.single.school.library in town (there are 6 elementaries including the one in the town over), plus the jr high and high school libraries too. Pretty neat.

Just like your home town library book sale the materials sold are donated by residents - and gotta say this sale is stacked. Silly. Stocked to the gills. This is Acton (Massachusetts) not far from Walden Pond.  20 minutes from Alewife off the Concord rotary. Next Saturday. Come by.


 Hat tip to our high school volunteers who help us sort and carry all year round.







Tuesday, April 9

10E2631: Umbrella Pr0n







In the 1960s one could go to the lost and found at Kings Cross and say "I seem to have misplaced my brolly... it was a simple black affair with a bamboo handle..." and probably walk away in good shape.  Better get your initials engraved on the silver band so you don't lose yours.  Whangee is the shorthand name for the cane handled job above, a type of bamboo.

All of the above via James Smith & Sons (London). They have some amazing g'narled wood walking sticks too. Believe some/all of them may be manufactured by Fox Umbrellas in fact; handmade in England.  

Course they do a parrot headed version for the nanny too...


Friday, March 8

10E2630: Lambchop - Everything for you



Everything for you - single from new Lambchop album This (is what I wanted to tell you). 


Listen via spotify

If you didn't like FLOTUS you may not dig it as further down that road.  FLOTUS really grew on me... 

Thursday, March 7

10E2629: Shopping from the Archives | Carhartt


Contractors Clothing Company based in Michigan still exists - this was a 90s circular in safety orange no less... featuring the greatest hits from Carhartt's 93/94 era. The vinyl square logo ironed on undershirts, straight legged pants, 'western' and the hunting line.  Oof.

Saturday, March 2

10E2628: Ninth Annual Allen Smith Symposium: Translating Social Responsibility into Archival Education

Calling area library professionals, especially archivists...

"The Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program was established in 2008, following the death of Dr. Allen Smith, a beloved faculty member at SLIS [Simmons Library School] for 31 years. Smith taught primarily in the areas of reference, humanities, and oral history."   
The Encyclopedia of Shipwrecks... you know that one?  Allen Smith was my first tutor at Simmons and made a massive impression on me.  Bow tie and jeans sort of guy; farrier, sailor, motobike rider, Appalachian dulcimer cataloger, and library hero generally. "You have to be proactive. It might come as a shock to some of you, but a large part of the success of that library is your personality and the way you treat people." 100%.


The 2019 Allen Smith Symposium, "From Community to Curriculum: Translating Social Responsibility into Archival Education," will gather SLIS faculty and area professionals to engage in discussion. Over the past decade, archival concerns have increasingly focused on social issues as records professionals recognize and confront the responsibilities and challenges of documenting a complex global and digital society.  Topics of discussion include the below - registration link here.

Early start - bring donuts...


 Friday, April 12

  • What is a professional archivist today?  
  • Is there still a clear professional identity? 
  • Are traditional archives dead?  
  • If so, what is the new archives?  
  • Is it only one stream or many?


  • Does traditional Western archival theory and practice continue to meet the record-keeping and documenting needs of an increasingly multi-cultural and digital society that honors cultural difference? 
  • How can that traditional theory and practice evolve to meet those needs, and how must archival education change? 
  • Are there options for service learning, community partnerships, and other creative learning strategies?
  • Much of archival education focuses on traditional Western theory and processes and many of our students will be working in these environments, but increasingly cultural sensitivity and an understanding of non-traditional and indigenous archival practices are essential in documenting the record-keeping practices and cultural expressions in our socially conscious environment. 
  • How do we combine the old with the new so that on the one hand, students are ready for the workplace, and on the other, they are open to a wide variety of archival options?




Saturday, February 9

10E2627: LANDSMITH



LANDSMITH: Adventure and Coffee. THAT is something we can get behind. You can TOO! With this modest Kickstarter from Heather Schmidt - running coach and cofounder of the maple soaked Union Square Donuts in Somerville MA;
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/landsmith/landsmith-cafe-outdoor-adventure-clubhouse/

Heather is sharing her marathon / trail running contacts to launch an outdoorsyworkshop/ coffeeshop called Landsmith; offering educational classes and outdoor instruction on trail biking and bike travelling, trail running, and weekly group runs and rides.  Whether you are an h-core beardy fullface rockhopper, or mum & dad and 3 kids - there will be chances for all to get involved.

Hey Heather - what is Landsmith?"
Located in Malden MA, Landsmith is a cafe and outdoor adventure club; an inspiring meeting place for locals, commuters, runners, cyclists, and adventurers alike. Whether you're stopping in on the way to work or for a run on the trail, we’ll offer you great food, coffee, community and connection to the outdoors.” 

Camp mugs, stickers, tees or Forestbound bag among the Kstarter thank you gifts. Aiming for Fall 2019 open. Can't wait to see this built out! 🌲🥐☕️  Link again here.




Monday, February 4

10E2626: Barbour Footstool


Think I saw this on Uk eBay... lost it now.. anyhow custom stool using an old Barbour.  Lodge material.