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NYC sticker action tomorrow

Caveboy, Caveboy, Jr., and I are going to Manhattan to collect stickers tomorrow.  I haven’t been into the city in months (ack), so I’m hoping there a bunch of new/political ones.  Plus, I really need to change the order of my data fields in “The Gallery Has A Posse” so they appear in the right order via Encore.

Where is the magic SLEEP FAIRY when you need him/her?!!!!

Hello, sticker ninjas of the world.  I woke up at 3:00 a.m. to find the wood stove had died out, ERGH.    if I do end up heading south for break, I’ll keep you posted on the stickerkttty front!

Enough already with the soccer mom

From Dick Cavett in today’s NY Times Opinion section about Sarah Palin, the “wild wordsmith of Wasilla”:

“My concern has been the atrocities there in Darfur and the relevance to me with that issue as we spoke about Africa and some of the countries there that were kind of the people succumbing to the dictators and the corruption of some collapsed governments on the continent, the relevance was Alaska’s investment in Darfur with some of our permanent fund dollars.

And, she concluded, ‘never, ever did I talk about, well, gee, is it a country or a continent, I just don’t know about this issue.'”

Stickerkitty is going to NJ/NYC next week on the lookout for political stickers.  Let’s hope for a warm spell, so the stickers can be easily liberated.

A post-election daze

Oh boy.  I’m still reeling from last week’s election.  God bless the United States of America for electing Barack Obama to be our 44th American President.  I really wish my Dad could have been alive to see this happen.  He’d be all proud and puffed up, but also humble==the American Civil Rights movement defined him as a young man, and I hope that he is able to see this happening from wherever he is.

We have a new SLU CONTENTdm sticker ninja on board, however–Alex Collins!!  Alex will be helping with metadata for now.  W00t!

For a good read, check out David Rees’s most recent publication, Get Your War On, the definitive guide to the war on terror, 2001-2008.  Each week’s cartoon is so dense and brutally sharp on the mark; depressingly enough, the strips from 2004-2005 still ring true.  It’s kind of surprising to read/see/hear how Americans have progressed so slowly on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and elsewhere).

I miss gathering stickers.  It’s been two+ months since I’ve been able to get into NYC, and things will start to get cold now.

Kevin, can you send me (to my SLU email address) an invoice of $250?   You can mark it “50% honorarium fee” for an upcoming Amsterdam ephemera exhibition (spring 2009).  I’m going to try to get this through, once and for all!!!!  I think I’ll arrange to pick up the check on Friday and somehow getting it into your bank account, maybe with your parents’ help.

A Brief Update

Carole and I (and Arline) met with Library folks today to have a conference call with Rice from iii about the new Encore discovery tool that the Library is implementing.  It has caused us Gallery folk to re-map certain CONTENTdm fields to Dublin Core, and I liked how Rice called it “dumbing down” a field.  How true.  Plus Dublin Core omits several fields that would be important in a museum/gallery context.  There were several other issues to discuss, inc. which fields to include in the Encore record, etc.  It’s really super-fascinating (i.e., NOT!).

Kevin, I still need to resolve your payment with the B.O.  Waugh.  I’m sorry!  The days fly by like there is no tomorrow.  I saw Tsewang today, and we both bemoaned how busy we are.  Last summer seems so cozy in comparison.

Stickerkitty is on pins and needles about tomorrow’s election.  I can’t even mention anyone’s name for fear of jinxing everything.  I still don’t really understand how the electoral college thing works.  WTF.  I know/think my vote matters, but I’m not entirely sure.  I saw a cool Web site with a picture of someone with a sticker that said, “I think I voted.”  Ouch.

OK, I just looked up “electoral college” online, and it turns out we are all voting for “538 popularly elected representatives who formally select the President and Vice President of the United States.”  Do people know and understand this?  I’ve always thought I was voting for a person, not an electoral college representative.  And why do they call it a “college?”  I’m a little confused, to be honest.

I heard an interesting clip on NPR tonight from the BBC’s “World News” that new democracies don’t even glance at the US’s voting methods, since such methods make no sense whatsoever.  I’d have to say that I agree.

Someone has been very funny on SNL lately, but puleeze don’t let him become President.

Stickerkitty will have more Posse updates after the election.

Squat

I haven’t done squat with stickers all month, other than compile them in notebooks (which are now being stored in my car), hoping to go through them soon for further insight.  Last weekend, I added a copyright statement to all of the items in the collection, as well as to the items in the Gallery’s Permanent Collection.  It’s a copyright statement only to say I/we don’t necessarily own copyright on any of the items in the collection(s), which seems to be what everyone else is doing, too.  Sticker metadata is moving slowly like mud, and my sticker ninjas seem to be busy with other things, waugh.  I was hoping to get into NYC last weekend to look for election-related booty, but plans changed.  I think my next trip will be post-election, unfortunately.

Interestingly enough, however, the sticker collection can now be “harvested” through the Library’s new Encore discovery tool (click on “Encore” at the top).  I especially like the fact that one can tag items in Encore, something CONTENTdm can’t do yet.

Pictoplasma in NYC, September 4-6, 2008

After going to Pictoplasma in Berlin in 2006, I had to attend the 2008 conference so close in NYC.  Most of the events were held at NYU’s handsome Skirball Center.  My favorite lecture was by Akinori Oishi (who goes by “Aki”).  I asked if he’d consider doing an exhibition at SLU, so I’ll follow up with him via email in the weeks ahead.

Melissa and Carole helped out big-time collecting stickers on Thursday afternoon–115 in all!  Not much political stuff yet, which surprised me.  But a few gems, nonetheless.  Check out my Flickr site for more images (coming soon!).


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