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I woke up with The Who stuck in my head. I haven't listened to The Who for a long time.

Lately, I've been playing a lot of Harvest Moon: Skytree Village. It's not an especially great game, but I am trying to trigger the crop mutations.

One of my favorite podcasts updated today. If you haven't started listening to King Falls AM, you are missing out, big time. It updates on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have plenty of time to binge-listen and get back to me so we can squeal about it together.

I've been seeing a lot of stuff from the ALA and various other library interests about the pending cuts to the IMLS. I'm kind of glad that the funding is being threatened, as it's forcing libraries to fight and make themselves visible. I feel like, at least for the last ten or fifteen years, they've been content with the status quo and have been too complacent with all the previous budget cuts and scale-backs. Sure, we've been in a recession for the bulk of those years, but that's when libraries were experiencing their strongest influence and usage numbers. I'm hoping that these cuts will make more people aware of how much their libraries contribute to the community, but libraries need to get out there and fight to make themselves seen and heard. Library administrators need to start banging the drums and tooting their horns and vuvuzelas at local government meetings, not just to save their IMLS grants (which aren't really all that much of either the national budget or most library budgets), but their portion of the local government's budget plan, too. Not just fight to preserve it, but fight to increase it, too. Sure, it's an uphill battle that they're likely to lose, but until they give it a shot they don't know for sure that they'll lose.

Anyway, that's my two cents on the matter. Speaking of cents, have they introduced the bill to eliminate the penny yet? I had heard that there was one being considered.... I mean, on one hand, a lot of science experiments will have a hard time finding conductors for potato batteries and whatnot if pennies are eliminated. On the other hand, that's fewer pennies for that one old woman to pay her entire grocery bill in at the express lane.


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