The best kind of rabbit is a Oaxacan rabbit. At the moment I have one Oaxacan rabbit in my apartment. I’m thinking of starting a collection so I can have an army of colorful bunnies that would confront all visitors to my abode.

The best kind of rabbit is a Oaxacan rabbit. At the moment I have one Oaxacan rabbit in my apartment. I’m thinking of starting a collection so I can have an army of colorful bunnies that would confront all visitors to my abode.

I made this. It’s a rainbow goat. I should worry about myself. 

I made this. It’s a rainbow goat. I should worry about myself. 

Ok people. I am going to try to really use this tumblr. I can’t promise I will use tumblr in the correct way (i.e. a repository for funny/interesting images). No, I like writing and if I have a blog I might as well blogwrite away. To inaugurate my return to the tumblr-verse here is a picture of two things I love smushed together - bunnies and rings. When I did a Google search my brain nearly exploded at all the wonderful rabbit themed rings that exist in this world. Sometimes I feel saddened by humanity….but not today.

Ok people. I am going to try to really use this tumblr. I can’t promise I will use tumblr in the correct way (i.e. a repository for funny/interesting images). No, I like writing and if I have a blog I might as well blogwrite away. To inaugurate my return to the tumblr-verse here is a picture of two things I love smushed together - bunnies and rings. When I did a Google search my brain nearly exploded at all the wonderful rabbit themed rings that exist in this world. Sometimes I feel saddened by humanity….but not today.

The current One Book, One Chicago is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I was so incredibly excited when we found out we were going to be working with this book at YOUmedia. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors (post to come on how Neil Gaiman influenced my decision to become a librarian).
Neverwhere takes place, primarily, in London Below - a world of forgotten and unseen people (at least in the eyes of average Londoners) that live below the city. The most ingenious part of the book is how the culture of London Below is in part related to the London Underground. Examples: there really is an Earl’s Court, Knightsbridge and my favorite the Angel Islington (a great character indeed but I’m also partial to the Angel because that was my stop when I lived in London). 
Part of our project with the students at YOUmedia is to imagine what a Chicago Below would look like. In Neverwhere there is a mythical beast that lives in the Underground. We challenged our students to imagine what that beast would look like in Chicago. This ingenious design was drawn by Malic (who is also a member of Library of Games). Thanks teenagers of Chicago for being so creative!
neverwherechicago:

What if there was a Beast of Chicago like the beast that lives below London in Neverwhere? Malic Monti envisions this beast as giant octopus that lives in Lake Michigan. Each of the octopuses tentacles represents one of the CTA train lines.

The current One Book, One Chicago is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I was so incredibly excited when we found out we were going to be working with this book at YOUmedia. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors (post to come on how Neil Gaiman influenced my decision to become a librarian).

Neverwhere takes place, primarily, in London Below - a world of forgotten and unseen people (at least in the eyes of average Londoners) that live below the city. The most ingenious part of the book is how the culture of London Below is in part related to the London Underground. Examples: there really is an Earl’s Court, Knightsbridge and my favorite the Angel Islington (a great character indeed but I’m also partial to the Angel because that was my stop when I lived in London). 

Part of our project with the students at YOUmedia is to imagine what a Chicago Below would look like. In Neverwhere there is a mythical beast that lives in the Underground. We challenged our students to imagine what that beast would look like in Chicago. This ingenious design was drawn by Malic (who is also a member of Library of Games). Thanks teenagers of Chicago for being so creative!

neverwherechicago:

What if there was a Beast of Chicago like the beast that lives below London in Neverwhere? Malic Monti envisions this beast as giant octopus that lives in Lake Michigan. Each of the octopuses tentacles represents one of the CTA train lines.

My favorite film reviewer gives his Oscar rundown.

Mark Kermode’s Oscars 2011 review (via kermodeandmayo)

Make way for 1990s adventure game goodness

I really like lists. I like them so much that I even wrote a short story all about lists (not kidding). “Best of” lists are futile. They are subjective, silly but so much fun. Mostly because they can piss people off. I like to rant and lists always makes a a ranter feel superior to the list maker. Lists of “best things” make all people feel smart and superior. List maker defend your choices! Non-list maker tell everyone why they’re wrong! Hurray for lists!

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Byrd's Nest: Worst. Oscars. Ever.

I never get too upset about the terrible nature of the Oscar ceremony. I expect boring and unfunny. I just care about who wins and loses. But this isn’t necessarily the case for everyone. This is a post on a blog run by one of our YOUmedia teenagers. He’s ranting like the best of them. It seems my blog has a rant-y trend (I’m thinking of renaming it Ranty Pants - actually I’m not - but maybe I am). Anyway, enjoy a skilled rant with which I only partially agree.

byrdsplace:

Worst Opening Monologue I’ve ever seen. I was gagging.

I have a feeling the Oscars are a car crash and I’m a gaper.

Last Time I choose the Oscars over the Knicks-Heat Game

These are just some of the tweets I posted tonight as I watched the gut wrenching and nauseating experience…

An Oscar Memoir

It’s Oscar Sunday. I’m about the settle down with the Red Carpet coverage. My ballot is almost complete and I’m in a fuzzy nostalgic glow of Oscar happiness. You see I love the Oscars. I have since my first Oscar telecast viewing back in 1991 at the ripe old age of 6 years old. I know the Oscars are just a glorified marketing campaign by studios and distributors. I know it’s not a real celebration of great filmmaking. But I still love the Oscars. They’re like my Super Bowl. I know the stats, I know the strategies. In short, at least for the day, I kind of care about who wins. Not because of any kind of merit but because of how the studio played the game.

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Game of the Year 2010: Part One

libraryofgames:


Was 2010 a great year for gaming? On reflection nearly every member of LoG has a different favorite game of the year. Over the next few weeks each LoG member will choose their Top 5 games of the year. And so we begin with me - the token female member of LoG: Taylor Bayless (mindcrayons)

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The bunny wars continue.

The bunny wars continue.