November 21st, 2009

The Librarian

News for fellow Farscape geeks

No dears, the show isn't coming back. But if you don't own it on DVD and have regretted missing out on getting it, A&E has acquired the DVD distribution rights and on Nov. 17, 2009, they re-released the show in the form of this little gem. (don't know if the American Amazon is offering this bargain price, but if I didn't already own the complete Farscape in the ADV edition, I'd be snapping this sucker up in a second)

I've checked the A&E site for more details and looks as if this set includes most of the extras that were on the ADV edition (so all the interviews, outtakes, etc.). It doesn't include "The Peacekeeper Wars", but that was packaged and sold by a different company from the rest of the series and is still available from them (oh my ... now only $9.95 at Amazon.ca!)

P.S. A&E is also selling the new release of Farscape in single season packages ... Amazon.ca lists them at $44.45 apiece, so right now getting the whole shebang at once is definitely the better deal.
The Librarian

The world never ceases to amaze ...

The National Library of Québec is the LAST place I would have expected to find catalogue copy for Chinese children's storybooks. Wow! Only four hits out of twelve titles, but that's still one third of the suckers!

Yes, I'm doing some work at home today (as are others involved in this project) ... there's a fast-approaching deadline and it's just easier to focus on tracking down info for materials in languages one doesn't speak in a comfy and uninterruptible environment that features good music, tasty treats, and wearing one's favourite ratty comfy clothes (Ali Farka Touré's "Radio Mali" playing on the stereo and mugful of Ghirardelli mocha at hand, while I work on tracking down info on lists of German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Punjabi books)

On the pleasant and restful side, there are two almost-completely-white jackrabbits outside ... practically glowing in the twilight against the yellowish/brownish/greenish grass of the courtyard. Rims of ears, eyes, nose are still sharply black, as if they've been kohled, and the faintest hint of their summer brown remaining on their backs makes them look as if they need dusting. One is sitting up very very erect, in the same pose as those chocolate Easter rabbits, staring very very hard at the back of the other (who is munching steadily and obliviously)

Edited to add: The watcher just did one of those amazing stretches that jackrabbits do ... first the front paws waaaaay out front, like a cat does, and then pulled forward on the front legs and stretched the back legs by straightening them and pushing his rump as high up as he could (which is pretty darned high for these long-leggedy beasties). And from that back leg straightened position he just took off like a rocket, without even flexing his knees! Amazing critters! :-)
The Librarian

Phooey!

Workplace server housing the cataloguing software/databse went belly-up (or so it claims) just when I'd found copy for the last Chinese kiddy book on the list! Everything else on my remote connection working fine, so dunno what's going on. Have emailed IT ... here's hoping he's home or somewhere else where he can give the thing an electronic whallop. I know he'll see the message almost immediately as he's a slave to his gadget-laden phone (and once plaintively emailed me from a vacation on a cruise ship because nobody had contacted him about work problems and he was wondering if the computers were okay ***GRIN***), but that doesn't mean anything if he can't log in and do something.