Face it: most librarians are probably cooler than you. After all, their job is to wrangle books, attract readers, and then get the two together — one of our own favorite activities. Though for many years, the librarian stereotype was a severe old lady who couldn’t stand excessive noise, the mold has changed (to the extent that even the New York Times has noticed). Now, many librarians are punk-rock agents of social change, complete with tattoos, tech savvy, and new ideas to get books to the people. After the jump, meet just a few of the very coolest librarians alive — and since we know there are hundreds out there, add your favorite book lender (or yourself) in the comments.
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A Beethoven flash mob comprised of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l’Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.
This video always makes me think of home, despite my home being Missouri, and theirs (the band’s) being Duluth, MN.
Today marks the anniversary of the birth of a man who, despite all odds, rose up against the common thoughts of society to become one of the most recognized and important names in the American (and arguably the world’s) household. Humble, daring, brave, and not afraid to work against the odds, his pioneering efforts aid our society more than we can ever know.
Together with a band of men and women of the same mindset, he forged ahead into a new frontier, boldly going where no man has gone before.
Happy Birthday, James Tiberius Kirk. March 22, 2228, Riverside, Iowa.
So, for the past… 5 years, I’ve been bouncing around the US from state to state, house to dorm to house to apartment… you get the point.
So, throughout all of that, I probably paid more for postage than I did fueling my coffee addiction… and that’s saying something. THEN, this morning, thanks to the hilarious, amazing, and awesome Ricky Van Veen (founder of CollegeHumor- maybe you’ve been to the site… if not…where the hell have you been on the internet? …on second thought, I don’t want to know), I found THIS awesome chart I’ll post below. (and this LINK will show you the chart for wherever YOU live, if it’s not NYC)
This is the UPS outbound delivery map for the basic ground delivery package from NYC.
YELLOW: your package will get there in a day
MUSTARD-y whatever that is…: your package will get to its destination in 2 days
GREEN: it’ll be on their doorstep in 3 days
RED: after 4 days, your cargo will be in their hands
ORANGE: 5 days! woohoo!
GREY: you live in the boonies. even ALASKA gets packages faster than you… but it’ll only take 6 days
As I get older, I am more and more fascinated with the human mind, and the science behind it. It’s brilliant, wonderful, and terrifying all at the same time. To know the inner workings of stranger my merely constructing a list of complicated (or not so complicated) questions is a beautiful and terrible power.
This summer, I took the Myers-Briggs test (which I found online, here), and I was startled at how correct my results were.
(Introverted Intuition with Extraverted Feeling)
As an INFJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in primarily via intuition. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.
INFJs are gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive individuals. Artistic and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. Only one percent of the population has an INFJ Personality Type, making it the most rare of all the types.
INFJs place great importance on havings things orderly and systematic in their outer world. They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives. On the other hand, INFJs operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand. They are usually right, and they usually know it. Consequently, INFJs put a tremendous amount of faith into their instincts and intuitions. This is something of a conflict between the inner and outer worlds, and may result in the INFJ not being as organized as other Judging types tend to be. Or we may see some signs of disarray in an otherwise orderly tendency, such as a consistently messy desk.
INFJs have uncanny insight into people and situations. They get “feelings” about things and intuitively understand them. As an extreme example, some INFJs report experiences of a psychic nature, such as getting strong feelings about there being a problem with a loved one, and discovering later that they were in a car accident. This is the sort of thing that other types may scorn and scoff at, and the INFJ themself does not really understand their intuition at a level which can be verbalized. Consequently, most INFJs are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They are deep, complex individuals, who are quite private and typically difficult to understand. INFJs hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive.
But the INFJ is as genuinely warm as they are complex. INFJs hold a special place in the heart of people who they are close to, who are able to see their special gifts and depth of caring. INFJs are concerned for people’s feelings, and try to be gentle to avoid hurting anyone. They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well. Situations which are charged with conflict may drive the normally peaceful INFJ into a state of agitation or charged anger. They may tend to internalize conflict into their bodies, and experience health problems when under a lot of stress.
Because the INFJ has such strong intuitive capabilities, they trust their own instincts above all else. This may result in an INFJ stubborness and tendency to ignore other people’s opinions. They believe that they’re right. On the other hand, INFJ is a perfectionist who doubts that they are living up to their full potential. INFJs are rarely at complete peace with themselves – there’s always something else they should be doing to improve themselves and the world around them. They believe in constant growth, and don’t often take time to revel in their accomplishments. They have strong value systems, and need to live their lives in accordance with what they feel is right. In deference to the Feeling aspect of their personalities, INFJs are in some ways gentle and easy going. Conversely, they have very high expectations of themselves, and frequently of their families. They don’t believe in compromising their ideals.
INFJ is a natural nurturer; patient, devoted and protective. They make loving parents and usually have strong bonds with their offspring. They have high expectations of their children, and push them to be the best that they can be. This can sometimes manifest itself in the INFJ being hard-nosed and stubborn. But generally, children of an INFJ get devoted and sincere parental guidance, combined with deep caring.
In the workplace, the INFJ usually shows up in areas where they can be creative and somewhat independent. They have a natural affinity for art, and many excel in the sciences, where they make use of their intuition. INFJs can also be found in service-oriented professions. They are not good at dealing with minutia or very detailed tasks. The INFJ will either avoid such things, or else go to the other extreme and become enveloped in the details to the extent that they can no longer see the big picture. An INFJ who has gone the route of becoming meticulous about details may be highly critical of other individuals who are not.
The INFJ individual is gifted in ways that other types are not. Life is not necessarily easy for the INFJ, but they are capable of great depth of feeling and personal achievement.