Halloween Movie Viewing, 2017 Edition

Once again, friends, the time has come ’round — the creeping of autumn days towards All Hallows Eve. And with it comes my annual tradition of viewing a somewhat-higher-than-usual number of horror films.

Confessions of a Dice Roller

It’s not often that I’m completely candid. Even here on this site, I edit myself. I bite my tongue. I hold back. Even with you, little web-crawler bots that are likely my sole audience, I don’t share everything. I keep some bits of data to myself. But today will be a bit different. Today, I’m going […]

Requisite October Check-In

And so October has come ’round once again, bringing with it that most venerable of holidays: Halloween! As is my usual tradition, I aim to watch a smattering of festive horror films throughout the month, and I typically post the intended viewing list here in my blog. Unlike my usual tradition, however, this year’s list […]

Public Mystery

As I’ve mentioned in past posts, I do a lot of driving and, as a result, a lot of listening to podcasts. One of the handful of shows that I closely follow is 99% Invisible, a popular, well-produced podcast covering various topics that have some connection to design and architecture. Their episodes frequently inspire in […]

The Power of Dracula Compels You!

Occasionally, you’re online and you come across something unexpected. Perhaps you mis-click and direct your browser to a surprising web page. Perhaps you don’t carefully consider word choice before diving into that image search. Or perhaps you find yourself unintentionally engaged with the surreal Russian roulette of search engine autocomplete suggestions. These little moments of unplanned hilarity […]

The Loathsome Presence of an Unmutual

After a period of consideration, I recently shut down my account on Facebook. I’ve been experiencing a growing sense of unease over social media, especially since I started reading Jacob Silverman’s Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection. My spouse recommended it to me after she’d read it and subsequently abandoned most […]

Revenge is a Dish Best Served 3 Centuries After the Fact to Folks Who Don’t Even Know Who You Are

As I mentioned previously, I’ve been watching some fine-caliber horror movies over the past few weeks. Though they were predominantly focused on that enlightened Himalayan sage, the yeti, the remainder of the roster were made up of any that struck my choosy, discerning fancy. One that really merits mention is a charming Mexican release from 1962, El […]

Halloween Viewing

And by “viewing,” I mean viewing — not viewing. Like every recent year, I try to make October a month chock full of horror movies. Every year, my wife and I select a theme and structure our viewing list around it. Past years themes have included “noirror,” devil cults, and found-footage. This year, the chosen […]

Secluded Shelf 5 — The 2015 Edition

The time has come for another new blog feature that promises to occur regularly, but could just as easily fall into the online trash can as prey to my capricious whim! Thus, without further delay, I present Secluded Shelf 5 — an annual list of 5 texts that I feel are criminally undervalued or have […]

Complexity, Design Simplicity, and UX

One of the many responsibilities my job imparts upon me is that of user experience — or “UX,” as they call it in the biz. Though this practice/process/approach has been around for a while, it strikes me as a newer practice in academic libraries. Certainly, the idea of listening to patrons and shaping library services to more effectively meet […]