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Category Archives: Library

A library of notes and opinions, primarily to keep track of books, comics, movies, shows and other thingies I encounter.

What I read in 2012

Looking back at 2012, I read quite a lot, even with school going on. As in previous years, the lightbulb ( 💡 ) icon denotes recommendations—except that all items in the Shorter fiction section are podcasts where I had given the top ratings. Many goodies discovered this year, including tearing down my notion that Smashwords […]

Working in groups: the prelude

As mentioned earlier, I’ve had both good and bad team work experiences. Some of the worst occurred in school, some of the best occurred during employment. So I enter a graduate program strongly emphasizing teamwork with a mix of trepidation and eagerness. Fear of loss of control and fear of conflict: “They are not thorough […]

Online life in graduate school

I’ve spent several years in the software and Internet sector, as well as taken online classes. Nevertheless, I’ll still have a lot to learn both technically and socially when it comes to taking graduate school courses online. Actually, a more appropriate phrase would be attending graduate school online, because attending emphasizes how this will be […]

A welcome to SLIS students and instructors

Salutations to San José State University folks in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS)! I’m using my personal website to store publicly-accessible homework for SLIS, as well as my thoughts on libraries, reading, and information access. For the time being, I’ve organized such posts with the SLIS tag, under the Library category. To […]

Books read in 2011

Once again, 💡 denotes my reading recommendations. I read a lot of excellent fiction in the past year! The Good Stuff The surprise goodies for me were the Hunger Games trilogy and Santa Olivia. My brain usually turns off at anything hyper-popularized by the media. Nor is boxing exactly a topic I’d care to hear […]

Books read in 2010

Last year was unusual in the reading department. I read fewer fiction books in paper form and a lot more non-fiction than I typically do; well, easy since they were mostly cookbooks ;). Moreover, I listened to a lot more podcast fiction — a habit I began in 2009 (or 2008?), but really got into […]

Books read in 2009

Thus a round-up of books read in 2009. Late in coming, I know; I blame the remodeling. O:-) Comics Fiction Non-fiction Art monographs Unfinished Once again, I’ve marked recommended titles with the lightbulb icon, 💡 .

TCHO: milk chocolate beta & citrus

So I enrolled in TCHO’s milk chocolate beta. They didn’t want to be judged on texture yet, which made critiquing the creaminess aspect a bit tricky. As of this writing they have yet to release version 1.0. Overall, though the later betas did show remarkable improvement over the earlier samples. But to answer some questions […]

iPhone note-taking apps (Part 2)

I’m still using Evernote as my note-taking app on the iPhone, but I have become increasingly disgruntled with it. Sadly, I’ve yet to find a significantly better note-taking solution, although Simplenote and Take A Note might have potential in the future. I’ve also come to the conclusion that I need only a note-taking application. Having […]

Updated ongoing comics entry

I’ve added (and removed) comics from my list of ongoing comics I read. Unsurprisingly, mostly involving manga, as those series tend to be finite (yay! boo!). I’m slowly updating my previously read comics lists as well, most notably pointing out ones I highly recommend. I’ll also need to check for obsolete links, as well as […]