Wednesday, July 12, 2006

6 Dekaseconds=1 minute

I've got to title the post something and I was thinking about metric prefixes, prompted by the observation that my connection is 2kbps slower than usual. Nano and milli are about the only prefixes you come across in regard to seconds, and milli is pushing it.
I had the typical fun weekend. Just as Batista was about to return and call out Mark Henry on Smackdown Friday night, the Mormons visited them. I didn't want to miss the return of the Animal after a 6 month absence so I asked them to come back on Wednesday. Then I canceled that appointment. I've not gotten very far in my BoM reading so I figure I'll talk to them after vacation sometime. Steve and I watched Hoodwinked after he got home. It was pretty funny.
I spent Saturday sleeping in and working. In the outside bookdrop Friday morning were 40 or so books that were not checked out. A little investigation revealed that most of them had been gone from the library since 1999 or 2000. There was evidence that at least one may have been missing since at least '97. Someone's been studying the philosophy of David Hume for a long time. Many of the books had been declared lost and a few had even been replaced. Some, of course, nobody had ever noticed they were gone. I processed most of them Saturday afternoon and worked on some other books as well. Saturday night Steve and I watched the World Cup consolation game, Germany vs. Portugal. We saw 4 actual goals scored in game play. Germany won 3-1 though one of the German goals was scored by a Portuguese player. After the game I met up with some friends at a restaurant in Antioch and we caught a midnight showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Sunday morning we heard John S. preach on Isaiah 53:4-6 and how Jesus takes the penalty for our sins. Ryan put together a brilliant set for the music after the sermon. We sang a beautiful song I'd never heard before during communion and then followed it with "How Deep the Father's Love for Us," probably my favorite contemporary hymn. The other songs also focused on God's goodness and grace and his mercy toward us. It was a really moving time and fit very well with the sermon. I need to email him and get the title and lyrics to the first song. We lunched at Panera and then played a great game of Settlers of Cataan which was only marred by Steve's victory. Steve, Steph, and I watched Superman Returns for $2 at the Libertyville theatre. The movie was okay but a little too slow for my taste. At times it almost felt like the actors were just going through the motions. Kevin Spacey is a great Lex Luther though. I watched the World Cup final that night while talking to Jenn over the phone. That was a fun way to watch the game. It was in Spanish and Jenn had about a 4 second delay, definitely an amusing experience.
Monday night was a good time at LifeGroup. There were 15 of us and almost as many women as men which has been a rarity for our group this year. We studied Genesis 1:26-31 and what it means to be in God's image. We talked particularly about our responsibility to care for the earth and to live in relationship with God and one another. We also looked at a few New Testament passages that focused on growing into the image of Christ. Jason led worship and almost everybody provided snacks. It was a good time.
Tuesday we had a good time at 3-D. Nathan taught about Jonah and the danger of caring more for yourself than other people. Jonah was so concerned with his hatred for the Ninevites and with his petty luxuries that he ignored the people God desired to save. Nathan challenged us not to focus so much on ourselves that we fail to share the good news of salvation with people around us. Afterward Steve and I saw Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest. I really liked it. I think you could take the music from that movie and set it to anything and I would enjoy it. I was imagining briefly watching The Devil Wears Prada with the PotC soundtrack. I'm pretty sure I'd like it. I especially liked the use of Davey Jones' organ and the hornpipe in Tortuga in addition to the main theme. I'm much looking forward to the final installment of the story in May.
Work is challenging. As of last Wednesday I am the Senior Cataloging Technician and Head of Cataloging for the Rolfing Library. That means that a lot of decisions and problems that I could blithely pass on to Cindee or Matt in the past I am now responsible for. I liked just being able to focus on my books, DVD's and cd's and letting other people deal with questions about the future of the division or what the procedures had to be. I had input before and was usually involved in most decisions but I didn't have to make them. In addition I've had trouble focusing in work in the last year or two. I like soaking up new knowledge and ideas. I like reading blogs. I like playing computer games after lunch. I like researching and solving cataloging problems. It's been a huge struggle to focus on the actual work of cataloging. Now we're in the midst of a huge project to get our Florida Campus library cataloged and online. That's a great thing and it's getting us a trip to Florida next month, but there's a long way to go before we get there. I become Senior Tech because Cindee moved into a different position in the library. This means that we've lost much of her productivity as she starts learning and focusing on the systems position. She'll still be doing some cataloging but she won't be able to devote the kind of time and concentration that she used to. That also means that I'll be training a new cataloging tech. It takes a while to learn to catalog, to get the hand of all the rules and to be able to see not only what is in the record, but what should be there as well, and to learn to think about subject headings and how they are structured. There's a lot to learn and it's all seems fairly esoteric. The rule book has been compared to the Bible with a few other supplements like the Talmud. It can be very rewarding and it's nice to be able to see if the library has the book you want but it's a long road to get there. Anyway since there's all this pressure I'll be taking next week off to go to Tennessee. It'll be fun but it won't be fun to come back.
That's about all I've got to say about that.

13 comments:

annalu alulu said...

What are some of the lyrics to How Deep the Father's Love to Us? (and don't say "how deep the father's love to us.") I don't know if I've heard that song. One of my favorites is "Blessed Be the Name." They played it at your church the week before my wedding, and it really touched me, and then they played it at Southland the day after the wedding, and I declared it our marriage anthem. I think it's a great marriage song, don't you? The pastor's son and his wife came to our church this week and helped lead worship, and he played that song, and later, the pastor told us how hard that song is to sing sometimes, because it takes so much to say "Blessed be your name, when I'm found in the desert place, when I walk through the wilderness, blessed be your name." It's true. It is hard. (I had to look those lyrics up, too, even though that's one of my favorite songs.)

Jenn Hacker said...

I read what you wrote about Jonah, and all I kept seeing in my mind was the little peas smacking each other in the face with fish! I've been watching too much VeggieTales...

Glad you had a fun, busy weekend. I hope you stayed until after the credits on PotC!

annalu alulu said...

Everett always stays to the very end of the credits at movies. I used to think it was annoying, but now I do it, too.

Everett said...

How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That he would give his only son
To make a wretch his treasure
How great the depth of pain he bore
The Father turns his face away
As wounds which mar the chosen one
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon the cross
My sin upon his shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Cry out among the scoffers
It was my sin which held him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No wealth no power no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from his reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
-"How Deep the Father's Love for Us" Chris Tomlin

Everett said...

Staying to the end gives you a chance to see that movie's crews involved a mole maker or a rock and foam technician. It gives you a chance to find out that the movie was filmed in the Bahamas or Dominica and that actor whose face was tickling your memory through the whole movie was Stellan Skaarsgard (normal for him). It also gives you a chance to really enjoy the score and think about the movie you've just seen. Nacho Libre has a hilarious song that you'd never hear if you skipped the credits. Jackie Chan has outtakes. Many movies have something after the credits, e.g. an undead monkey, a royal dog, Darth Vader breath. There's a lot there. Sometimes there's nothing.

Tara said...

I also love "Blessed Be the Name", but for different reasons than Ann. It isn't so much of a marriage song for me, but a life one. Almost four years ago now (!) I miscarried twins at 13 weeks gestation. I felt that I was walking through the wilderness, on the road marked with suffering and desert places at that time. It makes me cry to sing Blessed be Your Name even when I'm in the tough spots of life.

annalu alulu said...

That's really sad that that happened in your life, Tara, but it's great that you were and are able to bless God's name through it all.

That's why I think it will be a great marriage song for us: because I know marriage will be so hard sometimes, but that the only way we'll make it is by blessing God's name the whole way, even in the wilderness.

Everett said...

I tried to resist mentioning the VeggieTales movie during our small group last night but finally at one point when I was talking about the general nastiness of the Ninevites (impaling, captives chained with fishhooks in their noses, etc.) I broke down and threw in slapping one another with fish. The guys were confused so I mentioned I saw it in a movie once.

Jenn Hacker said...

Aww, those poor deprived souls - they never saw Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie? Poor things! They MUST be educated!

Everett said...

Actually it was just a matter of not remembering it. When I identified the movie they said, "Oh yeah."

Jenn Hacker said...

VeggieTales is releasing another big screen movie in 2008. "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" is coming soon to a theater near you! Yay!

Everett said...

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Curse of the Black-eyed Pea featuring Captain Jack Asparrowgus, perhaps.

(Quqsqg, perhaps a good name for a harpooneer based on some kind of South Seas gourd)

Jenn Hacker said...

LOL, Everett! Good one!