Category Archives: PopCulture

“I Made My Shed The Top Rated Restaurant on TripAdvisor” (And Some Quick Thoughts on Fake News)

At RPL’s recent Staff Development Day, I was asked to moderate a panel discussion on fake news.  The panelists included a local education prof who specializes in social media and digital technology, a journalism prof who specializes in mass and alternative media and a journalist who is the assignment producer as well as having responsibility for […]

Friday Fun Link – Does New Movie “The Public” Have a Trailer That Instantly Makes It The Best Library-Themed Movie Ever?

There are a few choices out there but this trailer makes me think “The Public” might be the best library-themed movie ever, in part because it appears to address so many of the issues we deal with in the library every day – homelessness, community engagement and creating a welcoming space, the library’s relationship to […]

Music Monday – “Once bitten and twice shy/I keep my distance/But you still catch my eye/Tell me, baby/Do you recognize me?/Well, it’s been a year/It doesn’t surprise me”

It hasn’t been consistent but over the years, I’ve often done one off or even a series of Christmas-themed  “Music Monday” song posts through December. I thought I’d do it again this year and have lots of ideas for this year’s series from a MetaFilter thread looking at the Wham song “Last Christmas” as well as various other songs […]

Music Monday – “She has tattooed tear drops/She don’t have to cry/Woman you won’t weep/Don’t you moan”

Always nice to get recommendations of bands you haven’t heard of from your patrons.  Here’s an interesting group I heard of today. From the band’s web site: The Stillhouse Poets are a roots duo from Regina, Saskatchewan, the heart of the Canadian prairies. Their influences are drawn deep from the musical well waters of the […]

Top 10 Controversial SNL Monologues

This is focussed fairly heavily on guest monologues in the last couple years but is otherwise a good list…  

Friday Fun Link – *All* of the Best Book Lists of 2017

Okay, maybe not *all* but pretty darn close! 🙂 (via MetaFilter)

“If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary – the world really would be a better place.” #choosekind

Pace got this book for Christmas last year. (One of my favourite things about being a librarian is being able to share books with him that I already love!) I briefly thought about writing a bit about how fascinating it is to see the different ways that Pace is learning about everything from bullying to […]

Music Monday – “I grew up like my daddy did/My grandpa cleared this land/When I was five I walked the fence/While grandpa held my hand”

I don’t think I’ve ever posted this song for Music Monday but it’s one of my favourites of all-time. “Rain on the Scarecrow” – John Mellencamp Although I knew fairly early that I was never going to be a farmer (my standard line on the subject is that, growing up, I was more into books […]

Music Monday – “I wish I had carved my bad poetry/Into your back while you were asleep/A little something to remind you of me/A little something for her to hold on to”

I’m fascinated by coincidences and have had a few recently… Went to a housewarming party this weekend and a guy mentions the completely random fact that they ended up sitting next to a previous owner of their Regina home in a bar in Saskatoon, never having met him before! The same housewarming party was hosted […]

Music Monday – “Karma police/I’ve given all I can/It’s not enough/I’ve given all I can/But we’re still on the payroll”

“Karma Police” – Radiohead