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wmtc: labour day readers’ advisory: books and movies that celebrate labour

I spoke to a customer yesterday who was visiting from Denmark. He described himself as a trade-unionist, and he came to the library, looking for me, to learn about our strike!He also said he had read a book he loved, and was looking for more like it. H… . . . → Read More: wmtc: labour day readers’ advisory: books and movies that celebrate labour

wmtc: we still like lists: recipe for effective activism

What it takes to be an effective activist:1. Hopefulness2. Persistence, perseverance3. Reliability4. Enjoyment of teamwork5. Willingness to take direction from others6. Willingness to make space and time in your life for your cause7. Good listening ski… . . . → Read More: wmtc: we still like lists: recipe for effective activism

wmtc: 14 thoughts on watching how i met your mother (first time through so no spoilers please!)

I was watching MASH when Netflix pulled the plug on our VPN. I found a new VPN… but now MASH is gone. One day I hope to finish the end-to-end rewatch. But right then, my comedy-before-bed slot was left hanging. I tried “How I Met Your Mother,” and I … . . . → Read More: wmtc: 14 thoughts on watching how i met your mother (first time through so no spoilers please!)

wmtc: 10 ways you can increase member engagement in your union

#7: Hold a logo contest!Trying to increase member engagement in your union? Here are some ideas that work.1. Always make time for your members’ concerns.This is number one through infinity. If you don’t make time for your members’ concerns – if your … . . . → Read More: wmtc: 10 ways you can increase member engagement in your union

wmtc: we like lists: things we learn from tv detective and murder mystery shows

If you enjoy detective shows, murder mysteries, and legal dramas, you learn a lot of things that don’t necessarily reflect reality. Here are some things you may learn from these shows.

1. Women are crazy and kill people.

I have already blogged about and disproportionate percentage of female murderers on TV detective shows.

In . . . → Read More: wmtc: we like lists: things we learn from tv detective and murder mystery shows

wmtc: we like lists: list # 20: top ten reasons we love our favourite cult show or movie

For those who want the question with no context: Do you love a cult show or movie? What movie and why? List at least 10 reasons.

(I wish everyone would reply here and not on Facebook, but I know that is a lost cause…)

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Further to my longstanding tradition of watching . . . → Read More: wmtc: we like lists: list # 20: top ten reasons we love our favourite cult show or movie

wmtc: remembrance day: 11 anti-war songs for 11.11

Many artists and bands have recorded anti-war songs, and they’re not always those associated with protest. Here are 11 songs that decry the deceit, corruption, and futility of war.1. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye2. Generals and Majors – Andy Partridge … . . . → Read More: wmtc: remembrance day: 11 anti-war songs for 11.11

wmtc: we like lists: list # 19: more eponyms, subcategory edition

Eponyms everywhere! Who knew?

Our most recent list of eponyms was a smash success. It gave rise to at least three subcategories, as I wrote here:

– Inventor/creator/discoverer, not genericized. These are eponyms, but have not entered the vocabulary as a separate noun or descriptor. Example: Alzheimer’s. Compare to pasteurized.

– Fictional characters— Mythological . . . → Read More: wmtc: we like lists: list # 19: more eponyms, subcategory edition

wmtc: we like lists: list # 18: words that were once people

I really enjoy learning about the origins of words and expressions. (I included this in our last list.) Several words now part of ordinary vocabulary started out as proper names.

In 1880, a group of Irish tenant farmers organized a labour ostracism against the agent of an abusive absentee landlord. The agent’s name was . . . → Read More: wmtc: we like lists: list # 18: words that were once people

wmtc: we like lists: list # 16: conformity and its discontents

Allan is in the midst of a giant Stephen King reading and writing project, and in honour of that, I’m reading my first ever book by Stephen King.

From this post, I was moved to read the novella The Body (which was adapted into the movie “Stand By Me”). Allan’s description of the . . . → Read More: wmtc: we like lists: list # 16: conformity and its discontents

wmtc: we like lists: list # 15: such stuff as dreams are made on

In a dream, you walk into a room, someplace you have been before. Three people are there: a current celebrity, a historical figure, and someone you associate with your childhood. You ask for something to eat and something to drink. Music is playing in the background.

Tell us:

1. What is the room?

2. Who . . . → Read More: wmtc: we like lists: list # 15: such stuff as dreams are made on

wmtc: wmtc7 is awesome, or, 10 reasons i love hosting a summer potluck

Wmtc7 was last night, and I think it might have been the best wmtc party yet. It was certainly the our biggest turnout, with more than 40 people – and 10 dogs!

All week, southern Ontario had been sweltering under brutal heat and humidity. Then on Saturday morning it rained a bit, the skies were . . . → Read More: wmtc: wmtc7 is awesome, or, 10 reasons i love hosting a summer potluck

wmtc: we like lists: lists of lists of lists

On our DIY top-ten list, M@ made a top-10 list of top-10 lists. David Weinberger, author of Everything Is Miscellaneous, takes it up a level, with a top ten list of top ten lists of top ten lists!

I haven’t read that book yet, but I probably will over the spring-summer. (That’s the wonderful . . . → Read More: wmtc: we like lists: lists of lists of lists

wmtc: we like lists: list # 14: three reasons you like/dislike valentine’s day

Do you like Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate it or avoid it? Do you celebrate it and avoid it? Tell us why. Three reasons, please.

I don’t do Valentine’s Day. Here’s why.

1. I don’t like being told when to be romantic. If everyone is supposed to be romantic at once, where’s the romance in . . . → Read More: wmtc: we like lists: list # 14: three reasons you like/dislike valentine’s day

wmtc: ten reasons i like being a library page

I needed to get a job as a library page in order to be “in the system” at the Mississauga Library. Job openings rarely, if ever, go external. Since after I earn my degree, I want to work as a librarian in Mississauga, and I was advised by several people that a page job is . . . → Read More: wmtc: ten reasons i like being a library page

wmtc: songs from beyond the grave (a list in progress)

I was driving around Mississauga listening to Bob Dylan’s Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue, a great live album, when I realized that the narrator of “Romance In Durango” dies at the end of the song. Or does he?

The song seems to fall into a small subcategory of ballads – story-songs, not slow songs . . . → Read More: wmtc: songs from beyond the grave (a list in progress)

wmtc: we like lists: list # 13: it was the best of lists, it was the worst of lists

Few things in life are all good or all bad. Even though I dislike Christmas, I’m happy to enjoy some paid time off, and this year I reaped the benefits of holiday overtime.

Sometimes, the negative so grossly outweighs the positive that there’s no point in searching for a shred of silver lining. Example: . . . → Read More: wmtc: we like lists: list # 13: it was the best of lists, it was the worst of lists

wmtc: five items in search of a post (a list of sorts)

This has been a strange winter break. I’ve been working at the library, collaborating with Allan on some paid writing work, taking care of the massive number of appointments and personal chores that pile up while I’m in school, seeing a few friends… but also making sure I spend a fair amount of time on . . . → Read More: wmtc: five items in search of a post (a list of sorts)

wmtc: annual i hate christmas post: top ten things i hate about christmas

It’s a wmtc tradition: my annual I Hate Christmas post. This year, it’s a continuation of what we started here. Feel free to post your list, too, of any length. Hate only, please. If you love Christmas, go off and enjoy it.

10. “Merry Christmas”

9. “It’s A Wonderful Life”

8. Ads where people . . . → Read More: wmtc: annual i hate christmas post: top ten things i hate about christmas

wmtc: we like lists: list # 12: ten best of anything

Lists are back! I was a little disappointed in the turnout for our last list, awesome art. Statcounter and Google Reader tell me that a few hundred people read this blog; I wish more of them would jump in the comment pool. But even if only from the core group of wmtc commenters… we like . . . → Read More: wmtc: we like lists: list # 12: ten best of anything

wmtc: nyc reflections part 4: know the past, find the future, nypl centennial free book

Roy Blount contemplates the original Winnie-the-PoohI have one last snippet to share from our recent, brief trip to New York City. My friend NN, who writes this blog, surprised me with a wonderful gift. To celebrate its centennial, the New York Public … . . . → Read More: wmtc: nyc reflections part 4: know the past, find the future, nypl centennial free book

wmtc: we like lists: list # 11: awesome art

I notice whenever I do a “we like lists” post that I’m never satisfied with my own list. On our hanging out in history list, I forgot Clarence Darrow. In our all-time celebrity crushes, I forgot Bruce Springsteen. In our list of the influential authors… . . . → Read More: wmtc: we like lists: list # 11: awesome art

wmtc: we like lists: list # 10: six things going on with me

Remember we like lists?? It’s been a long time! This list will answer the burning question: What’s up? What’s happening in your life? Doing anything interesting? Enjoying doing something mundane? Reading a good book? Working in your garden? Suffering f… . . . → Read More: wmtc: we like lists: list # 10: six things going on with me