The Slasher Lives On

Jul. 28th, 2014 04:54 pm
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In terms of casting, plot, dialogue, and emotional arc, the first book in Laurie Faria Stolarz’s new series, Welcome to the Dark House, is a classic slasher movie in book form.

TPG Welcomes Joshua Marshall!

Jul. 24th, 2014 02:55 pm
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Posted by Mike Paciello

In the past year, we’ve been very fortunate to add outstanding new TPG (@paciellogroup) team members including Leonie Watson (@LeonieWatson), Patrick Lauke (@patrick_h_lauke), Karl Groves (@KarlGroves), Sarah Horton (@gradualclearing), Billy Gregory (@thebillygregory) and a host of other great folks. Today, we are pleased to announce that Joshua Marshall (@partiallyblind) is joining TPG on September 1st!

I think most of you who follow accessibility know Josh, but for those that don’t, here’s a brief bio:

“As the former Head of Accessibility for the Government Digital Service, Joshua Marshall led the work of the British Government in building GOV.UK and transforming their digital public services to be the most accessible in the world. Joshua is a regular speaker at events and conferences on digital accessibility, UX, GOV.UK, and his work driving the adoption of future-facing digital accessibility principles across the UK Government.”

The team at TPG is ecstatic about having Joshua join us! We continue to expand and look forward to further growth over the course of the year. We share our success with our clients, colleagues and friends in furthering the growth of accessibility professionals. Our profession is relevant, exciting and prosperous!

Julia Has Things Under Control

Jul. 25th, 2014 04:41 pm
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Misfits, gather ’round. There’s a new picture book just for us, Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke, best known for his graphic novel trilogy, Zita the Space Girl. (Each one of those books received a starred review from Kirkus.) It’s scrappy, this entertaining little tale of Julia and her new friends.
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No one today is making picture books quite like award-winning Australian author-illustrator Bob Graham, who has been doing so for over three decades now. His latest offerings—last year’s The Silver Button, as well as Vanilla Ice Cream, coming this August—are short tales about big things. The Silver Button is about no less than the multiple wonders of life, which span the lives of many (and across miles), literally capturing a moment—one short enough for a young girl to add a final, silver button to her drawing of a duck. It is simply beautiful and always—always—leaves me misty-eyed—the happy kind of misty-eyed, that is. The Kirkus review for the book captured it well: “This apparent slice of the everyday moves quietly into the existential."
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Booking a hotel for my business trip to CO later this year, speaking to the sales rep in the central office for the major hotel chain:

Me: It's for [Conference name]

Rep: Okay, I've got a special rate for that. I can offer you a king-sized bed at [conference rate] with a mountain view, or a king-sized bed at [conference rate] with a stunning view.

Me: What does a "stunning" view entail.

Rep: I don't know. It just says "stunning" on the description.

Me: Tempting as "stunning" sounds, I think I'll go with the known quantity here, and take the mountain view.

Rep: Yeah, that seems like the smart choice to me.

Delta's safety video

Jul. 23rd, 2014 09:35 am
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Okay, Delta as an airline is still far from my favorite (as our recent trip to and from Florida confirmed), but their current safety video is kind of awesome:

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Jul. 22nd, 2014 04:45 pm
owlectomy: A squashed panda sewing a squashed panda (Default)
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I took an extended break from bike riding because

1) I was sad.

2) Even though I felt okay after a tiny accident (both physically and nerves-wise), the cumulative effect of honks, dicey merges, close calls with cars making left turns right in front of me, etc., wore me down to the point where I often really didn't look forward to riding.

3) I had a really nice ride into Manhattan last fall which had some bad moments when the Manhattan(?) bridge had a really fast, steep drop-off into Brooklyn, and I just couldn't get enough leverage on my brakes. Was angry at myself for not having big enough or strong enough hands. Finally realized my brakes are badly adjusted.


I think maybe it would be easier if I didn't put pressure on myself to commute, even though it would save time? Even if I rode my bike a little before/after work when I had time, and on weekends? I know that I need a lot of physical training to be able to do long-distance rides, but... yeah, ultimately I'm much more interested in riding to the Hudson or the Rockaways or up into New Jersey or to get pie than riding to work. And commuting is much more a game of terrifying Frogger than actual physical conditioning. (Prospect Park has all the hills I need, at least for now.)

Will try and get my brakes adjusted this weekend. Then, pie?

ISOO Report to the President

Jul. 21st, 2014 05:51 pm
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Posted by David Ferriero

The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), established in 1978, is responsible to the President for overseeing the Government-wide security classification program, and receives policy and program guidance from the National Security Council.  ISOO has been part of the National Archives and Records Administration since 1995.  You can learn more about ISOO at

The 34th Annual Report to the President covering 2013 was released earlier this month.

ISOO 2013 Report to President

Several positive developments are noted in this report:

  •  The number of persons granted original classification authority continues to decrease and is at its lowest recorded level, standing at 2,269.
  • Agencies reported a 20% reduction in original classification activity
  • ISOO conducted on-site reviews of five agency declassification programs with all agencies receiving a passing score.

Other report highlights:

  •  Agencies reported 58,794 original classification decisions
  • Executive Branch agencies reported 80,124,389 derivative classification decisions
  • Under automatic, systematic, and discretionary declassification review, agencies reviewed 56,332,029 pages and declassified 27,524,342 pages of historically valuable records.

I am proud of the work of our ISOO staff and encourage you to become familiar with this important function here at the National Archives.… [ Read all ]

Living for Today, Twice

Jul. 21st, 2014 04:17 pm
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High school senior Sabine has two lives: In her Roxbury life, her family is lower middle class, she has a sweetheart of a little sister, she hangs out in record shops and exudes tough-girl attitude; in her Wellesley life, her family is affluent, she has two jerk older brothers, she and her boyfriend, Dex, are the It Couple on campus, and she’s been accepted to Harvard.
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Posted by Social Media

Today’s post comes from Tim Enas, Chief of Textual Accessioning at the National Archives at College Park.

Staff at the National Archives at College Park are moving approximately 315 cubic feet of personnel related records to the National Archives at St. Louis.  The series being transferred complement the mission, function, and holdings of the National Archives at St. Louis.  These series document personal data and pertain to individuals, rather than organizations; and, logically belong with the records that constitute the core holdings of the National Archives at St. Louis.  This relocation to St. Louis will facilitate more efficient archival research and public access to these records.

The records transferred to St. Louis are:

Series Title: 

Panama Canal, Sailing Lists of Contract Laborers, 1905 – 1910, RG 185, A1, 138 (NARA ID: 7226554)

Panama Canal, Requests for Metal Check Issue Cards, 1930 – 1937, RG 185, A1, 139 (NARA ID: 7226555)

Panama Canal, Applications for Photo Metal Checks, July 1918 – July 1919, RG 185, A1, 140 (NARA ID: 6821421)

Panama Canal, Labor Service Contracts, 1905 – 1913, RG 185, A1, 141

Panama Canal, Records Concerning Individuals (“99″ files), 1907 – 1960, RG 185, UD, 264

Panama Canal, Service Record Cards (Form 177) for Persons Employed by PCC and Its Predecessors, 1904 – 1920, RG 185, UD-UP, 51 (NARA ID: 7226556)

Disinterment Records Files, Gravesite Reservation Cards, Record of Interments, and Grave Cards, RG 319, UD-12D, 2 (NARA ID: 7543569)

Closure Date at the National Archives at College Park:  August 1, 2014

Estimated Date Available for Researchers at St. Louis: September 8, 2014

Please keep in mind that the date listed above for opening the materials is an estimate. If there is a significant change to this schedule we will post it in the consultation areas at the National Archives at College Park. You can also check the status of the records, or request these and other records at the National Archives at St. Louis, by contacting that office in one of the following ways:

E-mail: or send a letter to:

National Archives at St. Louis
Attention: RL-SL
P.O. Box 38757
St. Louis, MO 63138-1002


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Jul. 20th, 2014 06:48 pm
owlectomy: A squashed panda sewing a squashed panda (Default)
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Today we went over to Poughkeepsie to rent bikes and ride along the local rail trail.

It was a very nice ride! And here is what happened:

I was slightly distracted, and got way closer to the edge of the road than I was comfortable with, because I'm always scared of getting the tire caught along a vertical drop-off. For some reason it made more sense in my head for me to slow down than to just steer the other way, except the brakes on my rental bike were really sensitive, so what I intended as fast braking turned into panic-braking, and... luckily I was riding quite slowly to keep pace with my sister (who's scared of going fast due to previous bike trauma), or I could've sent myself over the handlebars; instead I just stopped fast enough that I went down on top of my bike. I got some good scrapes on one toe and a tiny bit of road rash on the heels of my hands, and then I yelled "I'M FINE" and got up as soon as I could disentangle myself from my bicycle.

I understand that a Sunday rail-trail ride is different from a daily commute, but I can't help but be a little annoyed that nobody stopped to help me when I was lying at the side of the road with a broken arm and a bloody nose, nobody stopped to help me when I had a minor altercation with a car, and everybody stopped to help me when, other than my horribly wounded pride and dignity, I had no injuries worth mentioning.

I used to get "DO YOU NEED HELP?" a lot on rides when I was just resting (the central-to-western portion of North Carolina is quite hilly, and I am neither light nor strong of leg) but I don't know if I'm seeing sexism where there's just genuine helpfulness.

My mom keeps being surprised that I'm in good shape, LOL.

Time-Honored Tales Find New Life

Jul. 18th, 2014 06:05 pm
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I feel silly even saying this, because if you are a children’s literature fan you likely already know this, but just in case: Do not forget to occasionally (or more than that) check out what The New York Review Children’s Collection publishes. “Time-honored classics for children of all ages” is how they promote what they do, and what it means is that…well, you know those books you read when you were a kid that are no longer in print? Even the really obscure one that no one else remembers and you can’t find online? It’s altogether possible that NYRB has reissued it. I always like to keep my eye on what they are doing.

Trading Places With a Jinni

Jul. 17th, 2014 04:18 pm
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Zayale is a 15-year-old princess who has just left home forever to marry a prince she’s never met, doesn’t particularly want to meet, and certainly doesn’t want to marry. Najwa is a 15-year-old jinni who has almost completed her training to serve as a spy in the long-running human/jinn war.
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