Dewi and His Castle

Harlech castle keep built by King Edward I 1283-89, Harlech, Gwynedd, WalesThis month, the 25th has a day to celebrate geekdom. It’s called ‘geek pride day’. Basically it’s a day where you indulge in those things you obsess over and enjoy. Since there are plenty of blogs on this topic, I thought I’d focus on one of my geeky things I enjoy. Castles are a magnificent splendor to be enjoyed in a book or in person. Sometimes they come with a mouse, or sometimes they come with a dragon. Continue reading

Jake’s Tech Tools – Geek Pride Day

robotechAs you may have surmised from nearly all of my previous posts, I am a fairly deep Geek/Nerd (whatever term you prefer). One of the things that I am a big fan of is a particular cartoon series from the 1980’s titled Robotech. Most likely, you probably have no idea what this is and won’t like the animation. It’s old; the original Japanese series was originally created the year I was born…which makes the series over thirty years old. Let me show you the song of my people! Continue reading

Follow the yellow brick road…to Library on the Go!

This Friday, May 15th, marks the 159th birthday of L. Frank Baum. To celebrate his books and our love of writing, we are offering a selection of travel, career, presentation, writing, bestsellers, and award winning titles at Library on the Go. We thought this selection tied in nicely with the creator of Oz. After all, Baum’s bestselling work included a character named Dorothy who traveled to a far away land, took on the role of leader, and presented herself to “the Wonderful Wizard” in her quest to return home.

All of these goodies will be available to you for check out on the top floor of the Educational Services Building (ESB) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Continue reading

Podcast Episode 5: Controversy at the Hugo Awards!

Welcome to Episode 5 of the “More Than Books” Podcast! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more.

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Description: In this episode, Joel and Jake discuss the current controversy surrounding the Hugo Awards nominating process, and what this may mean for the future of this acclaimed Science Fiction / Fantasy literary award. Also, George R.R. Martin still has a LiveJournal.

Click the above link to stream or download this month’s podcast!

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World War II 70th Anniversary Commemoration

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. To commemorate the end of that global tragedy, Bellevue University is sponsoring two events this spring. One event took place on Thursday, April 30 in the multi-purpose room on the Garden Level of the Administrative Services Building, and the second will be this. Continue reading

Global Health and Fitness Month

Global Health & FitnessMay is Global Employee Health & Fitness Month (GEHFM).  It is an international and national observance of health and fitness in the workplace, created by two non-profit organizations, the National Association for Health & Fitness. The goal of GEHFM is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments. Formerly National Employee Health & Fitness Day, Global Employee Health & Fitness Month has been extended to a month-long initiative in an effort to generate sustainability for a healthy lifestyle and initiate healthy activities on an ongoing basis.

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Jazz and Poetry

As National Jazz Appreciation Month and National Poetry Month come to their ends I wanted to briefly talk about some the ways they go together. Jazz has evolved greatly since it originated and now has many sub-genres. For the sake of ease in this post I’m just going to split it into two forms—songs that have lyrics and instrumental. Personally, I find that most types of music can be considered similar to, if not their own form of, poetry. Jazz music, especially so because of its widespread use of improvisation during songs. Continue reading

Wax On, Wax Off

Martial ArtPhysical exhaustion exists when your mind can’t put the brakes on. You sleep, but you’re restless. You fumble over everything that you have to do and Murphy’s Law hits you. Nothing feels like you’re in control and you quickly realize that nothing will ever go right. That is stress. We all get it. Life is full of stressors that cause a small issue to blow up into a mountain of endless problems. Through school work and daily work, life can get muddled. Our brain gets cluttered, as may our backpacks, rooms, or sinks.

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