So one of the "joys" of upgrading hardware is inevitably you have some sort of legacy component that still needs to work with the new system. For us it was our barcode scanners as legacy components as I upgrade our staff computers. Computers that work are awesome, even more so when they work well. Unfortunately we have a slew of barcode scanners with PS/2 connectors intended to share a port with a PS/2 keyboard.
Simple solution, right? Just get a PS/2 to USB adapter, plug tab a into slot b, and go! As it turns out, not so much. I can connect everything, the scanner is powered, but when I scan a barcode I get only a few characters printed to screen. Now, in the past I was provided with several $30 adapters from Staples that worked like a charm. This time around I am in the position of making most technology purchase recommendations, and I went for a generic adapter from Monoprice. At $6 total for shipping and two adapters, I hold the brief hassle of figuring this out…
We celebrate "I Love My Library" all throughout February with a variety of activities. Past years we had free DVD rentals, but we no longer charge $1 to borrow a DVD so we don't have that as a special treat anymore. The whole month we have variously themed activities and events, including a benefit concert, movies, "food for fines" (donate canned/dry goods for a food pantry collection and we forgive fines), cake & punch, and other activities.
Some how a "Blind Date with a Book" display photo found its way to my Facebook wall, and I loved the idea. Even better, when I brought it up at work everyone else also loved the idea and I was given permission to go ahead and put together a "Blind Date" display.
My first step was to get staff input on titles. I specifically did not want new or current best sellers, either of which are likely to be in popular enough demand that our copies would likely be out, on the holds-shelf, or wanted within…
This weekend, we lived a Gothic Horror/Romance. With space wizards and light sabers. On a real life heavy cruiser. I did horrible things to amazing people, causing characters emotional trauma and player tears. I lost track of the number of times friends told me they hated me or that I was the worst as they gleefully went deeper into the dark places of the plot.
Not only that, I portrayed a space wizard ghost trapped in a ship and who thinks its the AI.
Sometimes, life is pretty sweet.
I also admit that I'm a strange person.
When I was invited to contribute to Legends of the Stars 2 (website, Facebook), I think I had a bit of a brain glitch. Really? They wanted me to contribute? Holy crap. We'll hand wave the ensuing anxiety of whether or not it was a true invite that lasted through my first story development meeting up until I was officially on the writing team.
This made for one of my top LARP experiences so far. I'm still buzzing from it.