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Express your inner literary passion by drinking where the greats drank.
There’s a game making the rounds of social media, notably Facebook, which encourages one to embrace their inner Barbie. I haven’t tried it yet, but I probably will. I believe the odds are good that I’ll be happy whatever the outcome. After all, Barbie Millicent Roberts, over-achiever that she is, has had over 150 careers, the majority of which have been successful. She’s also excelled in a number of challenging hobbies. Surely I could identify with one of these manifestations?
I’m not holding out for “Lawyer Barbie”, though. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Barbie masquerading as Elle Woods, resplendent in pink suit, pillbox hat and dog pal Bruiser or whether it’s Barbie as herself, sporting a stylish, bobbed hairdo and wearing a skirt, the length of which indicates that she’s channeling Allie McBeal. I’m just not feeling it. Actually, I may be as reluctant as she is to be defined by one lone Barbie choice.
Although I didn’t own one of the first Barbies, I was an early adapter. I’m not even a collector, but over the years, I have defended her choices, cheered her triumphs and even noted her 40th and 50th birthdays. She’s held on, despite her critics, and has emerged victorious on more than one occasion. This doll has legs, literally and figuratively, and over the years they have carried her past Ginny, Tammy, the “Happy to Be Me” wannabes and the Bratz. (The latter, I’m delighted to note, are currently engaged in a turf war with the “Ever After High” gang. I’m pulling for the storybook off-spring. Please don’t judge me.)
Barbie’s never been afraid of hard work. In the board game, “Barbie: Queen of the Prom,” the prerequisites for success (and yes, unfortunately success meant becoming prom queen), were that one had to be a club president, go steady and buy one’s own prom gown with money earned by babysitting, waitressing and addressing wedding invitations. There were not many career choices in those days. After high school, Barbie apparently found success as a flight attendant, nurse, teacher, ballet dancer and a cheerleader for most of the Big 10 Universities, as well as LSU, Alabama and Kentucky. (I don’t ask how; I just marvel.)
Barbie parlayed those early achievements into career goals and transitioned from teen model to…well, to just about anything. Sure, there were some missteps. I’m not talking about fashion and hair faux pas, because anyone who lived through the 80s shouldn’t throw stones. Most notably, there was the infamous “math is hard” statement, but clearly that was taken out of context because Barbie went on to become a veterinarian, surgeon, pilot, astronaut and presidential candidate, all the while simultaneously serving in several branches of the military, as well as being a fire-fighter and police officer.
In addition, she has competed in several Olympic events, drives race-cars and sings. (Most recently, she was an American Idol winner.) Through it all, Barbie has never lost her sunny disposition or her ability to accessorize. Furthermore, she has never permitted herself to be defined by a man, whether it’s good guy/occasional boyfriend, Ken, or hunky G.I. Joe. More importantly, she has never allowed a single career or hobby to limit her. It makes me wonder what the results would be if she were able to take the “which Barbie are you” challenge.
Our own Erica Winter Tyler is featured in the latest issue of American Libraries, celebrated as one of the next generation of library stars. To view the special trading card-themed section devoted to the 2014 emerging leaders, check out the issue in Zmag web browser format or download it as a PDF for offline reading here.
Stop by the circulation desk next time you’re in the library, and join us in congratulating her for her achievements!
A pop-up coffee shop labeled “Dumb Starbucks” opened in Los Angeles recently. This satirical coffee shop gained lots of media attention, because it had the appearance and feel of the actual Starbucks. However, this Starbucks labeled all of their drinks “dumb”, like a “Dumb Frappuccino”.
It turns out that this coffee shop was created for publicity by Comedy Central. Before the Starbucks Corporation knew of the connection to Comedy Central, Starbucks made statements about its protected trademark, stating “Dumb Starbucks” could not legally use the Starbucks name. “Dumb Starbucks” responded with defending their use of the name by claiming it was a parody.
“Dumb Starbucks” posted a Youtube video claiming their legitimacy.
This coffee shop never sold its coffee or other items. In the couple of days it was functioning, all the items were offered for free.
In the end, the LA County Health department, not intellectual property law, caused the “Dumb Starbucks” shop to close due to operating without a license.
Since the “Dumb Starbucks” is now no longer operating, it is doubtful that Starbucks will pursue legal action. However, the potential exists, since Comedy Central’s Nathan Fielder claims he wants to open another “Dumb Starbucks” in Brooklyn, NY.
How much do you love your library here at CSL? Our new library provides a beautiful, quiet place to study, reflect, check your email and check-in on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, among other things.
Why do you come to the library? To study, meditate, center yourself for the day’s work ahead? Could there actually be reference materials needed for your next class? The assistance of a professional law librarian who can guide you in your research needs? Technical assistance in accessing the many electronic databases we have to offer?
You should stop by your library today. Pick up a bookmark and check out the hearts at Circulation and Reference – tell us what your library means to you. They will be available all month for your comments. What do you like? What would you like to see more of? Wishes? Expectations? Dreams? Thoughts?
See you in the library!
As dreams of going to Super Bowl fade and another year ends for the Carolina Panthers NFL team, I felt it was time to reflect on another significant bit of public art. And yes, I would call the six, twenty-two foot long heroic style monuments public art. After all, the Panthers stadium was built in large part through huge tax incentives and other municipal perks that allow the owners and the well heeled to enjoy skyboxes. Then there was the recent deal where the city gave the owners of the Panthers $87.5 million for “stadium improvements.” So while the average Joe or Jill that pays taxes in the city has to struggle to cough up the funds for a ticket in the nose bleed seats to see a Panthers game, you can enjoy the dynamic power and beauty of the these monolithic statutes that loom over you. The photo above makes me think the thing is laughing at me in a maniacal sort of way.
All the above factors should not detract from the skill of the artist Todd Andrews, who has been doing dynamic bronze sculptures for over thirty years. The process to make such massive bronze monuments requires not only skill as an artist and sculptor but requires an excellent knowledge of engineering and metallurgy. I imagine one also has to have good managerial skills, as the process to bring these sculptures to completion requires coordinating a team of artist apprentices, as well as working out the logistics to deliver the final piece to its location.
In many ways the six panthers remind me of similar monuments going far back into antiquity. After all, what was a sphinx before the Temple of Isis or gargoyles on the Cathedral Notre Dame? They were the avatars of power and influence meant to awe the onlooker. I am reminded of the French axiom, “plus ça change, plus c’est la meme chose.” The more things change the more they stay the same.
I think I have made my point.
Lacy T. filed a lawsuit as a class action suit on behalf of all present and former Oakland Raider cheerleaders who have worked for the football team since 2010. Ms. T claims that the owners of the Oakland Raiders violated both California and Federal wage laws, as the Raider cheerleaders were paid $1,250 per season, which amounted to $125 per home game and an average of $5.00 per hour worked. The federal minimum wage is $8.00.
Oakland Raider cheerleaders are required to work approximately 9 hours per day on game days and attend 2 or 3 three-hour rehearsals per week and make approximately 10 unpaid appearances per year at charitable events.
The Oakland cheerleaders also have many out-of-pocket expenses each year that they are not reimbursed for, which can amount to as much as $650.00. The cheerleaders have to pay their own travel expenses to appearances, pay for Raider-approved hair stylists, yoga mats and false eyelashes.
In order for this lawsuit to move forward, a hearing must be held in the Superior Court in Alameda County in California on whether the lawsuit can be certified as a class action. The hearing should take place within the next 3-5 months.
A belief exists that celebrities who are charged with crimes are more likely to be acquitted or gain lighter sentences compared to others. Do you think the outcome of a trial is influenced by celebrity status?
I read an article examining whether celebrities were more likely to be acquitted compared to individuals who are not well known (Wong, Goodboy, Murtagh, Hackney, & McCutcheon, 2010). The researchers studied a sample of college students who served as mock jurors in a murder trial. The three conditions in the murder trials involved a movie star, a televangelist celebrity, and an office worker. All the defendants were referred to as attractive and were given equal legal representation.
The researchers found that the movie star was slightly more likely to be convicted than the televangelist celebrity and the office worker. Furthermore, when looking at the Celebrity Attitude Scale, the participants who were defined as the “celebrity worshippers” were less likely to convict the movie star.
Although the findings were not overwhelmingly significant, this article provides thought-provoking information relating to celebrity status and acquittals. In the future, it would be interesting to conduct a study on a present trial involving a celebrity.
- Wong, M., Goodboy, A. K., Murtagh, M. P., Hackney, A. A., & McCutcheon, L. E. (2010). Are celebrities charged with murder likely to be acquitted?. North American Journal Of Psychology, 12(3), 625-636
I’ll be honest. I don’t Tweet. This has less to do with my reluctance to use social networking technology (although that may be part of it) and more to do with the fact that the text messages are limited to 140 characters. Seriously? Give me Fitzgerald over Hemingway any day.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the witty, often snarky turn-of-the-phrase as much as the next person. I realize, however, being someone who is challenged by having to answer a yes/no question without the embellishment of explanations or context, I won’t be uttering them.
Recently, I found myself flipping the pages of a SkyMall magazine and ran across two full pages of tee-shirts, each with its respective catchphrase. It occurred to me that Twitter might be the next iteration of tee-shirt messaging. (“Everything old is new again.”) How different, really, is a tweet from tee-shirt “speak” or, for that matter, from a bumper sticker, cocktail napkin or coaster? All require a fairly succinct message. A tee-shirt encourages a following by immediately alerting others to our sports team preferences, fraternal association memberships, political affiliations and philosophical leanings. Tee-shirt slogans also provide instantaneous entry into a private club with its own insider language and traditions. Two illustrations spring to mind.
I am, for example, a “Big Ten” girl living in North Carolina and whenever I catch sight of the golden Tiger Hawk logo emblazoned on someone’s shirt, I feel as if I’ve been reunited with family, or at least, with a fellow Hawkeye. Secondly, not long ago I saw someone wearing an “Opera Carolina” tee-shirt which bore the phrase, “Is She Dead, Yet?” and recognized the joke shared by many opera fans. (By the way, in case you didn’t know, most operas do not end well for the hero and heroine.)
So with no apologies, I’ve returned to the SkyMall pages and have included some of the slogans, including the one referenced in the title, which resonated with me.
“If only closed minds came with closed mouths.”
“It’s my cat’s world. I’m just here to open cans”
“Those who can teach; those who can’t pass laws about teaching.”
“Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.”
“Contrary to popular belief, no one owes you anything.”
And, last, but not least, “I’m not a pessimist; I’m an optimist with experience.”