Friday, January 31, 2014

Case Study No. 1212: Staff of the Ancient Library of Magic

Let's Play Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean Bonus 1: The Diary of a Dead Man
He was married after all, Waka Waka.
I read the diary that is on the Head librarians desk back in the Library of Magic.
I also show something that i didn't know about before
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[scene opens in the Ancient Library of Magic, as the player walks up to a table with an open book]
KALAS: This is the journal of some former head librarian. It looks like someone's been flipping through lately. Do you want to read it, Player?
[the player selects "Sure"]
KALAS: It's divided into daily entries. Which day do you wanna read, Player?
[the player selects "Day O"]
DAY O: I'm the head librarian at the Library of Magic. I'm strict and I'm sensible, but I'm still a man. M, the receptionist who started working here the other day, is really cute. I can't possibly let my wife hear of this, but M just drives me wild. When I'm in front of M, I get tongue-tied and turn red, as if I was a young man again. It's as if a good thirty years has been shaved off this old body of mine. I've never been good at keeping secrets or hiding things - especially from my wife. I have to make sure she doesn't find out about my fascination with M. She usually has a keen sense of finding out these kinds of things on her own. Boy oh boy, I know that better than anyone.
[the player selects "Day S"]
DAY S: Am I that bad at hiding things? My wife has been giving me strange looks, and seems a little suspicious. But I don't think she knows anything yet. I finally mustered up the courage to ask M out to dinner. Luckily, I'm a well-educated man. Even an old man like myself, if intellectual, can be attractive to women. I'm sure glad my parents constantly urged me to study day and night.
[the player selects "Day W"]
DAY W: To get more intimate with M, I started sharing a journal with her. I wonder how long it's been since I shared a journal with someone. I'll just write "Falcon's Theorem by Magic Integration" on the title of the journal. If my wife was to find it, she'd probably take one look at the title, and leave it alone. She doesn't like difficult books.
[the player selects "Day M"]
DAY M: K, my brother-in-law and best friend, who works at the School of Magic, paid me a visit today. It had probably been about three months since we last got together. I met my wife through K. It's quite intellectually stimulating to talk the night away with someone who has a deep understanding of magic. He asked me to lend him some good books that he could give to his students, to hopefully spark an interest in reading. I consider myself a generous person - to just about anyone. I promised him he could help himself to any books he wants at any time, since I'm often too busy or unavailable to help him out. It's always a pleasure to do nice things for my brother-in-law.
[the player selects "Day Z"]
DAY Z: This is not good. This is very, very bad. Out of all the books in the library, why did he have to take "Falcon's Theorem by Magical Integration?!" I have to get it back! If K looks it over, there's no doubt that my wife will find out about M. This strict and sensible head librarian at the Library of Magic is exchanging intimate thoughts with a female coworker ... That's simply unacceptable. If the truth leaks out ... I-I will have to resign from my position. What if he lets his students get their little hands on it ... those little piranhas ... I'd be ruined! I'm too anxious to sleep!
[the player selects "Day X"]
KALAS: Nothing is written here.



The Ancient Library of Magic is a location found in the "Baten Kaitos" series of games for the Nintendo GameCube.

A sprawling building that houses many old tomes, some long forgotten. The library is no longer used, and as such has become inhabited by monsters of the undead variety. Strong seals protect the various rooms from invaders.

Role in Baten Kaitos Origins
Here Sagi can relieve a man of chronic stress and he gets so light he flies. Return later for an item. Besides this, it serves no other purpose in the game and the various halls are blocked off preventing Sagi from exploring more of the deserted building

Role in Baten Kaitos Eternal Wings
The library is teeming with demons and enemies. It is the site of the battle with Folon and the first place Kalas and company meet Savyna who saves them.



When the gang leaves the palace, a stranger will inform them of the Ancient Library of Magic, an old library that happens to be the home of a witch. Of course, the party listens to a complete stranger and recommends going there. Well, let's go!

Monsters: Skeleton Warrior, Cursed Spell Book, Cursed Grimoire
Magnus: Zeit Robe, Sforzando, Will O' Wisp Hat, Wave Blade, Kite Shield, Deluxe Shortcake, Falcon Statue, Scarlet Shell, Deluxe Cookies, Magnum Cornet, Silver Sword, Ruby Earrings, Deluxe Bonbon, Fruity Gelatin, Water Mirror Anklet, Taurus

OH YEAH, this place sucks! This place is a dump as if you couldn't already tell, and all of the enemies here are Dark-based. So you know what that means, right? Pack your decks with Light Magnus and set off. Open the chest near the counter for a Zeit Robe, then check the wall behind the counter to find a Geography Section Key.

All of the doors here are blocked off by keys, but at least we have one now! The Geography section is the door closest to the entrance, so take out the enemies and use the key on the force field.

Once inside, push the red bookcase to the left. Walk around it and hug the wall as you go around it. Push the next red bookcase down, but only as much as you need to get by to the left. Once on the left side of the room, walk up to find a chest containing a Will O' Wisp Hat. Go directly south in the corner to find a Philosophy Section Key.

The southern section right below the bookcase holds a chest with Sforzando. Once you have raided the chest, push the bookcase back up and go to the right. Inspect the bookcase to the right to find a Geography Book. Whoo. Now get out of the room and back to the entrance.

From the entrance to the library, go right and up the stairs. Take out the enemies and open the chest all the way to the right for a Wave Blade. Go in the first doorway on the right and inspect the bookcase when you enter. Kalas will knock the bookcase down. Argh. Walk around the tables and open the chest for a Kite Shield. Push the red bookcase to the right, then exit. Walk around again and collect the History Section Key.

Alright, now go back downstairs and head to the last locked room. Enter using the new key. Check the bookcase right above you when entering for a Deluxe Bonbon, then simply walk to the other side of the room. Inspect the bookcase in the southwest corner for a History Book. Open the two chests north of the bookcase for a Taurus Constellation Magnus and a Fruity Gelatin. Exit the room and head back upstairs.

Once in the hallway, go in the first room on the left. Once in, ignore the first locked door to your left. As you walk past the first table, inspect the bookcase for a Deluxe Shortcake. Continue to the northern part of the room and open the chest for a Falcon Statue. This is required to raise Xelha's class to level 4, so don't miss it!

When you try to enter the door to the north, the party will read a note on the door. It seems that the door will only open if various books are placed on the bookcases in this room. Well, we have a Geography Book, so lets start off with that. Inspect the bookcases around the room and they will explain which book goes where. Find the designated spot for the Geography Book and put it there.

Save at the red flower and go towards the left side of the room now. Push the bookcase out of the way and use the Philosophy Section Key on the door to enter the room. Climb up on the ladder to end up on top of the bookcases, then jump across to the other side of the room. Once on the other side, go up and open the chest for Deluxe Cookies. Now go down and head to the southern corner to reach the Literature Section Key.

Push the red bookcase down, then go up the nearby ladder and jump across it to reach the section in the bottom corner. Open the chest for a Magnum Cornet and check the shelf for a Philosophy Book. Backtrack through the room and exit.

Save once again and place the Philosophy Book in its designated spot. The Literature section is in the south section of this large hub room, so go there next. Open the door using the key and head on inside. First off, go straight ahead and check the bookcase for a Silver Sword.

Go up and around the bookcase to the left side of the room. Push the red bookcase down (not all the way down) and hug the left wall. Open the chest on the bottom of the room for Ruby Earrings. Climb up the first ladder and jump across to the second ladder.

Position the red bookcase so its right next to the bookcse in the corner (the one with the book on top). Walk across after climbing up the second ladder and collect the Literature Book. Now we have all four books!

Place the remaining books in their designated spots in the hub room and save at the red flower. Go through the northern door to enter the last room. The party is stopped abruptly by a weird clown-looking dude. Turns out that he's Folon, another one of Giacomo's buddies. He says that he made up the whole witch story, and there's no one here but himself! Time to wipe the nasty smirk off this punk's face, eh?

Case Study No. 1211: Unnamed Female Librarian (Office Depot)

Office Depot TV Commercial, 'Back to School Happy'
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[scene opens in a junior high school library, as a group of young female students sit at a table and begin talking excitedly about one of them holding a stack of notebooks featuring pictures of the band "One Direction" on the covers]
FEMALE STUDENT 1: One Direction?
FEMALE STUDENT 2: Where'd you get that?
[cut to a young female librarian (brown hair in a pixie hair cut, cats eye glasses, orange blouse, red sweater) standing behind them, as she smiles and - without any sign of anger - puts a finger to her lips]
[cut to outside of an elementary school, as two young female students are walking up to the door (while a nearby male student carries an "Angry Birds" backpack)]
FEMALE STUDENT 3: Cool backpack! Where'd you get that?
[cut to a high school cafeteria, as a group of male students are sitting at a table, when another male student sits down and shows them the swivel screen on his laptop]
MALE STUDENT 1: What's up, man?
MALE STUDENT 2: Check it out!
[they all "ooh" and "aah" (as the owner of the laptop smiles broadly)]
MALE STUDENT 1: Dude, where'd you get that?
[cut back to the two elementary school students walking towards their school]
FEMALE STUDENT 4: Office Depot!
[cut back to the high school cafeteria]
MALE STUDENT 2: Office Depot!
[the other students smile and nod their heads]
MALE STUDENT 1: Office Depot!
[cut back to the school library, as the owner of the notebooks smiles and leans in towards her friends]
FEMALE STUDENT 5: [whispering] Office Depot ...
[cut to several quick shots of kids using school supplies]
ANNOUNCER: Office Depot has hundreds of unique school supplies guaranteed to make them smile!
[cut to a shot of a table covered in school supplies, as "Low Office Depot Prices" appears on screen]
ANNOUNCER: Plus you'll save on everything on your list at low Office Depot prices, guaranteed!
[cut to two young male students running towards their school, as "homedepot dot com" appears on screen]
ANNOUNCER: Office Depot ... Send them back to school happy!



One Direction's Office Depot School Supplies Make The Trapper Keeper Obsessive In Us SING (PHOTO)
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One Direction has just launched a back-to-school collection at Office Depot, and MAN am I feeling all kinds of jealous right now. Every year, that first week of August was, like, basically an 85-degree Christmas to the organizationally obsessed, Harvard-or-bust student I once was. (Spoiler alert: I didn't go to Harvard.) The thought of getting to evenly divide my two packets of 100-sheet college-ruled paper between the five partition-separated subject sections of my Trapper Keeper (each with a color-coded highlighter to match, duh) once again -- and this time with the faces of those British GQ cover models stamped EVERYWHERE -- is enough to make me wanna "Never Been Kissed" my way into going undercover at a school. Ugh, that would be so rufus.

Items in the collection include composition books, three-ring binders, spiral notebooks, and stand-up cardboard cutouts playfully dubbed "Study Buddies" -- or, as we like to even more playfully dub them, "Makeout Buddies." (WHAT. We did set the bar at "Never Been Kissed.") All this babeliness is for a good cause, too! For every one of these 1D wares you buy, you'll raise funds to benefit educational programs aimed at fostering bully-free school environments! If only the "Best Song Ever" singers were focused on stamping out "One Direction-less school environments." #AudibleSigh, perhaps one day...

Check out One Direction's line of Office Depot school supplies: pages/together/#theGoodsPl

Case Study No. 1210: Julie From the Library

Online Dating Profile #1: Just the Way They Are
Julie had to bite the bullet one day and immerse herself into modern technology. Now, watch as she shares with us her likes and her bigger likes while trying to find the perfect man. The perfect man? Hmmmm the key word there is trying.
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[scene opens with a young female librarian (long blonde hair, thick dark glasses, flower dress) walking around outside, as she speaks directly to the camera]
JULIE: I'm Julie from the library. I'm fit, I'm curvy, and I've got saggy breasts. Well ... one saggy breast.
[she puts her hand on her right breast, then touches her left breast]
JULIE: This one's alright.
[cut to another shot of Julie speaking directly to the camera]
JULIE: I like, um, packed lunches. Preferably a good old sandwich ... Jigsaw puzzles of trains, because I find them really challenging. Shadows, I really love a good shadow. Especially, like, when it's on the river. It's so pretty and so beautiful. I'm a big fan of platonic relationships, although I'm not very good at them.
[cut to another shot of Julie speaking directly to the camera]
JULIE: I like a man who is, um ... well read.
[she looks down, as if to compose herself]
JULIE: Sorry. I like a--
[she suddenly starts to cry, taking off her glasses and covering her face with her hand]
JULIE: I'm so sorry, I've just ... I've just got out of a really good book.
[she starts to cry again]
JULIE: It was so good, and it was so beautiful. It was called "Maurice" by Ian Foster, and I wish I didn't have to finish it. And I'm not gonna read it again, am I? I'm not the type of person who goes there twice ...
[she wipes her eyes, and tries to compose herself]
JULIE: I'm looking for a relationship ... I wanna fall in love, and I'm not sure what kind of love I want.
[she puts her glasses back on and sighs]
JULIE: I've never read a book where there's a good relationship that I'm jealous of, like ... I don't want the--
[she starts crying again]
JULIE: I'm so sorry! I'm just really heartbroken, because I can't read all of the books! I wanna read all of the books ...
[cut to another shot of Julie speaking directly to the camera]
JULIE: Books are amazing! Hard copies, soft copies, tiny little pamphlets. I love books. I like ... covers that don't have the film on them. I don't like those books, but all the other books like.
[she shakes her head]
JULIE: Magazines, no. I don't like magazines.
[she sighs]
JULIE: I don't have a favorite book, I love them all just the same. I love them just the way they are ... although I do prefer first editions.
[cut to a closeup of Julie's face, as she holds up a small flower to the camera and lifts up her chin]
JULIE: I dunno, do I like butter?

Produced, Written & Performed by
Kayleigh Cassidy

Directed by
Ella Galt

Edited by
Jeremie Day-Glider

Music by
David Chevers

Logo by
Mitch Blunt



Julie is a young librarian whose love for life, music and art has earned her many credits. As well as singing in the school (any school, it doesn't matter) choir she has attended many poetry readings and subsquent coffee mornings with old coggles called Mavis and the like.



Julie is a librarian currently living in Barcelona. She is Afrikalian (her mum is from Africa, her father is from Australia).

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Case Study No. 1209: Todd Samuelson and Cait Coker

New Exhibit on the Works of George RR Martin Opening at Texas A&M's Cushing Library
He's one of the driving forces in science fiction and fantasy writing. Now, the latest exhibit at Texas A&M's Cushing Library is all about the works of George R R Martin. This week, curators put the finishing touches on Deeper than Swords. It focuses mainly on Martin's latest A Song of Fire and Ice book series. Those stories are the basis for HBO's popular A Game of Thrones TV series. The exhibit runs through early December and is free and open to the public. This story aired on KAGS HD NEWS at 10pm on Tuesday, 3/19/13, in Bryan, Texas. The video and interviews were recorded and edited by Matthew LeBlanc, and the story was written by Steven Romo and Matthew LeBlanc.
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[scene opens with footage of Cushing Library, with staff arranging displays that feature the works of George RR Martin, as "Deeper Than Swords, Cushing Library Exhibit" appears on screen]
MATTHEW LEBLANC: [in voice over] Have you heard of the TV series "Game of Thrones" on HBO? Well, science fiction author George RR Martin, the author behind the books that the show's based upon, is getting an exhibit at A&M's Cushing Library. The display is called "Deeper Than Swords".
[cut to a male librarian ("Todd Samuelson, Curator of Rare Books, Cushing Library") speaking directly to the camera]
TODD SAMUELSON: We know that there are a lot of people from across the country that will be coming in to see the exhibition, so it's great fun and we're very excited.
[cut to a female librarian ("Cait Coker, Curator of Science Fiction Research, Texas A&M") speaking directly to the camera]
CAIT COKER: Hopefully we have put together kind of the full picture of the development of George RR Martin as an author, and then his own impact on popular culture at large.
[cut to a closeup of a glass display case featuring a "Game of Thrones Iron Throne replica" by Gentle Giant Studios]
MATTHEW LEBLANC: [in voice over] I called him a science fiction author there, I think he's more of a fantasy author.
[cut to a closeup of the "Game of Thrones" pilot script ("Blue production draft, October 22, 2009")]
MATTHEW LEBLANC: [in voice over] Martin will visit A&M this week to kick off the exhibit. His events are already sold out, but there is a chance to meet him from four to six at Cushing Library on Friday.
[cut to a closeup of a replica sword lying on the floor]
MATTHEW LEBLANC: [in voice over] The exhibit runs through early December.



Deeper Than Swords presents objects, editions, and manuscripts from the full scope of George R. R. Martin's career, from early letters and stories to his most recent writings. Major sections of the gallery will be devoted to the writing and reception of A Song of Ice and Fire, the range of his other novels and collaborations, and the international impact of Martin's work.

Free to the public during normal hours March – December 2013
Cushing Memorial Library



If tonight's premiere of season three of HBO's epic fantasy series "Game of Thrones" isn't enough to satisfy your bloodlust for swords, sorcery and Starks, you may want to turn your attention from the Seven Kingdoms to College Station.

That's because Aggieland - best known these days for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel - is also ground zero for fanboys and girls of George R.R. Martin, author of the smash medieval-ish series "A Song of Fire and Ice" (of which "A Game of Thrones" is the best-known book).

Through December, Texas A&M's Cushing Memorial Library and Archives is hosting an exhibit of his works and other paraphernalia carefully selected from the library's vast store of Martinalia.

To promote the opening of "Deeper Than Swords: Celebrating the Work of George R.R. Martin," the man Time magazine once knighted as "the American Tolkien" (and whom his fans call, simply, GRRM) made his first Texas appearance in nearly 20 years, signing books at the library and speaking to a full house at Rudder Auditorium.

"The exhibit commemorates one of the greatest authors of our generation," says Cait Coker, curator of the school's Science Fiction Research Collection. "It shows off his work in an academic and intellectual setting and demonstrates what we do here at Cushing.

"Plus (co-curator) Todd (Samuelson) and I are big Martin fans."

Martin's fantasy series consists of five volumes, with another two promised - although his tendency to write long may see it extended. Indeed, the series was originally conceived as a trilogy.

The hefty books, thus far totaling more than 4,500 pages in paperback, tell the story of the Seven Kingdoms, a fictional land torn apart by no fewer than five kings vying (and, surprisingly often, dying) to become the one true monarch. Truly, a game of thrones.

But what distinguishes Martin's work from so much genre fiction is his willingness to surprise. Through deft shadings, he turns the good-guys-vs.-bad trope on its head. We initially and instinctively find ourselves rooting for Eddard Stark, Lord of the House of Winterfell, beloved for his sense of justice, loyalty and his love of family. Then we're introduced to Daenerys Targaryen, Princes of Dragonstone, whose father, the "Mad" King Aerys II, was killed in a revolt led by those she calls the Usurper's dogs - one of whom was Eddard Stark.

Martin also doesn't hold sacred the unspoken promise between a writer and his readers that beloved characters must never perish. Indeed (spoiler alert!) Eddard Stark, affectionately known as "Ned," is beheaded before the end of the very first book.

The series has been an international success. Books four and five, "A Feast for Crows" and "A Dance with Dragons," are New York Times best-sellers, and the five novels published thus far have sold more than 15 million copies and been translated into more than 20 languages.

The HBO series, which goes by the simpler title "Game of Thrones," premiered in 2011 and is watched by more than 10 million viewers.

Two years in the making, the "Deeper Than Swords" exhibit traces Martin's masterwork, book by book, from a novella consisting only of the Daenerys chapters from "A Game of Thrones" and published almost a month before that first book appeared, to a partial manuscript from the upcoming sixth book in the series, "The Winds of Winter."

Fans of the series will find fascinating tidbits throughout. There's the pair of manuscript pages displayed side by side that contain the same scene between Jon Snow, Eddard Stark's bastard son, and his half-sister Arya.

In the earlier version of the scene, Snow bestows on Arya a gift, her first sword, which she names Needle.

But in the second, later version, he adds some simple yet memorable advice regarding swordplay: "First lesson," Jon said, "Stick them with the pointy end."

"That's become a real iconic passage, so the pages give you a good sense of how (Martin) re-writes," says Samuelson, rare books and manuscripts curator for the library.

Later in the chronologically arranged exhibit is a set of pins that came bundled within a Chinese edition of the books. Martin writes so long that many international publishers split the books into two, three or even more volumes. The pins served as an added incentive to help sell the books.

"I feel like I'm losing out as part of the American audience," Coker says. "I'm like, 'I want those pins; they're so cool!'"

Elsewhere, the cover page from a working manuscript of "A Clash of Kings," the follow-up to "A Game of Thrones," contains a handwritten note from an unnamed, apparently exasperated editor asking, "Were there this many ellipses in GoT?"

The exhibit catalog entry adds, "Throughout the manuscript ellipses are marked out."

The exhibit also reflects the series' growing influence on popular culture with samples of licensed board games, playing cards, deluxe editions, replica weaponry, even a companion cookbook.

It may seem curious that A&M is the repository for Martin's papers, but the university's relationship with the writer predates the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by decades.

"Students here discovered Martin very early in his career," Coker says.

As far back as 1986, for example, Martin was the invited guest of honor at AggieCon, the school's annual geekfest. And he'd regularly attended going back to the late '70s.

As a result of this relationship, "(a) tightknit and enthusiastic fan base (for Martin) developed in and around College Station," writes Steven Escar Smith, former director of the Cushing Library, in the catalog.

"And," he continues, "Martin cultivated a taste for Texas barbecue,"

Cushing also houses one of the country's largest collections of science fiction manuscripts, fanzines, first editions, pulp magazines, scholarly monographs and other fan-related material. In 2010, the Science Fiction Research Collection hosted the genre exhibition "One Hundred Years Hence: Science Fiction and Fantasy at Texas A&M."

During Martin's two-day visit to the A&M campus earlier this month, he attended a fundraising dinner and reception, signed hundreds of books, posters and other paraphernalia, and later addressed - and answered questions from - a packed house at Rudder Auditorium.

In his talk, Martin discussed growing up in Bayonne, N.J., and how, even at 7 years old, he knew learning to read from the old Dick and Jane books was "stupid." Later, he was introduced to his first sci-fi novel, Robert Heinlein's "Have Spacesuit - Will Travel," and developed a lifetime love affair with books.

"I am," he said, "the sum total of all the books I've read."

During the question-and-answer session, the inevitable complaints about the long interval between books was raised. Book five in the series, "A Dance with Dragons," took him five years to finish before being published in 2011, and he's still working on "The Winds of Winter." While Martin has previously expressed concern that the HBO series might actually catch up with the novels, he told the A&M crowd, simply, "Sorry about that."



How we brought 3,000 people to the library . . .
With the help of Mr. George R. R. Martin

Todd Samuelson and Cait Coker

Twenty years ago, George R. R. Martin deposited his archive (consisting of manuscripts, correspondence, and editions of his works) at the Texas A&M University Libraries. This disposition was the culmination of many years' effort by librarians and members of the Texas science fiction community. Martin had visited Texas A&M multiple times as a guest of honor at AggieCon, the oldest student-run fantasy and science fiction convention in the country, and on one of his visits had received a tour of the university's Special Collections, which was then housed in Sterling C. Evans Library. He had also met and had multiple conversations with the unit's director, Don Dyal.

In opting to place his archive at Texas A&M (a university with which the author had no immediate connection), Martin based his decision on the assurance of care and quality, which his tour of the library facilities had provided. His interactions with librarians showed him that his work would be valued and protected, and would find a place among one of the country's largest genre collections of its kind.

From the perspective of the library, the Martin donation represented an attempt to develop a relationship with an award-winning author, who also showed a great deal of future promise. Several librarians, including Steven Escar Smith, who traveled to pick up the first deposit of books and manuscripts, had begun to build a collaborative connection with Martin. The relationship matured as the author sent copies of his materials at regular intervals and as the library worked to house, index, and preserve the collection. The archive quickly became available to scholars of Martin's work, the genre, and its growing impact upon popular culture.

The Exhibition

Two years ago, Martin returned to Texas A&M for the first time since his papers had arrived. The occasion for his visit was the opening of "Deeper Than Swords," an exhibition celebrating his oeuvre, together with a series of events including a book signing and lecture. In the years between the placement of his archive and the exhibition, Martin's reputation and readership had grown. He had transformed from a successful fantasy and science fiction author into an instantly recognizable figure and the source of a cultural phenomenon, thanks to the popularity of his bestselling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. The Texas A&M University Libraries had grown, as well. One particular development was the renovation and dedication of Cushing Memorial Library, the oldest free-standing library building on campus, as the home of Special Collections (including the Science Fiction Research Collection and Martin's papers).

As with the earlier negotiations that brought his papers to the university, the process of securing Martin's appearance at Cushing Library drew upon the relationship he had built with Cushing librarians. Having kept in regular contact with Martin over the years, confirming donation arrivals and periodically answering requests for copies and other reference assistance, we approached Martin about creating a large-scale exhibit on his work at which he could preside as a special and honored guest. A date was confirmed for 18 months hence. Our timing proved fortunate, since due to the acceleration of his public appearances, Martin's current calendar is booked through 2017.

In organizing the exhibition, we began conceptualizing events with consideration of the great potential that they could have for the library. In 2010, we had produced with former curator Hal W. Hall an exhibition entitled "One Hundred Years Hence," which drew upon the science fiction and fantasy collection. Its reception and ongoing popularity among students, faculty and staff, and the community suggested the possibilities for a Martin-focused exhibition. We began proposing events that would capitalize upon this enthusiastic audience. The foresight of library administrators - foremost among them J. Lawrence Mitchell, director of Cushing Library - communicated the potential of this project to the University Libraries' marketing team and to the dean, who was supportive of the events and committed wide resources to planning and promoting the exhibition.

Building the Exhibit

We visualized an exhibit that would frame Martin's work both biographically and culturally. After initial conversations with Martin to confirm his preferences in overall design, we began to discuss how best to demonstrate the breadth of his work and the intellectual and artifactual richness of the collection. With the runaway success of his fantasy cycle, some readers have not encountered his beginnings in science fiction, and comparatively few remember his roots in the burgeoning fan culture from the 1960s to the 1980s. We identified and procured a few additional items not present in the collection - early Marvel comic books that printed his first letters, a more recent Time Magazine that christened him "the American Tolkien" - and noted influential titles referenced by Martin in his autobiographical essays.

In addition to selecting items from the Martin archive, the curators decided to highlight and interrogate the iconography of Martin's work - much of which has become instantly recognizable. These images have been integrated into the wider cultural consciousness through the publication of the novels and the success of HBO's Game of Thrones series.

One of Martin's preferred artists, John Picacio, is a resident of San Antonio and one of the best-respected genre artists of the day. Through a connection with Charles D. Tolliver and the Fandom Association of Central Texas, we contacted Picacio and negotiated rights to use his artwork in the exhibit and its promotional materials. Because of Picacio's generous collaboration with the curators, Cushing Library was able to acquire several original drawings for the exhibition, which have become part of the permanent collections. Simultaneously, we identified two other artists and approached them about collaborating on the project.

Artist Evangeline Owen worked with the curators in developing interpretations of selected figures from the novels to present in portraits highlighting their distinctness as characters; the libraries commissioned four acrylic paintings and three digital images to be included in the exhibit.

Similarly, Anise Press, a Texas-based press known for its cards and posters using literary quotes, set wood and metal types to letterpress print a suite of four broadsides. These finely produced posters, which were also incorporated into the exhibition, provided visual designs of statements from Martin's work having to do with reading, writing, and the impact of language. These three collaborations provided widely varying interpretations of Martin's work and a vivid visual presentation for the walls of the gallery.

Preparation and Production

As we worked to identify objects that best articulated the creative development, publication, and impact of Martin's work, we also examined secondary literature - from scholarly monographs to interviews with the author. This research was incorporated into a document that simultaneously describes the selected objects and presents a narrative about the value, research potential, and cultural significance of the items in the collection. This text, combined with images of many of the objects chosen for inclusion, was produced as an exhibition catalog that documents the project. The University Libraries' Graphics Designer Kim Topp worked closely with us in the presentation of the catalog, which also contains a preface by the Dean of the Libraries David Carlson and introductory essays by Steven Escar Smith and Lisa Tuttle, a close friend of Martin's and well-known author whose papers are also housed in Cushing Library. Each visitor to Cushing Library was given a complimentary copy of the publication at the exhibition opening.

Concurrently, we worked on designing and fabricating the exhibit itself. A central gallery dedicated to A Song of Ice and Fire contains five large vitrines (each dedicated to one of the published novels) in a ring around a smaller case, which contains unpublished pages from the forthcoming Winds of Winter. In addition to the pieces of original and commissioned artwork, the gallery contains large informational panels containing our curators' statement, a biography of the author, and essays about Martin's work and its cultural significance. An adjoining gallery contains cases that present the development of Martin's early work. These contain sections on his influences and juvenilia, the landmark works of the first half of his career, and his many collaborations. Alcoves in this gallery contain a representative sample of international editions, as well as framed oversized maps of the lands from his A Song of Ice and Fire sequence. The details of the installation - from the reproduction sword and war hammer hung on the gallery walls to the sigils we designed which appeared as heraldic symbols on labels and panels - were intended to link the narrative of the exhibition to Martin's iconic writing.

The Events

As the exhibition was being developed, our ambition was to draw in the largest possible audience to see the work, engage with Martin, and to introduce the participants to Cushing Library. Aware that we would be accessing a demographic which, in many cases, had never entered a special collections, we wanted to demonstrate the values and resources of the library. In order to increase the opportunities for the audience to engage with the exhibition, we planned a series of events to draw in Martin's readers and fans: a fundraising dinner and exhibition preview with the author, a book signing to increase traffic for the opening, and a lecture and Q&A available to the public at large. Working closely with the University Libraries marketing team, we succeeded in realizing these concepts:

For the fundraising dinner, we commissioned local chef Tai Lee (who had appeared on the Food Network) to develop a series of themed dishes. Lee's Mobile Bistro food truck was also commissioned to sell street-food variations of these recipes - including lemon cakes - on campus during the public opening of "Deeper Than Swords." We also organized a book signing, which was attended by 650 individuals, including 150 "expedited line" tickets that confirmed the opportunity to meet the author and obtain his signature. Together, these two events raised more than $33,000 for the libraries, with proceeds going towards the support of the libraries' exhibition programs.

Anticipating the size of Martin's audience, we booked a campus venue that seats 2,400 for Martin's talk about his life as a reader and for his moderated interview. After observing public anticipation for the event, HBO sponsored an advance screening of the first episode of season three of Game of Thrones, as well as a catered reception for donors and library employees. Martin, who had spent the previous week on HBO's press junket, noted that the A&M audience was the largest and most enthusiastic he had seen. The talk and interview, which were recorded, have received tens of thousands of additional viewings from YouTube and Martin's Web site.1

Finally, we arranged a private tour of the exhibition for Martin, allowing him the opportunity to focus on the presentation of his collection, as well as to see his holdings in situ in the stacks. Since his initial deposit the collection has grown to encompass more than 200 hundred boxes of processed manuscripts and memorabilia, and nearly 1,000 volumes of first editions and translated works. His response in seeing his work, both presented for the public and preserved in archival boxes, was uniformly positive. The 3,000 visitors who participated in the events shared his enthusiasm with unrestrained fervor.

The success of this venture was due largely to the presence of an author and cultural figure of the stature of George R. R. Martin. It is also a testament to the collaborations possible when an institution brings together author-donors, local artists and businesses, and the community. This exhibition created a narrative of the power of words, demonstrating how Martin's often-cited influences as a young and avid reader led to his own creation of works that are now shaping literature and popular culture. We believe that our efforts to present that process of influence and impact extends to the library as well, and to the readers who entered to see the exhibition.

Case Study No. 1208: Miss Cheerilee

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[scene opens in the high school library, as two boys stand outside of the entrance and whisper to one another]
SNIPS: Got your phone?
[the other boy holds up his cell phone]
SNAILS: Ya got yours?
[he takes out his cell phone, as they snicker to one another and then sneak into the library]
[cut to Twilight Sparkle (as a young girl) staring blankly at a computer screen]
TWILIGHT: So, I just push the letters here ...
[a young female librarian (long pink hair, brown sweater vest, yellow blouse, green skirt with flower print, brown boots) is standing behind her, taking books off a cart and placing them on the shelf, when she puts down her book and gives a frustrated look]
TWILIGHT: And then the words and moving pictures will ... come up here?
[the young girl brings a closed fist down on the keyboard and then holds up the monitor, staring at it in confusion, as the librarian sighs before putting on a big smile and turning towards her]
MISS CHEERILEE: That's ... right.
[she takes the monitor and puts it back down on the table, as the young girl gingerly taps one of the buttons on the keyboard]
TWILIGHT: Maybe this place does have magic!
[the librarian rolls her eyes and exits with her bookcart (revealing the two boys hiding, as they quietly tip toe away), but re-enters the scene and slaps her forehead at the sound of loud music being played]
[cut to three young girls at the opposite end of the table, playing music from their computer and bouncing along to the beat (oblivious to the noise they're making)]
[cut to a closeup of the speaker, as the librarian switches the monitor off and gives them a forced smile]
MISS CHEERILEE: Girls ... What are you doing?
SWEETIE BELL: We're just seeing how many hits our new music video has gotten!
[she turns the speaker back on and they continue dancing to the beat, while the librarian covers her ears before calmly waving a finger in their faces]
[she takes the speaker away]
MISS CHEERILEE: Just ... no! The school computers are for research purposes only!
[she exits the scene, as the girls just shrug their shoulders]
APPLE BLOOM: It's just as well, y'all. Some of the comments about our song were really awful ...
[she starts scrolling through the YouTube-like comments section of their video]
APPLE BLOOM: "Epic fail" ... "Funniest thing I've ever seen"?
SWEETIE BELL: Funniest thing they've ever seen, huh?
[they all suddenly smile, as Twilight Sparkle attempts to chime in and dampen their newfound enthusiasm]
TWILIGHT: Uh, I-I don't know if that's what you should take from--
[the girls ignore her and run out of the library, so she continues to attempt to use the computer (which mostly involves pounding on the keyboard with her fists like they were hooves), as the two boys film her with their phones]
[cut to Twilight carrying a giant stack of books across the library, as she falls and drops them all over the floor]
[the librarian appears and places a finger to her lips before shushing her]
[she gets up and gives an embarrassed smile]
TWILIGHT: Uh ... heh heh!
[she walks off, as the two boys appear from behind the bookshelf and continue filming her (as she picks up one of the books with her mouth before going back to carrying them in her hands)]
[cut to Twilight trying to use the copy machine (as the two boys continue to film her without her knowledge) ... but she doesn't close the tray, and the resulting blinding light causes her to fall backwards into another pile of books]



My Little Pony: Equestria Girls is a 2013 Canadian-American animated musical comedy film written by Meghan McCarthy and directed by Jayson Thiessen. The film premiered across limited screens in the United States and Canada on June 16, 2013, with plans for worldwide home media release beginning on August 6, 2013, followed by broadcast on the Hasbro-owned Hub Network on September 1, 2013.

Based on the animated series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the film re-envisions the main characters of the series, normally ponies, as human characters in a high school setting. Taking place after the show's third season finale, the film involves Twilight Sparkle being sent to an alternate world to recover her magical crown after it is stolen by a bitter and wicked Sunset Shimmer. While learning how to behave as a human, Twilight comes to befriend the human counterparts of her pony friends, and with their help, stop Sunset and recover the crown. The film's release is tied in with the expansion of the My Little Pony toy line to include teenage human versions of the main characters.

Following the events of "Magical Mystery Cure", the newly crowned Princess Twilight Sparkle and her Ponyville friends arrive at the Crystal Empire for a royal summit with Princesses Celestia, Luna, and Cadance; Twilight still struggles with the fear that she is not ready to be a ruler. Sunset Shimmer, a former and bitter student of Celestia, sneaks into the castle that night and steals Twilight's crown, one of the Elements of Harmony, leaving a fake in its place. As Twilight chases Sunset, the crown falls through a magic mirror and Sunset dives after it. Luna informs Twilight and her friends that the mirror leads to a different world. She tasks Twilight with entering this world to retrieve her crown before the portal closes again for thirty moons, or else the Elements of Harmony borne by her friends will no longer protect Equestria. Celestia insists that Twilight must travel alone, afraid to upset the balance between the two worlds. Despite this, Twilight's dragon assistant Spike anxiously jumps in after her as she enters the mirror.

On the other side, Twilight and Spike find themselves transformed into a teenage human girl and dog, respectively, outside of a large high school building in an alternate world inhabited by humans. While struggling to adjust to her new body and surroundings, Twilight recognizes several of the faculty and students as ponies she knows in Equestria, including her Ponyville friends: Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash. She quickly befriends them, helping to bridge the animosity that Sunset had created between them in the years prior to Twilight's arrival.

Twilight discovers that Fluttershy has found the crown and turned it in to Celestia, the school principal, who mistakes it for a prop meant to be given to the student who is elected Princess of the Fall Formal. Twilight decides to regain the crown by running against Sunset, who has easily won the title for three consecutive years due to her bullying and coercion of the student body. Aided by the students Snips and Snails, Sunset tries sabotaging Twilight's chances by releasing humiliating videos of Twilight behaving like a pony, and later framing her for wrecking the formal decorations in the school gymnasium. However, Twilight's new friends, including Sunset's ex-boyfriend Flash Sentry, help to counter these ploys and improve Twilight's popularity among the students, even after Twilight confides in them the truth about her being a pony princess and the need to recover the crown before the portal closes.

At the formal, Twilight wins the election and the crown, but Sunset steals it after threatening to destroy the portal. Upon donning the crown, Sunset transforms into a demonic creature and uses her newfound powers to brainwash much of the student body into becoming her army with which to invade Equestria. When Sunset tries to attack Twilight, her friends race to save her, evoking the crown's magic that protects them and temporarily gives them pony-like attributes. The magic of their friendship reverts Sunset to her human form and breaks her spell on the other students. Sunset becomes repentant, and Twilight asks her friends to become Sunset's new friends after she is gone. Twilight spends time celebrating with her friends at the formal before she and Spike take the crown through the portal, which closes behind them. Twilight and Spike return to Equestria, transforming back to their original forms on arrival and reuniting with their old friends. Twilight realizes her experiences in the other world have helped to boost her self-confidence in her ability to carry out her royal duties.



Miss Cheerilee is an Earth pony in Ponyville and a supporting character in the show. She teaches at the Ponyville Schoolhouse.

Cheerilee shares her design and name with a Generation 3 Earth pony. She is a unicorn pony in My Little Pony Crystal Princess: The Runaway Rainbow, and her design was combined with Cherry Blossom to create her Core 7 incarnation, which developed into her current appearance. In the Core 7 series, she is the older sister of Scootaloo and her main personality trait is intelligence.

Depiction in Equestria Girls
Cheerilee's human counterpart makes an appearance in My Little Pony Equestria Girls as both a teacher and a librarian. Contrary to her pony counterpart, she has light pink skin and dark purple hair. Her last appearance is in the crowd after Sunset Shimmer's attack on the school.

Case Study No. 1207: Unnamed Female Librarian (Library of Unrequited Love)

The Library of Unrequited Love: Review
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[scene opens with a young woman speaking directly to the camera]
DANIELLA: So recently I finished reading "The Library of Unrequited Love," by Sophie Divry.
[she holds up the book]
DANIELLA: This is gonna be a review.
[cut to another shot of the woman holding up the book]
DANIELLA: So, this book is basically a soliloquy, from the point of view of a librarian who lives in France, and she finds somebody who's been locked in her library overnight and gets chatting to him, and it's basically her entire verbal spew of everything that's in her head.
[she rolls her eyes]
DANIELLA: And I know that sounds boring, but it's really hilarious, and I really loved it.
[cut to another shot of the woman speaking directly to the camera]
DANIELLA: Whilst talking to the man who slept in her library overnight, she starts talking about this guy called Martin, who's a student and he comes to the library almost every single day. She's kind of fallen for Martin, even though he's younger than her.
[cut to another shot of the woman speaking directly to the camera]
DANIELLA: Here's a little bit about the nape of his neck, which she was talking about ...
[she opens the book and begins reading]
DANIELLA: "Then I realized, it was the back of his neck that had captivated me, right from the start. Because is there anything more fascinating about a person than a beautiful neck seen from behind? The back of the neck is a promise, summing up the whole person through their most intimate feature. Yes, intimate ... It's the part of the body you can never see yourself. A few inches of neck with a trace of down, exposed to the sky. The back of the head, the last goodbye. The far side of the mind? Well, the back of Martin's head is all of that."
[cut to another shot of the woman speaking directly to the camera]
DANIELLA: As you can probably tell, this book is very poetic, and I really loved that. Just a warning, you cannot read this book without having some of these close by.
[she holds up the book and shows the colored sticky notes on several of the pages]
DANIELLA: As you can see, I've marked a lot of my favorite quotes in here, and many of them are about reading.
[cut to another shot of the woman speaking directly to the camera]
DANIELLA: Naturally, because this woman is a librarian, she talks a lot about books. And I found it really easy to relate to her.
[cut to the woman opening up the book to read a passage]
DANIELLA: A quote about libraries that I really loved was ... "Well, anyway, libraries do attract mad people."
[she laughs]
DANIELLA: Which I thought was just really funny and very true.
[cut to another shot of the woman speaking directly to the camera]
DANIELLA: So, if you're looking for a short read that's really enjoyable and easy and nice, then this book is a great book to pick up.
[cut to another shot of the woman speaking directly to the camera]
DANIELLA: It's not very action-packed, but the soliloquy style has been perfectly executed, and you don't really get bored even though there's not really much of a plot.
[cut to another shot of the woman speaking directly to the camera]
DANIELLA: I found myself learning quite a lot about the Dewey Decimal System whilst I was reading this book, which I found really interesting to see how the books are classified and everything, and I think later on I might make some notes and try and actually learn it.
[cut to another shot of the woman speaking directly to the camera]
DANIELLA: Overall, this book is generally unlike anything I've read before, because I never really read anything like a soliloquy before, and it's really lovely just as a book lover to read, because it's so centralized around books, and I think anybody who loves books should read this book because it's just so lovely. And hats off to the translator, they did a great job in translating it, because I know it's really really hard to translate things.
[cut to another shot of the woman speaking directly to the camera]
DANIELLA: Well, I think I'd give this book four stars out of five, because I really enjoyed it, but I was a little bit ... mmm, "meh" with the storyline. But the whole style and the experience of reading it really made up for that.



The Library of Unrequited Love
by Sophie Divry

One morning a librarian finds a reader who has been locked in overnight.

She starts to talk to him, a one-way conversation that soon gathers pace as an outpouring of frustrations, observations and anguishes. Two things shine through: her shy, unrequited passion for a quiet researcher named Martin, and an ardent and absolute love of books.

A delightful flight of fancy for the lonely bookworm in all of us ...



The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry

This short novel is the first novel for Divry. It takes place on the lower level of the public library in a unnamed provincial town in France. The librarian goes into work one morning to discover a patron who had been locked in overnight. She then says she can't let them out before the library opens as it would alert others to the patron had been in the library after hours, and proceeds to talk about the library, her life, her dreams, and other matters. The text is one long monologue by the librarian, although there are a few points where the patron obviously commented or reacted in some way, but we only get the librarian's words.

There are points where she seems to fall into an unhappy and untrue stereotype of librarian:

"Being a librarian isn't an especially high-level job, I can tell you. Pretty close to being in a factory. I'm a cultural assembly line worker. So what you need to know is, to be a librarian, you have to like the idea of classification, and to be of a docile nature. No initiative, no room for the unexpected; here, everything is in its place, invariably in its place."

But other times she seems to be more progressive. She espouses the views of Eugene Morel (a man I was admittedly ignorant of until now) a Frenchman who had the following view demands of libraries:

"...make it easier to borrow books, have longer opening hours, keep the collections up to date, have comfortable seats, special areas for children, and the underpinnings of the whole thing, the idea, the supreme aim, was that the people should be able to read."

and she feels that:

" my job, there's nothing more exciting, to make you feel wanted, than to be able to size up the person in front of you, guess what they're after, find the book they need on the shelves and bring the two together. Book and reader, if they meet up at the right moment in a person's life, it can make sparks fly, set you alight, change your life."

She has dreams of more for herself, both professionally and personally, but lacks the hope or will to make these dreams come true.

This is a gem of a book, and I have to thank Ben McNally for introducing me to it.



The Library of Unrequited Love
Sophie Divry
MacLehose Press, hardback, 2013, fiction
92 pages
translated from the French by Sian Reynolds

If ever a recently published book was going to be read by me on the title alone then it would be 'The Library of Unrequited Love' throw in the gorgeous cover and it seemed that its fate was sealed. I love a book about books or about libraries and so from the title alone I was hoping this was what it would be about, though of course you shouldn't always judge a book by its title should you? Fortunately not only was this very much a book about books and libraries it was also an unusual and quirky book that gave me much more than I was initially expecting.

If you were a librarian, working in the basement section, you might be a little disconcerted upon finding a random stranger sleeping in your section after having been locked in overnight. This is not the case in 'The Library of Unrequited Love' as our unnamed protagonist sees this as a chance to get much off her chest, it seems she has been waiting for this moment for quite some time and has no plans on letting this opportunity go to waste. So starts a monologue which covers her thoughts on libraries and books, some of the history of France, the state of society today and indeed an unrequited love that she has for a young man who comes to the history section every day.

I think it might be the 'mono' in monologue that always makes me think they are going to be rather dull, or just a rant about the state of things. I shouldn't think this as I have read and listened to many of Alan Bennett's 'Talking Heads' and interestingly Sophie Divry's debut novel reminded me of them a little, especially the lonely woman who rambles on being at the heart of it. 'The Library of Unrequited Love' is, in a way, rather a rant and it does have a lot to say about the state of the modern world, mainly libraries as a resource and what on earth is happening to the book in society, yet it does so with as much a sense of humour as it can whilst also being incredibly impassioned about books and their importance.

"Love, for me, is something I find in books. I read a lot, it's comforting. You're never alone if you live surrounded by books. They lift my spirit. The main thing is to be uplifted."

Our unnamed protagonist is one of the reasons that the book becomes so much more than just a tirade on the importance of literature, as is the way that she talks to the person she finds asleep in section 900 - 910, who of course becomes us. She lives a very solitary life, surrounded by books she might be yet she is clearly very lonely with it. She looks at everything with an arched eye and occasionally I thought there was a much darker undertone to her character. Divry wonderfully takes us on a journey of a character as in some moments we feel sorry for her, sometimes concerned for her (and her mental state) and then we laugh with her and even sometimes as her, just as the person who has been captive all night in the library does.

My only slight quibble with the book was not the fact that you never understood why the listener kept listening, as I felt they were like me and simply couldn't tear themselves away watching this woman unravelling, yet the character and the idea behind the book slightly contradicted themselves. On the one hand this is a book about the importance of libraries and books, yet the protagonist has clearly been driven mad surrounding herself with them day in day out through her job. Maybe I am over thinking it though?

I would definitely recommend every book lover give 'The Library of Unrequited Love' a whirl, at a mere 92 pages you can devour it in a single sitting. I also think, aside from all the book love which makes it a joy to read for the booklover in anyone, it is an intense and grimly fascinating portrayal and explanation of character. I was left wondering what might be on the horizon for this woman, thank goodness no one mentioned the K***** word to her that is for sure - the results could be horrific. With a short quirky debut like this I am very much looking forward to seeing what Sophie Divry comes up with next, be it a darkly epic masterpiece or another short tale I will definitely be reading it.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Case Study No. 1206: Harold Argleston

A Tribute to Harold Argleston
This slideshow is a tribute to my favorite librarian, Harold Argleston. I think he is a bit under-appreciated and deserves a tribute. THIS VIDEO BELONGS TO ME!!!!!! All images found on google. Those do not belong to me. "The Entertainer (1902, piano roll)" by Scott Joplin ( music/Scott_Joplin/ Frog_Legs_Ragtime_Era_Favorites/ 04_-_scott_joplin_-_the_entertainer)
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Wizard101 is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game created by KingsIsle Entertainment. Players take on the role of students of Wizardry to save the Spiral (that is the set of worlds in which the games is played), and battle a variety of creatures by casting spells using a turn-based combat system similar to collectible card. Players advance in the game by accepting quests to learn new spells, gain equipment, and collect gold.

At the beginning the player controls a novice wizard, who is named by the player using a set of words at the start of the game. That wizard joins the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts, a school of wizardry located in a fictional town called Wizard City. Instead of the traditional character classes, Wizard101 offers players a choice among seven different "magic schools" (Fire, Ice, Storm, Myth, Life, Death, and Balance) which will influence character development and parts of the magical spells (in form of collectible cards) available to the player in combat.

In Wizard101, the different areas accessible to players are referred to as "worlds". Upon character creation, only a part of Wizard City (The Commons, Ravenwood, Unicorn Way, Olde Town, Shopping District, Triton Avenue, Golem Court, and a short introduction to the world of Grizzleheim) is opened to access. As the player progresses, more worlds become available. Availability depends on subscriptions and/or the purchase of crowns. People who purchase memberships receive special privileges and gifts.



A talking dog and the librarian of Wizard City Library.

Harold is from Marleybone (an area based on 19th to 20th century London as well as having a 19th-20th century English "steampunk" theme) and is seen as very booksmart and polite. However, he is very strict when he needs to be which is stereotypical for a librarian. He also is a vendor for treasure cards and mainly helps the player in quests involving books.

Also, just like in the Harry Potter series, his library has a restricted area where students can only enter with special permission, the restricted archives has not become an area so far in the game.

Name: Harold Argleston
Species: Dog
Location: Wizard City Library
Quests Given:
* Library Dues
* Charge It Up



Harold Argleston

Quote: "If you ever have any questions about magic or the world around you, I've included some reference material in your spellbook. Simply open your spellbook and read over the Help pages. They contain loads of valuable information!"

Need to check a book out? Just be wary of the tea's location so you don't spill any! Harold Argleston is a lover of the antique - often surrounded by rare antiquities, with a crossword puzzle at this fingertips! Harold Argleston is the proud librarian of Wizard City's grand library, and makes sure that things stay neat, and that the library stays quiet. Not only is this dog a librarian though, he is an author as well, having written the well-known An Annotated History of Ravenwood School, which is a book bound to top your reading list, whether for class or for the joy of a nice book. Harold will normally be quite busy with his duties, and will send you off to pick up lost books upon occasion; nothing that a wizard can't handle! Just be sure to dispose of chewing gum before entering the library, or you might as well have it sniffed out eventually!



Harold Argleston informs you that the books were checked out and never returned. Harold also informs you that the books should be easy to spot, they are quite large, they need their own reading pedestal. Harold Argleston will ask you to search for them.

You are tasked with finding the History of Death Magic, Life Magic, Myth Magic, Fire Magic, Ice Magic and Storm Magic.

Locate, in any order, the pedestals with books on them:

* History of Fire Magic in Firecat Alley in the Fireglobe Theatre - must have (or have had) the Administer Cure quest for access.

* History of Death Magic in the Haunted Cave in the Stormdrain Tower. Must have (or have had) The Dark of Nightshade quest for access.

* History of Life Magic in Unicorn Way in Lady Blackhope's Tower. Must have (or have had) Olde News quest for access.

* History of Ice Magic in Colossus Boulevard in Gobblestone Castle. Must have (or have had) Let's Make a Deal quest for access.

* History of Storm Magic in Triton Avenue in the The Harvest Lord's Tower.

* History of Myth Magic in Cyclops Lane in Akilles' Tower.

Hand all of the books in to Harold and receive as your reward 76 Gold, 355 XP, Stack of 2 Books, Athame (varies by School wizard), and Ring (varies by School of wizard).

Case Study No. 1205: Unnamed Female Librarian (Swingin' Utters)

Swingin' Utters - The Librarians Are Hiding Something
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"The Librarians Are Hiding Something"

The title track is the lead song off their upcoming full-length and is a great representative of the new songs. It's a catchy mid-tempo masterpiece, driven by an irresistible melody, and accented with a touch of 70's fuzz. The b-side is the last song recorded with their former bassist Spike Slawson and features his silky backing vocals.



Swingin' Utters
The Librarians are Hiding Something [7-inch] (2012)
Fat Wreck Chords

Considering they went away for seven years, it's a wonder fans are getting more Swingin' Utters now, let alone so soon after 2011's Here, Under Protest (which is to say nothing of the members' assorted other projects). With another record already in the can, the band is going the single route with Fat Wreck to drum up interest. "The Librarians are Hiding Something," taken from a forthcoming new full-length entitled Poorly Formed, picks up where Protest left off.

That is to say, a little slower and more deliberate. A little less punk and a little more straight up rock. Regardless of how one labels it, "Librarians" is a solid track. Even though the Utters have tweaked their sound over the years, there's still a pretty fair set of expectations at work here. Luckily, the band does not disappoint.

B-side "Rude Little Rooms" is the last song the band recorded with ex-bassist Spike Slawson (of Me Firsts and the Gimme Gimmes), and it's somehow even more laid back than "Librarians." The Utters are gradually easing into middle age, at least, compared to their other bands past and present. With Poorly Formed due out next year, the band's future looks good too.



She said nice guys are the ones with the defect
And skin-tight has always been incorrect
She reads books under illegal table legs
It don't look good until he gets down and begs
We'll be watching until she detects us
That's our cue to move out of Texas
The beat up truck it won't even start
It all makes sense cuz it's missing a part
When she shoot shoot shoot shoot shoots
And I drip drip drip drip drip
And then I drop

The librarians are hiding something
The librarians are hiding something
The librarians are hiding something
The librarians are hiding something

She said you're never alone with a schizo
Picked up the phone, said "Is not! Is so!"
She's here to stay, I'm here for a visit
The other line will know ... "Who the fuck is this?"
Just then I make out the sign
And the small print on her book's spine
One says we'll never close
The other one belongs to Edgar Allen Poe's
When she shoot shoot shoot shoot shoots
And I drip drip drip drip drip
And then I drop

Oh librarians
Can't fly on a wing
Oh librarians
Are liking nothing
Which leads me to believe one thing

The librarians are hiding something
The librarians are hiding something
The librarians are hiding something
The librarians are hiding something

Case Study No. 1204: The Archivist (Cloud Atlas)

Archivist James D'Arcy
Archivist James D'Arcy from cloud atlas
Tags: James D'Arcy Archivist painting
Added: 1 year ago
From: jingjer
Views: 299


The Archivist interrogates Sonmi-451 and records her statement on an "orison."

Archivist: On behalf of my Ministry and the future of Unanimity, I want to thank you for the final interview. Remember, this isn't an interrogation or trial. Your version of the truth is all that matters.
Sonmi-451: Truth is singular. Its "versions" are mistruths.

Archivist: [about Yoona taking Somni to the lost-and-found room] Why didn't you report Yoona-939 to Seer Rhee the next day?
Sonmi-451: I couldn't.
Archivist: Why?
Sonmi-451: Because she trusted me.
Archivist: But your actions violated the Fifth Catechism.
Sonmi-451: That's true.
Archivist: How did you justify this transgression?
Sonmi-451: She was my friend.

Archivist: The report said Commander Chang was killed in the assault.
Sonmi-451: That is correct.
Archivist: Would you say that you loved him?
Sonmi-451: Yes I do.
Archivist: Do you mean you are still in love with him?
Sonmi-451: I mean that I will always be.
Archivist: In your revelation you you spoke of the consequences of a individuals life rippling throughout eternity. Does this mean you believe in a afterlife? Of a heaven or hell?
Sonmi-451: I believe death is only a door, when it closes, another opens. If I care to imagine heaven. I would imagine a door opening. And behind it, I would find him there, waiting for me.
Guard: Thank you sir.
Archivist: If I may ask one last question. You had to know this union scheme was doomed to fail.
Sonmi-451: Yes.
Archivist: Then why did you agree to it?
Sonmi-451: This is what General Apis asked of me.
Archivist: What? To be executed?
Sonmi-451: If I had remained invisible, the truth would have stayed hidden. I couldn't allow that.
Archivist: And what if no one believes this truth?
Sonmi-451: Someone already does.



Who he plays: Ben Whishaw's lover in 1936 and recipient of his letters; an older version of his previous character Rufus Sixsmith, who gives Halle Berry damning evidence that his nuclear power plant is unsafe; an orderly at Jim Broadbent's nursing home in 2012; and finally, a patient Archivist in 2144 who interrogates clone Doona Bae.

His soul journey: A little muddled. He goes from being a passive listener to someone who takes a stand against a big wrong back to a passive listener of a tale of injustice.

Onscreen connections to other characters/story lines: The letters he receives from Ben Whishaw in 1936 are read by Halle Berry in 1973; Hugo Weaving's assassin shoots him in the mouth, which mirrors the suicide-by-gun death of his lover, Frobisher.



One nice thing about the film industry is the fact that, no matter how offensive any idea was the first time around, if you wait long enough, there's always someone willing to give it another shot. So imagine the delight around Yo, Is This Racist? headquarters this July when the trailer for Cloud Atlas dropped, featuring a bunch of characters played by actors in, let's call it, "racial makeup." That is, in this sprawling, postmodern collection of scenes jumping back and forth in time (roughly speaking, pirate ship times to rocket-ship times and more!), most of the principal actors reappear as multiple characters, often of different races. As a filmmaking technique, it was likely meant to evoke some kind of loose version of reincarnation that is one of the story's main themes, but in practice, it comes off more like the most expensively assembled improv troupe of all time. ("OK, now you're in ... postapocalyptic Hawaii!")

It should be said at this point that the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's decision to use all of this race-bending makeup was clearly made with an awareness that this could be a sensitive issue. Thankfully, no one is made up in blackface, but there are no prizes for meeting the bottom-most rung of decency in Hollywood.

But did they do any better than not using blackface? Let's take a look at how they executed their potentially controversial tricks.

James D'Arcy as The Archivist
Transformation: White to Asian
What They Did: Slapped on an extremely odd eye prosthetic to give the character an exaggerated epicanthic fold and maybe fiddled with skin tone a little bit to make it more ... sallow.
Did It Even Work? Holy shit, no. The Archivist looks mostly like a white guy with something weird on his eyes. One odd thing that happened with this, and many of the other race-bending portrayals in Cloud Atlas, is that, in an effort to make the racial characteristics relatively subtle, they oddly concentrate on the exact same differences in appearance that have been the basis of racial stereotype since people learned how to hate. So, rather than address something like facial structure, or, god forbid, getting an Asian actor to play this role, they elect to concentrate on the most obvious and craven characteristics that they perceive in Asian people, their slanty eyes and their not-quite-white skin.
Verdict: Nope, kinda racist, you guys.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Case Study No. 1203: Adelle Colby

Petticoat Junction - Betty White as Guest-Star - S06 E18 - The Cannonball Bookmobile - Part 1
Mrs. Robinson, er Dr. Craig has old friend come to town, a librarian, who starts a bookmobile on the Cannonball - and all the men of Hooterville, with the exception of Steve of course, immediately begin vying for her affections. But then, she IS Betty White. heh
Tags: Petticoat Junction; Betty White; Dr. Janet Craig; June Lockhart; Uncle Joe Carson; Edgar Buchanon; Billie Jo Bradley; Meredith MacRae; Bobbie Lori Saunders; Bradley Elliott; Linda Kaye Henning; Steve Mike Minor; Sam Drucker; Frank Cady
Added: 2 years ago
From: 1964nickel
Views: 900

[Dr. Janet Craig gives her friend Adelle Colby a tour of the Shady Rest Hotel in the town of Hooterville]
ADELLE: Oh, this is such a charming place. Quaint, homey, and so comfortable.
JANET: Oh, I love it. I've only been here a few months, but it feels as though I've always live here. Course, there's not a great deal of excitement. Nothing much happens.
[she pours Adelle a cup of coffee]
ADELLE: [laughs] Well, we librarians don't expect too much in the way of excitement ... One sugar, please.
JANET: Speaking of work, what're your plans here?
ADELLE: To start a library. We have the books, we have the funds, now we need a location. That's where I come in. Any ideas?
JANET: Well, as a matter of fact, yes. I might have a suggestion ... Oh, hello Uncle Joe.
[camera pans around to reveal Uncle Joe Carson entering the room, wearing a striped suit]
JOE: Good afternoon, ladies. Don't let me interrupt. Just have to check my register.
[he walks behind the front desk and opens the folder on the table]
JOE: I'm the GM here. That's general manager.
ADELLE: You told me.
[he rings a bell on the counter]
JOE: Billie Jo!
[young Billie Jo Bradley enters the room]
BILLIE JO: Yes, Uncle Joe ...
[she looks at his suit]
BILLIE JO: Well, what's the big occasion?
JOE: There's no big occasion. I just decided to wear one of my four suits.
BILLIE JO: Oh, I see ... Well, what'd you want me for, Uncle Joe?
JOE: There's no entry here for three days, how do you explain that?
BILLIE JO: Well, we haven't had any guests.
JOE: Oh. Dismissed.
[she saluates]
BILLIE JO: Yes sir!
[she leaves]
JOE: Like to keep my help on her toes.
[he walks over to them]
JOE: Well, I can't linger, ladies. Gotta go check my airline, that's the Carson-Elliot. I'm the GM. That's the, uh--
JANET: That's general manager.
JOE: Yeah.
[he leaves]
JANET: I do believe you've made a conquest.
ADELLE: Oh, he's just being hospitable.
JANET: Not when he wears his ice cream suit. It's more than hospitality when he brings that outta mothballs!
[Bert Smedley the barber enters, pretending not to notice Adelle]
BERT: Oh, hi Doc ...
[he takes off his hat and looks at Adelle]
BERT: Well, hello there.
ADELLE: Hello ... Mister Smedley, is it?
BERT: Bert.
JANET: What can we do for you, Bert?
[he continues staring at Adelle]
BERT: Anything.
JANET: I beg your pardon?
[he snaps out of it]
BERT: Huh? Oh, oh! I-I needed to see you, Doc. I've got that real bad sprain in my clipping wrist.
JANET: Oh, I better take a look at it. Would you care to step into my office?
BERT: Oh, no no no. It's not that serious. You can just check on it here.
JANET: Alright.
[she gets up to look at his wrist, while he continues to stare at Adelle on the couch]
BERT: Oh, how do you like it here so far?
ADELLE: Well, I just got here. I haven't seen much yet.
BERT: Oh, I can show you everthing!
JANET: It does seem a bit stiff ...
[he looks at his wrist]
BERT: Huh? Oh yeah ...
[he turns his attention back to Adelle]
BERT: I can take you all around in my Hudson Hornet!
ADELLE: Well, that would be lovely!
JANET: How much could you move it before?
[he slowly turns to look at Janet]
BERT: Huh? Oh, this? Oh, before it was--
[he begins twirling his wrist with no pain, then catches himself]
BERT: Well, you cured it!
JANET: I'll send you a bill!
[he makes a face]
JANET: Never mind, I'll take it out in haircuts.
[Adelle laughs, when there's a knock at the door and Sam Drucker (owner of the local general store) enters]
SAM: Hi there! Just delivering your grocery order.
[he holds up a single can of peas]
BERT: You came all the way out here just to deliver one can of peas?!
SAM: No trouble. I just swung by on my way home.
[he smiles at Adelle]
JANET: But you live in the back of your store.
SAM: Uh, yeah. Well, sometimes the longest way is the shortest way home, as they say ...
JANET: They do say that, do they?
[he silently mouths something at Janet in annoyance]
JANET: Well, why don't you sit down and have some coffee with us? That is, if you have time ...
SAM: Oh, I guess I have time.
[he quickly sits down on the couch next to Adelle]
JANET: How about you, Bert?
BERT: Oh, I got time too!
[he sits down on the opposite side of Adelle, who promptly stands up]
ADELLE: Janet, let me help you.
JANET: Well, thank you. That would be fine.
[they both head to the table for coffee]
JANET: [whispering] Adelle, what do you do to them?
[she simply smiles and shrugs her shoulders]


[Wendell Gibbs, conductor for Hooterville's steam-driven train, calls out the occupants of the Shady Rest Hotel to show them that one of the baggage cars has been re-fashioned to serve as the "Cannonball Bookmobile"]
JOE: A bookmobile!
BOBBIE JO: Just what we needed!
BILLIE JO: Isn't that great?
JANET: How about that?
BILLIE JO: Well, no wonder you blew the special whistle, Wendell ...
WENDELL: Yes, ma'am! The valley didn't have a library, so we're bringing the library to them!
BOBBIE JO: I think it's a wonderful idea!
WENDELL: And now presenting the librarian of our bookmobile ...
[he opens the door to the boxcar, revealing Adelle inside shelving books]
WENDELL: Miss Adelle Colby!
[everyone claps as Adelle turns and bows]
WENDELL: Just step aboard, folks, and pick out any book you wish! And don't mind the goat, I have to deliver him up the line for Ben Miller.
[camera zooms in to reveal a goat inside the boxcar]
WENDELL: Go ahead, folks! Go ahead!
[they enter the bookmobile and look around]
JANET: Oh Adelle, this is marvelous!
BILLIE JO: Isn't this great? Well, this could be the best thing that ever happened to the valley!
ADELLE: Don't give me credit, it was Janet's idea!
BOBBIE JO: With all these books, it should really work this time!
JANET: You mean it's been tried before?
BILLIE JO: Oh, about four years ago, only it wasn't done on a large-enough scale.
BOBBIE JO: I'll say not! The first stop was the Turloch family with their fourteen kids, and they took out the entire library!
[the women continue looking through the stacks, as Adelle sits down at her desk ... Joe pulls up a crate and sits down next to her, running his finger up and down a book as if speed reading]
JOE: Power reading.
JOE: Self-taught.
WENDELL: I hate to rush you folks, but we should be moving along.
BILLIE JO: Just a second Wendell, okay?
JANET: We'll just get our books.
JOE: Oh, Wendell?
WENDELL: Yes, Joe?
JOE: Could you hold it for about five minutes, so's I can knock off "War and Peace"?
[the goat loudly starts bleating]
WENDELL: Oh, that was him Joe, not me ... No, we've got to be going. There are other people waiting along the line.
BOBBIE JO: Alright.
BILLIE JO: Thanks a lot, Adelle. Bye bye!
BOBBIE JO: See you later.
ADELLE: Bye Janet. Billie. Bobbie.
[Billie Jo and Bobbie Jo take their books and exit the train (without checking them out or anthing!)]
JOE: I know what I'll do! I'll just stay on the train and finish my reading!
[Janet shakes her head and leaves]
WENDELL: Well, that's strictly up to you, Joe ... Oh, Miss Colby, would you like to ride in the coach? It would be a lot more comfortable.
[Joe stands up]
JOE: Hey, that's a good idea.
ADELLE: Thank you, Mister Gibbs, but I haven't finished checking all the books and making out file cards for them.
WENDELL: Oh, suit yourself ... You coming, Joe?
[he sits back down]
JOE: No, think I'll stay here near the books. With my power reading, I'll probably finish off this whole shelf before we get to Hooterville.


[the three (former) friends continue feuding over the affections of Adelle]
BOBBIE JO: Isn't this exciting? We've got a love triangle going on in the valley!
BILLIE JO: Quadrangle ... Remember, Bert the barber's in on it too!
JANET: And all caused by my sweet unassuming little friend, Adelle.
BOBBIE JO: Yeah, she's doing okay for a librarian!
BILLIE JO: And I hate to see what's happening to Uncle Joe and his two best friends.
JANET: I'm not too pleased about that, either.
BILLIE JO: Hey, what if you talked to Adelle?
JANET: Oh no, Billie Jo. No, there are two rules in life I've learned to live by. One, never discuss my patients with others. And two, don't mess with Dan Cupid when it concerns others!


[the Cannonball is an hour and a half late, so the three men go to investigate, when they find Adelle sitting in the woods with Wendell reading her poetry]
WENDELL: And we will sit upon the rocks / Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks / By shallow rivers to whose falls / Melodious birds sing madrigals. And I will make thee beds of roses / And a thousand fragrant posies / A cap of flower, and a kirtle / Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle / A gown made of the finest wool / Which from our pretty lambs we pull / Fair lined slippers for the cold / With buckles of the purest gold / A belt of straw and ivy buds / With coral clasps and amber studs / And if these pleasures may thee move / Come live with me and be my loove.
JOE: "Loove"?
WENDELL: The shepherds' swains shall dance and sing / For thy delight each May morning / If these delights thy mind may move / Then live with me and be my loove.
[dejected, the three men open their boxes of candy (which were meant to be presents for Adelle) and begin eating]



Petticoat Junction
Episode 6.18: The Cannonball Bookmobile

As she is the only attractive single female in their age range in the valley, Sam and Bert are fawning over Janet. Their attentions change when Janet's friend, Adelle Colby (Betty White), arrives in the valley. A librarian by trade, Adelle is in the valley to open up a new library. They have the books and the money, but now need a location. Janet suggests a mobile library in the form of the Cannonball. Sam, Bert and Uncle Joe, each wearing his Sunday best and with gift in hand, does whatever he can to spend time aboard the mobile library to be with Adelle to garner her favor. This competition for Adelle causes a rift between the three friends. But an unlikely person, who has greater access and a more similar mentality, may have the upper hand in attracting Adelle's attention.