Director's Blog https://blauveltfreelibrary.org/blog.xml en Pneumatic Transport https://blauveltfreelibrary.org/pneumatic-transport <span>Pneumatic Transport</span> <span><span>Laura</span></span> <span>Fri, 08/04/2017 - 10:17am</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><p>Two things: I seem to be fascinated by modes of transport, and someone pointed out that I haven't blogged in over two years.</p> <p>Elon Musk, founder of <em>SpaceX</em>, envisioned a human transport system comprised of passenger-filled pods that travel through vacuum tubes at incredibly high speeds -- 700mph to be exact. Such speeds could carry passengers from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 20 minutes (a distance of 400 miles). <em>Hyperloop One</em> offered to work with Musk to explore the possibilities, and tests are being conducted in the Nevada desert.</p></div> </div> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 14:17:12 +0000 Laura 1392 at https://blauveltfreelibrary.org https://blauveltfreelibrary.org/pneumatic-transport#comments Uber https://blauveltfreelibrary.org/uber <span>Uber</span> <span><span>Laura</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/23/2015 - 3:21pm</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><p><span>It's been a while. Now that Uber cabs are all over the news, I took a long hard look at the company's ascendancy and, as I usually do, tried to borrow some "best practices" from their business model and cross pollinate them with services found in public libraries.</span></p></div> </div> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:21:41 +0000 Laura 905 at https://blauveltfreelibrary.org https://blauveltfreelibrary.org/uber#comments Manners Please https://blauveltfreelibrary.org/manners-please <span>Manners Please</span> <span><span>Laura</span></span> <span>Mon, 12/16/2013 - 6:37pm</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><p><span>Sunday's <em>Times</em> had a cover article on the annual All-Japan-Phone-Answering Competition. Yes, you heard that right. A record 12,613 contestants (mostly women because Japanese business types like their phones answered in high-pitched voices) competed to take home top honors. The competition is in its 52nd year!</span></p></div> </div> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:37:44 +0000 Laura 466 at https://blauveltfreelibrary.org https://blauveltfreelibrary.org/manners-please#comments Magic Time https://blauveltfreelibrary.org/magic-time <span>Magic Time</span> <span><span>Laura</span></span> <span>Sun, 12/15/2013 - 1:44pm</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><p><span>I just watched Billy Wilder’s film, <em>The Apartment,</em> starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. A commentary track by film historian, Bruce Block, provided some brilliant insight into Wilder’s attention to detail (he co-wrote the script as well as directed and produced) and the art of screenplay writing. Wilder thought Lemmon the consummate actor, calling him “Macy's, Gimbels, and the Sears-Roebuck Catalog all rolled into one.” He could play anything – comedy, drama, leading man, every man.</span></p></div> </div> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:44:30 +0000 Laura 465 at https://blauveltfreelibrary.org https://blauveltfreelibrary.org/magic-time#comments Born to Blog https://blauveltfreelibrary.org/born-blog <span>Born to Blog</span> <span><span>Laura</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/23/2013 - 4:25pm</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><p><span>I usually get ideas worth blogging while I'm traveling in my car and by the time </span><span>I "land" all I have is a scrap of envelope with some hard-to-decipher scratchings. </span><span>As I advance in years I find my handwriting degrades proportionately. We have </span><span>a few young staffers at the library and I marvel at the clarity and perfectly formed </span><span>characters of their penmanship.</span></p></div> </div> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:25:56 +0000 Laura 259 at https://blauveltfreelibrary.org https://blauveltfreelibrary.org/born-blog#comments