Friday, December 29, 2017

Book Review: Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente


This was a really cool little novel. It's definitely written in the style of a fairy tale. I really reminded me of reading a Grimm fairy tale. It was the same kind of poetic language, where some details are kind of glossed over because they're not really necessary. 

My one issue was the change in Point of View. The first third or so is told in First person, by Snow White. After she runs away, then the perspective switches to an unknown third person. It is explained in the book why it this happens, but it still knocked me out of the flow, and took me a chapter or two to get re-immersed. 

Overall this was a fantastic read, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes fairy tales, retellings of fairy tales, and female protagonists who can take care of themselves (and maybe kick some butt along the way).

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ebscohost Instructional Video

I had to make a video for class on how to use a reference database. I had to touch on peer-reviews, boolean searches, and using a truncation. I was also supposed to mention a few other features, that I totally forgot to do. Since I didn't want to waste my first good video... here it is! I'll probably remake it tomorrow!
The updated version:

Friday, August 4, 2017

Passive Programming: Upcycled Kindle Case

So this project was definitely not brainstormed out of self-interest. Nope, not even a little... okay, so there was a little bit of self-interest involved. But it is a fun project! It's a just a hardcover book (that you don't mind cutting up), a recycled cereal box, cloth scraps, and elastic. You can find my instructions here.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Passive Programming: Sea Glass Lantern

This week's project was recycling a glass jar into a tented votive! The jar pictured used to be a salsa jar and has been painted with Elmer's Glue and food coloring. A pretty easy project overall! Find the trifold with instructions here.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Passive Programming: Paper Baskets

So as I was taking last week's project down, I realized that I never took pictures! So here it is. I recycled some automotive magazines (whose pages were like newspaper) into a little storage basket. This project was actually pretty easy, and only a little tedious! Find the trifold with the instructions here.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Book Review: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!

I have been a fan of Kristin Cashore since I first discovered her book Graceling. (If you like fantasy, and books with a female protagonist go read it right now!) Once I finished that series I was so disappointed to find out she hadn't written anything else. So I was super excited when she first announced that she was writing another a book. Like some of the best news I got in an otherwise truly terrible year.

I got to read this book early thanks to NetGalley. (The best thing that happened in a not so great week. Anyone seeing a pattern here?) And my goodness, this book did not disappoint!

Jane is a recent orphan, who is just trying to get by. Until Kiran shows up. Kiran is a former tutor, and she invites Jane back to her family home, called Tu Reviens, on a private island somewhere off the coast of New York. This is where Jane's adventure begins.

There are multiple endings throughout the book and each journey is more fantastical and weird than the one before it. I think that is what makes this such a great read though. You can have this story any you want it: adventure, spy thrillers, space pirates creepy children’s book. If you can dream it, this book probably has it.

Despite being about some tough topics, such as the loss of a loved one, and trying to find a place to belong, this book makes it easy to handle these topics. If you are a fan of Sci-Fi (and especially Dr. Who) you need to read this book!