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Well, Archae, that's your uninformed opinion.

The Internet is only as good as your ability to differentiate reliable sources from unreliable sources, and opinion from fact. Since no one seems to be teaching critical thinking in public schools any more, the library is one of the last places where people of all ages can still learn those skills. Meanwhile, your comment also assumes everyone can afford to access the internet, which simply isn't true except where anyone can use a computer for free - at the library. People who work from home are using public libraries as a workspace away from their kitchen table, people who travel for business know they can get free wifi and a plug at almost any public library in any town they have to travel to. People who homeschool get a lot of their materials through public libraries; hell, even public school teachers get books for their classes in this era where school libraries have been eliminated from school funding. Libraries provide public meeting spaces for anyone who needs it, including the people of Ferguson, and Hurricane Sandy survivors.

But you know, you're an expert, since you probably haven't set foot in a library for decades. So never mind.

Question about enlarging digital photographs.

So... I have a couple photos I want to enlarge. Really enlarge. To 30" x 40". Trying to figure out pixels per square inch is making me crazy. Online sources are both helpful and confusing. For instance, one says you can't use photoshop to enlarge pictures but you can use it to downscale photos. It also says 72 ppi will be pixelated if blown up. What I've shot comes up as 72 ppi with an image size of 48" x 32".

My questions are:

If I downsize the image to 30x40 at 72ppi, will it be all pixelated?
Can I change the the ppi to 300 and then downsize it to 30x40? Will that be pixelated, too?
If both of these lead to gross pixelation, what's a gal to do that wants her own images up in her living room?

I'm using Photoshop Elements, if that has anything to do with anything.

This whole question makes me flash back to doing word problems in math. Please help!!

Good news for libraries across the country tonight.

Seems a lot of places had ballot questions about funding and expanding library services. Despite the troll-fest Senate results, I hope these wins are a hopeful sign that the country is beginning to reinvest in civic responsibility and education.

Here are the few I know about. Please add your own town's library victory if I've missed it.

* Norfolk, NE got voter approval to expand.

* Lemont, IL got a bond issue passed.

* Cleveland Heights-University Heights PL (OH) passed with a 67% yes vote!

* The Park Ridge (IL) Public Library's referendum for tax levy increase passed.

* Lyons, Colorado, whose tiny little historic library building was damaged in last year's floods, got the go-ahead to not only repair but to expand the library into a modern library/community center.

* Poughkeepsie Public Library District (NY) wins budget expansion with 61% of the vote.

* Cape Elizabeth and Falmouth (ME) libraries win a vote for money to expand and upgrade their buildings.

* Northvale NJ is a win! New municipal funded library.

* All results are in for Loudoun County, VA- a win for a referendum to support Sterling Library!

* Looks like NM might have voted for a bond increase to support academic, public school, tribal and public library resource acquisitions.

ohheckyeah wants to play with one of my photos, and I invite you all to play, too!

ohheckyeah told me she wanted to try turning one of my color supermoon photos into a black and white image, a la Ansel Adams. I tried doing this myself and wasn't happy with the results - about as far from the sharp clarity of Adams' work as I could be, imo. Still, I'm entranced by the idea of someone interpreting my image in a different way. After all, all art is derivative, right?

So in the spirit of derivative art and using other images to inform our own styles, here's a little processing challenge: take any of my three images at the above link and manipulate them as you wish. If you want to try making them b&w, knock yourself out. If you think King Kong should be riding the moon, hey, that's your gig and you should try to make it happen. Whatever floats your boat, Kids (as long as you keep it safe for the kids).

For the record, here's my pitiful attempt at converting one of the moon shots to black and white. Looks mushy to me!

So I didn't know it was a supermoon until...

...I came in here to post my vacation "moonset at sunrise" shots!

My sweetie and I went to Crestone, CO, for our three-year anniversary. Took the dogs. They growled at something in the yard where we were staying (coyote or bear, most likely), and woke up my SO around sunrise. He looks out the window and wakes me to show me the big, fat moon. Naturally, I grabbed my camera and stood on the deck in my pjs, getting eaten alive by skeeters for 45 minutes to get the following shots - the best moon photos I've ever taken.

Looking for a different kind of beef stew recipe.

I have some stew meat but am kind of sick of the regular beef and potatoes stew, and my SO is sick of chili and spaghetti sauce. Anyone have any ideas on how to mix it up with stew beef? I'm thinking middle-eastern, Asian, maybe African. Why do you do when you want an off-beat beef stew?

I suppose the meal would have been fine IF

the school included a lesson on the history of soul food and racist black stereotypes as they were serving it. It's fine for us, as adults, to discuss regional and cultural food rationally after the fact. But the meal alone, presented to children as "black history," devoid of deeper social context, passes along racist imagery and stereotypes. That's the difference, Kitty.

My favorite lost library book story:

I work at a public library. A few years ago, I was boxing up donated books when I came across a deleted library book from the '60s or '70s. It was an art book, not a style that would appeal to my tastes, but a kind of coffee table tome. I was mostly interested in the old library markings flashing me back to my childhood: date stamps from actual rubber stamps! An old library logo!

As I was looking through it, the lead librarian walked by and saw me. She told me a woman had returned it a few days before, 30 years late. The woman was sincerely apologetic, wanted to pay whatever late fees were due, but explained (somewhat sheepishly) that she was a retired art teacher who had just loved the book too dearly to ever return it before. Now, moving into an assisted living situation and downsizing her home, she decided it was time to make amends and clear her good name.

The librarian listened to her story. Instead of chiding her in any way, or demanding exorbitant fines, she invited the woman to pay her dues to society instead by offering a free art class for the library's adult enrichment programming. The woman happily and gratefully agreed.

It was the perfect solution. A retiree is given an opportunity to serve her community, to again be of use, and to clean one "sin" off her slate. The community got a free art class through their library. I will always remember and admire that librarian's wisdom and grace in this instance.

I think this woman sounds like a realist.

She fully understands what these girls will be doing, but she also understands that some women will always do this because some women think it's their only option, or they're seeking a twisted form of acceptance, or they think they're out thrill-seeking - all blind to other possibilities for themselves and/or blind to what will become of them. I think she's being too hard on herself - what she's doing saves lives as surely as the people who address the female self-esteem and male exploitation issues that drive the industry. Pornography doesn't have a one-size-fits-all remedy, it has to be attacked from many directions before it will die. This woman is helping to ameliorate some pain in a brutal industry. That says a lot about her character and her mission. I applaud her and her work while acknowledging the other work needs to be done, too.

The media is liberal if defined as "relating to liberalism."

Liberalism, as in, "a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard." Assuming 90% of US media exists to make a profit, then they are indeed acting in a liberal manner.

It's precisely this interpretation of being liberal that made me stop calling myself a liberal and start describing myself as a progressive. I don't want there to be any ambiguity.
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