Thursday, July 31, 2014

Case Study No. 1479: Solenn Heussaff

Fashbook intro sequence i edited for GMANewsTV's Fashbook hosted by Solenn Heussaff
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[scene opens with various exterior shots of the University of the Philippines, then the sound of a bell ringing can be heard as we cut to inside the school library, where a young female librarian (long black hair in a ponytail, glasses, bright pink blouse with a white collar and black tie, black tights, high heels) is shelving books]
[cut to a group of students sitting at a nearby table, talking loudly (with the footage sped up "Alvin and the Chipmunks" style)]
[cut back to the librarian, who puts a finger to her lips and shushes them ... but they continue talking]
[cut to a closeup of the librarian, who puts her hands on her hips and yells at them]
SOLENN HEUSSAFF: Quiet! Quiet! Quiet!
[she grabs her hair in frustration (shaking it out and undoing her ponytail), then cut to a shot of her walking up behind the students and waving a ruler at them (she's talking but all you can hear is the students' sped-up chattering)]
[cut to a closeup of the librarian, who gets more and more agitated (the screen turns red and the sound of a boiling teapot can be heard)]
[a male student walks up and hands her a pile of books, but she waves her ruler at him and continues to yell at the other students]
[the male student scratches his head, then calmly walks up to the students and says something ... the red tint on the screen disappears, and all of the noise (the students talking and the boiling teapot) suddenly stops, as the students quietly return to their studying]
[cut to the now-calm librarian thanking the student (no sound can be heard except for the chirping of crickets), as she fixes her hair and takes his stack of books (giving the other students one last dirty look before exiting the scene)]



Fashbook is a fashion, beauty, and makeover show hosted by Solenn Heussaff. It airs Wednesdays, 10 PM on GMA News TV Channel 11 in the Philippines.

Case Study No. 1478: "Librarians are mean"

Librarians are mean
This is why Librarians are mean!!!!!!!!
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[scene opens with a young male patron entering the library, when he jumps at the sight of something off camera, then waves meekly at whatever the source of his surprise was]
PATRON: Hi ... Um, is this a library?
[cut to the librarian (i.e. the same kid wearing glasses and a rainbow wig)]
LIBRARIAN: Well, it sure is, silly-dilly little whipper-snapper!
[cut back to the patron]
PATRON: Well, can you help me find a book?
[cut back to the librarian (with a big smile on his face)]
LIBRARIAN: Of course, silly head!
[he gives a weird laugh, then cut back to the patron]
PATRON: Well, no offense, but you're kinda the ... silly head.
[cut back to the librarian (who is no longer smiling)]
LIBRARIAN: Well, no offense but ... get out of my library!
[cut back to the patron]
PATRON: But but but but--
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: But but but ... Get out-tuh!
[cut back to the patron, who runs scared out of the library]
PATRON: Okay man, okay man!

Case Study No. 1477: Mistaya Holiday, Andjen "Thom" Thomlinson and Craswell Crabbit

"A Princess of Landover" book trailer
Series: Landover
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (July 27, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345458532
ISBN-13: 978-0345458537
Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4 x 6.7 inches
Tags: A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks
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Mistaya Holiday, fifteen-year-old daughter of High Lord Ben Holiday, has been sent to the Carrington School For Girls to learn more about Ben's world.

However, her experience there is less than pleasant and soon, she returns to Landover.

Ben, angry and disappointed with his daughter, has suggested that she go to work restoring Libiris, Landover's library.

Immediately mortified at the prospect of cleaning up the neglected library, Mistaya decides to seek refuge with the her grandfather, the River Master.

To make matters even worse for Mistaya, she has discovered that Lord Laphroig, lord of Rhyndweir, has the intention of marrying her.

Upon reaching her grandfather, she finds out that he doesn't intend to offer her sanctuary from her parents. Instead, he sends her on her way.

Disheartened, Mistaya decides to go to the last place her parents would think to look for her: Libiris.

Once there, Mistaya meets Thom, a young boy indentured to His Eminance, the library's director.

Thom's task includes cataloging and organizing the library's books along with the help of some other less-than-desirable creatures.

Almost immediately, however, Mistaya senses a presence about Libiris and soon she discovers that these is much more to this old library than books ...

For Libiris has a magic all its own, and there are dark forces at work within her.

Will Mistaya be able to discover the secret of Libiris before its too late and will she be forced to marry the strange Lord Laphroig?



A Princess of Landover
by Terry Brooks

Ben Holiday, mere mortal turned monarch of the magic kingdom of Landover, has grappled with numerous contenders for his throne, but nothing could have prepared him for the most daunting of challengers: his headstrong teenage daughter, Mistaya. After getting suspended from an exclusive private school in our world, Mistaya is determined to resume her real education-learning sorcery from court wizard Questor Thews-whether her parents like it or not. Then, horrified that a repulsive Landover nobleman seeks to marry her, Mistaya decides that the only way to run her own life is to run away from home.

So begins an eventful odyssey peppered with a formidable dragon, recalcitrant Gnomes, an inscrutable magic cat, a handsome librarian, a sinister sorcerer, and more than a few narrow escapes as fate draws Landover's intrepid princess into the thick of a mystery that will put her mettle to the test - and possibly bring the kingdom to its knees.



A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks is the sixth novel of the Magic Kingdom of Landover series, published in August of 2009 (fourteen years after the previous entry in the series, "Witches' Brew").

The book began a prologue on the witch Nightshade still trapped in the form of a crow in a cage in Woodland Park Zoo, having been exiled from Landover for more than five years. Apart from having mysteriously appeared in the cage, her red eyes marked her different from other birds and elicited brief interest from animal experts. They gave up trying to study her after failing repeatedly to capture her, despite her being in a cage.

The story proper began in the principal's office of the exclusive private school Carringon Women's Preparatory in New England where Mistaya "Misty" Holiday had been sent by Ben to "learn about places other than" Landover. The school was informed that her parents were away most of the time and all correspondence to be made via Miles Bennett, Ben's former law partner. The headmistress Harriet Appleton was with Misty, recounting the girl's previous visits to the same office.

The first was when Misty organized a school protest and shut down classes for three days when the school tried to remove a two hundred year old tree from the school grounds.

The second was when Misty formed an unapproved club for students to "engage in a bonding-with-nature program", the sticking point for the school authorities being ritualistic scarring for the members, which Misty thought would "convey the depth of commitment" and "reminder of the pain and suffering human ignorance fostered". Besides, Misty thought it should not be a problem as the "scarring was done in places that weren't normally exposed to the light of day".

The third and current visit came about because Misty had done something to terrify fellow student Rhonda Masterson to the point of hysterics and had to be sedated by a nurse. Rhonda and other blue-blooded East Coast snots had been bullying Misty until the latter was pushed too far by being called a name Misty refused to repeat. In retaliation, Misty conjured up an image of Strabo, the last dragon of Landover.

Though the headmistress could not be sure what Misty had done, she suspended Misty from school and indicated she would consider accepting Misty back if Misty agrees to be the type of student expected in Carringon.

Misty was only too glad to leave and decided to do so immediately instead of waiting for the Christmas break. Taking a flight to Dulles, the Waynesboro[disambiguation needed], she returned to Landover through a portal located in George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, passable only by certain magic.

As Misty arrived in Landover, thinking about resuming her study of magic with Questor, she was met unexpectedly by Strabo, who somehow knew and made it clear he did not appreciate his image being used by Misty. Her next encounter was much more pleasant, with the mud puppy Haltwhistle coming to greet her. The third encounter before she reached home was a tied-up G'home Gnome Poggwydd, whom she rescued.

Once at home in Sterling Silver, Ben was informed to his dismay the reason of Misty's return. After a heated argument with Misty, Ben discussed with his advisors. Questor Thews and Abernathy

Questor suggested for Misty to be sent to organize the Libiris, a royal library which was started by the last wise and dedicated king of Landover, to foster greater interest in reading for all subjects of Landover. The project stalled and the library fell into neglect. Questor proposed fixing the library and reopening it would be a worthwhile project for Misty. It was revealed that Questor and Abernathy also withheld something from Ben about the libiris.

Before Ben could approach Mistaya about the project, he was presented with a proposal of marriage to his daughter from Laphroig, lord of Rhyndweir, the largest of the Greensward baronies. Personally repulsed, Ben diplomatically avoided giving a direct answer. However, Laphroig chose to interpret it as tacit approval to woo the girl, and sprung himself upon Misty who had not been informed.

Aghast, Misty rebelled and refused to accept Ben's explanation, nor his idea of her going to the Libiris. She chose to run away from home to her grandfather and enlisted the aid of Poggwydd to hide some of the packings she would need. Unfortunately, it also resulted in her becoming stuck with the Gnome as a travelling companion.

In addition, she was joined by the mysterious cat Edgewood Dirk who seemed to be able to come and go as it pleases, and refused to talk or appear other than an ordinary cat except when alone with her.

When Misty arrived at her grandfather's domain of the lake country, he allowed her to stay but refused to take her side against her father. Realising her grandfather was going to send her back, Misty took a chance when Edgewood Dirk offered her to escape.

At Dirk's subtle proddings, Misty realised the only place she can go to escape from being found by her father or grandfather was the Libiris, the very place she was supposed to go in the first place. Convincing herself that she was going on her own accord, Misty presented herself as a peasant girl to the Libiris.

Misty was almost turned away by the Libiris staff Rufus Pinch, had not his assistant Thom who intervened and pretended Misty was his sister Ellice. Together, they seemed to persuade Craswell Crabbit, the person in charge of Libiris, to allow Misty to stay and help with the work in organising the books.

While Ben and the River King had been trying unsuccessfully to locate Misty, Laphroig deployed his spies to watch the royal castle, convinced he could take advantage of the situation. Questor and Abernathy discussed between themselves what would be the "last place" anyone would think of looking for Misty and came to a startling conclusion that the Libiris might be the place.

Questor made a secret visit to the Libiris and contacted Misty. By then, Misty realised something strange was going on in the Libiris and was convinced Crabbit was up to something bad. She was determined to stay on to investigate while Questor was to return to Sterling Silver, ready to act as backup if necessary.

Misty discovered some similarities between the Libiris and the sentient castle Sterling Silver. With Thom's help, she learned that books of magic were being passed to demons of Abaddon. And with some help from Edgewood Dirk, she was able to implement a temporary fix.

Unfortunately, Misty's efforts were discovered by Craswell who had her and Thom captured. Apparently, Craswell had known all along her identity as Princess of Landover.

Meanwhile, through his spies watching Sterling Silver, Laphroig learned the location of Mistaya and set forth there with a large group of armed men to demand Misty from Crabbit. Deciding to play off Laphroig and Ben against each other, Crabbit offered to help by inducing Misty to agree to marry Laphroig, using the threat of Thom's life in the process.

Misty came up with a plan quickly and agreed to the ceremony, demanding it to be held outdoors, and promising not to escape. Once in place, she cast a spell to bring forth the image of Strabo again. Though the illusion was done correctly, the uproar it caused was short lived and she and Thom remained prisoners. However, that was only part of her plan - her goal was to incite the appearance of the real Strabo who promised to visit her if she ever invoke his image again.

The arrival of the real Strabo was much more effective at disrupting the wedding, but Strabo soon got distracting chasing after the armoured men-at-arms which he considered delicacies. Misty was still faced with the armed Laphroig, Pinch who had a crossbow and Crabbit the magician. A stunning explosion occurred when Laphroig's thrown dagger, Pinch's crossbow bolt, and magic from Crabbit and Misty came together.

When the explosion cleared and Misty recovered from being stunned, Laphroig had been turned to stone and there was no sign of Crabbit nor Pinch. Misty had no time to congratulate herself for the demons of Abaddon were breaking through within the Libiris.

With Thom's help, Misty managed to seal the breach from Abaddon. The Libiris began to heal itself, being a creation from the materials taken from Sterling Silver. It was all over by the time Ben and the others from Sterling Silver arrived.

Thom turned out to be the missing brother of Laphroig. Succeeding to the barony, he chose to give the land to the subjects of Rhyndweir in return for reasonable tax to the crown.

Back in the Woodland Park Zoo, the strange crow with red eyes disappeared as mysteriously as it had appeared before. And as mysteriously, two men in strange attire appeared in the same cage, ranting in an unknown language. After being taken away by security, the two ended up in custody of Homeland Security, which also could not understand them nor figure out where they came from.



* Questor Thews, the court wizard, and Abernathy, the court scribe, thought that Mistaya's time might be well occupied by going to the castle Libiris and reorganizing the realm's books of history and magic. Unbeknownst to them, who was still living there?

Craswell Crabbit was a wizard of great power and ambition. Crabbit had been exiled to Libiris by the last real king before Ben Holiday. He had been biding his time there, waiting for some event that would propel him back into the royal court. He was quite full of himself and demanded to be called "His Eminence".

* Working in the stacks of the library, Mistaya heard someone crying for help. Who was it?

Libiris was made from some of the materials used to build Sterling Silver, the main castle of the realm. Being infused with fairy magic, Sterling Silver was sentient and took care of itself and provided for the royal family. Some, but not enough, of Sterling Sliver's building materials were used in Libiris, so it was self-aware but could not care for itself. Crabbit had made a deal with the demons of Abaddon to give them books of magic so they could learn conjuring to escape being locked in their realm. A hole was cut in Libiris' wall to take the books to the demons, who dwelled beneath Landover and were kept there by wards of magic. Libiris could not heal the gash herself and called out to others to help her.

* Who did Thom, Crabbit's indentured servant, turn out to be?

Thom (Andjen Thomlinson) was Laphroig's younger brother, who disappeared when Laphroig became Lord of Rhyndweir. Fearing for his life, he ran away and ended up at Libiris. Crabbit agreed to hide him for five years in return for his services reorganizing the library. In reality, Crabbit was keeping him there until he could barter Thom for some advantage.



For the remainder of the day, Mistaya worked side by side with Thom in the dark and musty confines of the Stacks, cataloging and shelving the books that were stored there. Each book had to be removed, checked against a master list that His Eminence had supplied to Thom, cleaned and repaired as best as possible, and then returned to its space. The shelves themselves had to be scrubbed, since dust and grime had accumulated in clumps and layers thick enough to provide homes for nests of insects, which had long since gone condo. The work was slow and laborious, and by the end of the day they had barely completed one small section of the acres that required attention.

Of course, the task would have taken a dedicated crew of twenty able-bodied men and women as long as two years to complete, so they were somewhat at a disadvantage having only themselves and the completely unreliable Throg Monkeys as laborers. The annoying little creatures skulked around like evil weasels, appearing out of the gloom and then disappearing back into it once more, coming and going as they pleased. When they bothered to pass by, they regarded Thom with undisguised dislike and Mistaya with malevolent intent. Thom managed to get them to do some work, mostly the heavy lifting of the books from the shelves to the floor for easy reach, using the whistle they hated so to bring them to heel. But mostly they just drifted about, demonstrating no interest in the charge His Eminence, supposedly, had given them.

Still, some work was accomplished, and by the end of the day Mistaya could look with pride on the small area of shelving to which she had successfully lent her efforts. The ancient wood gleamed with waxing and polishing and the books rested upon it proudly, each in its place, giving the space a look of bright promise. She took special pleasure in hearing Thom compliment her on her efforts, pointing out how much easier things were now that she was there to help.

Neither of them made any mention of the fact that Rufus Pinch had been spying on them the entire time, making a poor job of concealing himself as he peeked around corners and through gaps, his eyes narrowed suspiciously. What he was trying to accomplish was anybody's guess, but after their first sighting of him resulted in a quick exchange of wordless looks, they pretty much ignored his pathetic efforts in favor of concentrating on the task at hand. Mistaya did find herself wondering more than once if the little man was intent on making this his life's work, but imagined that eventually he would grow tired of the game.

She also found herself wondering how in the world the job of repairing and restoring Libiris and her books would ever be accomplished if things didn't change dramatically from the status quo. As things stood now, it would not be likely that the work would wrap up in her lifetime. But she wasn't there for that, she kept reminding herself. She was only there to hide until she could figure out a way to bargain with her parents about her future. She was working at Libiris not because she wanted to but because it was the only way she would be allowed to stay. As soon as she was able to do so, she was going to leave this dreadful, dingy place and go somewhere else entirely, somewhere at least marginally reasonable.

All of which reminded her that she was in this mess in the first place because she had listened to Edgewood Dirk, and the cat had not reappeared since.

"Tell me something about yourself," Thom asked her later, as they were eating dinner in the kitchen. As usual, there were only the two of them. Rufus Pinch seemed to have given up spying on them for the day and the Throg Monkeys had gone back into the gloom. "Nothing too revealing; I'm not asking you to give up your secrets. Just something you think I might like to know."

She thought about it a moment, giving him a measured look. "And then you will do the same?"

He grinned. "Of course."

"All right." She thought some more. What could she say that would really amaze him? She wanted to do that, to shock him. But at the same time she had to be careful not to give anything away.

"I know," she said finally. She squared her shoulders. "I have met the dragon Strabo, and talked with him."

He stared at her as if she had lost her mind. It was exactly the reaction she had hoped for. "You have not," he insisted. "You couldn't have."

"But I have. It happened when I was ten years old. I was outside my village, carrying milk to my grandmother's cottage." She was improvising now, making it up as she went. "The dragon landed in a field and ate a cow right in front of me! When he was done, he looked at me and asked me what I was staring at. I couldn't speak, I was so afraid. But the dragon said not to worry, that as a rule he didn't eat little girls. Only now and then, and this wasn't either. Then he flew away."

He exhaled sharply. "Right in front of you? I would have been afraid, too! I've seen the dragon flying, but I can't imagine talking to it." He leaned forward, his face serious. "I think you were very brave."

She blushed despite herself, not so much at the compliment as at the knowledge that she was perpetrating a deliberate deception in order to impress him. She liked Thom, and she wanted him to see her as something more than a runaway with strange traveling companions. Her meeting with Strabo hadn't been anything like what she had described, but she couldn't tell him the truth without giving away her identity.

"I wasn't so brave," she said, making a dismissive gesture. "The dragon wasn't interested in me."

"You would have made a nice snack," he suggested. "Did you believe it when he said he wouldn't eat you?"

She shrugged. "He was scary looking, but not aggressive. He didn't threaten me. He just made that one comment, that's all he did." She was anxious to move on. "All right, now it's your turn. Tell me something about you that I should know."

He gave her his boyish grin and shook his head. "I don't think I have anything to tell you half as interesting as what you just told me." He rested his chin in the cup of his hands. "Let's see. Well, I like books. I read all the time."

"That's not surprising," she challenged. "You work in a library."

"Lots of people work at places they don't have any interest in." He paused. "How about this? I don't like fighting with weapons. I'm not very good at it."

She gave him a look. He didn't seem all that awkward. In fact, she thought he looked pretty capable. "What else?" she pressed. "That's not enough yet. You have to tell me something important, something you wouldn't tell just anyone."

He leaned back, looking much put upon. "You can't expect me to match the dragon story. Well, okay. I saw the dragon once, flying by, high up; I already told you that. Does that count?"

She shook her head. "Something else."

"There isn't anything else!" he exclaimed in mock exasperation. "Wait! Okay, one other thing I can tell you." He leaned forward again, bending close and lowering his voice. "I'm not here because I am an apprentice. I'm here because I'm indentured to His Eminence."

"Indentured? Like a servant or slave? You mean he owns you?"

"Something like that, I guess. My father sold me to him for five years to satisfy a family debt. I have to stay here working for him until my five years are up." He cocked an eyebrow at her. "I'm only in my third year."

She was appalled. "Why would your father do that?"

"Ah," he said, drawing the word out. "That's the question, isn't it?"

She frowned. "Well, you have to tell me!"

He shook his head in rebuke. "Not until you tell me something more about yourself. Then I'll tell you the rest."

She leaped to her feet. "That isn't fair!"

"Who said anything about playing fair?" He stretched lazily. "Anyway, I'm off to bed. We start early around here, and tomorrow is your first full day in the Stacks. You'll need all the sleep you can get."

She stared at him in disbelief, started to say something, then stopped. He was already getting to his feet, picking up his plate, and carrying it to the basin to wash. She was furious, but would not give him the satisfaction of finding that out. Two could play this game. She was already thinking about what she would tell him tomorrow that would shock him even more.

He gave her a cheerful wave as he walked out the door, and she smiled back sweetly.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Case Study No. 1476: Staff of Unnamed Library (Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle)

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle - Funny Librarian
Stewart Lee analyses himself as a stand up comedian in Series 2, Episode 4 of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (BBC, 2011).
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[comedian Stewart Lee is sitting on stage, as he addresses the audience]
STEWART: It was very different in the 80s, when I started in comedy. Alternative comedy, wasn't like now. Wasn't like the clubs now and gigs everywhere. Nothing like that, it was only ... Like, where I was in the Midlands, there was one gig in Coventry, there weren't really any in Birmingham. So I had to come down to London to do the alternative comedy, and I had a job for about the first eighteen months when I got going. I worked in the library at Kew Gardens, putting the books away, and after about eighteen months I got enough little gigs in pubs to become a comic. And I went in on a Friday night, and I handed my card in to the head librarian, and I said "I don't need this anymore, I'm quitting." And she said, "Why, what're you doing instead?" I said, "Well, I'm gonna become a comedian." And she said, "Oh, you never seemed very funny."
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: I know, I don't know what I was supposed to do in a library ... in silence.
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: Put the books away in a funny way.
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: Going up a ladder ...
[he pretends like he's falling]
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: "Ah help, I've put that one in the wrong bit" ...
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: Funny thing is, as I was leaving, the other librarian turned to her and said, "I think he is a funny librarian, actually. It's just that you have to have seen a lot of other librarians to realize what it is he's doing."
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: And the other one went, "No, you're wrong."
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: She said, "You're either a funny librarian or you're not. And he's not a funny librarian."
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: And the other one said, "Well, he is. Because he, he is a librarian ... but he also, it's like he comments on what a librarian is."
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: And then the first one, the head librarian, said, "Well maybe, but I guarantee if he takes that approach on BBC Two late at night, in twenty one years time, people will be turning off in the thousands!"
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: And the second one said, "He won't care."
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: "He'll see it as part of the process of refining the audience."
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: And the first one said, "You can't refine nothing!"
[the audience laughs, then the sound of a glass falling off-camera can be heard]
STEWART: And then the other one said, "What will he do if a glass falls over in the room?"
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: "Will he say someone's dropped their contact lens?"
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: And the other one said, "He will say that, but he'll say it as part of a quote in inverted commas."
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: "To show that he could've done it if he'd wanted to ... "
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: "But it's simultaneously beneath him."
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: And the other one, I forget which one it is now ...
[the audience laughs]
STEWART: Will say, "So he sort of has his cake and eats it, then, at the same time." And the other one says, "Yes, he does. He's gonna be the kind of act ... he does comedy, but he does it as if he's better than it."
[the audience laughs and applauds]



Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle is a comedy series created by Stewart Lee.

The BBC Two series debuted on 16 March 2009, and featured stand-up routines and sketches performed by Simon Munnery, Kevin Eldon and Paul Putner amongst others. Peter Serafinowicz recorded voice-over parts. The series is produced by Richard Webb and directed by Tim Kirkby. The programme is executive-produced by Armando Iannucci and script-edited by Chris Morris, marking a rare reformation of their creative double-act.


Season 2, Episode 4: "Stand-Up"

Stewart Lee talks about stand-up comedy while sitting down and threatens to play a guitar to accompany his routine.

Case Study No. 1475: The Silent Brothers

The Mortal Instruments Silent Brothers Makeup Tutorial Pics
The Mortal Instruments Silent Brothers Makeup Tutorial Pics (Preview of full tutorial)
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Cole Art

Silent Brothers
Makeup Pics

Brother Jeremiah
Stephen R. Hart


Your Secret is Safe
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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a 2013 German-Canadian action-adventure science fantasy film based on the first book of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. The story takes place in an urban and contemporary New York City. Directed by Harald Zwart, the film stars an international cast, including Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, Lena Headey, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Aidan Turner, Kevin Durand, and Jared Harris. It was released in theaters on August 21, 2013.

New York City teenager Clary Fray (Lily Collins) begins seeing a strange symbol, worrying her mother Jocelyn Fray (Lena Headey) and her mother's friend Luke Garroway (Aidan Turner). Later, at a nightclub with her friend, Simon Lewis (Robert Sheehan), Clary is the only person who sees Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) killing a man. Meanwhile, Jocelyn is abducted by two men, Emil Pangborn (Kevin Durand) and Samuel Blackwell (Robert Maillet), but she is able to call Clary and warn her about someone named Valentine. Jocelyn drinks a potion putting her in a comatose state. Returning home, Clary finds her mother missing and is attacked by a demon. Jace, appears and kills it. Jocelyn like Jace was also a Shadowhunter (also called Nephilim), a warrior that slays demons and rules over the downworlders, and Clary has inherited her powers, including the ability to use runes.

Madame Dorothea (C. C. H. Pounder), the Fray's neighbor and a witch, deduces that Pangborn and Blackwell seek the Mortal Cup, one of the three Mortal Instruments given to the first Shadowhunter by the Angel Raziel. It allows normal humans to become half-Angel Shadowhunters. Simon, now able to see Jace, arrives and they go to Luke's bookstore. Pangborn and Blackwell are interrogating Luke there, who claims he cares nothing for Jocelyn and only wants the Mortal Cup. The trio escapes to the Shadowhunters' hideout, the Institute, where Clary and Simon meet two other Shadowhunters Alec Lightwood (Kevin Zegers) and Isabelle Lightwood (Jemima West), and their leader, Hodge Starkweather (Jared Harris). He reveals that Valentine Morgenstern (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an ex-Shadowhunter who betrayed the Nephilim seeks the Mortal Cup to control all Shadowhunters and demons.

Hodge instructs Jace to take Clary to the City of Bones so the Silent Brothers can probe Clary's mind for the Mortal Cup's location. The Brothers uncover a connection to Magnus Bane (Godfrey Gao), the High Warlock of Brooklyn. Bane says Jocelyn had him block the Shadowhunter world from Clary's mind. Vampires then kidnap Simon. Clary, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle trail them to their hideout and rescue him but are outnumbered. Werewolves (that share a truce with the Shadowhunters) intervene and save them.

At the Institute, Clary shares a romantic evening with Jace, ending in a kiss. When Simon confronts Clary about it, she downplays the incident, angering Jace. Simon confesses to Clary that he is in love with her, leaving her feeling guilty because she does not reciprocate his feelings.

Clary realizes the Mortal Cup is hidden inside one of Madame Dorothea's tarot cards that were painted by her mother. The group goes to Dorothea's apartment but she has been replaced by a demon sent to steal the Cup. Simon and Jace kill it, but Alec is critically wounded. Clary retrieves the Mortal Cup.

Clary gives the Mortal Cup to Hodge who betrays them by summoning Valentine Morgenstern and giving him the cup. Valentine reveals he is Clary's father and wants her to join him. She escapes through a portal that transports her to Luke's bookstore. Luke, revealed to be a werewolf, confirms that Valentine is her father and says Clary had an older brother called Jonathan who was killed. Luke and his werewolf pack return to the Institute with Clary to fight Valentine, who has summoned an army of demons through a portal he created. Simon and Isabelle close the portal with help from a repentant Hodge, who sacrifices himself. Meanwhile, Magnus Bane arrives and heals Alec.

Clary and Jace fight Valentine, who falsely claims both are his children. They refuse to join him and, following a battle, Clary pushes him through the portal after giving him a fake Mortal Cup. The portal is destroyed, and Jocelyn is rescued, but she remains in a coma at the hospital. Clary tells Simon that someday someone will love him. Clary heads back home and uses her new-found powers to repair the apartment. Jace appears, confessing he needs her and wants her to return to the Institute. Realizing she belongs in the Shadowhunter world, she goes with him.

* Lily Collins as Clary Fray
* Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland
* Robert Sheehan as Simon Lewis
* Kevin Zegers as Alec Lightwood
* Stephen R. Hart as Brother Jeremiah



The Silent Brothers are a powerful group of male Shadowhunters who serve as archivists and medics of the Nephilim. To strengthen their minds, they have taken upon themselves the most powerful of runes known to Shadowhunters. They are among the most feared and dangerous Shadowhunters. They reside in the Silent City, away from the rest of their kind.

The Silent Brothers are the keepers of the lore and knowledge of the Nephilim. Officially, they are archivists, researchers, librarians, scholars, and medics.

To aid them in their work, the Silent Brothers, much like the Iron Sisters, possess Marks that other Shadowhunters never normally encounter. These runes grant them access to the strange magic in the deeper parts of the Gray Book, and are thus mostly hidden and kept secret from others. The Marks of transformation placed upon them are extremely powerful, enough to dissolve the parabatai Marks of binding, and some of the other Marks.

Silent Brothers normally do not engage in battle; they have set down their weapons for the life of mystical contemplation and the pursuit of wisdom. Because they are focused on their research, they rarely interact with other Shadowhunters unless absolutely necessary. In exchange for their special abilities, they have given up some of their humanity, making them slightly disconcerting to others: They leave no footprints, do not cast shadows, do not move their mouths to speak, and do not sleep. Silent Brothers speak through people's minds.

Befitting their seraphic alliance, the Silent Brothers were once called the Grigori, another term for Watchers, one of the higher orders of angels, referring to their role as watchers among the Shadowhunters.

The Silent Brothers are archivists. They keep extensive records of all transactions, operations, and history of the Nephilim within the confines of the Silent City. Though no longer the fighters that they once were when they were still like other Shadowhunters, but they are still duty-bound to assist Shadowhunters in their quests to defeat the forces of demons by learning more about them, among other things.

Additionally, the Silent Brothers keep exhaustive records on all members of the Clave. They have knowledge of all Shadowhunters. Their records even stretch so far as to knowing the Shadowhunters since the beginning of the race.

The Silent Brothers also have jurisdiction over the dead of the Nephilim, not only including those who rest in the Silent City, but also those entombed in the cemetery of Idris, which is also a part of the Silent Brothers' domain. The Silent Brothers are also sometimes responsible for holding criminals in their City's prison cells.

They are also the keepers and protectors of the Mortal Instruments. Maellartach the Mortal Sword is hung above the Speaking Stars in the Silent Brothers' council chamber in the Silent City. The judge who wields the Sword and hands it down the the deponent in trials is usually a Silent Brother.

The Silent Brothers also have other noteworthy responsibilities. They prepare the pages for copies of the Gray Book that can withstand the power of runes, which involves complex magic and an arduous process. The first Silent Brothers performed rituals that reinforced the wards all over the world. Silent Brothers also normally presided over Shadowhunter births, using their Marks and medical knowledge to keep mother and child safe. Along with an Iron Sister, a Silent Brother traditionally places protective spells on the infant, meant to strengthen the child, both physically and spiritually, in preparation for her first Marks later in life, and also to protect her from demonic influence and possession. These two orders also maintain the Nephilim's relationships with mundane religions and their monastic orders across the globe.

To strengthen their minds, the Silent Brothers possess unique runes, some of which mutilate their appearance, such as the several lines of Marks that stitch or shut their eyes and mouth. Others even simply have these removed entirely from their face, leaving blank spaces where there flesh once were - this is more permanent and irreversible, and is considered the most devout means of Marking oneself as a Silent Brother.

The official attire of the Silent Brothers is a parchment-colored, hooded robe that is belted at the waist. Novice Silent Brothers usually wear plain robes, while those who have advanced to full Brotherhood have intricate runic designs and decorative Marks along the cuffs and hems of their regalia, in blood red ink.

* Telepathy: The Silent Brothers posses the ability to read minds. They can sift through the minds of those around them and extract information. They also speak telepathically.
* Insanity inducement: It is said that the Silent Brothers have the ability to crack a man's mind and send him into madness if they so desired.
* Special runes: While the Silent Brothers once possessed normal Shadowhunter Marks, they are able to draw more powerful runes on themselves which, however, mutilates their bodies.
* Longevity: Silent Brothers age slower than normal humans, and thus have a longer lifespan.

* Stele: The Brothers use a stele to draw runes on themselves and to enter the Bone City.
* Staff: The Brothers have unique staffs made for them by the Iron Sisters that they use for fighting.
* Scepters: High-ranking Brothers are sometimes known to carry scepters, usually pure silver and also decorated with Marks, with the head carved in a figurative symbolic shape, such as an angel with outstretched wings, a chalice, or the hilt of a sword.

The first Silent Brother is the parabatai of Jonathan Shadowhunter, David, who, after being traumatized, took a permanent vow of silence and devoted his time to research. David and is followers son began sacrificing bits of their humanity for more angelic power, until David finally founded the Silent Brothers and built the beginnings of the Silent City.

The foundation of the Silent Brothers was initially built around the hopes that their kind would someday no longer need to be warriors by finally attaining peace once they drive the horde of demons back and away from their dimension. This philosophy continued to serve as a guide and driving force for the Brotherhood for years. Because of the centuries of failed research and zero outcome, this hope has since frayed.

Notes from the Silent City suggest that the Brothers were seeking a cure for the Forsaken in the mid-1200s. In the 17th century, Silent Brother Gregory Hans discovered the correct combination of Marks to both enhance a Nephilim's senses and exclude the smell of demons from that enhancement.

Being the main source of knowledge of the Nephilim, the Silent Brothers have since consulted on several strange cases brought to them by the Shadowhunters over the centuries.

In 1878, the Silent Brothers were called upon to treat and examine Tessa Gray to determine what she was. Brother Enoch arrived, telling Charlotte Branwell that she was definitely a Downworlder, although he did not know what type. He also told Tessa privately that she is Eidolon, though her lack of a demon mark made him uncertain.

When Charlotte and Henry Branwell were put under trial, the Silent Brothers and Iron Sisters were at their disposal in their rushed search for Axel Mortmain. Brother Enoch gave Charlotte the records of the Reparations. The Brothers also told Charlotte that she was pregnant.

Jem Carstairs, realizing that his death was approaching, became a Silent Brother to halt his death. He became Brother Zachariah, albeit without the traditional mutilation because of the amount of yin fen in his body that prevented him from undertaking all the Silent Brothers' runes.

When Charlotte told Consul Wayland where Mortmain is, he refused to believe her and took no course of action, so Charlotte decided to take matters into her own hands. She sent sends out a letter to all Shadowhunters for a call-to-arms at Cadair Idris, which some of the Silent Brothers responded to, including Brother Zachariah, Brother Enoch, and Brother Micah.

In 2007, the Silent Brothers reveal that Clary Fray has a block on her mind that has taken away some of her memories. While she was brought to the Silent City to have her memories retrieved, they only managed to sift through her mind, telling her that the spell on her was too powerful, and that it could only be undone by whoever cast it, else they might end up killing her. While the Silent Brothers went through her mind, though, Clary saw the name of Magnus Bane.

Some time after, Jace Lightwood was in a holding cell in the Silent City when a huge number of the present Silent Brothers were attacked and murdered by Valentine Morgenstern and Agramon, who scared some of them to death. The Mortal Sword was stolen.

After the Mortal War, the Silent Brothers were again called upon to help figure out what was attacking Jace's mind. They revealed that when Jace was brought back to life, he was technically reborn, and thus had none of the enchantments placed upon a newborn Shadowhunter in effect. They therefore had Jace stay in the Silent City so they could prepare the rituals, though Jace left before they could perform the ritual.

Known Silent Brothers
* David the Silent
* Brother Christopher de Sevilla
* Brother Cimon
* Brother Enoch
* Brother Jeremiah
* Brother Micah
* Brother Zachariah (former)

Case Study No. 1474: The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library

Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library - Holy Ghost (Sleepover Shows)
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Scrub away the caked-on empathy
You got a natural defense against build up of anything
War is over, everyone agrees
You don't weep for nothing and you won't lose any sleep
To everyone who caught your act
Everyone who's got your back
To everyone who tries to get too close
You say leave some room for the Holy Ghost
But you push away the angels and the Host
Because Heaven is a place you fear the most
You say leave some room for the Holy Ghost

Just close your eyes and count to five and breathe
All this shivering and shaking, it don't come to disease
War is over, everyone agrees
You don't weep for nothing and you won't lose any sleep
Just an entropic event
Not God given, not God sent
To everyone who tries to get too close
You say leave some room for the Holy Ghost
But you push away the angels and the Host
Because Heaven is a place you fear the most
You say leave some room for the Holy Ghost

Like the calm before the storm
Like the right before the wrong
To everyone who tries to get too close
You say leave some room for the Holy Ghost
But you push away the angels and the Host
Because Heaven is a place you fear the most
You say leave some room for the Holy Ghost
Just leave some room for the Holy Ghost
Just leave some room for the Holy Ghost



As with every fulfilling library experience, our time with the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library began with a proper shushing. Having been welcomed into their home, with the furniture rearranged to accommodate all eight members, we knew we were in for a special evening. But we didn't know just how much fun we'd have. We have to admit, here at Sleepover Shows, we were very excited for this particular set. Since we started, we've tried to highlight some of the best local acts right alongside the bands touring through the city, and we can't think of a better group to help out than this one. Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola have been an integral part of the Boston music scene for many years, in various incarnations. From The Motion Sick to Neutral Uke Hotel and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, they have helped produce some great tunes. But for now, they have pulled a new book off the shelves, and we were lucky to get three songs off their upcoming debut album.

One thing we can say is that MJEML was prepared. Having donned slippers of various types–sock monkeys included–the band settled in for what has been one of our most enjoyable sets to capture. They were all so gracious, and it was obvious that this group of musicians thoroughly enjoyed being with each other and playing great music. Laughing and smiling the whole time, they helped create exactly the right kind of atmosphere we like to capture when we're with a band. We'd like to thank Sasha Goldberg, Jane Allard, Tanya K. Palit, Rachel Leah Blumenthal, Susannah Plaster, Lisa Battiston, Michael and Sophia for putting on such a great show, and we hope you enjoy the videos!

If you are fortunate enough to see them next week at their release show at the Middle East Downstairs, here's a glimpse of what you will hear. If you can't make the show, be sure to get the album anyways.



The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library is the world's only male-fronted, all-female, librarian-attired, downtempo, indie, ensemble-pop act featuring intricately constructed, tongue-in-cheek tortuous songs with an emphasis on narrative.

Volume One
by The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library

1. Amylee (free) 02:15

2. Holy Ghost 03:14

3. The Weeping Song 04:02

4. Every Time I Visit You, It Rains 03:41

5. Stranger 03:06

6. Lymph Nodes 02:13

7. Civil Engineering 02:49

8. 4th Grade Book Report Blues 03:18

9. Oh Emily 02:02

10. Small Crack 03:35

released 10 May 2011
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library is:

Jane Allard - glockenspiel, melodica, voice
Lisa Battiston - bass
Rachel Leah Blumenthal - flute, voice, oboe, piccolo, hand claps
Sophia Cacciola - drums, voice, rain stick
Holly Collins - kalimba, voice
Sasha Goldberg - tenor recorder
Tanya K. Palit - voice, guitar, handclaps
Susannah Plaster - viola, voice
Michael J. Epstein - voice, ukulele, guitar, banjo, percussion, piano, organ, thundermaker

on inter-library loan:
Edrie - accordion, additional percussion
June Blumenthal - trombone
Veronica Dale - theremin
Bella Trilliana - trumpet

Engineered by Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola at The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library (Somerville, MA)
Drum tracking by Mike Quinn at Q Division (Somerville, MA)
Mixed by Mike Quinn in The Moontower at Q Division (Somerville, MA)
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering (Boston, MA); Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice

All songs written by Michael J. Epstein except "The Weeping Song" written by Nicholas Edward Cave (Embassy Music Corp OBO Mute Song)
Arranged by The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library
Copyright 2011 Michael J. Epstein (BMI)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Case Study No. 1473: "The Librarian and the Principal"

The Librarian and the Principal
Ms. Librarian works hard to show Principal X the value the library brings to the school.
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[scene opens with a young female librarian (brown hair in a bun, earrings, pearl necklace, blue blazer, black dress, nylons, black high heels) speaking with the male principal in the school library (as Christmas decorations can be seen in the background, including a dry erase board with "Ho Ho Ho! Party Tonight!!" written on it)]
LIBRARIAN: Good afternoon, Mister X. I wanted to tell you how impressed I am with the improvements you have helped bring about in the students' test scores.
PRINCIPAL: Thanks, Miss Librarian. It's kind of you to mention.
LIBRARIAN: I know you are busy, so I appreciate this opportunity to share some of my ideas with you. I believe that I can work with the teachers to help them meet their curricular goals, plus continue to see increases in our students' test scores.
PRINCIPAL: Oh, really?
LIBRARIAN: Indeed. Are you familiar with the Colorado studies performed by Keith Curry Lance? In a series of longitudinal studies, he proved that having active school libraries actually improved standardized test scores.
PRINCIPAL: That is interesting, but of course ... we are not in Colorado.
LIBRARIAN: That is true. However, I believe our school can enjoy similar success when the library and classroom teachers work together.
[she motions towards the center of the room]
LIBRARIAN: For example, you see here in the library some projects completed by the fifth graders studying food chains. After viewing the curriculum standards, I worked in collaboration with their classroom teacher to teach the students how to research food chains, such as by reading about what plants and animals are found in different eco-systems. Using inquiry learning, the students created their own representations of what they learned, such as mobiles and posters.
[he looks around the room]
PRINCIPAL: These are great projects ... Gee, I love to see examples of students' work. Where did the kids get their information?
LIBRARIAN: From a variety of sources. For example, we have copies of National Geographic Magazine here in the library, and the children also used encyclopedias in book form and on the computer. We also have a wide range of books on different animal species in the library.
PRINCIPAL: Interesting ... and what teachers did you work with?
LIBRARIAN: This project was with the fifth grade, but based on how successful it was, I have since received requests from the fourth grade teachers to do a different project this month. Also, because the students were working on their projects in the library, I have noticed an increase in books borrowed during that time frame.
PRINCIPAL: That is a lot of books!
LIBRARIAN: Yes, and as students read independently, there tends to be improvement in all literacy skills. In an effort to increase the childrens' interest in reading, I am also establishing an after-school book club. I told the children they are welcome to attend, even if they did not read the book, because listening to others talk excitedly about a book can be a powerful force in choosing to read a book yourself!
[she nods her head]
LIBRARIAN: I am sure that this book club also accounted for some of the increase in circulation.
PRINCIPAL: Interesting ... Getting back to that research project, did you say that the fourth grade teachers also want to collaborate? Does that include Mister Unwilling?
LIBRARIAN: Why, yes it does. Once Mister Unwilling saw the success of the fifth grade class projects, he wanted to take advantage of the library for his class, too. The fifth grade teachers told me that Mister Unwilling asked them about their experiences before he was willing to try collaboration with me.
[she nods her head]
LIBRARIAN: I am sure if you speak with the fifth grade teachers, they would be happy to tell you whatever they told Mister Unwilling.
PRINCIPAL: I have to admit that I am very impressed that you found a way to work with Mister Unwilling ... Maybe I should talk to all the teachers about their experiences in the library.
LIBRARIAN: During this research project, another idea came to mind. I think it would be useful to arrange a visit by the librarian from the local public library. They also have materials the students can use for class work, so perhaps if we create those connections for the students, they will venture there on their own. For example, the public library has far more books on animals than we do.
PRINCIPAL: And will this librarian charge us anything for a school visit?
LIBRARIAN: Oh, no. The public librarians consider school visits a part of community building, and they are happy to do it.
PRINCIPAL: I sure like the idea of our school being viewed as an integral part of the community ... Go ahead and schedule it, but please get me the details on the visit.
LIBRARIAN: I have one more thing I would like to discuss with you, Mister X, if you do not mind ... I have some ideas regarding professional development for the teachers. With your permission, I would like to hold some workshops in the library. I have experience with integrating smartboard technology into the classroom that I think our faculty might appreciate. Another seminar would focus on Web 2.0 applications that can keep students engaged in learning, even after they leave the classroom.
PRINCIPAL: Hmm, professional development for my teachers for free ... Sounds good to me!
LIBRARIAN: I am so glad to hear you say that! I will put together a proposal and get it to you shortly.
PRINCIPAL: Well, Miss Librarian, this has been interesting ... but I must run off to a budget meeting. Was there anything else you wanted to say?
LIBRARIAN: Just one thing ... I hope this has been both helpful and informative. I would like to invite you to pop into the library anytime and observe the children and the learning in progress. I know you are very busy, so to save you time, I will prepare regular updates on what we are doing in the library. If you appreciated the success stories we chatted about today, I hope to share even more with you soon. Thanks again for your time.
PRINCIPAL: You're welcome. Thank you too, for helping me better appreciate how you can help our students, our teachers, and our school!
[she raises her arms in triumph]

The Problematic Principal
Case solved by the Lipstick Librarians
Movie by Edith LaChac

Case Study No. 1472: Staff of the Las Vegas Public Library

Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - Library - Realistic
Rainbow Six Vegas 2 - Act 3- Scene 3 - Library, Done on Realistic difficulty.
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[scene opens with Bishop and his team advancing slowly towards the Las Vegas Public Library, as "Objective Updated: Clear the Library of Terrorists, Find Miguel Cabrero" appears on screen]
SHARON JUDD: [over the radio] Bishop, thermals show a lot of activity in the area ...
BISHOP: We're engaging them!
[they take down several enemy soldiers firing at them, then enter the library]
BISHOP: Sharon, still no sign of Miguel down here ...
SHARON JUDD: [over the radio] We've only seen haz-mat outside so far. Nothing suspicious.
[they continue searching the library]
SHARON JUDD: [over the radio] Hang on a second ...
[Sharon sends the library's floor plans over their Cisco communication system]
SHARON JUDD: [over the radio] Okay, I'm looking at the building plans for the public library. You're about to enter a central atrium with lots of cover for terrorists to hide. You might wanna head for the roof, and enter through the skylight. I'm sure there will be some excellent sniping opportunities. In fact, you could send Mike and Jung to breach from one of the doors below, while you take the skylight. The stairwell to the roof is on the second floor, here.
[one of the areas on the floor plan is highlighted red, then Bishop disconnects and uses his "snake cam" to spy on two terrorists behind a closed workstation door]
TERRORIST 1: Do you think all those people died?
TERRORIST 2: Of course they died! Why else would we go to all the trouble?
TERRORIST 1: You don't think this is, well ... nuts?
TERRORIST 2: You mean killing all those people? Or killing 'em with gas?
TERRORIST 1: [pause] Both!
TERRORIST 2: Had to be done. The US government will start believing we mean business now.
TERRORIST 1: But why are we doing it? We don't even have demands!
TERRORIST 2: I'm getting paid the same as you ... Did they tell you anything?
TERRORIST 1: They told me to stop asking questions.
TERRORIST 2: That's good advice.
TERRORIST 1: I guess they could easily get rid of us, huh?
TERRORIST 2: Nah, the Cabreros know we're good soldiers. They have our backs!
BISHOP: [whispers] Prepare for entry ...
[he heads for the upper floor, while his teammates flank the door]
BISHOP: [into his radio] Flash and clear.
[his teammates throw a flash bomb into the workstation room, then Bishop uses the distraction to flush out more terrorists in the stacks area on the upper floor]
BISHOP: Sharon, no sign of Miguel or the bomb! Meet us outside!
SHARON JUDD: [over the radio] Inbound.
["Objective Updated: Extract to the Chopper" appears on screen, as Bishop and his team make their way past the information desk and head outside]



Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (RSV2) is the seventh installment in the Rainbow Six series (nineteenth including expansions). It is a tactical first person shooter video game and the sequel to Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas. It was announced by Ubisoft on November 20, 2007. The game was released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 18, 2008 in North America and March 20, 2008 in Europe, except in Germany, where the game was delayed. The Microsoft Windows version, however, was delayed until April 15, 2008. It was released in Japan on April 24, 2008 for the Xbox 360 and on May 29, 2008 for the PlayStation 3.

The game, billed as "part sequel, part prequel", has events that run both before and concurrently to the story of Logan Keller (lead character from the previous game) and continue after where the first game concluded. In addition to the ability to customize a character in multiplayer, the player can now customize Bishop, Vegas 2's new protagonist and a member of the Rainbow squad with a great deal more experience who has a deeper involvement in the story.

The setting for the game initially begins in Pic des Pyrenees, France, in 2005. (This is a fictional location: the only mountain top with an observatory in the Pyrenees is the Pic du Midi de Bigorre). Although the story promptly moves five years forward to Las Vegas, United States of America on July 2, 2010, the same day of Logan Keller's arrival to Las Vegas in Rainbow Six: Vegas. Terrorists have seized control of Las Vegas to instill widespread panic in both the public as well as law enforcement agencies, such as the National Security Agency, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Rainbow, as well as the local SWAT.




You start this mission in your helicopter, being air-dropped into a hot landing zone. Rope down from the chopper and take cover, enemies are swarming the area.

Objective updated: Eliminate all hostiles and then search the white van for explosives.

Enemies will be positioned all along the short walls, as well as on the roof of the convention center. Move up your squad and use them as a distraction, allowing you to kill the snipers.

After the soldiers are dead, order your team to search the van. They will find nothing but gas masks that indicate a chemical weapon is somewhere close by.

Objective updated: Sweet the Arnett Center. Find Miguel's bomb.

Follow your objective marker to the front entrance of the center. Order your team to stack up at the doors and then move around to the side of the building, where there are several windows. Break a window to draw the enemy's attention away from the doors, then order your team to move in and clear.

Move to the second floor of the convention center, following the path around until you reach a door. Move through the door with your team and clear the upper floor. Then, using your position, kill the remaining enemies on the floor beneath you. Also, watch out for enemies who drop in through the skylights.

Get down to the bottom floor of the convention center after you clear out all the enemies you can scare out of hiding. Move towards your objective marker and stop at the corner where civilians will rush past you.

After the civilians clear the area, order your team to rush down the hallway. Once the enemies fire at your team, you should snipe them from the end of the hallway. After these troops are dead, follow your objective marker into a stairway. Have your team stack up at the door at the bottom of the stairs while you take up a position at the first door you pass. Have your team enter and clear the bottom area while you move in on the catwalks above them, providing covering fire (use thermal vision if it gets too dark).

Move downstairs and regroup with your team. Follow your objective marker until you reach a closed door. Using your snake cam, assess the enemy positions. There should be at least one enemy wandering around with a shotgun; make him your first priority. He can be dispatched silently if you wait for him to walk past and then quickly shoot him in the back. One this soldier is down, look down the left side of the hallway and shoot the second soldier standing at the end of the hall.

With the immediate threats destroyed, move your team into the room filled with rock climbing equipment. As soon as you take position, enemies will swarm the catwalks above you, even roping down along the walls. Try to shoot them before they take position.

When you've cleared out all the enemies you can see, order your team to climb up the walk with ropes hanging over the side of it. Let them secure the upper catwalk and then use the rope to regroup with them.

Get back together with your team, clear any remaining enemies, and then again use the rope to get to the highest level of the rock climbing gymnasium, where you'll engage a pair of tangos who drop in through the skylights.

Proceed towards your objective marker, triggering the second act of the level.

Act 3 - Scene 2: Arena

When you reach the set of doors that lead you to your next objective marker, have your team stack up and then enter the room. You should encounter a wave of enemies just after you've declared the building as "clear."

Objective updated: Sweep the Goodman Center, Miguel's bomb is still missing.

Lead your team towards the next objective marker. As soon as you enter the outside area between the two parts of the center, you will be assaulted. Take cover along the stairs and then order your team around the area, flushing out the remaining enemies.

After the enemies are down, lead your team back the way you came from and, instead of going along the ground level, lead your team into the next building through the second story entrance.

Now that you are inside the Goodman Center, lead your team up the flight of stairs that are inside. Go to the set of double doors, pull out your snake cam, and confirm that there are two enemies just on the other side. Now, having confirmed the close proximity of the enemy, have your team stack up and then breach and clear (this should kill the two enemies, who are next to the door, outright).

Move around to the stairs heading to the first floor of the center. Take position, and snipe the two enemies who are in plain view. Hold your position and kill the enemies who try to rush up the stairs. Once the enemies stop rushing up the stairs, order your team to the bottom floor to insure that it is secure.

Proceed towards your new objective marker. When you reach an area where there is lots of weightlifting and training equipment, go down the open staircase (the other one is blocked off). Continue towards your objective marker until your character indicates the building is cleared.

Objective updated: Secure the Baker Arena. The bomb must be found.

Fight your way out onto the street between the building you're currently in, and your next objective. Watch out for snipers in the upper windows of the Baker Arena. When the street is clear, move into the building.

Unfortunately, just after you get inside the arena, enemy soldiers drop a bomb into the ventilation shafts, killing the trapped civilians before you can get the door open.

Objective Updated: Advance to the decontamination tent behind the arena.

Run towards your next objective marker. You will come up to a closed door and will be able to hear enemy chatter. Have your team stack up at the door, then frag and clear the room.

Fight your way down the hallway and stop when you reach another closed door. There is a large warhouse room beyond this door, filled with enemies, so approach with caution. Have your team stack up and then clear the room. After clearing the first floor of the room, move up the stairs and make sure there are no remaining enemies.

At the top of the stairs will be a pair of doors. Behind one door there is nothing; behind the other, a pair of guards. Have your team breach and clear the room with the two guards before progressing back down the stairs and towards your goal.

When you reach the decontamination tents, you will be given a new objective.

Objective Updated: Clear the Library of terrorists. Find Miguel Cabrero.

Act 3 - Scene 3: Library

You may start with the library in plain sight, but that doesn't mean it's going to be easy to get to. Between you and the library is a small horde of enemies. Slowly progress towards the library -- with your team out front -- taking out the various soldiers that are both on the ground and on the rooftops.

Enter into the library through the open door on the left side (from where you approach from). Move up the stairs to the second level and cross over to the second half of the building, via the walkway. Kill any remaining tangos you come across.

As soon as you enter the new portion of the library, you will have to assault a room with 3 doors: two on the top floor, one on the bottom. Have your team stack up at the upper left (from where you entered) door. Once they start their frag and clear, go up to the upper right door and shoot the enemies whose attention is drawn towards the other side of the room.

After clearing out this room, you will walk a short distance before you are briefed about the atrium you are about to enter. This large room has two floors to assault. We had our team stack up at one of the doors on the second floor and then took our main guy up to the roof. Once we were in position on the roof above a sky light, we ordered our troops to clear the area.

Clear the remaining enemies out of the building and then it will be time to extract.

Objective Updated: Extract to the chopper.

Work your way down through the library, towards your objective marker. Eventually you will be prompted with a new scene.

Act 3 - Scene 4: Chase

Continue towards your objective marker. You will not see any enemies until you reach your hazmat team, where you'll realize that your target has obtained a hazmat uniform and is trying to escape!

Objective Updated: Apprehend Miguel Cabrero for interrogation.

Don't rush after him, though, as you will now have to fight a wave of enemies who are assaulting your position. Once the enemies are dead, proceed towards your next objective marker.

Stop when you reach a wooden fence with a gate. Cabrero will run past and into the backyard of a home. Rather than blindly running after him, take cover at the gate and order your team into the backyard. Repeat this process for the series of backyards you cross.

Eventually you will reach a junkyard. This area is filled to the brim with enemies, so take your time going through it and always keep your team ahead of your position. Make sure to keep a lookout for enemies who are sneaking up on your side, as there are plenty of holes for them to shoot through.

When you reach Miguel, let him talk and then shoot him when he tries to pull his weapon. Extract to the chopper to end the mission.

Case Study No. 1471: Ville Herman Lauttala

Kaj Chydenius - Sinua sinua rakastan (1968)
Mikko Niskasen elokuvasta Asfalttilampaat (1968). Kappaleen on saveltanyt Kaj Chydenius ja sanoittanut Aulikki Oksanen. Nayttelijat: Eero Melasniemi, Kirsti Wallasvaara.
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Asfalttilampaat (1968, Finland). Eero Melasniemi as mentally disturbed Assistant Librarian Ville Herman Lauttala falls in love with the janitor's daughter (Kirsti Wallasvaara as Liisa Kanninen) and starts hearing voices in his head.



Asfalttilampaat (1968)
78 min - Drama - 20 December 1968 (Finland)
Director: Mikko Niskanen
Writers: Sakari Haara (novel), Pentti Kotkaniemi

Asfalttilampaat ("Asphalt Sheep") is a film directed by Mikko Niskanen, based on Sakari Haaran's 1959 novel of the same name.

The movie's main theme was Kaj Chydenius' "Sinua sinua rakastan" ("You, I love you").

The plot involves small-town assisant librarian Ville Herman Lauttala who falls in love at his brother's wedding, with the janitor's daughter Liisa. But when saleswoman Rebeckan becomes pregnant, the townspeople begin to suspect that Ville Herman raped her. Meanwhile, Liisa's father is threatened with loss of employment if she continues socializing with Ville Herman.

Eero Melasniemi ... Ville Herman Lauttala, (M.A), assistant librarian
Kirsti Wallasvaara ... Liisa Kanninen, tourist guide, daughter of the janitor

Monday, July 28, 2014

Case Study No. 1470: Unnamed Female Librarian (Crank Yankers)

Crank Yankers - Kevin Needs Help With Homework
Kevin calls the library to get help with homework.
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["4:29 PM. Kevin needs help with his homework" appears on screen, then cut to the inside of the Yankerville Public Library, where a female librarian puppet answers the phone]
LIBRARIAN: Public library, how can I help you?
[cut to the room of a young male puppet, modeled after Kevin Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel's real-life son), as he talks to the librarian over the phone]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Hi, is this the library?
[cut back to the librarian]
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: I need to look up two words in the dictionary.
[cut back to the librarian, as she laughs]
LIBRARIAN: Okay, and what words are those?
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: One of the words is "topography."
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Lemmee go get a dictionary and check it out, okay?
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: I asked my brother for help, but he's retarded.
[cut back to the librarian]
[she laughs again]
LIBRARIAN: That's not nice.
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Do you have it?
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Oh, I'm looking for it. I'm looking it up.
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: It's in the "T"s, not the "P"s.
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Yeah, I know that. And I'm looking, let's see ... I'm trying to see if it's, um, an "E" or--
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: I don't have all night.
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Oh, don't worry. It won't take all night.
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Spongebob's comin' on in a few minutes ...
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Okay, hold on.
[cut back to Kevin]
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Okay, all it says is "the condition of a district soon after the begin--"
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: [loudly] Slow down!
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: [slowly] "The condition ... "
[cut back to Kevin]
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: "Of a district ... soon after ... the beginning--"
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Hold on! Hold on, I can't understand you. What, you got marbles in your mouth?
[cut back to the librarian]
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Let's take it from the top.
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Okay ... "The condition," okay? "Of a district" ...
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: "Of" ... what?
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: "Of a district."
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: I thought you said "dickhead" ...
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: No, "district."
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Keep going.
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: "Soon after" ...
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: You don't have to go so slow, I'm not retarded. Like my brother.
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: "Of erosion" ...
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: "Of erosion" ... Okay.
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Okay? Um ... "By extreme winds."
[cut back to Kevin]
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: "Main branches have--"
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Jesus Christ! How long is this?
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: "Well developed, narrow valleys in the areas between the streams."
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: I'll be done with high school by the time it's finished!
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Mm, yeah ... "Are little modified." And that's the whole definition.
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Okay, give it to me one more time.
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: "The condition of a district--"
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Do it sad!
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: No, that's okay. There's the definition, was there something else you needed looked up?
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Yes, one more word.
[cut back to the librarian]
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: "Lesbian."
[cut back to the librarian, as she laughs]
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Three minutes 'til Spongebob! Hurry!
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Okay ... "Highly sensual erotic--"
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: What does "erotic" mean?
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: It's very tense in, like, sexuality ...
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Oh, horny.
[cut back to the librarian]
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Please, don't make it too hard! I'm only in second grade!
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: I'm not! I'm not, I'm not. Okay ... "The repeated homosexuality brand associated--"
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: You know a lot about being a lezbo!
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: No, I'm just reading this from the book.
[cut back to Kevin]
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: "Homosexuality brand associated with Sappho."
[cut back to Kevin]
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: The Greek poet.
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Those Greeks were all homos!
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Okay ... "Of or relating to homosexuality, relations between females."
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Read it back sexy.
[cut back to the librarian]
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Because ... Just read it back sexy.
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Okay ... "Of or relating to homosexual relations between females."
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: I love it!
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Okay, is that it?
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: You've made me a man!
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Really now?
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: I'll never forget you.
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Really now? Y'know, you're kind of weird--
[cut back to Kevin]
KEVIN KIMMEL: Goodnight, sweet cheeks.
[cut back to the librarian]
LIBRARIAN: Yeah, whatever. Bye.
[cut back to Kevin]
[he hangs up]



"Crank Yankers" (Season 2, Episode 13)
Kevin needs help with his homework. He needs two words looked up: Topography ("It's in the Ts, not Ps") and "Lesbian" ("Read it to me sexy" "Thanks, you made me a man today!")
* Kevin portrayed by Kevin Kimmel

About: Crank Yankers is an American TV show produced by Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel and Daniel Kellison that featured actual prank calls made by show regulars and celebrity guests, and re-enacted onscreen by puppets for a visual aid to show the viewer what is happening in the call.

Case Study No. 1469: Miss Treat

The Answer Woman (Librarian in 1955 New Yorker Magazine)
Answering a completely off-beat question may provide the germ of a great advertisment or an adroidt advertising plan. Not long ago, for instance:

An art director at Campbell-Ewald asked what Nero wore when Rome burned, because it was important to the creation of a compelling ad;

A television man asked what a "kissing bridge" was, so he could film a commercial;

A chap in the research department asked for the estimated Gross National Product for 1955, to assist in preparing a prospectus.

And they each got the right answer. They turned to Miss Treat.

Miss Treat runs Campbell-Ewald's library. In fact, it's safe to say that Miss Treat IS the library. She created it and she nurtured it, until now - as far as we've ever been able to determine - it is one of the most complete agency libraries west of the Hudson; better than most of those east of the Hudson.

We prove that to ourselves every day, but probably the most satisfactory proof of the claim lies in the constant and increasing use our clients have made of this library over the years.

Miss Treat has an answer for everything - THE answer. Like the time a copy writer sought the origin and meaning of "wheels within wheels." Origin was easy: "Ezekiel" in the Old Testament. Miss Treat found the meaning buried deep in John Calvin's "Works."

Miss Treat is our own private oracle, and in a highly skilled creative agency an oracle is a handy person to have around.

Much of the information she provides is prosaic, albeit vital. The media department wants circulation figures, account executives want competitive advertising files from years past, or tear-sheets of ads from a field in which we're seeking new business, or market data, or references from Dun & Bradstreet, or any of a hundred other items. They all turn to Miss Treat.

Who knows when the research department, the media department, or one of our other offices may seek the solution to some problem that can be solved only by intensive an exacting library research? And who knows where a lively, inquisitive art director or copy writer may hang his hat when he takes off on the creation of an ad?

At Campbell-Ewald, everyone connected with creative advertising - and that's everyone - always seeks the new, shares an enthusiasm in his quest for the forceful and dramatic in advertising that isn't forestalled by mere inability to locate information.

Miss Treat sees to that. Her versatile assistance is essential - as much so as account executives, production men, researchers, art directors and copy writers - to the creation of readable, persuasive advertising that this agency insists upon for its clients.

A good library complements a good agency. Campbell-Ewald counts itself fortunate to have one of the foremost agency librarians in the United States - Miss Treat.
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In a full-page 1955 ad in the New Yorker, the Campbell-Ewald Advertising agency lauds its corporate librarian, Miss Treat, saying, "Miss Treat runs Campbell-Ewald's library. In fact, it's safe to say that Miss Treat is the library." The ad continues: "Miss Treat is our own private oracle, and in a highly skilled creative agency an oracle is a handy person to have around."

Case Study No. 1468: The Lonely Librarian

One Finger Push - "The Lonely Librarian"
Recorded March 2006. By Christine Stoesser, Andrew Borek, Justin Scott Gray.
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Justin Scott Gray & Christine Stoesser & Andrew Borek ... We started a band and called it "One Finger Push" ... This came out of our jams and was recorded live to cassette, back in 2006.

It's one of my favorite pieces I've ever recorded and we never had the opportunity to properly release it... It's rough, obviously, but it's a ...beautiful moment that seemed to work... Hope you can enjoy it as much as we did :)

The Lonely Librarian
By: One Finger Push



stomachsorstaples > Albums > unreleased
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One Finger Push



Jan 01, 2006

Friday, July 25, 2014

Case Study No. 1467: Jim Ottaviani

GC4K at TCAF 2011: Jim Ottaviani
On Sunday, May 8th, while attending the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions. Keep in mind, conventions are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there is a lot of background noise. Let me know in the comments if you have trouble hearing anything and I'll translate for you.
Added: 3 years ago
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[scene opens with a man speaking directly to the camera]
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] I'm here with Jim Ottaviani, and ... Are you ready for my fabulous questions, Fabulous Jim?
JIM OTTAVIANI: I am ready for fabulous questions.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Alright. Question number one is, how did you get started working in comics?
JIM OTTAVIANI: How did I get started working in comics. It's a long long story, but I think you've only got a very small SD card, so I'll make it really short. I, my original career, you know I'm currently working as a librarian, but my--
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] All the best people are!
JIM OTTAVIANI: Secret origin is as a nuclear engineer.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Ooh!
JIM OTTAVIANI: And ... In the course of studying science, engineering, lots of physics because of the nuclear part, I started coming across all these names of physicists. There's the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, there's Schroedinger's Equations, there's all this stuff, all these things, and you start to wonder, "Who are these people?"
[he smiles]
JIM OTTAVIANI: And reading biographies, reading histories of science, what I learned was they are interesting, fascinating in fact, people. And I really enjoyed learning about their lives, the periods in which they worked, and what surrounded the discoveries that made them so famous. At the same time, I'm a comics reader, and I love comics, and I'm noticing that, in science periodicals anyway, it's full of pictures anyway!
[he smiles]
JIM OTTAVIANI: So, it took awhile to actually do the math right, but I finally, y'know, added the proverbial two and two together and said, "Science, comics, maybe me, let's do it!"
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Let's do it!
JIM OTTAVIANI: So that's what I did!
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Fantastic! Question number two is, did you read comics when you were a kid and, if so, who were your influences ... some of your influences when you were a child?
JIM OTTAVIANI: I certainly did read comics as a kid, I read many more newspaper strips than I read comic books.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Mm hmm.
JIM OTTAVIANI: My comic book reading really didn't start much until college, in terms of a serious comic reading ... but on the comic book side, "Amazing Spider-man," the original issues.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Yeah.
JIM OTTAVIANI: Uh, my company name is GT Labs, a sideways reference to a certain laboratory where a certain nerdy science geek got bitten by a certain spider. Anyway--
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] That's awesome!
[she laughs]
JIM OTTAVIANI: Horribly geeky, uh, secret origin for my company name.
[she laughs]
JIM OTTAVIANI: Uh, but mostly it was, like I said, newspaper strips. So, reading "Calvin and Hobbes" and "Peanuts" and "Doonesbury" and all these other things. And one of my most vivid memories from my early years is being, laying on the floor of my cousin's house. Back when they printed "Prince Valiant," full page--
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Yeah!
JIM OTTAVIANI: And sorta laying on my stomach, with the comics page in front'a me, and having my whole field of vision taken up by Prince Valiant. And, it's kinda magical!
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] It is!
JIM OTTAVIANI: And I'm sure at some point, that has had an influence on me. Even thought nothing I've done is even remotely similar to Prince Valiant ...
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Excellent! Question number three--
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] What are you currently working on?
JIM OTTAVIANI: What am I currently working on? I'm gonna give that two answers, because my corporate overlords at First Second require one of these answers to be--
[he reaches over and grabs a copy of the graphic novel "Feynman" from his table]
JIM OTTAVIANI: I am working on promoting ... the--
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Da dah dah dah!
JIM OTTAVIANI: Upcoming Feynman book, which is out from First Second ... uh, later this year. But actually physically working on right now, I am working on a script about Alan Turing.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Ooh!
JIM OTTAVIANI: The computer scientist and mathematician, and famed ... now that it's de-classified, World War Two code breaker. I'm working on a shorter story about DC's Metro. And we're in the process of wrapping up a book about Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall, and Birute Galdikas. The primate researchers.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Right ... Fantastic!
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Next question, what graphic--
[he holds up four fingers]
JIM OTTAVIANI: This would be four!
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] This would be four, thank you! Do that again.
[he holds up four fingers again]
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Four! What graphic novel or comics titles have you read in the last year that you think are fantastic for kids or for teens?
[he smiles and crosses his arms]
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] I know, this is a hard one!
JIM OTTAVIANI: You know why this is hard? Because I got, because I used to get that question every two-three months, enough that I really wanted to have good answers. And so, what I've started to do is keep a spreadsheet, heaven help me, of everything I read--
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Uh huh!
JIM OTTAVIANI: So ... the downside of that is, once it's on the spreadsheet, I tend to forget about it. And usually, people are asking me interview questions via email or via the phone--
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Oh, so you just look!
JIM OTTAVIANI: And then I just, like, pop up the Excel and it's like, "This is the past five weeks that I've really really liked!"
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] And then there's me!
JIM OTTAVIANI: And then there's you, doing it live ... and I'm stuck!
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Aw, that's alright.
JIM OTTAVIANI: So, great. Great for kids. Can I cheat?
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Yes!
JIM OTTAVIANI: Oh, that's true, you actually won't know if it's been in the last five months! Or five weeks, or whatever it was that you--
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] This is true!
JIM OTTAVIANI: You said, what did you say?
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] I actually said a year, but--
JIM OTTAVIANI: Last year ... So I think, one of my favorites in recent memory is Gene Yang's "Prime Baby."
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Hilarious!
JIM OTTAVIANI: I just re-read, uh, "American Born Chinese." Also by Gene Yang ... Uh, I've been dipping back into "Bone."
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Excellent!
JIM OTTAVIANI: For awhile ... Uh, I'm really looking forward to reading--
[he reaches behind him and grabs another graphic novel]
JIM OTTAVIANI: "Anya's Ghost" by Vera Brosgol.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Oh, it's goood! Yes!
JIM OTTAVIANI: And I think that's a great kids' book ... Uh, Hope Larson's "Mercury" was terrific.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Mm hmm.
JIM OTTAVIANI: Raina Telgemeier's ...
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] "Smile" ...
JIM OTTAVIANI: Telgemeier's "Smile" ... Uh, I'm looking forward to Dave Roman's "Astronaut Academy."
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Me too.
JIM OTTAVIANI: But I haven't seen that yet.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] It's pretty!
JIM OTTAVIANI: I think Dave has copies upstairs.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] He's upstairs.
JIM OTTAVIANI: And I haven't gotten upstairs yet.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Yeah.
JIM OTTAVIANI: Got to have breakfast with him, but didn't get to see his book!
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Aw!
JIM OTTAVIANI: Bad luck for me!
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Yes.
JIM OTTAVIANI: Um, is that enough? That--
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] That's good! That's, yeah. That's a nice pool of books, thank you!
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Alright, here's another librarian question!
[he holds up five fingers and mouths "Five!"]
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] If you were stuck on a desert island, what book would you bring? It doesn't have to be a comic, it can be prose, it can be illustrations. What book would you bring to keep you company until you're rescued?
JIM OTTAVIANI: [pause] How long until I'm rescued?
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Um, let's say a week.
JIM OTTAVIANI: Oh, just a week?
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Just a week.
JIM OTTAVIANI: Aw man, that's--
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Just the one book, but, y'know, you've got enough time to get it re-read! Or read it for the first time ...
JIM OTTAVIANI: It should probably be something that I should read for the first time, and my wife has been pushing Patrick Rothfuss' "Name of the Wind" on me.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Ooh!
JIM OTTAVIANI: And it, it's really hefty, so that's probably about a week's worth of reading ... I've got the John Adams biography by David McCullough that I haven't read. I'm about eighty pages into the Mark Twain autobiography. Uh, I could probably stand to read "Moby Dick" again. I'm, I'm one of these freaks who actually likes "Moby Dick," and has read it at least one and a half times.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] There are a handful of you, yes.
[she laughs]
JIM OTTAVIANI: Um, so ... but I didn't actually, I didn't pick one for you. What should I say? It should probably be the new book, so I'll go with Patrick Rothfuss' "The Name of the Wind," because I have not read it and my wife really wants me to read it.
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] And you've got something to look forward to.
JIM OTTAVIANI: That's right!
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Fantastic! That was my five questions!
JIM OTTAVIANI: Thank you for the five!
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Thank you very much! You're, um, you've been a delight to talk to. I really appreciate it. I'm gonna do a quick pan of your table--
[she takes her handheld camera and moves it across the several books that he has displayed at his table]
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Because you've written so many fabulous non-fiction titles for kids, for teens, for adults ... I'm halfway through the Feynman book right now.
JIM OTTAVIANI: [from off camera] Yup!
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] Um, and I'm loving it! Which, which is wonderful, and as you know ... uh, "Wire Mothers" was a surprise hit with me. I loved it very much!
[she points the camera back at him]
JIM OTTAVIANI: That's great!
EVA VIOLIN: [from off camera] And thank you so much, Jim. I appreciate talking with you!
JIM OTTAVIANI: Thank you, and you're quite welcome!



On Sunday, May 8th, while attending the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions. Keep in mind, conventions are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there is a lot of background noise. Let me know in the comments if you have trouble hearing anything and I'll translate for you.

I like that Jim Ottaviani has a secret origin. I like that Jim Ottaviani is enthusiastic about being a librarian. I like that Jim Ottaviani uses the graphic novel format to write amazingly readable non-fiction for kids, teens, and adults (and as someone who doesn't naturally gravitate to non-fiction, that's saying something). I like that Jim Ottaviani works with some amazing artists, including Leland Myrick, Zander and Kevin Cannon, Dylan Meconis, and Janine Johnston. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I like Jim Ottaviani.



Jim Ottaviani is the author of several comic books about the history of science. His best-known work, Two-Fisted Science: Stories About Scientists, features biographical stories about Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Niels Bohr, and several stories about physicist Richard Feynman. He is also a librarian and has worked as a nuclear engineer.

Ottaviani has a background in science, earning a B.S. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986, followed by a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1987. He worked for several years retrofitting and fixing nuclear power plants. Intrigued by the research component of his job, Ottaviani began taking library science courses at Drexel University, and in 1990 he enrolled in the Library and Information Science program at the University of Michigan. He earned his M.S. in information and library studies from Michigan in 1992. He spent several years working as a reference librarian at Michigan's Media Union Library. He now works at the University of Michigan Library as coordinator of Deep Blue, the university's institutional repository.

Ottaviani's interest in writing science-related comics was inspired by Richard Rhodes's book The Making of the Atomic Bomb. In discussing the book with comic book artist Steve Lieber, the two decided to write and illustrate a famous meeting between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg during World War II. That projected expanded to include other stories from the history of science to become the graphic novel Two-Fisted Science, including stories written by Ottaviani and illustrated by a variety of artists.

Since the publication of Two-Fisted Science, Ottaviani has gone on to write several other comic books about scientists, including Dignifying Science (about women scientists), Fallout (about the creation of the atomic bomb), Suspended in Language (about physicist Niels Bohr) and Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards (about nineteenth century paleontologists). These works are all self-published by Ottaviani's own company, G. T. Labs. The company's name is an homage to General Techtronics Labs, the fictional company where comic book character Peter Parker was bitten by the radioactive spider that led to his becoming Spider-Man.

Two of Ottaviani's most recent works Levitation and Wire Mothers (published July 2007) are the beginning of a planned series on "the science of the unscientific." Levitation the physical and psychological aspects of stage magic. Wire Mothers is tells the story of psychologist Harry Harlow's work in the 1950s on importance of love and affection among primates, in contravention of then-prevailing theories put forward by the Behaviorist school of thought.

In addition to his self-published work, Ottaviani has worked on two short comic books about orangutans, one of which was published by the Orangutan Foundation International. He also has two forthcoming comics in the works to be published by First Second Books, one on physicist Richard Feynman and another on three primatologists: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas.