Well, vacation (by which I mean my one extra day off between scheduling) is almost over. The good part is that I am nearly entirely caught up with my work, from the time in which my main workstation was out of commission. This is mostly due to marathon reading, yesterday.
It’s nice to know, at least, that my study and cognitive skills aren’t as diminished as I had expected. Earlier this week, as well, I had a 4-6 page paper to turn in which turned into a 9-page paper because I did not read the requirements well enough (double-spaced! not 1.5-spaced!!).
At least the good majority of the work is out of the way. I was seriously behind in my readings for my Database course (and still have yet to break into the optional ones). I have one more reading to go, a late Discussion Topic on that reading, and then I can move on. (– At least, so far as grading goes. I’m fairly certain that I just got a 0/2 on the other Discussion Topic I missed, though I can probably still do the work, just for myself.)
Looking forward — I have the assignment to assemble a kit for (hypothetical) distribution within my Library. Because the topic is a bit sensitive (but not forbidden) where it comes to publicly-funded libraries (well — I’d expect that anything catering to a minority audience would be, but especially if it falls within politics/religion/sexuality/gender/race [it’s not all of those at once, don’t worry]), I probably won’t broach the exact subject of my kit here. I basically just picked the topic I did because of one of the newer under-served populations I’ve seen pop up, plus my own knowledge on the topic in question.
As regards anything having to do with Art or Creative Writing…that’s been, basically, on pause. I have managed to make some headway in design on the mandala I wrote about, earlier, but have not reinstalled either Photoshop or GIMP2, without which — I don’t know how to reduce the DPI and compress the file size for Web publishing. Nor do I know how to enhance photos without the help of a powerful image-editing program. I can still take photos and upload them, but until I reinstall at least one of these programs, showing them to you all will be one of those things that probably just isn’t going to happen…
At least my data itself is secure, though. (Backups.) I’ve just spent a good bit of time looking through the folder where I keep the particularly nice photos — a bunch of them are higher-quality than I remember. This is the first time I really let them fill the screen, though. (A larger display size has a much different impact than a smaller one.) I’m thinking of utilizing one of them instead of what I had settled on before, for my large canvas.
Do I wish I had taken more time out for art or writing, recently? It probably would have been a more productive way to fill the hours I spent in bed, worrying about my computer — and I got nothing done then anyway, so I might as well have!
I am finding that the Database class is…interesting. It’s creative work, but then it’s also very technical. (Library work in general has been described as “socio-technical;” there are obvious questions that come up for me, like what we’re actually talking about when we’re talking about statistical correlations among members of a racial group.) I’m planning on asking about the work of designing and constructing databases; it’s kind of fun for the “puzzle” and logic aspects of it. I haven’t formulated my question, though; the concepts are still too fluid and fuzzy for me to get a good grasp on them.
I’m also new to design work that isn’t visually-oriented. I kind of wonder what part of my psyche I’m utilizing in organizing surrogates (like catalog records), or in grasping what is meant by NT (narrower term) or BT (broader term) or RT (related term)…
I’m still not grasping all of it, by the way; but I have another three years to pin down the basics, so it’s not so bad. 😉
The farther in I get to the LIS field, though…the less certain I become of an ideal path. I certainly have more respect for Public Librarians at this point than I used to, after gaining more insight into what their work is actually about (fulfilling community information needs). Will I want to become a Public Librarian? Probably not (although the job openings are less hidden), but I still respect them.
I also did come across an example of someone painting with gouache on top of gessoed cardboard; I believe this means that it is possible! Heh. I still need to try out my new colors, too. Maybe I can make some time for it tomorrow, before I have to go to work and continue on with this week’s assignments…