Originally published at benchilada. You can comment here or there.

Now that I’ve made what maybe was possibly a stab at what is and isn’t historically relevant, as well as what should be considered destructive and what constructive…

Well, here’s another card, slight variation.

Now I’m really starting to explore things in my head, namely what is important history vs life’s detritus, as well as what defacing either means.

Is it enough that I documented this before I wrote on it or does it belong with so many woefully-outdated things at libraries?

Perhaps it’s just time for some creative recycling?

Second uiuc library cart art
Anyroad, benchilada.net is gonna be migrating servers in the next week, so the site will be down for a few days at some point soon.

In the mean time, I have two pieces I’m drawing, as well as a written thing that may someday be done.

PS – Heh. Nibiru stuff always cracks me up.

"...as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. "She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast." That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor." -- Time magazine

Well, it's another Toys In The Bookstacks, but I think that only the geekiest of geeks (koff*[profile] gdwessel*koff*[profile] scud_o*koff) will find it even vaguely funny.

"Listen, Chinaman, my name is BARON Zemo, not CAPTAIN Ne--oh, just get it over with. Life's not worth living now that Steve's gone..."

I fucking goddamned love working in the library.

Four more covers by Pacesetters Books )
At work at library. Noticed this morning that we have books. Weird.
For my PHOTOS OF MY LIFE series, [profile] madaline_mcbain  has the dubious honor of being first.

She asked for "A picture of your toilet. A picture of your pc work station."

Since I have two toilets, I chose the one on the first floor.
Since I only have a laptop at home, and but have two PC's at work, I chose my afternoon library computer station.

Feel free to discuss and ask questions.

I am still taking requets.

Okay, yeah, so I'm really getting into this whole drawing characters for people. I've already got two more that I'm sketching ideas for. Sure, one of them is a made-up character, but it's funny enough that I'm gonna do it. Feel free to add more to the list.


Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse for [livejournal.com profile] grafunkel 
Howard the Duck for [livejournal.com profile] ericfmyers 
Daleks for [livejournal.com profile] himynameisjamie 

I also have some more Five Questions for you later today.

For now, enjoy some big-but-cool old photos from the University of Illinois Library's digitized-book-of-the-week.

Glimpses of the World's fair. A selection of gems of the White City seen through a camera )

The entirety of the book can be found here.


On todays list of requested books here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library:

"The Fingering of virginal music : eleven pieces by Bull, Byrd, Gibbons, and others with contemporary fingerings"

Ain't nobody got no respect for Old School fingering no more...

Emo Headphones Edition benjamin fucking loves winter.

On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is summer and 10 is winter, winter is an 11.


At that moment I was listening to "Snake" by Sister Machine Gun and feeling incredible.

And Emo Headphones Edition benjamin loves when people do things like this with only an inch of snow:

Tonight and this weekend I have five stories to work on, three of them with other people. Hell, there may be more, but I have GOT to take notes on these before they go away.

Also, have to edit Junk, v.2 for Monday.
I love when people make me things.

In response to a comment I made to her earlier--right here--[livejournal.com profile] his_hamstress responded:

im in ur lj

In response to me posting my Halloween photo--originally posted in my LJ over here--when I later posted it over in [livejournal.com profile] randompictures, a fellow called [livejournal.com profile] nitsky416 made me this:

im in ur library

Larfs ensued.

Off to drink cider n' whiskey.

Sure, working at the library means we get some interesting names coming up.

I mean, yeah, I had Mr. Manlove on a list the other day.
And four names below him was Mr. Gay.


Two days ago I had the God Emperor of Bad Last Names.

Mr. Dikshit

*message ends*
        I live for days like today.
        You see, I work at the main library at the University of Illinois, which has over 10 million books. I work in an area where we process and do repairs on books heading to our high-density shelving area. We often find a number of strange things in the books, from ink blotters made by the “Orient Coal” company in 1922, to envelopes full of stamps from the sixties, to a filled-out-but-never-sent subscription card for AMERICAN MAGAZINE dated 1940.
        One of the most fascinating finds we’ve ever made was a pristine, string-bound, several page marriage certificate dated 1912. Most interesting was that it was from British Columbia. The certificate was found before I started working here, but I thought to myself, “Why don’t I spend a few minutes trying to track down any family that may still be living?”
        I never thought I’d have any use for those bizarre genealogical websites, but on that day I did. I tracked down a distant relative on the East coast, living in one of the Carolinas. He was fascinated by the find, and asked if I could mail it to him.
        I took proper care in packaging it, using non-acidic archival boards to guarantee that it wouldn’t get beaten up on the way to him. I later received an e-mail that he had received it and one from another relative who had seen it. Both sent their thanks, but I expected that to be the end of it.
        Today I got the surprise of being visited by the youngest son of the couple in the certificate. He and his wife are from a town about 30 minutes from here, and though they rarely make even small trips, they came to visit the man who got a mysterious piece of their family’s history and passed it on.
        The couple are in their eighties, and it turns out that the man had never known that much about his father, as he had died when the son was quite young. He said that certainly nobody knew that his parents had been inexplicably married in Canada, since all evidence pointed to their having been in Wisconsin their entire lives—well, except for the fact that the groom's father was born in Bohemia in 1848 and had come through the Port of New York, and had sworn off any allegiances to foreign powers (“particularly to the   King of Bohemia   ", according to a document they showed me a photostatic copy of) and sworn sole allegiance to the United States of America. Having known nothing about the marriage itself, they certainly didn’t know that it had taken place at the “home of the bride’s parents.”
        The couple who came to visit me were as kind and polite as could be, and shared that they had both graduated from the University of Illinois in the same year, after having gotten married their junior years. Indeed, the husband had intentionally fallen ½ credit short of graduation, just so he could be in the same graduating class and ceremony as his wife.
        I showed them one floor of the 10 stories of bookstacks (which are, indeed, quite huge), and told them how lucky we considered ourselves for having found such a gem in so many books. The husband got goosbumps and shook my hand for the third time, telling me that he said that he and his family were the lucky ones and thought it was fabulous that the marriage certificate had not only been found, but returned to a family who never knew it existed.
        I expressed to them that I work here not just because I love books, or because my coworkers are fabulous, but because every day I touch history, and on some particularly wonderful days...history touches back.

benjamin sTone
For [livejournal.com profile] rude_cutlet:

At the Undergraduate Library at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (fifth largest public library in the nation):

Coming in at a swift "Nobody is stunned by this," I've completely decided to dodge grad school for Library and Information Sciences.

I got nothing against it, but with a civil service job at the University of Illinois library, articles getting published in Shonen Jump, editing manga for DrMaster, and working on my own stories/comix, there just wouldn't be time.

Well, there'd be time for grad school, but not for the stuff I really want to do with my life.

Wish me luck, kids. I've already got my running start, now I just need to figure out where to jump from.

"I am going to use this excuse EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE!!!"

"I am going to use this excuse every day of my life"



Jan. 17th, 2006 10:25 am
A) New job at library started today, in which I will be doing everything I did with my old job. Bonus.
B) Sick as hell. Want booze, cannot have booze, am at work with no booze. Will have coffee slushie instead.
C) Just got MORE manga piled on me by DrMaster, which means money and 170 pages to edit by Thursday and about 110 pages left to edit in the novel they sent me. That one's due by Monday.
D) If you aren't reading [livejournal.com profile] atomic_robo--and I know you're not--then you should be. Bastards.
E) Stories are on hold until my nose stops producing toxic waste.
F) Looks like Shonen Jump will be printing two of my articles, AND I'll be working on a Topp Sekrit Projeket for them. I am The Bee's Balls(tm).
G) Where am I?


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