Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Five Whole Years

Five years ago today (December 19), I started this blog.  (Here's my first post.)  It's been fun, and we've helped folks keep up with what's happening at Mooresville Public Library.  I've written 1,301 blog posts--thanks, minions, for your assistance--but now is a good time to wrap things up.

Officially, I retired last March as the official MPL feline roving reporter, but I've continued to post the occasional article to this blog.  As I review all these postings, I'm amazed at where the journey has taken moi.  I hope you've enjoyed it, too.

I'll leave all my posts up so you can read (or re-read) anything interesting.

To learn more about goings-on at MPL, please visit our online events calendarwebsite, Facebook page, Twitter feed, or YouTube channel.

Five whole years!  It's hard to imagine.

Goodbye, everybody.  Thanks for reading!

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, December 14, 2015

I Can See Clearly Now, Pretty Much

On our new outdoor LED sign, the protective white screen cover has been removed, so you may now see our messages more clearly.  Here's a sampling.

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Hoopla is a pretty cool free service

 One of our popular adult programs

Do you remember Max Headroom?  Our T. Rex does

The repaired letter E has been added to "Mooresville" on the sign, too, so now everything's spelled as it should be.

Now all you have to do is watch our outdoor sign to keep up with what's happening at the Library.  You could also visit our website or social media.  Why not do it all?  We have many ways to keep you informed.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's a clip from the July 17, 1986 episode of Late Night With David Letterman, in which Dave interviewed Max Headroom.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Dinosaurs Dark-Matter Doom

Did dark matter doom the dinosaurs?  I can't say for sure, since I wasn't around 66 million years ago, but Lisa Randall, the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University, makes an intriguing argument. That's what my reference librarian minions tell moi.  For a feline, it's frankly beyond my ordinary kitty concerns, but regular humans should find it a stimulating read.  Even Scowl-Face can understand it, so it must be explained really clearly.

Randall's latest science book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe, explores the possibilities. Our book trailer below elaborates.

MPL Book Trailer #236
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs:  The Astounding
Interconnectedness of the Universe,
by Lisa Randall

The book is available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.

Since this sort of scenario could happen again, it's probably a good idea to learn what we can about when it happened before.  It probably won't be repeated before suppertime, however, so minions may proceed with getting mine pronto.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

"The Andromeda Cometh," from Andromeda,
by Daniel E. Buckley

"Neon Genesis," from Andromeda,
by Daniel E. Buckley

"Cosmic Liturgy (Doctrine of a New Beginning),"
from Andromeda, by Daniel E. Buckley

P.S.  The Library's composer, whom I call the Music Man, wrote Andromeda, which describes (musically) a collision between the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies.  The music CD and scores are available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Behind the Tricks of the Eyes

Want to learn the secrets to many optical illusions?  (Sure you do.) Discover what's behind the tricks of the eyes?  Well, human eyes, anyway. We felines have better things to do.  Like eat supper. That's your cue, minions.  Canned tuna-in-oil, if you please.  Now would be better.

All you peeps out there probably want to know more about the book to which I was alluding. We've got a book trailer for that.

MPL Book Trailer #235
The New Book of Optical Illusions,
by Georg Rüschemeyer

This wonderfully illustrated book has the story behind many amazing optical illusions.  It's simply mind-boggling how the human brain can interpret ambiguous visual data.  For us kitties, we don't let our minds run amok like that.  When we see strange visual stimuli, we either run and hide, or we curl-up for a nap.  Cognitive dissonance solved.

The book is available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog. Give it a look-see. Don't be surprised if it looks right back at'cha.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  The Music Man, who composes original music for our videos, has written a percussion ensemble with female choir called The Optical Illusion (2014), which is available on music CD (and sheet music) to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.  You heard the first movement (partially) in our book trailer above.  You might enjoy listening to the other two movements, too.  It does for your ears what optical illusions do for your eyes.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Not E-xactly, But Clos

It's not E-xactly right, but it's clos.

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Who's That Strange Feline?  Just Asking

Our new outdoor LED sign has been running for a month now, but we just had the lettering installed last Friday.  During installation, the final letter E broke, so "Mooresville" is temporarily misspelled.  (Our librarians know how to spell; we're not idiots.  Well, except Scowl-Face.)

So please bear with us while we await the replacement letter E.  E's are overrated, I'll venture.  Why do we need them?  Put another way:  Why do w* n**d th*m?  Okay, I guess we do.

Meanwhile, you may watch all the important messages sliding across the sign about our upcoming programs, events, and services.  That's the critical part, truly.  But what I really want to know is:  Who is that cat with the glasses?  This library already has a roving reporter.  'Nuff said.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat