The Learning Round Table co-sponsored (along with ALA) a Battledecks competition at ALA, and (perhaps I’m understating this) a good time was had by all. Below is the video to prove it!
Battledecks is a fun improv exercise that challenges contestants to deliver a presentation on the fly using an unknown slidedeck containing random (and often hilarious) slides. The contestants are judged on their ability to create a coherent presentation that incorporates the slide content smoothly. Laughs and getting through all of the slides on time are a plus.
If you think Battledecks looks like fun, consider a competition at your next Staff Development Day. Between contestants, judges, and slidedeck makers, there’s lots of opportunity for involvement—and as you can see from the video below, the audience is pretty involved too!
The bloggers at Library Garden have a little listerv on the side that we use to stay in touch with each other, and this week we found ourselves questioning whether or not we’re old. This was prompted by an experience Amy had at the reference desk, and I’ll let her blog about that if she chooses.
I was reminded of an old SNL monologue by Billy Crystal where he recounts his young daughter saying to him, “Daddy, is it true that Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings?” To which he replies in the coughing, raspy voice of an old man, ” Let me tell you about a little band known as THE BEATLES.”
In an effort to help Amy feel a bit younger, I posed these questions on the listserv and suggested that if she could answer ‘no’ to ten of them, she’s decidedly not old. At her suggestion, I’m sharing them here. Enjoy! And a most pleasant weekend to all!
Did you ever have a black and white TV? One with knobs (no buttons, no remote)
Did you ever NOT have a microwave oven?
Did you ever have a car with a “choke”?
When you were growing up were you limited to 12 channels?
Do you remember when people used to smoke on planes?
And in stores?
And at work?
And in bed?
Do remember when the FDA tried to ban saccharine?
Do you remember when laetrile was going to cure cancer?
Have you ever known a world without:
Do you remember when Polaroid was state of the art?
Do you remember when tape recorder meant reel-to-reel?
Did you ever take a tube out of your TV and bring it down to the local hardware store to test it on a big machine to see if it needed replacing?
Did a teacher ever make you run things off on a mimeograph?
Do you even know what a mimeograph is?
Did you ever wear parachute pants?
Do you remember when PONG was the most cutting edge video game and you thought your head would explode from the joy of playing it?
Did you ever have a commodore Vic 20? (and thought your head would explode, etc…)
Do you remember when we didn’t own our own phones; we rented them from Bell Atlantic?
Do remember when the flip phone first came out and you thought your head would explode from the joy of flipping it open?
Do you remember stores giving away green stamps?
Do you remember shopping at Two Guys? at Korvettes?
Do you remember when Exxon was Esso?
Do you remember when gas was .55 cents/gallon and people were freaked out about how expensive it was getting?
Do you remember waiting on long lines to gas, and you had to go on an “odd” day or an “even” day.
Do you remember when Iran and Iraq were our friends?
Do you remember listening to Bobby Sherman on 8-track?
Do you remember twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonions- onasesameseedbun (and can you sing it?)
Do you remember when the coffee stirrers at McDonalds had little spoons on the end?
Do you remember when McDonalds discontinued them?
Do you remember WHY McDonalds discontinued them? (snort, snort)
Do you remember Hamilton Jordan at studio 54 (see a theme here?)
Do you remember ABSCAM?
Do you remember ME shirts (talking about McDonalds)?
Do you remember when Pet Rocks were the rage?
Do you remember Squirmels?
Do you remember When Evel Knievel jumped the Snake River Canyon? (well, he tried anyway)
Do you remember that George Hamilton movie where he played Evel Kneivel??
Do you remember beer commercials with the “ya doesn’t have to call me johnson” guy? (and did you know he’s the guy taking tickets at the theater in the Seinfeld episode, “The Opera”?