Saturday, January 9, 2016

A bunch of white people surrounding Scott Walker and applauding their whiteness



And this guy thought he had a good chance to be President






Remember when 'vanilla' was an adjective regularly used to describe Scott Walker? It still applies.



The execrable Jonah Goldberg might have been among the first to use it.

Photo credit:  NNDB

As opined in The Vanilla Power of Scott Walker.  (Real Clear Politics, 2/4/2015)

Apparently, Jonah thinks that Wisconsin is 54,000 square miles surrounded by reality.  Hardly!

I'd say this is where Jonah feels most at home.



Scott Walker truly believes that the damage he is doing to Wisconsin is a blueprint for America



He still has his fans.




Oneida Community Library: 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance


Admittedly, Retiring Guy spends more time highlighting the statistics of Wisconsin's larger public libraries, which is one of the reasons that I initiated this alphabetical series and decided to temporarily suspend this top-down look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.

This series features a bottoms-up look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.



All statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.

2009-2014 comparisons

A member of the Nicolet Federated Library System

Library hours of operation (winter):
  • Monday:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:  10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday:  1 to 5 p.m
  • Saturday:  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
47 hours per week.  (Compared to 39 hours per week in 2009.)

Photo credit:  Google

Small libraries in the news:
U.S. Association for Rural and Small Libraries Market Research.  Survey and Focus Group Findings.  Executive Summary.  (February 28, 2013; 6 pages)
U.S.  The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States.  (Institute of Museum and Library Services, September 2013, 13 pages)
Alabama:  Funding tight for small rural libraries.  (Dothan Eagle, 2/7/2015)
Arkansas.  Small libraries struggle to stay open.  (I Love Libraries)
Colorado:  Best Small Library in America 2014: Pine River Library.  (Library Journal, 1/29/2014)
Idaho:  What about the small library?  (Idaho Commission for Libraries, 12/19/2011)
Illinois:  Small-town libraries struggling to keep up with technology.  (Springfield IL State Register-Journal, 7/5/2014)
Kansas.  Tiny Public Library in Kansas Uses Digital Projects to Stay RelevantKentucky.  (The Digital Shift, 11/28/2011)
Kentucky.  Owsley County's public library thrives despite widespread poverty.  (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/27/2014)
Maine.  Rural Maine libraries on borrowed time as towns seek ways to save tax dollars. (Portland Press Herald, 10/2/2014)
Missouri.  Photo Gallery: Martinsburg Branch Library maintains large demand in a tiny town.  (The Missourian, 1/2/2016)
Montana.  The Loaves and Fishes Library | Best Small Library in America 2015:  Belgrade Community Library.  (Library Journal, 1/27/2015)
North Carolina.  State program helps public libraries share books.  (News-Observer, 12/25/2015)
Ohio.  Centerburg library small but mighty.  (Mount Vernon News, 12/7/2015)
Oregon.  Small town's library invites interaction.  (Eugene Register-Guard, 11/17/2015)

Other posts in the series:
Winchester Public Library.  (10/21/2015)
Neshkoro Public Library.  (10/22/2015)
Wabeno Public Library.  (10/23/2015)
Lone Rock Community Library.  (10/24/2015)
Hawkins Area Library.   (10/25/2015)
John Turgeson Public Library, Belmont.  (10/27/2015)
Argyle Public Library.  (10/28/2015)
Montfort Public Library.  (10/29/2015)
Taylor Memorial Library.  (10/30/2015)
Fairchild Public Library.  (10/31/2015)
Lowell Public Library.  (11/2/2015)
Independence Public Library.  (11/3/2015)
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community Library (11/4/2015)
Bloomington Public Library.  (11/5/2015)
Allen-Dietzman Public Library, Livingston.  (11/6/2015)
Ettrick Public Library.  (11/8/2015)
Lester Public Library of Arpin.  (11/9/2015)
Lac du Flambeau Public Library.  (11/10/2015)
Clarella Hackett Johnson Public Library, Sand Creek.  (11/11/2015)
Drummond Public Library.  (11/12/2015)
Norwalk Public Library.  (11/13/2015)
Endeavor Public Library.  (11/15/2015)
Cobb Public Library.  (11/16/2015)
Centuria Public Library.  (11/17/2015)
De Soto Public Library.  (11/18/2015)
Westboro Public Library.  (11/19/2015)
Lester Public Library of Vesper.  (11/20/2015)
Ogema Public Library. (11/21/2015)
Benton Public Library.  (11/22/2015)
Readstown Public Library.  (11/23/2015)
Madeline Island Public Library.  (11/24/2015)
Scandinavia Public Library.  (11/25/2015)
Packwaukee Public Library.  (11/26/2015)
Wyocena Public Library.  (11/28/2015)
Deer Park Public Library.  (11/29/2015)
Kendall Public Library.  (11/30/2015)
Reeseville Public Library.  (12/1/2015)
Bruce Area Library.  (12/2/2015)
Iron Ridge Public Library.  (12/3/2015)
Edith Evans Community Library, Laona.  (12/4/2015)
Gays Mills Public Library.  (12/5/2015)
Viola Public Library.  (12/7/2015)
Big Bend Village Library.  (12/8/2015)
Shiocton Public Library.  (12/10/2015)
Presque Isle Public Library.  (12/11/2015)
Rock Springs Public Library.  (12/13/2015)
Poy Sippi Public Library.  (12/14/2015)
Granton Community Library.  (12/16/2015)
Eckstein Memorial Library, Cassville.  (12/18/2015)
Strum Public Library. (12/20/2015)
Withee Public Library.  (12/22/2015)
LaValle Public Library.  (12/26/2015)
Blanchardville Public Library.  (12/28/2015)
Hurley Public Library.  (12/29/2015)
Soldiers Grove Public Library.  (1/3/2016)
Hazel Green Public Library.  (1/4/2016)
Winter Public Library.  (1/5/2016 )
Dorchester Public Library.  (1/6/2016)
Cashton Memorial Library.  (1/7/2015)
Alma Public Library.  (1/8/2016)

The Scott Walker BS-o-meter goes berserk



As quoted in Gov. Walker on his presidential hopes and Wisconsin agenda.  (WBAY, 1/8/2016)

His ill-considered, ultimately humiliating Presidential campaign made it clear that his career path has always been very much "about me".

And the fact that he hasn't ruled out a second Presidential run provides yet another bell-ringing example of his hubris.

On the road: US highway 30, Schellsburg Pennsylvania area






Related links:
Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Highways.  U.S. 30 Lincoln Highway.
Tragedy his the highway on the morning of October 26, 2001, when the S. S. Grandview Ship Hotel burned to the ground.  The famous Lincoln Highway landmark, located west of Schellsburg in Bedford County, was known not just for being a ship located at the top of a mountain, but also because you were able to see seven counties and three states from its vantage point.

Postcards from Retiring Guy's collection




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Related post:
On the road 1959: U.S. highway 30 from Marshalltown to Ogden Iowa.  (1/9/2016)

On the road 1959: U.S. highway 30 from Marshalltown to Ogden Iowa





Red line shows location of highway as shown in 1959 video.



Related links:

U.S. Highway 30 Iowa.  Includes history of paving, alignment changes, and upgrades.
Travel Iowa.  Classic Road Trip:  Iowa's Lincoln Highway,
Four-lane highway openings in Iowa by year and month.

Sex with lobbyists? "It's a gift," sez Missouri legislator Bart Korman


As quoted in CNN filler

Korman represents a decidedly red district.  He easily won re-election to a third term in term and ran unopposed in 2012 and 2010.   He had no primary opponent in 2012 and won the 2010 primary with 47% of the vote.



Because Scott Walker believes he's hired the best employees to work for the citizens of our state


Echoes.

Photo credit:  Office of the Governor

As reported in 16 Lincoln Hills staffers on paid leave for infractions.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/.8/2016)

And this at a correctional facility where 10% of the positions are vacant.

Related WIDOC posts: 
Selective Republican logic inoperative when applied to Wisconsin juvenile corrections program.  (12/24/2015)
The dysfunction of Scott Walker's executive branch of government in 1 defensive quote.  (12/20/2015)
Scott Walker and Lincoln Hills School for Boys: Too busy thinking about his (presidential) baby.  (12/19/2015)
Still in the news: Lincoln Hills School for Boys.  (12/13/2015)
Scott Walker shows us how to deflect (Taking no responsibility, chapter 2).  (12/12/2015) 
As usual, Scott Walker takes no responsibility.  (12/11/2015)
In the news: Lincoln Hills School for Boys, Wisconsin Department of Corrections.  (12/11/2015)

Related Ethan Allen post:
State property for sale: Ethan Allen School (Shuttered in 2011).  (7/7/2014)

Today's gun news



Original headline
Chicago Tribune

Update

New Hampshire feels the earth move as Christie takes a tumble in latest statewide poll


Sorry, can't help myself re: the lame fat joke

Source:  Real Clear Politics

The behinders in the 1/4-7 FOX News poll:
  • 5% - Rand Paul
  • 4% - Ben Carson
  • 3% - Carly Fiorina
  • 0% - Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum
Other stuff:
  • 'Not at all satified' if this candidate wins Republican nomination
    • 27% - Donald Trump
    • 20% - Chris Christie
    • 18% - Ted Crduz
    • 17% - Marco Rubio

Recent New Hampshire primary posts: 
Trump gets a bump in 1st New Hampshire poll of 2016.  (1/7/2016)
American Research Group poll in New Hampshire scrambles the picture.  (12/26/2015)
No one threatening Trump's lead in New Hampshire.  (12/20/2015)
New Hampshire: 5 months, 28 polls, 28 1st place finishes for Donald Trump.  (12/19/2015)
Trump continues to reign supreme in New Hampshire polls; Christie moves into 2nd (12/11/2015)
Chris Christie puts all of his eggs in one basket.  (12/3/2015)
Trump remains solidly in 1st place in New Hampshire; Chris Christie on the rise.  (12/3/2015)
Donald Trump has won 24 New Hampshire Republican Presidential primary polls in a row.  (11/22/2015)
Carson drops to 4th in New Hamphire, tied with Bush; Trump still in 1st.  (11/19/2015)
Donald Trump maintains comfortable lead in New Hampshire; Rubio 2nd; Bush still struggling.  (11/18/2015)
Outlier? Carson falls to 6th place, behind Cruz, Rubio, Bush, and Christie, in latest NH poll.  (11/15/2015)
New Hampshire Republicans seem to be tiring of the Donald Trump Show.  (11/4/2015)
"Oh, wow!": Four Republican candidates peaking in New Hampshire. (11/2/2015)

Friday, January 8, 2016

It's turned into an Archie Bell & the Drells moment in the Iowa Republican caucus race






The behinders in the 1/4-7 FOX News poll:
  • 5% - Rand Paul
  • 4% - Chris Christie
  • 2% - Mike Huckabee
  • 1% - Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Rick Santorum

Recent Iowa caucus posts: 
Ted Cruz is like this bouncing ball in 3 most recent Iowa polls.  (12/26/2015)
Donald Trump, Ted Cruz remain in seesaw battle for 1st in Iowa; Jeb Bush quietly re-emerges.  (12/15/2015)
Trump and Cruz duke it out for 1st in latest Iowa caucus poll.  (12/14/2015)
Ted Cruz surges to 10-point lead.  (12/13/2015)
Snatchin' it back: In one day, Cruz goes from 5-point lead to 13-point deficit in Iowa.  (12/7/2015)
Ted Cruz snatches the lead from Trump in Iowa; Carson tanking.  (12/7/2015)
Cruz makes a move to overtake Trump in Iowa; Carson continues to fade.  (11/24/2015)
Based on latest Iowa poll, Trump can say anything he wants, Carson not so much.  (11/22/2015)
It's presently a 4-way contest in Iowa.  (11/8/2015)
In latest Iowa poll, Carson falls off a cliff, Cruz continues steady climb.  (11/3/2015)
This just in: Marco Rubio does NOT have 'all the magic fairy dust'.  (11/1/2015)

Latest FOX News poll has subgroup margins of error that would embarrass the 1962 New York Mets



The behinders in the 1/4-7 FOX News poll:
  • 4% - Jeb Bush
  • 3% - Carly Fiorina
  • 2% - Rand Paul, John Kasich
  • 1% - Mike Huckabee
  • 0% - Rick Santorum
Other stuff:  Ach du lieber!  Look at the "margin of errors for subgroups" page and realize that this poll can't be taken seriously.

Recent related posts:
Donald Trump's hair back in place with results of latest national poll.  (12/23/2015)
Trump's hair gets mussed by Ted Cruz in latest national poll.  (12/22/2015)
Donald Trump solidifies lead in 2 latest national polls.  (12/19/2015)
Trump keeps a-rollin' goin' into 5th debate.  (12/15/2015)
Likely outlier, Monmouth poll has Trump with huge lead over 2nd place Cruz.  (12/14/2015)
With poll results like this, expect lots more noise from Trump.  (12/10/2015)
Trump holds steady in 1st, Cruz regains 2nd, and Carson resumes his slide in latest Republican poll.  (12/8/2015)
Trump still in 1st in latest national poll; Carson, Rubio, Cruz duke it out for 2nd place.  (12/7/2015)
Trump maintains lead, Carson continues to fade, Bush a real nowhere man in latest national poll.  (12/2/2015)
It's a 4-way contest for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2 latest polls; Trump comfortably in 1st.  (11/22/2015)
Republican Presidential candidates tread water in national polls.  (11/19/2015)

Alma Public Library: 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance


Admittedly, Retiring Guy spends more time highlighting the statistics of Wisconsin's larger public libraries, which is one of the reasons that I initiated this alphabetical series and decided to temporarily suspend this top-down look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.

This series features a bottoms-up look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.



All statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.

2009-2014 comparisons

A member of the Winding Rivers Library System

Library hours of operation (winter):
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday:  10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday:  10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
25.5 hours per week.  (Compared to 26 hours per week in 2009.)

Photo credit:  Alma Public Library

Small libraries in the news:
U.S. Association for Rural and Small Libraries Market Research.  Survey and Focus Group Findings.  Executive Summary.  (February 28, 2013; 6 pages)
U.S.  The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States.  (Institute of Museum and Library Services, September 2013, 13 pages)
Alabama:  Funding tight for small rural libraries.  (Dothan Eagle, 2/7/2015)
Arkansas.  Small libraries struggle to stay open.  (I Love Libraries)
Colorado:  Best Small Library in America 2014: Pine River Library.  (Library Journal, 1/29/2014)
Idaho:  What about the small library?  (Idaho Commission for Libraries, 12/19/2011)
Illinois:  Small-town libraries struggling to keep up with technology.  (Springfield IL State Register-Journal, 7/5/2014)
Kansas.  Tiny Public Library in Kansas Uses Digital Projects to Stay RelevantKentucky.  (The Digital Shift, 11/28/2011)
Kentucky.  Owsley County's public library thrives despite widespread poverty.  (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/27/2014)
Maine.  Rural Maine libraries on borrowed time as towns seek ways to save tax dollars. (Portland Press Herald, 10/2/2014)
Missouri.  Photo Gallery: Martinsburg Branch Library maintains large demand in a tiny town.  (The Missourian, 1/2/2016)
Montana.  The Loaves and Fishes Library | Best Small Library in America 2015:  Belgrade Community Library.  (Library Journal, 1/27/2015)
North Carolina.  State program helps public libraries share books.  (News-Observer, 12/25/2015)
Ohio.  Centerburg library small but mighty.  (Mount Vernon News, 12/7/2015)
Oregon.  Small town's library invites interaction.  (Eugene Register-Guard, 11/17/2015)

Other posts in the series:
Winchester Public Library.  (10/21/2015)
Neshkoro Public Library.  (10/22/2015)
Wabeno Public Library.  (10/23/2015)
Lone Rock Community Library.  (10/24/2015)
Hawkins Area Library.   (10/25/2015)
John Turgeson Public Library, Belmont.  (10/27/2015)
Argyle Public Library.  (10/28/2015)
Montfort Public Library.  (10/29/2015)
Taylor Memorial Library.  (10/30/2015)
Fairchild Public Library.  (10/31/2015)
Lowell Public Library.  (11/2/2015)
Independence Public Library.  (11/3/2015)
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community Library (11/4/2015)
Bloomington Public Library.  (11/5/2015)
Allen-Dietzman Public Library, Livingston.  (11/6/2015)
Ettrick Public Library.  (11/8/2015)
Lester Public Library of Arpin.  (11/9/2015)
Lac du Flambeau Public Library.  (11/10/2015)
Clarella Hackett Johnson Public Library, Sand Creek.  (11/11/2015)
Drummond Public Library.  (11/12/2015)
Norwalk Public Library.  (11/13/2015)
Endeavor Public Library.  (11/15/2015)
Cobb Public Library.  (11/16/2015)
Centuria Public Library.  (11/17/2015)
De Soto Public Library.  (11/18/2015)
Westboro Public Library.  (11/19/2015)
Lester Public Library of Vesper.  (11/20/2015)
Ogema Public Library. (11/21/2015)
Benton Public Library.  (11/22/2015)
Readstown Public Library.  (11/23/2015)
Madeline Island Public Library.  (11/24/2015)
Scandinavia Public Library.  (11/25/2015)
Packwaukee Public Library.  (11/26/2015)
Wyocena Public Library.  (11/28/2015)
Deer Park Public Library.  (11/29/2015)
Kendall Public Library.  (11/30/2015)
Reeseville Public Library.  (12/1/2015)
Bruce Area Library.  (12/2/2015)
Iron Ridge Public Library.  (12/3/2015)
Edith Evans Community Library, Laona.  (12/4/2015)
Gays Mills Public Library.  (12/5/2015)
Viola Public Library.  (12/7/2015)
Big Bend Village Library.  (12/8/2015)
Shiocton Public Library.  (12/10/2015)
Presque Isle Public Library.  (12/11/2015)
Rock Springs Public Library.  (12/13/2015)
Poy Sippi Public Library.  (12/14/2015)
Granton Community Library.  (12/16/2015)
Eckstein Memorial Library, Cassville.  (12/18/2015)
Strum Public Library. (12/20/2015)
Withee Public Library.  (12/22/2015)
LaValle Public Library.  (12/26/2015)
Blanchardville Public Library.  (12/28/2015)
Hurley Public Library.  (12/29/2015)
Soldiers Grove Public Library.  (1/3/2016)
Hazel Green Public Library.  (1/4/2016)
Winter Public Library.  (1/5/2016 )
Dorchester Public Library.  (1/6/2016)
Cashton Memorial Library.  (1/7/2015)

I'm pretty sure I bought this 1952 road atlas at Johnson's Secondhand Book Store in Springfield Mass.


I used to collect free gas station maps when I was a kid, riding my bike around town and boldly helping myself to a few at a time.

This purchase would have been made in the mid-1970s.



An 'aerial' view of Wisconsin.



A close-up view of the Madison-Milwaukee corridor in the pre-Interstate era.


My most frequent lunch hour destination while working at the G. & C. Merriam Company.


CES 2016: Samsung KS9500 SUHD 4K TV with stunning natural curves


Steve Withers in a gushing mood.



Despite the CES Hype, It’s Better to Wait on That 4K TV.  (The New York Times, 1/5/2016)
What's it all about, Alfie?  Just living for the moment? 4K TVs began surfacing about three years ago. To decode the marketing jargon: 4K is the successor to 1080p, the current high-definition resolution found on modern TV sets. The term 4K, also called Ultra HD, refers to screens with two times the vertical resolution and twice the horizontal resolution of current high-definition TVs.

Pricey, as you would expect.

Other CES 2016 posts:
Be your own home brewer the easy way with Pico Brew Micro Brewer.  (1/8/2016)
Daqri smart helmet.  (1/8/2016)
This shower head tells you when your time is up.  (1/7/2016)
According to this HairMax instructional video, 82 medical-grade lasers will put a smile on your face.  (1/6/2016)
You may or may not get a charge out of the Digitsole Smartshoe.  (1/6/2016)
Enrich your family life with this Samsung Smart Family Hub Fridge.  (1/6/2016)

Annual silliness at the virtual pajama party


Before the Oscars, Some Films Face the Truth Test.  (The New York Times, 1/7/2016)
Once again, confrontations between an expanding field of reality-based movies and a growing pack of watchdogs, mostly of the armchair variety, have been turning the annual awards ritual into a brutal game of “gotcha.”




From the English rock band's 7th and final studio album, released in 1973.

Freedom Caucus 'crazy' Mark Sanford joins his Republican colleagues in a chorus of "I Pledge Allegiance to the NRA"



The NRA pledge of allegiance chorus:
Gary Palmer (R-Alabama).  1/6/2016)
Paul Gosar (R-Arizona).  (1/6/2016)
Matt Salmon (R-Arizona)  (1/6/2016)
Ken Buck (R-Colorado) (1/6/2016)
Barry Loudermilk (R-Georgia)  (1/7/2016)
Marlin Stutzman (R-Indiana)  (1/7/2016)
John Fleming (R-Louisiana)  (1/7/2016)
Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) (1/7/2016)
Jim Bridenstein (R-Oklahoma) 1/7/2016)
Keith Rothfus (R-Pennsylvania) (1/8/2016)

Other Sanford posts:
Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives.  (10/12/2015)
Meet the members of the U.S. House of Representatives Freedom Caucus.  (9/28/2015)
Meet the members of the Republican Study Committee.  (7/31/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (4/18/2015)
Second chances in politics, a Scorecard: Mark Sanford (yes), Anthony Weiner (TBD).  (6/2/2013)
This is what passes for political insight in South Carolina.  (5/7/2013)

Freedom Caucus 'crazy' Keith Rothfus joins his Republican colleagues in a chorus of "I Pledge Allegiance to the NRA"



The NRA pledge of allegiance chorus:
Gary Palmer (R-Alabama).  1/6/2016)
Paul Gosar (R-Arizona).  (1/6/2016)
Matt Salmon (R-Arizona)  (1/6/2016)
Ken Buck (R-Colorado) (1/6/2016)
Barry Loudermilk (R-Georgia)  (1/7/2016)
Marlin Stutzman (R-Indiana)  (1/7/2016)
John Fleming (R-Louisiana)  (1/7/2016)
Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) (1/7/2016)
Jim Bridenstein (R-Oklahoma) 1/7/2016)

Other Rothfus posts:
Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives.  (10/11/2015)
Meet the members of the Republican Study Committee.  (7/30/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (4/14/2015)

UPDATE: CES 2015: Let's Lock the Door and Throw Away the Key


A year later, the reviews are in.

From a 1/6/2015 Consumer Reports review: Both electronic Schlage locks we tested—the $130 Schlage BE365 V CAM 619 and the similar Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Alarm BE469NX CAM 619, $200—were impressive or even exceptional against all our efforts in our kick-in test. That brought both locks to the top of the Ratings in those categories.

And most consumers are satified.

Original post starts here.



CES Day Two: Big Data Powers the Internet of Things.  (DMA, 1/7/2015)
The Internet of Things (or “The Internet of Me”) continued to dominate the conversation at CES and blaze as one of the hottest topics. Schlage, for example, announced a touch pad smart lock that users Siri voice commands to allow homeowners to unlock and lock their doors at will.

"Live."  Perhaps the song reached #7 on Cashbox, but "Let's Lock the Door" just missed the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It spent 2 weeks at #11 in February 1965.



Related posts:
Public libraries enter the Internet of Things.  (1/8/2015)
The Internet of things as Brave New World.  (1/8/2015)
VW Golf gesture control:  No wristband required.  (1/6/2015)
Tagg your dog.  (1/6/2015)
2015 Consumer Electronics Show preview.  (1/6/2015)
The 'Internet of things' wristband.  (1/6/2015)

Be your own home brewer the easy way with Pico Brew Micro Brewer


CES pre-order special at $599.



Picobrew brew.  (Wired, 1/6/2016)
Think of PicoBrew like the Keurig of homebrewing: Yes, a lot of purists are mad about it, and yes, it takes the drudgery out of making your own beer at home.

Other CES 2016 posts:
Daqri smart helmet.  (1/8/2016)
This shower head tells you when your time is up.  (1/7/2016)
According to this HairMax instructional video, 82 medical-grade lasers will put a smile on your face.  (1/6/2016)
You may or may not get a charge out of the Digitsole Smartshoe.  (1/6/2016)
Enrich your family life with this Samsung Smart Family Hub Fridge.  (1/6/2016)

CES 2016: Daqri Smart Helmet




Daqri Smart Helmet.  (Wired, 1/6/2016)
Designed for construction workers. The Daqri, which made an appearance during Intel’s keynote this week, and which, importantly, is actually shipping, doesn’t just look futuristic. It acts the part, too, with a heads-up display that makes a construction site an augmented reality playground
See the 'unlisted' video here.

According to a 1/6/2016 c|net post, the helmet will be available for purchase in March.  Sorry, corporate customers only; no individual sales.  Priced "somewhere in the ballpark of $5,000 to $15,000 per unit".  Quite the spacious ballpark, I'd say.


Other CES 2016 posts:
This shower head tells you when your time is up.  (1/7/2015)
According to this HairMax instructional video, 82 medical-grade lasers will put a smile on your face.  (1/6/2016)
You may or may not get a charge out of the Digitsole Smartshoe.  (1/6/2016)
Enrich your family life with this Samsung Smart Family Hub Fridge.  (1/6/2016)

The full Grassley contingent: A classic strategy fails


Mike Huckabee:  Completed January 2016


Rick Santorum.  Completed September 2015


Santorum's current polling average in Iowa is 0.8%

And Scott Walker had visited more than one-third of Iowa's 99 counties by the time he 'suspended' his Presidential campaign in September 2015.  Guess for the most part voters didn't like what they saw.


Well, not always.  ("Veteran strategists" bow down in front of the Iowa caucus altar.)


Related posts:
Mike Huckabee to complete the full Grassley -- to no avail.  (1/2/2016)
Scott Walker and his obsession with the full Grassley.  (9/13/2015)

No surprise that the Wisconsin Group Insurance Board, chaired by a longtime Republican donor, is looking at self-insurance for state workers



Board to vote in February on self-insurance for state workers.  (Madison.com, 1/8/2016)
After a special meeting Thursday to discuss the issue, the Group Insurance Board, largely controlled by the governor, is set to vote Feb. 17 on whether to issue requests for proposals from companies that would assist the state in self-insuring workers, on a regional or statewide basis, starting in 2018.  [emphasis added]

A board that is indeed controlled by the Governor



Other Walker contributions:  Michael Farrell (1/$100) and Charles Grapentine (5/$450)

Guess we know why Jon is the chair.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Cashton Public Library: 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance


Admittedly, Retiring Guy spends more time highlighting the statistics of Wisconsin's larger public libraries, which is one of the reasons that I initiated this alphabetical series and decided to temporarily suspend this top-down look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.

This series features a bottoms-up look at 2009-2014 annual circulation and program attendance.



All statistics found at Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.

2009-2014 comparisons

A member of the Winding Rivers Library System

Library hours of operation (winter):
  • Monday:  10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday:  10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
31 hours per week.  (Compared to 21 hours per week in 2009.)

Photo credit:  Google

Small libraries in the news:
U.S. Association for Rural and Small Libraries Market Research.  Survey and Focus Group Findings.  Executive Summary.  (February 28, 2013; 6 pages)
U.S.  The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States.  (Institute of Museum and Library Services, September 2013, 13 pages)
Alabama:  Funding tight for small rural libraries.  (Dothan Eagle, 2/7/2015)
Arkansas.  Small libraries struggle to stay open.  (I Love Libraries)
Colorado:  Best Small Library in America 2014: Pine River Library.  (Library Journal, 1/29/2014)
Idaho:  What about the small library?  (Idaho Commission for Libraries, 12/19/2011)
Illinois:  Small-town libraries struggling to keep up with technology.  (Springfield IL State Register-Journal, 7/5/2014)
Kansas.  Tiny Public Library in Kansas Uses Digital Projects to Stay RelevantKentucky.  (The Digital Shift, 11/28/2011)
Kentucky.  Owsley County's public library thrives despite widespread poverty.  (Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/27/2014)
Maine.  Rural Maine libraries on borrowed time as towns seek ways to save tax dollars. (Portland Press Herald, 10/2/2014)
Missouri.  Photo Gallery: Martinsburg Branch Library maintains large demand in a tiny town.  (The Missourian, 1/2/2016)
Montana.  The Loaves and Fishes Library | Best Small Library in America 2015:  Belgrade Community Library.  (Library Journal, 1/27/2015)
North Carolina.  State program helps public libraries share books.  (News-Observer, 12/25/2015)
Ohio.  Centerburg library small but mighty.  (Mount Vernon News, 12/7/2015)
Oregon.  Small town's library invites interaction.  (Eugene Register-Guard, 11/17/2015)

Other posts in the series:
Winchester Public Library.  (10/21/2015)
Neshkoro Public Library.  (10/22/2015)
Wabeno Public Library.  (10/23/2015)
Lone Rock Community Library.  (10/24/2015)
Hawkins Area Library.   (10/25/2015)
John Turgeson Public Library, Belmont.  (10/27/2015)
Argyle Public Library.  (10/28/2015)
Montfort Public Library.  (10/29/2015)
Taylor Memorial Library.  (10/30/2015)
Fairchild Public Library.  (10/31/2015)
Lowell Public Library.  (11/2/2015)
Independence Public Library.  (11/3/2015)
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community Library (11/4/2015)
Bloomington Public Library.  (11/5/2015)
Allen-Dietzman Public Library, Livingston.  (11/6/2015)
Ettrick Public Library.  (11/8/2015)
Lester Public Library of Arpin.  (11/9/2015)
Lac du Flambeau Public Library.  (11/10/2015)
Clarella Hackett Johnson Public Library, Sand Creek.  (11/11/2015)
Drummond Public Library.  (11/12/2015)
Norwalk Public Library.  (11/13/2015)
Endeavor Public Library.  (11/15/2015)
Cobb Public Library.  (11/16/2015)
Centuria Public Library.  (11/17/2015)
De Soto Public Library.  (11/18/2015)
Westboro Public Library.  (11/19/2015)
Lester Public Library of Vesper.  (11/20/2015)
Ogema Public Library. (11/21/2015)
Benton Public Library.  (11/22/2015)
Readstown Public Library.  (11/23/2015)
Madeline Island Public Library.  (11/24/2015)
Scandinavia Public Library.  (11/25/2015)
Packwaukee Public Library.  (11/26/2015)
Wyocena Public Library.  (11/28/2015)
Deer Park Public Library.  (11/29/2015)
Kendall Public Library.  (11/30/2015)
Reeseville Public Library.  (12/1/2015)
Bruce Area Library.  (12/2/2015)
Iron Ridge Public Library.  (12/3/2015)
Edith Evans Community Library, Laona.  (12/4/2015)
Gays Mills Public Library.  (12/5/2015)
Viola Public Library.  (12/7/2015)
Big Bend Village Library.  (12/8/2015)
Shiocton Public Library.  (12/10/2015)
Presque Isle Public Library.  (12/11/2015)
Rock Springs Public Library.  (12/13/2015)
Poy Sippi Public Library.  (12/14/2015)
Granton Community Library.  (12/16/2015)
Eckstein Memorial Library, Cassville.  (12/18/2015)
Strum Public Library. (12/20/2015)
Withee Public Library.  (12/22/2015)
LaValle Public Library.  (12/26/2015)
Blanchardville Public Library.  (12/28/2015)
Hurley Public Library.  (12/29/2015)
Soldiers Grove Public Library.  (1/3/2016)
Hazel Green Public Library.  (1/4/2016)