Saturday, January 7, 2017

My guess is that we have Audrey Hepburn to thank for the popularity of Tiffany as a baby name


Source:  Social Security Administration



Breakfast at Tiffany's opened on October 5, 1961.

MOVIE REVIEW.  The Screen: 'Breakfast at Tiffany's':Audrey Hepburn Stars in Music Hall Comedy.  (The New York Times, 10/6/1961)
Above all, it has the overpowering attribute known as Audrey Hepburn, who, despite her normal, startled fawn exterior, now is displaying a fey, comic talent that should enchant Mr. Capote, who created the amoral pixie she portrays, as well as moviegoers meeting her for the first time in the guise of Holly Golightly.
Related post:
The meteoric rise and fall of Tammy.  (12/18/2013)

Raymond Kane (1940-2016) Warren High School class of 1959



1959 Dragon yearbook


1967 Warren City Directory
  • [county section' Kane Melenie [sic] 113 N Main N Warren
  • [county section] Kane Raymond 113 N Main N Warren
  • Kane Richd USA r211 Frank 
1983 Warren City Directory
  • [county section' Kane Malcenia rRt 1 Youngsville
  • [county section] Kane Raymond rRt 1 Youngsville
  • [county section] Kane Richd r121 Mill St Youngsville

The popularity of 'Raymond' as a baby name is found here.  Let's take a look at 'Brian'.

A late bloomer, he came into his own during the 1960s and continued to flourish through the end of the century.  He spent his best years -- 1970, 1972-77 -- at #8.  The first 15 years of the 21st century find him in decline.


Other members of the class of '59
Suzanne Spattifor Carlson.  (6/27/2016)
David Valone.  (3/7/2015)
Daniel Otterbein.  (9/20/2014)
Jeanne Williams.  (5/25/2014)
Clara Swanson Carlson.  (5/22/2014)

UPDATE. Dear Henderson County residents, You're as likely to be killed by your own furntiure as you are by a terrorist


Source of blog title:  Life Insurance Quotes, Deadly Statistics.  (Both are 1 in 20 million.)

In a North Carolina Town, Terrorism Abroad Raises Apprehension. (The New York Times, 12/23/2016)
Here in Henderson County, an upper-middle-class patch of western North Carolina where solid suburban homes stand next to hilly apple orchards, Mr. Trump’s tone did not appeal, but the underlying message hit home. Immigration looms large here: Hispanics now make up about 10 percent of the population.

Source:  Wikipedia


Source:  CNN


1/6/2017 update, " 'Mayberry' mayor David Rowe wants to Make America Great Again, 1950s style", starts here.


Reported in How nostalgia for white Christian America drove so many Americans to vote for Trump.  (Washington Post, 1/5/2017)

Source:  Wikipedia
 Mount Airy is located in Surry County


Source:  U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts

Source;  CNN


Original 6/22/2013 post, "Living in, Leveraging the Past In Mount Airy, North Carolina", starts here.




Inspiring Mayberry, and Then Becoming It. (6/21/2013)


But if she does, I recommend she starts here.

City of Mount Airy, North Carolina

CES 2017 robot parade: Meet Olly




Olly is the home robot pal who will grow to be just like you.  (c|net, 1/3/2017)
When it comes to what the robot can actually do, it is similar to Amazon's Echo or Google Home. It can respond to your questions by looking up information for you, and can control all of your smart devices and internet-connected products you may have around your home. Where it differs from its rivals is in its ability to be proactive. It could predict whether you might want to listen to music when you get home from work for example, as well as what you might like that music to be. 

Buyer beware.  (From the video.)  Several of Olly's functions did not work when it was demoed but it is due to go on sale later this year.

Other CES 2017 previews (or not):
Lynx Robot.  (1/7/2017)
LG Hub Robot.  (1/6/2017)
Lego goes robotic.  (1/6/2017)
Meet Kuri. (I'll leave you to decide if this allegedly 'adorable' robot is worth $700).  (1/6/2017)
Are you still using a dumb brush?  (1/3/2017)
IllumniBowl 2.0 (as seen on TV).   (12/21/2016)
Fireside Audiobox.  (12/20/2016)
Sony 4K OLED TV.  (12/19/2016)

CES 2017. Las Vegas as Robot City: Meet Alexa-powered Lynx Robot




Lynx Robot is Alexa's best disguise at CES 2017.  (c|net, 1/5/2017)
Available later this year at $800-$1000. Lynx is on display at CES 2017. We got to see the cute little guy doing a dance and striking various poses. Lynx will show you how to do various exercises and thus help you with yoga, but though its flexible and quite capable of shuffling, I was disappointed to found out it's not great at moving forward or backward. I'd thought Alexa would be able to follow you around or find you, but Lynx scoots forward too slowly to be useful.

Other CES 2017 previews (or not):
LG Hub Robot.  (1/6/2017)
Lego goes robotic.  (1/6/2017)
Meet Kuri. (I'll leave you to decide if this allegedly 'adorable' robot is worth $700).  (1/6/2017)
Are you still using a dumb brush?  (1/3/2017)
IllumniBowl 2.0 (as seen on TV).   (12/21/2016)
Fireside Audiobox.  (12/20/2016)
Sony 4K OLED TV.  (12/19/2016)

When WI Attorney General Brad Schimel sez "kick ass every day", what does he mean exactly?


Primary source:  Merriam-Webster

Schimel drops $10,000 on commemorative coins, by Daniel Bice.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/6/2017)  That's $10,000 of taxpayer dollars.

Wherein we also learn.


My guess is that it's a different idiom for Mr. Schimel when it comes to Scott Walker.

UPDATE. Randy Hopp's objection only serves to shine a light on his negatives



Reported in Ruling: Moylan can remain Elgin library candidate.  (Daily Herald, 1/6/2017)


1/3/2017 update, "Randy Hopp can't escape his checkered library past", starts here.


Reported in Slash marks on statement challenged by Gail Borden library board candidate.  (Courier-News, 12/29/2016)


12/15/2016 update, "Banned from three libraries, Randy Hopp still wants "to be able to serve"", starts here.

Two of the bans are still in effect.



Reported in Former trustee Hopp, banned from library, running for Gail Borden board.  (Chicago Tribune, 12/14/2016)

Related articles:
UPDATE. Randy Hopp participates in tangle at candidates' debate.  (10/15/2016)
Randy Hopp not running for a library board seat this year, now shooting for Kane County Board.  (2/26/2016)
Randy Hopp may continue to use the Gail Borden Library, but he will not be serving on the board.  (4/9/2015)
The Randy Hopp saga returns.  (1/8/2015)
Randy Hopp is no longer a Gail Borden library trustee.  (5/27/2013)
Elgin Library trustee Randy Hopp not yet fit to stand trial .  (5/23/2013)
Sign this guy up for anger management classes.  (1/19/2012)
Library board member from hell is here to stay. ( 6/19/2011)
Add Elgin Community College to the list of places where Randy Hopp is banned.  (5/2/2011)
Gail Borden's 'board member from hell' is back in the news again.  (3/26/2011)
Crossing t's and dotting i's aren't enough for this library board member. (1/15/2011)
The strange saga of Randy Hopp, library trustee.  (5/23/2010)

Friday, January 6, 2017

CES 2017: LG Hub Robot




LG's new Hub Robot ties together the smart home.  (c|net, 1/4/2017)
The LG Hub Robot features a circular "face" with a screen displaying eyes -- perched atop a softly conical white body. The robot can re-orient itself to face the user and bob along with music it's playing. The screen can also display images and videos, although how exactly it accesses these is currently unclear.

 ROFL

Other CES 2017 previews (or not):
Lego goes robotic.  (1/6/2017)
Meet Kuri. (I'll leave you to decide if this allegedly 'adorable' robot is worth $700).  (1/6/2017)
Are you still using a dumb brush?  (1/3/2017)
IllumniBowl 2.0 (as seen on TV).   (12/21/2016)
Fireside Audiobox.  (12/20/2016)
Sony 4K OLED TV.  (12/19/2016)

CES 2017: Lego goes robotic




Lego Boost is going to turn all your Lego toys into programmable robots.  (c|net, 1/3/2017)
The $160 set, coming in the second half of 2017, comes with instructions to build five different things out of the box: "Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder." After that, any existing Legos can be glommed onto new creations, according to Lego: "a walking base for making animals like a dragon or a pony, a driving base for building vehicles like a dune buggy or rover, and an entrance base so that children can make their own castle, fort, or even a futuristic space station." The kit is targeted at kids 7 and older.

Other CES 2017 previews (or not):
Meet Kuri. (I'll leave you to decide if this allegedly 'adorable' robot is worth $700).  (1/6/2017)
Are you still using a dumb brush?  (1/3/2017)
IllumniBowl 2.0 (as seen on TV).   (12/21/2016)
Fireside Audiobox.  (12/20/2016)
Sony 4K OLED TV.  (12/19/2016)

CES 2017. Meet Kuri. (I'll leave you to decide if this allegedly 'adorable' robot is worth $700)


You'll have to wait til the end of the year if you're smitten.



Kuri is a robot nanny that charms the kids and watches your place.  (c|net, 1/3/2017)
Supposedly, Kuri can also recognize faces and context and adapt its responses accordingly. Those responses include chirps and nods, since Kuri doesn't talk, though it will play podcast, music and tell stories. It also has LEDs built into its chest that can change colors.

 Other CES 2017 previews (or not):
Are you still using a dumb brush?  (1/3/2017)
IllumniBowl 2.0 (as seen on TV).   (12/21/2016)
Fireside Audiobox.  (12/20/2016)
Sony 4K OLED TV.  (12/19/2016)

UPDATE. Ettrick Public Library: 2009-2015 annual circulation and program attendance




2009-2015 comparisons
  • 63% increase in circulation 
  • 11% decrease in program attendance

A member of the Winding Rivers Library System
Photo credit:  Citydata.com


Library hours of operation: 
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday:   1 to 6:30 7 p.m.
  • Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Saturday:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
24.5 30 hours per week.  (Compared to 19 hours per week, on average, in 2009.)



Other posts in the series:
Related websites:
Small and Rural Library Resources (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)
"Small, but Mighty" Track.  (Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference)
Small Public Libraries in Wisconsin.  (Winnefox Library System; PowerPoint slides)
Wisconsin Small Libraries (Wisconsin Library Association)


Intro to original series:
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.

Fond du Lac Public Library holdings, 2011-2015





2011-2015 changes:
  • Books |  +4,059
  • Audio |  +1,695
  • Video |  +9,549
  • Periodicals | -79
  • Expenditures | +$4,469 (+1%)

Fond du Lac Library
  • Standalone online catalog:  SirsiDynix
  • Collection development policey  (not available online)

Other updates and additional entries to series:
Algoma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Alma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Altoona Public Library.  (9/22/2016)
Antigo Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
>Appleton Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Argyle Public Library.  (9/24/2016)
Vaughn Public Library, Ashland.  (9/25/2016)
Baldwin Public Library.  (9/27/2016)
Baraboo Public Library.  (9/29/2016)
Barneveld Public Library.  (9/30/2016)
Barron Public Library.  (10/1/2016)
Beloit Public Library.  (10/6/2016)
Benton Public Library.  (10/7/2016)
Berlin Public Library.  (10/9/2016)
Big Bend Village Library.  (10/10/2016)
Hildebrand Memorial Library, Boscobel.  (10/18/2016)
Boyceville Public Library.  (10/20/2016)
Brandon Public Library.  (10/21/2016)
Brillion Public Library.  (10/22/2016)
Brown Deer Public Library.  (10/25/2016)
Bruce Area Library. (10/27/2016)
Butler Public Library.  (10/29/2016)
Cadott Community Library.  (10/31/2016)
Jane Morgan Memorial Library, Cambria.  (11/1/2016)
Cedarburg Public Library.  (11/8/2016)
Centuria Public Library.  (11/9/2016)
Chilton Public Library.  (11/11/2016)
Clinton Public Library.  (11/15/2016)
Cobb Public Library.  (11/17/2016)
Colby Public Library.  (11/18/2016)
Colfax Public Library.  (11/19/2016)
Coloma Public Library.  (11/20/2016)
Columbus Public Library.  (11/21/2016)
Cornell Public Library.  (11/22/2016)
Crandon Public Library.  (11/23/2016)
Rosemary Garfoot Public Library (Cross Plains).  (11/24/2016)
Cuba City Public Library.  (11/25/2016)
Cudahy Family Library.  (11/26/2016)
Thomas St. Angelo Public Library, Cumberland.  (11/27/2017)
Darien Public Library.  (11/28/2016)
Johnson Public Library, Darlington.  (11/29/2016)
Deer Park Public Library.  (11/30/2016)
Deerfield Public Library.  (12/1/2016)
Delafield Public Library.  (12/4/2016)
Aram Public Library, Delavan.  (12/5/2016)
De Soto Public Library.  (12/6/2016)
Dresser Village Library.  (12/10/2016)
Drummond Public Library.  (12/11/2016)
Durand Community Library.  (12/12/2016)
Alice Baker Memorial Library, Eagle.  (12/13/2016)
Walter E. Olson Memorial Library, Eagle River.  (12/14/2016)
East Troy Lions Public Library.  (12/15/2016)
L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library  (Eau Claire).  12/16/2016)
Edgerton Public Library.  (12/17/2016)
Elkhart Lake Public Library.  (12/18/2016)
Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn.  (12/19/2016)
Ellsworth Public Library.  (12/20/2016)
Elm Grove Public Library.  (12/21/2016)
Elmwood Public Library.  (12/22/2016)
Elroy Public Library.  (12/23/2016)
Endeavor Public Library.  (12/24/2016)
Eager Free Public Library, Evansville.  (12/25/2016)
Fairchild Public Library.  (1/1/2017)
Fall Creek Public Library.  (1/3/2017)
Dwight T. Parker Public Library, Fennimore.  (1/4/2017)
Florence County Library.  (1/5/2017)

New York Times headline news: GOP overreach and public pushback


Day 1:  The situation
(1/2/2017)
(highlight added)

 Day 2:  The overreach
1/3/2017
(highlight added)

 Day 3:  The pushback
1/4/2017

Are the first 3 words of this headline really necessary?




Retiring Guy returned to his car with nearly numb fingers after taking his own shots of 'ice, ice baby' on Lake Mendota.  (From the Marshall Park beach.)

Carnage on the road: Not to mention the fact that cars today offer many more distractions


As my wife and I recently learned after buying a new car for the first time in 10 years.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Wisconsin traffic deaths up 6 percent, highest in 5 years.  (Madison.com, 1/4/2017)

Other numbers:

  • 588  - people killed in crashes on Wisconsin roads in 2017
  • 19% - increase in fatalities since 2014
  • 90% - WI crashes caused by drivers' bad decisions or dangerous habits

Thursday, January 5, 2017

UPDATE. Lester Library of Arpin: 2009-2015 annual circulation and program attendance




2009-2015 comparisons
  • 29% decrease in circulation 
  • 164% increase in program attendance

Library hours of operation (no change)
  • Monday, Thursday:   4 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  noon to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Saturday:  9 a.m. to noon
  • Friday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
30 hours per week.  (Compared to 30 hours per week, on average, in 2009.)

Other posts in the series:
Winchester Public Library.  (12/12/2016)
Taylor Memorial Library.  (12/12/2016)
Lone Rock Community Library.  (12/13/2016)
John Turgeson Public Library, Belmont.  (12/14/2016)
Wabeno Public Library.  (12/15/2016)
Montfort Public Library.  (12/16/2016)
Hawkins Area Public Library.  (12/17/2016)
Argyle Public Library.  (12/18/2016)
Neshkoro Public Library.  (12/19/2016)
Lowell Public Library.  (12/20/2016)
Readstown Public Library.  (12/21/2016)
Fairchild Public Library.  (12/22/2016)
Allen-Dietzman Public Library.  (12/23/2016)
Bloomington Public Library.  (12/24/2016)
Lac du Flambeau Public Library.  (12/25/2016)
Drummond Public Library.  (1/1/2017)
De Soto Public Library.  (1/3/2017)
Norwalk Public Library.  (1/4/2017)

Related websites:
Small and Rural Library Resources (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)
"Small, but Mighty" Track.  (Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference)
Small Public Libraries in Wisconsin.  (Winnefox Library System; PowerPoint slides)
Wisconsin Small Libraries (Wisconsin Library Association)


Intro to original series:
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.


Florence County Library holdings, 2011-2015


2011-2015 changes:
  • Books |   -497
  • Audio |     -32
  • Video |   +498
  • Periodicals | -4
  • Expenditures | +$5,078 (+110%)

Photo credit: Facebook
Florence County Library

Other updates and additional entries to series:
Algoma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Alma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Altoona Public Library.  (9/22/2016)
Antigo Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
>Appleton Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Argyle Public Library.  (9/24/2016)
Vaughn Public Library, Ashland.  (9/25/2016)
Baldwin Public Library.  (9/27/2016)
Baraboo Public Library.  (9/29/2016)
Barneveld Public Library.  (9/30/2016)
Barron Public Library.  (10/1/2016)
Beloit Public Library.  (10/6/2016)
Benton Public Library.  (10/7/2016)
Berlin Public Library.  (10/9/2016)
Big Bend Village Library.  (10/10/2016)
Hildebrand Memorial Library, Boscobel.  (10/18/2016)
Boyceville Public Library.  (10/20/2016)
Brandon Public Library.  (10/21/2016)
Brillion Public Library.  (10/22/2016)
Brown Deer Public Library.  (10/25/2016)
Bruce Area Library. (10/27/2016)
Butler Public Library.  (10/29/2016)
Cadott Community Library.  (10/31/2016)
Jane Morgan Memorial Library, Cambria.  (11/1/2016)
Cedarburg Public Library.  (11/8/2016)
Centuria Public Library.  (11/9/2016)
Chilton Public Library.  (11/11/2016)
Clinton Public Library.  (11/15/2016)
Cobb Public Library.  (11/17/2016)
Colby Public Library.  (11/18/2016)
Colfax Public Library.  (11/19/2016)
Coloma Public Library.  (11/20/2016)
Columbus Public Library.  (11/21/2016)
Cornell Public Library.  (11/22/2016)
Crandon Public Library.  (11/23/2016)
Rosemary Garfoot Public Library (Cross Plains).  (11/24/2016)
Cuba City Public Library.  (11/25/2016)
Cudahy Family Library.  (11/26/2016)
Thomas St. Angelo Public Library, Cumberland.  (11/27/2017)
Darien Public Library.  (11/28/2016)
Johnson Public Library, Darlington.  (11/29/2016)
Deer Park Public Library.  (11/30/2016)
Deerfield Public Library.  (12/1/2016)
Delafield Public Library.  (12/4/2016)
Aram Public Library, Delavan.  (12/5/2016)
De Soto Public Library.  (12/6/2016)
Dresser Village Library.  (12/10/2016)
Drummond Public Library.  (12/11/2016)
Durand Community Library.  (12/12/2016)
Alice Baker Memorial Library, Eagle.  (12/13/2016)
Walter E. Olson Memorial Library, Eagle River.  (12/14/2016)
East Troy Lions Public Library.  (12/15/2016)
L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library  (Eau Claire).  12/16/2016)
Edgerton Public Library.  (12/17/2016)
Elkhart Lake Public Library.  (12/18/2016)
Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn.  (12/19/2016)
Ellsworth Public Library.  (12/20/2016)
Elm Grove Public Library.  (12/21/2016)
Elmwood Public Library.  (12/22/2016)
Elroy Public Library.  (12/23/2016)
Endeavor Public Library.  (12/24/2016)
Eager Free Public Library, Evansville.  (12/25/2016)
Fairchild Public Library.  (1/1/2017)
Fall Creek Public Library.  (1/3/2017)
Dwight T. Parker Public Library, Fennimore.  (1/4/2017)