In a class that has you using some statistical software? Completely confused? Whether you can't get software to do what you want, you don't quite understand what the software's actually doing, or you want to talk through a problem with someone, stop by our Stats Help Desk located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) for help from a qualified associate! Beginning Monday, February 1, the desk will be staffed during the following hours this semester:
Mondays : 2:30p - 6p
Tuesdays : 2p - 3:30p
Wednesdays : 2:30p - 6p
Thursdays : 2p - 3:30p
No appointment necessary! Just drop-in!
Don't forget, David Bowie was an actor, too. Check out some of his select work and look beyond the Labyrinth codpiece. He was Tesla. He played a space-time-traumatized FBI agent for David Lynch. He lent his voice to Spongebob Squarepants (season 5, ep. "Atlantis Squarepantis"). Because of course. He's David Bowie. He can do whatever he wants.
Start here, but don't stop here. Watch the weird and wonderful career of an artist who wasn't bound by medium (only fabulous costume design and makeup).
Image: David Bowie 1980 Cross Leg Clown
image via davidbowie.com
This week, the Dept. of Film Studies held its First Annual Research Seminar Conference in Williams Hall. Five students presented their work, all of which required diverse research strategies and demonstrated deep critical and analytical thinking (and made me, their subject librarian, really, really proud). PLUS. Did I mention? MOVIES. All the movies. Chilean movies! Polish cinema! Silent films! Die Hard! Ben Affleck's punchable face!
Below is a list of the films these researchers studied & shared, including access links via Miami U Libraries, OhioLINK, and, in a few cases, WorldCat and the open web.
Silent Film, But Not (Always) Silent Women
The Spanish Dancer, Dir. Pola Negri (available WorldCat, closest location? U Pitt)
The Wind, Dir. Victor Sjöström (available WorldCat, closest location? U of Cincinnati Main Campus)
The Mysterious Lady, Dir. Fred Niblo (available WorldCat, closest location? Indianapolis Public Library)
Leone’s Contemporary Hollywood
Dollars Trilogy, Dir. Sergio Leone
Taxi Driver, Dir. Martin Scorsese (VHS available Miami U Libraries, King; DVD OhioLINK)
Star Wars, Dir. George Lucas (Original trilogy available Miami U Libraries, King)
Evil Dead, Dir. Sam Raimi (available OhioLINK)
Die Hard, Dir. John McTiernan (VHS available Miami U Libraries, King; DVD OhioLINK)
Love is Horrific? Love is Horrific.
Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) Dir. Tomas Alfredson (available OhioLINK)
It Follows, Dir. David Robert Mitchell (available OhioLink)
Gone Girl, Dir. David Fincher (available Miami U Libraries, King)
A Magical, Mystical Chilean Adventure
Fando Y Lis (available Miami U Libraries, King)
El Topo (available Miami U Libraries, King)
The Holy Mountain (available Miami U Libraries, King)
all above films dir. by Alejandro Jodorowsky
The Shadow Knows
Ugetsu, Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi (available Kanopy streaming video)
Rashomon, Dir. Akira Kurosawa (available Kanopy streaming video)
Cruel Story of Youth, Dir. Nagisa Oshima (available OhioLINK)
Ran, Dir. Akira Kurosawa (available Miami U Libraries, King)
Ashes and Diamonds, Dir. Andrzej Wajda (available Kanopy streaming video)
A Short Film about Killing, Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski (available WorldCat, closest location? UW Madison)
A Short Film about Love, Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski (available WorldCat, closest location? Bettendorf Public Library)
The Decalogue, (VHS available Miami U Libraries)
The Double Life of Veronique, Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski (available Kanopy streaming video)
Stay tuned for more Recommended Viewing titles. For now, form an orderly queue, and get watching!
About a month ago, I put scans of our Ethiopian prayer book online as a new digital collection(you can read all about it below). But now I am excited to announce that we have also added every page of the book to our Flickr account, so if Flickr's your thing be sure to have a look!
Also, I'm still searching for a scholar of the Ge'ez language who can tell me what is actually written in the book, so if you know someone...
The following was originally part of a blog post on the Walter Havighurst Special Collections website:
In 1987, the assistant to the head of Special Collections & Archives, Frances McClure, came back from Kenya with a prayer book she had purchased. She was told it was originally owned by Woldge Georgis, son of Tewoderas who briefly ruled over Ethiopia 1413-1414. It is handwritten and illustrated on animal skin, bound in a wood cover, and was originally kept in a leather satchel. The language it is written in, Ge'ez, is a Semitic language that is no longer spoken but is still used in the liturgy of some Ethiopian churches.
Beyond this, there is little we can say about it, other than that it is a beautifully constructed book, with some amazing artwork. And now we are happy to announce that it is viewable online in its entirety! The entire prayer book may be viewed here, and I encourage you all to take some time to explore the book - I doubt you've seen anything like it before!
Over the past few weeks, we've attempted to present an "objective" take on the best new popular music of 2015 by averaging scores from the criticism aggregation site metacritic.com and the user-run database rateyourmusic.com. For our third and final list, your editor (hello!) has compiled a Spotify playlist from some of his personal favorite albums that didn't appear on the first two lists. This list makes for a total of 70 featured albums, and we're still only scratching the surface of great new music.
Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/5qB03w6SbqO4wpWkJvOTvr
As a special "bonus" list, here's our sneak peek at some of the albums coming out in 2016: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/2srb3GVw1GVl0MiRqYLlgs
For finals week, we say (as they do in Italy): "in bocca al lupo!" Have an excellent break and January term.
Here are all of our lists from this semester:
See Part 1 of our series here: http://www.lib.miamioh.edu/blog/best-new-music-2015-part-1-spotify-playlist
A few weeks ago, Amos Music Library debuted Part 1 of our playlist series featuring the best popular music of 2015. The first list presented the top 20 albums from artists with at least 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Today we share our "Esoteric" list. Once again, these top 20 albums have the highest average scores from metacritic.com and rateyourmusic.com; in this case, however, these artists have fewer than 100,000 monthly listeners. Here you'll find some unusual genres and sub-genres with a small number of enthusiastic fans. Looking for Indie Pop sung in Welsh? A radical environmentalism-themed fusion of death metal and grindcore? Folk music from Mali? They're all here!
Also, please note that some well-received albums are not available on Spotify and are not eligible for our lists. Two such albums (by Joanna Newsom and Steven Wilson) are owned by the library on CD, so be sure to stop by and check those out, as well.
Here are the Top 20 Esoteric albums, in order, with their respective genres:
Check back next week for our third and final list.
Over the next few weeks, Amos Music library will be presenting Spotify playlists featuring some of the best new popular music for 2015. First up: our Consensus list. To make this list, artists need at least 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Our album ranking was determined by averaging the critical scores found on the websites rateyourmusic.com and metacritic.com. The playlist consists of selections from the top 20 qualifying albums.
Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/6CQQO9UZFI08CpjU9GkxeG
Here are the Top 20, in order, with their respective genres:
Join us in two weeks for Part 2 of our series.
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Sufjan Stevens can be a difficult musician to summarize. At times, his music is spare acoustic folk, intimate, nostalgic, and heartbreaking. At others, it's grandiose and exuberant, full of baroque-style horn flourishes or electronic white noise. He has built albums around his youth in the midwest, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the passing of his mother, and the work of schizophrenic artist Royal Robertson. His live shows have featured cheerleader costumes, wings, and giant game show spinning wheels. Themes range from religious allegory to odes to pop culture flotsam. The best way to understand, though, is to listen, and at almost 3 hours, this week's Spotify playlist will give you quite the sampling. We end the list with some selections from his multi-volume Christmas album series.
Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/6DuzuvjbXu6JzIx5qs8kyu
Sufjan is playing Cincinnati tomorrow (Friday) at the Aronoff Center. Tickets are available here: http://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/sufjan-stevens
You'll see Sufjan's name again next week when we begin our 3-part "Best of 2015" playlist series.