PAST YEARS: 2015, 2014, 2013
Let’s get it out of the way before we jump into everything: 2016 wasn’t a great year for most of us and there are way too many reasons out there to put here into this blog so I’m not gonna do that. Let’s try something else, something that we all remember from way back in 2014-2015: positivity.
At the time of this writing, I have successfully arisen from my slumber on 337 out of the 366 days in 2016. I’ve spent most of the time I have been awake during those 337 days doing two things: spending it with my family or working for my community. I don’t have a fancy photo or some numbers to show you to back this up. I can just promise you that my family, our home, and the Benson Memorial Library continue to exist, thrive, and go about doing things that have a positive impact on the world. It’s the only thing that we know how to do.
I have enjoyed listening to all kinds of music. I’ve played so much Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I’ve got to watch some great films. I can’t recall what their titles were but they were enjoyable in the moment.
I did eat way too much food and I didn’t go on enough walks. I am going to do my best to fix that in 2017.
I really enjoyed meeting lots of new people this year as I did some traveling. I think traveling is the best…you get a chance to connect with people you have never met before, and in doing so your world grows and you grow as a person. I never want to stop growing and being a better Justin. I think that’s where my recent obsession with cyborgs comes from. Cyborgs can upgrade and change. I’ve been trying to figure out a way that I can do that myself as a human being. I think I’ve got it!
Goodbye to you 2016. I can’t think of a better way to say au revoir than Bowie’s Lazarus.
This way or no way
You know, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now ain’t that just like me
Posted in Family, Libraries, Life, Music, Titusville, PA, Video Games
Tagged 2016, David Bowie, Family, Librarian, Libraries, Library, Life, Love, Movies, Music, PA, Pennsylvania, Titusville, Video Games, Year in Review
Originally released in 2013 (2012 in Japan), the Nintendo 3DS version of the popular franchise gets an update…3 years after it was released. I have to admit I was thrown off a bit when this update was announced, but as a very avid Animal Crossing: New Leaf fan I was so excited that I jumped out of my pants.
You can read all about the improvements made in the update by clicking on this sentence. While I do really enjoy the added Amiibo compatibility, my favorite part are the added items and the MEOW coupons, which reward you daily for accomplishing tasks around your town. I was already visiting my town daily to shake trees, collect fruit, and more, and with this update it gives me even more of a reason to say hello to my townspeople. The new and returning characters are just as you’d expect from any character in the Animal Crossing series…adorable and instantly loveable. They fit really well into the world of Animal Crossing and I look forward to seeing them in my town everyday.
Anyone who is a fan of the Animal Crossing series will love this update. It packs so much more into a game that was already full of great joy. New Leaf is the pinnacle of the series so far and I am curious to see where Nintendo takes this game when their new system comes out in March 2017. In my opinion, it would be hard to improve on this amazing gem of a game but I’ve been surprised before.
It is hard to place these in order listing my favorites at the top, so this is instead a list of great video games that are some of the best ever created. Totally pay attention to numbers 1-10 on the list though!
Image by Raina Telgemeier. Used with her permission because she’s really nice like that.
- Animal Crossing New Leaf
- Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Super Mario 64
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
- Super Mario Maker
- Shining Force
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Super Mario World
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Shining Force II
- Super Mario Galaxy
- Super Metroid
- Kickle Cubicle
- Metal Gear Solid
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Resident Evil 4
- Mario Kart 8
- GoldenEye 007
- Chrono Trigger
- Final Fantasy VI (aka Final Fantasy III)
- Mega Man X
- Super Mario Bros.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Resident Evil 2
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
- Final Fantasy VII
- Super Smash Bros. Wii U
- Super Mario Galaxy 2
- Final Fantasy Tactics
- Tetris (NES version)
- Clash at Demonhead
- North VS South
- Sim City (Super Nintendo version)
- NHL 94-98 (Sega Genesis versions)
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Panzeer Dragoon II
- Dragon Force
- Mortal Kombat (series)
- Street Fighter II Turbo
- Street Fighter III
- Marvel vs Capcom 2
- Aerobiz (Super Nintendo version)
- The Simpsons/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/X-Men (arcade game)
Posted in Video Games
Tagged Capcom, Dreamcast, Genesis, Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Playstation, Saturn, Sega, Sony, Super Nintendo, Video Games
1. I am currently in the Atlanta airport on my way to Pittsburgh, PA for my first ever “I’m doing the business travel thing but I’m business traveling to my hometown” experience! I will be taking part in the Supporting Making in Museum and Library meeting happening in Pittsburgh, PA. I am honored to be a part of this! Late last year, I met Peter Wardrip & Lisa Brahms from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and gave them a tour of the 2nd and 4th Floor at the Chattanooga Public Library. It was great to share ideas with them back then and I am looking forward to sharing more with them and many others over the next few days. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh was one of my big inspirations when I started on the 2nd Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library. It’s neat that I get the chance to go back to that same place and learn and share more ideas. Here are some photos I took the last time I was there.
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in cooperation with the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) have launched a field-wide initiative to better understand, advance, support, and connect makerspaces in museums and libraries. This project, in partnership with Maker Education Initiative, Chicago Public Library, the Exploratorium and North Carolina State University Library is holding a convening to advance our efforts in supporting learning in these space and programs.
2. I can’t wait till Megan Emery blogs more about her ideas on libraries, programming, parallel programming, volunteers, and more. I guess this is kind of my nudge to get her to write about those things! Ha! Seriously though, Megan is (IMHO) doing the best work in public libraries at this moment. From Camp EtsyNooga to linking programming between Chattanooga Public Library’s 2nd and 4th Floor to writing a book on library programming, everything Megan is doing is inspiring and community first. Go ahead and think that I’m a bit biased because I work pretty closely with Megan…you’re right, I do work pretty closely with Megan. But read about her programs and ideas and you’ll see what I mean. Go Megan go.
3. I am currently on the sixth dungeon in The Legend of Zelda. This time around I am playing it on my 3DS in little moments of inspiration. I almost forgot how good this game is. I find the grinding aspect of the game to be quite rewarding. I haven’t played a game where I need to dedicate a good chunk of my time to getting rupees and preparing for my next adventure in such a long time. If you haven’t played this game in awhile and are looking for something to do, pick up a 3DS and buy it for a few bucks on the Nintendo eShop. You’ll find yourself quite happy!
Posted in Libraries, Three Things, Video Games
Tagged 3DS, Chattanooga Public Library, Happiness, Legend of Zelda, Librarian, Libraries, Library, Link, Megan Emery, Nintendo, Pittsburgh, PA, Video Games, Zelda