-43°F in Copper Center!

By: jitterymoose , 6:58 AM GMT on December 19, 2010

Wow... it's cold... in Alaska. ^__^

It was -7°F with 50mph wind gusts when I got into Anchorage on Tuesday night. I HATE it when the plane twists and torques (not the wings, but the actual PLANE). But, Anchorage was great, and we got committments for all sorts of technological upgrades for the library. Oh.... to be in the 21st century. I'm so excited!

Here? It's 30°F and clear. On the plus side, we're supposed to have snow starting Thursday and lasting through Christmas. Oh..... I HOPE so!

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

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4. jitterymoose
3:10 AM GMT on December 20, 2010
^__^ Hey, JeffCityKid2! Hope you're doing well. And I know what you mean, Ron. It's supposed to snow here starting Tuesday night, but it's supposed to be rain by Friday. Going to the ferry was EXCITING in the dark on Tuesday morning, though because it DID snow as I was headed up the pass, and it's a pretty twisty road. Of course, coming HOME in the dark on Friday was exciting, too, because the road was a solid sheet of ice (in places), and my Explorer has never had studded snow tires (luckily, I've got a nice set of Bridgestone on 'er). Yesterday and today, though. Man, it's been BEAUTIFUL. I hated to go to work yesterday (sorry, boss, if you're reading this), but the library was pretty steadily busy and it went fast (and Katie got over 3 hours of walkies yesterday, too). I'll take sunny weather (it's been in the 30s above) right now.

The Alaska State Library System is the beneficiary of what will be the LAST of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's library infrastructure grants (they'll be doing different types of ibrary grants). It's in conjunction with a Dept of Commerce grant and the Rasmuson Foundation and others have some pretty serious financial buy-in on it. 105 libraries. We're looking at Broadband, connectivity, and the possibility of bringing video-conferencing to libraries off the road system (and some on). Distance learning college courses, training for our EMS, Fire, and Safety guys, vocational training (because it'll be HD videoconferencing), behavioral therapy types of intervention... the list is endless for the VC capabilities. Right now, I have an ultra-pathetic (sorry!) connection that will be upgraded to a T1 connection and then we're looking at upgrading to the 4 that's becoming the standard in the Lower 48. The 1.5 was the standard when the grant was written. Right now, I have a 30Gig/mo. data transfer limit, and we've paid quite a bit in overages in the past. The 1.5 will take that limit away. ^______________^ I'm really excited about this. Oh, and it looks like one of our computers from 1996 will finally be replaced. Yes. 1996. I'm learning more about keeping computers going than I ever thought I'd have to know (we have 4 public use computers in various states of .... existence...). I could go on and on... in fact, if allowed, I *would* go on and on. It dovetails nicely into other things I want to do -- like help Hydaburg start up with at least a book exchange (they don't have a library) and help Edna Bay collect books for a library they want to establish there.

Also kinda techy -- I've got about 40 kids writing 24-page books (some picture books and some just text) over break. When they're done, we'll upload them to this GREAT site for student publishing and the kids will receive a FREE (my favorite cost) hardcover book of.... their individual book! Then, we're going to have an Author's Reception and Tea, and I'm hoping LOTS of adults in the community show up for that.

I had no idea this could be so much fun.
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3. ofieldstream
11:41 PM GMT on December 19, 2010
-45 anything is Cccccc OOOOO LLLLL D!   I'll take my balmy 19F and love it up greatly!  ". )))

Been a long time since we talked JM. What's the 'technology upgrades' refer to?  I'll rummage through the links you have on the side. But if the info isn't there .. kindly shoot me a short description.  Thanks!

Keep warm and safe.  PLANE body twisting!  NOT fun!  Been there. Done that. No more!   Stay safe... as you can.

I have a niece living in Anchorage now. I'll have to contact her to see how she's handling 'real' Alaskan cold now!  It's their first winter in AK!  ". >>>

les O'fieldstream
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2. gberet69
10:47 PM GMT on December 19, 2010
Marry Christmas

I'm dreaming of a white.....

I think ours is going to be gray, just flurries in forecast.
Ron on the coast of Maine
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1. JeffCityKid2
1:13 PM GMT on December 19, 2010
Merry Christmas to you too!
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