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Django Unchained – Coming to DVD Soon!

18 Mar

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By Peter Struzziero

The return of Quentin Tarantino to the director’s chair was spectacular, as expected, and FUNNY! In his latest blood-spattered adventure, we are brought back to the years just before the Civil War began, when this free land was in fact not-so-free. The film tells the story of Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave turned bounty hunter, whose sole purpose in life is to seek out his still-enslaved wife. Django’s new mentor and partner is a dentist, also turned bounty hunter. Angry with the slave trade in general, and inspired by the Django’s story, the two join forces, guns ablazing.

In a way that only Tarantino can, he directs a fleet of actors, mostly in roles they’re not accustomed to. Jamie Foxx is out for revenge? Christoph Waltz is bloodthirsty, yet full of compassion? LEONARDO: A BADGUY?

Top notch performances from all the leads, and in fact, from everybody. Samuel L. Jackson in particular earns a tip-of-the-cap for the meatiest Tarantino role he’s had in 15 years.

Missed it in the theater? Get ready to watch it for free on DVD from your local Scituate Town Library. Rated R.

PS – We have a few thousand others DVDs too, for while you’re waiting.

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What are QR Codes?

14 Nov

By Peter Struzziero

 

Have you seen these weird black and white boxes popping up all over the place? They are seriously everywhere. They show up in electronic stores, in advertisements for real estate…. on Ketchup Bottles…. Just Everywhere. Have you got an Iphone, a Droid, or another 3g or 4g Mobile device? If you can download an “App” then you can use a QR Code-reader, and see what everyone else is talking about.

QR Code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. More recently, the system has become popular outside the industry due to its fast readability and large storage capacity compared to standard UPC barcodes. The code consists of black modules (square dots) arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be made up of four standardized kinds (“modes”) of data (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, Kanji), or through supported extensions, virtually any kind of data.

So what does any of that mean? It’s like the old school standard barcode, that only read numbers or would punch up a record in a retail setting. Well like I mentioned earlier… they are popping up EVERYPLACE now.

Including… YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY =)

Libraries across the country are creating QR Codes to do lots of things. Some Libraries put them on DVD cases, sending patrons to online movie trailers they can watch on there phones. Other places are using QR Codes on books in the stacks, to direct patrons to similar online book collections.

Keep your eyes peeled around the building for codes like these popping up. They will lead you back to places like:

  • New Books
  • The Library Catalog
  • Social Media Accounts, like Facebook and Twitter
  • And… much much more to come.

The groundwork has been laid by many other Libraries, and we’ve already begun to get involved.

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Getting our sea legs… (Get it? ‘Cause we live by the sea…)

27 Sep

Hey friends,

We are going to get this blog together shortly. Gonna spend a little while playing around with the make up, figuring out how we would like it to look, how often we can post… jazz like that. With a new Library in the back of our minds… its time to shake things up. Keep your eyes on this new Blog, and everything else we’ve got in the works.

Open to suggestions, and looking forward to writing for you all.

-Peter- (that GUY who works at the Library)

PS — We are also on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter…check it out.