“The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”  -Mark Twain

Welcome to Ripberger’s blog.  He has studied history, library science, and web design.  Here, you can read his miscellaneous thoughts about life, the universe, and everything.

Pardon me whilst I figure the WordPress doohickey out and apologies to my 3 or less Twitter followers if things start going awry.

I once had an old Xanga blog, but it never went anywhere.  I honestly can’t say this blog will go anywhere.  However, it’s worth a shot.  I’ve been meaning to have a blog partly as a hobby, partly to improve my writing, partly as therapy, and partly to see if there are people on the Internet with something good and important to say (aside from myself, of course).  I’ve always put a quote from some figure (famous or not) on my blog posts in homage of the Sid Meier’s Civilization games.   You will see a lot of Mark Twain, by the wary.  On my interests, I enjoy military and social history, library cataloging, and web design.

I always enjoyed history with it’s strange characters and the stories of humanity.  At first, I desired to teach high school history, but that didn’t work out.  Profound disrespect and anxiety attacks put me off.  I thought of going to graduate school to study history more, but the idea of writing hundreds of pages of dry writing few people would read dissuaded me.  I have nothing against the traditionally dry academic writing (some historians can actually write exciting and ebullient monographs, though it can be hard to do).  I wanted to work in museums, yet a Masters in Museum Studies was highly desired by institutions and, at the time, I had no desire for more schooling.  Years of wondering what to do lead me to library science and a masters (MLS) in that.  I do enjoy some aspects of library work, particularly the behind-the-scenes cataloging and acquisitions.  Unfortunately, it’s difficult now to get a library job.  Even with an internship under my belt, getting any sort of position (even a volunteer position), is somehow daunting.  So, I am thinking of alternatives and other possibilities while holding out for something related to either history, museums, or libraries coming about.  I recognize that may never happen or at least happen anytime soon.  I continue to undertake personal development/hobby projects (like web design) and volunteer work to occupy my time and maintain my sanity (and improve my resume).

This blog will talk about the aforementioned aspects of my life and more.  Welcome and enjoy!


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