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Another Look At Enter The Librarian!

On Sundays, I’ll occasionally look back at an older post in light of recent events. Today I’m revisiting my little video that started just about everything here on the blog: Enter The Librarian!

It’s not popular like the dramatic hamster on Youtube, but my poor-quality video here was the start of everything. Many things about it are memorable to me, including the ten hours I spent that day learning how to convert videos from my camcorder to my computer, then compressing the video from there, and fiddling around with iMovie.

I remember that I was so disappointed with how grainy it was, but nobody else seemed to mind. People started to visit, people started to talk, and that was that.

Also, I’m now 30 lbs heavier than I was here, I’ve moved up to weights that are nearly 90 lbs heavier, and I can tear phonebooks that are three times as thick as the one in the video.

But perhaps best of all, and for those of you who know me, this will make your day: this video was rejected by the online video service Revver, for…wait for it…

Hate speech.

That’s me! Mr. Hatemonger. “Evil Russian, indeed.”


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  • Martell January 10, 2010, 1:20 am

    I dig the video. You are by far the most intense librarian I’ve ever seen.

  • Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave January 10, 2010, 6:25 am

    🙂 How nice of you to revisit your beginning. It provides the backstory and as I’m just getting my own http://www.indiainktattoo.com off the ground (or is that “out of the mire”) I’m feeling slightly less daunted!

    • Josh Hanagarne January 10, 2010, 7:21 pm

      You’ll make progress so fast, you’ll laugh when you look back at the humble beginnings.

  • Ideas With A Kick January 10, 2010, 8:05 am

    Ahhh, I love going back to beginnings. Not often, just every once in a while. For me, it’s a very good way to realize all the progress I’ve made and all the experiences I had, which I now may take for granted. Life.


  • Heather January 10, 2010, 9:40 am

    I totally missed the beginning, but now I feel like I’m slightly caught-up! And yes, I’m still giggling. Hate speech? No, no, no. . . . I’m feelin’ nothin’ but love. Love of kettlebells, love of reading (which, coupled with the Turkish Get-Up, IS AWESOME), and love for your fellow co-workers, family, and readers. This was great, brother! Thanks!

  • paulandrewrussell January 10, 2010, 1:02 pm

    I’d never seen this video, Josh. I was a latecomer to your blog. It’s the content that matters, not the quality of the picture, and the content made me laugh. Great sense of humour.
    Hey, I’ve tried so many times to post home made videos on my blog and I still can’t figure out where I’m going wrong!
    If I could just get a picture to show up I’d be happy lol

    • Josh Hanagarne January 10, 2010, 7:22 pm

      Paul, you’ll probably still wind up being a newcomer in the long run. I’m not going anywhere.

  • Mark Wilson January 10, 2010, 1:59 pm

    Great video Josh. I remember seeing this the first time around. It’s a classic.

  • Mike T Nelson January 10, 2010, 3:52 pm

    Good stuff my man! That was actually the first video I ever saw of you and a classic indeed.

    Rock on
    Mike T Nelson

    • Josh Hanagarne January 10, 2010, 7:22 pm

      Mike, I shot this about two months before we met. I can’t believe how skinny I was.

  • Andrew Frenette January 10, 2010, 5:58 pm

    That was great. They banned the video from Revver for “Evil Russian” in reference to a fictional kettlebell instructor?! WTF?And that whole phone book thing at the end – that was funny. Love it. Thanks, Josh.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 10, 2010, 6:06 pm

      The “Evil Russian” isn’t fictional, it’s Pavel Tsatsouline, but he pretty much gave himself that nickname and would not be offended in the slightest. Pretty funny. Hate speech…

      • Andrew Frenette January 10, 2010, 6:16 pm

        I’ve heard of Pavel through Mike Mahler’s website and newsletter but didn’t connect you were talking about him. Yah, I don’t think he’d mind too much. Either way, hate speech…?

  • Justin Matthews January 10, 2010, 6:04 pm

    that video makes me think that your library is just covered in kettlebells. I really like the swings for fines concept. I think I will have to come and visit you to see for myself. And does the phone company even send you phone books anymore?
    You rock Josh thanks for keeping us entertained and educated.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 10, 2010, 6:07 pm

      the library, no, my office, yes. We still get a billion copies a day of las Paginas Amarillas.

  • Srinivas Rao January 10, 2010, 9:20 pm

    That was pretty entertaining Josh. Definitely gave me a good laugh. I should maybe take sometime looking back at the beginning.

  • Sandy Sommer, RKC January 10, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Loved it and Power to you!

    Train with purpose,

    Sandy Sommer RKC