At the Ref Desk (1/16/19): Today's funny: Got an IM from a student asking who to contact for an overdue book. I texted him the phone number for Access Services. Student replied back that he'd call once his class was over. Um, right. [more...]
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'Maiden' Post on LISNews.org

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 6/5/07 (7:29am)

LISNews.orgI managed to put up my 'maiden' post for LISNews without too much difficulty.

Berlin 1987: Summer of Hönkel

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 6/3/07 (1:38pm)

With all the talk of anniversaries, I thought I'd mention the "Summer of Hönkel" which happened in West Berlin twenty years ago.

It was a hectic period of cultural ferment and turmoil. "Hönkel" -- which I think was a beer -- was supposed to represent this vast chaotic mix.

I was reminded of it most recently by this picture in Flickr. The picture is of a supermarket that went up in flames in the course of a riot on May 1 1987. My house was across the street from the supermarket.

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Zeldman Turns 12

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/2/07 (3:44pm)

Jeffery Zeldman celebrates 12 years of blogging on the Web.

My earliest introduction to him and other "web" people was through the ur-important Web List WebDesign-L run by Steven Champeon since 1997.

I did an interview with Jeffrey and NYPL's Carrie Bickner for LJ a couple years back.

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American Libraries Direct: Getting Carried Away?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 5/30/07 (5:21pm)

AL Direct

It's nice getting the American Libraries Direct newsletter but I have to wonder if they're not getting a bit too carried away with things.

This week under the heading "Tech Talk" (of all things), they've got a post on a laptop from Dell, a cell-phone for "Boomers" and a link to a review of "point-and-shoot cameras". The question is, do we need a discussion of consumer products coming from a publication of the American Library Association to its members? Would this be any more appropriate in American Libraries (i.e. the monthly print issue) -- and if not there, why here?

Editorial restraint should be observed whether online or in print. Publication of something like this shouldn't be the moment that you lose it all -- just because the thing's going out via email.

Current Cites for May 2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/28/07 (10:11pm)

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Current Cites for May 2007 is out! You can find the issue here...

NY Times: "Web logs"?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/28/07 (7:01pm)

Time to update the NY Style Guide? From the today's paper:

In February, a story and accompanying video by The New York Times reporter Damien Cave — and a photo taken by Robert Nickelsberg — that depicted the grievous wounding and eventual death of a soldier on Haifa Street, drew both praise and condemnation on Web logs and in the military about what constitutes appropriate imagery for the breakfast table

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Diversey Harbor

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/28/07 (1:39am)
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I had lunch at my house with a couple of old friends. Afterwards we went out to Diversey Harbor. It truly was a beautify spring day.

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Javascript is the "Lingua Franca of the Web"

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 5/22/07 (11:14am)

Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror composes a love song to the popular scripting language:

Despite all the pretenders to the throne, JavaScript isn't going away any time soon. JavaScript is the world's most ubiquitous computing runtime. It's time we learned to accept and embrace JavaScript rather than blindly fighting it. That doesn't mean we can't explore alternatives-- but the best way to transcend the limitations of JavaScript is to immerse yourself in those limitations. At least that way you know what you're fighting for, and what the alternatives really mean.

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Total Bummer: Our Galaxy to Go Bust

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 5/20/07 (7:18pm)

As if we didn't have enough trouble:

Scientists think galactic mergers are one of the primary ways galaxies form. Like heated wax in a lava lamp, two small galaxies can come together to form one larger one, or a blob of gas and stars might pinch off during a particularly messy galactic smash-up and, over cosmic time, the result evolves into a diminutive dwarf galaxy.

Podcasts on Drupal by Lullabot Hit 40

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 5/18/07 (2:33pm)

Lullabot.com celebrated their 40th Podcast appropriately enough by listing "Top 40 Projects" associated with Drupal.

Lullabot.com is a Drupal shop and if you're interested in getting into the thick of this content management system, these Podcasts are a lot of help. You can access all of their "broadcasts" by going to their Podcast page...

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