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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.

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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Not in Illinois)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 5/16/07 (10:56pm)

Mayor Daley has famously said that the law banning fois gras in Chicago is the "silliest ordinance that was ever passed".

I kind of look at the recent vote by the Illinois State Senate banning horse slaughter in the same light.

The head of the Illinois Department of Agriculture says horse slaughter "is inhumane because our society considers horses to be companion animals or pets".

That's one perspective.

My approach comes from the years I spent in Paris when they served it on a regular basis in the student university restaurants. I was short of money and this meal would literally be my only one of the day. Sometimes they'd serve something really gross like rognons, tripes or cerveaux fouettés which I was unable to eat no matter how hungry I was.

So you can imagine my relief when they'd have something like cheval which kind of resembled boeuf in color if not completely in texture. The truth is, I ate it with relish.

I haven't had the dish since then but it doesn't strike me as the end of Western Civilization to contemplate it being produced here and sent out to the four corners of the world. At least we've got something we can still export.

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Illinois House Votes for Internet Filtering on Library Computers

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 5/12/07 (7:52pm)

The Illinois House just passed a law to require internet filtering on all computers in the public libraries.

From what I understand this would affect all public access computers -- not simply those used by children.

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libSite: One Month Birthday!

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

I can remember it as if it were only last month... Actually it was last month, April 10 to be precise, when I announced to the world that LibSite was open and ready for business.

No Outside Influence in Hiring of Branch Library Managers

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 5/11/07 (2:27am)

Columnist Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune has raised a fracas because CPL Commissioner Mary Demsey wasn't nice enough to him when he suggested a possible hire for Branch Library Manager.

He quotes on his blog the offending email from Demsey:

You suggest that outside individuals should be allowed to influence the city's hiring processes. You are wrong.

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The Pots of Leo Klein

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 5/6/07 (3:41pm)

The Pots of Leo Klein

The Pots of Leo Klein: I knew there was a reason why I started this site: it's to show off my collection of All-Clad LTD pots!

Web 2.0 Presentation on Slideshare.net

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 5/5/07 (11:49am)

This is neat. I've been playing around with Slideshare.net and found that they have an option to embed presentations on other sites -- just like YouTube.com.

Here for example, is the presentation called "Web 2.0 Bookcamp" that I gave to librarians from National Louis, Benedictine and College of Dupage back in February:

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My Gift to UMICH Libraries

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 5/1/07 (4:00pm)

I happened upon the University of Michigan Libraries Website today and the icons it uses for RSS Feeds made me wince:

I mean I'm not a purist or anything but you'd figure an institution with those kind of resources ought to be sporting something finer -- especially for a link to something that's increasingly as important as RSS.

So out of the generosity of my heart, I spent all of five minutes (or roughly 1 sec./pixel) to put together the following kickaZZ 24x12 icon to be shared by the entire University of Michigan community:

Yes, I know, generosity abounding.

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Current Cites for April 2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/28/07 (8:34pm)

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Roy has just posted Current Cites for April 2007!

Our ranks have been swelled with such luminaries as Keri Cascio, Frank Cervone, Susan Gibbons, Brian Rosenblum, and Karen Schneider.

I had three cites (as usual) with one on Erik Arfeuille that's worth quoting here:

Anyone interested in digital libraries over the past 10 years is sure to recognize the name of Erik Arfeuille. His regular compendium of articles on library-related topics, New Technologies in Libraries, was a welcome source of current awareness. It certainly gave me pointers on what to read (and recommend). Alas in a farewell message dated 4/5/07, he announces that his "workload" no longer allows him to produce the lists. While this is a shame, the nature of his contribution for so many years is appreciated.

You can find the issue here...

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