At the Ref Desk (4/15/18): File under 'Learn Something New Everyday': Wanna print more than one page (say, 2, 4, 9, etc.) on the same side of the paper? That's what the option "Multiple" is for after typing Ctrl-P. (Thanks to the student who figured this out after he asked me and I told him I didn't know.) [more...]
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New Sony eReader Ad: 'Smarter than a Doofus'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/10/08 (6:44am)

Advertisement near the escalator at the Clark & Lake El Stop in Chicago:

'Smarter than a doofus who bought one of these things (your doofus may vary).'

Larger image here...

The Moment

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 1/4/08 (1:16am)

I don't watch television very often. In fact, I watch it so infrequently that I keep the set hidden away in a closet for most of the year. It only comes out at times of national disaster or an election. In this case, it was the latter -- happily -- as I wheeled the thing out to catch Barack Obama's speech in Iowa with the memorable words, "This was the moment when it all began".


(NYU) ITP AlumniBlender Blog

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/3/08 (12:04am)

I got a nice note from Rob Faludi saying he had added me to the ITP Alumni Blog, 'ITP AlumniBlender'. I thanked him and told him I thought it was a great idea.

I graduated from ITP in 2000. I think the best thing I got out of it was the contact with my fellow students, some of whom were easily the most talented designers and software developers in NYC.

The graphic by the way, goes to a spoof I did of ITP's website at the time. The thing really suffered from an overdose of black (yeah, I know, everyone was doing it) and sans serif fonts.


Holiday Dinner

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/26/07 (10:17pm)

End of year get-together. It was nice to see everyone. Alas, being the cook, I was cooped up in the kitchen for way too much of it. Next year, I'm ordering out!

P.S. Managed to do all the dishes within 24 hours of the event. Yes, I know, a miracle.

Top 10 Reasons Not to Compile a Top 10 List

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/25/07 (12:12am)
  1. Everyone's doing it.
  2. What about 'Top 3' or 'Top 12'? What's with '10' all the time?
  3. I'd feel better about this if it didn't happen in December. Who's got the time? Better in August.
  4. Sorry, I'm not going to bring up the iPhone or the Kindle again under any circumstances.
  5. I'm still waiting for my Avatar to arrive from Second Life.
  6. I'm thinking of doing a 'Top 3,000' over the course of the next 10 years and don't want to commit myself to a measly 'Top 10' this early in the process.
  7. Got no time: My new book, Everything As Conversation, either goes to the publisher this month or my goose is cooked.
  8. In a year where Vladimir Putin and 'woot' are top picks, maybe the less said the better.
  9. It's not my problem if you're the last person on earth to hear about '2.0'.
  10. 2007? Wake me up when it's over.

Current Cites for December 2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/24/07 (12:17pm)

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Current Cites for December 2007 is out! I even managed to put something in myself this month -- an interesting article by Ben Shneiderman on the promise of "creativity support tools". You can see the issue here...

A Modest Suggestion :

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/13/07 (10:07am)

drupal_250x250.gifI got an interesting request a little while ago. A librarian wanted to know if she could get administrative access to a website I was running so she could see how Drupal works.

Naturally I had to say no, but it got me thinking that a "sandbox" version of Drupal -- based on a library website -- might be useful to people who wanted an idea of the "look and feel" of the thing.

eReader of the Future

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/9/07 (12:03am)

Repeat after me:

  • The eReader of the Future will play popular formats without the need for conversion.
  • The eReader of the Future will be in color.
  • The eReader of the Future will be an "open" networked device.
  • The eReader of the Future will allow the user to download and install applications.
  • The eReader of the Future will allow the user to mix and match information any way the user pleases.
  • The eReader of the Future will not come from a company heavily invested in media ownership or sales.
  • The eReader of the Future will boast access not simply to tens of thousands of works but to millions on the internet.
  • The eReader of the Future will look a lot like the UMPC of the present.

DRUPAL4LIB Tops 200 Subscribers

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 12/7/07 (11:29am)

Announced less than two days ago, I'm happy to see that we now have more than 200 subscribers!

What better indication of the need for a Library ListServ on Drupal than this?


DRUPAL4LIB, a ListServ for Librarians Interested in Drupal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/5/07 (12:56pm)

I just sent out the following announcement to various library-related email lists:

Hi All,

I'm pleased to announce a new ListServ for librarians called 'DRUPAL4LIB'.

As the name implies, 'DRUPAL4LIB' is for those interested in Drupal, a popular open-source CMS, as it relates to libraries and librarians.

The idea is to have a forum to exchange ideas and advice, share experiences, and maybe even collaborate on a couple of projects that highlight the use of Drupal in a library context.


Send the command 'SUBSCRIBE DRUPAL4LIB First_name Last_name' in the body of an email to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UIC.EDU.

Alternatively you can subscribe by selecting 'Join or Leave the DRUPAL4LIB List' from the DRUPAL4LIB Archives Page:

Everyone is welcome, whether beginner or pro!


UPDATE: Six hours later and we already have over a hundred subscribers.