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Big Project over the Holidays

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/22/09 (11:21am)

No break for me. Sometimes when people are off, it's the best opportunity to do big systems changes.

I'm redesigning the template for our site at MPOW and I've been telling everyone for months that I'll have the thing up by the beginning of the year. So it's time to put up or...

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Here's something fun that I did for Prof. Taffy Raphael from the College of Education at UIC.

The idea was to present a series of (fake) Google searches that ultimately would reveal the winner of an award that Taffy would be announcing at the annual meeting of the National Research Conference in Albuquerque.

Since I had content of all kinds related to the winner (photos, video, bibliography, etc.), I just appropriated whatever corresponding Google interface there was. For example, for the bibliography I used something that looked like a combination of Google Books and Google Scholar; for the video I used something that looked like Google Video. I even managed to work in a Google Map or two.

Judging by the tittering in the audience during the presentation, it seems to have been a success.

Best Most Outrageous Bank Fee Ev-a

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 11/7/09 (8:52am)

Just noticed that the scoundrels at Chase are now charging me on an account that I don't use much a $6 monthly "Inactivity Fee". (Larger image.)

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So Where's the Cake?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/31/09 (12:56pm)

So the email goes out: "pumpkin nut/raisin bread" in the Reference Workroom.

Sounds nice, huh? So what's left when the Saturday crew finally shows up? You're looking at it.

Outrageous!

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Talk about potpourri, this week's DePaulia, the student newspaper of DePaul contains the following highlights:

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1st Robo-call at the Reference Desk

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/10/09 (10:22am)

Wow, I don't recall this ever happening: The phone rings at the reference desk. I pick it up. And the recorded message begins, "This is a message from Credit Card Services".

"Credit Card Services"? At the University? I have to admit that it took me a moment to think about this. Then I hanged up.

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My Talk on Web 2.0 at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 10/5/09 (10:52am)

I'd like to thank Scott Dixon and his class from the Biomedical Visualization program at UIC for their eager reception and interest in my talk on 'Web 2.0 - Origins, Directions & Methods of Evaluation'.

Slides from the presentation are available below or from GoogleDocs directly here...

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Flu-Shot Day at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 9/29/09 (1:05pm)

The sticker reads, "I Got My Flu Vaccine! Did You?"

Normally I don't bother but this year, it seems like there's a heightened awareness. Judging by the larger crowd even at 10 in the morning, I'd say a lot of people were feeling the same way.

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Chicagoland Drupal4Lib BoF (9/25/2009) - Report

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 9/28/09 (7:11pm)

Drupalicon We had a great turn-out with about 20 librarians representing a good cross-section of both institutions and areas in and around Chicago. The discussion was so engaging that I totally forgot to take a picture!

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