Archives for August, 2009

“The past can survive only if it can beat out the future” (p. 142) Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy by Laurence Lessig is a great and important book, one that should be read by anyone interested in the future of the Internet, culture and expression. This book is a plea…

John Scalzi has a couple of very amusing posts at the AMC TV website, John Scalzi’s Guide to the Most Epic FAILs in Star Wars Design: Stormtrooper Uniforms They stand out like a sore thumb in every environment but snow, the helmets restrict view (“I can’t see a thing in this helmet!” — Luke Skywalker),…

Five Perfect Rock Songs

Apparently inspired by the occasional Five Songs I Love posts I’ve been doing (here, here and here), Ava at Jemsite asked me if I wouldn’t mind coming up with one for their blog. Well, it sounded like a cool idea — so here’s what I came up with. It was a fun experience so I…

Worldcon wrapup

And speaking of reading, a couple of the books on the summer reading list I posted yesterday were actually purchased at the World Science Fiction Convention dealers’ room! We were lucky that this year the con was in Montreal, my home town and very near Ste-Agathe, where we spent most of our vacation time. The…

My annual summer blogging break has officially come to a close. I returned to work Monday after a very nice four week vacation. Yes, I use my whole annual vacation allotment all at once and go the rest of the year without any significant break except for Christmas. The first three weeks we spent most…

Oooh. I love lists of books! And, hey, I’m on a blogcation, you’re probably on vacation too. So here’s some reading material for the beach, backyard or cottage! SCIENCE Darwin’s Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England by Steve Jones (Little, Brown £20) Enthralling life leads us through Darwin’s entire 40-year career after the…

During my summer blogging break, I thought I’d repost of few of my “greatest hits” from my old blog, just so you all wouldn’t miss me so much. This one is from September 3, 2008. There was some nice discussion on Friendfeed that’s worth checking out. ===== Some recent posts that got me thinking about…

During my summer blogging break, I thought I’d repost of few of my “greatest hits” from my old blog, just so you all wouldn’t miss me so much. This one is from January 13, 2009. It ended up being pretty popular and was the reason that ALA Editions initially contacted me about doing a book.…

Friday Fun: Awful Library Books

One of the most important things librarians do to manage their book collections is weed. That involves removing the really old, useless stuff to make way for the shiny, new, useful stuff. Shelf space is limited, of course, but you also don’t want to clutter your shelves with items that are too outdated to be…

From the Archives: Getting a job 2.0

During my summer blogging break, I thought I’d repost of few of my “greatest hits” from my old blog, just so you all wouldn’t miss me so much. This one is from October 10, 2008. It provoked a bit of angst out in the library student blogosphere, which is kinda what I was hoping. =====…

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