Archives for September, 2009

It’s time for the annual Mocking of the Thomson session. Check out my previous iterations of this amusing pastime: 2002, 2006, 2007a, 2007b, 2008. Yes, I’ve been at this for a while, but to no avail. My main point in all this is to make clear that I don’t believe that the Nobel prizes are…

Here’s an amazing and fairly unique opportunity for a research-minded librarian who wants to significantly advance her or his research program. The appointment is for up to three years and the starting date is somewhat flexible. Here’s the terms of reference for the position: Each appointment to the Chair will be a limited term appointment…

Those of you with long memories may recall that I was on the jury for the 2009 Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Well, the names of the winners have just been released: Adult: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson Young Adult: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow You can check out the shortlists and…

God, I love The Onion: Nadir Of Western Civilization To Be Reached This Friday At 3:32 P.M. An international panel of leading anthropologists, cultural critics, biologists, and social theorists announced this week that Western civilization will reach its lowest conceivable point at 3:32 p.m. Friday. “From the prehistoric Lascaux cave paintings to the stirring symphonies…

Predicting the future is tricky business. Trust me, I know. But there’s two ideas I always like to keep in mind when I put my futurologist’s hat on: The future will be at least as diverse as the present, probably more so. But not likely less. There’s no guarantee that things will change for the…

ScienceBlogs on Facebook & Twitter

If you feel the need to socially network with ScienceBlogs and any of us various SciBlings, you can do so on Facebook and Twitter. I suspect that most of us who are on those services are fans/followers of ScienceBlogs. The main places I hang out are Friendfeed, Twitter and Facebook. Drop by and say hi!…

Time for computer science to grow up?

That’s the question asked by Lance Fortnow in a recent Communications of the ACM Viewpoint article (free fulltext). Fortnow’s article continues a discussion about scholarly communication patterns in computer science that’s been going on for a while in the “pages” of the CACM. I’ve blogged about it a couple of times here and here. Fortnow’s…

As many have not doubt noticed over the months and years of my blog’s existence, I am a hardcore science fiction fan. And just as with the science/librarian world, there are countless blogs and other sites about the science fictions/fantasy/horror worlds. And of course, I have trouble keeping up with all the happenings in that…

I’m talking about the new-to-me Wolfgang’s Vault! Among other things, it includes a Vault Store, where you can buy prints and other swag; the Concert vault with 2859 concerts, the Crawdaddy magazine & archives. The concerts material can be sliced & diced into playlists and radio shows. The concerts are by, among others: The Allman…

I haven’t done one of these in a while, so there’s quite a backlog to clear. Reports Digital Scholarly Communication: A Snapshot of Current Trends Crowdsourcing, Attention and Productivity Strategic Outsourcing and Cloud Computing: Reality Is a Sober Adversary Library Storage Facilities and the Future of Print Collections in North America XC User Research Preliminary…

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