Archives for October, 2009

Actually, it’s not really about misconceptions that we learn only in school, it’s more about urban legend/zeitgeist stuff that eveyone knows. Anyways, The 10 Biggest Misconceptions We Learn In School is from Manolith, a site I’ve never heard of before. It’s rude and crude and definitely not for the faint of heart. Some of the…

The September Communications of the ACM has a provocative article by Peter J. Denning and Paul S. Rosenbloom, Computing: the fourth great domain of science (OA version). It’s well written and persuasive, certainly worth reading the whole thing. Science has a long-standing tradition of grouping fields into three categories: the physical, life, and social sciences.…

Registration for Science Online 2010 is open. The conference web site is here and program info is here. Time is running out. There are currently about 175 registered and the organizers are going to cap it at 250. I’ve attended the conference for the past two years and it’s a blast. I really enjoyed the…

TVOntario has produced a very fine documentary based on the life of geometer Donald Coxeter, who lived in Toronto and worked at the University of Toronto for many years. It’s called The Man Who Saved Geometry and is based on the book by Siobhan Roberts, King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved…

Ah, but maybe he would if they were Cthulhu plushies! Check this out from Sci Fi Wire: 14 great Cthulhu toys that make devouring souls fun! H.P. Lovecraft’s elder god Cthulhu is supposed to be terrifying, hideous and awe-inspiring–but whoever knew he could be this darn cute? Check out 14 toys that take a slimy…

A few weeks ago Bill Gasarch published his Journal Manifesto 2.0 on the Computational Complexity blog. Basically, his idea was to start a scholarly publishing revolution from the inside: Keep in mind: I am NOT talking to the NSF or to Journal publishes or to Conference organizers. I am NOT going to say what any…

As I mentioned in my previous post, I did a little Q&A about the new outsourcing arrangement that CISTI has negotiated with Infotrieve. Q1. What’s the effect on jobs at CISTI from this move? As you may know, NRC-CISTI is transforming itself to be well positioned to serve the needs of Canadian knowledge workers now…

Such is the subject line of an email I got from the NRC-CISTI people last week. NRC-CISTI is Canada’s National Research Council — Canada Institute of Scientific and Technical Informamtion. In other words, Canada’s national science library. Many of you probably know them for their document delivery service. The basic message is that the document…

And I’m not talking about students the morning after a pub night! It seems that the University of Florida has actually added zombie invasions to their campus emergency plans. You should watch, for example, for “increasing numbers of gruesome unexplained deaths and disappearances, especially at night” and listen for “lots of strange moaning.” The guide…

As has been buzzing around the scitech library mailing lists lately (thanks, Joe!), the great news is that the STELLA! Science, Technology & Engineering Library Leaders in Action unconference is coming up in Denver in January 2010. What is the STELLA Unconference? This meeting is for any librarian interested in scientific, technical and engineering resources.…

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