Archives for February, 2010

Via Boing Boing, this is my kind of prize! You can vote for the Diagram Prize for the oddest book title of the year. The shortlist: Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter by David Cromptons (Glenstrae Press) Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich by James A Yannes'(Trafford) Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes by Daina Taimina (A…

My Lakehead University colleague Janice Mutz and I reprised the session I did at OLA two years ago this morning for an active and engaged crowd of about 50 librarians — a great crowd for the very first session of the conference since a lot of people are still trickling in after arriving and registering.…

Queen’s University engineering librarian Michael White runs The Patent Librarian’s Notebook, a very important resource for anyone interested in finding and making sense of patent information. He’s done a very comprehensive review of the important 2009 developments in public patent databases and related websites. An example: Canadian Patents Database (CIPO) The Canadian Patents Database, which…

Here’s what they’re about: The first draft of Panton Principles was written in July 2009 by Peter Murray-Rust, Cameron Neylon, Rufus Pollock and John Wilbanks at the Panton Arms on Panton Street in Cambridge, UK, just down from the Chemistry Faculty where Peter works. They were then refined with the help of the members of…

John Scalzi is one of my guaranteed Friday Fun go-to guys. Always amusing, always entertaining and occasionally controversial and provocative. He’s definitely in the controversial and provocative mode here in a 2006 blog post entitled The Lie of Star Wars as Entertainment. The post is scathingly funny, cruel and vicious and sarcastic and brilliant. And…

On Thursday, February 4th, I attended the Social Media and the Modern Day Classroom session that’s part of Social Media Week Toronto. It was hosted here at York and most of the presenters were local faculty or staff. It was a very interesting session in which all the speakers brought something different and valuable to…

Recently, all about me.

A bit of self-promotion. Forgive me. I’ll be brief. My TAIGA fisking post from a while back is featured prominently in Walt Crawford’s most recent Cites & Insights (March 2010) (pdf, html) with quite a bit of value-added comment from Walt on TAIGA, the Darien Statements and other topics. Thanks, Walt. I’m flattered to be…

I’ve always been a huge vampire fan — I watched my first Dracula movie when I was about 8-10 years old, on TV, one of the vintage Hammer films with Christopher Lee. I read the original novel when I was a teenager and was a fan of the Marvel comic versions as well. Since then,…

The axe falls at CISTI

As a follow up to my previous posts about the situation at Canada’s national science library, NRC-CISTI, here, here and here, this was in the Ottawa Citizen today, NRC to lay off 86 workers in April. The National Research Council is laying off 86 people as part of cuts announced last year to reduce costs…

Friday Fun: The Onion on the iPad

Following up on my Onion post a few weeks back on a Frantic Steve Jobs Stays Up All Night Designing Apple Tablet I thought I’d do an update on The Onion’s article Apple Finally Unveils iPad. Here’s most of what they say: Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s new tablet computer, the iPad, during a…

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