Archives for August, 2010

Review of: Makers by Cory Doctorow

I actually read the freely downloadable version of Cory Doctorow’s novel Makers on my Kobo ereader, even though I did buy the hardcover when it came out last year. Mostly, I wanted to check out the experience of reading a long text on my reader. Overall, the Kobo reading experience was terrific, not much different…

I’m still enjoying my informal, semi-serious, so-funny-it-hurts Friday Fun series on the slings and arrows of online social media/networking practices. The first three have been: 5 Signs You’re Talking To A Social Media Douchebag 5 Terms Social Media Douchebags Need To Stop Using 5 Things Serious Tech People Need To Stop Tweeting This entry is…

I recently had an interesting online exchange with Andrew Colgoni, Science Fluencies Libraries at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. (blog). He’s interested in how I somehow seem up-to-date on all the various cool conferences and happenings in the Science 2.0 space. While I’m not sure I have all the answers on this issue — and…

Consider this a bonus Friday Fun entry for the summer silly season… Anyways, the Cronk of Higher Ed finally sees fit to subject librarians to the mockery we deserve: Librarians Abandon Dewey Decimal System in Favor of Netflix Categories! “We found that we were spending an extraordinary amount of time explaining the Dewey Decimal classification…

Now that’s an attention-getter! It comes from Ted Chiang‘s Big Idea post on John Scalzi’s blog Whatever. It’s a promotional piece for Chiang’s latest book, The Lifecycle of Software Objects, which is about artificial intelligence. For those of you that haven’t heard of him, Chiang is one of the real breakout science fiction writers of…

Eugene Wallingford of the blog Knowing and Doing was at the SIGCSE Computer Science Education conference this past spring and as usual he provides a very fine report over a number of posts. SIGCSE DAY 0 — Media Computation Workshop I headed to SIGCSE a day early this year in order to participate in a…

Today’s Friday Fun continues the curious informal summer series of light-hearted takes on social media/network etiquette, begun two weeks ago with 5 signs you’re talking with a social media douchebag and last week with 5 terms social media douchebags need to stop using. This time around it’s 5 Things Serious Tech People Need To Stop…

Dorothea Salo asks the question over on The Book of Trogool. What do you, scientists, want librarians to know about how you communicate with other scientists? Where do you feel uncertain about the process? Where do you think it’s coming up short? Do you think the process should change, and if so, how and how…

A blog of substance…

Thanks to Mike the Mad Biologist for tagging me with this meme. Like Mike, I’m not much of a memer, but this one looks interesting (and simple) enough to give a try. The idea is to “Sum up your blogging motivation, philosophy and experience in exactly 10 words” and then to tag 10 further blogs.…

This past Monday morning a new science blogging community came online: Scientopia! From their Vision: Scientopia is a collective of people who write about science because they love to do so. It is a community, held together by mutual respect and operated by consensus, in which people can write, educate, discuss, and learn about science…

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