Archives for September, 2010

UTSA opens fully electronic science, engineering library The Future Of Reading Bye Bye, Big-Box Bookstores The Rubik’s Cube Conjecture PROVEN! (Do we care?) On Great Myth of the Librarian Grays What Do You Call Facebook For Scientists? Um…Facebook Shutting down social media access: I take umbrage A Personal Librarian For Every Drexel Freshman Free…as in…

It’s nice to see the occasional Cracked post that is definitely SFW and funny enough to be worth highlighting here. And The 5 Strangest Things Evolution Left in Your Body definitely qualifies on both counts. If you don’t believe in evolution, you have to spend a lot of time wondering about the useless shit the…

Does Computer Science Have a Culture?

That’s the question Eugene Wallingford asks in a recent post at his blog, Knowing and Doing. If you studied computer science, did your undergrad alma mater or your graduate school have a CS culture? Did any of your professors offer a coherent picture of CS as a serious intellectual discipline, worthy of study independent of…

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Has the Future of the Internet come about? A virtual counter-revolution: The internet has been a great unifier of people, companies and online networks. Powerful forces are threatening to balkanise it How a watch works (via) On Wikipedia, Cultural Patrimony, and Historiography (via) Institutional repositories and digital preservation The decline of studying: How university students…

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Inspired by Bora, but with perhaps a slightly different emphasis. Eight Strategies for Communicating with Challenging Parents (via) Why natural history museum collections rock! How to Write Up Major Results Get in the goddamn wagon The All E-Book Diet A glimpse into the future of the classroom: how the Steelcase node will change the way…

Music Mondays: Forty-Four Blues

Forty-four or 44 Blues is a fairly well know blues standard and is certain a song that I really love. I was first introduced to it during an Eric Clapton concert a number of years ago, during his From the Cradle tour. It wasn’t part of the album, but he did perform it live. It…

It seems like everything’s dead these days: the Web, our attention spans, Microsoft, Apple, Google, whatever. Harry McCracken has a nice post summarizing the casualties over at Technologizer: The Tragic Death of Practically Everything: Wired Editor in Chief Chris Anderson is catching flack for the magazine’s current cover story, which declares that the Web is…

Peter Brantley has a provocative post up on his blog Shimenawa: Get in the goddamn wagon. It’s basically a call to arms — specifically for younger librarians to seize a greater role in discussing and shaping the future of libraries. The problem is that a lot of the public, official discussion about the future is…

The last little while has seen an amazing proliferation of science blogging communities. Scientopia, Guardian Science Blogs and PLoS Blogs are only the three most recent that I know of. I think it’s great — the more the merrier I say. Of course, as networks take up more and more space in the science blogging…

Yes, YASBC. Yet another science blogging community. Welcome to PLoS Blogs! From the introductory post: Today we are pleased to announce the launch of PLoS Blogs a new network for discussing science in public; covering topics in research, culture, and publishing. PLoS Blogs is different from other blogging networks, because it includes an equal mix…

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