Archives for March, 2011

This series of four posts by William M. Briggs is pretty interesting stuff. The kind of thing where I’m torn: is it the most brilliant and perceptive thing I’ve ever read about higher education or is it a series of slightly early April 1st posts? Dear Internet, I really need all you people out there…

Grades and what they don’t mean Would I attend my own conference? Why conferences need more diversity Thoughts on library Linked Data ‘An Unwanted Consequence’ This Is How–And Where–Science Dies In Our Classrooms When Content is Everywhere, Marketing is Queen Facebook Testing Instant Ads Based On Status Updates, Wall Posts Future Tense Lots of “People”…

Usually my Around the Web posts are full of pink fluffy bunny ain’t-the-Internet-grand kind of links. Oh, sure, I do link to the occasional train wreck but that’s rare. I really prefer that strategy because I tend to be an optiministic (if slightly cautious) person by nature. But everyone loves a good train wreck from…

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so I thought I’d highlight some of my more recent musical discoveries. Long Way Home by Kelley Hunt. So. A month or so ago I’m browsing on the second floor in a local used bookstore and some really cool bluesy music is on their sound…

I read these five books over about the last year or so and they all represent something I really look for in books on complex subjects — for the most part, they concentrate on things individual people can actually do to make a difference. In this case, a difference in the future of the planet.…

I have a whole pile of science-y book reviews on two of my older blogs, here and here. Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one. So I’m going to be slowly moving the relevant reviews over here. I’ll mostly be doing the posts one or two per…

The Tim Hortons School of Probability Innovation & Longevity in Digital Publishing: Surfing the S-Curve Creating a Degree for 10K Mock Rebecca Black All You Want, She’s Laughing To The Bank 7 reasons people don’t use twitter, and why ‘It’s a conversation’ is the answer to all of them Why Women Rule The Internet Why…

The world sometimes seems like it’s becoming a stranger and stranger place on an almost daily basis. Yep we’re talking about Cloud Girlfriend. From Christopher Mims at Technology Review Blogs: Facebook Virtual Girlfriend Violates Terms of Service: Some startups don’t make it past the phase where they build a mailing list of users for their…

Stealthy librarian stories

My Stealth Librarianship Manifesto post from last month continues to gather comments and page views, albeit at a slower rate than before. Of course, that’s very gratifiying to see. If you haven’t checked in on the post in a while, there are probably a couple of new comments with librarians’ stories that you might want…

Anatomy of a Twitter Screw-up: My Own What’s the best way to not get invited back to dinner? (Talk about excessive corporate influence in American democracy.) Smartphone users: Beware Why Curation Is Just as Important as Creation The Physics of the Imbecile: Chopra Interviews Kaku iPads: Bane or Boon to College Teaching? Mobile Content Is…

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