Archives for March, 2011

In his incredibly wonderful new book, On the Grid: A Plot of Land, An Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make Our World Work, Scott Huler gives us three essential take-aways: Thank God for engineers Get out your wallet Let’s learn to love our infrastructure. (p. 217-225) In fact, not much more need really be…

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 Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one.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…

Yeah, we’ve all had this kind of week. Thanks to The Cronk for humourously saving my soul this week: University Performs Fastest Soulectomy on Record. Doctors have finally verified claims that the College of Madison performed the fastest soulectomy in higher education history. “We couldn’t believe the soulectomy could be completed in less than two…

In all of our organizations fostering innovation is an important goal. But how do you turn the innovation fawcett on? Somehow it seems so much easier to turn it off. Of course, it’s all about institutional culture. The way problems and solutions are framed. The way management/leadership/peer culture frames, encourages and rewards ideas. Sometimes it…

For my own purposes I’ve been collecting various ebook-related posts for a while now and in particular the whole HarperCollins/library/ebook/Overdrive thing is a valuable source of lots of speculation and information. What I have below no doubt only represents a fairly small percentage of the total number of posts and articles about the issue. My…

David Weinberger of

Here’s a hint. Never, ever, ever put the following sentence in any non-fiction book you are writing: This is dull stuff. (p. 165) Testify! An object lesson on non-success for popular science books to compare and contrast with an object lesson for success in popular science books. But, to be fair, the book under consideration…

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 Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one.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…

As usual, a bunch of great new articles from the most recent ISTL! Five Years Later: Predicting Student Use of Journals in a New Water Resources Graduate Program by Andrea A. Wirth and Margaret Mellinger, Oregon State University Seeing the Forest of Information for the Trees of Papers: An Information Literacy Case Study in a…

Please, can we just move on. From The Onion, Responsible, Thoughtful Nation Decides To Ignore Ch**lie Sh**n Situation. Calling the situation “none of our business” and “not worth a second of our time, quite frankly,” a responsible and thoughtful U.S. populace uniformly decided this week to ignore Ch**lie Sh**n’s recent outbursts, saying they had far…

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