Archives for May, 2011

This past Saturday I spent the afternoon at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival at the Toronto Reference Library. It was a blast, I met a ton of great comics people, spent way too much money and supported a lot of great artists and writers. The highlight was discovering the new collection We Are the Engineers…

The standard commercial library citation tools, Web of Science (including their newish Proceedings product) and Scopus, have always been a bit iffy for computer science. That’s mostly because computer science scholarship is largely conference-based rather than journal-based and those tools are tended to massively privilege the journal literature rather than conferences. Of course, these citation…

Inventing the college store of the future Stepping up to the Genius Bar Why College Is Not A Bubble (Except For The University Of Phoenix) Why Academics Should Blog: A College of One’s Own How I Talk About Searching, Discovery and Research in Courses Future of Media: Lots of Questions, But No Easy Answers Why…

Ok, not really. It’s hard to directly compare the industrial disco-metal stylings of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails with the tango nuevo of Argentina’s Astor Piazzolla. The music itself is very different. Or is it? Both of them — Piazzolla and Reznor — certainly create music that has a propulsive, relentless almost narrative drive…

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 Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one.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

Why bother having a resume?

I’m not usually a big fan of Seth Godin’s guruish pronouncements, but I thought this one was a pretty good encapsulation of what it means to be a public professional or a public academic in the 21st century. In other words, Why bother having a resume? If you don’t have a resume, what do you…

I guess it’s not just the physical hits to the head that leave a lasting effect on people’s brains, but the long-term effects of bad video games also can cause your brains to leak out your ears. From The Onion, Neurologists Paint Grim Picture Of ‘Madden’ Football’s Long-Term Effect On Players’ Brains. SAN JOSE, CA–In…

Hey Apple, Sony and Amazon: Crisis Response is Real Time Now Too It’s Time to Realize Our Location Concerns Aren’t Dumb The REAL Death Of The Music Industry What is the Future of Books? Kindle Lending Library, Piracy, and More! Achievement P o r n Should Teaching Be Outsourced? No Room for Books Libraries, IT,…

A while back I posted some semi-coherent ramblings inspired by the HarperCollins/Overdrive mess concerning how libraries were able to license ebook collections for their patrons. I’m not sure my ideas have changed or solidified or evolved or what, but I’ve certainly come to a slightly different way of articulating them. Here goes. At a certain…

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…

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