Archives for August, 2011

The Patent System Is The World’s Biggest Threat To Innovation Today How Google Dominates Us The Status of Science: We Have No-one to Blame but Ourselves Resilience vs. Sustainability: The Future of Libraries Getting first sale wrong College Students: The Gadget Generation Our kids’ glorious new age of distraction Study this: E-Textbook readers compared Academic…

The theme at the upcoming Science Online NYC panel is Enhanced eBooks & BookApps: the Promise and Perils and I guess I’m the perils guy. The purpose of this post is helping me to get some of my thoughts down on pixels and, as a by-product, I guess it’s tipping my hand a little bit…

this is all kinds of funny: Beloit College Faces Accusations that “Mindset List” Really the Drunken Ravings of Old Man. I tend to find the Beloit College list on the one hand kind of lame and the other kind of irrelevant. And The Cronk knocks it out of the park: Beloit, Wis. In a statement…

What with the latest round of departures seemingly immanent with the new “no pseudonymous bloggers” policy, I thought I’d revisit the list I did last year at about this time. With a few exceptions, I’ll call blogs dormant if there hasn’t been a post in 2011. 2010 World Science Festival Blog (Dormant, 1 post in…

Whoa. Now that was a intellectual reset button hitting if there ever was one. From July 31 to August 5 I attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education‘s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (LIAL) in Boston. It was a one-week, intensive, immersive course not so much on how to be a leader but how to…

It’s a very sad day today all across Canada as Jack Layton, leader of the Federal NDP and Leader of the Official Opposition, has died of cancer. A widely respected career politician — a rarity these days — his passion for social justice and commitment to the people of Canada will be greatly missed. His…

Friday Fun: Noir Week at Tor.com

All week I’ve been planning to feature Tor.com’s Noir Week series here today. Somehow it’s fitting that my slightly dark mood right now is matched by the subject matter of the Friday Fun. From the introductory post: Welcome to Noir Week at Tor.com! Join us as we escape from the sweltering dog days of summer…

According to DrugMonkey’s recent post, ScienceBlogs’ new overlords The National Geogrpaphic Society will no longer allow pseudonymous to continue blogging here. I have just been informed that ScienceBlogs will no longer be hosting anonymous or pseudonymous bloggers. In case you are interested, despite extensive communication from many of us as to why we blog under…

Google Cult Books I’d like to read

The New York Review of Books has a great group review of some recentish books on everyone’s favourite Internet behemoth: Google. And they all look pretty interesting! (And I may have featured a couple of these before.) In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy (ISBN-13: 978-1416596585) In barely…

I’ll be speaking at the upcoming Science Online NYC event on September 20th. Enhanced eBooks & BookApps: the Promise and Perils Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (ET) New York, NY Weiss 305 Rockefeller University E66th and York Ave. New York, NY Enhanced ebooks and tablet apps clearly offer new ways…

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