Archives for November, 2011

I like to think I’m developing a little niche here on Confessions of a Science Librarian, at least as far as some of my book reviews. And I like to think that niche is reviewing science-oriented graphic novels. And I’ve reviewed a few over the past couple of years. Logicomix (review), Evolution: The Story of…

Yeah, I’m sorta an IT guy, or at least I used to be a real IT guy. I guess now I’m a former fake has-been IT guy. In any case, this one from Cracked really tickled my cyborg funny bone: 5 True Stories That Prove You Shouldn’t Piss Off The IT Guy. Let’s take a…

It is time. The season of lists begins! Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting about all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that appear in various media outlets and shining a bit of light on the best of the year. From the beginning it’s been a pretty…

It all started with this innocent little tweet from @seelix: In going through the twitter list, I believe that half the #scio12 people are either a librarian, a marine scientist or named Emily. To which I responded: @seelix is there a marine science librarian named Emily? #scio12 @BoraZ had to chime in as well: The…

Why Engineering Majors Change Their Minds Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (It’s Just So Darn Hard) Why The Internet of Things Will Be Open Access or ownership: Which will be the default? Designing for the phase change: Local communities and shared infrastructure There is a pathetic lack of functionality in scholarly publishing. We must…

It’s not everyday that The Cronk News has a science-themed article but when they do, I’m all over it! Today it’s Agronomy Lab Calls Flesh-Eating Plants “A Mistake.” “Yes, we admit our mistake,” says Blackheart. “Of course this doesn’t lessen the university’s commitment to sound agricultural policy and responsible research. Nor does it reflect negatively…

Welcome to the latest installment in my very occasional series of interviews with people in the scitech world. This time around the subject is Michael Nielsen, author of the recently published Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science and prolific speaker on the Open Science lecture circuit. A recent example of his public speaking…

I was at The Charleston Conference last week, thanks to Mike Diaz of Proquest who invited me to be on a panel that he moderated, along with Karen Downing and Clifford Lynch. The topic of the panel was Keeping Up with the Things That Matter: Current Awareness Tools and Strategies for Academic Libraries. Karen, Cliff…

Before heading off to the Charleston Conference last week, I blogged about the big announcement of Pierre Lassonde’s big $25 million donation to York to found the Lassonde School of Engineering. I attended the announcement and livetweeted it quite extensively: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here,…

OK, the Friday after Halloween. But at least I’m typing this the day after Halloween! And what might be some of the things you’ll regret the day after Halloween? Ages 45+: Shot a Kid And every Halloween, teenagers will come around and shit on your stuff. Sometimes figuratively, but also sometimes not. This will, for…

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