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I have to admit — I’ve always been more of Star Trek fan rather than Star Wars. The Star Trek universe has always seemed more open, more diverse, with a lot more opportunities for telling different stories not just about the rebels versus the empire. It seems that Neil deGrasse Tyson agrees. “I’m old-school with…

I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a book snob, a strange thing to say for a lifetime comics/science fiction/fantasy/horror/mystery fan, but there you go. Perhaps more precisely, I’m a snob about books versus other media. But in my defense I’ll maintain that I’m getting better as I get older — more tolerant and accepting and…

After a week like this, I think we all need something a little on the lighter side. Mobile phone technology set to revolutionise things we already do quite easily One of the biggest launches at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the I-open; an app which allows you to open your front door…

McSweeny’s is brilliant at skewering fads. And there is no bigger fad in higher education than Massive Open Online Courses. MOOCs, as they are known. Now I’m not quibbling with whether or not MOOCs are an interesting and potentially extremely valuable addition to the landscape of higher education, because I think they are. What I…

Just like the author of this piece, I too attended a recent talk by Cory Doctorow — a brilliant talk relating the life and death of Aaron Swartz with the theme of his latest novel Homeland — and similarly I often marvel at how lucky we are that the web is free and open. Enjoy…

A fun sentiment if I’ve ever heard one. And I’m sure we all have a band/performer that we’d like to nominate as the “Performer most likely to keep aliens away from earth.” Being Canadian, I think I can safely nominate Celine Dion. “We never visited because we hate The Carpenters” say aliens Aliens have confirmed…

Cracked is as Cracked does. Especially in this case, where some researchers do some especially cracked things. Or more precisely, things they only could have thought of after being cracked on the head. Librarian researchers, don’t try this at your library! The 5 Most Badass Things Ever Done in the Name of Research 5. Thor…

Librarians seem to be under siege these days, both from within and without. But at our core, librarians no matter where they work just want to make the world a better place. io9 has a wonderful older post with a list of fictional librarians who’ve perhaps put that motto into action a little more directly…

Nothing like a little engineering humour to get the year off to a good start! This is one of my favourite engineer jokes, one that’s been kicking around the web for quite a while. I’m not sure the original source, but this is there I found it for today’s post. If you know the original…

Anybody who’s followed this blog for any length of time knows that I love books, I love reading them, I love reading and writing about them too. However, sometime it’s possible to get a little too enamored of our own little petty obsessions. Of course, my obsessions are fine but yours are a bit suspect.…

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