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Yesterday was April Fools’ Day, a day I enjoy immensely. I even contribute to the fun every now and then. This year the crop among the science/scholcomm/library community seemed especially strong so I thought I’d share. Science, Nature Team Up on New Journal / Science PeerJ now requires authors to deposit ‘selfies’ in a data…

I love science, I love science fiction. The common misconception about science fiction in particular is that it is somehow about the future, about predicting and describing it. Same with science, in a slightly different way. Science (and technology…) should be about inventing the best gizmos to make life the easiest and most pleasant. In…

Happy holidays everyone! This will probably be the last Friday Fun of the year (and yes, I promise to try and get closer to my old weekly schedule next year…) so I thought I’d feature something with a year end theme. And really, haven’t we all thought at times that the tech industry is really…

It’s been a really bizarre and surreal week (and month and three years) to be a resident of Toronto. Each day brings a series of more outrageous revelations about our beloved and not-so-beloved mayor, Rob Ford. But if there’s anything that warms a Canadian’s heart more than attention in the American press, well, I don’t…

Yes, it’s Ig Nobel award time. For those that haven’t discovered them yet, the Ig Nobel’s are: The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology. Here…

Newsbiscuit is my favourite humour site and has been for a while. The dry British humour combined with OTT story ideas is irresistible. And speaking of irresistible, I just love this one: Disappointment for scientists as new super-computer fails to go mad Scientists at Mal-Tech University, Wisconsin have expressed their immense disappointment at the failure…

Friday Fun: Print Dead At 1,803

Sometimes The Onion just nails it. I don’t have to say how funny/happy/sad/conflicted/overjoyed/suicidal/smug/ your average librarian is going to find this one. Print Dead At 1,803 Reaction to print’s tragic demise was overwhelming, with countless individuals within the publishing sector left reeling at its death. “I’m in absolute shock right now,” said Charles Townsend, CEO…

A fun little apocalyptic post from everybody’s favourite humour site, Cracked. Skynet, anyone? 5 Machines That Are Already Learning Humanity’s Weaknesses 5. Slot Machines Slot machines are a diagnostic of everything we still need to fix in the human brain. It’s normal to throw a couple of dollars in to try them out, because paying…

*cough* Anyways, here are a couple. Enjoy. 25 Signs You’re Addicted To Books “The first step is admitting it. The second step is to keep right on reading.” When you’re reading a good book, you forget to eat or sleep. Sometimes there is yelling. You’ve been traumatized by things that “only” happened in books you…

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…

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