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A bit of self-promotion. Forgive me. I’ll be brief. My TAIGA fisking post from a while back is featured prominently in Walt Crawford’s most recent Cites & Insights (March 2010) (pdf, html) with quite a bit of value-added comment from Walt on TAIGA, the Darien Statements and other topics. Thanks, Walt. I’m flattered to be…

A year of books

I did this last year and the year before and it seemed like an interesting and maybe even useful thing to continue this year. Trends in my reading this year? An increase in books on social media and a bit down in terms of science and fantastic fiction. A lot of that has to do…

I don’t usually talk about local York stuff here, but I’d like to make an exception for the event we had last week (Tuesday, November 3rd) here at my library, The Steacie Science & Engineering Library. The event is called YorkWrites and it’s sponsored jointly by the Libraries and the Bookstore. Essentially, it’s a big…

On October 1, 2009 librarians and archivists at York University Libraries voted unanimously to adopt the following policy: York University Open Access Policy for Librarians and Archivists Librarians and archivists at York University recognize the importance of open access to content creators and researchers in fostering new ideas, creating knowledge and ensuring that it is…

Those of you with long memories may recall that I was on the jury for the 2009 Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Well, the names of the winners have just been released: Adult: The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson Young Adult: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow You can check out the shortlists and…

ScienceBlogs on Facebook & Twitter

If you feel the need to socially network with ScienceBlogs and any of us various SciBlings, you can do so on Facebook and Twitter. I suspect that most of us who are on those services are fans/followers of ScienceBlogs. The main places I hang out are Friendfeed, Twitter and Facebook. Drop by and say hi!…

Five Perfect Rock Songs

Apparently inspired by the occasional Five Songs I Love posts I’ve been doing (here, here and here), Ava at Jemsite asked me if I wouldn’t mind coming up with one for their blog. Well, it sounded like a cool idea — so here’s what I came up with. It was a fun experience so I…

Worldcon wrapup

And speaking of reading, a couple of the books on the summer reading list I posted yesterday were actually purchased at the World Science Fiction Convention dealers’ room! We were lucky that this year the con was in Montreal, my home town and very near Ste-Agathe, where we spent most of our vacation time. The…

My annual summer blogging break has officially come to a close. I returned to work Monday after a very nice four week vacation. Yes, I use my whole annual vacation allotment all at once and go the rest of the year without any significant break except for Christmas. The first three weeks we spent most…

My son, interviewed by Bora!

My son Sam is a budding scientist and blogger. He came to the ScienceOnline09 conference in North Carolina with me this past January and had a great time. Needless to say, Bora has tracked him down and interviewed him here. How does (if it does) blogging figure in your work? How about social networks, e.g.,…

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