Walt at Random

The last post (and a little oops)

I posted what was to be the last post on this blog yesterday. This morning, in clearing out archives (of stuff that originally appeared on the original site), I accidentally cleared out the most recent 25 posts instead of post 796-821. (Don’t ask.) I’ll restore the other 23, maybe, at least to one of the…

Great customer service redux

Some of you may remember back in May 2008 when I discussed the unexpectedly good customer service provided by Mill Creek Entertainment, the company busily mining public domain (and otherwise minimal-license) flicks and TV flicks to create really inexpensive bundles of movies on DVD. (That’s not all the company does, to be sure, but I…

What did you learn at ALA?

More of you attended this year’s ALA Annual Conference than ever before. If the programs I attended (and I attended more programs than usual) and the crowds I saw in exhibits are any indication, you were active at the conference, not just there for the sunshine. (Yes, “active” includes schmoozing; seeing e-acquaintances from all around…

I don’t usually go nine days between posts, but… You can blame ALA Annual 2009 in Chicago for most of that. I (still) travel without technology, so no blogging from ALA–and also no keeping up with blogs, FriendFeed, etc. (but email once or twice in the hidden Internet room in the exhibits). There’s also getting…

A couple of days ago, on Walt, Even Randomer, I posted a set of desultory reviews of the fourth and final DVD of Alfred Hitchcock: The Legend Begins. Sidebar: One eccentric feature of this blog used to be the “treadmill movie reviews,” brief reviews of movies from Mill Creek Entertainment’s multidisc packs viewed while I…

Say what? I don’t believe the three words are directly related–but they all play into changes in articles in the Library Leadership Network over the past week. It’s been one of those weeks where everything’s a change in existing pages articles than brand-new articles. Sometimes that’s a tough decision, sometimes not. Last week, it was…

Cites & Insights 9:9 (August 2009) is now available–just in time for the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. That’s not a coincidence, to be sure; although the issue may not be directly relevant to the conference, if I didn’t publish it now, it wouldn’t be out until at least July 19. This one’s 32 pages, PDF…

I was reading the July 2009 Consumer Reports (as usual, I’m about a month behind on magazines) and reached a set of ratings for chain restaurants. Read the commentary and the neat little sidebar where trained tasters compared oversized New York strip steaks at Morton’s with slightly less oversized New York strip steaks at Outback,…

It’s time for a serious post. E.g., a careful analysis of patterns of spam attempts on a widely-read but essentially dormant blog. The blog in question is now entitled “Walt, Even Randomer” and combines four years’ of Walt at Random archives with the occasional new post that isn’t right for the new home of Walt…

Sometimes words really do matter

Here’s another little post about the Library Leadership Network (LLN)–naturally suggesting that you might want to go look, but also thinking about how it develops and some of the recent content. Some weeks, most new content goes into existing articles. Some weeks–this past one, for exmaple–most goes into new articles. And some weeks (also including…