Archive for September, 2006

2 on Wikipedia: Finkelstein Wants Bio out of Wikipedia & Boston-area Wikipedians

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

"My article is still there, at the moment. But I wish it weren’t," writes Seth Finkelstein, a noted programmer working against censorware, at the end of an editorial about what it’s like to be a living person with a biography in Wikipedia that gets vandalized and republished outside of his control. Of course, now that […]

NPR is Looking for a Blogger

Friday, September 29th, 2006

National Public Radio (NPR) wants to hire a blogger. Can I just say: !!!!!!!!!!!!!! er, Hooray! I admit that I’m extremely tempted to apply, though I probably won’t. I wonder if telecommuting is a possibility … Thanks for the pointer, RTE. = )

Banned Books Week Reading: My Brother Sam is Dead

Friday, September 29th, 2006

I know some of you were hoping I would have kept up with reading a book a day for Banned Books Week, but I just couldn’t do that with My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln and Christopher Collier because of my busy schedule. I really enjoyed the book. Using a boy as the […]

No Cookies In The Library Sesame Street Classic

Friday, September 29th, 2006

YouTube is offering a Sesame Street Classic: No cookies in the library Enjoy! by Rich

More laptop battery recalls

Friday, September 29th, 2006 is reporting that there are more laptop battery recalls in the near future from Sony:… Lenovo is recalling Sony batteries from their Thinkpad notebooks:… Here’s more info on the Apple iBook G4 and Powerbook G4 recalls… NotebookReview offers reviews, news and deals on PC and Apple notebooks. I recently purchase a […]


Friday, September 29th, 2006

Wikibooks, in the same vein as Wikipedia, offers a collection of free, open-content textbooks that you can edit. link via LibrarianinBlack

Free Museum Day Sept 30

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Various musuems across the country are having a free Museum Day on Saturday, September 30 joining the Smithsonian Institution in offering free admission to visitors. The Museum of Fine Arts, Plimouth Plantation, USS Constitution Museum and various Massachusetts Audubon Wildlife sanctuaries are some of the participating museums in the Boston area. You do have to […]

Map Thief Sentenced to 42 Months

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

A man whole stole about $3 million in maps from a number of libraries received a sentence of 42 months in prison. The New York Times and others have more. I can’t remember if I mentioned his crimes in this space before and I don’t have time to look right now … Addendum 10/19: I […]

Mass Deleting Comment Spam

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Firefox’ Web Developers Toolbar’s Populate Form Fields option works on comment spam, too, of course. The trick with Manila is getting a window in Firefox where the browser’s toolbars appear. One way to do that is by using this URL for comments:…. Replace jkbaumga with the directory of your blog and n with the number […]

Banned Books Week Reading: More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Yesterday, I exchanged Alvin Schwartz’ Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, since I had already read the former. Another thin book with large type, I finished the book already. I started reading it just before bed and stopped after a story about a man being […]

How on Earth did I miss one of the most important anniversaries in the blogosphere?

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

What can I say other than that my side projects are eating my life? I’ve missed several important occasions lately, including the most important anniversary of the blogosphere. Sorry I forgot about it. I hope it was happy. Many years of terrific things to you both!

Looking for VC Funding?

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Looking for a venture capitalist to throw some cash your way? The New England Venture Summit is November 28 at the Marriott in Burlington, Massachusetts. Register by October 30 to get a $300 discount.

Ethan Zuckerman & Eric Osiakwan on Internet Infrastructure in Africa

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Today’s Berkman Luncheon Series featured Ethan Zuckerman and Eric Osiakwan speaking about information infrastructure in Africa. Below are some rough notes. Ethan has more and a link to the slides. Many people in Africa connect to the Internet via satellite links, not cables. Internet providers in Africa have a difficult time peering with other networks, […]

Banned Books Week Reading: Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Monday, September 25th, 2006

I finished The Adventures of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey today. This book is my first official Banned Books reading for this week. I can see why parents object to it. The book has a lot of mischief in it, including a number of school pranks, and features a character who […]

Consumer Reports on Buying Computers

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Besides batteries, there are many things to consider when buying a computer. As Garrett points out in his weekly newsletter, Consumer Reports has a guide to help with the process.

Banned Books Reading

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Happy Banned Books Week! This year, I’m hoping to have time to read the first in The Adventures of Captain Underpants series, one of the Scary Stories series (I just realized I grabbed the one I read before; I’ll have to exchange it later this week), and My Brother Sam is Dead, which I remember […]

Happy OneWebDay!

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Happy OneWebDay! I’m over at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society for a OneWebDay lunch. Video webcast at… IRC chat channel at irc:// I wonder if that person is wearing the OneWebDay button I sent …

More Tricks with Firefox’ Web Developers Toolbar, Or How to Check All Without Really Trying

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Remember I told you about the Firefox Web Developers Toolbar and how it saved a damaged post last month? Also, remember last month I mentioned someone helped me figure out how to delete lots of trackback spam in relation to my whining about there being no select all option for the check boxes on the […]

Spam + Gmail = Humor

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

I couldn’t help noticing the link to a spam recipe above the spam mailbox in Gmail. It used to be that my Gmail account would get no spam, so I rarely looked in the spam folder. Now, I dump it every few months. As much as I don’t like junk mail, one of the advantages […]

Gaping Void Comic Widget

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Y’all should know by now I’m a huge fan of Gaping Void, comics by Hugh MacLeod. I think Wendy introduced me to the blog. During a talk, Doc Searls showed a cartoon about blogging I decided I should find to show in an upcoming talk. (Too bad I didn’t have it Tuesday!) While trying to […]

Updates to What University Communications Offices are Doing with Blogs and Feeds

Monday, September 18th, 2006

For a presentation I’m giving Tuesday, I spent some time updating and revisiting my list of what university communications offices are doing with blogs and feeds. It doesn’t look like too much has changed. The list is still selective, not comprehensive.

Larry Sanger’s New Project: Citizendium

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Larry Sanger, who played a role in the early days of Wikipedia, has a new project called Citizendium, "’citizens’ compendium of everything,’ will be an experimental new wiki project that combines public participation with gentle expert guidance." More info about it is floating around.

iPod Owners Use of iTunes

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

"Digital music purchasing has not yet fundamentally changed the way in which digital music customers buy music." From Slashdot to the BBC to Jupiter Research, I traced a trail of information to learn about a report saying iPod owners are more likely to get their music from CDs–either CDs they already own or CDs they […]

Google Highlights Banned Books

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

Google has a section in their books site for banned books, along with links to more information about banned and challenged books from the American Library Association. Don’t be like me and forget that September 23-30 is Banned Books Week. I recently came across the list of books I was looking for last year. Maybe […]

Next Friday (9/22) is OneWebDay

Friday, September 15th, 2006

OneWebDay is next Friday, September 22. Described as Earth Day for the Internet, organizers hope people around the globe will use the day to openly appreciate the World Wide Web. Interested? Look for events in your area, tell others about the holiday, and/or do something to commemorate the occasion. The Berkman Center for Internet & […]

Tips for Searching from the Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Lee Gomes shares some search tips in a Wall Street Journal piece that includes a quote from our friend Gary and some info about search engines.

Mac Laptop Battery Recall

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Apple was kind enough to e-mail me about their recall of computer batteries. I had been checking their site periodically to try to find information about the recall, but I hadn’t found their materials yet. I just bought a new battery a few months ago. Maybe I should have waited since it qualifies for their […]

The Batmobile!

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Batgirl is a librarian, so this post isn’t too far of a stretch, is it? Autoblog, a popular blog about automobiles, has a bit about the Batmobile. It’s really awesome. Thanks, Lincoln! to Allow Non-Alphanumeric Characters

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Gary wrote to me to say the search engine now allows some non-alphanumeric characters in their searches. Especially of note is that they’re providing definitions of some smiley faces. I like Ask’s instant definitions, particularly those related to chat abbreviations. I often start those searches in Ask and move elsewhere if I can’t find […]

Google News Archive Search

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Garrett highlights Google News Archive Search in his weekly Library News and Notes. I tinkered with it quickly to try to find some information about Steve Irwin’s death. (I’m catching up on some of the news I’ve missed while offline.) The list of years and publications on the sidebar is nice. I wonder why there’s […]

PodCamp This Weekend, 9/9-9/10

Friday, September 8th, 2006

A fab opportunity to learn about podcasting is happening at the Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown this weekend: PodCamp. I’m sure notes, and, well, audio and video will be available as the conference goes on.

A whole KEGG of genetic pathways!

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Oh, oh, while we’re on bioinformatics. My favorite thing to do to explain to people about bioinformatics is to show them kegg, the kyoto encyclopedia of genes and genomes. Now genes code for particular proteines that act as enzymes, and these enzymes are arranged in particular pathways, like a factory production line. The most famous […]

Full monty

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Next to bioperl, there’s also biopython! 🙂

Data Collections

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Pat Gunn here. BioPerl is an opensource project to provide a rich set of interfaces to retrieve and manipulate BioInformatics data. BioInformatics is a field concerned with computer cataloguing and modelling of biological data, covering things from genetic sequences to proteins. While modelling can be done locally, the governments/universities of Europe and the United States […]

Campus Conversations

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Pat here. I came across an advertisement for this on the way back from lunch today — it’s a group that aims to compare the results of people learning about and having a structured conversation on a topic, followed by a poll, against simply having the poll from the start. The topics are those of […]