Archive for June, 2007

A new hobby

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Earlier, a coworker and I were joking about how there just aren’t enough things for us to waste our time on online. Know what I’m doing right now? Right now at about 12:20 am ET? I’m watching a Web graphic tell me where a friend’s plane is as it travels its route. There are many […]

You can’t friend me on Facebook

Friday, June 29th, 2007

if I’m not there.

Got my laptop back.

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

It boots. I haven’t tried to use the DVD drive yet. Must not be as important as the machine booting.

The blog upgrade fairy visited

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

and left us with some cool stuff. I haven’t dug around yet to examine all the changes, but I added a comment preview widget and stats. I noticed the categories no longer have one checked by default. Yay! I was getting tired of unchecking it each time I wrote a post. I tried adding the […]

Commenting and Posting Disrupted during WordPress Server Upgrade Monday, June 25

Monday, June 25th, 2007

“On Monday, June 25th, the Berkman Center will perform the long-awaited upgrade to Weblogs at Harvard Law In order to make this major change, we will disable posting and commenting on all blogs for approximately 5 hours, beginning at noon.” From about noon EST until 5 pm EST on Monday, June 25, the ability […]

Library Straddling US-Canada Border Close to Immigration Controversy

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

To frame an article about illegal border crossings into the United States, The Boston Globe discusses the library the communities of Stanstead, Quebec, and Derby Line, Vermont, share. Black tape on the library’s floor marks the international border. No need to show a passport to walk from one section to another. The open border between […]

Site Pulled for Posting Copyrighted Photos

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Here’s another real example of why everyone should use caution when posting material without proper attribution and/or permission. According to CNN, the celebrity gossip site is the target of several lawsuits by various companies who found their images of celebrities posted without permission on the site. At least one company complained to the site’s […]

ALA Conference News Updates

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Greetings from Washington DC! So far the conference has going well. Some of the sessions I wanted to attending were filled so I had to go to alternative sessions. The Ken Burns talk was filled as well as the RFID in Libraries: new developments. There are scores of vendors to visit and get freebies. Attended […]

DevHouse Boston 2, Sunday, June 24, 10-10, Central Square

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

The second DevHouse Boston will be on Sunday, June 24, from 10 am to 10 pm at 13 Magazine Street in Central Square, Cambridge. DevHouse provides a great opportunity for programmers, developers, geeks, and others to come together for a day to work on a variety of projects and do some networking. I went to […]

Hollywood Librarian film at ALA

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

Friday night, I saw the Hollywood Librarian: a look at librarians through film It was a very good film about libraries, the different types of librarians and how librarians are portrayed through the years in film. At the end of the film, Ann Seidl talked about how she wants to distribute the film. She […]

M dashes in taglines break WordPress’ feeds

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

I understand a few of you had problems receiving j’s scratchpad’s feed on Thursday, June 21. I put some m dashes in the quote I used from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Apparently, they were enough to blank the XML feed WordPress produces. I believe it was the m dashes (—, 'mdash;) because it was […]

Getting to a computer that won’t quite boot

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

I realize some of you might be interested in knowing what I’m doing with my computer that won’t quite boot. A few years ago when I had a similar problem, a geek taught me the basics of what I’m doing now. An article from MacWorld describes the basics and how to do a little more […]

Rich going to ALA Conference in DC

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Starting Friday, I’ll be attending my first ALA Conference which is being held in Washington, DC.  Hopefully, I will be posting about the meetings I will be attending as well as any photos I take as long the wireless connection works! posted by Rich

Grazr: Another way to display XML feeds

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

I don’t think I’ve ever written about Grazr in this space before, regardless of how long I’ve known about it or the fact that a friend of mine is a champion of the tool. He gave me a detailed demo, which makes me want to pull writing about it off the backburner and into reality. […]

Murphy’s Law & My Computer

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Here we go again. I finally had five minutes to catch up on some posts and my computer stopped booting all the way. I’ve been procrastinating getting a broken CD drive fixed, so I can’t boot from a CD. I dashed out to buy a Firewire cable, hooked the box up to another machine, booted […]

Ultimate RSS Toolbox: 120+ RSS Resources

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Mashable: Social Networking News has published the Ultimate RSS Toolbox: 120+ RSS Resources The list includes readers, feed validators, plugins, mixers, and other items for Windows, Mac and Linux systems Link via the Distant Librarian

Scratchpad mentioned in LISNews’ This Week in LibraryBlogLand June 11, 2007

Monday, June 18th, 2007

The Scratchpad was mentioned in the June 11, 2007 issue of LISNews’ This Week in LibraryBlogLand about j’s postings about the SLA conference June 3-6, 2007 The SLA blog mentioned that j received an Agnes Henebry Roll of Honor Award, a certificate given to “a member or former member for service to the SLA […]

The Need for Geographical Tags

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

The weblog MediaShift has a really cool interview with Lisa Williams of Placeblogger and H20town about the need for geographical tags. Using geography as a criteria to find information can be incredibly useful. It’s something many of us would like to do on a daily basis, from learning about a great new local restaurant to […]

On Becoming a Wikipedia Activist

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Garrett sent me a link to an AlterNet piece where Annalee Newitz tells her tale of what made her become a Wikipedia activist and why. Apparently, deletion can do more than just erase articles and history. Thanks, Garrett!

SLA: SLA News Division Programs

Friday, June 8th, 2007

As you might imagine, Amy Disch, fearless Webmaster for the Special Libraries Association News Division, is hard at work posting News Division sessions on the News Division Web site. Thanks, Amy! I did not present at SLA this year.

SLA: SLA is over. Lots to blog.

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

The Special Libraries Association Annual Conference is over and I have lots to blog. Some other commitments this weekend are going to prevent me from writing a lot immediately. As always, it was an amazing conference where I learned a lot and found some inspiration. It was great to catch up with lots of people […]

SLA: Scott Adams, Dilbert Creator

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Scott Adams, the creator of the comic strip Dilbert, gave the closing keynote at the SLA Annual Conference. He’s pretty funny in real life. His work reminds me a bit of blogging because he uses his corporate jobs for inspiration and has gotten in trouble for drawing cartoons related to specific work things. In one […]

SLA: Mary Ellen Bates’ Searching the New Web

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

I know a lot of you really like the resources Mary Ellen Bates’ shares. Here are some links from her SLA Annual Conference presentation about searching Web 2.0 stuff, which she calls the new Web. (Yay! I don’t like the term Web 2.0, as you may know.) Wikis: the links at the bottom of […]

Lubuto Library Project

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Often when we think about special librarians, we think about their work in corporations, academic settings, and specialized libraries. One Special Libraries Association award recipient works on a project with a very touching impact. Jane Kinney Meyers is building libraries in Africa through the Lubutor Library Project to help children who have lost parents because […]

SLA: Al Gore, Opening Keynote

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Environmental crusader and former United States vice president Al Gore gave the opening keynote speech at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. As you might expect, I took notes. He seems to really support libraries and believes in the importance of our roles in the future economy. I wonder if, like Gwen Ifill last year, […]

I have schwag to distribute at SLA.

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

I have some goodies to share at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference related to what I’ve been working on. I mean, like, real schwag I can hand out. Come find me if you’re interested in knowing what I’ve been doing. And I have a new hat.

Internet Spammer Arrested

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

The Times reports on the arrest of a former major spammer. Robert Alan Soloway, 27, faces “a 35-count federal indictment that includes wire fraud, e-mail fraud, money-laundering and aggravated identity theft” and could land him a 65 year sentence. While his arrest won’t stop the flood of unwanted e-mail into our inboxes, the case could […]

Congratulations, Placeblogger, Global Voices, and the Citizen Media Law Project!

Friday, June 1st, 2007

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced its first Knight News Challenge awards. Among the many exciting citizen journalism projects that received funding are Lisa William’s Placeblogger, Global Voices, and the Citizen Medial Law Project. The latter two are Berkman Center projects, so there’s a post on the Berkman blog with more details. […]