Archive for July, 2007

What to read next …

Monday, July 30th, 2007

A very kind person loaned me a copy of the latest Harry Potter. I have the third book in the His Dark Materials series sitting on my nightstand. While I finished up my book group reading assignment, I debated which one to read next. I finished the second book of His Dark Materials last week […]

Music Industry Toleration of MP3 Blogs

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition has an update on the tension between the music industry and certain music fan weblogs. Some record labels tolerate group music fan sites. A blogger at one of the sites recently received a threat of legal action against a special MP3 he posted from a company some labels use to […]

BarCamp Manchester, 7/28, 10a-5p

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

BarCamp Manchester is happening on Saturday, July 28, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Amoskeag Business Incubator (ABI) in one of the former mill buildings along the Merrimack River.

LibCamp Boston BPL July 28

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

LibCamp Boston is being held in the McKim Conference Room, Boston Public Library on Saturday, July 28, 2007 10 am-4 pm It’s based on the unconference BarCamp style. The discussion will include Library 2.0, emerging tools and other stuff. It’s also free! For more info: posted by Rich

Have you finished reading Harry Potter yet?

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Well, have you? I was supposed to do something completely different Friday night, but I postponed those plans with the hope of going to at least part of the Harry Potter festivities in Harvard Square. I ended up staying far later than my original intention, but I would say it was worth it. I planned […]

What are you doing for Harry Potter’s release?

Friday, July 20th, 2007

I wonder if that’s going to be Weekend America’s question this week. So, what are you doing for the newest and possibly last volume of the book series Harry Potter’s release? I read somewhere about some late night partying in Harvard Square. Too bad my favorite Harry Potter fan isn’t here to go with me.

What does a soldier read during the war?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

I don’t know why I’ve been writing more than usual about reading lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading some great books. Maybe it’s because everyone seems to think more about reading during the summer. Maybe it’s the new Harry Potter coming out in … a matter of hours that aren’t so difficult to count […]

Searching for a Public Radio Host

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Jake Shapiro of Public Radio Exchange, whom I’ve met a few times through various Berkman Center for Internet & Society events, tells Weekend America host Bill Radke about the Public Radio Talent Quest, the search for a new radio host. PRX started it as a contest open to anyone and receive a myriad of submissions, […]

I miss having a whiteboard.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Once upon a time, I had an office with a whiteboard. I did a very good job of keeping it full and tended it regularly. It might be one of the things I miss the most about that job. As we’re evaluating knowledge sharing tools for a project, I keep thinking about how simple and […]

The Person with the Most Wikipedia Articles Wins.

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Garrett e-mailed me a story from AlterNet about the man with the most Wikipedia articles: Richard Farmbrough, Wikipedian for 39 months and an admin for 30. "I am not actually obsessed with Wikipedia, despite appearances! If I am obsessed with anything, it is continuous improvement. I see Wikipedia as an example of this …" Farmbrough […]

Outraged ‘Grammar Vandal’ Starts Weblog

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Librarians have a reputation for being, uh, precise and careful when it comes to certain things, like, oh, the use of language. I thought some of you might appreciate—and perhaps even relate to—one woman’s tale of irritation that led her to start a weblog about grammar. Boston Globe correspondent Danielle Dreilinger strolled through Boston’s expensive […]

Warner Bros. Distributes Guidelines for Harry Potter Parties

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Warner Bros. and Scholastic distributed memos about guidelines for themed parties marking the release of the next and supposedly last Harry Potter book. While Warner Bros.’ guidelines attempt “to help organizations run themed events in a way that avoids fans being exploited and helps everyone to enjoy the Harry Potter books, films, and events in […]

ALA TechSource Gaming Symposium

Friday, July 13th, 2007

The registration for the 2007 ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium being held in Chicago July 22-24, 2007 ends today Friday July 13, 2007 The registration fee is $300 for ALA members, ALA TechSource subscribers and students, $350 for nonmembers. For further info:… posted by Rich

Harry Potter doesn’t Mean Kids Read More

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Sadly, the popularlity of the Harry Potter series does not mean young people read more books overall. A Boston Globe article looks at trends in youth reading habits based on a study coming out in the fall. Some youth reading rates are up, but teenagers seem to read less than other age groups. A decline […]

A Look at the iPhone

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

No matter how many of them can’t afford either the phone or the service contract for it, some of my friends can’t seem to stop talking about Apple’s new iPhone*. David Pogue of The New York Times has an amusing video of it via YouTube. When I was at my local Apple store a few […]

Blog Archiving with BlogBackupOnline

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

My coworker John showed me a post on the ResourceShelf about the weblog backup service BlogBackupOnline. Free while in beta, the service boasts the ability to do daily backups of the text on a variety of platforms, like Blogger, WordPress, and LiveJournal. Supposedly, the resulting file is good enough to use to restore a problematic […]

SLA 2007: Bloggers Gathering

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Oh, so there was a blogging librarians gathering at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference this year, but I didn’t know about it until a few days after it happened, so I didn’t go.

The Color of Television News

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Johnny Diaz of The Boston Globe takes a look at the sets of some of the more popular television news programs in Boston. “It’s a tricky formula, the psychology of colors, using certain hues on a set and in flashy graphics to attract new viewers but not alienate the loyal ones. Station managers play close […]

Beer and blogs tonight, Cambridge Common, 7 p

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Beer and blogs tonight at the Cambridge Common, 7 pm, with the blog group.

Another Web 2.0 Definition

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

My coworkers have been passing around this Web 2.0 definition.