Archive for April, 2008

Happy RSS Awareness Day!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Via Babbledog, I learned May 1 is RSS Awareness Day. Spread the feeds! Thanks for sharing, Ken!

Babbledog at Blog Group Thursday, 5/1, 7 p

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

I’ll be talking about Babbledog at blog group on Thursday, May 1. Stop by to learn more about the site and what I do for it. 7 p Berkman Center for Internet & Society 2nd Floor Conference Room 23 Everett Street Cambridge, MA

New Radio Show The Takeaway Challenges NPR’s Morning Edition

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

For almost thirty years, National Public Radio has dominated United States public radio with its news shows, like Morning Edition. Friday’s Globe carries news of a competitor: The Takeaway. Starting with just an hour, Adaora Udoji and John Hockenberry hope their live radio news show will expand to fill four hours and bring even more […]

ROFLCon & Webcast, 4/25 & 26

Friday, April 25th, 2008

At MIT today and tomorrow, there’s a very popular (read: this conference filled up months ago) conference dealing with humor on the Internet and some Web 2.0 things called ROFLcon for ‘rolling on the floor laughing’. The organizers are kind enough to present us with a webcast:…. It’s possible some of the ‘cast will be […]

Perilous Patron Printing

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Rachel Singer Gordon and Jessamyn West wrote in their April Tech Tips For Every Librarian column for Computers In Libraries Magazine of getting rid of the Print icon in Internet Explorer and Firefox and replacing it with a Print Preview icon: “It’s a familiar story: A patron hits “Print”–often repeatedly–while viewing an 80-page document of […]

17 Unbeatable Ways to Create a Peaceful, Relaxed Workday

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Zenhabits had a posting called “17 Unbeatable Ways to Create a Peaceful, Relaxed Workday:” 1. Do less. Those of you who know me by now saw this one coming. It’s very difficult to have a relaxed workday if you have too much going on. Instead, learn to reduce what you do, but choose the most […]

Britannica Offers Its Content Free to Web Publishers

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

According to a bit in The Wired Campus Garrett sent me, Encyclopedia Britannica is offering people who publish on the Web regularly (Webmasters, bloggers, etc.,) access to its content for free. Usually, it charges fees. This move is likely in response to the growing popularity of Wikipedia. I wonder if Britannica includes Wikimedia contributors among […]

How to use Gmail to Manage List Emails

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

David Rothman of the medical library blog had an interesting post on how to use Gmail to manage List emails: “I subscribe to a bunch of mailing lists because they frequently contain useful information, but being subscribed to these lists using the email account provided by our hospital would be problematic. The volume of postings […]

Ravelry: a knit and crochet community

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Greetings While I was reading the feed from Steve Cohen’s LibraryStuff blog, I came across a posting about his chat with Prairie Spinner, mentioning a knitting community site called Ravelry: It’s by invitation only so you need to sign up! Here’s the link for the rest of the story:  

5 years blogging is lots of wasted time … or is it?

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Can you believe today is j’s scratchpad’s fifth anniversary? Yeah, well, I can. I guess it’s about time for me to get a life. I took some time away from this space and from blogging during the last year, but I keep coming back to it for some silly reason. I guess I’m just one […]

A Dreamy Summer Roadtrip: 50 Bloggers in 50 States

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Patrick Curl is making a summer roadtrip that makes me jealous: 50 bloggers in 50 states. If Patrick is going to Alaska, too, I wonder if he’s going to keep true to the roadtrip and drive there and back. I love roadtrips. Two of my life’s goals are to go to all 50 states (I […]

Jonathan Zittrain: The Future of the Internet & How to Stop It

Friday, April 18th, 2008

With a title like that, I can only think what Jonathan Zittrain wrote in his book must be grim because otherwise, we wouldn’t want to stop it. One of the first things Zittrain said after taking the mic is that he used to title things poorly. I think that was in reference to something else, […]

Mass Lib Ass Conf Early Bird reg ends today April 18

Friday, April 18th, 2008

The early bird registration for the Mass Library Association Annual Conference must be postmarked by today, April 18, 2008! You can register online. For more info: Posted by Rich

OED vs. Wikipedia

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

“[T]he Oxford English Dictionary, arguably the greatest reference work in the English language…found its origins in a wiki model, whereby scholars put out the word to English speakers far and wide that they would welcome hard evidence of the earliest appearances of English words.” Garrett pointed me to a piece in The Chronicle of Higher […]

Don’t forget the Vormelker-Thomas SLA Student Stipend Deadline is Today (4/16)!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Don’t forget the Vormelker-Thomas SLA Student Stipend Deadline is Today (4/16)!

Library of Alexandria Audio Postcard

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Liane Hansen of National Public Radio is filing audio postcards from a trip to Egypt. On Sunday, she gave us a picture of the library at Alexandria. Is it just a coincidence that she’s telling us about Egypt now when Wikimania will be there in July?

Return Library Books on Time or have Nightmares

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Did you read last Sunday’s comic Opus where Opus has a nightmare about a library book he didn’t return? It made me think of v and her dislike of stories about books long overdue because Opus’ dream begins with his third grade librarian showing up to tell him he still hasn’t returned Green Eggs and […]

News Library Grad Students: Want $1500 to Attend SLA?

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Hey LIS graduate students and recent grads interested in news librarianship: want $1500 to help fund your first trip to the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference? Members of the Vormelker-Thomas Student Stipend Award Committee eagerly await your applications! Complete application instructions are at: Selection Criteria: Applicants must be members of the Special Libraries Association […]

Massachusetts Lib Conference May 6-9, 2008 Falmouth Mass.

Friday, April 11th, 2008

The Massachusetts Library Association Annual Conference is being held on May 6-9, 2008 at Sea Crest Resort and Conference Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts (Cape Cod): A partial list of speakers: * Nancy Pearl * David Lee King * Aaron Schmidt * Authors: Linda Barnes, Mameve Medwed, Katherine Hall Page, Elizabeth Haydon, Tracy Brown * Marshall […]

Design in 6 Minutes and 40 Seconds

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

And now for something completely different … It’s been a while since I’ve just blogged something for the sake of being an on-the-spot blogger. Tonight’s blog group is visiting Pecha Kucha Night Boston #4, hosted by group member Brett Stilwell. The idea is that we geeky types will live blog, Twitter, photograph, film, and otherwise […]

Nominations for $50K Berkman Internet Award Due Friday (4/11)

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

As part of their 10 year anniversary celebration, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society is hoping to award someone US$50,000 for their contributions to the Internet. Nominations are due tomorrow, Friday, April 11. Somehow I missed the news about this award. I’m sure you probably have some great suggestions or know some folks who […]

Google Sky Presentation at Harvard in Emerson Hall, 4/9, 8 p

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Harvard’s Center for Astrophysics is sponsoring a talk about Google Sky on Wednesday, April 9, at 8 pm in Room 105 of Emerson Hall at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. “Wednesday, April 9, 8:00 pm: ‘Inside Google Sky,’ Emerson Hall, Room 105, Harvard University In August 2007, Google launched ‘Sky in Google Earth,’ the first application […]

WebNOB on API-based developer communities, Jillian’s, Manchester, 4/8, 6 p

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Babbledog is sponsoring a gathering at Jillian’s in Manchester, NH, with Tom Daly, CTO of DynDNS to discuss growing an API-based developer community on Tuesday, April 8, 6-8 pm. More info & RSVP There’s a Facebook community folks can join, too, to learn about more WebNOB activities.

Notes from the BCAE Blog Class: Session 2 (Dec. 8)

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Click more for the outline for the second week of the blogging class I taught in December at the Boston Center for Adult Education.

Notes from the BCAE Blog Class: Session 1 (Dec. 1)

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Click more for the outline for the first session of the blogging class I taught in December at the Boston Center for Adult Education.

Lawrence Lessig Speaks in Ames Courtroom at Harvard, 4/4, 5 p

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Gah. Here’s yet another talk I’ve known about for a while, meant to blog earlier, and forgot to do it. My apologies. I’m not doing so well this year, am I? Lawrence Lessig speaks in the Ames Courtroom in Austin Hall at Harvard Law School on Friday, April 4, at 5 pm. It will be […]