Archive for the 'About this Weblog' Category

Someone Who Speaks to an Inner Hero

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Here’s someone who speaks to an inner hero. Well, it is a week to honor heroes, no … ? Thanks, BCJ!

New Category: Job Search

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

I’ve heard and read lots of pros and cons about blogging while searching for a job. I decided I’m going to do it. I’m tired of feeling like I can’t or shouldn’t share various resources or knowledge I come across while searching, learning about the job search process, or reading various online job groups. I’m […]

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Wishing j and her family, the other Scratchpad contributors and the Scratchpad readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Posted by Rich

How I Spent My Summer Vacation, er, Internship

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

So, uh, for the longest time, I’ve been trying to decide how to write about my cool summer job, especially without it sounding like a sales pitch. I still haven’t really figured out how to do that, but lots of other folks have been writing quite a bit lately, so I’m just going to point […]

What Information Was, David Weinberger, 11/10, 12:30 pm ET

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Tuesday’s (11/10) Berkman Center for Internet & Society Luncheon Series features David Weinberger on What Information Was. “It’s puzzling that even though we named an age after information, very few people can tell you what information is. And the ones with the clearest answers are often defining information in the technical sense, which is not […]

LJ Webcast on Integrated Library Systems Tuesday June 16 2 pm

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Library Journal is holding a free webcast called Consider the Source – The Integrated Library System Marketplace on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 2 pm: When it comes to selecting an Integrated Library System (ILS), there are many factors to be considered with respect to both commercial and open source solutions. Customer support, third party […]

Spring Cleaning and Blogs

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Garrett suggests doing some spring cleaning on blogs, particularly those running WordPress. I’d be a lot more inclined to follow some of the suggestions, like updating software and going through old posts, had I access to the server and had this blog far fewer than 5,000+ posts.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I am thankful for all the sharing that has been happening because of weblogs. I’ve learned so much and made so many connections through blogging. Thanks! Now it’s time for me to be thankful for my time away from computers! Yay! =)

Campaign for Talking about Death and Last Wishes

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

This off-the-topic post is rather grim for Thanksgiving. If you want a cheery post for the day, don’t read this one. This holiday season, some people are campaigning for a discussion about death and last wishes via blogs. I have decided to participate because I am always surprised at how few people have thought about […]

My Halloween Costume

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I thought some of you might want to know what my Halloween costume is. After all, on the Internet, no one knows you’re a cat. Um … consider this an early Blogacatmas present!

WordPressμ Update

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

It looks like the tech folks at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, who host the blogs, updated the version of WordPressμ (multiuser) they’re running. Thanks!!!!!!! It offers some nice features behind-the-scenes, but it looks like a few things on this blog are a bit wonky. At some point in the far future when […]

I am a candidate for SLA’s Board of Directors

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I dislike talking about myself on the scratchpad. I don’t want to discuss politics here. I don’t want to use this blog as a campaign tool. But I’d be silly if I don’t mention that I’m running for one of two Director positions on the Special Libraries Association Board of Directors. Learn more

Pakistan Censoring YouTube Goes Wrong

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Since I recently wrote about what the data unit at Renesys does, using the recent telecommunication cable breaks as an example, I wasn’t so sure about writing about it again with the news last week. In trying to censor the popular video Web site YouTube, Pakistan inadvertently blocked most of the traffic to the site […]

What does Renesys do?

Friday, February 1st, 2008

When people learn the name of my employer, the next set of questions almost always has to do with what it is Renesys does. A few days ago, two major telecommunications cables in the Middle East broke, impeding Internet access and phone calls. Two of my coworkers have been talking to lots of folks in […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Thank you for reading j’s scratchpad and turning this blog into a community.

Spam for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

While I’m thankful for all of you readers and commenters, I admit I’m not terribly thankful for the 117 comment spams I found this morning. The spam originated from a number of IP addresses, like it normally does, but each one contains an identical message pointing to a number of URLs on a server at […]

Blog Blahs

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

I’m sorry I missed most of Thursday’s blog meeting about the blog blahs because I think part of why I haven’t been posting as much as I used to is because I have the blog blahs. I had kinda a blah day, a day I often call a slow day. I have a lack of […]

Notes from Gary Price’s SLA Talk Today

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Special Libraries Association’s Click U Live w/ Gary Price September 20, 2007 Gary’s slides (get them while they’re hot) These are my very rough and scattered notes. They might not make any sense at all to you. I might clean them up eventually, but don’t count on it. = ) Gary was awesome, as always. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

National Free Culture Conference, 5/26, Harvard Law School

Friday, May 25th, 2007

The National Free Culture Conference happens at Harvard Law School on Saturday, May 26. Registration is free and it probably should have been in advance. Addendum 5/26: Free culture in the sense of this conference and organization deals with free software, movements against digital rights management, the dream to be able to share software and […]

Lloyd Alexander, Fantasy Author, Died

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

On Thursday, author Lloyd Alexander died in Pennsylvania. Famous for The Prydain Chronicles, of which The Black Cauldron is one, he won two National Book Awards and a Newbery Medals. His next book will be published in the next few months. You might not believe this statement, but I actually read The Black Cauldron and […]

Internet Access on Flights

Friday, May 18th, 2007

As quite a few of us are preparing to travel to many of the large library conferences happening in the next few months, I thought this post by Todd Underwood on the Renesys weblog about Internet access on flights and how he was able to track his Internet connection over the Atlantic Ocean by watching […]

Invention of the Camera Phone

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Gadgets like camera phones are changing how people do all sorts of tasks, from blogging to catching criminals to showing friends that cute someone noticed on the street. The January 6 Weekend America asks the camera phone inventor, Philippe Kahn, why he felt the need to create the gadget while his wife gave birth and […]

Today is my fourth blogiversary.

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

That’s a long time and it’s not a long time all at the same time. Lots happened in the last four years. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen more good come from blogging than bad. This year’s blogiversary is marked by the death of the server where I began blogging. Well, it is April […]

Manila Server Timeline–Get Your Stuff by End of Wednesday, 4/18

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Some of you who have content on the Manila server run by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society for the last four years have been wondering what’s next. Wonder no longer. The server administrators posted a timeline. People have through the day on Wednesday, April 18, to get their content. After that, the URL […]

More Manila –> WordPress Multiuser Migration Notes

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

I’ve spent way too much time these last few weeks moving blogs from Manila, the platform Harvard’s Berkman Center used to offer as a blog platform, to WordPress Multiuser, the platform they’re now using. Here are a few notes to help those of you also dealing with the migration. Since WordPress doesn’t always deal well […]

Reminder: Migrate off Manila, oh, NOW

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

A reminder to those of you blogging on the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Manila blog server: The server is getting shut down. Migrate, backup, copy, etc., your content on that server before the April 11 deadline.

Harvard Manila Server Clarification

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Based on some off-blog exchanges I’ve had with people regarding the Harvard Manila server situation, I feel the need to clarify a few things here. What I’ve been describing is mostly a problem with just the server Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society has been running for the last four years to support weblogs […]

You know you’re used to Web 2.0 when …

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

I know I’m becoming too accustomed to Web 2.0, the participatory Web. I attended a concert of selected popular Rodgers and Hammerstein works from six of their musicals, including Oklahoma, South Pacific, and Sound of Music. Even though I saw many people in the audience moving their lips to the lyrics, the chorus chose not […]

Stop Cyberbullying Day!

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Is it a coincidence that Stop Cyberbullying Day coincides with the MIT Spam Conference? Hhhmmm … Probably not. Some folks I know through the blog group are hoping to raise awareness of cyberbullying and the problems it causes. Don’t be a cyberbully. Stop Cyberbullying I’m in the middle of too many things already and […]

Manila Migration Details & Deadline: April 11

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

The Harvard Manila server administrators posted details about the need for migration and a deadline of Wednesday, April 11. Don’t forget there’s a special meeting at the Berkman Center on Thursday, March 29, at 6 pm dealing with the migration and showing how to do it.

Blogs & Sites Hacked to Spread Malware

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Remember a few days ago I told you about Erica’s talk at BarCamp Boston 2 and some of the basics of badware? Ethan has a much more detailed post about how the weblog of someone he knows was hacked to distribute malware, what she did to solve the problem, and some guidelines for specifically […]

Manila Server Down; Migration to WordPress Necessary

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Because of severe problems with Harvard’s Manila blog server, the weblogmasters had to turn the server off a few days ago. They are working on getting it going well enough to give people with weblogs on it the opportunity to get their content back and migrate to WordPress. They aren’t exactly sure when they’ll have […]

Shortening the Sidebar

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

I received a few complaints about the length of the sidebar and I can’t say I blame anyone for disliking it. The length is pretty obnoxious, especially on smaller pages. The root of the problem has three pieces. First, the Stories section of the Manila blog moved to Pages in WordPress. I had no control […]

Dim Sum with Dave Winer, Sunday, Chau Chow City, 1 p

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Dave Winer is in the Boston area this weekend. The blog group is having dim sum with him on Sunday (2/25) at 1 pm at Chau Chow City, 83 Essex Street, Chinatown. RSVP

Differences between the scratchpad in WordPress and Manila

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Here are some general notes about the change from Manila to WordPress and some of the differences you might notice. It’s probably going to take me a long time to get this blog fully functional. I appreciate your patience. The post headings are no longer linked. WordPress doesn’t allow linked post headings. I am putting […]

Changing Categories in WordPressMU

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

One of the things I’m enjoying about adjusting to a new platform is finding out what does and does not work. I kinda chuckle when I manage to find something that doesn’t work, especially if it also didn’t work in Manila, the platform on which I used to work. Take changing categories as an example. […]

New Feed URLs for j’s scratchpad

Monday, February 5th, 2007

I’m sure I probably caused a few of you who read the feed of j’s scratchpad a little bit of stress over the weekend by not blogging. You might have seen the post about the new platform, but by not receiving any content, you weren’t sure if something was wrong or if I just wasn’t […]

The scratchpad gets a new platform

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

For a really long time, I’ve been procrastinating moving the scratchpad from Manila to WordPress. Harvard made the switch from Manila to WordPress many months ago and it’s been up to us with established blogs to move our content over. I realized a few days ago, I now have a deadline to make the move […]

Things I should have done before the import

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Had I realized I wouldn’t be able to log into the Manila version of j’s scratchpad, I would have done a lot of tweaking there beforehand, like posting notes in several places about how that blog is now an archive and the real blog is elsewhere. I should have done a backup with Wget and […]

I’m sure I can think of something to say. I’m sure I can …

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Addendum 1/23: OK, well, I’ve heard from a few of you and you really want to know what’s been on my mind lately and what’s taking up so much of my time and energy that I’m even forgetting to blog. It can be summarized simply in this xkcd comic. (*winks to Kim*)

SpamPoison Fails to Block Comment Spam on Manila

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

SpamPoison, which is a tool mostly to block e-mail spammers, has been reported to work for comment spam on some platforms. Apparently, it does not work on Manila weblogs. Spam is still overwhelming the scratchpad. Boo. I wrote about why I’m trying to use SpamPoison a few months ago.

How to Replace Trackback

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Since reading JB’s comment on yesterday’s post about trackback, I’ve been debating whether to respond in a comment to his comment or in a whole new post. My time to blog is very limited, so chances are very good I’m going to have to stop mid-post, but here goes anyway. If trackback worked, I think […]

Trackbacks, Comment Spam, and Whatnot

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

You might have noticed the absence of trackback links on this blog during the last week or so. I shut off the feature to try an experiment. Sadly, it failed. Someone suggested I try disabling trackback as a way to combat comment spam. Apparently, the way some servers talk to each other, comment spam comes […]

Changing Membership Info on Manila

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

I had one of those “Aha!” moments on the scratchpad. While combating the latest round of comment spam (almost 1000 spam since mid November and it’s coming in at a rate of about 100 per day right now {Ugh!}), I found a widget where I should be able to update some information for members of […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

One of the many things I’m thankful for this year is your support and readership (skimmership) of and contributions to j’s scratchpad and its community. Thank you!


Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

I wonder if this works

On Journaling and Such

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

"For many writers, a journal acts as a compost pile. They throw a whole bunch of stuff in there, which separately is not worth much more than this morning’s coffee grounds or this afternoon’s banana peel; let it sit for a while and heat up; and before they know it, they have a rich compost, […]

E-mail Turned off on this Blog Server

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Because of some problems with spammers, the server administrator needed to turn off the e-mail features of this Manila server. Those of you who have been receiving blog posts via e-mail, like me, will no longer receive them. Also, it means you can no longer e-mail anyone through a Manila blog, so trying to reach […]

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 […]

Introducing another guest blogger

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

My name is Amy and like Kim, Pat and Rich, I’ll be guest blogging on the scratchpad. I thank my good friend and mentor j for giving me this opportunity.

Pirate Party

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

The Pirate Party is participating in elections in sweden just a few days earlier, on september 17. Sneaky! Thank you! 🙂

Annihilating Trackback Spam, or, Another Reason Why I Love Geeks

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Ok, well, you’ve read my thoughts on trackback spam before. I was discussing the problem I’ve been having deleting the huge mass of spam that’s been accumulating on some of the posts to a programmer friend of mine. Within a few moments, he came up with an easy way to mass select and delete much […]

Taking Time Offline

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Yeah, so, um, like Kim says, I’m going to be taking some time offline between Sunday, August 27 and Monday, September 11. I’ve picked a few folks to keep content going on the scratchpad in my absence, so, hopefully, you will continue to find something new here each day. It’s funny: when I first learned […]


Monday, August 21st, 2006

Hi I’m Kim, I might be guestblogging here a little when j will be away.

Other Thoughts on Trackback Spam

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

I’ve been spending some time during the last few days going through old blog posts and cleaning out trackback spam. It’s overwhelming. Some of the posts have close to 200 spam trackbacks on them. Some attacks bring twenty at a time to one post. I keep hoping I’ll find a magic way to select all […]

The Server Seems to be Back …

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

Chances are some of you might have had trouble reaching the Manila blogs, like this one, on Harvard’s blog server since Tuesday, May 30. Others of you who only receive feeds and don’t go to sites might have noticed nothing coming from this blog for a few days. Some problems brought the server down and […]

Combatting Trackback Spam

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

As I’m digging back through blog posts elminating the build up of Trackback spam, I’m thinking way too much about Trackback. If about 90% of Trackbacks are spam and only about 10% are legitimate, is it worth having Trackback on this weblog? Having software that manages Trackbacks better would be awesome. I wish Manila handled […]

Invasion of TrackBack Spam and Funky Characters

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

I noticed the scratchpad is collecting TrackBack spam right now like belly buttons collect lint. There’s no way I can comb through the thousands of posts here to get rid of the spam. Manila doesn’t ping me when I get new TrackBacks and it doesn’t provide a way to view new TrackBacks like it does […]

Oh, how nice of you to remember my blogiversary!

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Especially since I completely forgot! Amy Disch dropped me an e-mail to wish me a happy 3rd blogiversary. I’m horrible about remember anniversaries and birthdays and such. I kept thinking, “Isn’t there something special about today?” I have it written on my calendar. I just never remember to look at my calendar. Thanks, Amy! PS–4/21 […]

Upcoming Major Blog Changes

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

One of the projects nipping away at my time right now is background work for the Berkman Center’s deployment of the multi-user version of WordPress, another blog platform, in a few weeks. Although Berkman will continue to provide support for blogs using Manila for a while, they are encouraging Manila bloggers to switch to WordPress […]

j’s scratchpad Returns to Bloglines

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

I heard from several readers who use Bloglines that the feed for j’s scratchpad is appearing there again. It wasn’t working for about two months. I have no idea why it stopped working or why it works now. Apparently, I’m not the only blogger on this server whose feed disappeared, so it might have been […]

This Blog is Featured in Wendy’sTop Ten Sources

Friday, April 7th, 2006

OK, so you readers who have been around for a while know I know the Redhead and probably don’t find it terribly surprising that she’s featuring my blog on her top ten list at Top10 Sources. I, however, am totally flattered that out of all the blogs she reads (she reads at least 11), she’s […]

Policy on the Use of Names of People on this Blog

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Policy schmolicy. I finally typed up the guidelines in my head for when to name people on this blog. Several of you have asked me about it, so here it is.

Blog block without my laptop

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

People often ask me about the process of how I blog, so here’s a bit about that. On my laptop, I use NetNewsWireLite as my main aggregator. I can update the contents, they store automatically (some indefinitely, some for a specific period of time), then return later to read them and blog. At last count, […]

It’s Official: I’m a Berkman Center Affiliate

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Are you thinking, “Well, duh?” I’m not. What being an official affiliate means is that I’m now officially listed on the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Web site as having a real connection to them–not just one that many people know about, etc., etc. I’m excited about the recognition. I love the Berkman Center. […]

Fewer Features in the Aggregator

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Some of the changes I’m not too crazy about in this new version of Manila are to the aggregator. The links to the source, a way to isolate that source in the aggregator, and sometimes permalinks and comment links are all gone. Many times, when I find something I want to blog about in my […]

Getting Responses to Comments via E-mail

Friday, January 27th, 2006

A few of you have asked me about getting e-mailed responses to comments. In Manila (this blog platform), you have to jump through a few hoops to do it. If you aren’t already a member of the site, join. Membership has its privileges. Log in. Comment. Go to the discussion group. Find the comment for […]

Another Answer to Why I Blog (and several other questions)

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

"We are here to find meaning. We are here to help other people do the same. Everything else is secondary." Hugh’s words explain another reason why I blog and do some of the other activities I do, like public speaking, teaching, and helping people with their weblogs.

Return of the Comment Spammers

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Our Manila server has been getting hit hard with comment spammers again. I guess maybe they read my post about comment spam the other day. Here are some features I would look for in a blog platform that would help me monitor and eliminate comment spam and spammers. If there’s a membership list, like what […]

Cracking Down on Comment Spam

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

The comment spammers have been at it again pretty aggressively lately, so I’ve been doing a lot of comment deleting. Sometimes, I’m not always sure what’s comment spam and what might be a legitimate comment. Usually comment spam follows a few patterns. The number of messages. In an hour, I might get 15-200 comments. Things […]

What would you like to know?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

I’ve been pondering that old question about what to put on an about page again. If you could ask me one question (within reason–there are certain things I refuse to answer), preferably about blogging, my career, news or special librarianship, or something related to my professional persona, what would it be?

Trackback Spam

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Wow. I don’t think I’ve seen trackback spam before. If only there was some easy way to comb through thousands of entries looking for trackback spam to delete them … There’s an easy delete option. Finding the spam will be a challenge. I wonder if Technorati can help with finding these spam posts. There probably […]

Thursday’s Blog Group on Manila

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Thursday’s blog group is going to focus on this platform, Manila, that’s on Harvard’s blog server. 7 pm, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Baker House, 1587 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.

Changes to Manila

Friday, October 21st, 2005

It looks like the server gods changed some things yesterday. I was so happy to go to the stories page and see the Create a New Story link at the top of the page. That’s a tweak I’ve been dreaming of for two and a half years. The other exciting changes to the Stories section […]

Watch out for Faulty HTML Code on these Manila Blogs

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

A misplaced apostrophe in some HTML code caused the editing screen for a blog post to disappear and the display of the blog on that post to warp. I had to write to the weblogmaster about another editing problem I was having–something about length not being defined–so I mentioned this one. I expected to be […]

Lucid Dreaming of Blogging

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

While I was out sick Monday, I listened to some of the podcasts that have been piling up. The July 23 Weekend America has some segments about dreaminig, including a mention of lucid dreaming. While napping later, I suddenly became aware of the dream I was having. I was blogging–I think it was part of […]

The 4,000th Item

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

I did the thing with my weblog that I usually do with my car’s odometer: “Oooh, I’m approaching the 4,000th post! I should post something when it flips or to honor the occasion.” Just the other night, I realized the odometer was going to flip to 277,000. Then, I forgot about it. Post 4,000 is […]

Dropped Get Fuzzy

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

As you probably know by now, I love being able to receive and read comics in my aggregators. I am sad to report I had to drop Get Fuzzy from this blog’s aggregator because it hasn’t been releasing the comic properly and it’s been causing problems. I know some of you have been reading it […]

Problems Leaving Comments

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

I’ve learned from other bloggers on this server and from would-be scratchpad commenters that there are occasional problems leaving comments. Since I haven’t encountered the error message myself, I’m not sure exactly what’s going on. Could someone please either e-mail weblogmaster at with details of the problem or send them to me so I can […]

TrackBack Spam

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

I hadn’t noticed TrackBack spam on this weblog before checking out the TrackBacks on some old posts. All are from online poker sites and have been there for months. As far as I know, there isn’t an easy way to comb through the blog looking for TrackBacks. I’m a little concerned now about other TrackBack […]

Restoring a Department in Manila

Friday, August 26th, 2005

I was shocked when I tried to file something in the Reading department and couldn’t find it on the drop down department list on the posting page. Following the link on my sidebar returned a 404. It had vanished from the Departments page. I quickly created a new Reading category and found the cache in […]

Working at Harvard=Credibility?

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Several things about the exchange with the person in charge of DMOZ’ directory of librarian/library blogs have been bugging me for a while. I just had an epiphany about one of them that brings me such clarity, I can finally put it in words. Since this weblog has no direct relationship to my employer, I […]

Hhhmmm … a funny model for an about page

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

For a while now, I’ve been ruminating what information I should stick on an ‘about’ page. I really like the humor in The Library Despot’s about page and its concise nature. I know many of you want to know "Question, the Third: How did you start blogging?," "Question, the Fourth: Can I call you [something […]

Script to Delete Comment Spam in Manila

Monday, July 25th, 2005

Tim Jarrett wrote an AppleScript for Mac OS 10.4 Tiger that eats comment spam. Yum! Tim clarified the instructions for me because I thought the table he refers to is in the blog’s backend–to which those of us blogging on Harvard’s server don’t have access. He meant the HTML table in the discussion group. If […]

Could the Aggregator have Progressed Past Enclosures?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

A few of you remember me griping about the aggregator being stuck on a few feeds with enclosures. I noticed those two entries are gone. I hope that’s a good sign. For a second opinion, I checked the Thursday Meetings at Berkman Blog’s aggregator since it was clinging to more enclosures. Surprisingly, it seems to […]

Some New Comment Spam

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

The Harvard blog server administrators tweaked some things a few months ago that stopped the flood of comment spam. A few came through Tuesday. The spam links are part of the person’s registration data–information I cannot edit or delete. I deleted ten of the eleven messages and removed the members from the membership list. One […]

Misleading Description of this Site in Google

Monday, July 11th, 2005

"Thoughts on journalism, librarianship and blogging from a news librarian at the Harvard Office of News and Public Affairs." I haven’t been happy with the description of this weblog Google created for some time because it makes it seem like this weblog is somehow part of my job or officially affiliated with my employer when […]

Will Blog for Books

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

Recently, I’ve received two free books because of three of my weblogs. Those stories about people receiving free books because of a weblog must be true, right? I downloaded a sneak preview of Business Blogs: A Practical Guide because I let one of the authors interview me twice about two weblogs. I am really looking […]

Orange Hedgehog?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Here is another site that is compiling the scratchpad’s content so you don’t actually have to visit my blog. Orange Hedgehog might be worth a closer look. It contains numerous resources about Web development and a directory of feeds. The directories aren’t intuitive to me. Librarians lists only a few feeds, one of them being […]

Huge Jump in Hits

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Since the Harvard blog administrators pulled the rankings page, I haven’t worried too much about the scratchpad’s hourly hits. I happened to notice a giant jump yesterday: the scratchpad received 1,000-2,000 hits an hour from about 11 am Monday until 5 pm Tuesday. After the server administrators tweaked some things to combat referer spam, traffic […]

Bizarro! Restoring a Vanished Post

Monday, June 20th, 2005

I wonder what happened here: if my weblog ate a post and it doesn’t recognize that in the calendar or if something’s funky with the blog post so that it doesn’t appear properly. The calendar indicated there was a post on 11/11/2003, but when I tried to view it initially, I saw the blog heading, […]

j’s scratchpad on LJ

Monday, June 20th, 2005

But I am still not~ Thanks, JB! Addendum 9/18: I should note that I do not check comments on incarnations of this weblog in other systems, like this version in LJ.

Don’t Forget to Uncheck the View HTML Source Box in Manila before Posting

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

On this blog, I don’t use a WYSIWYG editor. I forget how to work with editors properly sometimes. I prefer to edit the HTML code directly, so I often choose the option where I can work with the code. When editing with certain WYSIWYG editors in Manila, if I don’t uncheck the view HTML source […]

Where’d the Enclosures Blank Go?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

During the blog class I taught on Sunday, I talked about enclosures. I went to the posting form for this weblog because there used to be a blank to share files via RSS enclosures only to discover the box is gone. It’s probably been gone for a while and I just noticed in class. Hee!

"I want a meaning from the back of my broken hand" –The Killers

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

Now that I’m past some major bloggable events, my content production is going to slow down while my wrists heal from some injuries. I appreciate your patience. If I’m careful, I should be able to resume babbling in a few months. I know quite a few of you are waiting for me to finish sharing […]