Showing posts from July, 2014

Happy Birthday, Harry!

That's right, it's Harry Potter's birthday! Also J.K. Rowling's birthday! Happy birthday, J.K.!

It's also D.H.'s birthday, so happy birthday to him, too, I guess.


Libraries, Books, & Authors24 Books That Forecast The FutureDuke Professors Looking To Make Legal Texts Affordable; Kicking Off With Intellectual Property LawNet & TechUtah man fired after boss complains blog post about homophones made school sound gay I don't know what's worse - the fact that this guy was fired because the word 'homophone' sounds 'gay' or that the guy running the school doesn't know what a 'homophone' is and doesn't want that sort of 'advanced stuff' taught to students. It all hurts so bad...4 Ways You Can Join the #FreeZone9Bloggers Campaign "Since 2012, the Zone 9 blogging collective has worked to foster civic engagement and critical commentary about social and political issues in Ethiopia, alongside fellow journali…

Happy National Paperback Day!

First - Net Neutrality News: Reid Vows to Defend Net Neutrality From Republican Attacks "Reid's letter could reassure FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that he has the political support he needs to ignore the Republican outcry and enact strong net-neutrality regulations."

Next - Happy National Paperback Day! On July 30, 1935, the first Penguin paperback was printed. I have to tell you, I read a lot of ebooks now, and I try to check out hardcover when I get books from the library, but when I buy a book, I almost always opt for paperback.  I'm one of those crazy people who read paperbacks carefully, though, carefully preparing the book and never bending it too much, so that the spine doesn't break. To celebrate, go get a paperback and read it (carefully), and/or check out The Most Iconic, Important Penguin Paperback Covers of All Time.


Libraries, Books, & AuthorsALA calls for immediate passage of USA Freedom Act of 2014What I Said When They Came for The Handmaid&#…

Steampunky Goodness


Just Links!

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsHave a reluctant reader that likes space adventures? Enter the giveaway for one of 10 copies of Galaxy's Most Wanted by John Kloepfer! Graphic novels are a great way to hook reluctant readers. Librarians love infographics. It's true.Which Famous Librarian Are You? I'm Lewis Carroll, apparently.  Check out the Department of Labor's Books That Shaped Work in America list! It's really neat.Listen to 15 Literary Icons Reading Their Own WorkIf Literary Classics Were Episodes of Jerry Springer: A Quiz I think this would be a great way to get YA readers interested in the classics. I mean, there's a lot more drama than you expect. Three Previously Out-of-Print J.D. Salinger Stories PublishedJul 28, 1814: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin elope to France10 Things to Do in College (Probably) More Important Than Going to Class "1. Learn to use the library." I second that, with an addendum: learn to use your …

Read a Book to the Kid


On Different Interpretations of "Suffer the Little Children"

As you are no doubt aware, tens of thousands of children are fleeing their homes in Central America and seeking refuge in the U.S. These children are not crossing the border hoping to find the American Dream, exactly - they're just hoping to survive. They are running from violence - many of them have been targeted, with threats of violence and death for them or their families.

If you'd like to help them, there are several ways to do so. The Texas Young Democrats have set up a “Wish List” on Amazon. You can purchase basic necessities off the list and, when you check out, you’ll have the option to send your items directly to the Texas Young Democrats. You could also donate to Catholic Charities and help to provide food, shelter, and medical attention to child refugees. Another option is to donate to KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), which offers legal services to children facing the immigration legal system alone.

After all, we've got to come up with something better than sen…

I'm Back...

Sorry I've been absent, guys. Stupid migraine...

First of all - Hey FCC, Let's Talk About Net Neutrality! "FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to allow discrimination online — even though millions of people have told the FCC to protect real Net Neutrality.  The agency will vote on the chairman's plan by the end of the year, and we need to be sure the FCC is listening to the people it's supposed to represent.  It's been more than five years since all five FCC commissioners have left Washington in an official capacity to hear from real people. We need them to visit our communities for public hearings on Wheeler’s proposal.  Help Us Break the FCC Out of the Washington Bubble. Invite the FCC to Your Community!"

Next, I apparently missed some stuff while I was mostly unconscious. I'll try not to overload you with links. No promises, though.


Libraries, Books, & AuthorsA Long Overdue Nod to SciFi and Fantasy’s Best Librarians I can't pick a favorite…

Nothing But Links...

By My Pretty Metaphorical Bonnet

Quick: Some links to update you on the net neutrality front -

More than 1M comments on net neutrality debate so far The fight's far from over, but it's obvious U.S. citizens don't like the idea of ending net neutrality! Net Neutrality Kabuki Theater: How Cable Companies Dominate the DebateAmerican Library Association urges FCC to adopt enforceable network neutrality rulesFree Press Builds Definitive Case for Net NeutralityNet neutrality a key battleground in growing fight over encryption, activists sayNAACP on Net Neutrality: FCC Should Use Sec. 706

Now, on to another bee in my bonnet:

Amazon recently unveiled Kindle Unlimited, "a Netflix-style, all-you-can-read approach to more than 600,000 e-books" for $9.99/mo. It seems a ridiculous price to pay, given that you can get pretty much the same deal at any public library for free, given that it's a tax-supported, public service. But, no doubt, some people will pay for it because - I don't know, it's pret…

What Did We Just Step In?

The FCC received more than a million comments (and that doesn't include the millions of signatures on various petitions) regarding protecting net neutrality. We'll see what happens with it.

In case you're wondering how we got in this mess in the first place, there's an infographic showing the slightly incestuous relationship between the FCC and cable companies, telecom lobbyists, and other parties that would like to dismantle the Open Internet. If it seems a bit like putting the CEO of BP in charge of the EPA, well...yeah, I agree.

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsIn Defense Of Killing Off Main CharactersHow to Be a Better Online ReaderWhen Is a Novel Not a Novel?Florida Barbershop Promotes Literacy by Giving Books to Its Young CustomersScienceOne Injection Reverses Diabetes Symptoms Without Side EffectsCanada And Nasa Partner To Intercept A Potentially Hazardous Asteroid The plan is to ask it nicely to swing wide of us before blowing it up, right? HIV Undetectable…

Believe it or Not, I'm not a Democrat

I'm not. I'm not a Republican, either. I don't like either party completely, although there are points of both I agree with. And points I vehemently disagree with, as well.
But, seriously, the Republican party has been acting really, really weird lately:
House Republicans successfully ban funding for canceled White House renovation, so take that, Obama I'm confused. There were plans to renovate the bowling alley, and Obama nixed those plans - so House Republicans then banned funding for...the plans that Obama had already cancelled...and are wanting to spin it that they saved us taxpayers the unnecessary expense? How much money did they waste doing that?? Couldn't they have been doing something, I don't know, productive during that time?? There was also this: Arizona Politician Mistakes Y Campers for Migrant Children He said he could see the "fear" on the kids' faces - kids, that is, who were actually, in real life, excited little scamps headed to c…

Counting Down...

If you haven't done it already - if you've been putting it off until you have the free time or whatever - go submit your net neutrality comments to the FCC now! The FCC is accepting comments until noon on Friday. It's your Internet - go save it!

Here's a great article for you to read today about net neutrality - Deep Dive: In Defense of A Neutral Net. It provides "an overview of how network discrimination hurts free expression and innovation, how we can safeguard against it, and what EFF—with your help—is doing about it."

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsDebunk The Myths "Americans are using their public library more than ever before, but in many cases, overall funding is down. And some libraries have been forced to cut hours, programs and staff, and even close their doors. You can help. Familiarize yourself with some common myths." A Defense of the NYPL’s Summer Reading List For KidsBoys Will Be Boys, and Girls Will Be Accomodating : Why “boy b…

So Excited!


Beautiful and Beautiful!

Two very exciting pieces of news today!

One: Ben Hatke is offering a Jolly Raffle Giveaway Contest for Julia's House for Lost Creatures!

"When Julia and her walking house come to town, she likes everything about her new neighborhood except how quiet it is! So Julia puts a sign up: “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.” Soon she’s hosting goblins, mermaids, fairies, and even a dragon. Quiet isn’t a problem anymore for Julia…but getting her housemates to behave themselves is!" (Source) I can't wait to read this book! I'm guessing it'll be a favorite for library storytimes, too - the pictures are gorgeous, and what child wouldn't  love a house full of friendly fairyland creatures?!

If you aren't familiar with Ben Hatke's work, go read some. Now. I recommend starting with the Zita the Spacegirl series. (Although Julia's House might overtake Zita as my favorite; I'll let you know!)

TwoThe FCC was forced to extend the deadline for user comments on …

Celebrate Good Times!

First, a warning: We're in the battle for the net! You only have until midnight on Tuesday to send comments to the FCC. Take action now! I keep talking about net neutrality, because it's extraordinarily important. You really ought to go check out what higher education and library groups have said about net neutrality principles.

Now, for fun - today, July 14, is National Nude Day!

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsHow your local library can help you resist the surveillance stateThe French Do Buy Books. Real Books. "The French government classifies books as an 'essential good,' along with electricity, bread and water. (A French friend of mine runs a charity, Libraries Without Borders, which brings books to survivors of natural disasters.)....'We don’t sell potatoes,' says Mr. Moni. 'There are also ideas in books. That’s what’s dangerous. Because the day that you have a large seller that sells 80 percent of books, he’s the one who will decide what’s p…

I'd Like to Stay Neutral, Thanks


One Week Left to Save the Internet