Showing posts from December, 2014

Need a Break...

Sort of.

See, I'm in Kentucky for the holidays, so I probably wouldn't have been posting much anyway...but then I went and slammed my finger between the car door and one of those concrete pillar things at gas stations.

I think the finger tip is broken. And it's going to be gross when/if I lose the fingernail. Ewwww... Meanwhile, the blog will be on hiatus until it's better.

Links Again...

Libraries, Books, & Authors25 titles added to National Film Registry "Steven Spielberg's 1998 World War II epic, 'Saving Private Ryan,' Joel and Ethan Coen's cult comedy 'The Big Lebowski' and the 1976 drama 'Please Don't Bury Me Alive!' — considered by historians to be the first Chicano feature film — are among the 25 titles added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress."Dec 17, 1843: A Christmas Carol is publishedAgriculture regulators in Minnesota and Pennsylvania warn libraries about their seed-sharing programsNorman Bridwell, Clifford creator, dead at 86 "Starting in 1963 with Clifford, the Big Red Dog, Bridwell wrote and illustrated more than 40 Clifford books, from Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors to Clifford Goes to Hollywood. More than 120 million copies have sold worldwide, along with cartoons, a feature film, a musical, stuffed animals, key chains, posters and stickers. Images of Clifford have a…


I promised you a substantial post.
This is not that post.
I have D&D tonight, and I had to make baklava for a work party tomorrow. 

Er, so...enjoy the links! Unless you're playing D&D with me tonight - then you can have leftover baklava AND links. Aren't you special?!
Links! Libraries, Books, & AuthorsDec 15, 1936: George Orwell delivers the manuscript for The Road to Wigan PierThings That Make the Librarian AngrySeven ways schools kill the love of reading in kids — and 4 principles to help restore itLibrarians: the Latest Pawns in the Debate "It’s a lot easier to ignore the 100+ scholars, ignore the entire actual debate, and pick on the librarians. It’s not like any of them would be able to read carefully and pick apart that kind of BS, now is it." Eheheheheh....Religious Post: I did a review on Amazon for Sammy Adebiyi's  Christmas Stories You've Never Heard: Like How Baby Jesus Had A Cone Head And Stuff and thought I'd share the book here, …

A Few More Links...

I swear I'll write something substantial at some point this week....  :D

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsDon't Judge a Book by its Cover: Tech-Savvy Teens Remain Fans of Print BooksJane Austen gets her own day (Dec. 16)​Preserving our nation's film heritageNet & TechU.S. slips in measure of Internet freedom, accessPointing Users to DRM-Stripping Software Isn't Copyright Infringement, Judge RulesOtherEngland Has Avoided Eric Garners and Michael Browns by Doing What the U.S. Won'tProsecutor Quietly Releases New Ferguson DocumentsF.B.I. to Investigate a Hanging Death in North Carolina "The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday that it had joined the inquiry into the August death of a black teenager in North Carolina, where family members and their supporters have questioned the finding by the state authorities that he committed suicide."Irked NYPD union asks de Blasio not to attend officers' funerals

More Links...

But they're really good ones, I promise...

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsSchool board presented with measure that would restrict what students may or may not readNew York Times reporter James Risen may be offered deal to avoid jailIceland’s Jólabókaflóð: The Christmas Book FloodNet & TechCensorship 2.0: Shadowy forces controlling online conversations "...certain parties – whether individuals with mischief in mind, organisations with vested interests, or certain nation-states – have been using false identities to control online conversations.   Unknown forces are making sure their voices are the loudest in online discourse."Web firms won’t promise no ‘fast lanes’ My guess is because that's exactly what they want to do.Ghost of Antipiracy Bill SOPA Haunts New Copyright Push Do we need copyright law reform? Absolutely! But SOPA/PIPA - well, that was the wrong way to go. Congress quietly expands NSA powers for spying on AmericansSt. Louis Post Dispatch Declare…

Mostly Links....

Although I had a blast tonight. DH and I took Swicky and Coconut to see the Christmas lights at the park, and roped a couple of our friends into going with us, as well. It was fun!

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsWhen the Prison Doors Slam Shut On a Teen: Hope in LiteracyPrison book ban is unlawful, court rules "In his ruling, the judge said that it was strange to treat books as a privilege when they could be essential to a prisoner’s rehabilitation."J.K. Rowling's Crime Novels To Step Onto The Small ScreenCan You Identify The Plural Of These 14 Tough Words? I got them all correct - no surprise to anyone, I'm sure. Zuckerberg's Reading Material Has Some in China Crying FoulInternational Community Rallies to Support ZunarNobel laureate writer Orhan Pamuk slams climate of 'fear' in Turkey'Fault in Our Stars' returned to middle school libraries Hurrah!  Net & TechVerizon's New, Encrypted Calling App Comes Pre-Hacked for the NSAThe Pirate…

Just Links....

It's Emily Dickinson's Birthday!

Happy birthday, Emily Dickinson!
Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.

We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –

We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess – in the Ring –
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –
We passed the Setting Sun –

Or rather – He passed Us –
The Dews drew quivering and Chill –
For only Gossamer, my Gown –
My Tippet – only Tulle –

We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground –
The Roof was scarcely visible –
The Cornice – in the Ground –

Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the Horses' Heads
Were toward Eternity –

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsStudent pushes for academic freedom in HanoverThe Little Prince French TrailerNet & TechSecret court extends NSA surveillance rules with no…


No more secret trade agreements! We know that there are provisions in the TTIP and TPP trade deals that lead to censorship. The US is the only country blocking the release of the TTIP to the public, and now they’re refusing the release of the TPP. No government should be able to hide in the shadows and act on our behalf. It’s time to release the text.
Libraries, Books, & AuthorsOn Information PrivilegeThe Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'Fascinating Text Book Doodles Made By Bored Students From 800 Years AgoRandom House Promises Changes To Lena Dunham BookOtherWhy Poor People Stay Poor "ecause our lives seem so unstable, poor people are often seen as being basically incompetent at managing their lives. That is, it’s assumed that we’re not unstable because we’re poor, we’re poor because we’re unstable. So let’s just talk about how impossible it is to keep your life from spiraling out of control when you have no financial cushion whatsoever. And let…


My reaction to the grand jury decision regarding the homicide of Eric Garner?

Jon Stewart wrapped it up pretty well:

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So, too, did Fr. James Martin, SJ:

Really, what else is there to say?

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsPublishers Weekly honors ALA leadership for library ebook advocacyEdmonton Public Library Adds Homeless Outreach to Five New BranchesWhat Kids Want in Books "A sneak peek from Kids & Family Reading Report: Fifth Edition Full report coming in January 2015" I can't wait to see the full report!Net & TechThis Will Revolutionize Education "So why has technology not revolutionized education? According to Derek Muller from Veritasium, there’s two reasons: technology is not inherently superior to traditional teaching methods, and learning is a social activity."A quick, jargon-free explainer to the Supreme Court case that will decide the limit…


Just Links Today

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsNew York Public Library Expands Free Wi-Fi ProgramPublisher changes titles after seven-year-old girl’s complaintCharles Dickens’ Comeback Tour "On December 2, 1867 Charles Dickens kicked off his first U.S. reading tour.  It was a gutsy move."Location, Location: GPS in the Medieval LibraryHow an eBay bookseller defeated a publishing giant at the Supreme CourtRussell Brand pledges funding to set up library at his former schoolUK libraries protest copyright restrictions with empty spacesSchool libraries are essential for learning "Here's a quiz. Which of the following are required by Pennsylvania to have libraries and certified librarians:  (a) barber and cosmetology schools,  (b) nursing programs,  (c) adult prisons,  (d) juvenile detention facilities,  (e) public schools?  The answer is all of them, except for public schools."Net & TechEdward Snowden wins Swedish human rights award for NSA revelationsFeds want Apple’s hel…