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Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeLeonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83 When I was a kid, I wanted to be like Spock. Now I'm all grown up, and I still want to be like Spock. 400 Year Old Stolen Books Found In Bay AreaJon Stewart Pulls Out The Big Guns, Unveils '50 Fox News Lies In 6 Seconds' I think it's important to remember that The Daily Show is a news comedy show, unlike Fox News, which bills itself as "real" news. The fact that TDS can be entertaining and more reliable as an actual news source than Fox News is hilarious and very, very shameful for Fox. Related: 50 Fox News 'lies' in 6 seconds, from 'The Daily Show'Net & TechVerizon and big cable lash out at net neutrality rules – using morse code How ridiculous. If you need a refresher on why yesterday's net neutrality ruling is good for you: What does Title II actually mean for the future of the internet? "What does this mean for you, the consumer? In …



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Privacy is at a crossroads. Choose wisely.

Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeWe Need Libraries As Much As Maker Spaces I'd argue we need libraries more.Prosecutors: UIC student charged with assault said he was re-enacting 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Okay, look, I don't like the book - it's a terrible representation of BDSM, in addition to just being a terrible plot and badly written - but I really don't buy the "I thought we were roleplaying" line. At all. What a load of [expletive deleted]. Saved from Islamic extremists, Mali manuscripts face damage in new homeISIS burns Mosul library: Why terrorists target books "...[B]ooks represent a people's culture, history, and pride, and provide militants a concrete way to attempt to wipe clean a region's identity."Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' to be published in Germany for first time since WWIIWhips, chains and capitalism: What ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is really about That's a…

Interesting Book, Perhaps

Today, I'm home sick, so, of course, I'm spending a lot of time on the Internet, before finishing the books I've got here. (If I knew I was going to be sick, I'd have brought more books home. Ah, well...)

I ran across a book giveaway post from Zack Hunt, whose blog has long been on my RSS feed. I love book giveaways, obviously, but this one especially caught my eye. It's the true story of a young man who leaves everything behind to do missions work in Africa, and what happens when he can't find God there.

Here's an excerpt from the book:

One of the last memories I have before boarding the plane to Africa is standing in front of the painted-on chalkboard that spans an entire wall of my bedroom. This wall bore no literary quotes or Bible verses; it was blank except for a countdown tally that read: days till Africa. It was the night before my departure, and the tally needed updating. I erased the previous number, scribbled on the day before, and drew a number …


BP loses bid to cut maximum $13.7 billion Gulf spill fine

Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeFeb 23, 1868: W.E.B. DuBois is bornWhat the Best Schools Don’t Do7 Theories About the Recent Manuscript Discoveries I think it's aliens.Maya Angelou stamp to be released by U.S. Postal Service'The Autobiography of Malcolm X' to be released as e-bookWhat’s life like for a man who tastes words?Science & HealthCoal Giant Dumped Waste Directly Into Rivers, Now Faces Criminal ChargesBad batch of drug "Molly" sends 11 Wesleyan students to the hospitalThanks a lot, Obamacare - Off Goes My ArmDeeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher "...Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for that variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent global warming. He has often appeared on conservative news programs, testified before Congress and in state capitals, and starred at confere…

Happy Anniversary to Me!

My marriage has made double digits! That's pretty good.

A lot has changed in the last ten years; I wonder what'll happen in the next ten!


Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeSelf-CensorshipSomeone Is Trying to Save You From Awful Books at the Boston Public Library "Noluckboston....[is] tagging books based off the 'Awful Library Books' blog, which two public librarians in Michigan have been running since 2009." Related: Awful Library Books It's been on my RSS feed for a long time!First Look Inside The Boston Library's Astonishing, Colorful RenovationSan Jose: Public library gets $35k for online privacy literacy prototypeFeb 22, 1892: Edna St. Vincent Millay is bornNet & TechFive ways open data can boost democracy around the world "Want fairer taxes, less corporate lobbying and more open politicians? Here’s how open data can help"Hyping Mythical Internet Taxes, New York Times Legitimizes A Net Neutrality Study Long DebunkedPutti…

Please Be Careful with Your Littles in the Snow

I know it's fun to see the kiddos playing outside in the snow. But snow is deceptive. It's glittery and fun and absolutely deadly. Two recent stories have made the dangers for littles perfectly clear.

Six-year-old Alyvia was bundled up and only played outside with her friend for about half an hour, but snow got packed down into her boots and she ended up in the hospital with severe frostbite. Many parents are aware that kids playing outside in the heat often don't recognize they are overheating or becoming dehydrated; snow and cold has a similar problem, in that kids suffering from frostbite don't actually feel any pain in the damaged areas. If you let your kids play outside in the snow, make sure they change clothes immediately when they come in, and check to make sure they're physically okay. And, honestly, if you think it's too cold for you to be outside, keep the kids in!

Luckily, Alyvia will be okay. Three-year-old Elijah, however, was found dead outside i…


Libraries, Books, Writer, & SuchlikeGlendale panels to issue recommendations on proposed Foothills library sale, relocationUS Libraries Begin Offering Free 3D Printing to Public Amidst Learning Curves and Legal QuestionsInvader Zim is Coming Back in a New Comic-Book SeriesLost Sherlock Holmes story discovered in man's atticIt’s Jenny on the book! J Lo inspires hunt for ‘first editions’ of Homer’s IliadTwo Killed in Copenhagen Attacks on Free Speech Panel and SynagogueIndian Cartoonist Talks About the Increase in Self-CensorshipNet & TechLenovo Is Breaking HTTPS Security on its Recent Laptops This is really not good, guys. "Lenovo has been shipping laptops with a horrifically dangerous piece of software called Superfish, which tampers with Windows' cryptographic security to perform man-in-the-middle attacks against the user's browsing. This is done in order to inject advertising into secure HTTPS pages, a feature most users don't want implemented in t…


So, Ranga has been spending some time outside, playing around and chattering at the birds - which, rather maddeningly, in his opinion, remain well outside his range.

He likes it outside, and, on warm days, will spend hours lounging in the sunlight, soaking up the heat. Sadly, it's been a bit chilly (even in Louisiana, folks), so he only goes out for an hour or so before he's ready to come inside.

Look how big he's gotten!

In other news, Happy Chinese New Year! It's the Year of the Ram! Or goat, or sheep, or antelope, or whatever. The Chinese word is ambiguous. But the Google Doodle is awfully cute!


Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeThe Healing Power of LibrariesMac Barnett: Why a good book is a secret doorImages From Famous Books Hide In The Secret Compartments Of These RingsDigitising the hidden treasures of the Natural History Museum, LondonHealth & ScienceThis Is What Niagara Falls Looks Like When It Freezes OverResearch Suggests Kids Over 2 Shouldn…



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Today, I mostly was a cat:

I didn't stare at any bugs, though.

Also, I went to the international market and bought a lot of Indian food. And took the car to the shop because it's making really horrible noises. And did a few loads of laundry.

Other than that, I was a cat. Because you should always be a cat if you get the chance to be a cat. Hence, the scarcity of links - but they're good ones, I promise.

Libraries, Books, Writers, & SuchlikeThe Little Library That Lent a Hand: Ferguson Municipal Public LibraryCritical Literacy? Information!Alan Turing Enigma papers found at Bletchley Park "Top-secret documents that used the work of Alan Turing to break the German Enigma code have been discovered lining the walls of a World War Two codebreaking hut."Happy birthday, Judy Blume! Speaking of birthdays: Shared Birthdays: Lincoln and DarwinNet & TechTomorrow’s technology will lead to sweeping changes in society – it must, for all our sakesHealth & Scien…

Maybe I've Been Reading Too Much Lovecraft...