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Sarah G.
Dear Sarah: you are trapped in a car. STOP DRINKING COFFEE. This will only end in tears and recriminations. ps Great idea to wear tights.
Galadriel C.
Joelle and I's slide deck for MAPing Scopus and Web of Science: Using Massive Amounts of Data for Collection Analsysis #erl15
Walt Crawford
Walking the talk: Last week, some time after I posted the anonymized OA-journal-analysis spreadsheets on figshare (CC-BY automatically), somebody built a little page that lets you see graphs of journal starting dates by subject, source, other limits.
After a five-second "Gee, that should be my site" reaction I had the appropriate reaction: "I would never have done that. Isn't it great that somebody else used my data to provide new information." I'm old, but I can learn, eventually. (Sigh: And now I can't locate the app.) - Walt Crawford
Here's the app. No opinions as to quality, etc., since I didn't build it: - Walt Crawford
[OK, I *do* have an opinion about calling software "apps" when it's not for tablets/smartphones, but I don't think my opinion is meaningful. I wrote programs back in the day, not apps. Waves cane, chases kids offa the lawn. Which I'm removing, square foot by square foot: true story.] - Walt Crawford
Alan Cumming Shows You Suggestive Things to Do Besides Sex in Ad Targeting the FDA | Adweek -
Alan Cumming Shows You Suggestive Things to Do Besides Sex in Ad Targeting the FDA | Adweek
"Saatchi & Saatchi uses suggestive visual humor, and deadpan delivery from actor Alan Cumming, to skewer the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration's rules around donating blood. At issue is a recent revision in the FDA's regulations that allows gay and bisexual men to give blood, but only if they have haven't had sex for a year. (They were previously barred entirely, based on concerns about exposure to HIV.) With tongue firmly in cheek, Cumming introduces a series of eight non-sexual activities that that are "guaranted to make your year without sex fly by." Among them: Apply your manual dexterity to packing powder into a Civil War musket; thrust your hips into yoga; and polish your trophies. The logo "Celibacy Challenge" logo also is a riot—a pair of red briefs with a white lock over them. The ad points to, where you can sign a petition." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
RT @jamesblunt: Guys, don't try that Gwyneth Paltrow steam thing. I think I've just poached my balls.
LOL! - Jenny H. from Android
RT @_youhadonejob: Noah is going to have trouble breeding those lions.
RT @_youhadonejob: Noah is going to have trouble breeding those lions.
Meg VMeg
Thought this was neato:
"Today we’re releasing Let Me Get That Data For You (LMGTDFY), a free, open source tool that quickly and automatically creates a machine-readable inventory of all the data files found on a given website." - Meg VMeg
You know what's more fun than doing your work? Organizing your work. #todolistsforever
My To-Do list is an Excel spreadsheet with eleven columns, seven tabs,and a pile of macrons for moving things from one tab to another and sorting them based on a complicated algorithm to work out what I should be focusing on next. It's a thing of amazingness created over several years of procrastination. - Deborah Fitchett
wow... - lris
I like teuxdeux online. I have my stuffs PLUS stuffs for my student workers to deux. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
All out avoiding it is even more better. - MoTO Boychick Devil
dang. Deborah wins. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Or loses. I'm not quite sure which. - lris
Very jealous of Deborah and her spreadsheet - I am crazy busy with projects but because I don't track them carefully, it's more difficult to explain to people why I'm busy. - Jen
I have some things written on scraps of paper.... - laura x
deborah o_O man....i finally got semiorganized with a gdoc where i keep most things and an email for other things. and some scraps of paper somewhere. - Sir Shuping is just sir
Laurax, I have things I can't read/interpret written on scraps of paper. - Prairie & I Know It
LSW: Origins [edited]
Once upon a time, when the stars attained certain positions in the sky, the Libraryfolk would gather. In their sensible shoes and plastic-framed glasses, they would ride the escalators up and down, down and up. They would zig and zag to avoid unscrupulous vendors in the exhibit hall. They would brave receptions to forage for sustenance and drinks. They would search in vain for passable coffee. In their sweaters and pashminas, they would shiver in underground caverns with poor wifi, listening to the drone of the Elders. And so it was, year after year, season after season, for such are the ways of our people. - maʀtha
Every now and again, there would be one among them who would say, quietly and firmly, "Enough". She would slip away to a hallway or a lobby corner, sit on the floor, plug in her portable electronic devices, and wait. - maʀtha
[please to continue the tale] - maʀtha
*nudge* - maʀtha
you set the bar pretty high here. It's going to be tough to match your prose. - DJF
well, I wasn't around in the earliest days, so my knowledge of those times is limited. I came in after the meebo room was well established, and the PB Wiki. Maybe someone could tell me a bit more about that time period and I could resume? - maʀtha
for example, which came first, lobbyconning, tweeting, or blogging? who were among the first lobbyconners? - maʀtha
Calling Steve 'n Iris. Steve 'n Iris to the white courtesy phone. - Joe
I knew all of this once, my brain is just crapping out on me :) - maʀtha
rats, so the tweeting was before the lobbyconning, my sequence is all wrong. that disrupts my entire narrative. hrm. stupid reality. - maʀtha
I still might be able to make this work. - maʀtha
But I am guessing that a lot of the LSWers knew each other from blogs before twitter came to the fore? I came to blogging too late to know the full history of the LSW. - Joe
I found out about LSW from a blog (Steve's or Josh's?) before I joined the Meebo room. It took me a long time to join twitter. - maʀtha
I found out about the LSW from Meredith in an American Libraries mag article. [Let me see if I can find the citation...Or maybe it was something she wrote about in her blog.] - Joe
I found out about LSW chat room from someone...I think CIL maybe? I do remember that the first two people I talked to in the meebo chat room were these people named grasshopper librarian (martha) and pegasus librarian (iris) who were both very, very nice to me. especially since I think I was stuck in an airport - Sir Shuping is just sir
April 27th, 2007, Josh tweeted about being fed up with ALA dues. Then he tweeted about starting the library society of the world. People were to tweet back their names and titles in this organization. It was a total joke for a while, with people adding names and bylaws to the wiki he started that day. I added the bylaw that we would always be one short of a quorum. I still stand by that bylaw. Another bylaw was that there would never be any dues. - lris
I consider myself a founding member, having joined on that day and added a bylaw to the wiki. I'm sure there are a lot of other founding members. - lris
Bingo, this is how I learned of the LSW. - Joe
Then came the meebo room. Then came the CIL presentation with Laura Harris, Steve Lawson, at least two other people, and a room full of meebo room users projected on the wall (including Jason Griffey and Walt Crawford and many many others). THEN came Friendfeed, which I joined reluctantly, feeling like it was a fad and not nearly as easy to use as Twitter... So judge my opinions of new things wisely in future. - lris
I believe that I was around at the start, but I no longer have any recollection of it. - laura x
I met you because you were there, so I believe you were there at the start as well. - lris
Anybody have a link to the Neff tweet? - Joe
I looked for that a few years back with no luck. - lris
I can fix the storyline! I'm going to eat, first, though, so hang tight. - maʀtha
I can't wait to read the Dragons and Windmills section. - John Dupuis
*bump* - bentley
The OP of this thread is dated Feb 18th *OF WHICH YEAR?!* c'monn FF just four more charaters in the date field... - Aaron the Librarian
i learned about it from ruth kneale who was arranging to a -meeting- drinking binge at an SLA :) - Christina Pikas
2013? - maʀtha from Android
LSW originates every day. No lie - Aaron the Librarian from Android
Rebump. We need to fill in some of the gaps that are at the LSW Origins page. - Joe
Martha gets the feeling exactly right. The facts are all well and good, but aren't we really all here because we were looking to escape the droning of the elders (and I mean elders in spirit, not age). - laura x from iPhone
(Thanks Laura for the parenthetical there. Not that I don't do my share of droning.) - Walt Crawford
I believe (but could be just misremembering) that I suggested the "of the World" bit because (again correct me) at the time I was the only non North American playing along..... - Kathryn is a free elf
That sounds right, Kathryn. - laura x from iPhone
This is how I learned about the LSW, in April of 2008. I joined soon there after. I worked with some others to set up the meetup in a Seattle dive bar during SLA that Christina mentioned. - Joe
Sept 2007 updated on LSW ... after first mentioning it 13 May 2007 , concluding with "The Library Society of the World is the best, most efficient, egalitarian and effective... more... - Kathryn is a free elf
50 Shades of Grey Literature #AddAWordRuinAMovie
I dunno, I'd watch the hell outta that... - RepoRat
me too - jambina
we are such nerds. - jambina
yeah, we are nerds, aren't we. :) - Marie
RT @50shedsofgrey: She leant over the kitchen table. 'Smack that bottom,' she squealed, 'Smack it hard!' 'I am,' I said, 'But the ketchup just won't come out.'
♫Maurice the Trainer♫
Sarah G.
My love increases year by year, like my subscription costs. #ElsevierValentines
Sarah G.
Roses are red, Violets are blue, You'll pay through the nose, For my ADDED VALUE. #ElsevierValentines
My love for you is a very Big Deal. But only if you sign up for the 5 year contact. #ElsevierValentines
I will be moving on from my current position after 7.5 years to the Singapore Management University (SMU) as Library Analytics Manager in late Feb. Many exciting plans in store at my new University but currently trying not to think about it too much and enjoy my long vacation.
exciting! And yes, enjoy the long vacation. :) - ellbeecee
Congratulations! - bentley
wow, cool! congrats! - RepoRat
woot and congrats! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Congratulations! Here's hoping that the transition leads to adventures of only the very best kind! - Galadriel C.
That sounds like an awesome job - can't wait to hear about it! - Lisa Hinchliffe
They are awfully lucky to get you. - barbara fister
Congrats! - Meg VMeg
That sounds like fun! (The long vacation sounds good, too) - Aaron the Librarian from Android
congratulations!! I can't wait to see what you come up with while there! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
laura x
My new working theory is that 3 year olds are terrorists and we parents are victims of Stockholm Syndrome.
You are so close though, by 4 kids turn into these amazing people. Hang in there :) - Jen
If by "so close" you mean "11 months, then sure. :-) - laura x from iPhone
I just try to remember what my psychiatrist told me she told her son when he asked her what her favorite age was. "35," she said, "the age you are right now. And when you turn 36, I'll like you even better." - laura x from iPhone
I know, easy for me to say, I have teenagers. My younger self would be quietly hugging you and offering words of encouragement, 3 is challenging. - Jen
Oh, I don't know. Perhaps I was subjected to the "mom curse", the one where your mother wishes on you the same kind of kid that you were, because I was a great kid and so was mine. For me a real curse would have been to have a kid that was like other people's kids. The first year was rather hellish, but after that it was pretty much smooth sailing. I can count the number of temper... more... - April Russo
I felt things went pretty well until about 9 months, and it's been kind of downhill ever since. I was a hellish toddler but on the whole a very good kid (in high school, I was never grounded AND I did not have a curfew), so maybe I'll luck out eventually. - laura x
Galadriel C.
Related to Joe's post, and a colleague who recently inquired about this, I asked the 6yo what he thought a library at a college or university should be like in 10 years and this is what he said... (
• It should look really, really nice with walls that are a bluish color• There should be really hard math problems in it • There should be lots of paper for writing down stuff and pencils and erasers • There should be lots of paintings and sculptures to help it look really nice inside • There should be places to paint, paint brushes, and paint and sinks for washing your hands after you paint - Galadriel C.
• More lights • 100 more windows • Books • Robots to deliver the books to everyone • A dictionary so that everyone can spell things correctly • Computers • Heaters to keep everyone warm • There should be no yelling allowed • It needs to be a beautiful place - Galadriel C.
I want a book delivery robot! Maybe they'll have drones. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
Just like that! - Joe
I want a "love" option. - barbara fister
:-) (Reminds me of doing this exercise with engineering students at MfPOW: - Deborah Fitchett
I like what the 6yo said much better, though. Lotta hositlity there? Or were they yanking your chain? - barbara fister
Mostly yanking our chain. Many of the students there didn't see the relevance of a library (tangentially but illustratively, a trufax quote about an assignment involving library research: "I took engineering so I wouldn't have to do any writing") but did value the space and staff when they thought about us. --Also they wrote the best report in support of us during a change process. The... more... - Deborah Fitchett
I am so impressed that Mr. 6 wants us to use the dictionary for spelling instead of Google. - laura x from iPhone
laura x - - his awesome teacher gets the credit for the dictionary use. His class just finished doing reports on a bird of their choice and she taught them about using dictionaries and avoiding plagiarism. - Galadriel C. from Android
It was interesting to me that he described the appearance and things but didn't mention people at all. - Galadriel C. from Android
From the suggested version of the campus-wide performance appraisal form. *headdesk*
I don't think I've ever commuted a thing in my life. - lris
I commute daily. My commutation is sometimes frustrating though. Can I get advice on that through the evaluation process? - ellbeecee
but Iris, I'm sure you commutate daily, right? - Catherine Pellegrino
It would improve morale to take the death penalty off the table. - Greg GuitarBuster
I commute all the time! Just multiply A x B, and realize that it is the same as B x A. (A*B=B*A for some operation *, are said to commute with each other.) - Joe
but do you commutate? - RepoRat
Very commutatively. - Joe
First step to improve communication: Proofread - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
hillarious! - maʀtha
Performance appraisals really do sometimes feel like commutation of a nasty sentence. But not sure how that relates to being able to list communication opportunities. (Which by itself seems like a weird thing to do...) - barbara fister
Barbara, even weirder is that this is the ONLY thing other than what your goals were last year, how you did on those, and what your goals are for next year. Luckily they said departments could edit the form... - lris
Sometimes I think communication (or commutation!) is code for "big problems that are hard to overcome." - barbara fister
Sarah G.
RT @hipstermermaid: The heart gets too much credit during Valentine's Day. That's why I'm only giving out candy brains.
RT @hipstermermaid: The heart gets too much credit during Valentine's Day. That's why I'm only giving out candy brains.
RT @invisthreat: Autism Speaks tells parents to #vaccinate their kids.
RT @invisthreat: Autism Speaks tells parents to #vaccinate their kids.
That moment when you are trying to juggle about 5 tasks at once and your head implodes and you decide to see what's happening in FF.
Victor Ganata
Denialism of the germ theory of disease is seriously batshit crazy.
Meg VMeg
It cracks me up when people, who aren't the parents, don't want to know a fetus's sex when the parents already know. Even if I liked surprises, I cannot imagine giving a good goddamn what sex someone else's kid is going to be.
Spoiler alert! - Corinne L
(Curtis) Alan Jackson
I'm sure my wife thinks I'm crazy but I'm watching Doctor Who from the beginning. I'm currently watching Season 3 via reconsructions. It's interesting to see what video still exists and how there are appropriate still images to fill in.
Where are you watching it? I was watching the DVDs mfpow had, but I left before I finished the Second Doctor. Edit: Before the age of DVD, I had watched all then-existing episodes on nth-generation VHS. - bentley
I'm warching via Dailymotion on my Roku. I'm just starting Part 1of The Daleks' Master Plan - "The Nightmare Begins". - (Curtis) Alan Jackson from Android
Neat. I didn't realize these episodes were available anywhere at an affordable price. Used to cost a fortune for them on VHS, which is why I never bought them. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from WinForFeed
Apparently audio was easy to find. The video not so much. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson from Android
Gallifreyan archaeology - Big Joe Silence from iPod
Holly's favorite Anna
RT @fakelibstats: 76% of librarians plan to re-read "To Kill a Mockingbird" this weekend; the other 24% re-read it last night
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