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I'm at the point in the research process where everything is a mess and I feel like I don't know anything.
You can doooo eet! - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Just remember the mantra: "Carol Kuhlthau. Carol Kuhlthau. Carol Kuhlthau..." - Catherine Pellegrino
^^^ - lris
omg Kuhlthau yes! - jambina
that made me snort root beer out my nose. - RepoRat
Slowly acclimatizing New Beta to his water. His big siblings are so far oblivious
So far he's still pretty uncertain about the change of scenery. - lris from Android
Sarah G.
You guys, I know it sounds like more of Glassmeyer's crazy woo-woo, but I've been trying acupuncture this month & it actually seems to work
Been doing it for... Gosh... 5 or 6 years now. Definitely weird, but helped me when nothing else was working. - lris from Android
When I tried it at my doctor's behest, I was certain it wouldn't work. It did. - Katy S from iPhone
After several years I have become strong proponent of acupuncture for both my Cohn's and IBM - particularly effective for nausea and stomach pains. - WarLord
The office cat at Gypsy's vet is 22 years old. O.o #goodadvertising
Impressive! - RepoRat
There are also office parakeets, parrot, lizard, and two more cats who "tend to stay in the back." This vet is half zoo. - lris from Android
Office pets are awesome. My doctors office has an office dog, but she's kind of aloof to me. Still makes me happy to see. - Heather
First massage in 5 weeks. That was intense.
epsom salt bath time? - RepoRat
That's a good idea - lris from Android
I should do one too. Travel does not agree with my shoulders. - RepoRat
Stupid bodies. - lris from Android
So fragile. - RepoRat
Free speech is being debated right now in my little town. The local bar owner has invited James Fetzer ( to give a series of talks at the local bar. His stated goal is to have a public debate on whether Sandy Hook was a hoax, whether the USA and Israel were behind 9/11, etc.
For his part, Fetzer is saying this is freedom of speech and it's his right to disagree with the majority culture. - lris
Well, some people in town talked to or emailed the bar owner privately to say that they found the guy's stances offensive on many grounds, especially the anti-Semitic stances. The bar owner apparently didn't respond to those emails or conversations, but he did forward the emails to Fetzer, who then published several of them (with full names and everything from the email header except the originating email address) on his blog in a post decrying "the Abduction of Reason and Rationality in Northfield, MN." - lris
Now there's a call on campus for anyone interested in signing on to an editorial in the campus newspaper that says in part "We respect the rights of people in a free society to hold and discuss unpopular views. Free speech is an important right and no doubt [the bar owner] is legally entitled to give a platform to such people. But what is legal is not necessarily ethical or prudent.... more... - lris
So there you have it. Big issues on debate in a little town. And I'm trying to decide whether to add my name to the editorial or not. - lris
Sounds like they could add a discussion about the ethics of forwarding emails and also about the copyright thereof... - Deborah Fitchett
Yeah, it's weird because when this all boiled up yesterday or the day before, I was like "huh, crazy dude going to talk in town? I don't have to attend!" But now that those emails are all over the place I'm more like "Crazy bar owner is utterly unscrupulous and clearly doesn't like us. I don't have to attend his bar or restaurant." - lris
This guy doesn't care about ethics and morals with posting emails where he was not expressly given the OK to do so--it seems like he just wants to stir shit up. He wants to be the center of attention. Yes, the bar owner can give him a platform for his crazyness, but I wouldn't go attend the thing to give the guy an audience. I bet some of the email writers might want to confront him there, though. - Joe
I just heard that the people whose emails were reproduced have received hundreds of hateful/threatening emails from Fetzer's readers. Oy. - lris
Any publicity is good publicity... because now a whole 'nother group of people is exposed to [bar], [crank], and [idea] without any of them having to pay for access to eyeballs - Aaron the Librarian
I've been thinking about this a lot, especially today, and I think the thing I keep coming back to is "spectacularly stupid business decision of the year." The guy should get to say what he says where he can find the outlet. But this bar owner is utterly misguided to have alienated his only steady source of revenue simply because he thought it might be fun to have a lively debate. - lris
So I guess I posted this here because I was still working through things. And I feel compelled to try on the perspectives of people I disagree with, and try them on as authentically as possible. But right now I'm feeling like the free speech invocation is a red herring. Nobody in the town was saying that this person wasn't allowed. What people said was "hey, this would be pretty... more... - lris
That said, I would LOVE for someone to convince me otherwise. I'm posting my thoughts in the moment, fully recognizing that my thoughts aren't necessarily the highest authority in the world. (people who don't know me so well might not realize that I really am asking for people to talk me into a position -- I'm not gullible but I'm very very respectful of positions other than my own, usually, and especially now) - lris
Free speech is also, notably, legally only a matter of what the government can--or rather can't--do. Everybody thinks of it as this universal principle, but it's really not. - laura x
Iris, I won't try to convince you otherwise, because I think you've got it spot-on. And because nobody else has linked it yet, I'll just put this here in case it's helpful: - Catherine Pellegrino
Ha! That is great, Catherine. - lris from Android
In my neverending quest to become a dang adult, possibly the number one thing I've had to confront in myself is my childish inclinations to stir up shit, partly for the lulz. (Not, I will say, for the evulz; that's not quite how I roll.) No surprise: sometimes it's consciously worth taking the consequences... and often it's not. Which is a longwinded way of saying I agree with lris's take on this also. - RepoRat
Iris, being a contrarian at times...I got nothin'. You've nailed it pretty well, as far as I can see. - Walt Crawford
People who cry "Free speech!!!" are rarely doing it because they actually care about actual free speech. (If they did care, they would admit that their critiquers have the same rights, for a start.) - Deborah Fitchett
Well, free speech is no longer being debated in my community. Instead, truly awful business decisions are reaping consequences. Regulars are now checking out other hangouts in town, and events are choosing new venues. This may be the end of the business. Even staunch "he didn't know what he was doing" supporters are realizing he made unforgivable decisions resulting in death threats to (former) customers. - lris
Wow. Yeah, "didn't know what he was doing" doesn't really excuse the guy. Reminds me of a publisher (Random?) planning to publish a steamy novel about the wife of Mohammed, then freaking out when someone noted it would likely cause a serious ruckus. They pulped it. But why in the hell did nobody from editor to publisher have a clue before they contracted to publish it? Idiots. Most of them with Ivy League educations. - barbara fister
Good grief. If you list out some of my professional work in an all professionaly way, it makes me look like this experienced professional person. So very weird.
bio: "Iris Jastram has been a Reference & Instruction Librarian at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, since 2005. She speaks and writes on information literacy and instruction, is a founding member of the Library Society of the World, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Creative Library Practice. She also blogs about these topics (as well as technology and intellectual property and whatever else comes to mind) at Together with the other members of the Carleton Library Reference & Instruction Department, she has engaged in the Information Literacy in Student Writing project since 2008, helping to draft two publications and several presentations and workshops based on that work, all of which are linked from" - lris
Is this a bio for me? :) - kaijsa
It is :-) - lris from Android
yay! - kaijsa
You're all that. :-) - YvonneM
And a bag of chips, my dear. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
💯 - Julian
Today's minor absurdity in my library: We have four printers named A, B, C, and D. This morning the dead A was replaced by ... E. So now we have four printers named E, B, C, D. Unalphabetized printers in our library. #twitch
I find this hilarious. - lris
change the name to Eh? - ellbeecee
Name them Elbert, Bunny, Clyde, and Dude. - Joe
Man, I wish I were able to name them at all! - lris
I just found a "rant" piece I wrote for Creative Nonfiction my senior year about Printers A and B. Six pages, Iris. - Lily
Make the egbdf? Music majors may get it? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Roy G Biv if they're color printers... - Aaron the Librarian
I have (had) 4 cats named Boomer, Calliope, Darnarian, & Emma. When we adopted #s 5 & 6, I wanted to have their names start with either A and F, or F and G. Didn't happen tho. #LibrarianFail. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
you could always claim that PDQ Bach invented a new musical notation... - RepoRat
At UMich at one point, we had servers named Bart, Lisa and Maggie. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Steele Lawman
Me, at end of class: "Any further questions? Anything you have always wanted to know about librarians but were afraid to ask?"
Student: "Do you spawn?" - Steele Lawman
March of the Librarians video time! - RepoRat
Me: "It's sexual reproduction, but you aren't guaranteed to give birth to another librarian. Anyone else?" - Steele Lawman
I want to like this about five more times. - Catherine Pellegrino
Like salmon returning to the stream in which they were hatched, the intrepid librarian returns to the top floor of of the academic library where their librarians dreams were hatched.... (Basement of public library or nook in school library, etc, as appropriate.) - John Dupuis
LOL - lris
That is excellent. Nice footwork - Aaron the Librarian
I'm stealing this for my class on Monday. - Lily
If you bring up the sexual reproduction part yourself, it might be awkward. - Steele Lawman
"Why are you all so awkward?" - Lily
nice. - YvonneM
a student once asked me why so many librarians wear cardigans. he said he'd always wanted to ask that. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
How did you answer? Something like "Concealed carry?" - Steele Lawman
"It hides the second brain." - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
After this morning's seminar, I think I'm now certified to handle change. Bring it on!
Yes, but are you a change AGENT? Because, really, what good are you if you're not? - Catherine Pellegrino
How did that never become "Changent?" - Steele Lawman
We took a test. I tested as not a change agent. I'm one of the people who comes next and figures out how to make the change go well. - lris
Oh, I see: you're on the cleanup crew. Gotcha. :) - Catherine Pellegrino
Legally I think that *would* make you a change agent, with the 'change agent' as change principal - Pete
I am also a "problem solver" rather than a "fighter" or "retreater" - lris
A fixer. Or, the person who knows how to hide the bodies -- even in plain sight. - Julian
Was this a Buzzfeed quiz? - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Buzzfeed would have made the quiz a lot easier to take. This one was weirdly complicated. - lris
Is 0.0 C when water freezes or when it liquifies?
Depends on the pressure and altitude, etc. - Joe
Plus or minus about 150 BTU/pound of latent heat - WarLord
That's a great resource, thanks Joe. - Micah from FFHound!
Also depends on the purity of the water - lris from Android
Steele Lawman
I just logged in to to watch people play Magic: the Gathering. On the home page was a guy playing poker. "Poker?" I thought; "What kind of nerd watches people stream poker?" #lackofselfawareness
heheh - lris
LOLOLOLOL. - laura x
We love you too, Lawman. - Catherine Pellegrino
Sarah G.
Seriously. Look how amazing these catalog records are: (Catalogs aren't just for libraries and museums, either.)
So, I'm curious. What makes these records amazing? - RepoRat
The language sure is user friendly and approachable. Also, I like the cite this in Wikipedia info at the bottom. - Stephen Francoeur
Mainly, it's readable by regular humans. e.g. Not a marc code but "it's dimensions are". Plus allows for contributions from public and has call to action for using the record elsewhere. (e.g. if using in wikipedia) Also, adding color metadata as hexcodes (which may be universal, but I only look at boring records.) - Sarah G.
So, I'm gonna draw a distinction here that I think is important. Nothing that's been said so far is actually about the information in the record; it's about how that information is PRESENTED. (E.g. "its dimensions are" is not in the record; it's boilerplate language generated by the website.) That a couple of librarians conflated those two phenomena is IMO a *searing* indictment of MARC/AACR2/RDA, which also conflates them. - RepoRat
Heh, RepoRat set you up. I'd only add that the record makes room for useful information like "Why Do We Have This?" and donor, designer's client and so on. - Steele Lawman
I feel the burn. ;-) - Stephen Francoeur
I set MARC up, but yes. *g* I've actually had an idea in the back of my head for *ages* about "catalogers as information designers" and why the current tight linkage between cataloging and user-facing design needs to change (note: not disappear, just change). - RepoRat
And hell, I didn't know what y'all were gonna say. You could well have said stuff that was specific to the actual metadata capture (and in the case of colors, Sarah actually did -- and I agree that that trick is made of win). - RepoRat
Not sure what you have in mind by "why the current tight linkage between cataloging and user-facing design needs to change (note: not disappear, just change)." #allears - Stephen Francoeur
Right now library catalog UI is substantially mediated by catalogers changing what they record in MARC, as often as not in 5xx notes fields. That's a f***ing stupid way to do UI design -- which is not catalogers' fault! it's the only tool they have! -- and we need something vastly more flexible that doesn't require f***ing around with record structure and creating infinite wodges of... more... - RepoRat
omg. they (catalogers) want to pull our amazing software dev off of really cool stuff to make it so related people in records don't accidentally have a , in the wrong place when displayed to the public. UGH! - Christina Pikas
Oh come on you library pedants *g*, that is a record in an online catalog. Sure there are other things called records and there are different versions of that catalog, but if you think of a sears catalog where items are presented, and a library catalog where the information is presented, both of those things are catalogs and both of them work to present information appropriately for their audience. - lris
As one who was deeply involved in refining and maintaining MARC: I pretty much agree with RepoRat here, and *it didn't have to be that way.* Adding ISBD punctuation (arggh) to actual entered text, failing to subfield first & last names, and a couple of other things *could have been fixed.* It should have been easy to produce that presentation from a MARC record. - Walt Crawford
(No, I don't think this is an indictment of Henriette Avram or the MARC team. Given the time, what they did was amazing. That it mixed things up...well, "given the time." I still believe it could have been fixed in a backwards-compatible way that made forward-looking MARC records display-independent and much more useful. I could be wrong, of course.) - Walt Crawford
The Wikipedia citation thing is brilliant, I'm going to see if I now have sufficient DSpace skills to add that to our institutional repository. The colours thing, the shame is that it's the colours of the photo not of the object, so it's largely the colours of the background. Which is useful for some contexts, not others. - Deborah Fitchett
Seb Chan was at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney who did amazing things with their catalogue including using World cat APIs. He is now at Cooper Hewitt. - suelibrarian from iPhone
Seb Chan IS THE BUSINESS. I got to hear him speak a couple years back at a DH thing, and holy wow, that dude is amazing. Anybody who gets a chance to hear him speak, TAKE IT TAKE IT TAKE IT. You will not be disappointed. - RepoRat
Rachel Walden
Anybody have experience with Alma and Primo? Apparently we're moving to that.
Yup! There's several of us who either have moved or are in process. We've got a group here: - Kirsten
Welcome to the madness! - Jen
Oh, awesome, thank you! - Rachel Walden
We have it - I'm starting to learn all about it - copystar
We're considering it. - lris
We're in the middle of implementation with plans to go live in July. - Galadriel C.
We went live in December and are having ALL KINDS of problems. :-( - Megan loves summer
We rejected it. - JffKrlsn from Android
What did you select in its place? - lris
we're moving to it too - weelibrarian
We would have gone with it two years ago, but the cost was prohibitive. Keeping what we had for now. - Holly's favorite Anna
We went live with Alma/Primo at end of August and it's working well. Teething problems of course and minor bugs but very little of that is at all visible to the enduser. - Deborah Fitchett
Iris, in its place we selected nothing... we closed out our process and started over. Several months later we are recommending Sierra (more update than migration--we currently use Millennium and they didn't change much), and will be using EDS for the public interface; OPAC will still exist but be very much in the background, not easy to find. - JffKrlsn
Ah, ok. If you'd be willing to tell me more about what made you turn away, I would really like to hear it: ijastram at - lris
My grandfather marched to Selma with Dr King. I'm glad and proud that he did, and I also wish things were better now than they are.
Wow. What a legacy! - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Does he have photos? - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Not that I know of. He just sent us a slightly abridged transcript of a long letter he wrote to his parents just after having completed the march. It ends "I was ashamed for America on Tuesday, ashamed that it was necessary to march in protest against police brutality and on behalf of civil rights. But frightening as it was, there is no place on God’s green earth that I would have traded for the privilege of being in the march in Selma, Alabama." - lris
That is fantastic! Again, what a legacy! - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Has he seen the movie? - MoTO: #TeamMarina
That is something to be proud of. - Eric - ill subliminal
Also, things are better than they were. What's frustrating is that our culture can't seem to recognize that we have so far to go. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Or that it's so important to our maturation and survival. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
I don't know if he's seen the movie. And your last comment reminds me of another passage in Papa's letter where he talks about realizing that there is "profound sense" to the statement that "the Negro will give America back her soul" (in 1960s language) because of the way people were talking about why they were involved in the march. I think he was talking about exactly that maturation and survival. - lris
Wow. what an incredible connection. - laura x from iPhone
The pitchforks that come out for certain learning objectives in the Common Core curricula (in math, specifically) is so much misdirected frustration. The big picture is this: public education as a common good institution has been neglected and eroded on so many levels...
So let's not fret over the which is the best moisturizer cream while multi-organ failure is threatening. - Micah from FFHound!
Hmm, it's possible you saw different things from what I saw today, but if we're talking about that math homework then I think there was a reaction to the obvious miscommunication between teacher and student rather than to a learning objective. - lris
I am ill-informed on the common core, so I tend not to comment about it. But "So let's not fret over the which is the best moisturizer cream while multi-organ failure is threatening," is pretty belittling and condescending, don't you think? You don't think parents should have opinions on the *core*of their child's education? - Steele Lawman
Posting on this subject is all about the pedagogical opinion of people, especially parents, and exploring how that opinion is formed. My medical analogy was not against the practical day-to-day of parents helping their kids with homework *itself*. It's a critique of attacking the teaching tool just because it's different. - Micah
There's a whole movement (google 'anti-common core'), which is fine, let the serious, cogent arguments against be aired and debated. But I've seen this bandwagon effect where people hitch themselves to the anti-core moment not based on the merits, but because it's a convenient place to channel their frustrations. - Micah
This one arithmetic strategy question posted to imgur, could it be less vague? Sure. I've had more than my fair share of hair-pulling grievances with the clarity of last year's Grade 1 math worksheets my son kept bringing home. Partly because I had to grok a learning design I hadn't encountered in my elementary schooling. Also in part because on occasion we were missing some sheet with... more... - Micah
So anyway, yeah, can of worms opened. My bad. - Micah
As a parent who's had to deal with Common Core for years, this is not just "attacking the teaching tool just because it's different". It's nearly impossible to help them with their loads of homework because we aren't taught the ways to help. This is even with monthly meetings, weekly meetings in the Parent Center and side meetings with teachers. But my biggest annoyance is that I *have*... more... - Anika
Common core as stalking horse for a entire charter school agenda For profit schools to do for education what for profit prisons did for rehabilitation - WarLord
Anika, I'm with you on homework load (overload). I should have mentioned off the top, but I'm no cheerleader for how Common Core is being implemented; for one, I haven't done enough research to give an solid, overall appraisal. My focus so far has been on the bad rap that certain teaching methodologies (abstracting math in particular ways) that happen to be included in CC are getting. - Micah
Achievement Unlocked: Had a telemarketer hang up on me because I wouldn't let them go.
He was still able to waste your time, so it's more a tie. - Stephan from iPhone
You and my husband should compare notes. - Marie
I was rendering out a 140mb photoshop file. I sat on the phone messing with him rather than going and finding other work to do. I still win. - Johnny
Johnny: So, what are you wearing? - Mo Kargas
He was probably wearing khakis. *rolls eyes* - Marie
All hail - lris from Android
You win at life. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Now that I've realized that Gypsy needs her beak trimmed I'm all "Oh no, I hope she survives until her vet appointment on Friday." Me and my hyperactive imagination...
Meanwhile, I'm ricocheting between "I'll learn so much from an actual avian vet" and "the vet'll think I totally neglect my bird because her beak is overgrown." Me and my hyperactive imagination... - lris
Stephen Mack
FriendFeed Bookmarklet Hosting: Micah W.'s ffbookmarklet v1.03 "Woot Tube" Release -- draggable version -
FriendFeed Bookmarklet Hosting: Micah W.'s ffbookmarklet v1.03 "Woot Tube" Release --  draggable version
Having trouble with the FF Bookmarklet in Chrome or other browsers? This is an updated version thanks to Micah and sizofroid. To make it easier to install, I'm now hosting it at my site, so you don't have to jump through hoops, you can just drag the updated version to your bookmark bar. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Yay! [update: uh, I don't see the actual bookmarklet on that page] - lris
Hmm, what browser are you using, Iris? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Chrome, Mac. Here's what I see - lris
Well that's weird. Chrome on Windows is working for me. When you go to the FF tools page, is the button there visible for you? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yes it is - lris
Iris, have you disabled JavaScript by chance? I had a coworker test with Chrome on his Mac and it was working for him. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
No. And I did have adblocker running but I disabled it for that site. - lris
I love you. - Melly
I love you too, Melly! - Stephen Mack
Iris, hold on, gonna try something to fix it. - Stephen Mack
I'm running Chrome on Windows if that helps, FYI. - Melly
Iris, I changed how the image for the button was hosted. Did that fix it for you? - Stephen Mack
Yay! I see it! - lris
Yay! Hmm, you must have some pretty high levels of security set. All I changed was copying the image for the button from FF's server to mine. - Stephen Mack
I am not aware of extra high levels of security. Maybe I'm accidentally extremely careful. :) - lris
I'm sure it's no accident. :) - Stephen Mack
Hopefully no one else is having any trouble? - Stephen Mack
I added the older versions at the bottom, just in case there are any compatibility issues. - Stephen Mack
When I saw "draggable" I first thought it meant the popup can be dragged around within the page, to make it easier to select images that it would ordinarily be covering this old one: I am still using that one, but installed as a dedicated CustomButton. If you have the Firefox add-on installed, it's easy to install the button from here: What I would like to have is a combo of all the goodies into one awesome button. - April Russo
April, that's a cool idea. I couldn't get the one you linked to work for me, though. I wonder if we can beg Micah to add that functionality into his version. - Stephen Mack
I just did. ;) - April Russo
Ah! I don't know about CustomButton, though. What is taht? - Stephen Mack
Which one could you not get to work? The 1st or 2nd link? The 1st is instructions for modifying the official bookmarklet to use the drag & drop popup. The 2nd link requires the CustomButtons add-on installed in Firefox. You'd just click the link on my page to install the button, then right click a Firefox toolbar, go to... more... - April Russo
2nd link. But I see what you mean, it requires the add-on. Does it work on Chrome or IE, or just Firefox? - Stephen Mack
Compatibility: Mozilla Firefox 1.5+ SeaMonkey 2.0+ Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0+ Mozilla Sunbird 0.8-0.9 / Calendar 1.0pre KompoZer 0.8b1-0.8b3 Flock 0.7-1.5+ and Pale Moon (which is what I am using) - April Russo
Bump due to recent discussion. Micah, it'd be great to incorporate that feature from April's. Heard that at least one user is having trouble with the new bookmarklet. How's it working for others? (Works great for me! My default browser is Chrome.) - Stephen Mack
Working with Chrome, I'd say it works about 95% of the time really well. There are a couple sites where it just doesn't want to pull in the images, and sometimes the NY Times is tweaky, but both seem related to recent layout changes. - Jennifer Dittrich
Mine still doesn't work. I wonder if one of my plugins is breaking it. I've taken to browsing in Chrome and copying the URL over to IE when I want to post something to FF. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
It doesn't work for me: in Firefox (my default browser) it just brings up an empty box. As DB said, it might be a conflict with an extension, but I'm not sure which would be causing it. - John (bird whisperer)
First off, thank you for this work. I'll test it out in a bit. I have a lot of browsers to test in, and I use XMARKS so it should just pop to all my different browsers. - Eric - ill subliminal
Bump for Janet. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
please add this one on "firefox social" - orfe
Hero! - Antonio
Clipping Gypsy's nails for the first time also let me guage first hand the strength of her bite.
ow? - RepoRat
She not only bit. She ground her jaws back and fourth to emphasize her point. At length. Now she is plotting my death. I may need to move to a safe-house. - lris from Android
owwwwwwwww - RepoRat
Walt Crawford
Fun time: Called Kindle support (or, rather, they called me--that's how Amazon does it) because I wanted to know what we do when our Fire HD 8.9's battery stops charging altogether (it's losing charge somewhat faster than it used to, even after we deleted the battery-sucking Washington Post, and it's 25 months old, so not under warranty).
but, of course, what "Judy" (probably in India, based on accent) did was go through half an hour of checking and changing settings... and, eventually said all they could do was offer a discount on a new Kindle, since the battery's not user-replaceable and they don't repair Kindles. My wife *hates* throwaway devices with a passion; this may be a problem. - Walt Crawford
And, sigh, the usual "turn off wifi" advice doesn't really work well since our primary use is reading the San Francisco Chronicle; without wifi on overnight, the new issue won't be there. - Walt Crawford
Just a grump...unless someone has useful advice. "Get an iDevice" does not count as useful advice. - Walt Crawford
Try charging it on a different electric plug. My iPod Shuffle (2nd gen) now will only charge when I connect it through a computer, not through a wall charger. My non-engineering theory is that too much power is going through the wall charger and charging through the computer is gentler. My husband thinks that's a bunch of %$#^& but it's working for me. - Jacquelin Siegel
We use the Kindle-specific charger, so I doubt that's it, but thanks for the suggestion. In any case, the *decline* in charge time indicates an eventual problem. I've now turned off WiFi (and will load the Chron each morning); we'll see if that helps enough. - Walt Crawford
Do you have enough evidence yet to conclude it's a throw away device? Seems equally likely at this point that you have an anomaly device that they're willing to replace. - lris from Android
Tablets in general don't have much that can be repaired. My iDevices and android device don't have replaceable batteries either as far as I know. - lris from Android
Iris: No, they said explicitly: won't replace, but will offer a discount (didn't say how much). And yes, I'm aware that this is common... Looks like the changes I've made may keep it going for a year or two more, then I have to convince my wife that throwaway is reasonable--a tough sell. (I thought Apple would replace an iDevice battery for a hefty fee. Am I wrong?) - Walt Crawford
in related news, what is UP with the WaPo being such a hog? It's 1.3 GB!! on a 10 GB ipad, and when we deleted content & downloaded new content … it went to 1.9 GB!! *deleted* - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
They keep installing the WaPo on my kindle automatically and I just keep taking it off. Ugh. - ellbeecee
*Very* related news, I suspect. The WaPo digital version appears to be very slick and visual. Which may also mean very large. - Walt Crawford
Maybe this is one of the reasons the thing doesn't cost as much as other tablets to begin with, then. - lris
i've not had trouble with mine, although i did have to replace the charging cable...mostly because my cats decided it was a good thing to chew on - Sir Shuping is just sir
ellbee: I think if you delete the *app* for WaPo, the daily will just show up on your Newsstand, not actually get downloaded. First day's experience with wifi off except to download: both of us read the paper (probably 1.5-2 hours total) and the battery's at 80%. So this is reasonably promising. (And it took, oh, 90 seconds to turn on wifi, get the network, go to the newsstand and get today's paper, and complete the download. Sunday will probably take a little longer.) - Walt Crawford
Tried my hand at photo retouching for the first time (for a precious photo of a colleague and her dad). It's not perfect by any means, but it's better!
In related news, finally wrapping my head around GIMP. - lris
The subject lines for midwinter emails are just great this year. ;)
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PDA: public displays of affection? - Aaron the Librarian from Android
i wonder if the food studies events will include reading chefs? - Sir Shuping is just sir
OMG There's now a dating site that focuses on farmers?
I think I've been seeing the commercials for that one for quite a while. - Katy S
Oh yeah, this has been a Thing in the Midwest for quite a while. - lris from Android
I was going to say that a site for farmers' daughters was next, but on further reflection, they never seen to have any trouble finding suitors. - Steele Lawman from Android
Almost got to sleep at 9 but woke up at 10:30 and it's TOO DAMN HOT to fall back asleep.
The world is weird. It snowed here. - lris from Android
Steele Lawman
Least-favorite made-up verb: Onboarding.
Overboarding. - Joe
AGREED - lris from Android
I'm almost nostalgic for the days when I just hated utilize and finalize. - laura x
operationalize always makes me twitchy - Hedgehog
Just use it daily for the next three years until it sounds normal. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Operationalisation is the most astounding noun of all time. - Deborah Fitchett
Palletize! putting stuff on pallets at the end of Food Factory and some other food manufacturing show is always referred to as palletizing the boxes of food. I still twitch when I hear that one... - WebGoddess
Part of it is that when I hear "onboarding" I think "waterboarding." - Steele Lawman from Android
what steve said - Laura Norvig
Heaven help me, I'm applying a whitening strip to my teeth. I really have gone over to the dark side, haven't I.
Over the braces? - Meg VMeg from Android
My braces are Invisalign, so I can take them off. :-) - lris
Selfie Sticks, Lactation Positive Popes, free porn, AND REMOVABLE BRACES???? the world just doesn't make sense anymore #kidstoday - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Yes. Yes, you have. - laura x from iPhone
True true, to both Laura and moto. - lris
I have diagnosed the problem. There have been far too few kittens in my day so far. Rectifying over lunch
I have diagnosed the problem. There have been far too few kittens in my day so far. Rectifying over lunch
kitteh! - MoTO: #TeamMarina
you don't want me to get anything else done today - MoTO: #TeamMarina
kitteh naps! - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Come sit with me, MoTO, and we can get nothing done, but do it together. - lris
that works - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Oh, and pass the chocolate. - lris
certainly. coffee? - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Oh, yes please. - lris
ooh, kittens. - ellbeecee
*Deep breath* - Just did Step VI: Moving your LibGuides v.1 site to its new domain. One more step to go for Libguides v2 migration
I just finish our migration yesterday. Hang in there, the tedium is not over yet! (Fixing all the v1 links took me a while.) - lris from Android
We migrated yesterday, too! I'm working on the v1 links as well. - Stephen Francoeur
All I can say is, watch out for the differences between the URLs on the editing interface and the public interface. Also for URLs from v1 that start aecontent.php. - lris
We are live. The main issue we having is when people used friendly urls pointing to pages/tabs (as opposed to the guide). V2 friendly links are all <domain>.<guidefriendly>.<whateverfriendlyyouchose>, but if you are linking to pages/tabs using friendlyurls that dont follow that format, it will break. - aaron
Do any of you have the Carcassonne app? If you do, do you also have the traditional board?
Yes. Yes. - lris from Android
Iris, which do you use more? Trying to figure out where a newbie would spend her $ best for this game. - Marie
I'd take the physical board game over the app-ified Carcassonne any day (but that's how I feel about almost all table vs app games). Although my cousin plays the app version a lot, so I trust it's a good one. - Micah from FFHound!
I think I'm leaning toward the board. Thanks, Micah. - Marie
I just have the physical game and liked so much I never looked into the app. - Galadriel C. from Android
physical, hands down. - holly #ravingfangirl
(not that the app is bad.) - holly #ravingfangirl
The app is great, but I'd go with the board. - lris
lris would know. - RepoRat
The experts have spoken. Thank you all! - Marie
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