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I've been negotiating a license now for over a month. When we sign off on this I am getting a disco ball installed in my office.
Wow, disco balls are actually pretty reasonably priced. - Marie
They get you with the rotator. If you just want the ball to sit there, it's cheap. - Brian Johns
Dangit! - Marie
Sarah G.
Mental illness turns your inner voice into an unreliable narrator of your life.
Sometimes not having a plan is the best plan. #Saturday
What about a cunning plan? - LB sad. from Android
My favorite part of between Pete and Barry in Bromancing the Stone is when he said, "You're the best time I've ever had," to which he replied, "I've never been anybody's best time."
<Pete> "Fuck you all" </Pete> - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
*smokes imaginary ciggy* - Big Joe Silence
Y'all ain't right - Pete : Team Marina from FFHound(roid)!
^ And this coming from the Mighty Morphine Power Ranger. Ha! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I feel like I've wandered into Bizzaroworld Friendfeed. - Slippy
Cinemax FF - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Sarah G.
In theory I am a responsible adult. In actuality I am eating Cap'n Crunch for dinner.
(Eating Cap'n Crunch) != (Irresponsible adult) - Just another Bubba
Regular flavor or peanut butter? - Corinne L
Let me know when the roof of your mouth heals. - sglassme
Sarah G.
I had my first one on Tuesday. It was SO GOOD! - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
THE SHRIMP BOATS ARE COMING - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Webinar : The Summon® Service: A relevance ranking overview with Q&A - might be of interest
Tuesday, September 16 at 6:00 am PDT/9:00 am EDT/2:00 pm BST (London, GMT +01:00) - - aaron
Thursday, September 18 at 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm EDT/6:00 pm BST (London, GMT +01:00) - aaron
"Relevance Ranking is about connecting researchers to the information they are seeking. We know that it, along with speed, ease of use and reliability is essential and integral to discoverability. How does the relevance ranking algorithms and architecture of the Summon® service ensure that the results that best match a user’s query are returned at or near the top of the results list?... more... - aaron
LB sad.
Week. End. *collapses*
Right there with you. I'm all of a sudden so very tired! - Jenny
What was it with this week? #dayam - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Right? - LB sad. from Android
Five-day weeks after four-day weeks always hit me harder. - Stephen Mack
Steele Lawman
Oh how I love the MoTO / Pete bromance.
Will our parents ever approve? #stormybromance - MoTO: Team Marina
Melly - #TeamMarina
A doctor removed my appendix the other day. Apparently I shouldn't have been reading in his office.
............ *sigh* - Johnny from iPhone
Meg VMeg
Drinking expensive margaritas in the airport because they're damn good expensive margaritas.
And because I'm getting in to Newark at 10pm, which was a terrible idea. - Meg VMeg from Android
Newark at any time is a horrible idea, so yeah. - RepoRat
Timing it. Landed at 9:48, found the express bus at 10:05, left Terminal C at 10:15. - Meg VMeg from Android
Well played, Smith. - Stephen Francoeur
Welllllllllllllll we may or may not be dropping someone off at her friend's house. - Meg VMeg from Android
That is not a euphemism, there is a passenger (not me) who would strongly prefer to be dropped off at her friend's house. - Meg VMeg from Android
i still can't believe you made that connection! - jambina
The express buses come every 15 minutes, allegedly, so it would have been fine either way (allegedly). Got to Bryant Park at 10:50, train showed up at 11:03, then went FUCKING LOCAL DAMMIT, home at 11:40. Much better than NJTransit, I think. - Meg VMeg
Subway driver wanted to take you on the scenic route, as you were probably wondering what all the stops looked like while you were away (and all the excitement you missed in NYC while you were gallivanting around TX). - Stephen Francoeur
Sarah G.
Seriously, you guys....stop making infinite scroll webpages.
Especially when the contact information is only at the bottom of the page. This happened once. I would see it for just a second and *poof* it was gone in the scroll. - Betsy
No Omega - Eric - Poppa Large
Betsy - I remember Facebook being like that for a long time. There were links that only appeared in the footer, and you could never get to them because of the infinite scroll. Those were times when I was actually thankful to have a slow connection. Not sure if Facebook is still that way or not (I haven't needed to use those links for a few years). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I call that "Sisyphean scroll". - Deborah Fitchett
Couple years ago a client hired a PR person who insisted contact info had to go in the footer - that it wasn't good enough to have it in the header or at the top of the right-hand sidebar. Infinite scroll mean's I'm right. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Deborah++ for "Sisyphean scroll". - Andrew C (✔)
Whosoever scrolls to the ende of thys page is rightful kinge of Britain. - Andrew C (✔)
I always got around that by opening an individual item page in a new tab, which only has 1 piece of content, therefore nothing to infinitely scroll. Page stops at the footer. ;) - April Russo
School library temping = back on the radar! And surprising to exactly no one, teenagers are loud in the afternoon.
WHAT? I mean, yes, yes they are. - RepoRat
only in the afternoons, you say? ;) - Catherine Pellegrino
In the mornings I presume they're sleeping. - Deborah Fitchett
I had a dream last night where the library did a hostile takeover of the theater
Science is right: this bourbon literally is not drinking itself.
I JUST HAD A PARADIGM SHIFT. .... ah. nope. that's not what it was. Just a bloated stomach.
Meg VMeg
This is what summers should sound like.
I wish I'd recorded the katydids when we lived in rural Tennessee. They were absolutely deafening. - Catherine Pellegrino
so tempted to process this and use it as a soundbed for a track. may i? - Big Joe Silence
Joe, be my guest! - Meg VMeg
Catherine, I was worried the neighbors would call the cops if I got any closer to their tree with my laptop, but yeah, it's much louder than this would indicate. - Meg VMeg
I bet! With the katydids, it wasn't just the sheer volume (though there was that, too) -- there were, like, thousands of them. It was like living in the middle of a Steve Reich phase-shifting piece. - Catherine Pellegrino
That's now my new ringtone. - Stephen Francoeur from Android
<3 - Meg VMeg
I really like cicadas, even the ones that sound like power saws. - John (bird whisperer)
Meg VMeg
My dad keeps the vodka in the same freezer as the important/tax documents that were soaked when the basement flooded 10 years ago.
Tonight I'm going to remember to record the cicadas. - Meg VMeg
If you email me every week, suddenly money will appear like magic and I will buy your stuff.
*sends email to zamms* - holly #ravingfangirl from iPhone
Meg VMeg
Tonight my sister is indoctrinating me into the ways of "nacho tacos".
laura x
Parenting is hard, late stage capitalism is a clusterfuck, women are screwed. I have now saved you the trouble of reading a lot of books.
thanks for taking that one for the team. - Jenica
tl;dr - Joe
Not just books. Add in that all kittens are cute and you have 98% of the internet also covered. - Uli
Megan loves summer
Further to the EBL / Ebrary books-missing-bits thread: here is a screenshot of an EBL book from Duke UP that was in our PDA catalogue (now removed so that it's not accidentally purchased). It says that Duke doesn't hold electronic rights to the material, but apparently EBL sees fit to sell it anyway.
I am gobsmacked. - barbara fister
I wonder if this is a gross mishandling of international copyright? - lris
Isn't this one of the same titles that was mentioned in the other thread? EDIT: oh wait, it was Megan who mentioned it, in exactly this situation. Nothing to see here, please move along... - Catherine Pellegrino
Yeah, sorry, just made a new thread for the screenshot - Megan loves summer
Just unbelievable. - Galadriel C.
This is one of the problems with big deals. It's really hard to be sure we're geting what we think we're getting and what we're getting changes. - barbara fister
Pages 43-66 - all with the same statement about Duke not having rights to the material! Megan - I'm not mentioning this e-book in the listserv post so as to focus on the tale of our e-book with missing content and the correspondence that has occurred with Ebrary and Greenleaf as a result. - Galadriel C.
laura x
Oh hey, there's a bat in my house. What fun are you having tonight?
I await the superheroine origin story that's sure to follow! - Spidra Webster
Oooooh bats. - Meg VMeg
Baseball, vampire, man? - Kristin
Were you able to extract it from your house? - Katy S
I don't own a tennis racket anymore, and my cats are useless, so it'll be here for the night. - laura x from iPhone
Is it at least confined to a specific room? - Katy S
Can't the superhero fend off the bat? - Joe
We've had two in the past month. My oldest was delighted and caught it when it landed on her shirt. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
I assume it came in the chimney, but the living room is impossible to close off. - laura x from iPhone
Yikes! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
LSW: Joe
I wonder if I am the only person who now thinks of Iris as "El-ris", so that if I want to find her FF account, I have to remember to type in lris.
Truth to tell, I sometimes think of myself that way too. - lris
Steele Lawman
There are so many things to love about this ad aimed at "Collegy chaps who must be garbed *right*" which appeared in the May 11, 1906 issue of Colorado College's "The Tiger"
I won't lie, I balked. - Steele Lawman
*clutches pearls* - lris
"College Brand ideas are very ultra merchant-tailorings produced in 'ready-to-slip-on' form..." What does that even mean? - Catherine Pellegrino
If you were their target audience, you would know. ;) - lris
I'm guessing it means 'looks like bespoke, costs like off the rail' - Pete : Team Marina
Catherine Pellegrino
YOU GUYS. Big Research University Across The Street apparently now has guest wifi. This is (or may be) a total game-changer.
It has yet to be determined whether that guest wifi also confers access to licensed electronic resources, but I'm about to test that out. - Catherine Pellegrino
Let us know!!! - laura x
Can you connect to their guest wifi from within your library? That would be wonderful/evil. - Steele Lawman
Nah, we're way too far away. ("Across the street" is actually a mile+). But they've NEVER had guest wifi before, so this is HUGE. - Catherine Pellegrino
signal booster? - ♫Robot Chicken, Trainer♫
rogue mesh network! - RepoRat
excellent. - MariWeaver
Come on out to Denver. We have guest wifi. - Joe
We have guest wifi, too! With access to e-resources. - kaijsa
No guest wifi, no eresources....over here.... - aaron
We have guest wifi. Access to e-resources depends on which IP range we've given vendors, which depends on our license. - Deborah Fitchett
Heh. Dean of the Big Research Library Across The Street confirms that guest wifi does not confer access to licensed resources. If they want to use BRLATS's e-resources, our faculty and students are still limited to the two "guest" workstations with no printing or access to email. - Catherine Pellegrino
That's bogus. We count guest wifi users as walk-in users--they get the same privileges as anyone who walks in and uses one of our computers. Which means full access to all our e-resources. Or is this another of those public uni vs. private uni things that I just can't seem to wrap my head around? - Kirsten
I have no idea. My experience has been that large private research universities can get VERY growly about random walk-in users, and this is no exception. Where it really burns me, though, is that they're treating our faculty and students -- who have full borrowing privileges with their print collection, co-register in their classes, etc. -- the same as random walk-in users. - Catherine Pellegrino
Oy. Yeah, that's messy and confusing. And y'all are probably the ones who have to explain it to your students most, even though it isn't a policy you can do anything about. Frustrating. - Kirsten
Seconding what Kirsten says. If you're in university guest wifi range, you're a walk-in user. There are maybe a few things that don't work on guest network, but that's because they need individual accounts and only university emails work for those. - kaijsa
Oh, I just caught that this uni is private (reading comprehension, may I have some?). Yeah, that makes a big difference, I think. Still, if your students can register for their classes, seems like they should get to use the network when ON CAMPUS. Jeez. - kaijsa
No printing/email is even meaner than my private academic library is to walk-ins. - Steele Lawman
We are a tier or three below ND, but even as a private U, our guest wifi provides access to our resources, even for walkins. - Joe
I'm over at their library now, and yep: guest wifi can't access their databases. Bastards. - Catherine Pellegrino
So if one of your students is registered for one of their classes, how are they supposed to do the readings and the research? - Betsy
If one of our students is registered for a class, they have a login for BRUATS that is valid during the semester in which they're registered. So, there's that. But there are a lot of students (never mind the faculty!) who need access to their e-resources as a matter of course for their classes at MPOW as well, and they are pretty severely limited in how they can access those resources. - Catherine Pellegrino
What? They couldn't have figured out a way to call it BRUTAS instead of BRUATS?? - Joe
was assuming bruats was pronounced like the sausage... (insert random jokes here) - Christina Pikas
All summer, I *knew* intellectually that I'd finished my degree, and that I wouldn't have to do the school/work two-step this fall, for the first time in 3 years - but it wasn't until I was walking home tonight, at the end of the first day of the academic year where I work, that I really FELT IT down to my bones.... I AM FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had so much free time this weekend! I had so much free time *today*! I was happy and interested and intellectually engaged at work all day, never overwhelmed or anxious at how few brain cells I had left (even though it was a crummy day physically, and involved a lot of saving my strength - but it didn't seep over into panic - BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING TO PANIC ABOUT)! HOORAY. - Marianne
High fives! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Yay. :-) - Megan loves summer
It's THE BEST feeling not to start school as a student! - Lily
Megan loves summer
For those who haven't seen: Inside Higher Ed piece on faculty members criticizing Oxford e-books (which I always thought were rather ok-ish):
Meg VMeg
Helped a dancer from Martinique navigate the Atlantic-Pacific station after she asked me if Union Square was the same as Union Street (it's absolutely not). She was wearing facepaint, an elaborate crown, a coconut bra, and was covered in pheasant feathers. She'd gotten separated from her troupe during a stampede at the West Indian Day Parade.
On our way through the station, we had to stop because some European tourists wanted to take a photo with her. - Meg VMeg
She said that crowd control/security is much better in Martinique (re: stampede). I told her that's why I don't go to parades anymore. - Meg VMeg
Steele Lawman
Dad and Luke got home from Seattle and PAX Prime last night, both having had a really good time. Here's a photo of Luke on the streets of Seattle that my dad took.
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