Mostly retired library person/researcher/writer/speaker. All original FF contributions CC0 (public domain).
About 1 post per day
Perhaps unfair, but "But Yuan and co digged a little deeper." in a professionally-edited mag like Technology Review rubs me the wrong way. Is "dug" no longer a word? http://www.technologyreview.com/view...
After a Twitter conversation (involving others of us LSW/FF folk) I was about to prepare a post showing varied ampersands--but Dan Cederholm has done a good one for "default" typefaces: http://simplebits.com/noteboo...
Odd. A Publisher's Clearing House offering of oddments includes earmuffs with headphones built in...and the description says "compatible with most touch-screen devices." Too bad: My Sansa Fuze doesn't have a touch-screen, so I guess these won't work? [aka: "Narrowing your customer base through stupid descriptions."]
Last night's Mentalist was unusually interesting: What happens when a long-running TV series resolves the situation that was its reason for being...and is still doing well? Based on the start of the answer, the series could go on for a long time, maybe a little lighter in tone.
Fact: The first story in today's SFChronicle (at least the Kindle version) was about the growth of LPs and 45s (and the SF vinyl stores). Not yet 1% of music sales, but growing. Conclusion: Very little news happens on Thanksgiving.
Neat today on the six-mile hike: Not one or two...but eight deers, all a family (apparently). They ran off along a trail... later, I think we walked back on that same trail. I don't think I've ever seen eight deers at once at Del Valle.
Clearly my own failure, but I've just noticed that I cannot read a post that contains more than two animated GIFs. None of the text sinks in. Had to give up. Too bad: It might have been Highly Meaningful. ("More than two" probably should be "any.")
I assume Apple sets "fixed" prices for its iStuff? Except, as Target's figured out, There Are Ways--like, on "Black Friday," giving you a $100 Target gift card if you buy an iPad Air (or older iPad, apparently). (No, still not buying one. Just found it curious...that's a BIG gift card.)
Confirmed once again: Almost any cute explanation of introverts or how to deal with us, especially one linked to by an extrovert, will be deeply offensive to introverts. "Personal hamster balls"? Really?
The local paper's been running reminiscences of where people were November 22, 1963 all week, so here's mine. I was at UC Berkeley. Classes were shut down once we heard the news. Spent a couple of days around the communal TV along with much of the student co-op (Cloyne Court) I was living at. Then:
I see the BART Board of Directors has now "ratified" the contract with the unions...but without a clause the Board now says was an oopsie. I love this: So once one party has agreed to a contract, the other party can just X-out some clauses, say "you signed it!" and it's done?
Tempted to make this a mini-post, but then even fewer people would (probably) see it. "Dear politically-active librarian, of any stripe: When you use the phrase 'so-called "fair use" right' you're identifying yourself as an ignoramus, and maybe ought to check into actual copyright law, of which fair use is an explicit part."
Typical. We get our first rainfall of the season last night (gentle), and with today's somewhat steadier rain...comes a Bay Area Flood Advisory. I'm guessing where we are we might *just* have gotten enough rain to rinse off our solar panels. Which needed it.
Tempted to add something to a thread about the word "old" being applied to somebody who's only 67, but the thread was too much fun. Still: Damn, 67 ain't old. 92--that's maybe old. (Sez this 68-year-old. Now get offa my lawn.)
I see another post about how wonderful bikes are compared to cars, and that's fine. And after watching 12 cyclists in a row blow through a stop sign, some of them waving at us as we waited to be able to, you know, drive legally...well, my feelings about the wonderfulness are mixed at the moment.
Another example yesterday of how USPS and Netflix work together. Monday was a Federal, and therefore, postal holiday. We returned one disc of a TV series (Smallville Season 8 Disc 3/Blu-ray) on Saturday. We received the next disc in our queue (which I managed: thus, it was Smallville Season 8 Disc 4/Blu-ray) on Tuesday.
A good biting-my-tongue day, so as not to point out to one person that honoring veterans is *not* the same as honoring war, and so as not to go over-the-top about Extremely Entitled Non-Patrons that maybe public libraries shouldn't worry about too much. Both will always be with us. (Yes, another cryptic post. Sorry.)