Archive for January, 2008

Grand March of the Librarians

January 31, 2008

Hard to believe anyone wants to watch this kind of thing, but just in case you’ve missed the fun:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqINI2dAdVU

It’s actually a sequel to ‘March of the Librarians’ so you might want to check that out too.

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Thriller

January 30, 2008

Our contributor with a love of the Lego bricks has struck again (thank you!) with this gem:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=0u2vmMy6ju4

Now that’s a blast from the past in more ways than one!

Flame Warriors

January 29, 2008

Those who’ve hung out on mailing lists and in chat rooms, will almost certainly recognize several of the type here:

http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/index.htm

My Tiny Life

January 28, 2008

One of our academics has pointed this out:

http://www.lulu.com/content/1070691

where you can buy a print copy or download a free e-copy of Julian Dibbell’s _My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World_.

Ralph Koster, http://www.raphkoster.com/2008/01/17/go-get-my-tiny-life/ , writes:

“Julian Dibbell’s My Tiny Life remains, to this day, the best book written about what it is like to live immersed in a virtual world. The fact that the world in question in text-based, and the events described happened over a decade ago, is completely irrelevant. You cannot call yourself knowledgeable about virtual worlds unless you have read this book.”

knowledge management ninjas

January 25, 2008

Here’s an interesting way of using a blog reader such as Google Reader to manage information.  We’d be interested in any comments about whether this was useful or not.

http://www.micropersuasion.com/2007/12/become-a-knowle.html

Google as white bread

January 24, 2008

TimesOnline has kicked off a debate about the role of the internet in academia:

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article3182091.ece

It seems to be a constant issue in these here parts.  Let us know what you think.

Shelving books

January 23, 2008

More silliness from the stacks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY7dT6cUQCI

Top 10 craziest ways to hack the earth

January 22, 2008

And Wired’s Top 10 craziest ways to hack the planet:

http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/multimedia/2007/12/YE_10_geoengineering

Once again, it might be possible to combine some of them and however much they might sound like science fiction just think how much the internet, mobile phones, PDAs, genetic engineering and the like all sounded like so much fiction just a few short decades ago.

Top 10 organisms

January 21, 2008

and carrying on with the Wired ‘top tens’ started last week: here are their top ten organisms for 2007:

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2007/12/YE_10_organisms

Presumably some could be combined to save space: super C02 absorbing lettuce?  insulin producing trees? cats with poison sensing rat genes (and schizophrenia)?

Top 10 Gadgets

January 18, 2008

And before the year gets any older, here are _Wired’s_ top ten gadgets:

http://www.wired.com/gadgets/gadgetreviews/multimedia/2007/12/YE_gallery_gadgets_top10gadgets

as well as their top ten letdownns:

http://www.wired.com/gadgets/gadgetreviews/multimedia/2007/12/YE_Gadgets_Top10Letdowns

(The first of which is an ebook reader and demonstrates once again that the ‘book’ as an object and tool is pretty tough to beat.)