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Saturday, July 28, 2007

I've been successfully saddened

Warren Ellis's latest blog post includes a picture that makes me cry on the inside. I can only hope that these people were paid, and paid well, for this.

I would like to spend time explaining the reasons why people who do this type of thing depress me (like they are living in a fantasy world in order to escape the harsh realities of their existence, and that it's all one big lie, etc.), but I'm almost too sad to go on...

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Libraries of the FUTURE...FUTure...Future...future


I would just like to say that Olive Software is awesome. I have no idea what it costs, but it can singlehandedly transfer a brick and mortar library into an online oasis of information. The way it translates into XML is so brilliant that I cannot possible understand how it's done.
It can create immediate online content out of archived materials, fresh from the printer newsletters, and anything else you can imagine. What if that archive of transcribed oral histories could be key word searchable? Or the hard copies of computer files that no one can access due to outdated formats? I'm sure you can all think of great applications for this...

Wait a second, I am not selling this, I promise. I just don't know of anything else that does exactly what this does. If you know of any, please tell me.

Oh yeah, the answer to the BLOG of TRIVIA is... the item pictured is the first working transitor, manufactured by Bell Labs in 1947. Pat yourselves on the back if you knew that already.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Tag, you're it!


In response to a fellow librarian blogger... I have set the challenge of discovering what makes the item pictured here so special? What is it and why is it special? Tell me and you'll win the pride of knowing that you knew it.