|A military contractor has fired Tami Silicio, a cargo worker whose moving photograph of flag-draped coffins of fallen U.S. soldiers was published in Sunday’s edition of The Seattle Times. I wonder….if the photo hadn’t been published in such a big name paper, would she still have been fired? It upsets me that the government censors all images of soldiers’ coffins, under the guise of protecting the rights of the dead. I think, however, that it has more to do with the emotional gravity of such images. If the American people actually realized that people are dying in our military actions ovreseas, perhaps they would not be so quick to vote for these actions, or to vote again for the men who perpetrated them.|
The good folks at Librarism.com have compiled a list of all “X Librarian” sites. I found a couple that I had missed, though I do wish more of these would have feeds. I’ve just gotten so lazy that if it’s not in my aggregator, I don’t read it on a regular basis. Does that make me a bad person? 😉
Gnooks suggests authors and books based on what you already like. i gave it a whirl, just for giggles. I tried the “Gnod’s Suggestions,” where it tells you authors you’ll like based on 3 you currently like. Trouble is, every combination I tried resulted in the suggestion of an author I already read. *sigh* Maybe I just read too much. The suggestions were right on, however. If I put in dark sci-fi writers, it returned in kind. If I plugged in fairy-fiction, again, good suggestions. There is also a map of literature, which is way cool. Plug in an author, and you get a visual search results map with where that author fits in with other similar authors. Fairly accurate, though I question Nick Bantock’s proximity to Ray Bradbury. Somehow I can’t wrap my brain around that one. You can also explore their literature forum (chat) and their literature locator (where can I buy X). Worth taking a look at.
You actually make $2.50 if you buy McAfee VirusScan 2004 version 8.0 at Amazon and get both the rebates. Pretty sweet! See FreeAfterRebate’s site for more info.
The Rock & Roll Library (online only folks, no brick & mortar) is “a non-profit organization working to build the world’s largest music information archive while promoting the use of popular music in education.” The site is fairly new, and they’re looking for sponsors to help them fund the building of their database. But, even now, you can find photos of various artists, lesson plans for teachers, music quizzes, and more. Keep an eye on this–it has the potential to become a wonderful music resource.
Princeton has developed a 3D Model Search Engine. Draw the basic shape of what you’re looking for, and the engine brings back possible matches. Drawing a Doc Marten basic boot (or as near to one as I could render with my touchpad) brought back 100 results (which seems to be the max allowed), including a church, several handguns, a grave, a printer, a toilet, & a human head. Looks like I need to improve my drawing skills. You can also search by keyword, which is far more useful for those of us who are drawing-challenged. I’m having far too much fun playing with this.
Neal Stephenson’s lengthy Salon interviewis chock full of tasty bits.
An interesting 10-question interview with Mr. CSS. A choice quote from the article:
You can save yourself a ton of headaches if you know how things are supposed to work, instead of assuming that CSS will act the way you expect it to work. Like any language, CSS has rules, and ignoring them is just going to lead to confusion.
I have a ton of useful librarian-esque things to post, but had to start with this one. Your faithful LiB is home sick today, and the results of Bud Light’s new Making Faces project just made me re-check my temperature to see if I was in the 104 degree hallucination range. You can use one of their pre-defined faces, or upload a photo of your own, mark out some facial landmarks, write some clever text, and the result is a frightening animated head. I think the intent is to get people to the Bud Light site, and it’ll probably work because this is so damn weird. The beer is sucky, but this thing is kinda cool.
I created one of my poor unsuspecting cat Torin (somehow I thought a talking version of my mom or my significant other would not go over well).
Thanks to J-Walk for pointing this out (I think).
Plug your URL in, choose a screen resolution, and see the (possibly horrifying) results.
link via Phil Bradley’s Blog