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They’re baaaaack! Remember those “Librarians Do It Quietly” and “Rowdy Librarian” tees that a Canadian Library School produced? Well, Librarian Gear took those clever images and has their own store now—with tees, mousepads, and intimate apparel. I see myself spending some cash at this site…
28 different privacy & civil liberty organizations have asked Google to suspend Gmail until privacy concerns are addressed. One key issue that they address is data retention schedules, something I hadn’t thought of yet…not to mention the scanning of your e-mail for keywords, through which users would get targeted advertising.
link via ResourceShelf
A Bush photomosaic of the faces of the fallen in Iraq.
The Academy of Art College in San Francisco just expelled a student for writing a “violent” short story for class, and then fired his instructor for teaching a story by David Foster Wallace that the administration did not approve of. Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket fame) wrote to Neil Gaiman, among others, who posted the story to his personal blog. Interesting that an art school (typically thought of as rather liberal) in San Francisco (typically thought of as very liberal) would be the perpetrators of such a sad example of censorship. Throw your hat in the ring with mine and please write to the university.
“Inside the Searcher’s Mind” takes a look at the behavior of searchers. What I like most about this article is that the author acknowledges that there is no such thing as the “average searcher.” I see that phrase (or at least the idea of the phrase) bandied about far too often. There are so many things that affect how someone searches–what (s)he is searching for, how experienced (s)he is, what tools (s)he is using, connection speed…. These are things that any database or website designer need to consider, and address. Thanks to the author for not “average-izing” the complicated behavior of searchers.
link via Phil Bradley
|Can’t restrain myself from posting this. What would you look like as a South Park character?|
Myst IV, here I come. Myst III: Exile was quite challenging, so I’m looking forward to the new installment for hours of gaming goodness.
Microsoft has a well-written and reasonably short article on how web color choices affect the user. I know, you’re thinking “A useful article from Microsoft? LiB, have you gone over to the dark side?” Not yet, my dear readers, not yet. But I swear, this is a useful article for those of you new to color psychology. Our county site‘s color scheme projects “a businesslike and authoritative feel” through its multitudinous shades of blue. *sigh* And the LiB site says that it is passionate and dangerous. Nice
link via Gadgetopia