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
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Another good site for those “I have this citation and need the article online now” type questions is JAKE. You can see which databases index which periodicals, and whether they’re full-text or not. This is particularly handy if you have an extensive database collection (read: you work in an academic library).
Check out Free Full Text, which “provides direct links to over 7000 scholarly periodicals which allow some or all of their online content to be viewed by ANYONE with Internet access for free (though some may require free registration). ” This is a great resource for people desparate for a particular article–you can check to see if the publication makes its content available online for free.
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