Toy Fair’s Top Ten Strange Products

February 27, 2004 | Comments Off on Toy Fair’s Top Ten Strange Products

Wow. Weird toys. Very weird toys. The one that really gets me is BABOOCHI. The weird thing is, people will buy these things…

In a shameful display of homophobia, Card has written an article against gay marriage, claiming that the “dark secret of homosexuality” is that homosexuals only want to get married to give themselves a false sense of normality. Card also wrote a well-publicized article back in 1990 entitled “The Hypocrites of Homosexuality,” which is even more anti-gay. Goes to prove that artistic talent and being a good person don’t always go hand in hand. Shame on him.

The Beginners Guide to Weblogs and RSS

February 27, 2004 | Comments Off on The Beginners Guide to Weblogs and RSS

Steven Cohen (of Library Stuff fame) is teaching an online class for beginners on weblogs and RSS through LearningTimes.From the program overview:

"If you have ever thought about creating your own weblog or utilizing an aggregator to read news but have been a bit skeptical then this training session is for you. This hands-on training will explore some of the current software tools that are being used to publish to weblogs as well as read content via RSS. During this online workshop, the attendees will have the opportunity to post/publish to a weblog, explore the features available with the software, as well as examine content via a news aggregator."

Get more info on the workshop at the LearningTimes website.

Blake posts on LIS News that up at PLA, the Nancy Pearl action figures are being bought as much as the Orlando Bloom READ poster (ahhh, Legolas). Congrats to Pearl, and a totally random note on Bloom: Why do librarians like him so very much? My theory is that it has to do with more than just his sheer good looks. It’s the whole Legolas-the-Elf character–intelligent, good looking, gentle, immortal–more than it is the actor himself. And elves just seem like the type of people you’d find in a beautiful library somewhere. You don’t see people swooning over Bloom’s character in Pirates of the Caribbean…swarthy pirate boy is not for me, I say. But Legolas, oh yes.

Textbooks for blind students “come alive”

February 27, 2004 | Comments Off on Textbooks for blind students “come alive”

Assistive Technology experts at the University of Buffalo have developed , prototype social-studies electronic textbooks that include text as well as descriptions of all graphic elements (which has been lacking in all Braille textbooks to date). From what I remember of social studies books, there were tons of pictures, maps, charts, and photographs that contained a wealth of significant information. So, inclusion of the graphical elements in this new e-textbook system is a great step forward. The student can either listen to the textbook or read it in Braille. And because the file is electronic, the students can search for certain words of passages, instead of tediously skimming the Braille pages.

Alternative Site for the Borg Mod

February 27, 2004 | Comments Off on Alternative Site for the Borg Mod

Since the site hosting the Borg PC mod crashed (bwah ha ha ha, the power we have), I looked for an alternative site and found one. This site isn’t in English, but it has pictures of the Borg PC mod, so if that’s all you’re after, go crazy. Just please, don’t crash their server too 😉

Borg Cube Case Mod

February 26, 2004 | Comments (3)

Yes, I’m a Trekkie. Yes, I’m a computer geek. And yes, I love this Borg Cube PC-case mod, a creation of Xor’Arch. Sweet case modding gorgeousness.

Check out this article on Overdrive offering digital audio books in WMA format. Downloadable, Windows Media, what more could a girl ask? I know that the California Califa Consortia’s e-book committee (which I am on, incidentally) is considering jumping on board with Overdrive. This WMA option makes it all the more appealing. Ooh, downloadable & accessible. Mmmmmmmm…..

Cheap Multifunction Printers

February 26, 2004 | Comments Off on Cheap Multifunction Printers

Tech TV’s “Call for Help” ran tests on several multifunction printers, and their ultimate recommendation, based on functionality and price, is the Canon MP390. At $199.99, it’s reasonably priced and does a whole lot more than your typical cheapie home printer. Read the complete results for all printers tested here.

More Vinyl Than Tweed

February 24, 2004 | Comments (12)

How long is it going to take for this stereotype to die? Until everyone who saw The Music Man in its first run dies off?!?!

In a NYT article describing Diane Keaton’s fashion sense (just the fact that this article was written at all distresses me greatly), author Ruth LaFerla refers to Keaton’s dowdiness: “For the better part of her 30-odd-year film career, Keaton has hidden her light under bowler hats, oversize jackets and calf-grazing skirts–and almost always prim gloves–cultivating a persona that on screen and off is less siren than librarian.”

OK, you know what? I’m a librarian AND a siren. And I know there are lots of us out there–male and female. I own more vinyl than tweed, more pleather than wool, and not a single oversize jacket. How exactly, then, do I fit in with Ms. LaFerla’s stereotype, that she so casually throws into her oh-so-high-brow fashion article? To suggest that the antithesis of a siren is a librarian is not only just plain stupid, but also very, very untrue.

Perhaps I’m getting irked over nothing, but I wrote a letter to the editor, I was so pissed. Anyone want to join me?

Rock on, you librarian sirens.