Jessamyn’s tongue-in-cheek post about the website for ALA’s accessibility workshop not actually being accessible. Anyone want to organize a massive membership “un-registration” ? I think if it was well-organized we could send a pretty clear message. There are so many things ALA is doing wrong right now…
Marylaine Block’s Neat New Stuff drew this one to my attention. The ObitsArchive is the “largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices in the United States.” Searches for some recent obituaries that I know exist were hit or miss, but I was happy with the hits–I think patrons would be too.
While definitely not a complete listing, this site is a good place to point patrons who are looking for free local area wi-fi spots in cafes, restaurants, coffeeshops, hotels, airports, libraries, malls, etc. Mmmmm, wi fi.
Now that I live in Marin and work for the county government (ahhh, libraries as part of government structure, another issue altogether), the whole mysterious breast cancer phenom in Marin is becoming more interesting to me. This article, oddly posted on Wired News, discusses and links to studies that have already been done, and calls for further studies, as no clear answer has been found. Various studies have said that the increased rates of breast cancer in the county are due to women not having children or waiting until later in life to have children, using hormone replacement therapy, drinking 2 glasses of alcohol a day, or adolescent exposure to local radioactive waste dumps. I’ve also heard that the fog line’s geography relates to where breast cancer rates are highest, and that drinking from plastic bottles may have something to do with the increased cancer rates. This article does point to a lot of the resources available, all in one place. A strange, and disheartening, local phenomenon.
|The screenwriters for X2 have agreed to tackle the adaptation of Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow. Since X2 rocked (much more than its screen contemporary Matrix: Reloaded), and the Ender series also rocks, I sense a potential double-awesome movie coming our way… I didn’t read the Ender books until college. I wish that someone had suggested them to me when I was young–somehow I think it would have made all the bullying a little easier to bear.|
A UK Classics teacher translated the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, into Ancient Greek. It is the longest work to be translated into Ancient Greek in over 1,500 years. Pretty cool.
22-year old Johnathan Wendel is a professional tournament gamer. He estimates that he makes $50K+ each year in tournament winnings. And that doesn’t even count perks like free travel, hardware, and software. If my reflexes last, maybe this will be my new retirement plan…
Wired News reports that the Speech Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory at the University of Southern California is developing a new software program designed to detect callers’ frustration when talking to an automated phone system, and transfer them to a human operator. So, the angrier you are the more likely it is that you will be automatically transferred to a real live human. I guess the new rule of thumb is, get really really loud and angry when you’re talking to one of those automated phone trees.