Brian Alvey on A List Apart writes about web design principles using guidelines from the “don’t drop the soap” HBO prison drama Oz. The first principle, learning to thrive within constraints, is especially important for ADA-compliance & cross-platform designers.


January 31, 2004 | Comments (0)

TechnoBiblio’s Aaron discusses the implications that CIPA has for WiFi access in libraries. Basic question is this: are we responsible, per CIPA, for monitoring/controlling what our patrons (adults or children) access using our network but their own computers?

January 31, 2004 | Comment (1)

Alright, I resisted as long as I could, but everyone and their librarian-brother is posting about this thing. is a collaborative bookmarks manager, web-based, and spiffy. I’m thinking it would be most useful for reference librarians to collaborate on a set of bookmarks for use at the desk. Now I’m a tiny bit afraid that my library’s librarians will see this post, get all excited, and ask for training on how to best use it ;) ‘sok Theresa!

Free USB Drive

January 30, 2004 | Comments (6)

So, higlighted this free 32MB flash drive from both eCost and PCMall. 32MB is pretty small for a flash drive, but if you’re looking to get your feet wet with this technology, this would be a good/free way to do it.

Discovering Dickens

January 30, 2004 | Comment (1)

Stanford has produced this digitized version of Tale of Two Cities, in its original format. WAY cool.

Nat Hentoff refused to accept ALA’s Immroth Award (for Intellecual Freedom), based on the fact that ALA would not speak out on behalf of Cuban librarians jailed for making available to Cubans such subversive documents as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and George Orwell’s 1984. Hentoff writes: “I now publicly renounce the Immroth Award and demand that the American Library Association remove me from the list of recipients of that honor. To me, it is no longer an honor.” First, shame on ALA for being so out of touch with what their membership wants. Second, shame on ALA for not speaking out to uphold the values of our profession ourside our national borders.

Gamers Beware

January 29, 2004 | Comment (1)

Don’t sit for hours and hours in one position, say, playing Halo or Neverwinter Nights. A UK teenager developed deep vein thrombosis after sitting all day playing video games with his legs tucked under him.

Indiana University-Bloomington’s Lilly Library has a great online exhibit of miniature books. I got to see some of these in person while visiting the IU campus with my Library School chum, Jane Cronkhite. There’s something about books being itty bitty that makes them cooler somehow.

Images of Real War

January 29, 2004 | Comment (1)

Joi Ito posted a video clip that has been making the rounds. It is thermal-imaging footage shot on December 1st from a U.S. Apache attack helicopter engaging Iraqis, who were attempting to launch a Stinger missile at the Apache. The Apache responds with force.

Snopes has a posting on the video (they’ve left it “undetermined,” even though ABC News has confirmed its authenticity), which includes additional links to download it. One of Ito’s readers posted an excellent comment–that the continued shooting of a man, after he has been wounded and incapacitated, is a violation of Article 3 of the Geneva Convention. What do you think Rumsfeld would say to that?

Don’t watch the video if you are easily affected by disturbing images. I am, and I watched it anyway, mainly because my little brother was stationed in Iraq for several months when the war started, and I am now finding the war much more personalized. Fortunately, he came home safely, but the same can not be said for some of his friends.

This is what war is really about. I know that my readership is (statistically speaking) largely opposed to the war already, but images like this make more of an impact than any stories you hear on the news. In fact, every news network should be showing this clip, to remind people that the war is still going on and people are dying.

Google Your Dates

January 29, 2004 | Comments (0)

A woman Googled her date and found out he was wanted by the FBI for fraud. Some blue-jacketed FBI agents showed up for their scheduled date, and arrested him. So, yes, Google your friends, your enemies, and your potential dates. You can find out some interesting things.