A new online ad network, RSSAds (based in San Francisco), is working on simple ways to incorporate text ads into RSS feeds. No ads for me please. My RSS feeds are currently ad-free, and I like them that way. That’s one of the reasons I prefer RSS to site-surfing–I don’t have to deal with those god-awful flashing ads in the margins distracting me from the content.

Google Guide

February 4, 2004 | Comments (0)

Nancy Blachman’s Google Guide is by far the best guide to using Google, for beginners & more intermediate users, that I’ve seen so far. I see great potential here for plopping patrons down with this self-guided tutorial, instead of the 20 minute “This is Google, this is how you search” lecture. Thanks to beSpacific for the link.

I’ve seen this in a few different places now, and although it’s pretty dumb, as a mind-hack it’s pretty funny.

While sitting in your chair, lift your right foot slightly off the ground and move it in clockwise circles. Now draw the numeral “6” in the air with your right hand. Your foot will involuntarily reverse direction.

“Whoa” (in a Keanu Reeves Bill & Ted voice).

Test Your Geekiness

February 3, 2004 | Comments (0)

This test is really long, but the questions are fun– I caught myself smiling several times… My rank is Major Geek. I tend to think I really rank higher, but perhaps I am not as geek-chic as I thought.

Oooooh, a new way to waste time….Thanks Libraryman!

Google Class

February 2, 2004 | Comments (0)

Speaking of Google, UW’s LIS program is now offering a graduate-level class in Google. The Seattle Times reports that the class “explores Google as a cultural phenomenon, Google the business, the technology behind Google — and ‘Google the Ravager of Worlds.'” Hell, when a product name gets its own verb (google me), I think it’s ok if it gets its own class too. OK, alma mater UIUC, whatcha got? A class on e-bay? Amazon’s Search-Inside-the Book? Don’t let the Seattle-ites have all the fun…

Gary Price guest-writes for The Pandia Post and highlights some of the Google-glitches that annoy both basic and advanced users. “A Couple of Comments About Google” is a must-read for reference librarians particularly. I must admit, I didn’t know that all backlinks are not shown when you run a <>link: search. Stuff like this is good to know…

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!