BBC reports that Japan has just sentenced Monotori Kishi to a year in prison for distributing obscene literature. Kishi has naturally appealed the decision. I don’t know how many Americans are familiar with manga as genre, but most of it has sexual content. Something I didn’t know is that 45% of books and periodicals sold in Japan are manga. I find this decision quite frightening, and an act of censorship on its purest level. If anyone can define pornography for me, in a way that everyone can agree to, let me know, ok? I’ve been looking for that elusive definition for quite some time now.

LiB’s Top 25 Feeds

January 16, 2004 | Comments (0)

Alright, so I’ll indulge my loving users’ need to know my top 25 feeds. The links are directly to the feeds, for all ya’ big RSS freaks, and I know you’re out there. Yes, I like Wil Wheaton. Scoff away :)

Library Stuff
DrWeb’s Domain : a library weblog
The Shifted Librarian
Search Engine Watch
Library Link of the Day
Free Range Librarian
Wired News
BBC News | Technology | World Edition
Lockergnome’s Technology News
Computerworld News
Cool Tools – Latest News Stories
Google News Search: librarian
Sci Fi Wire
Wil Wheaton Dot Net
Gaming news

PC World’s article says it all. I know our library gets a lot of e-commerce users, so anything targeted at PayPal users is bound to come up at the reference desk.

OK, so the # of feeds I’m getting just went over 100. I officially cannot live without RSS now.

Fellowes has developed keyboards and mice with an antibacterial substance (Microban) built right into the plastic. I think these have the potential to be ideal for libraries. The additional cost is nominal, and one of the biggest complaints we get from patrons is about the health issues surrounding public workstations. Definitely something to keep an eye on…

Anybody like It’s a spiffy urban legends site, that debunks or bunks (is that the opposite?) random urban legends. Things like:
Is the FBI’s “Department for Illegal Internet Downloads” sending out automated warning messages via e-mail?
Did Indonesian villagers really capture a 49-foot, 983-pound python?
Did a man laugh himself to death while watching television?
Does the “BVD” in BVD Underwear really stand for Boy’s Ventilated Drawers?
They now have an RSS feed that highlight new urban legends. Slap me silly and call me happy–another feed of joy!

Chris Sherman’s article on Search Engine Watch, “Local Search, With A Visual Twist,” highlights MetroBot, a local business search engine with a unique graphical interface. You can search for businesses by name, category, address, or city. Then, you get to virtually stroll down the street, looking at other businesses nearby. This will certainly help yours truly, as I remember where places are by what they’re next to (typical female spatiality, I know).

The amazing Roy Tennant has written a great article for Library Journal about strategies for keeping current with technology. I think this is a useful resource to point out to colleagues, supervisors, etc.

Looking to learn about digital preservation of all sorts? Check out Cornell’s Digital Preservation Tutorial–an excellent introduction to the general principles and considerations when planning a project.

Jack me in, Neo

January 14, 2004 | Comments (0)

According to a Wired News article, five quadriplegic patients might be months away from testing a brain-computer interface, BrainGate, created by Cyberkinetics. It would allow the patients to control electronic devices (e.g. computers and robots) with their thoughts. The first step toward Neal Stephenson’s mod shops.