So, one of my friends composed a poem about the Black Friday shenanigans that occurred around the nation this past Friday. It is called Black Friday Meditation by Mark Guay.
Black Friday Meditation
As a suggestion from my therapist, I rise early to sit with legs crossed and eyes closed to breathe in “Let” and breathe out “Go” and my mind races like the #BlackFriday shoppers - dashing, jabbing, prancing on top of the faces of neighbors like reindeer to get a cheaper television.
I watch Walmart shoppers in Puerto Rico stampede the front doors - quickly breaking through the single-file line the policia had attempted to set up.
I rush in to join - taking a few elbows to the jaw.
In the store, I see Abigail burned at the stake next to the GrillMaster - now only $121.99.
Icarus falls from the bright florescent ceiling - trampled by the waves of the amorphous crowd. His wings now shredded like the 400-thread down comforter on sale for an incredible $124.97.
In the entertainment section, Winston Smith jiggles in front of Xbox One’s new fitness routine - amazingly now available for financing.
But, me? I’ve come to snatch the 50” LED TV for $288 - an excellent addition to my man cave.
I attempt to carry the flatscreen like a football on Sunday morning and quickly fumble as an arrow jabs my heart - shot from the hands of my neighbor Ms.Everdeen.
Over the next 6 months the State Library System will be testing options for a statewide ebook library. If they work out then the Commonwealth of Massachusetts could soon be home to the single largest library consortium.
So today I printed out a RDA Work Book and this song just starting going off in my head. Does RDA make me happy kinda…. ok yes. Why ? I have no idea. As such, I was angry for some strange reason today and this song just put me in the right mood to finish a run of books I was cataloging. Lastly, for those who are aware of a nasty version of this song that predates this one, I don’t want to hear it.
This is an interesting question. I think it really lends itself into asking what do we need to do as educators to make online instruction enticing to the students? When I was in grade school, the majority of my teachers had a nitch to their pedagogy that made you come to school at least to here their voice. Sure, you probably did not want to do the assigned work. However, you didn’t mind hearing about quadratic equations, The Kreb Cycle, or why Ann Boleyn was one of six wives to Henry VIII in such a short time. Ok, maybe I didn’t mind. Anyway, these teachers (including my Mama) yes I said mama. Get over it. She was my 7th grade Science teacher. Anyway, these teachers allowed their personality to shine when they taught in traditional class rooms. You felt engaged to either think, listen, work or do all three. With MOOCs, the same has to be the case. I have only had a few online courses. I have to admit, I was spoiled. My professors were engaging and understood that just because I can see you or that you are not in the same room does not mean that it was an excuse to just deliver a monotone lecture. They did not do a song and pony dance either. They gave us a variety of lecture modes during class. For example, I took some emerging technology course in graduate schools that were online. I had a lot of fun sharing my desktop with the class as well as hearing my professor go off on interesting tangents that she actually was able to incorporate into her class lecture.
Bottom line, I think MOOC instructors should have a special Speech Class. Most of us have taken a speech class in college. An addition or even a second class may be needed to add a certain peonage to higher academia curriculum if a MOOC platform is going to be embraced. I am not a fan of just allowing actors to teach the material. I think that should stay in the hands of a professor. Nor, do I expect a professor to sound like Sharon Stone or Morgan Freeman. But, vocal performance via the internet is something that has to improve if colleges and research institutions want students to succeed in these courses.
So I just commented on a friend post about how music from one decade seems dated versus more recent music. He commented in saying:
"Why does music from the sixties sound so much less dated than music from the eighties? I mean, I guess this question is rhetorical (cyclic fashion, instrument choice); it just really struck me today."
My response was : ” The 80’s were the era of synth pop. Electric keyboards were used and abused. Still, a great bass line can keep a song fresh. All it takes is a remake. Or, the song just may re-manifest itself into the music continuous. Case in Point; The Human League’s Keep feeling Fascination.”
Vicki Lensing, co-owner of Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, said the funeral home erected its own Little Free Library outside the 605 Kirkwood Ave. location two weeks ago. Dubbed “Lensing Little House,” the cedar box is decorated with a painted sunburst on top, and offers access to some of…
The Windsor Public Library supports local writers’ efforts to get published using their Espresso Book Machine. Authors can print black-and-white or color quality bound paperbacks. Amazing! Now I wonder how many of them run from printing station to circ desk to get their books on the library’s shelves?
So, on this Friday evening I am sitting in Beacon and I am trying to do what ever I can to cure one of my moments of depression. Am I reading a good book? Nope!! Am I trying to mingle with the opposite sex? Not in the mood. Am I listening to music? yes and No. What am I am doing then? I am doing exactly every other red blooded American should do on a Friday night. That’s right I am searching through YouTube reminiscing over my favorite Sesame Street songs (or songs performed by the Muppet’s crew). That’s right I am getting my Ms. Piggy on!!! Enjoy
Ok Tumblarians All this talk of what we weren’t prepared for in our MLS program has gotten me thinking of what being a librarian was once about, what it is still about, what new things we do now, and what it will be about in the future. I want to write a blog entry about what…
Mmm first and foremost I just don’t think their are enough programs out their that give academic librarians the on paper experience that they need. I was extremely lucky to gain a temp job no less than three months after graduation. So, for some disciplines, you literally have to have a blinded passion for it. It sounds crazy, but you almost have to have a mentality and mental skin like UFC figher Kimbo Slice.
This guy looks like he would bite a Bovinae. Anyway, my point is academic library administrations are extremely picky. For example, cataloging and metadata can be hard find jobs in not only because it is detail orientated work. But , because OPACs and digitally repositories are live representations of a organization that can be viewed 24 hours a day seven days a a week, 365 days of the year.
The Academic Senate of the University of California has passed an Open Access Policy, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.
Imagine if you could print objects just by thinking about them. Camila Ruz visits one company to see whether this is far-fetched dream or a real possibility.
It has been written that the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Well, I guess some inventor had to come up with a way to us our brains beyond that so call 10% barrier that we normally use. Hence, I present to my readers the story…..
“Once again, I remind you that I know nothing of Mr Revere, or his conversations, or his habits or beliefs, his writings (if he has any) or his personal life. All I know is this bit of metadata, based on membership in some organizations. And yet my analytical engine, on the basis of absolutely the most elementary of operations in Social Networke Analysis, seems to have picked him out of our 254 names as being of unusual interest. We do not have to stop here, with just a picture. Now that we have used our simple “Person by Event” table to generate a “Person by Person” matrix, we can do things like calculate centrality scores, or figure out whether there are cliques, or investigate other patterns. For example, we could calculate a betweenness centrality measure for everyone in our matrix, which is roughly the number of “shortest paths” between any two people in our network that pass through the person of interest. It is a way of asking “If I have to get from person a to person z, how likely is it that the quickest way is through person x?” Here are the top betweenness scores for our list of suspected terrorists:”—
Funny, powerful, but in the end true. If you were British and you used the metadata available to you to find Paul Revere you would be a hero.
So the takeaway is not really “is using metadata a violation of a person’s right to privacy” but instead “do the ends justify the means”. And the answer is: It depends on what side you are on.
Metadata is like a diary left out in a park. Sure it says private but it is left out in the open. Opening it is more a personal moral question rather than a legal one. Civilized society says you should respect ones privacy. But what if there was a young girl missing in the neighborhood? Access to the information in the diary may provide a life or death clue in the case. There is no way of knowing if the diary is even related to the missing girl unless you open it. Now the moral question’s weight shifts depending on how likely the diary is related to the missing girl. How close is the park to the site of her disappearance? Can her friends or family be interviewed to describe the missing girl’s diary? Is there a receipt for the diary sold to the girl’s family? We are told the first few hours of a missing person case are crucial to a happy resolution. Is there time for all the checks and balances to determine if we should violate the inherent and implied privacy of a diary or do we open it to see if it is hers or not right away? If it is not hers we can rule it out, closing and replacing it on the bench contents unread further and continue looking for the missing girl, no longer wasting valuable time or resources on this unrelated diary. If it is hers we can mass our resources to reading and deciphering the contents for clues.
So metadata is an diary left out in a public park. Eventually someone is going to look at it. Our best bet for privacy in a digital world is to have our diary next to a billion other diaries in the same park where only those with massive resources have the ability to sift through them all. If you are concerned about the NSA singling out your/our diary don’t leave it in the park and don’t write in it about your conversations with known terrorists.
Awesome is their word not mine but still some pretty useful stuff. ~ eP
PCMag recently spoke with Danny Winokur, Adobe’s vice president and general manager of Interactive Development, who said the point of today’s releases is to advance what’s possible with HTML5 and associated technologies that have become instrumental to the modern Web. Adobe’s tools for HTML5 website development have brought the power of multiple technology features to build creative website designs. It aims to revolutionize the way the web is dealt with going forward. Adobe hopes to surprise web developers with a rather convenient and simpler creative process. These comprehensive tools are smart, flexible, and highly interactive in their use, style and performance. Let’s take a look at the latest Adobe’s HTML5 website development tools re-invented for 2013: Edge Reflow This is a completely new, responsive web design tool by Adobe, available only for Adobe Creative Cloud members. The tool can create layouts and visual designs with CSS and is totally free in Adobe’s creative Cloud. It has a smart and intuitive design surface which can be easily resized. This surface gives an idea as to how layouts and visuals will adapt to different screen sizes. It allows users to preview their designs in the browser, and check their designs in real-time with Edge Inspect extension. The design CSS can be transported to Dreamweaver, Edge Code or any other code editor for further modifications. What it has in-store for Developers? The primary purpose of Adobe’s Edge Reflow is to simplify the multi-screen design process, making it much more efficient and time-bound. Used for creating UX prototypes and visual designs followed by quick mock-ups. Edge Reflow works on 2 design regions – design canvas for WYSIWYG layout and the property inspector (for single element styling). Breakpoints create new media query regions that can be easily tweaked to edit visual elements such as boxes, layouts and much more.
Though industrial firms have used additive technologies in rapid prototyping for years, the tech is still fresh and growing in the consumer segment. The latest sign of the 3D printer home invasion? Retail office supply chain, Staples, says they’ll sell the 3D Systems Cube 3D Printer online and in retail stores by the end of June.
Awesome! Even with the size constraints, you could make some pretty nifty tools and art pieces with this even without printing multiple pieces of something larger. Custom accessories and jewelry, tiny models to use for classes or research presentations, pretty much any little doohickeys you might want or need, albeit only plastics. Now I just need to find somebody to pool some funds with…
The American Library Association (ALA) is gravely concerned, but unfortunately not surprised, at this week’s revelations that the U.S. government obtained the phone records of all Verizon customers for the last seven years. Leaders of the association again call upon Congress to provide more accountability and transparency about how the government is obtaining and using vast amounts of information about innocent people.