I think I downloaded the WordPress iPhone months ago so that I can get back into blogging on the run. I’ll see how this compares to Tumblr. Tumblr is really simple to use and I may switch The Conceptual Librarian to that and this WordPress thing can be an archive.
January 4, 2012
May 26, 2011
Note how Google Ads tramples over the sensativities of the protestors in this item by suggesting a local company to do the dirty work of getting rid of those pesky library books.
August 29, 2010
Check out this item the The Onion. It is a bit too sleazy and low-PC to link to the company site, so here it is. Make of it what you will, however it does highlight the dangers of accepting unverified information on face value, which appears to be the trend on the internet.
July 20, 2010
Check out these two:
Dewey would be completely at sea with this blending of fact and fiction or fact plus fact into fiction. The satirical Post-Dewey world of anything-goes-so-take-nothing-seriously is accessed by keyword (or tag) searching in an environment where the popular (doesn’t matter if it’s crap) wins out.
The other option is to pay the search gatekeepers to bring your product to the top of the pile. In the library world one hopes impartiality still reigns, however if it’s crap people desire, then in the words of Charlie Robinson “Give ’em what they want!”
July 15, 2010
July 13, 2010
May 27, 2010
When I worked at a newspaper, we were routinely dispatched to “match” a story from The Times: to do a new version of someone else’s idea. But had we “matched” any of The Times’s words – even the most banal of phrases – it could have been a firing offense. The ethics of plagiarism have turned into …the narcissism of minor differences: because journalism cannot own up to its heavily derivative nature, it must enforce originality on the level of the sentence. Trial by Google.
March 24, 2010
Just downloaded the WordPress app for the iPhone and am sending a post. Interestingly when I read my other posts on the app they are riddled with HTML code.
I wonder if that code is somehow redundant. I know that when I copy and paste from a Word document I often have to reformat the thing to get rid of junk code created by Microsoft carriage returns and the like.
Let me investigate.
March 2, 2010
February 26, 2010
Disintermediation (From Wikipedia)
In economics, disintermediation is the removal of intermediaries in a supply chain: “cutting out the middleman.” Instead of going through traditional distribution channels, which has some type of intermediate (such as a distributor, wholesaler, broker, or agent), companies may now deal with every customer directly, for example via the Internet.
In the library context, disintermediation means the death of the library. Instead of trying to find what they want from the library website (where it has been caringly hidden away into what is for them irrelevant silos such as Infotrac and Proquest), students will type their search into Google and be happy with what they retrieve… and in the case of TAFE students, whose information needs aren’t overly demanding, they will be satisfied with the results and probably get away with it. And we’re suddenly out of the loop! And the Finance Department is sharpening the razor.