Thursday, February 28, 2008

Stuff White People Like

#72 Study Abroad & #67 Standing Still at Concerts are classics.

Extinction Timeline: Libraries

Libraries: 2019

We'll all become information architects and knowledge managers. That's fine.

I still say that paper is the most stable format for archiving. Take, for instance, the BBC Domesday debacle.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Social Software Map

An interesting look at who's who & where in the world.

As seen on Trendwatch Daily
(originally posted by BFFB)

An Index of Obsolete Skills

It seems to have a cataloging structure. Fabulous!


OK, so I think this definitely beats the guy who streamed from a baseball game (actually it wasn't the game but everything in between--note: I know that I heard this on NPR, but a quick search doesn't pull it up)

Anyway, when Marie Jo Mont-Reynaud's grandma couldn't make it to her graduation, Mary Jo decided to stream the event from her cap. Genius. blog on the "Graduationcast"

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Papervision3D (PV3D) is an open source 3D engine for flash. Much quicker than QuickTime's 360° app, it can produce some amazing effects when married with a 360° camera.

Of course, digital art galleries come to mind when 3D is used (think of all those old school CD ROMs & Second Life).

PV3D blog

As seen on Trendwatch Daily


really cool art made with heat transfers onto wood. good idea.

Creative Bookshelf Designs

Some of these look like they're just begging to be in an art library or a public library's teen center.

Monday, February 25, 2008

The LEGO Computer

"BUG is a collection of easy-to-use electronic modules that snap together to build any gadget you can imagine."

Modules include:
  • Touch-sensitive, full-color LCD
  • GPS
  • Camera
  • Motion Detector

Homo Bellicus: A Geneology of War

Interesting forum for artists & students.

Some background here @ Interior Design

Homo Bellicus Website

Make Your Own Phonograph

How cool is that?!

Gakken Cup Phonogrph Kit

Rite in the Rain

Books & kits for weatherproof note taking & even drawing. Pretty cool.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Adidas Superstar

One of the better customs I've seen. The box is almost better than the shoes.

How is this related to librarianship? Adidas are the best for shelving of course!

2,000 Year Old Computer

Antikythera rendering

I love reading about analog computers.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Independent Libraries

The Reanimation Library got me thinking, "Are there other public libraries that are not paid for with tax dollars?"

After a quick search, I realized there is another world of independent libraries. One very notable one is the Prelinger Library in SF. They have lots of great research materials online that are no longer under copyright.

Hawaii Chair

How did I ever miss this one. As our employers look to add more proactive health practices to our daily routines, look for the Hawaii Chair to become commonplace (yeah right).

Also, check out Ellen D. here -

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

10 Six-Figure Jobs without a Professional Degree

Hmm...I guess 21st century librarians are off the list...maybe knowledge managers? I guess that also brings up this - are you a librarian even if you don't have a library or library & info science degree? I haven't decided. To the public, I think they think you're a librarian regardless.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Anybody Can Be Cool

Came across this gem while reading Ironic Sans post on the "Best Book Title Ever."


Brown's Modernist Journals Project

One of the coolest things out there for those who study the modernist period. One drawback...its scope is limited to the English-speaking world.

In Rainbows Remixed by Amplive & VR Implications

The album is remixed using talents like Del the Funky Homosapien. It's decent, but not earth shattering (I thought the same about the "Gray Album").

Anyway, in this brave new world of licensing vs. copyright, I wonder how events like this will affect the visual resources universe (ARTstor recently increased the image size for images used outside of its proprietary viewer). Of course, a enormous example would be the Library of Congress on Flickr. And how about harnessing the copyright free images provided by amateur and professional photographers on sites like Flickr? What will the birth of the amateur do to art and those who critique it? To the WebPAC?

In regard to the WebPAC, I believe that it can only enhance it IF it has already been properly cataloged.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tony Ariawan

I came across Tony Ariawan's work through changethethought. Tony's work is amazing. He even gives a how-to tutorial.

Creativity, Innovation, & Copyright

JK Rowling & Warner Bros. are living in the early 20th century. To attack a blogger turned book author on the grounds that they make a compendium to the Potter series is downright dangerous.

Imagine if BASF (We don't make a lot of the products you buy; we make a lot of the products you buy better!) had to pay royalties for their innovations.

Imagine if art critics or historians had to pay the artists or their estates if they wanted to comment on their artwork.


NYT's "A Tight Grip Can Choke Creativity" by Joe Nocera

(login may be required - it's free though)

Globus Film Series - Dawn of Japanese Animation

image © Matsuda Film Production and Digital Meme

Just another reason to live in NYC

Dublin Core Firefox Add-On

It's always fun to see if someone has troubled to use DC.

There are DC generators out there too. Like...

North Carolina Dublin Core Template -

Others on OCLC's DCMI site -

Back in the Saddle Again

OK, time to get back to blogging.

So, I've finally had enough of IE @ work. I've downloaded & installed Firefox. I've made it look like Safari, and I've begun adding my usual add-ons. One of which is ScribeFire (which lets you blog in from any site without having to go to your blogs site. I've added my personal blog & ArLiSNAP's. I've used it with my own, and I'm curious if it will work on ArLiSNAP.

So, I'll be blogging a bit more because it is now easier for me to do so. Also, I'll probably posting things a bit wider in scope than just librarianship. I think my friends are getting tired of me passing along cool artists, etc. So, those will pop up here now.

Monday, February 11, 2008


Huh...I was wondering if a service like this was out there. I was going to look, but I got distracted. It found me today.