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Emotive blurtage

Yep. Chilly.

Twitter to restrict user content in some countries, according to Reuters. This is more an instant deep freeze than a chilling effect. We’ve managed to fend off government attempts to control the thoughts that get into our heads, especially as

Posted in Censorship, Rant, Signal

Aggregated Aggregation

Aggregation of ownership within the media business has continued to the point that only six sets of management-types control 90% of information content, including what passes for news, available commercially to Americans. The view of who’s supplying what information is even less clear in the mashed up muddle of distributed and aggregated content.

Posted in Analysis, Censorship, Context, Noise, Rant, Signal, Weight of information

Netflix to IFLA: Huh?

So count me as +1 for the Netflix customers (or maybe the correct term in Netflix’s case is potential former customers) who are puzzled and disappointed by the company’s remarkably woozy strategic moves of late. I’d probably be outraged, actually,

Posted in Analysis, Organization, Rant

Yeah, .htaccess this!

Oof. My brain is largely mush at this moment, thanks to a battle spanning 2 days with the evil, nasty mod_rewrite function in my hosting environment. This site is hosted in a subdirectory with several others, also in subdirectories, running

Posted in Background, Rant

DRM smackdown

Well, here’s a good idea! My speculation that publishers might be getting a handle on their rights management problems appears to have been nothing but wild optimism, or at least premature anticipation. Turns out, HarperCollins is not above needlessly destroying

Posted in Rant, Rights, access

Static flows

A few years ago, early in my transition from editor to IT goon, I had a weird experience that was formative of my IT persona in a lot of ways. I had to send email to a very busy director-level decision maker about some aspect of her program’s web presence. I don’t recall even a tiny detail of what the issue was, but I vividly remember the form of her reply.

Posted in Analysis, IB, Rant, Speculation

Sipping from the stream

I listened in on a webchat that a friend was helping to organize about how users might benefit from some ‘curation’ of the blurtstream from new-web sources, especially Twitter but also Facebook and wherever else.

Posted in IB, Organization, Rant

Obsolete librarians

Something’s been bugging me since the ALA show, and I think I finally have my finger on what it is. The itch from Chicago returned while discussing with Ivy whether librarians have an obligation or even a role in teaching

Posted in Organization, Rant, Speculation

What else I did on my summer vacation

Thanks to Ivy’s generous spirit and willingness to put up with me, I had the opportunity to attend (most of) the ALA Annual Conference July 9-13. And for the same reason, I got to argue about the proceedings thereof to

Posted in Background, Rant

Trailing edge

Google got me to a pay archive site, but no login, no access. The Denver Public Library site has this Databases A-Z function, though. Cool, except every link on the page generates a 404 not found error. Every one. But the DPL site also has a chat function called Ask a Librarian.

Posted in Background, Rant