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James Gleick’s History of Information

Review in the NYT Sunday Review of Books

Book on Amazon: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

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Book trailer

If You Knew Then What I Know Now from Sarabande Books on Vimeo.

This book trailer got a good write up at Publisher's Weekly.
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Richard Curtis 1999

Richard Curtis, veteran literary agent and president of Ereads.com, shared a few publishing predictions for 2011.

Here is a talk by Curtis in 1999 called Content Spoken Here

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Intellectual Property’s Great Fallacy

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Data Seen Overwhelming Cell Networks

As the popularity of smartphones continues to grow, the challenge, on a global scale, may only get greater.

Full article

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Google Digitizes Back Issues of 'Spy' Magazine

The defunct satirical publication that launched a thousand magazine careers and dodged a thousand lawsuits is now available digitally — thanks to Google.

One minute piece on NPR

Searchable archive of Spy Magazine on Google

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Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art

Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art Graffiti and unsanctioned art—from local origins to global phenomenon
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The Wristwatch Looks For a New Use

As people stop telling the time using their wristwatches and use their mobile phones instead, a new genre of device takes up the vacant real estate on their wrists.

Article mentions the wrist watch being used as a "third screen" to present information.

Full article

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$467 Book

$467 book that made it into the Amazon top 100 books. Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking
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Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has second thoughts about our digital practices

The kids I celebrated in my early books as “digital natives,” capable of seeing through all efforts of big media and marketing, have actually proven less able to discern the integrity of the sources they read and the intentions of the programs they use than we struggling adults are. If they don’t know what the programs they’re using are even for, they don’t stand a chance at using them effectively. They’re less likely to become power users than the used. It is our job as educators to change all this. We’re our students’ best chance of becoming media—or new media—literate.

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Citing Sources in the Age of the Internet and eBooks

Interesting blog post at "An American Editor" blog.

It has been an ongoing frustration of mine, dealing with bibliographic information that cites the Internet and ebooks.

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Thinking about the limits of customer service

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Colorado and Kansas Libraries Collaborate To Reduce Cost of Out-of-State Borrowing

New courier system saves money compared to postal service and other carriers. It also affects lending patterns and may give a nudge toward collaborative collection development.

Full article:
http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/889231-264/colorado_and_kansas_libraries_collaborate.h...

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No Argument: Thomas Keeps 5-Year Silence

The anniversary will probably be observed in silence.

A week from Tuesday, when the Supreme Court returns from its midwinter break and hears arguments in two criminal cases, it will have been five years since Justice Clarence Thomas has spoken during a court argument.

Interesting article in the NYT about this.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/us/13thomas.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=thomas&st=cse

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The Ethics of Free Cellphone Calls

When I last wrote about the quest to get free phone calls forever, a number of readers wrote to point out a very sneaky trick that lets you achieve that frugal heaven — even from your cellphone. Yes, it’s a way to get free cellphone calls, without listening to an ad, without being in Wi-Fi, without using any minutes.

Full article: Pogue's Post in the NYT

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Oregon Attorney’s Documentary ‘Hot Coffee’ Makes the Sundance Cut

Many lawyers have fantasized about putting their practice on hold and making a movie, but few actually do it. Even fewer can say their maiden effort landed them a coveted spot at an internationally renowned film festival.
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Speck by Speck, Dust Piles Up

Article about dust. Man with a 31,000 volume library is mentioned. Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/garden/10dust.htm
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Frederick Douglass

Saw a presentation by a reenactor of Frederick Douglass. The speaker recommended two books on Douglass.

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Three Books On Entering Strange New Worlds

From earliest times, the plight of the stranger, the outsider, has always made for a great story. In the Old Testament, Ruth follows her bereaved mother-in-law, Naomi, and embraces a new culture, customs (and husband) to make a home for them in a land far from her own. From ancient texts to the present day, perhaps this is what reading is always about — finding a space to explore worlds and lives that are not our own, to look in on places where we don't belong.

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