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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.

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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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Dogtooth

Dogtooth was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. It is currently available on Netflix Watch-It-Instantly.

NYT review: http://movies.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/movies/25dog.html

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The Matter of the Page: Essays in Search of Ancient and Medieval Authors

The Matter of the Page: Essays in Search of Ancient and Medieval Authors

Ancient and medieval literary texts often call attention to their existence as physical objects. Shane Butler helps us to understand why. Arguing that writing has always been as much a material struggle as an intellectual one, The Matter of the Page offers timely lessons for the digital age about how creativity works and why literature moves us.

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Class Action Suit Filed Against Jimmy Carter Book

Readers are often warned not to judge a book by its cover, but what about its publicity? That is the basis of a class-action lawsuit against former President Jimmy Carter and his publisher Simon & Schuster over his 2006 book “Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid,” which was filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday.

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Gale Launches New Contest to Unmask the Librarian Superheroes Among Us

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of the Are you a Librarian Superhero contest to recognize the often heroic efforts put forth by librarians around the country, and to encourage other feats of greatness. Gale is calling on everyone – fellow librarians, library patrons, students and school administrators – to nominate a superhero librarian who is making a real difference for their library and community.

See: http://bit.ly/eQZr16

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Innovation Is Doing Little for Incomes

Interesting piece in the NYT by Tyler Cowen (professor of economics at George Mason University)

Artricle here

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U.S. Presidents / Possible Reading Project

I am thinking about starting a reading project where I read one book about every U.S. President. I am gathering a list of books to see what is available.

I am open to suggestions if anyone has books they would like to add to the list. I can guarantee that I have to be missing some major works at this point.

1st - George Washington (1789-1797)

Washington: A LifeHis Excellency: George WashingtonWashington: The Indispensable Man

2nd - John Adams (1797-1801)

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