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VHS Going Away In Lubbock Libraries

They're pulling VHS tapes off the shelf in Lubbock. I realize that you can't buy new ones any more, but is that reason to not check 'em out? I am guessing they don't get the check-out traffic they used to get, but it still saddens me. Kids (or their nimrod parents) are surprisingly good at ruining DVDs by inflicting lots of scratches. It's much harder to wreck a VHS tape.

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Do City Libraries Get A Raw Rent Deal?

Rumor has it that the Lubbock Public Library was close to a deal to rent an old Albertson's location to hold one of its branches (closed due to water leaking/mold in the walls). When the real estate people figured out that the city wanted the spot, they said the rent would be 3x what was originally discussed.

If this rumor is true, what gives? That old Albertson's spot is not the only "big box" sort of spot in Lubbock needing occupants. Stupid real estate people.

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Blogging, installing Wordpress, finding a site host...

My blog reached the 18 month milestone this week (approximately). Nearly 480 posts in all as I learned when uploading them into a new Wordpress setup yesterday.

I've been looking for a place that is cheap (sorry Blake, you ain't cheap enough) to host one or both of my domains: keithtipton.com and kctipton.com. My blog is found at powerblogs.com for just $15 a year (and keithtipton.com redirects there), and that's fine for now. However, I'd prefer some customization that I can't seem to do at powerblogs.

I've Been Busy(?) Blogging

I've been twiddling around for a few months on my own blog at keithtipton.com, so apologies for not posting here in the meantime.

Deleting Journal Entries

I get notifications of posts in various LISNewsters' journals. I want to read them, but not necessarily the day I get the notification. Sometimes I click on the link and find it's gone. http://www.lisnews.com/~Bibliofuture/journal/2749 is one that was sent to me on Feb 9. Today's the 19th, and it's gone! Why delete it? Heck, why post it if you found it so deletable within 10 days? I've had this happen with other posts by other posters (I'm not picking on one person, in other words).

"To Treat Autism, Parents Take a Leap of Faith" -- NYTimes

Here's a new, rather long article dated today, the 27th. It covers some of the ground from the other article about "curing" autism but addresses how that's being attempted in much more detail. Wow it can cost a lot.

Autistic People Don't Want a "Cure" -- NYTimes.com

Here's an article from today's NYTimes where people with autism have something to say about being "cured". It also describes an experimental school for "Aspies." (Registration required)

Beheading Euphemisms

Why can't the reporters and their editors call it what it is?

Beheading with a knife while having your neck sawed until you are dead and disfigured = cruel murder = execution

Videotaped and televised beheading = snuff film.

I think I saw some comment in Newsweek about these being Jihadi snuff films. Yep, they are.

But, the term is being used in too sanitized a way. Why not just call it head removal with adverse consequences?

Beheaded = terminated = passed on = died.


Incredible Stupidity, Ignorance and Incompetence All Around

The 9-11 Commission says we couldn't shoot down hijackers if they were in hot air balloons on a calm day: Here's a recent public opinion survey about who Americans blame for the mess related to 9/11

NPR gets a label from FAIR

Interesting commentary by the NPR ombudsman this week.

FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) has published a study that says NPR has gone over to the conservative side when it comes to who is interviewed and who are commentators.

I do and don't agree, and the ombudsman feels about the same.

LISNews is in good company, IMHO, if it and NPR are both considered too conservative by various "progressive" folk.

Another autism story on the radio

I heard this on the KUT radio feed online - Gorilla Therapy

This lady talks about her having Asperger's among other topics.

[NPR] Andrei Codrescu actually said something I agree with

Andrei Codrescu had an audio essay yesterday on NPR about how his literature students could be the same ones in Iraq doing the same awful things we're hearing about now. He wonders and explains why/how that could happen (hint: it's American society being expressed overseas for all the Iraqis to see). He hopes the soldiers are ashamed and that they know why they should be.

Listen here.

Am I Really Autistic? Self Test Results...

This is a self-test for Asperger's.

I scored a 37. Hmm.

There's a related article here.

Making Your Own Way, Consequences Be Damned

Wow, NYTImes.com has the story, The Pizza Parlor Prodigy today. A prodigy with the cello plays before large crowds with important people and orchestras at his side. He more or less walks away from that version of a music career to do things "his way." He's succeeding.

Who here has the nerve to do such a thing? I'd like to say that I do, but... I don't.

Vietnam, Deferrals, and Me

The NYTimes.com has Cheney's Five Draft Deferments During the Vietnam Era Emerge as a Campaign Issue as a story today (one of the top 25 most emailed stories).

To Library School or not to Library School?

OK, time is ticking. I am strongly considering working on an MIS (or is it MLS? I forget) through the U of North Texas web-based program. I've started the application process, but I have a lot to go. I got great test scores last May, and I am pretty sure they'll accept me as long as I get my bazillion transcripts all mailed in :(

Viruses and the technologically challenged

The NYTimes has an article today called "Geeks Put the Unsavvy on Alert: Learn or Log Off" about how viruses lately seem to be spread (or caught, depending on your POV) by the same people's computers over and over. Tech-savvy people are getting more and more peeved at the supposedly knowledgeable folks who just can't help clicking on an attachment no matter how many times they've been told not to.

Teachers vs. Educators - Labels Used in the News

I get google news updates for various keywords. I used to teach high school physics and math, so I like seeing what articles Google is finding. I search for "educator" and "teacher" and get separate emails for each. What I notice is that, usually, "teacher" is associated with a lot more negative news than is "educator."

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