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So far, I've received very little feedback. If you care about any of those sections--or if you particularly dislike them--go to the posts and either leave comments or send email to email@example.com.
I'll probably start making decisions about these areas (and other things) for C&I volume 7 in about a week, when I start working on the January 2007 issue.
In case anyone might get confused: Walt [Crawford] and Walter [Skold, I assume] are not the same person, are not related, do not share political views...
When I comment on blogs, I now normally sign either "Waltc" or "Walt Crawford" to avoid confusion--and I never use my full birth name (that is, with the "er") in any professional activities.
I would note that, to the best of my knowledge, Walter [Skold?] has no intention of confusing anyone as to who's who.
The pointer, for core readers of Cites & Insights: I'm inviting feedback on four specific aspects of Cites & Insights at my blog, Walt at Random. The first question went up yesterday; others will follow tomorrow, Thursday, and Saturday.
The title sheet and indexes for Cites & Insights volume 6, 2006 are now available.
This PDF-only document (title sheet and 20 pages of indexes) completes volume 6.
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 6:14 (December 2006) is now available for downloading.
This 28-page issue, PDF as usual (but each essay is available as an HTML separate from the home page includes:
Please note that, while this is the final text issue for 2006, it does not complete the volume. The index (including title sheet, for anyone printing a bound volume) will be out in a week or two. Or three.
I proudly point you to today's coffee-break post, with what's probably the best blog post title I'll ever create.
Too bad I didn't create it. Google language tools are to thank for this masterpiece.
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 6:13 (November 2006) is now available for downloading.
The 26-page issue (PDF as always, but major essays are also available as HTML separates from the home page)
Cites & Insights 6:12, October 2006, is now available for downloading.
The 26-page issue (PDF as usual, but you can download HTML separates), which seems to have mostly long essays with long titles, includes:
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 6:11 (September 2006) is now available for downloading.
The 22-page issue (PDF as usual, but most essays are also available as HTML separates from the home page) includes:
And for those of you who stayed away for the summer: Don't forget Cites & Insights 6:10, August 2006: "Looking at Liblogs," a 30-page essay looking at 213 blogs from library people.
Cites & Insights 6:10, August 2006 is now available for downloading--from citesandinsights.info, not cites.boisestate.edu.
The 30-page issue consists almost entirely of one big essay:
* Perspective: Looking at Liblogs: The Great Middle - a look at 213 library-person weblogs.
There's also one little piece:
* Bibs & Blather - three brief items.
While each piece is also available as an HTML separate from the Cites & Insights home page, please don't download the big essay if you're planning to print it: You'll use 49 pages instead of 30.
There will be a separate September issue, probably in September.
The special "design and typography" issue of Cites & Insights for August 2006 has been cancelled on account of heat (and other reasons). (If you want more details, check Walt at Random after 5:30 p.m. PST today.)
My expectation had been that most people could and would skip this mini-issue. Now you (we!) all will.
C&I 6:10, August/September 2006, will appear in August, probably late August. It will be a more substantial issue, almost certainly featuring "Looking at Liblogs: A Chunk of the Great Middle" (title not final).
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large has moved to
or, if you want to save a little typing,
All issues and essays are now available at the new site (which is a LISHost.org site, as you might guess).
Please update your bookmarks and links accordingly. For the foreseeable future, issues and essays will continue to be available at the old site (but not via the home page).
Thanks to Boise State University Libraries for hosting Cites & Insights over the past few years!
Update: There was a typographic problem with the HTML essays--turns out "the same file" offered up from a Windows server (the old C&I site) isn't exactly the same as "the same file" offered up from an Apache server, even though both files are bit-for-bit identical. Thanks to quick advice from a reader, the problem was solved the same day it was spotted...
Cites & Insights 6:9, July 2006 is now available.
This 26-page issue (PDF as always, but most essays are also available as HTML pages from the home page) is predominantly one 18-page essay:
The issue also includes:
If you write a blog: Please be sure to read Bibs & Blather
Cites & Insights 6:8, June 2006, is now available for downloading.
The 26-page issue (PDF as usual, but most essays are available as HTML pages from the C&I home page) includes:
Some of you presumably know that I've worked at RLG what seems like forever (not quite 27 years).
Blake's posted the OCLC and RLG press release about the two combining. Blake posted the whole thing: I just didn't click the "read more" button.
At this point, all I have to say about this is contained in this post at Walt at Random.
You might be bemused by this post, written a few minutes later, based on the fact that today's Library Link of the Day is a speech I gave...more than 13 years ago.
Cites & Insights 6:7, May 2006 is now available.
The 22-page issue (PDF as always, but each section is available as an HTML separate from the home page) includes:
Fixed--it was a Bloglines problem--but Technorati still says I'm hossam4000talat. I imagine that will clear itself up sometime soon.
If you subscribe to Walt at Random via an aggregator, you might or might not notice that it's disappeared.
You also might or might not notice your new friend, hossam4000talat, which at the moment seems to have one brand-new entry, a "hello world." entry.
While this would be the perfect occasion to shut down Walt at Random if I was peevish enough to do so, what's happened is a software problem at LISHost. It affects a number of blogs, but so far mine seems to be the only one whose feeds have been renamed.
Blake's working on it. With luck, all will be made whole. Although the renamed RSS feeds are so strange...
If you're wondering what happened to the last post or two, same answer: No censorship, just software trouble. Now, if I could just get a selected portion of the comments on one post at one very high profile blog to crash similarly...
If you have even the slightest sense of humor about the wonders of the internet, go read this. Of course it's a joke. (I miss Lore's old site...)
Oh, there's one other thing: I'm trying even harder to keep this resolution. Right now, when a brouhaha that should have died down seems to be popping up elsewhere, it's difficult. (Nothing to do with AdSense, where I'm still at the "reaching payment trigger in 2 to 5 years" level.)
After much frustration and thought, I just posted this overlong rant at Walt at Random.
Since it's possible that one of my two readers here isn't also a W.a.r. reader, I thought I'd note it here because, well, I'm dead serious about this.
Right at the moment, despite the sun actually emerging for a while today, and maybe because I have a nagging headache, I'm discouraged. Maybe even fed up. And wondering whether it's worth it if what I do is so easily misinterpreted (or is it being misinterpreted?).
So: Here's another place you can tell me that Jenny Levine is right, that C&I is just self-promotion, and all that. It's always hard to judge your own work, so I'm inclined to believe what thoughtful people tell me about mine. Even if what you tell me is "Hang it up."
No rain today in Mountain View, for the first time in two or three weeks--what better reason to publish a Spring issue?
Cites & Insights 6:6, Spring 2006 is ready for downloading.
The 26-page issue (all essays except the last also available as HTML separates at the C&I home page) includes:
For reasons that are best not enumerated, I was on the verge of massively violating the only New Year's Resolution I've made in years.
If you don't wish to go there, here's the start:
Don't attack the person, attack the message (if I must attack at all).
That's the easy part. The hard part:
When someone demeans me, uses slanderous labels, writes in a generally abusive or belittling manner in order to avoid actual discussion--don't respond in kind.
Ignore the nonsense if possible. If it happens more than once or twice, ignore the person entirely.
Oh, and on an entirely different note: Admittedly, I only allowed room for two ads, not three, but I have to say Google AdSense has been overwhelming: At the rate of clicks in February, I would have earned my first payment in about four years. At the current rate, it's more like four centuries... Maybe the ads just don't appeal to anyone who actually visits Walt at Random.