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I noticed something odd in my Bloglines scan this morning: Seems like one out of three updated library blogs had updates consisting of either:

"I'm giving up on blogging for awhile, until real life settles down a bit"

or

"I'm out of here for X days; blogging will return upon my return."

Since this journal is reduced to pitiful leftovers anyway, neither such message would make any sense--and I haven't given up on blogging (at Walt at Random), since the frequency there has always been unpredictable.

Cites & Insights 5:11 available

Cites & Insights 5:11, October 2005 is now available for downloading.

I like to think of this as a nice short 20-page issue accompanied by feedback and followups on "Investigating the Biblioblogosphere," but that brings the actual issue up to 26 pages.

Here's what's there--and those who detest PDF can reach each essay separately, in HTML form, from the C&I home page.

Another post unposted

I wrote a whole entry here about why I just unsubbed from one of the many excess Bloglines subs I've had recently--mostly because the blogger claimed a societal bias against religion, and used as evidence an article that said not one word about religion, but did discuss efforts to fight homophobia. Given the seeming equation of religion and homophobia (and the absurd idea that America is somehow anti-religious, I guess because non-believers still aren't burned at the stake or "deported" immediately), I just gave up on the blog.

Political Wednesday?

My response to NBruce's response to my comment on her journal posting, here,
[quick time out to catch breath over that chain], should probably have been posted here instead.

Anyone who thinks all liberals are on a single "team" hasn't paid much attention to the Democratic Party. Anyone who puts me on that "team" is doing a black-and-white, fur-us-or-agin-us that I've come to accept is regarded by, oh, GregS* and NBruce and some others here as the Only Proper Way.

I'm not buying it. It's as ludicrous (in my not at all humble opinion) as asserting that anyone who disagrees with Bush's policies is a "Bush hater." (At this point, on one policy, that even includes Dr. Frist--but Repubs. don't get called "Bush haters.")

I've tried to stay reasonably apolitical here and at Walt at Random and even more so at Cites & Insights. Of course, my idea of apolitical isn't that of some readers. Clearly, for example, believing there should be some balance within copyright, based on the U.S. Constitution, is regarded as extremely political to some (on both ends of the political spectrum, in this case).

I don't expect to post a series of political posts here, on Wednesdays or any other day. Not that I don't care about politics; I just prefer not to let it control every aspect of my life, and there are too many people writing too many things about politics already.

I suspect I won't respond to any further responses on NBruce's journal, both because it's her podium, not mine, and because I don't see anyone's mind being changed or anyone being usefully informed by the discussion. Although I certainly found it informative to see that NBruce believes that David Duke and Timothy McVeigh can be equated with Ted Kennedy and Sen. Wellstone! (I'm not making this up--I don't think I could make that up: follow the link at the top of this post and look at the comments.)

I keep being reminded of why satire is so hard to write these days...

Cites & Insights 5:10 (September 2005) available

Cites & Insights 5:10, September 2005 is now available for downloading--or you can reach individual essays in HTML form from the Cites & Insights home page.

A light & fluffy summer issue would be perfect right about now--but this 24-page issue, with a total of four essays, probably isn't it. (I address that issue in "Bibs & Blather.")

What's here:

Making a fool of myself

Nothing new about that. And I should know that weblogs offer wonderful opportunities to do stupid things.

Still, I think it's worth noting this screwup--which I will leave up, albeit with the explanation embedded, because my Good Librarian instincts say you shouldn't delete something once it's published, even if it's a little humiliating.

Oh, and the joys of conversational blogs: Two readers caught the hoax within an hour or two of my post. I get great comments--for which I'm eternally thankful.

New website

For both of you who were wondering, my personal website has moved to
waltcrawford.name, hosted by Lishost.org.

Thanks to Blake Carver for helping me get going on Lishost.

My old website is now nothing more than a "Moved!" announcement and pointer to the new site, and it will disappear in a couple of months (since it's the only reason I'm retaining my at&t dialup account).

D.F.T.T.

Arggh.

Sometimes it's not easy to remember that key saying.

Sometimes you get hit with another slam from the "if you're not 100% with us, you're 100% against us" school of non-thought, and you really want to respond.

Until you remember that:

Cites & Insights 5:9 available

Cites & Insights 5:9, July/August 2005, is now available.

This 22-page issue, PDF as usual (with all but the final section available as HTML pieces), includes:

Walt at Random: Apparent new feed address

According to Bloglines, I haven't posted anything since June 23. That's not quite right (by three posts). Apparently something in a WordPress upgrade (Blake?) changed the RSS feed.

Here's the new RSS2 feed address, or you can go to Walt at Random, scroll all the way to the bottom, and select the feed. (Or, if you have the Bloglines toolbar enabled, go to W.a.r. and click on the Subscribe button.)

Cites & Insights: A pre-ALA non-announcement

Some of you may be anticipating a July issue of Cites & Insights coming out just before ALA--that is, right about now.

That's not going to happen. Indeed, there's not going to be a July issue at all.

Paying attention to readership patterns and wholly appropriate reading habits during the summer, I'm planning a combined July/August issue for mid to late July. That probably means a total of 13 issues for 2005, which seems as good a number as any.

Ten things I've never done

1. Participate in a chain letter.

2-10. Do the web/meme equivalent.

Cites & Insights 5:7 available

Cites & Insights 5:7, May 2005, is now available for downloading. (HTML versions of most essays are also available from the home page.)

This 22-page issue includes:

One reason I never plan to run for ALA Council

The current Library Juice (if the link doesn't work, just go to www.libr.org/Juice; I typed it in) has a series of postings from the ALA Council list regarding the non-award presented to Laura Bush.

I don't know whether it's the complete set of postings. I have a sinking feeling that it is not.

It runs 23 print pages.

Cheesier!

A while back, I posted on a Wisconsin Dairy promotion that wasn't working right.

I tried again today, on my still dial-up connection. First there's a 675K Flash page that took over a minute to load, to bother me with cheering so that it could present two lines of text and a button...to bring up a lengthy, required agreement.

Then you have to fill out a registration form.

Then you get the chance to enter one of the four supposed entry keys from the ad, and click.

Selective coverage and the free ride

I try to avoid politics, but...

In my California newspaper, at least, regularly drubbed for being a psycho left-wing socialist rag even though it's owned by Hearst and its only full-time op-ed writer is a diehard Republican, there's been an interesting omission in all the coverage of one of the Governator's "reform plans"--the one he's at least postponed.

That is, "reforming" California's public employee retirement system, CALPERS, so that it goes away and gets replaced by a 401(k) equivalent.

Dropping out of the top hundred (almost)

I've never subscribed to very many of the true "A list" blogs, the Technorati Top 100. That's partly to avoid becoming part of the great echo chamber, partly because most of those I've sampled struck me as self-important blowhards.

("It takes one to know one" may be an appropriate response.)

Cites & Insights 5:6 (April 2005) available

Cites & Insights 5:6 (April 2005) is now available.

The 22-page issue, PDF as always, includes:

Cheese and crackers

Cheese: The Wisconsin Dairy folks presumably spent a lot of money to have a full-page ad (with three coupons and a contest) in one of the coupon supplements that come with Sunday papers. (I assume nationwide, although it's possible that they're just trying to get back some of the California market, now that California is the nation's largest dairy producer...). And you can log on to their website to check coupon codes to see if you've won.

Except that, when I did so today, I got a 404 error. I guess nobody actually bothered to build the contest page...

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