Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 26, 2015 - 12:29am
What if the devastating drought in the western U.S. doesn't end? A few years ago, the science fiction writer Paolo Bacigalupi started exploring what could happen.
"Lake Powell and Lake Mead were hitting historic lows, and they weren't re-filling the way they were supposed to. Las Vegas was, in fact, digging deeper and deeper intakes into Lake Mead," he remembers. "This question of scarcity. This question of too many people needing too little water."
Those questions inspired Bacigalupi to write The Water Knife, a noir-ish, cinematic thriller set in the midst of a water war between Las Vegas and Phoenix. The novel follows three people: a climate refugee, a journalist, and a "water knife" — a secret agent for Las Vegas's ruthless water czar. Think Chinatown meets Mad Max.
Submitted by Blake on May 23, 2015 - 9:05pm
Advertising does not make content free. It merely externalizes the costs in a way that incentivizes malicious or incompetent players to build things like Superfish, infect 1 in 20 machines with ad injection malware, and create sites that require unsafe plugins and take twice as many resources to load, quite expensive in terms of bandwidth, power, and stability.
From Monica at Mozilla: Tracking Protection for Firefox at Web 2.0 Security and Privacy 2015
Submitted by Blake on May 22, 2015 - 3:43pm
In his prose poem Eureka, Poe concludes that God and the human soul are pervasively present in the universe itself. Truth is intrinsic to reality, as it is to consciousness. The pedantic voice of the postscript knows and does not know the meaning of the ciphers found at Tsalal, “I have graven it within the hills, and my vengeance upon the dust within the rock.” Poe has brought the tale to a region that, in his place and time, was far beyond the common understanding, and perhaps beyond his own as well, except in its deepest reaches, where he knew that God is just.
From On Edgar Allan Poe by Marilynne Robinson | The New York Review of Books
Submitted by Blake on May 22, 2015 - 8:51am
Statistics provided by Sean B. Minkel, assistant director of Rapid City Public Libraries, show that the circulation of traditional books, audiobooks, magazines and DVDs was down 14.8 percent in 2014, compared with the circulation in 2013.
By contrast, the library system's circulation of electronic books (known as e-books) and other digital products rose by 34.3 percent in 2014.
From E-books soar, traditional books sag in annual library statistics
Submitted by Blake on May 22, 2015 - 8:50am
“Over the last five years, OCLC has been in a period of significant investment in new products and services,” the nonprofit computer-service and research organization said in a statement. “To support that investment, we have increased staffing in a number of areas and completed acquisitions to strengthen our position.”
From OCLC lays off 27 in Dublin as libraries struggle | The Columbus Dispatch
Submitted by Blake on May 22, 2015 - 8:50am
And Little Free Library is trying to go beyond that. LFL has grown beyond small neighborhoods and aims to redefine the relationships between various police departments and the areas they serve. Using the simple idea that books begets community begets new understanding, LFL has developed “Libraries of Understanding,” a new program that aims to establish and rebuild the relationship between police and the community. Todd and Co. have designs on providing Little Free Libraries available to each of the 18,000 police departments across the country, so that people in any neighborhood, anywhere in the country can gather, exchange books, exchange ideas and hopefully, extend the idea of what it means to be a community.
From A campaign to place Little Free Libraries in police departments - Boing Boing
Submitted by Blake on May 22, 2015 - 8:49am
ublic libraries that provided a quiet refuge from civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore are about to receive a small bounty from Silicon Valley.
Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and his wife, philanthropist and educator Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, have teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to donate nearly $170,000 worth of computers, printers and other equipment.
From Andreessens pair with H-P to send computers to Ferguson, Baltimore libraries
Submitted by birdie on May 21, 2015 - 7:15pm
Somehow, they seem forever tied in my mind to librarians. Does anyone know how that came about?
Here's their story:
Ninety-two years ago, Sam Born opened a little candy store in Brooklyn selling daily-made confections he boasted were fresh because they were “just born.” In 1953, the Just Born company began producing marshmallow chicks called Peeps, and the sugary, squishy treats now have a huge, devoted following. Here are 11 things we bet you didn’t know about the iconic Easter candy.
Submitted by Blake on May 20, 2015 - 9:49am
Table of Contents
Producing Tutorials With Digital Professionals: Primary Sources, Pirates, and Partners PDF
Shelley Arlen, Missy Clapp, Cindy Craig 1-21
Academic Libraries and Innovation: A Literature Review PDF
Curtis Brundy 22-39
Dissertation to Book: Successful Open Access Outreach to Graduate Students PDF
Diane Gurman, Marta Brunner 40-59
From Vol 6, No 1 (2015)
Submitted by Blake on May 19, 2015 - 11:44am
Submitted by Blake on May 19, 2015 - 9:05am
Facebook's Internet.org project, which offers people from developing countries free mobile access to selected websites, has been pitched as a philanthropic initiative to connect two thirds of the world who don’t yet have Internet access. We completely agree that the global digital divide should be closed. However, we question whether this is the right way to do it. As we and others have noted, there's a real risk that the few websites that Facebook and its partners select for Internet.org (including, of course, Facebook itself) could end up becoming a ghetto for poor users instead of a stepping stone to the larger Internet.
From Internet.org Is Not Neutral, Not Secure, and Not the Internet | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Submitted by Blake on May 18, 2015 - 6:37pm
Though many of us now inhabit an e-book/Google/Netflix/iPod/tablet world, for an incalculable number of people libraries provide not only books, movies, music and other entertainments they could otherwise not afford, but also places of sanctuary, peace and enlightenment. Public libraries exist for all, but primarily serve those who cannot afford to buy books or computers.
The Obama Library will be a palace focused on politics and personality, joining a large crowd of less dramatic and ballyhooed palaces that focus on people and possibilities.
From Chicago has plenty of libraries to enjoy even without the Obama library - Chicago Tribune
Submitted by Blake on May 18, 2015 - 6:36pm
"Whether you're bringing virtual classes in STEM education to remote areas and inner-city communities, or teaching our children about their Native American and African-American heritage, so many of you are working to close the heartbreaking opportunity gaps that limit the horizons of too many people in this country," Mrs. Obama said.
From First lady: Libraries, museums are 'necessities,' not extras - SFGate
Submitted by Blake on May 18, 2015 - 6:26pm
Take a moment to think about the last time you visited the library. Did you visit to check out a book? Or to use the Internet?
It’s becoming more common to the visit for the latter — a 2009 study found that almost half of those living below the poverty line access the web via their local public library.
But, in the age of data collection by both federal agencies and private companies, some librarians say it’s increasingly difficult to maintain patron privacy and intellectual freedom.
From What Privacy Rights Do You Have At The Library? | Radio Boston
Submitted by Blake on May 18, 2015 - 5:00pm
Series novels are common in many genres of fiction, none more so than crime, mysteries and thrillers. The formula of a lone detective investigating a new murder in each book has changed little in the decades between Agatha Christie and Lee Child. Serials, which tell one ongoing story with the same cast of characters that continues through each volume, are considerably rarer. But it’s exactly this serial format that has come to dominate the fantasy genre.
From Fantasy must shake off the tyranny of the mega-novel | Books | The Guardian
Submitted by Blake on May 18, 2015 - 12:58pm
That’s why one of college’s most important functions is to learn how to hear and deal with challenging ideas. Cocooning oneself in a Big Safe Space for four years gets it exactly backwards. “Safety” has been transformed by colleges from “protection from physical harm” to “protection from disturbing ideas.”
From Life Is Triggering. The Best Literature Should Be, Too. | The New Republic
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THE IRONY of Cerf’s concern is that the digital age is anything but dark. We are in the era of big data, exploding with exponentially more bits and bytes each year. By one back-of the-envelope estimate, the number of digital photos we snap in two minutes exceeds all the photographs taken during the entire 19th century. Faster computing speeds; sensors on our phones, cars, and transit systems; and falling costs of technologies to sequence genomes and launch satellites contribute to the data deluge. We’re entering the era of the “Internet of Things,” in which virtually any object or organism on the planet could one day collect and transmit data.
From The race to preserve disappearing data - Ideas - The Boston Globe
Submitted by Blake on May 12, 2015 - 11:06am
The Barack Obama Foundation selects Chicago as home for future Barack Obama Presidential Center. The President and First Lady reflect on their roots in Chicago's South Side and announce plans to bring the future Obama Library, Museum and Foundation home to Chicago.
From Obama Foundation Announces South Side as Home for Library - YouTube