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This week's episode is not graced by that man of mystery, Blake Carver. In lieu thereof we check the zeitgeist for stories AND blog posts, bring an essay about the comments debate on-site, and a quick news miscellany.
Eventually Blake will be making an appearance. We're working on it.
This is only appearing here, not in my real blog, because it's entirely about an aspect of LISNews that I believe has reached FAIL! stage. To wit, commenting.
I just checked articles with comments over the past couple of days--34 comments in all. Of those, exactly five were clearly signed (three by me, two each by two other people) and two more were pseudonymous. The rest--27, or nearly 80% of the total--were anonymous. (Oops. Now it's 28 of 35, or exactly 80% of the total.)
And one of mine only appeared because somebody else found it convenient to attack me by name for the content of my comment. Whereas you can't possibly attack Anonymous by name--after all, they're anonymous.
Screw it. If FriendFeed conversations were 80% anonymous, I'd get the hell off of FF. As it is, I'm learning my lesson: Join the faceless, irresponsible crowd--either don't comment on LISNews posts at all or make sure I've logged out first, so the comments are anonymous.
Too bad. There used to be some worthwhile conversations here, but when nearly all the participants are hiding behind namelessness, the conversations go bad.
This week's program brings a zeitgeist update and a miscellany of news items.
TechCrunch on the death of cuil
The Register on Internet Explorer 9 not being fully usable on Windows XP
Download center for Opera web browser
Home page for the Arora browser
The MP3-Enabled Radio That May Supplant Playaway Devices
VOA News on the Lifeplayer
Jessamyn West says goodbye to Bloglines
Robert Scoble on the decline of reading RSS feeds
Dave Winer on Rebooting RSS
Dave Winer on RSS Architecture
MozillaZine Knowledge Base on "Saved Search" Folders in Thunderbird
Carrier Pigeon versus Rural Broadband
BT Against The Carrier Pigeon
The VLink Project at the University of Waterloo
Dog park lit by dog poop
I love contributing to LISNews, it's sort of my hobby (would-be journalist) and Blake is the best to work with.
If you want to find out a bit more about me and my business In My Book (great for the Friends of the Library Shop
you might want to listen to my recent radio interview on WOR-AM (13 minutes more or less):
This week's episode brings a zeitgeist recap, a programming note apologizing for a deviation from forecast content, a book review in the segment-sized Tech for Techies, and a packed miscellany.
First book cited in the book review
Second book cited in the book review
Reuters on Google Instant
The Diligent Room on Google Instant
Andy Ihnatko on Google Instant
The Register on Google Instant killing off some search tools
Cade Metz analyzing Google Instant
Google Instant and search scams
A paper on the epistemological dangers of search scams
French President Nicolas Sarkozy being subject to a Google-bomb
Bloglines about to fade out of existence on October 1st...
Reuters on Dove World Outreach Center losing its web presence
The Register on Dove World Outreach Center losing its web presence
The Register on WikiLeaks prepping a new document dump
Twitter Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability, as The Register relates it
Announcement of rolling Linux Mint
Open High School of Utah Releases Open Curricula
Open High School of Utah download site
Ars Technica on the difficulties in organizing the Internet
Ars Technica on transforming the architecture of the Internet
I just checked the lisnews.org/essays link, but I don't see any new essays for this month's contest... are their submissions but I'm checking the wrong link?
I just can believe that with all the discussions we've had about so many issues, not one person has had the time to put 250 words together on something... pedophiles, gay book bans, ebooks, the death of print, monkeys wearing people clothes, the ümlaut, overripe fruit in the book drop,...
frankly, I didn't submit anything because I respect this site too much to load it with more of my crap... but for the rest of you, what's your excuse?
Throughout the LISHost media galaxy shared with Erie Looking Productions, there are quite a number of fountains spewing out content. LISNews is where you are reading this. LISWire is the site where folks in the library realm can post their press releases. LISTen is the podcast hosted on the LISNews server that has a feed from Delicious showing stories crossing the threshold for being looked at (also known as the slush-pile). LISTen also occasionally takes the form of a video podcast as circumstances arise.
That's a lot to track. While RSS does wonders, what if you aren't in front of your favorite RSS reader? LISFeeds.com has been reoriented to serve as an aggregator for all of those content manifestations. Posts are interleaved from the various sources into a river of posts. An automatic job on the server polls each source every three hours or so to check for updates. A pinger showing that updates have happened has been rigged up on Identica.
As always, this is a work in progress. Check it out and perhaps enjoy it. Using the planet aggregation software easily allows you to get your metaphorical feet wet with some pre-selected feeds.
The first LISNews Librarian Essay Contest was a big success, let's do it again! In August I'll open things up again for librarians to write an original essay about issues that impact librarianship. The contest will run for the entire month of August, 2010, with the fabulous prizes awarded sometime in September. Winning essayists will receive one of several prizes including Amazon or Borders gift cards, or a year of hosting from LISHost.org.
All Essays Must Be Submitted Here! (NOT NOW, It's not August yet)
You can view only essay entries at http://lisnews.org/essays/
Subscribe to the Essay Contest Entries RSS Feed Here: http://lisnews.org/essays/rss
Below the break you'll see answers to your questions. -- Read More
If you're like me (And you know you want to be!) you're just too
lazy busy to visit all your favorite sites. There are many ways to read LISNews without actually visiting LISNews.org:
Identi.ca (includes LISWire posts too): http://identi.ca/lisnews
If I'm missing something here that YOU follow, let me know and I'll see if I can make LISNews feed into your favorite site.
If the three L’s of buying a house are “location, location, location”, then the three C’s of librarianship should be “communication, communication, communication”. I don’t think what I’m going to list is anything revolutionary; I do think it might be a novel way to remember the basic interactions that keep the library moving forward. -- Read More