Humor

The real reason newspapers are dying

Newspapers seem to be the last media to understand something. I wish this was a joke but there is currently an article in the New York Times (The Gray Lady) that posits the idea that porn movies lack plot.

The article opens:

The actress known as Savanna Samson once relished preparing for a role. “I couldn’t wait to get my next script,” she said.

There’s no reason to look at them anymore, she said, because her movies now call almost exclusively for action. Specifically, sex.

You can read the full article here:Lights, Camera, Lots of Action. Forget the Script.

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Graphic Novel 'Lunch Lady' to Become a Movie with Amy Poehler

From my friends over at The Hollywood Reporter:

Universal has picked up "Lunch Lady," a children's graphic novel series written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka, with Amy Poehler attached to star. Poehler will executive produce along with the Gotham Group's Ellen Goldsmith-Vein set to produce. Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern are penning the adaptation.

The "Lady" series, the first of which will be unveiled at the end of July by Knopf Books for Young Readers, centers on a mild-mannered school cafeteria server who secretly dishes out helpings of justice as she and her assistant investigate wrongdoings. The books also feature three kids who try to figure out her double life.


The titles include "Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians" and "Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute," both of which are due this summer. "Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta" is scheduled to be released in December and "Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown" is set for summer 2010.

Laura Bush's New Book (Not)

spoof, satire, completely inappropriate but funny story about Laura's new (not) book...from Glossy News, 'The Pleasures of Masturbation'.

A Librarian and His Tweets

Indexed

I think librarians will really like this book.
Title: Indexed

Jessica Hagy is a different kind of thinker. She has an astonishing talent for visualizing relationships, capturing in pictures what is difficult for most of us to express in words.

At indexed.blogspot.com, she posts charts, graphs, and Venn diagrams drawn on index cards that reveal in a simple and intuitive way the large and small truths of modern life.

Praised throughout the blogosphere as "brilliant," "incredibly creative," and "comic genius," Jessica turns her incisive, deadpan sense of humor on everything from office politics to relationships to religion.

With new material along with some of Jessica's greatest hits, this utterly unique book will thrill readers who demand humor that makes them both laugh and think.

Shelf Check: Kindness In The Library Is Like Sex...

Kate Sheehan wrote about how the intangibles can make or break our libraries. "As a service-oriented profession, kindness is one of our most powerful assets."
Today's Shelf Check takes a more realistic view... "Kindness is like sex. I can do a great job of it for two hours, and then I need a day and plenty of fluids to recuperate."

Check out all the past Shelf Check Comics at ToonDoo or Blogspot.

The Library of Congress is transferring its entire audio collection to 78 RPM platters ?

Though it may sound like a wonderful idea, Snopes Says The LOC ain't converting over to 78 any time soon.

Another interesting bit about how things last — the Library of Congress completed a study on the best medium for near-permanent archiving of their extensive audio collection. Their conclusion — 78 RPM platters. Unlike in my dad's day, the medium (platter) itself can be made to last nearly forever with today's technology, and the recording can be reproduced with a very simple mechanical device and no electricity. This came up because of concerns that rapidly changing technology (LPs, cassettes, 8-tracks, CDs, DVDs, flash-drives, DVRs, whatever's next) made it difficult to ensure that older archives could be retrieved. It was my understanding that they have already begun transferring audio recordings from various media to 78s.

Production isn't simple

Here is Molly Wood, an Executive Editor at CNET, screwing up reading a viewer's e-mail for her Mailbag program:

Yeah, this isn't as simple as it may seem.

Fictional Fail

The Consumerist posts a humourous picture of a shelving error at Barnes & Noble. Perhaps they might consider hiring a librarian, if for no other reason than we know the difference between fiction and non fiction.

See if you can spot the fail.

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