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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.

Motivate Yourself With Mark

Mark Twain had a lot of things to say about many of the things happening to us today, which is strange since he died almost a hundred years ago.

So when you take some of his observations and place them on a motivational poster, you have yourself comedy gold and something to hang around the office. For instance:

Social Media Snobbery (or, Twitter is a tool, but you don't have to be.)

If someone corrects me one more time when I say that I “twittered” something (“um, you mean you tweeted?”) I am going to scream. Really. Right at them. And is the term “social media” passé already? I unfollowed the person who tweeted that about thirty seconds after I read that tweet. See, the thing is, I really love Twitter. I follow smart people, who have interesting discussions all day. It’s wonderful. And for the people in my life who say that it’s sad that I have to find those kinds of relationships online, I say: “well why can’t you be more interesting then? Why do you make me go outside our friendship to find satisfying, intellectual conversation? YOU forced me into this!” Ahem. Sorry. Anyway, my point… Ah, yes: Twitter is just a medium. It’s just another method of communication, and in the same way it drives me bonkers when people say it breeds stupidity and hysteria (more so than any other medium? Really? Cable news anyone?...) it also drives me crazy when people act like it’s an exclusive club. So if I don’t get the terminology right, or I don't use the right hashtag, or if I say I just use the Twitter website instead of the Twitter app du jour (Tweetdeck, Tweetie, Seesmic, take your choice...) I’m persona non grata? -- Read More

Everyone Poops: The Film Adaptation (trailer)

Inspired by the recently-released trailer for Spike Jonze's upcoming
film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, Landline TV has adapted another children's classic in this Jonze-spoofing trailer.

Google Classic

A leftover from April 1.

Archetype: Killer Fantasy Librarian

I wish this were real. It'd actually make me buy the game. But I'm assuming it's an April Fool's joke.

But you can at least check out what it might be like if there were an archetype for a fantasy librarian character in a video game. He kills... he kills with books.

And you do not want him shushing people at your library... or perhaps you do. It all depends on your attitudes toward customer service!

Diablo III: Archivist.

Gmail introduces Autopilot! Today!

If you haven't checked the calendar, then you should give Google's new Autopilot Gmail add-on a try today.

Gmail Autopilot can be set to automatically respond to emails with widely customizable settings which allow for various message lengths and, if you're like me, quantitity of typos. Give a try!

UK Libraries to start lending money

Good "News" from the UK: Tight financial control will limit borrowers to no more than six loans at a time on a single library card, enforced by a zero-tolerance culture which will see any failure to return a loan by the date stamped on the cash result in harsh penalties of 5p a day up to a limit of £5. Persistent breaches of loan conditions will lead to customers being fixed with a chastening stare by the beady-eyed old lady on the checkout desk.

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