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Be careful what you predict. It may come back to haunt you... or laugh at you.
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."
-- Western Union internal memo, 1876.
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
-- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
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I didn't make any pictures, but I got the idea from a cartoon by Emily Lloyd and the research from that story about students not knowing how to search on the Internet. Maybe I'll find some public domain pix of tigers and stuff and illustrate it later... enjoy...
Edit: (NSFW = NOT SAFE FOR WORK which means if you're easily offended don't read it)
Funny Comic: Snacks of the Great Scribblers:
"When I sit down to work, I keep a small bowl of garlic croutons on my desk. These are little rewards for good ideas and strong lines, Pavlovian pellets to keep my spirits up. Recently, I began to wonder what fuel writers have relied on, and the answers turned out to be all over the culinary map. Walt Whitman began the day with oysters and meat, while Gustave Flaubert started off with what passed for a light breakfast in his day: eggs, vegetables, cheese or fruit, and a cup of cold chocolate. The novelist Vendela Vida told me she swears by pistachios, and Mark Kurlansky, the author of “Salt” and “Cod,” likes to write under the influence of espresso, “as black as possible.” For some writers, less is more. Lord Byron, a pioneer in fad diets as well as poetry, sipped vinegar to keep his weight down. Julia Scheeres, the author of the memoir “Jesus Land,” aims for more temporary deprivation. “When in the thick of writing I minimize food intake as much as possible,” she told me. “I find I work better when I’m a little starved.”"
Children's author ejected from plane for bad language
A New York children's author who used a curse word in exasperation during a plane delay at a U.S. airport was ejected from the aircraft for disruptive behavior.
Robert Sayegh, 37, said Atlantic Southeast Airlines overreacted to his salty language when it summoned police aboard to escort him off the Sunday evening flight at Detroit Metro Airport.
Taiga Forum 2011 Provocative Statements
1. organizational structures flatten
2. radical cooperation
3. collaborative space partners
4. books as decor
5. no more collection building
6. new model of liaison librarianship
7. staff reallocation, elimination, and retraining...
8. library in the cloud
9. boutique services
10. oversupply of MLSs
We felt guilty for failing to compose a library-related quiz for National Library Week last week, so we’re making amends today. We love our libraries!
In the days before the Internet put much of the world’s information at your fingertips, the world’s scholars had to find a way to organize the growing number of books. The Dewey Decimal System divided works into ten major groups, and hundreds of subsets within those groups. Can you identify the ten main groups by matching their numbers with their corresponding subject matter? Good luck!
Take the Quiz: Deciphering the Dewey Decimal