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In support of libraries
John Allison: "I believe passionately in libraries and have been horrified by the prospect of closures throughout the system as part of local government cuts. I tried to make a useful comic to help but it wound up being a bit... flawed?"
Library Of Congress Adds 3 Titles To List Of Films That Should Be Destroyed Forever
NFIP president Lawrence Feldman said as workers shoveled every known copy of Hollow Man 2, Nights In Rodanthe, and Rock Star into a furnace burning at 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit. "I'd like to thank our librarians for their painstaking work combing thrift stores for VHS tapes and personally deleting every known digital version of these unremarkable films."
The Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR)
About the Journal
The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected. Despite that apparent drawback, here are a number of reasons you may choose to submit to the JofUR:
You can send your manuscript here without suffering waves of anxiety regarding the eventual fate of your submission. You know with 100% certainty that it will not be accepted for publication.
There are no page-fees.
You may claim to have submitted to the most prestigious journal (judged by acceptance rate).
The JofUR is one-of-a-kind. Merely submitting work to it may be considered a badge of honor.
You retain complete rights to your work, and are free to resubmit to other journals even before our review process is complete.
Decisions are often (though not always) rendered within hours of submission.
Amusing video about an imaginary interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it4WZ68MlkU
A Neat Thread over on PUBLIB ended up with a collection of library songs. This website has a list of songs about librarians and libraries is given in a link in the wikipedia article about librarians in popular culture:
So apparently you see the public library, our temple of shared learning, the repository of thousands of years of intellectual inquiry as a source of paper weights...
The Next Time You Need An Airplane Book Go To Borders Like The Rest Of The Sheep
"It should be stamped out '...the computer is not for library use; that all the promises offered in its name are completely fraudulent; and that not only is it extremely expensive compared to other methods at this time, but that it will become increasingly expensive in the future; that it has been wrapped so completely in an aura of unreason that fine intelligences are completely uprooted when talking about it; that its use in a library weakens the library as a whole by draining off large sums of money for a small return; and that it should be stamped out."
–Ellsworth Mason, "Along the Academic Way," LJ, May 15, 1971"
(See Also:'The great gas bubble prick't; or, Computers revealed' by a Gentleman of Quality [Ellsworth Mason] in College and Research Libraries, 32 (May 1971): 183-196.)
iPad, Kobo, Kindle and Nook:
On which is best to read a book?
I like my print books
but thoses supposes that we will buy
all that they proposes.
Should we change
and accept what they choses,
and leave behind what's been
right under our noses?
I will decide, but not without asking,
"Which form is best for my multitasking?"
"Can I read an ebook in the can?"
You can, you can, yes, in the can.
"On a jet? On a jet? Can I read it on a jet?"
But to stay aloft, shun the Internet.
"Can I read it on a boat?"
Yes, on a mu'fu'ing boat, quote unquote.
"Can I share my ebook with Cousin Kent?"
If, DRM, you first circumvent.
I thank you for answers
that are now in my head
although I've thought thoughts
that will remain unsaid.
And I wonder if,
like Moore's Law has spread,
that as technology doubles it creates
more technology that's dead.
And if that's so, a thought that I do dread...
Then I think I'll stick with print instead.
(yeah, I don't think this is getting published, either. thank you for your time. happy holidays.)