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I put this one from the National Post in the humor category, because it put a smile on my face. There is a bar in Toronto called the Munster Hall Pub where talking is not allowed for two hours on Sundays because they watch a British Soap Opera. It\'s pretty ironic that libraries are getting more and more loud and pubs/bars are getting quiet.\"No one does talk, or even whispers, during the show. It\'s like being in a library. \'\'It is strange,\'\' says Mr. Hamilton. \'\'But in my family -- there\'s eight of us -- you just know not to call during Coronation Street.\" -- Read More
I found a couple interesting book links on Memepool this morning.
The is a Yahoo! Club called Book Hell, \"It\'s Where Bad Books Go When they DIE!!!\", devoted to the collecting of obscure, esoteric and otherwise weird books.
Then there is the BOOK HAPPY World of Weird Books (the former site of the Kooks Museum).
Here is an article by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, of Focus on the Corporation fame, about the recent donation of 20,000 Coke ads to the Library of Congress. They attended the reception at the Jefferson Building, questioned the use of a public library to promote junk food, were thrown out and told never to return. I guess it was their physical removal that prompted them to title the story The Real Thing: Democracy as a Contact Sport.
The Thomas Jefferson quote in the article is wonderfully ironic: \"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws our country.\"
InDUHvidual: \"What do we need a library for now that everything\'s free on the Web?\"
Snappy Librarian: \"Would you like to bet your career on that? I\'m betting mine that you\'re wrong!\"
InDUHvidual: \"Everything\'s free on the web.\"
Snappy Librarian: \"Yeah, but so is garbage. I’m not going to quit buying my food at the supermarket and just pick through the neighbour\'s compost heap. Every once in while you find something of value at the side of the road – but it’s not a tenet to live or run our company by.\"
While I anxiously await issue #5 of The Intolerant Librarian you can check out issues 1-4. With headlines like these, you know it\'s good!
\"ALA Expects controversy over new JK Rowling Book: Harry Potter and the Magical Dancing Penis \"
\"Bookmobile 2000 Kills Commies, Spreads Literacy.\"
\"Stupid Librarian almost ruins Frat Party.
And My Favorite:
\"\"Intolerant Librarian\" now listed on Infoseek, Thus Assuring It Will Never be Found.\"
They even include the Sourceforge page!
Note:For this to be really funny, you need to understand what Sourceforge really is.
\"The biggest complaint about the Bible has been about the numerous variations of the book. Therefore the project\'s main goal is to unify the different versions of the Bible into one coherent work.\"
Found this one on the AP Wire.
A man who got himself trapped inside a library has been booked -- after calling 911 -- for breaking and entering.
Gregory Roberts, 43, was arrested when he called police from a pay phone in the foyer of the library, police Sgt. Joel Cano said.
Officers found his shoeprints on broken glass where he allegedly gained entry by kicking in a window pane, and Roberts apparently cut his hands while dealing with glass shards, Cano said.
Wandering inside the library, Roberts got trapped between the outer and inner doors of the foyer, Cano said. He couldn\'t go back in, and he couldn\'t go back out.
Now Roberts is behind another door -- a jail door.
\"Sometimes,\" Cano said, \"late night studying just doesn\'t pay.\"
News.com has a Story on a new piece of software called ImageFilter from LookThatUp. They say the software classifies visual information by color, texture, shape and spatial configuration, It\'ll then analyze the data to make a sort of fingerprint for each image that is compared to other images. If it finds a questionable image, ImageFilter will email you! All those hours wasted surfing for porn at the local public library are over! Now you can just sign up and let this little baby get your porn for you!Now, I know your saying to your self, \"Blake, what does this mean to me, the average librarian?\", well I\'ll tell you!
I have 3 magic words for you.... -- Read More
T. Herman Zweibel, Publisher Emeritus over at The Onion has decded He Will Decide What is Appropriate for Children, so stop worrying about filters and banning books and all that junk, leave it up to Herman!
\"This Republic has once again succumbed to the notion, common in prosperous times, that children are precious porcelain cherubs who should be kept in velvet-lined gilt boxes and protected from the harsh realities of life. They say I should not be publishing the swear-words in my news-paper, nor the teats above the front-page fold, where children may see them.