Humor

When the tree falls, when the phone rings...

The title sounds like a latter day parody of Sound of Music, but the related question is serious. Aquinas asked: If a tree falls in forest with none to hear, is there a sound? Today that question is a cliche where once it was profound, but if a phone STOPS ringing in the desert because of the Net, is there silence?


Tom Brokaw reported on the NBC Nightly News recently as follows:
Remember earlier this spring, when we introduced you to a telephone booth in the middle of nowhere in California\'s Mojave Desert? Its number had gotten onto the Internet and people called in from around the world. Well, the line now is officially dead. But the legend lives on. Here\'s NBC\'s Roger O\'Neill.


For more see:
http://www.deuceofclubs.com/moj/broke2/index.html -- Read More

Stupid Research Tricks

Another interesting site sent in by Bob Cox

A Page from Erica Olsen (The Librarian with the Cool T-Shirt).

A collection of short funny library stories

\"This happened about 10 years ago, in the last days of the card catalog. A student came to the reference desk, having been referred there by the security person near the front entrance. She said, \"The catalog said to see main entry for further information, so I went to the door but they couldn\'t help me.\" Keeping a straight face was very difficult.\" -- Read More

Librarian hazards

Ron Force sent in this Story From The Seattle
Times
, Friday, April 21 edition.


\"Architect Rem Koolhaas not only has designed a
striking exterior for the Seattle Public Library, but he\'s
apparently set on revolutionizing the library\'s interior, as
well.

Rumor is he wants the entire library collection (a k a
books) placed in a continuous sequence, arranged on
shelves ascending seamlessly from lower level to
upper levels. -- Read More

Search Engines have a long way to go.

I found This Funny Page on Slashdot today.
Someone did an \"Interview\" with the search
engine AskJeeves
asking VERY simple questions, questions any librarian
would be able to answer. The answers are
outstanding. It shows how far computers (And the web)
need to go to replace librarians.

UpdateAsk Jeeves if He\'s Gay! -- Read More

The geek ego

Frank Ryan writes \"Here is a good story - and a true
one!

A consultant colleague who specialised in thesaurus
construction was at a party. She was button-holed by an IT
\"techie\" who was very keen to make an impression. In the
course of their conversation he realised that what they
had in common was \"databases\". He described at length a
database of internal documents that he and his colleagues
had constructed and how after a few thousand records they
started to add \"tags\" to the records i.e. specific
words describing their content.

At this point my colleague interrupted and said \"Oh, you
mean a thesaurus of controlled terms\". The downcast
techie replied \"Has this been done before\"?

Hackers had Gates credit card data

I know it\'s not exactly funny, or exactly relevant, but News.com is reporting that A teenager arrested in Wales for allegedly hacking into e-commerce Web sites obtained the credit card details of Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft and the world\'s richest man. You can read the full story Here

Librarian Sing Along

Diane M. O\'Keefe a librarian at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital in MI sent in this wonderful song parody.

I am the very model of computerized Librarian.
I seek out information zoologic to agrarian.
I know each subject that is found in an encyclopedia
I handle every AV tool and every type of media.
My online databases can locate each journal article.
In physics texts, I can define each elemental particle.
In atlases and online maps, I find the way to Timbuktu.
Identify each capital from Bogota to Katmandu.

It goes on...... -- Read More

Thwart Not The Librarian

Bob Cox sent in this \"Cooooool\" link. You may have seen the \"Why you should fall to your knees and worship a librarian\", but now you can Buy The TShirt too.

\"Ok, sure. We\'ve all got our little preconceived notions about what ibrarians are and what they do. Many people think of them as diminutive civil servants, scuttling about \"Sssh-ing\" people and stamping things. Well, think again buster.\"

Library of Congress Preinstalled

Super alert reader Bob Cox sends in This Link to a funny cartoon.

The funny side of censorship

I\'ve been waiting a long time for a story from The Onion.com

Nation\'s Teens Disappointed by Banned Books

Huckleberry Finn, Slaughterhouse Five, and The Catcher In The Rye are just a few of the many banned books to which U.S. teens are reacting with disappointment, the American Library Association reported Monday.

\"I was really psyched to read Huck Finn when my English teacher told me it was banned, because I figured, you know, it would be dirty,\" said Joshua Appel, a sophomore at Rocky Mount (VA) High School and one of 14,000 teenagers recently surveyed by the ALA. \"But it was totally lame: There was no sex or violence or anything. They say \'nigger\' in it, but I can hear that on half my CDs.\"

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