Top rated e-reader? The Newspaper

With tongues firmly in cheeks, a team of "engineers" from ran an extensive comparison of e-readers and rated the venerable newspaper as their top choice. A sampling:


“If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat?” and Other Goodies

Capitalizing on the dislingualities of certain public figures, author Jacob Weisberg (also editor of the George W. Bushisms series) has come out with a new edition, "“Palinisms: The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Sarah Palin” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

“Palinisms” takes you on a journey through the former VP candidate’s other-worldly syntax and impenetrable logic, as when she takes the media to task: “The perversion over these last years of what the media has done to conservatives, I think it’s appalling and it violates our freedom of the press.”

He notes that since McCain-Palin lost the election he finds Palin’s know-nothingness less scary. Now it’s become funny. “Palinisms,” he writes, “consist of a unitary stream of patriotic, populist blather. It’s like Fox News without punctuation. It is so devoid of content that it hardly deserves the adjective ‘truthy.’” WaPo.

Please Weed These!!

Huff Post points us to photos of the 9 Worst Library Books in a slide-show here.

Every library has them: titles in the collection that we stumble upon and think, "What is this doing here?" "Weeding" is where librarians take a close look at our collections and remove items that are past their prime. They are outdated, irrelevant, or just plain funny. AwfulLibraryBooks is a collection of the worst of library holdings. The authors collect the discards of their colleagues around the world and post them (anonymously, of course). The point is to have fun, laugh, and celebrate the time and place when these old, obscure books were popular.


How to Turn the Discussion of eBooks into a Fun Time

Bookavore Blog says, "With sincere apologies if this has been done before, but I think this is the only way I can read another one of these. Maybe I might be cranky today!"

“Will e-books wipe out/kill/decimate/pulverize/HULKSMASH/angry verb real books?” — one drink

...and so on...


The Battle Continues: eBooks or Hardbacks?

David Carnoy (CNET) weighs in on the topic. He tells Huffington Post readers that plenty of people have come up with lists of reasons why ebooks are better than paper books, but that he finds the opposite point of view more challenging. So here's his list of why hardcovers are better:

1. Spilling a drink on a hardcover doesn't cause it to die
2. You can't press a leaf in an e-book, even a virtual one
3. You can't have an author sign an e-book (yet)
4. Ebooks don't float in a pool
5. You can't use an e-book as a doorstop or to prop open a window
6. A hardcover doesn't crack when you drop it
7. An ebook has no resale value on Amazon
8. You don't have to recharge a hardcover
9. In a pinch, you can burn a hardcover to keep warm
10. You don't have to feel ripped off after paying $12.99 for something that's just bits and bytes

Librarian Discovered How To Hypnotize Lobsters

Boing Boing noted An Amusing Old article where they talked about Martin Duncan, librarian to the Zoological Society, who, they say, quite accidently discovered her could hypnotise lobsters. Librarians: What Can't We DO?

Self-Published Books...Do They Suck?

Two robots, one of whom represents author Zoe Winters discuss the subject on the New York subway:

Foolproof Porn Filter

Check out the hilarious picture at "Foolproof Porn Filter," by Brian Herzog, Swiss Army Librarian, 15 June 2010.

No man has ever put his hand up a woman's dress looking for a library card

No man has ever put his hand up a woman's dress looking for a library card

Line from Joan Rivers to Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show when Johnny commented that men really do like smart women.

Line is mentioned in this article: Joan Rivers, comic without pause

You can also hear Rivers comment to Johnny as part of this NPR story: 'Joan Rivers': Uncut And Unvarnished

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