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The folks at Boingboing have unearthed an uncannily topical story from a 1993 issue of The Onion.
"The Onion has a preposterous fake story about a character named Roy the Forklift driver becoming a media darling of the conservative movement. "
Aren't archives grand?
Here's a Friday Funnies website if I've ever seen one...Internet Is Fun.
*INTERNET IS FUN is a breezy new approach for sharing and forwarding stuff on the Internet
* It shows the actual way cool things travel online between people.
* It liberates your inbox and lets you really socialize over bite-sized media snacks
* It allows you to create a dead-simple personal place to keep fun stuff you encounter online.
Columnist Don Corrigan of the South County (MO) Times warns us point blank:
"Beware local librarians. They look innocent enough – checking out your books; charging you 25 cents for late tomes you return at the counter. Look again. Look closely. There's a lot more going on behind those wire-rimmed glasses than you might think."
"So, where is J. Edgar Hoover when you need him? (Probably rolling over in his grave in Roy Cohn's tutu.) None of this is my fault! For years, I have labored under illusions that librarians are all like Marian in the movie, "The Music Man;" or, at least, no worse than librarian Mary in "Party Girl."
"But what was I thinking? These are all Hollywood images. Hollywood is a player in this insidious plot – putting up a smoke screen to cover librarians' attempts to fray and then unravel the very moral fabric of a nation."
The editors of Shelf Awareness bring us a creepy flash forward to January 21, 2009 . . .
In her first official act, Vice President Sarah Palin has asked for the resignation of Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
After a little distraction as Dick Cheney's staff received new business cards and stationery reflecting their transition to Palin's staff, the Vice President's Office issued the following statement this morning over Palin's signature:
"President McCain and I came to the nation's capital with a mandate for change, and I am pleased to begin that process right in the heart of Washington. When I took that oath or whatever yesterday, I looked over at the Library of Congress building and immediately had several questions.
"First, what is it with all the books? Isn't it enough to have our Declaration of Independence on display at the National Archives? Luckily the Archives have room for the upcoming Alaskan Declaration of Independence. Second, aren't books basically elitist? Most real Americans are too busy to read. So let's clear the books out and make use of this prime bit of real estate."
Read on at the bottom of this page...
Here's a video clip demonstrating why it is a good thing that online catalogs have replaced printed book.
Well, at least you can say someone is having a good time at the library...
After all, just because you're amongst all those books, doesn't mean it has to be boring. So next time you feel the onset of yawning and fatigue, remember the patron in the video. You too, can get on down @ your library.
Tech pundit John C. Dvorak posted at his blog about an interesting problem in automated keyword replacement. This seems to fit the law of unintended consequences perhaps?