Friday Time Killers

9th Annual Sysadmin Appreciation Day

It's the last Friday in July so Happy Day to all the System Administrators out there! They even have a web page to help celebrate: http://www.sysadminday.com/

"Friday, July 25th, 2008, is the 9th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication."

Houston Chronicle lists every municipal employees salary by name.

Now I am all for freedom of the press, and for taxpayers freedom to know what their tax dollars pay for, but I don't quite know how I feel about this yet. What is your opinion of the newspaper publishing everyone's salary in a easy to use database?

The database is available here

Unfortunately you cannot search by job title, and I have not gone through the whole thing looking for librarian. The Houston library site did have a few names in their contacts section I looked up. I kind of think the bilingual spokeswoman is underpaid, however I think the director is probably spot on.

The HPL has a very nicely presented website by the way.

What Would You Like To Know?

And who should you ask...Yahoo Answers, AskJeeves, AskMen your librarian or maybe your mother?

Thoughts on these and other sources of information and supposition from "The Oracle Collective", in Sunday's The New York Times Magazine.

Rhymes with Orange and books...

No it's not Friday, but didn't think that I should hold onto this until then...

The comic strip "Rhymes with Orange" ran an interesting strip about a couple undergoing counseling and they use an interesting analogy, check it out.

Librarians Fashion Statement

Not every librarian is a fashion enthusiast...but those who are might be interested in...

"dirty librarian chains"

... "Dirty Librarian Chains". Want one for yourself or a friend? Here's their website.

Gifts for Booklovers

Need a gift for a bookloving friend or colleague? Looking for cool book-related items (well, they're not all book related, but they're pretty cool anyway) to add to the library store or sell at the circ. desk?

Here's a slew of suggestions from Wanda Jewell, Director of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.

Even if you don't buy right away, you can always browse! TGIF.

Want to smell like...an old book?

Here's a "Friday Time Killer" for a Monday: a perfume inspired by an "English novel" with "Russian & Moroccan leather bindings, worn cloth and a hint of wood polish."

A blog from the makers of ShoeBox

The guys and gals at ShoeBox greeting cards have their own blog. Checkout their posts on everything from suggestions that don't cut it for what their looking for to funny little drawings. It will keep you entertained and laughing all day.

Play Some Library Arcade

These educational games were developed by graduate students from the Entertainment Technology Center, in collaboration with the University Libraries, and the generous support of the Buhl Foundation.

Cool Twenty Questions Game

Based on my experience, out of five or so categories (classic and people), the game was able to answer two out of five times before the twentieth question. The three tougher answers were answered with fewer than thirty questions.

The game FAQ tells us about the possibility of 'contradictions', explaining: "Since 20Q learns everything it knows from the people who play, it is dealing with opinions, not facts. It's more like a folk taxonomy. Folk taxonomies are generated from social knowledge and are used in everyday speech. Since the opinions of people often differ, 20Q must do its best to sort out conflicting information. Contradictions are also one of the main ways that 20Q learns more about something. If enough people contradict what it currently thinks, it slowly changes its mind about that subject and eventually the contradictions will no longer happen." Try 20Q!

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