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Archetype: Killer Fantasy Librarian

I wish this were real. It'd actually make me buy the game. But I'm assuming it's an April Fool's joke.

But you can at least check out what it might be like if there were an archetype for a fantasy librarian character in a video game. He kills... he kills with books.

And you do not want him shushing people at your library... or perhaps you do. It all depends on your attitudes toward customer service!

Diablo III: Archivist.

Gmail introduces Autopilot! Today!

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If you haven't checked the calendar, then you should give Google's new Autopilot Gmail add-on a try today. <img src="https://mail.google.com/mail/help/images/autopilot_screenshot.gif"> Gmail Autopilot can be set to automatically respond to emails with widely customizable settings which allow for various message lengths and, if you're like me, quantitity of typos. Give a try!

UK Libraries to start lending money

Good "News" from the UK: Tight financial control will limit borrowers to no more than six loans at a time on a single library card, enforced by a zero-tolerance culture which will see any failure to return a loan by the date stamped on the cash result in harsh penalties of 5p a day up to a limit of £5. Persistent breaches of loan conditions will lead to customers being fixed with a chastening stare by the beady-eyed old lady on the checkout desk.

Police: Alleged thief left library card

Police in Wisconsin said a man accused of stealing beer from a tavern was arrested after his library card was found at the scene of the theft.

Another Take On Technology

It's wireless and never needs charging. It has a touch interface and works with that which you have at home.

The good folks over at Penny Arcade offer their take on the latest in bibliotechnological merriment!

Library Card Leads Police to Alleged Thief

Sheboygan police say they were able to track down a theft suspect because he left behind his library card, which he apparently used to try to unlock a tavern door.

Full story here.

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Make Your Own Buzzword Bingo

Raena Jackson-Armitage at Sitepoint in Melbourne posted a unique tutorial in coding PHP. Raena's post discussed how to build your own "Buzzword Bingo" card using PHP. The inventive discussion can be found on the Sitepoint blog.

Best Reason To Get A Kindle 2

Once again, xkcd whittles things down to their core-

Keep libraries free!

Keep libraries free! So Say The Censors, So Say The Kids
Yesterday Indexed took a funny little look a library censorship.

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But the Internet has no Dewey decimal system...

paleofuture.com: The 1997 book Predicting the Future looked at past and contemporary predictions of the future and assessed their accuracy. A 1995 prediction by Bill Gates about "the internet as a self-publishing medium" was met with great skepticism due to the lack of editors and, believe it or not, a Dewey decimal system on the web. An excerpt from the book appears at paleofuture.com.

Pierpont Morgan Library Exhibit Is "On the Money"

Money is scarce, but hopefully humor is in good supply.

When the well-heeled patrons of New York's venerable Morgan Library wander through its new exhibition of cartoons about money, there may be some hollow laughter as they ponder their own hard times.

The exhibit of 70 years of New Yorker magazine cartoons titled "On the Money" was planned over a year ago, before the full scale of the financial crisis that has plunged the United States and much of the world into recession became apparent.

Here's the story from Reuters with two cartoons included.

And Now, Absurdity

Some libraries are simply more progressive than merely checking out video games or ukuleles.

Married To The Sea
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Once upon a trying time: It might be a good time to update classic children's books

It's the question every parent dreads. "Mommy, what's a collateralized debt obligation?" Who wants to be outed as an ignoramus by a kid? But with economic news blanketing the airwaves, such conversations are becoming almost impossible to avoid. Perhaps we should update children's books in time for the holidays.

Goodnight, Citigroup: a short poem of rescue promises from a little treasury secretary trying to keep the economy from falling into a deep slumber.

The LISTen Christmas Special

No spoilers.

Archie McPhee

Archie McPhee is a Seattle based novelty dealer owned by Mark Pahlow. Archie McPhee sells the Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure. There is a new book out called: Who Would Buy This? The Archie McPhee Story

George Bush library: Rooms available

Suspend your partisan ties for the moment, and take a virtual tour through the library that the retiring president is planning at the alma mater of the outgoing First Lady, Southern Methodist University. And, when you're finished, design your own room. There is...
"The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.
"The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you won't be able to remember anything.
"The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't even have to show up.

Bill's life : A Year of Living Humorously

It was a year ago today that Bill Barnes started work as a full-time cartoonist over at Unshelved. Read on if you're interested how it's going.

It's all been successful enough to let it ride for one more year. If the finances aren't right at the end of next year we'll have some hard decisions to make. But I'm optimistic about money. I'm also optimistic about my ability to get more done, especially some creative projects.

How to Kill Innovation

I just had to share this post from Library Bytes and the article from University Business that inspired it. Apparently, discouraging progress is a problem everywhere!

Kudos to Prof. Longhair for sending me the link!

Bunny Burnstein

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I Hate You Library Patrons!

This is a rather old Best Of Craigslist post I just discovered: "I Hate You Library Patrons!"

So basically if you are a nice, well-mannered person, welcome to the library. I’m glad that you are here. I will bend over backwards to make sure that your information needs are met. If you are a jerk, a pest, a leech, or any other kind of pariah, I will go out of my way to make sure that you leave the building as soon as possible, hopefully with some kind of police escort. You've been warned.

Obnoxious Librarian Now Available as a Book

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The obnoxious librarian from hades (http://olfh.blogspot.com) started out as a satiracal weblog telling the tales of a librarian working in a large bureaucracy.. and now it is available as a real book and e-book. You can buy the real book at a credit crisis adjusted price via http://www.lulu.com/content/4253767 or even download the e-book version for free!

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