Submitted by Great Western Dragon on April 1, 2009 - 1:43pm
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.
Submitted by effinglibrarian on April 1, 2009 - 6:08am
If you haven't checked the calendar, then you should give Google's new Autopilot Gmail add-on a try today.
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!
Submitted by Blake on March 10, 2009 - 10:37am
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.
Submitted by Blake on March 10, 2009 - 10:18am
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.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on March 9, 2009 - 4:11pm
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!
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 9, 2009 - 1:28pm
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.
Submitted by StephenK on March 6, 2009 - 9:06am
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.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on February 26, 2009 - 7:31pm
Once again, xkcd whittles things down to their core-
Submitted by Blake on February 24, 2009 - 8:13am
Keep libraries free! So Say The Censors, So Say The Kids
Yesterday Indexed took a funny little look a library censorship.
Submitted by Blake on February 6, 2009 - 7:49am
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.
Submitted by birdie on January 25, 2009 - 10:21am
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.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on January 15, 2009 - 7:10am
Some libraries are simply more progressive than merely checking out video games or ukuleles.
Submitted by Blake on January 7, 2009 - 9:21am
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on December 16, 2008 - 1:13am
Submitted by Blake on December 9, 2008 - 12:01pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on December 5, 2008 - 7:23am
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.
Submitted by BunnyBurnstein on December 1, 2008 - 11:46am
Submitted by Blake on November 26, 2008 - 3:14pm
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.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on November 26, 2008 - 2:06pm
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!