April 21, 2008

Because life is not all about work,

here's a link to my favorite blog, doriegreenspan.com, which focuses on what's really important in life--food. There's a great new book out, Hello Cupcake!, with amazing ideas on decorating cupcakes. You don't have to cook or bake to enjoy this, although you will need a sense of humor. Too much fun!

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December 09, 2007

FOUND my own "tip" while looking for others

Wellcome Medical Image Collection

Posted by Rachel on August 9, 2007


Wellcome Images is a fascinating collection of contemporary and historical images from medicine and social history - it includes a Biomedical Collection, which “holds over 40,000 high-quality images from the clinical and biomedical sciences. Selected from the UK’s leading teaching hospitals and research institutions, it covers disease, surgery, general healthcare, sciences from genetics to neuroscience including the full range of imaging techniques.?

l0037844.jpgEven better, Wellcome has made the images freely available for non-commercial use under a pair of Creative Commons licenses. It also appears that they’re planning a bit of 2.0 by allowing comments on the images in the near future.

The ability to browse by topic is somewhat dismal, but the collection is well worth a look. The first image displayed here is a 16th century (estimated) iron chastity belt with padlock [credit: Wellcome Library, London]. Looks, comfy, no? The contrast of heart and flower decorations with the notion of an iron, padlocked chastity belt just floors me. The second is a Chinese woodcut illustration published in 1591 displaying acupuncture/moxibustion points for treating amenorrhea [Credit: Wellcome library, London, from the library of the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, by Chen Yan]. Click on either of these images to view a larger version.

Thanks to medical librarian Anna Schnitzer for the tip [via a medlibs listserv].

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November 12, 2007

Things they don't teach you in grad school

Chronicle Careers: 11/12/2007: Second Life, Revisited

"Beaubois said he analyzed Second Life thoroughly before adapting it pedagogically. He opted for a private "island" -- virtual land with restricted access -- to minimize distractions. (Still, he admires those on Second Life "who can gracefully teach a class while a squirrel crashes its spaceship" into their projects or "a 6-foot fox harasses the teacher with questions not about the class.")"

While that quote leapt out at me, there is much more substance in the article which discusses the conflict between the academic culture of higher education and the corporate culture Linden Lab's Second Life.

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March 15, 2007

"So there I was, tied to an altar made from outdated encyclopedias about to be sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil librarians"

Above is the sentence that inspired the start of a new series of children's books.

deseretnews.com | Wee-hour musings paying off for author

I have mixed feelings about this. In some ways, it's a complement to be seen as powerful enough to be a villain. Ineffectual villians are more the butt of jokes than the subject of novels.

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February 16, 2007

Red-Hot Library Porn

Sure, his college has a fine utilitarian collection, but what he really longs for are the tactile pleasures of a great university library.

This is a quite delightful article about an academic's love of libraries and of books about libraries.


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December 08, 2006

It's important to laugh at yourself

Creating Passionate Users: The Asymptotic Twitter Curve

There are several reasons I'm posting this.

One, I love the graphic, so I'm sharing a little of my sense of (and enjoyment of) the absurd with you.

Two, It takes our blogging, communicating, Web2.0, Library2.0 focus to the extreme, and makes it laughable. And if you aren't willing to laugh at yourself, you're in trouble.

Three, I just discovered this blog "Creating Passionate Users." And I really like it. It's not a library blog, here's a little bit about it. It seems to me that "Creating Passionate Users" is exactly what we, as a library, are about, and in doing that, we need to explore thoughts and ideas from other fields.

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November 06, 2006

Reasons for a Shredder

Kind of interesting. Usually we think of health privacy as applying to patients, not physicians, but here is an example of the reverse.

Some gynecologist or family member pitched a lifetime of saved papers (hopefully when he retired, but we don't know), and an artist snatched the whole pile from the trash to catalog and reprint.

Monoian, Elizabeth. The Life of One Man as Found in the Garbage. LOST Magazine, no.10, November 2006. URL: http://www.lostmag.com/issue10/garbage.php

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October 27, 2006

A little Friday humor...

From the comic strip "Brewster Rockit - Space Guy"

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October 18, 2006



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