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March 30, 2008

Literary Compatibility

We’ve all been there. Or some of us have. Anyone who cares about books has at some point confronted the Pushkin problem: when a missed — or misguided — literary reference makes it chillingly clear that a romance is going nowhere fast. At least since Dante’s Paolo and Francesca fell in love over tales of Lancelot, literary taste has been a good shorthand for gauging compatibility.

Full article in today's New York Times.

March 27, 2008

How To Flickr

My friend Michaela over at Girls With Macs has posted some very good instructions for using Flickr to market and build your non-profit.

March 18, 2008

young lady playing with a new Xbox kiosk


young lady playing with a new Xbox kiosk
Originally uploaded by The Shifted Librarian.

listening to music in the pod


listening to music in the pod
Originally uploaded by The Shifted Librarian.

This just blows me away. Wow.

March 08, 2008

Library Riot

Not the title of a news story but the name of a new library blog. Worth watching.

Why Did You De-Friend Me?

No, I did not remove you as a friend on Facebook. I did, however, deactivate my Facebook account. I didn’t do it as any form of political protest over Facebook’s deletion of breastfeeding photos or because of their Patriot Act-like privacy policy or anything like that. I did it because I grew tired of Facebook itself. The service I always used the most was their status indicator, but since starting to use Twitter last year I have found that my need for Facebook fell to just about zero. I grew tired of all the little Facebook apps and invitations to use those apps.

My social networking is done via Flickr, this blog, IM and Twitter -- if you want to know what I’m doing then follow me on those services or chat me up in IM or email.

March 05, 2008

How Dangerous Is the Internet for Children?

Very good piece by David Pogue in today's Times:

A few years ago, a parenting magazine asked me to write an article about the dangers that children face when they go online. As it turns out, I was the wrong author for the article they had in mind.

The editor was deeply disappointed by my initial draft. Its chief message was this: “Sure, there are dangers. But they’re hugely overhyped by the media. The tales of pedophiles luring children out of their homes are like plane crashes: they happen extremely rarely, but when they do, they make headlines everywhere. The Internet is just another facet of socialization for the new generation; as always, common sense and a level head are the best safeguards.”

My editor, however, was looking for something more sensational. He asked, for example, if I could dig up an opening anecdote about, say, an eight-year-old getting killed by a chat-room stalker.

Read the full article here.