Monthly Archives: January 2006

The Worst Word

Jeremy Clarkson opines thus in The Sunday Times: ". . . the worst word. The worst noise. The screech of Flo-Jo’s fingernails down the biggest blackboard in the world, the squeak of polystyrene on polystyrene, the cry of a baby when you’re hungover, is ‘beverage’." It’s a fun article, but I am forced to disagree: […]

Real Estate and Satellite Images

Found this on Hot:Real Estate Industry Uses of Satellite/Aerial Imagery. It’s a longish post with about a million hyperlinks, but it’s worth it if you have the time. The databases that are being developed in this area are huge: "The combo of online maps, satellite/aerial imagery, and real estate are a hot combo these […]

We Are Right and They Are Wrong

Kurt Vonnegut had this to say in the  Guardian this past Saturday: "The title of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 is a parody of the title of Ray Bradbury’s great science-fiction novel Fahrenheit 451. Four hundred and fifty-one degrees Fahrenheit is the combustion point, incidentally, of paper, of which books are composed. The hero of Bradbury’s […]

Copyrights, Copywrongs

Will Femia, author of the "Clicked" blog on, declares today that: "Lessig is wrong — Lawrence Lessig is a champion of the Creative Commons movement and an advocate for loosening copyright restrictions.  His current battle is over the digitization of books.  Google wants to scan books into a database to make the text searchable.  […]

English as She is Spoke

I’m honestly not sure if this is a proper reader’s advisory or not, but, it’s an awesome article: "Moving Forward–and Backward–With the English Language." This comes courtesy of the Christian Science Monitor, a newspaper I’ve been reading (online) for years without ever seeing a single article on christian science.  I must be looking at the […]

Cataloging Manga & Anime

The December 2005 issue of TechKNOW (care of Kent State U.’s TSLibrarians listserv)  is out. (It’s actually been out for a while, but the hyperlink I had only started working a short while ago–it’s fixed.)  This quarter Jeanne Poole covers cataloging cleverly selected bits and pieces of the wacky (and not entirely consistent) world of […]

Annoying E-Mails Are Now Illegal

Also new in 2006: it’s now a federal crime to send someone an annoying e-mail anonymously. I’d pay to hear a few FBI agents talking about how’d they go about enforcing this one. I doubt it would stand any realu judicial scritiny (or, I hope it wouldn’t) but it could just be seen as the […]

New for 2006

Congratulate me: this is the 100th post of the Rogue Scholar. (Yea!) I started this silly thing last year as a way to help me develop how I thought about library-type work and the issues that relate to it: it gets lonely in the back office sometimes, and it pays to put pen to paper […]

A. Very. Big. Deal.

None of these (late again!) tidbits have anything strictly to do with library science, library management, library work, reference work, or other facets of Libraryland’s inner workings (when will I learn to be on topic with this stuff?) but they all have to do with library-related stuff that I think about from time to time. […]