The original Batgirl costume from the TV show is up for sale. Being that Barbara Gordon is perhaps the world’s most famous fictional librarian, I hope that the costume (or better yet, some proceeds from the sale) goes to a library.
From the evening of July 15 through the early hours of the 17th, 10 miles of the 405 Freeway will be closed. Officials hope Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher and others will help urge folks to stay away from the area.
There is a reason why I am fleeing Los Angeles during the weekend of the July 15-17th. There is nothing worse than LA traffic during the middle of summer. Gross.
We already sawBjörk driving a car whilst listening to her forthcoming single Crystalline, but here is a better quality snippet of that new song. The single should be out later this month (June 30, apparently); can’t wait to hear this in full.
UPDATEAudio replaced with the full song. Björk reclaims whatever throne she used to have.
The NY Times is always writing things about Portland, Oregon and how great it is. This obsession sometimes turns creepy. In “Soccer Sets Portland Abuzz (a Chain Saw Helps)" while the Grey Lady does not go so far as to say that Portland hipsters invented soccer, she does suggest that Portland has perfected the formula for adoption of European-style soccer in the U.S. As goes PDX, she argues, so goes the rest of the nation.
Only later in this piece full of glowing references to Portland’s unique superiority (“a counterculture sense,” “a healthy mix of men and women in their 20s and 30s,” stadium design “hailed as a model of urban planning”) do the countours of this perfect formula emerge: the ironically named Merritt Paulson, son of the former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, jiggered a deal that cost Portland money to host the team.
Critics also felt that Merritt Paulson was heavy-handed in his dealings with the financially strapped city, which ultimately agreed to pay for about a third of the cost of the renovating the stadium, using money from ticket taxes and parking receipts at entertainment facilities, like the Rose Garden, home to the N.B.A. Trail Blazers, in Portland.
“Why the Paulson family needed public money is beside me,” said Jack Bogdanski, a professor of tax law at Lewis and Clark College. “He came into town highly suspect in my book.”
Rise Against’s video for “Make It Stop” is cheesy, but it totally made me tear up. Maybe it was the realistic portrayal of bullying from the three kids’ point of view. PTSD…Go figure. Anyway, the music is potentially cloying and the hopeful message at the end is unrealistically hopeful, but it moved me for whatever reason. This from the guy who can’t pass a candlelight vigil without stopping to cry.
that marked the beginning of the liberationist march, thirty years since the first cases of AIDS announced the beginning of a cataclysm, and at a time when homosexuals are quickly assimilating in many societies, we would like to briefly leave the parade route and and ask a few important and…
More good news for librarians! Also, this is opposite day.
Joy Resmovits at HuffPo reports, “Librarian Positions Cut In Schools Across The Country” [emphasis added]:
Weiss Suits’ story is just one of many. As school districts work to accommodate budget shortfalls, teachers aren’t the only education professionals to be let go or reshuffled. Librarians, said Nancy Everhart, president of the American Association of School Librarians, along with arts teachers and music program directors, are more vulnerable.
"Anything that is not a classroom where you have 30 kids in front of you for six, seven hours a day is probably a soft target in today’s economic times," she told HuffPost.
And as advances in technology and the wealth of information available online can appear to make rooms filled with books obsolete, librarians find themselves on the chopping block more and more often.
I suppose the word “appear” makes this passage sting slightly less, but I would have liked more on the usefulness of media specialists and how they are vital to the mission of schools.
When you count the families all over this country who don’t have computers or can’t afford Internet connections and rely on the ones in libraries to look for jobs, the consequences will be even more dire. People everywhere are unhappy about these closings, and so are mayors making the hard decisions. But with roads and streets left in disrepair, teachers, policemen and firemen being laid off, and politicians in both parties pledging never to raise taxes, no matter what happens to our quality of life, the outlook is bleak. “The greatest nation on earth,” as we still call ourselves, no longer has the political will to arrest its visible and precipitous decline and save the institutions on which the workings of our democracy depend.
According to entrepreneur/motivational speaker Seth Godin, librarians of the future will “take the world of data, combine it with the people in this community and create value”:
We need librarians more than we ever did. What we don’t need are mere clerks who guard dead paper. Librarians are too important to be a dwindling voice in our culture. For the right librarian, this is the chance of a lifetime.”
Hardly Vannevar Bush country, but still interesting as a challenge. I’ve been doing a lot of work with data and data curation lately, but I’m not sure that the future library will head down the Wisdom-Knowledge-Information-Data food chain. I heard a great presentation from a computer scientist yesterday about knowledge management and trust: I imagine that will be as much a part of the future library as atomized data that can be recombined into new facts or interpretations.
These two guys get it: no one is free until all of us are free. How excellent that these two champions use a position of influence to enlarge the human spirit, our capacity to feel for one another.
But in a world where no active American athletes in a major male team sport has declared his homosexuality, it remains rare for athletes to chime in on the issue of gay rights. Recent exceptions, beyond Avery, include Grant Hill and Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns, who recorded a public-service announcement decrying gay slurs in sports.
Raspberry Pi is not a delicious dessert, but a foundation that’s trying to build cheap computers “to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing.” This sweet computer costs $25 bucks, is smaller than a deck of cards, and runs Ubuntu.
I am forbidden to buy anymore bikes or computers until I clean up the chop shop I have assembled in my tiny apartment, but I’m tempted to try to build one like this myself.