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Cites & Insights 6:1, January 2006, is now available for downloading.
The 24-page issue is PDF as usual. Except for "My Back Pages"--a new section that's exclusively part of the complete issue--all sections are also available as HTML separates from the home page.
This issue includes:
A special Mid-Fall 2005 issue of Cites & Insights (5:13) is now available. (Well, Fall begins September 22 and ends December 20; November 1 is about as "mid" as you can get.)
This 20-page issue consists of two Perspectives:
I have a formatting question about this issue, specifically the monster essay. In order to make it fit, I used 9.5-on-11.5 point Berkeley Book for quoted excerpts instead of the 10-on-12 point that I usually use (body text is 11 on 13). Is this too small for comfortable readability? If people generally say it's OK, I may leave it that way...
[Yes, you can pick up either Perspective as an HTML separate from the home page--but if you plan to print at all, please use the PDF. The second Perspective in HTML form requires more paper all by itself than the whole issue in PDF, and it's nowhere near as readable, in my opinion. Hey, I paid good money for Berkeley Book...]
Predicted arrival date for what should be a slightly more "normal" December issue: No earlier than November 17, no later than December 1. How's that for precision?
By now you've heard about the Time 100 Novels list and probably seen lots of blog entries noting which novels the blogger has read.
I can swear to 16. I think I've read 19, but there are three cases where it was so long ago that I might have just seen the movie...
No list. Surprisingly, my list doesn't include all of the (few) SF novels...e.g., I should get around to Snowcrash in about 10 years at the rate I'm catching up with SF novels.
Also no comment on the overall quality of the list. I just don't have a broad enough "quality literature" reading background to comment.
Cites & Insights 5:12, November 2005 is now available for downloading.
This 22-page issue (PDF, but HTML versions of each essay are available from the home page) includes:
I noticed something odd in my Bloglines scan this morning: Seems like one out of three updated library blogs had updates consisting of either:
"I'm giving up on blogging for awhile, until real life settles down a bit"
"I'm out of here for X days; blogging will return upon my return."
Since this journal is reduced to pitiful leftovers anyway, neither such message would make any sense--and I haven't given up on blogging (at Walt at Random), since the frequency there has always been unpredictable.
On the other hand, the second statement is true. I'm delighted that so many people are going on trips and just not thinking about blogging while they're gone; breaking the everyday routine is part of taking a break.
So the same here: Don't expect to hear much from me, at any venue, until about a week from now. Or longer: That "real life" thing has been crazy for a few months, and isn't quite ready to let up just yet.
Cites & Insights 5:11, October 2005 is now available for downloading.
I like to think of this as a nice short 20-page issue accompanied by feedback and followups on "Investigating the Biblioblogosphere," but that brings the actual issue up to 26 pages.
Here's what's there--and those who detest PDF can reach each essay separately, in HTML form, from the C&I home page.
I wrote a whole entry here about why I just unsubbed from one of the many excess Bloglines subs I've had recently--mostly because the blogger claimed a societal bias against religion, and used as evidence an article that said not one word about religion, but did discuss efforts to fight homophobia. Given the seeming equation of religion and homophobia (and the absurd idea that America is somehow anti-religious, I guess because non-believers still aren't burned at the stake or "deported" immediately), I just gave up on the blog.
This is what's left of it. Oh, and Mdoneil, if you're reading, I don't have appropriate skills to volunteer directly in what's left of NOLA, but we did send total amount at this point not relevant and our business to the only non-religious charity that seemed to be accepting web donations, the American Red Cross. And will probably send more later.
My response to NBruce's response to my comment on her journal posting, here,
[quick time out to catch breath over that chain], should probably have been posted here instead.
Anyone who thinks all liberals are on a single "team" hasn't paid much attention to the Democratic Party. Anyone who puts me on that "team" is doing a black-and-white, fur-us-or-agin-us that I've come to accept is regarded by, oh, GregS* and NBruce and some others here as the Only Proper Way.
I'm not buying it. It's as ludicrous (in my not at all humble opinion) as asserting that anyone who disagrees with Bush's policies is a "Bush hater." (At this point, on one policy, that even includes Dr. Frist--but Repubs. don't get called "Bush haters.")
I've tried to stay reasonably apolitical here and at Walt at Random and even more so at Cites & Insights. Of course, my idea of apolitical isn't that of some readers. Clearly, for example, believing there should be some balance within copyright, based on the U.S. Constitution, is regarded as extremely political to some (on both ends of the political spectrum, in this case).
I don't expect to post a series of political posts here, on Wednesdays or any other day. Not that I don't care about politics; I just prefer not to let it control every aspect of my life, and there are too many people writing too many things about politics already.
I suspect I won't respond to any further responses on NBruce's journal, both because it's her podium, not mine, and because I don't see anyone's mind being changed or anyone being usefully informed by the discussion. Although I certainly found it informative to see that NBruce believes that David Duke and Timothy McVeigh can be equated with Ted Kennedy and Sen. Wellstone! (I'm not making this up--I don't think I could make that up: follow the link at the top of this post and look at the comments.)
I keep being reminded of why satire is so hard to write these days...
A light & fluffy summer issue would be perfect right about now--but this 24-page issue, with a total of four essays, probably isn't it. (I address that issue in "Bibs & Blather.")
Nothing new about that. And I should know that weblogs offer wonderful opportunities to do stupid things.
Still, I think it's worth noting this screwup--which I will leave up, albeit with the explanation embedded, because my Good Librarian instincts say you shouldn't delete something once it's published, even if it's a little humiliating.
Oh, and the joys of conversational blogs: Two readers caught the hoax within an hour or two of my post. I get great comments--for which I'm eternally thankful.
You might also take a look at the next post after that (or before it, if you go directly to the blog itself, with a few ill-chosen words about the wonders of caching.
For both of you who were wondering, my personal website has moved to
waltcrawford.name, hosted by Lishost.org.
Thanks to Blake Carver for helping me get going on Lishost.
My old website is now nothing more than a "Moved!" announcement and pointer to the new site, and it will disappear in a couple of months (since it's the only reason I'm retaining my at&t dialup account).
Sometimes it's not easy to remember that key saying.
Sometimes you get hit with another slam from the "if you're not 100% with us, you're 100% against us" school of non-thought, and you really want to respond.
Until you remember that:
The moral is, as always:
Don't feed the trolls.
Cites & Insights 5:9, July/August 2005, is now available.
This 22-page issue, PDF as usual (with all but the final section available as HTML pieces), includes:
According to Bloglines, I haven't posted anything since June 23. That's not quite right (by three posts). Apparently something in a WordPress upgrade (Blake?) changed the RSS feed.
Here's the new RSS2 feed address, or you can go to Walt at Random, scroll all the way to the bottom, and select the feed. (Or, if you have the Bloglines toolbar enabled, go to W.a.r. and click on the Subscribe button.)
Of course, now my Bloglines feed shows that W.a.R. has 16 subscribers, not 140-odd. Such is life.
Makes me wonder how many other weblogs have gone silent not because the author stopped writing but because software changed the feed...
Some of you may be anticipating a July issue of Cites & Insights coming out just before ALA--that is, right about now.
That's not going to happen. Indeed, there's not going to be a July issue at all.
Paying attention to readership patterns and wholly appropriate reading habits during the summer, I'm planning a combined July/August issue for mid to late July. That probably means a total of 13 issues for 2005, which seems as good a number as any.
I do not plan a double-length July/August issue; I'm aiming for 20 to 22 pages, with 24 pages tops. The plan is to produce a little less copy during the summer. Maybe some of you will catch up on some of the issues you skipped or that are sliding off your desk along with other unread stuff... (And maybe I'll do a more thoughtful issue with more time. Hope springs eternal!)
1. Participate in a chain letter.
2-10. Do the web/meme equivalent.
Cites & Insights 5.8 (June 2005) is now available.
This 24-page issue includes:
If you just can't cope with PDF or only care about one of these topics, you can reach HTML versions of each essay from the C&I home page.
This 22-page issue includes:
Editorial change: Error in Joy Weese Moll's name corrected 4/28/05
I don't know whether it's the complete set of postings. I have a sinking feeling that it is not.
It runs 23 print pages.
My only comment at this point (note that this is on my LISNews journal, not my "real blog") is that this is an illustration of why, years ago, I told my wife that, if I ever suggested the possibility of running for any ALA-wide office (as opposed to divisional office), she should call the folks who could give me an enforced vacation in a padded room...
It's just not my thing, even apart from the coterie of always-reelected-by-petition-and-bullet-voting councilors (two or three of whom are prominent in this discussion). I just lack the patience and energy for association-wide politics, particularly as exemplified by this interchange.
A while back, I posted on a Wisconsin Dairy promotion that wasn't working right.
I tried again today, on my still dial-up connection. First there's a 675K Flash page that took over a minute to load, to bother me with cheering so that it could present two lines of text and a button...to bring up a lengthy, required agreement.
Then you have to fill out a registration form.
Then you get the chance to enter one of the four supposed entry keys from the ad, and click.
Then you get a panel with a bunch of cheese brands. I suspect you're supposed to choose five of the ten (based on casually reading the rules), but of course there's nothing on that page to indicate that.
Then you click and a page s l o w l y l o a d s to reveal...not much of anything. And if you click on anything, another p a g e s l o w l y starts...
At this point, having blown 15 minutes and gotten nowhere near actually entering the contest, I thought about just how much great California cheese there is and dropped out of the whole process.
I hope Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board is happy with this promotion. They've certainly earned a fair amount of bad will in this household. (But I suppose everyone in Wisconsin has broadband and knows intuitively at which points to do certain things, or printed out the rules so they'd be sure to do things in exactly the right order. It must be the cheese.)