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Beyond spice: 5 witty library videos
A little more than a week ago, a video produced by the aftershave’s marketing team debuted in response to a tweet from librarian Andy Woodworth (@wawoodworth) requesting that the Old Spice Guy aka Isaiah Mustafa speak up for libraries. (The Old Spice team has been making custom videos for fans using social media.) The video has had more than 200,000 views. Before you could finish whistling the “Old Spice” tune, a parody appeared on YouTube and went viral—with over 1.3 million views.
But wait, there's more for library fans. YouTube has a mother lode of library-related videos from comedy sketches to singing librarians.
With tongues firmly in cheeks, a team of "engineers" from McSweeneys.net ran an extensive comparison of e-readers and rated the venerable newspaper as their top choice. A sampling:
"The most obvious advantage of The Newspaper was the size of its display, which outclassed its rivals both in terms of size and elasticity. The Newspaper display could be read at full size or, when flipped open, twice its normal width. We also had no trouble reading copy when the display was flipped to half or even quarter size. One of our engineers even figured out how to make a hat."
Capitalizing on the dislingualities of certain public figures, author Jacob Weisberg (also editor of the George W. Bushisms series) has come out with a new edition, "“Palinisms: The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Sarah Palin” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
“Palinisms” takes you on a journey through the former VP candidate’s other-worldly syntax and impenetrable logic, as when she takes the media to task: “The perversion over these last years of what the media has done to conservatives, I think it’s appalling and it violates our freedom of the press.”
He notes that since McCain-Palin lost the election he finds Palin’s know-nothingness less scary. Now it’s become funny. “Palinisms,” he writes, “consist of a unitary stream of patriotic, populist blather. It’s like Fox News without punctuation. It is so devoid of content that it hardly deserves the adjective ‘truthy.’” WaPo.
Huff Post points us to photos of the 9 Worst Library Books in a slide-show here.
Every library has them: titles in the collection that we stumble upon and think, "What is this doing here?" "Weeding" is where librarians take a close look at our collections and remove items that are past their prime. They are outdated, irrelevant, or just plain funny. AwfulLibraryBooks is a collection of the worst of library holdings. The authors collect the discards of their colleagues around the world and post them (anonymously, of course). The point is to have fun, laugh, and celebrate the time and place when these old, obscure books were popular.
Bookavore Blog says, "With sincere apologies if this has been done before, but I think this is the only way I can read another one of these. Maybe I might be cranky today!"
“Will e-books wipe out/kill/decimate/pulverize/HULKSMASH/angry verb real books?” — one drink
...and so on...
David Carnoy (CNET) weighs in on the topic. He tells Huffington Post readers that plenty of people have come up with lists of reasons why ebooks are better than paper books, but that he finds the opposite point of view more challenging. So here's his list of why hardcovers are better:
1. Spilling a drink on a hardcover doesn't cause it to die
2. You can't press a leaf in an e-book, even a virtual one
3. You can't have an author sign an e-book (yet)
4. Ebooks don't float in a pool
5. You can't use an e-book as a doorstop or to prop open a window
6. A hardcover doesn't crack when you drop it
7. An ebook has no resale value on Amazon
8. You don't have to recharge a hardcover
9. In a pinch, you can burn a hardcover to keep warm
10. You don't have to feel ripped off after paying $12.99 for something that's just bits and bytes