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The findings of the first World Internet Project report present an image of the average Netizen that contrasts with the stereotype of the loner "geek" who spends hours of his free time on the Internet and rarely engages with the real world.
Odd little story from newsshopper.co.uk on Marianne Bick, who says her library refused a gift of 104 books merely because putting them on the system would be too much work.
One of the librarians told her it would be too much work to catalogue them.
"I was, therefore, gobsmacked when I was told by the librarian they did not want books given by the public because it was too much work to put the books on the system."
Bob Cox spotted a PI Piece On a nascent program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women that's helping people toward college degrees and perhaps preventing some of these women from making return visits to this prison near Purdy. The women in the prison are paid $1 an hour, with 50-cent increases each time they complete 100 90-minute audiotapes. That's much more than the 42 cents inmates get for most jobs, such as cooking and laundry.
Then they place the audiotapes into FedEx envelopes and send them to community college students who couldn't learn without them.
Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in his spare time while working in a physics lab, has been awarded a knighthood for his efforts. Berners-Lee makes the UK's New Year's Honours List, announced today, alongside the likes of Ray Davies, Eric Clapton, and Philip Pullman. The Independent has the story.
Norma writes "The Columbus Dispatch ran a follow-up Dec. 28 on stories printed earlier in the year. I noticed that Samantha Crewson is working on establishing a library for Catawba, Ohio, 35 miles west of Columbus in Clark County. With donations and no government money she has collected 50-60,000 books. This is therapy for Crewson who had a brain aneurysm in 1994 and this project is helping her regain lost skills, according to the CD. Sorry, but I can't link to the article."
Robin Rose Yuran writes "JESUS EYE ON THE GENEALOGIST GUY(Another Stuff Barb Donâ€™t Want Moment)By Robin Rose YuranThey like to travel in packs; I can usually spot them coming up the path to the library; they are the genealogists, the ones with the Jesus-freak eye-glazed look accompanied by way too much smiling. Itâ€™s a â€œStand away from the carâ€?/â€?Houston weâ€™ve got a problem moment.â€? -- Read More
robin rose yuran wants to tell us about her experiences at the circ desk. Follow the link below for the full story, but here's a teaser:
My sister once went to a tag sale, somewhere in the middle of nowhere. The lawn was peppered with dog poop and plastic kidâ€™s toys. One of those huge satellite receivers yawned its black maw towards the sky. There was a cardboard box in the driveway with black magic marker letters that spelled out â€œSTUFF BARB DONâ€™T WANT.â€? Later that day, after a couple of glasses of wine, she told me the story and we got laughing hysterically. But STUFF BARB DONâ€™T WANT didnâ€™t want to leave; itâ€™s become somewhat of a catchall phrase, sort of an inside joke, to signify anything unpleasant or unuseful from moldy fruit to Mormons at the door. Barb has become a member of the family, one that shows up every once in a while when you least expect it.STUFF BARB DONâ€™T WANT pops in sometimes at the small library where I work.... -- Read More
Charles Davis writes "from
Mark Sheahan, Innovator of the Year 2003,
developed his successful range of Squeezeopen
containers with vital support from the British Library's
As a first time inventor with little
experience of where to go for information, Mark approached the
British Library. Using the Library's resources and with help from the
Library's Research Service, Mark quickly found the information he
needed, including patent information and market research reports.
The Library's vast collections were essential for his detailed research
into plastics as the product development continued. Throughout the
whole process, any of the documents he needed - including journal
articles and patent specifications - were delivered straight to his
desktop via the Library's document supply operation.
Mark Sheahan, said: "The British Library is quite simply a treasure
trove of business information."
Fang-Face writes "John Brand, a YellowTimes columnist, has a very interesting analysis of paranoia as it pertains to regarding the Bush adminstration. He essentially asks the question: are we the ones who are paranoid, or is it really the gubmint and are we getting it from them? What is truly telling, however, is what writes about a new law being proposed.
Then just a couple of days ago, I received a message dealing with certain federal funds granted to some universities. The gist of the matter boils down to the fact that some professors are accused of teaching subject matters inimical of America's foreign policy. Some government officials consider this criticism to be a highly undemocratic activity. To eliminate the unpatriotic scum, it is proposed to establish a federal board that would control what may or may not be taught. The proposed legislation is H.R. 3077. The board would consist of members from Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Agency.
Why do I get the feeling that Big Brother is getting closer and closer?"
Lee Hadden spotted a Strange Ananova Article that says A Chilean schoolboy sent to the library for the rest of the term for keeping watch while two friends had sex has been let back into classes.
Officials at Claretiano School in San Miguel agreed to let 12-year-old Cristobal Suarez back into lessons only after his mother sued the school.
He was punished after he was caught keeping watch while two of his friends had sex inside a classroom, reports La Cuarta Online.