Archive for February, 2008

When Marketing Goes Too Far…

This is wrong on so many levels. It’s so wrong I wish I could embed it, but I’m afraid you’ll have to just click the link:

Okay, aside from the fact that it’s a marketing gimmick for Microsoft that looks like a children’s book, and apparently you can actually get the book on Amazon, the book itself is just wrong on so many levels. I mean, did you notice that the one laptop is dead because the dog peed on it?

Sadly, I think that it’s most likely aimed at people like myself who appreciate the subversive humor, but the problem is that people like me can also see through the marketing. And I for one kinda resent being played to so blatantly. I’m also a little disappointed in the consumerism of it. “Here, you already have three computers in the house, why not get a server now too?” I’ve already got our computers networked, and while my wife sometimes complains that she has to turn on the upstairs computer to print anything, I don’t really want to spring for even the $80 to get a printer server.

Of course, it would be nice to be able to access my files at home from anywhere. And that would solve the problems of having to use jump drives from computer to computer in the house…

Aw crap, now I want one. Damn you Bill Gates!


February 24, 2008 at 9:11 am 3 comments

Check Me Out!

Now this is an interesting concept…

Living Library

Okay, first I have to say how cool is that return system? Seriously, that’s the sort of stuff those of us who run circulation dream about at night. Yes, I know I’m a pathetic nerd.

Now on to the meat. Honestly, the first thought that crossed my mind was that I could think of two people who would probably sign on in a second. One of them would probably try to put on 3 different banners, the other would probably try to sign up as a Republican just to mess with people’s heads.

Being the intellectual East-coast liberal that I am, I thought this is a great idea. What’s better than people sitting down in civil conversation, trying to get to know each other and understand each other? Then I remembered that I live in the U.S., and not Europe. If we tried this here, the Transvestite would probably wind up trying to strangle the Conservative with her pantyhose while the Gun Rights person reached for his AK-47.

But seriously, this is yet another indication of how libraries are changing all over the world. We are no longer static repositories, but are becoming active centers of community learning. We are the common ground where people come together to learn not only from our books and our staff, but also from each other.

February 23, 2008 at 8:51 am Leave a comment

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl

Sarah Gianna, born to Doug and Kristin on February 7th. 7 lbs. 8 oz., 20″. (Looks like she didn’t get the family heighth!)

I’m an Uncle! (Don’t worry guys, I won’t spoil her too badly!)

February 8, 2008 at 10:44 am 4 comments

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