Monthly Archives: November 2011

Top words of 2011

Top Words of 2011, by Global Language Monitor. November 11, 2011. Do you think Arab Spring is something like Indian summer; that “fracking” is something they do on the Galactica; or that Seal Team Six is part of the Maquis? The Global Language Monitor has compiled lists of the top ten words, phrases, and names … Continue reading »

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Interactive guide to NPR’s top 100 SFF books

Update to the post about the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy book flowchart: SFF Signal, the folks who created that great flowchart to simplify navigation of the list, have improved on their flowchart and made it interactive. Cool stuff. (via Swiss Army Librarian)

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The Accidental Time Machine

The Accidental Time Machine, by Joe Haldeman. Matt Fuller, MIT research assistant and grad school dropout, accidentally invents a one-way time machine. The first time, it travels forward 1 second. The next time 12 seconds. The next, 12 times that. So he packs some supplies and hitches a ride with the machine, forwards to… what? … Continue reading »

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Reading list: Paganism

As someone on a locked blog post pointed out recently, it’s hard to find serious books about Pagan topics. Thanks to locked-post-commenter for providing a solution. Cherry Hill Seminary (“Distance education for professional Pagan ministry”) has several lists of books required for their courses. One is for Amazon, the other is for Field’s Book Store. … Continue reading »

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Three Mindsets of Search

Three Mindsets of Search, [pdf] by About.com. In September 2011, About.com released the results of their study on why people search for information. The survey results are aimed at advertisers (e.g., “How marketers can capitalize on an Answer Me moment”) but can also be of use to librarians. Excerpt: Study revealed three distinct search types: … Continue reading »

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Library 2.011 conference (Nov 2-4)

The virtual worldwide Library 2.011 conference took place November 2-4, 2011. The conference was free, as are the recordings of the talks and keynote speeches. There’s a lot of good stuff there and it’s going to take me a while to get through it all.

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The Speed of Dark

The Speed of Dark, by Elizabeth Moon. Lou Arrendale is autistic. He was born too early to get the treatments that cured autism in infancy but not too late to get the therapy that made him high-functioning. He lives a fairly normal life, works for a pharmaceutical company finding patterns in data, goes to fencing … Continue reading »

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9/11 Report: a Graphic Adaptation

The 9/11 Report: a Graphic Adaptation, by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon. “Based on the Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.” Very interesting summary of the original 624-page report. I haven’t read the original, so I can’t compare them. Definitely not a fast read. WorldCat

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And all the rest: October

Stuff I read or watched but didn’t write about (October 2011). Books Emma, by Kaoru Mori, vol. 2. Emma, by Kaoru Mori, vol. 3. Emma, by Kaoru Mori, vol. 4. Emma, by Kaoru Mori, vol. 5. Movies/TV Burn Notice, season 3 (eps 1-8). Spooks, season 2 (eps 1-7). Eureka, season 3.0. Eureka, season 3.5. Little … Continue reading »

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