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Yet Another Librarian's Blog

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    Got involved in a discussion today which led to this article about a repentant “Grammar Nazi” who realised that her judging of people who had bad spelling and grammar on the Internet was her reinforcing that she had all kinds of privileges that the people she was making fun of didn’t – education, income, security, [...]

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    I honestly thought this was a fake news headline from The Onion when I saw it in my Twitter feed.  Turns out it’s a story from the New York Times! (Now where’d I leave that bag of Doritos?)

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    Shea kindly sent me this video of a couple young Dutch men who volunteered to have electrodes put on their abdomen to simulate the increasingly painful contractions of labour. It’s not in English but I’d say pain is a pretty universal language – although if I’m being a smart-ass, I’d also wonder if they were [...]

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    Other than the fact that the scientist presenting this TED talk should know better than to hint that the complexity of human evolution as being so amazing that it evokes divinity, this is a pretty cool video… (A bit more on the idea that just because something is complex, that means it must be divinely created [...]

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    As we head into the first day of the Sask NDP Leadership Convention, I thought I’d post a fun article (h/t to GG) on behalf of the members of Team Meili, most of whom who are of the Y chromosome persuasion, will be sporting beards of varying degrees of length and lushness this weekend. Very [...]

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    Finding the A&W at the Cornwall Centre food court closed for renovations tonight, a co-worker suggested that we should “nationalize the fast food industry.” I helped a visually impaired patron mix up a protein shake the other day.  Now *that’s* customer service! If politics is like sport, losing the leadership race by 44 votes is [...]

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    So as much as I’d like to just keep posting pictures of Sasha, eventually I’ve got to get back to blog posts that have “letters” and “words” rather than cute pictures. A good place to start would be with a look back at that first day, inspired partly by many of the notes I scribbled [...]

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    One benefit of being home with the baby for a couple weeks was that Shea, Sasha and I were able to slip out one afternoon earlier this week for one of Sasha’s first-ever outings. We snuck into the SUN AGM & Conference to see my mom receive a Lifetime Membership from the organization (she’d also [...]

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    A few different shots in honour of perhaps the nerdiest day of the year: I’m not a programmer but via a handy online interface, was able to create my own watchface for my “21st Century Calculator Watch“.  There’s also a web site with lots of other cool watchfaces others with greater skills than my own [...]

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    Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. It’s a day to consider how people with disabilities experience the web, software, mobile devices, games and so on, targeted towards designers, developers, usability professionals and others without much experience with accessibility. There are public events scheduled all over the world, as well as other accessibility-related events. To participate on your own, [...]

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    “Lifetime of Reading Slows Cognitive Decline” “Habitual participation in cognitively stimulating pursuits over a lifetime might substantially increase the efficiency of some cognitive systems,” writes a research team led by neuropsychologist Robert Wilson of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. This efficiency apparently counteracts the often-devastating effects of nervous system diseases. Wilson and his colleagues describe a study [...]

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    Shea’s entered a contest to raise funds and awareness for a breast milk drop-off location in Regina, a service our city lacks but desperately needs. To help her along, I volunteered to post a cute Sasha picture to Facebook for every 25 Likes Shea’s contest entry received. Here’s my first “Cute Incentive” picture…

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    Heard the very sad news today that John Mann of Spirit of the West has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers. Like many people who were college-aged in the 1990’s, Spirit of the West was basically a soundtrack to my life back then.  When I went to England on exchange in 1995, the lyric I quoted in […]

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    Shea recently entered a contest on Facebook run by a group who are trying to raise funds to create a breast milk depot in Regina (similar services exist in larger cities such as Calgary and Vancouver.) For the contest, a bunch of local breastfeeding advocates submitted photos of themselves and their babies into one of three […]

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    As part of the interview process for a Public Service Manager position at RPL, candidates are asked to do a presentation on “The Future of Public Libraries” to some of the librarians already working in the organization. I was able to attend one such presentation today and since we had a few minutes after the […]

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    These are 52 wildly held beliefs that also happen to be completely wrong. How many did you think were true?  (I’ll admit that I thought about a dozen of these were true – I’m just not going to admit which ones!)

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    I recently wrote about the sad news that Spirit of the West lead singer, John Mann, has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Without being too hyperbolic, I have to say there aren’t many bands that have played as big of a role in my life as Spirit of the West – everything from the […]

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    Some really interesting, cool stuff here.

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    The Washington Post picked up a recent Reddit thread which asked what do insanely poor people buy that ordinary people know nothing about? Absolutely heartbreaking stories.

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    When I was in England on exchange in 1995, I would sometimes go to the college library and read the UK’s national papers. I still remember looking at the Travel section of The Weekend Times and seeing an ad for a “Cross-Canada Adventure”.  After landing in the maritimes, you would take a coach through Quebec and […]

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