this is my favorite muppet thing in the history of ever
This really is the best thing ever.
this gives me a big goofy smile
The Periodic Table of Typefaces
I made myself job twice today (well, KC helped; so did Bridesmaids). I think this calls for some gin.
Get ready. Gwen Ifill is doing a Reddit AMA tomorrow at 1 pm ET.
Ask. Her. Anything.
Dalek Movies by ToneCartoons
The Credible Hulk
“Always cites his sources.”
I am jobbing AND watching Bridesmaids for the thousandth time. I would really like to explain to a potential employer that my multitasking skills can best be illustrated by quoting the entire movie whilst writing a rockin’ cover letter.
My skin won’t stop crawling.
All I want to be able to do in a MMORPG. #Gaming
It really is the dream. (pretty sure we saw this on Reddit)
Every time I play Fable 3 and buy all the pubs I get sad because it won’t actually let me pub. I just want to pub.
Photo credit: Seth Anderson
On the blog: The science behind “the smell of books.” As a book ages, the chemical compounds used—the glue, the paper, the ink–begin to break down. And, as they do, they release volatile compounds—the source of the smell.
Do you love—or hate—the smell of old print books? If you read e-books, how does the experience of e-reading compare to reading in print?
One of my professors used to laugh about this effect. She’d say “when you say you love the smell of old books, you’re really saying you love the smell of decaying glue!” Not to make anyone feel bad, but to make all of us think beyond the physical book and into the space where the magic of the “book” transcends the physical object and can be just as fantastic in electronic or spoken mediums.
Images from a “Book of Views” from 1920. I would kill to get my hands on this. Of note: the original gateposts for the school, and Crush Path! (RIP), Greek Play performed outside of uhhhhh the Psych building?, and the original library in the ELC/Main Grounds/whatever it is now. SO GOOD.
Also this article: “Meet the Makers: Can a DIY Movement Revolutionize How We Learn?” from SLJ.
Tumblarians - do you have a makerspace in your library (or school library)? We’re tight on space, but I’d love to see/hear what other small libraries are doing / have done / are thinking of doing, because I think our students and faculty could benefit from one.
Why are Maker Spaces the responsibility of libraries?
I work at a state library, and we’re framing the discussion around ways to make libraries into more collaborative environments for participatory learning (as opposed to having just one area designated for hands-on stuff).
I wish we has the funds for start-up maker kits that libraries could check out. Instead, we’re organizing a day-long workshop to introduce maker culture and foster collaboration among library staff statewide.
It’s the most natural place to set up a “maker space!” Because you are already in the physical presence of information and instructional materials for pretty much any project, and there are trained humans to find what you don’t have, and I think library advocacy would be a hell of a lot easier if you could point to the entrepreneurial and innovative benefits of throwing creative people into the same space. It just seems like a natural fit to me.