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Writing tomtom ov2 files in ruby

I’m about to take a long car trip, and I finally broke down and bought a GPS for my car. I got a tomtom, and for the most part I’m very happy with it. I especially love the ability to download “points of interest” files, like the 50 best barbeque joints in the country, but […]

Welcome to librarianship, Joyce Chapman

I am pleased as punch that Joyce Chapman, who I have known since forever, and who has always impressed me as an intelligent and motivated person, has finished library school and is about to be one of the NCSU Library Fellows. Great choice of careers, Joyce. Great hire, NCSU! Joyce Chapman will complete the Master […]

Dr. Seuss joins the campaign — brilliant!

Why drivers’ licenses should not be tied to immigration status

Sigh. I just saw this ad online. I hesitate to even reproduce it here, but in the interest of visual aid for my commentary I guess I have to. So, a few thoughts: 1. Holy cow, the Obama in this photo is angry about something. And look how evil and threatening the guy in the […]

Google Books other editions service: not quite there yet

I spent some time today playing around with the Google Books Data API. Pretty cool, for sure. I was especially excited about the “other editions” service, but it looks like it still needs a bit of work. Physics of Semiconductor Lasers is another edition of Pride and Prejudice? Wow, what did Elizabeth Bennet get up […]