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Month: September 2007 (page 1 of 2)

Bora! Bora! Bora!

Center for the Digital Libraries (CRADLE) presents

Speaker: Bora Zivkovic, the Online Community Manager at PLoS ONE (Public Library of Science)
Date: Friday, Oct 5
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Manning Hall, Room 208

Title: Science 2.0

The development of the Web has provided new ways for doing science, publishing and communicating science, networking within a scientific community, and teaching science. Blogs and wikis, existing social networking sites (e.g, Facebook), new science networking sites, Open Access Publishing and Open Notebook Science are just some of the many ways that scientists, students and interested laypeople are starting to change the way science (communication) is done, connected, used and archived and the future is difficult to predict – which does not stop us from speculating, which is the fun part, so let’s speculate!

Jessamyn West in NYTimes Style Section (hosted by Jessamyn West is featured not once but twice in this slide show from the New York Times Style section associated with an article entitled “All-Stars of the Clever Riposte” on blog commenters and on Metafilter. Jessamyn has been Putting the Rarin’ Back in Librarian Since 1999 with stye!

Bob Young at UNC – October 30

Bob Young
WHO: Bob Young, founder of, and Red Hat
WHAT: As seen on Facebook!
WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
WHERE: The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (moved to a larger room)

Why Net Neutrality is essential – Verizon edition

The attempt by Verizon to chill speech in the form of text-message alerts by NARAL gets serious considered reactions across the net — and others. This kind of action by what should be a common carrier with no authority over content is exactly what net neutralists have feared and predicted. Thanks for making it real, Verizon. Now let’s get some legislation and enforcement in place.

Fellow J-school blogger Leroy Townes says more at his TalkPolitics blog.

Amy Tiemann posts her reaction, as a concerned mom, at her CNet (parent . thesis) blog.

Here’s what Verizon found offensive:

End Bush’s global gag rule against birth control for world’s poorest women! Call Congress. (202) 224-3121. Thnx! Naral Text4Choice

UPDATE: Verizon just reversed thier position and will allow the NARAL messages says CNet.

The democratization of innovation makes everybody happy

I get the money quote in a Daily Tar Heel article out today about the success of Red Hat and of Open Source, Local open-source provider thrives.

The writer, Alex Henderson, does a good job of finding students who can say why open source and Red Hat are important. Carolina Open Source Initiative‘s Doug Whitfield also gives props to (thanks Doug):

The other is the nonprofit, UNC-run, an extensive online library and digital archive. “They’re the kind of poster child of open source,” Whitfield said.


Whitfield said ibiblio is an equally important member of the open-source community.

“What ibiblio has meant to the open-source community through the years, I don’t think that can be overstated,” he said. “I think that gets lost in the shuffle because they don’t make money.”

Feel free to send us money!

Trading on the currency of Roush

Fellow J-school blogger Chris Roush‘s Talking Biz News gets cited as on of the Top 100 Academic Blogs Every Professional Investor Should Read by Jessica Hupp of Hupp writes: “This blog from SABEW and the Carolina Business News Initiative discusses why economic pundits are so negative, who the media blames for economic issues, and other fun economic topics.”

Unfortunately, Hupp gets the link wrong and send you to the Library of Georgia State University instead of sending you to Chris’ great blog. UPDATE: The link is fixed now.

Woh! How to Who.

genetic dr who story:

  1. set up a feeling of a certain time
  2. but something is askew
  3. involves aliens who are not friendly
  4. people are disappearing and/or being eaten
  5. enter who and co making witty comments
  6. who crew == around 2.5-3.5 members
  7. team up with a native of that time/place
  8. each who partner discovers a bit of what’s up
  9. who crew confront aliens after near death battle
  10. alien and/or who explain it all in a monologue
  11. battle to the death (again but this time we really mean it)
  12. second monologue to explain the parts left out from last monologue
  13. back to the tardis

The Old Ceremony set list

Out amongst the scene-sters tonight at the Cat’s Cradle where the wonderful Modern Skirts opened for the Old Ceremony.

Not Ready To Go
Talk Straight
Until My Voice is Gone
Morning Glories
Shame (new one)
Our One Mistake
Bao Chin
Blood and Oil
Papers in Order
Get to Love

Murmur in Her Heart
Someone I Used to Know
Dumbed Down

Anton and Science Blogging Conference in NandO

2008 Science Bloggers Conference
Anton, Mister Sugar, Zuiker is featured in today’s News and Observer talking about his life as a blogger and about the up-coming 2nd NC Science Bloggers Conference.

Anton’s own reaction to the article here on his blog.

Google unleashes the Brazillians

TechCrunch reports that Google will “out open” FaceBook in November as they release APIs to iGoogle and Orkut as a first step. Orkut is famously, or infamously, because Brazillian quickly much to the apparent surprise of Google and the “cool kids” who first rushed to the social networking site as it was growing.

Michael Arrlington further writes:

The short version: Google will announce a new set of APIs on November 5 that will allow developers to leverage Google’s social graph data. They’ll start with Orkut and iGoogle (Google’s personalized home page), and expand from there to include Gmail, Google Talk and other Google services over time.

On November 5 we’ll likely see third party iGoogle gadgets that leverage Orkut’s social graph information – the most basic implementation of what Google is planning. From there we may see a lot more – such as the ability to pull Orkut data outside of Google and into third party applications via the APIs. And Google is also considering allowing third parties to join the party at the other end of the platform – meaning other social networks (think Bebo, Friendster, Twitter, Digg and thousands of others) to give access to their user data to developers through those same APIs.

Dare Obasanjo adds some more detailed insight and speculation on his blog.

BarcampRDU – the video

Matt Frye takes us on a brief trip to the recent BarcampRDU.

Stuffism to be discussed

You see the title “Why select?” but people actually do select and like selecting. The real question will be who selects and when.

My answer: Not archivists, but a variety of communities of data-miners and recommenders both human and programs will be selecting. When? Not at the time of adding to the archives so much as later at a just-in-time basis.

“Storage is Cheap: Why Select?”
Thursday, September 27, 12:30-1:45pm

Storage media for digital information are extremely cheap and getting exponentially cheaper over time. The price of a terabyte of hard drive space is a few hundred dollars, and in a decade it will be less than a dollar. The cost of the expertise of well-trained information professionals, on the other hand, is quite high and likely to increase over time. So shouldn’t we stop worrying about selection and just capture and keep as much material as possible?

Moderated by Dr. Cal Lee Panelists will include UNC Libraries’ Rich Szary, SILS faculty member Paul Jones, SILS students Lori Eakin and Abbey Thompson, Kelly Eubank – Electronic Records Archivist for State of North Carolina and Duke University’s Electronic Records Archvist Seth Shaw.

Grindcam Returns!

Don and Cristobal just came back in smiling. They’ve just reinstalled the GrindCam. Now everyone can tune in and see how long the line is at the Daily Grind. Map included in case you don’t know where the Daily Grind is.

From ibiblio where sharing is our way of caring.

Muldoon to be New Yorker Poetry Editor

Paul Muldoon attacks Strat
After 17 years as poetry editor of the New Yorker, Alice Quinn is stepping down to work on the journals of Elizabeth Bishop. Stepping up will be Irish-born Pulitzer-winning poet and Warren Zevon collaborator, Paul Muldoon.

Amongst other things Muldoon tortures a Strat in the band Rackett.

Small Jones connection: I was a reader for some of Muldoon’s earlier manuscripts including Quoof and Meeting the British

Earlier Paul Muldoon articles on this blog.

Dan Lyons eats SCOX Crow

He says it here himself at

In the print edition of Forbes there’s a great (albeit sometimes painful) tradition of doing “follow-through” articles where a reporter either takes a victory lap for making a good call or falls on his sword for making a bad one. Online publications don’t typically ask for follow-throughs. But I need to write one.

For four years, I’ve been covering a lawsuit for, and my early predictions on this case have turned out to be so profoundly wrong that I am writing this mea culpa. What can I say? I grew up Roman Catholic. The habit stays with you.


But I still thought it would be foolish to predict how this lawsuit (or any lawsuit) would play out. I even wrote an article called “Revenge of the Nerds,” which poked fun at the pack of amateur sleuths who were following the case on a Web site called Groklaw and who claimed to know for sure that SCO was going to lose.

Turns out those amateur sleuths were right. Now some of them are writing to me asking how I’d like my crow cooked, and where I’d like it delivered.

Others in that highly partisan crowd have suggested that I wanted SCO to win, and even that I was paid off by SCO or Microsoft. Of course that’s not true. I’ve told these folks it’s not true. Hasn’t stopped them.

The truth, as is often the case, is far less exciting than the conspiracy theorists would like to believe. It is simply this: I got it wrong. The nerds got it right.

SCO is road kill. Its lawsuit long ago ceased to represent any threat to Linux. That operating system has become far too successful to be dislodged. Someday soon the SCO lawsuits will go away, and I will never have to write another article about SCO ever again. I can’t wait.

Glad to hear this Dan. I love you in your Fake Steve Jobs role. Don’t stop there. Yr Freetard friend, Paul.

COSI at Software Freedom Day

Cristobal and Doug tell us about the Carolina Open Source Initiative‘s Software Freedom Day events.

PJ standing in for PJ

Last night, I stood in for Groklaw‘s Pamela Jones at the Louis Round Wilson Knowledge Trust Awards. PJ was taken ill at the last minute and since I’ve been accused of being her or of being half of her, I seemed like a natural standin for her. It helped a lot that PJ sent me a copy of her speech the night before. I’ll link to it once it’s up at the Knowledge Trust site.

Other Wilson Knowledge Trust Awardees were Brewster Kahle of, David P. Reed of Reed’s Law fame, Michael Jones of Google Earth, Tom Blanton of National Security Archive, Jeff Elkner of Open Book Project, Ryan Allis of iContact

Pictures of Freedom

Several (about 28 or so) pictures from Software Freedom Day 2007 at the Carolina Union on this past Friday put on by COSI (Carolina Open Software Initiative of which I am faculty advisor). Doug and Cristobal and the gang did a great job. Cristobal makes a very funny pit preacher for FLOSS.

Sounds of Freedom

Last year when the UNC Football game preshow was a low flyover of F-15 fighter jets, the noise was intense. So was the discussion that followed on the local email lists and blogs.

This year after a neighbor’s dog was spooked, escaped and then hit by a car during an unannounced fireworks display at the football stadium, I was quick to post the announcement that there would be a low flight of Apache helicopters on Saturday.

Predictably the lists went wild. Folks concerned about their dogs and serenity and to a large part dedicated to non-violence vs those who wanted to cite their brief military background and the chicken-little-ness of the other side.

One veteran , however, had it down:

Speaking as ex-military, believer in peace, neighborhood resident – the “sound of freedom” is people expressing their views freely, without fear of reprisal – as on this neighborhood list.

And after all of that, the Sound of Freedom turned out to be less annoying than the Sound of News as the Apaches made aless noisy than the circling TV helicopters.

In other Sounds of Freedom instances, Conservative Republican Representative Walter Jones was spending Saturday in his office writing condolence letters to families of service personnel killed in Iraq. “So far, he has signed about 6,700 letters to family members.”

Elvis Costello and NC Symphony setlist

Will clean up in the morning

Elvis introduces the night and the Orchestra starts on his “Il Sogno,” his “Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.” Puck is a jazz sax fairy.

Elvis on guitar “All the Useless Beauty”

Steve Nieve arrangement of “Still too soon to know”

God Bless the Dixie Chicks says Elvis

“Birds will still be singing” from the Juilette Letters


“The Girl in the Other Room”

“Veronica” written with Paul McCarthy
Orchestra reprises the ending

Steve Nieve arrangement of “Green Shirt”

“Shipbuilding” credits Chet Baker’s playing for driving the new arrangement

“River in Reverse” aka “Wake me up”

Nativity song in a refuge camp says El. “(Found Myself in) Bedlam”

“(What’s so funny about) Peace, Love and Understanding”

Written with T-Bone Burnett for Alison Krause. “Scarlet Tide” A war widow’s distrust of government says El. Then a bit about how he loves being in a country with a written constitution.

Peter Gunn theme woven into “Watching the Detectives” with alto and soprano sax solos


“God Give Me Strength”

“Still have that other girl in my head”

“Accidents will happen”

“Allison” with orchestra intro then to solo guitar then orchestra reenters then fade to “Tracks of My Tears”

“Couldn’t Call It Unexpected No. 4” from “Mighty Like A Rose”

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