Archive for: April, 2010

Music Mondays: "How Can I Be Ruling The Rock World 40 Years After My Death?"

Apr 12 2010 Published by under music mondays

A nice interview with Jimi Hendrix's sister Janie on the Bravewords.com site. It's talking about the latest collection of unreleased Hendrix material to hit the stores, Valleys Of Neptune.

Janie Hendrix: "He's probably laughing."

BraveWords.com: Yeah, he must be laughing, going, "how can I be ruling the rock world..."

Janie Hendrix: "40 years after my death. 'Yes, all right!' Well, it's interesting because, yes, he did have the talent and it seems like he kind of knew in some ways that he didn't have a whole lot of time left here to create what he needed to create, so here we have decades of music that he created in four years. And it is kind of interesting because when he was alive it really hurt him that people didn't get him, that they didn't understand his music. People would say, 'oh he plays rock.' And he's like, 'please don't label my music. You'll just frustrate you and you'll frustrate me, because it's not a label.' And I think that here we are forty years later and I think people now are more accepting of that. Before it was like, where do you fit in? Do you fit in on the hard rock station, do you fit in on the blues station, do you fit in on the R&B/soul station? Where do you fit in these six little boxes, where now we have Sirius Radio. We have channels and channels and blue collar comedy. Who would have thought that there'd be so many different choices of things that you listen to. BOB DYLAN has his own station, so I think that it's just a different generation that accepts, 'okay, if you don't want to be titled, fine, it's Jimi and we love it.' So I think that's a great evolution we've landed to."

*snip*

BraveWords.com: Can you elaborate on what else we can expect with this catalog project with Legacy?

Janie Hendrix:
"You can expect two projects a year. You can expect to see concert footage that you've never seen before, that we've been able to acquire. And you can expect different forms of Jimi's music. We have an anthology project, Jimi's own words, that will be in CD and DVD form, also it will be on A&E and the BBC. We have, gosh, so many projects coming your way, and then of course our tribute concert (Experience Hendrix Tribute Tour) that we bring Jimi's music to people, inspired by other artists. But definitely more CDs, more DVDs, more documentaries and within this next eight years, the bio, the movie. We have Guitar Hero out already and now we are working on Rock Band."

I have Valleys Of Neptune and it's quite good, especially the bluesier numbers like Red House. Is it for the non-Hendrix-completest? Well, I'm by no means a Hendrix fanatic and I found it quite worthwhile.

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Friday Fun: Alien vs Winnie-the-Pooh

Apr 09 2010 Published by under friday fun, science fiction

This is sick, sick stuff. But actually quite funny, really, in a very black humour sort of way.

It's a web comic about the creatures from the Alien films invading the Hundred Acre Wood and basically turning all our most beloved childhood characters into monsters. The comic probably goes on a tad too long, stretching out a rather amusing concept to somewhat pointless length. This is the kind of thing where you have to hit the high points immediately and then run for cover.

There are, however, a couple of really good lines, like, "Suddenly Pooh found himself in the middle of a gastronomic misadventure. Oh, Bother!" and, "Here is Tigger doing what Tiggers do best...operating hydraulic exoskeletons."

(BoingBoing via DJF on Friendfeed.)

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11 Ideas About Which I May Be Wrong

Apr 07 2010 Published by under social media

Not me actually, but Joshua Kim on the blog Technology and Learning. Kim's blog is easily the most relevant to libraries of the Inside Higher Ed BlogU stable, even more so than the apparently defunct Keywords from a Librarian which always seemed bizarrely stuck in 1979.

Anyways, Kim's latest piece is 11 Ideas About Which I May Be Wrong, but really should have been titled "11 Things that you're going to have to convince that I'm wrong." While some of the items are a bit narrowly defined and perhaps not too relevant to the library world, I think on most of them he's pretty well right on target.

Here's the list, with a couple of them filled out with his full comments:

  1. Open Content.
  2. Open Student Blogs / LMS.
  3. Copyright.
  4. Attention. Education, course work, and curriculum is but one competitor in the marketplace of attention. We can spend all of our time saying that our students should devote the sort of attention and focus that we devoted to our classwork, and that we should not pander to their wants or compete with the media. But the reality is that students have far more demands on their attention than we did, and we are in a competition to convince our students to fall in love with the academic material as we did. Therefore, we must find ways to deliver our educational content and and learning opportunities through mediums that are interactive, engaging, and relevant.
  5. Open Source.
  6. Strengths.
  7. Grading.
  8. Blackboard.
  9. Apps. Apps, those developed for the iPad, Touch, iPhone, and Android devices, will change educational delivery and learning technology. Apps will complement the capabilities and benefits of browser based learning technology delivery. This is a both/and and not an either/or story.
  10. Mobile.
  11. NCAT.

At the end, he asks, "What are you wrong about?" In other words, what do you think you're right about and would like someone to prove you wrong about?

I'll take the bait:

  • The biggest transformation in libraries over the next 10 years will be our relationship to stuff. Crumbling media business models and a movement to open access and more broadly to open content will challenge us to find things worth paying for.
  • As a corollary to the first point, sometime in the next 10 years I will buy my last print book.
  • Perhaps the biggest challenge in our relationship to our host institutions will be justifying the expense of transforming what we now have as collection space into various spaces for students. A lot of other constituencies will want that space and that money.

What are you wrong about?

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Friday Fun: CERN Scientists Awaken Balrog

Apr 03 2010 Published by under friday fun

OK, so Friday Fun a day late.

Anyways, April Fools day was a couple of days ago and I thought that the ScienceBlogs home page was the funniest science-related prank of the day.

So, for those of you that missed the headline and the little story that went with it, here goes:

CERN Scientists Awaken Balrog

When the Large Hadron Collider brought protons up to full speed on Tuesday,
smashing them together at 99 percent the speed of light, the world did not end
as some feared. But disturbing news emerged Thursday morning that CERN
scientists have desperately been trying to cover up a catastrophe of another
kind. The force of protons colliding has apparently awakened a slumbering
Balrog. The Balrog's existence went undetected during preliminary evaluations
of the LHC site, but engineer Gordon Freeman, who worked on the construction of
the collider, says that several tests were done for the presence of Balrogs.
"There was no way we could have seen this coming," he said with his head in his
hands. The LHC staff have reportedly called for a team of cryptozoologists to
investigate how the Balrog might be cast down, but those who are familiar with
the ancient enemy aren't hopeful. "This foe will not be easy to smite," said
Freeman.

(This counts as digital preservation, right?)

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Google to Digitize Lost Library of Alexandria

Apr 01 2010 Published by under ebooks, friday fun

From the news release:

Google to Digitize Lost Library of Alexandria

by Paoli du Flippi
-- posted @ 4/01/2010 12:01:00 AM PT

Today at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California, Executive Dan Clancy, head of the Google Books project, announced plans to digitize the contents of the Lost Ancient Library of Alexandria.

Initially, some confusion arose among the assembled media representatives, who immediately began to inquire about the details of dealing with the recalcitrant and xenophobic government of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. But Mr. Clancy quickly set the press corps straight.

"Ladies and gentlemen, you should know by now that Google does not undertake small projects. Or if we do, we do not convene press conferences to boast of them. No, although we are indeed currently scanning the contents of many contemporary foreign libraries as a routine part of our business model, I am talking now about access to the fabled and heretofore extinct institution which was founded during the reign of Ptolemy Soter in the third century BC, and which lasted in some form down until AD 391."

This "clarification" succeeded only in raising confusion and clamor among the reporters, newscasters and bloggers. But once order was restored to the auditorium, Mr. Clancy continued.

"You might ask how we here at Google have gained access to the Alexandrian collection, presumed to be forever lost. Was it through sponsorship of some archaeological dig perhaps, or a massive combing through museums and private holdings to reassemble the collection from unrecognized disparate bits? Nothing so trivial! Google simply had to invent a practical means of time travel, which we can now reveal to the public."

At this point, Mr. Clancy was joined onstage by a man who appeared to be his identical twin. Shortly after, a third duplicate appeared, and then, in quick succession, a dozen more.

*snip*

Mr. Clancy grinned. "Well, Mark, it's like this. The task is already done! As soon as we knew we were going to do it, we realized that sometime in the future the task would already be completed. So we just jumped ahead into the future and brought the complete Library of Alexandria scans back to our era. That's the miracle of time travel and its paradoxes! By the way: the entire project fits onto a ten-petabyte thumb drive. And we have copies today for everyone!"

April Fools!

Locus Magazine does a great set of April Fools news items every year and this year is no exception.

Here are links to the other articles for this year:

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