Goodbye, Blogdex

Goodbye, Blogdex (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) I used to love Blogdex, but today’s “most contagious information currently spreading in the weblog community” are measured by a grand total of three links. So I’ve taken it off my blogroll. (I can’t remember the last time I did that.) The last announcement was posted in October of 2004, and that announcement hasn’t been cleared of the spam that has collected there over the past…

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Gibby's Game Room

–Gibby’s Game Room (Nescapades) That’s my first computer on the bottom shelf, a Texas Instruments TI-99 4A (c. 1981). The key combination that produced “+” was “shift+equals.” The key combination that produced “System Reset” was “namelessbutton-right-next-to-shift + equals.” One day it started smoking, so we took it back to the store. I didn’t see an Atari 800 (c. 1979) on Gibby’s page. An internal speaker was set to beep every time…

Decoded at last: the 'classical holy grail' that may rewrite the history of the world

Now, in a breakthrough described as the classical equivalent of finding the holy grail, Oxford University scientists have employed infra-red technology to open up the hoard, known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, and with it the prospect that hundreds of lost Greek comedies, tragedies and epic poems will soon be revealed. In the past four days alone, Oxford’s classicists have used it to make a series of astonishing discoveries, including writing…

Weblogs: nodes of participation in a global context? Non-expert publishing in many languages

Although the English word weblog is known in other languages, this has not prevented translations to appear. In Spanish, for example, weblog in general has apparently been translated using the journal-style kind of definition. In effect, in Spanish, weblogs are more commonly referred to as bitácoras, even though the word weblogs is well known. The word bitácora refers in the first place to the journals kept by captains of the…

Weblogs: Their Use and Application in Science and Technology Libraries (PDF)

Are libraries and librarians willing to support initiative to provide weblog support for their community? The University of Minnesota Libraries think so: “It is our goal to develop a blog server through which everyone in the university community (faculty, staff, and student) can have access to their own individual blog” (University of Minnesota Libraries, accessed December 7, 2004). Other campuses are also providing students and staff with the means to…

What a way to go

Super-volcano, robotic rebellion or terrorism? Kate Ravilious asks 10 scientists to name the biggest danger to Earth and assesses the chances of it happening. –What a way to go  (Guardian) Just in case you’ve gotten lax and started feeling optimistic or something, and you were planning to get a good 8 hours sleep tonight, this list will give you something worthwhile to fear.