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Sing A Song Of Innovation

My friend and fellow practical library tech booster, Steve Campion, sent me this message on facebook today:
Hey Michael,
Is singing in your new job description? Someone suggested that either you or I need to sing this song at ALA Midwinter. I’m not going, so it might be up to you.

His post says:

To the tune of “The Major-General’s Song”
With apologies to Gilbert & Sullivan… and you… :)

I advocate creation of a social network library,
Dispense with thoughts a-plenty in my blog much like a diary,
And show how common MySpace is, it dominates the territ’ry
‘Cuz people like to share their lives; it’s really quite extraordin’ry.

I upload pix of our events on a communal Flickr page,
And make it easy to YouTube; that latest clip is all the rage.
Encourage interaction for our young and old of any age,
Makes working here as fun as anything they do at Cam-ba-ridge.

I recommend Delicious, Facebook, wikis, Ning, and R-S-S,
Use tag clouds, gaming, apps and widgets, and I twitter to excess.
It matters that our patrons are involved with our transparency.
I advocate creation of a social network library.

Well firstly, I wish you were going to be at Midwinter. Secondly, while I’d be willing to give this my best effort, you must know the outcome would likely be more in line with Homer Simpson’s performance cited below:

Homer: Well, here I am, right on time. I don’t see Barney “Let’s
crash the rocket into the White House and kill the President”
Assistant: Actually, he’s been here since sunrise.
[Barney works with a punching bag]
Barney: Hi Homer. Since they made me stop drinking, I’ve regained my
balance and diction! Observe: [does backflips] “I am the
very model of a modern major general, I’ve information
vegetable, animal, and mineral.”
Homer: Oh, that’s nothing. Watch this: [does cartwheels] “There
once was a man from Nantucket, Whose –” [smashes into a
*link to full episode script*

homer and bender
In related news, the new Futurama DVD was released today. W00t!

In completely unrelated news: Pretty song, pretty books, pretty people


A Happily Converged Recursive Spiral

This image in this post is just slightly freaky when you read what it includes and how the image came to be posted to the blog tonight. It’s deep, shallow and goes ’round and ’round.
So yesterday I blogged about Pandora and libraries (again, sorry), tonight I was working a bit at home and listening away to my good friend Pandora when a “frame ad” came up around the player. The ad? It was from the folks at Palm, for the Treo. In this series of ads, they mention the different ways you can integrate a Treo into your life. Interestingly, the ad I saw highlighted flickr. So, I whip out my Treo, while listening to Pandora, take a picture of the flickr/Treo/Palm/Pandora screen and upload it to flickr. Then I go into my blog editing software and write this post. Which will now include some code that will make a picture showing you an amazingly deep example of convergence show up for you. Enjoy!
Hyper Recursive



A couple of my friends (they happen to be librarians as well) have complained over the years because I don?t post much personal information here that isn?t library related. To these fine folks I say: ?Look at my flickr pages!? To satisfy this huge market (a solid three or four readers anyway;), because I love music so very much, have posted about it before and because I am working on a ?Top 100 Albums Every Public Library In America Should Be Circulating? list, I?m going to use a little space to respond to the ?Tag, Your It? music posts I got last week. Thanks to Max and Aaron for ?tagging? me. Here goes:

Total Volume of music files on my computer:
77.2 GB. That ain?t no typo, sister.

The Last CD I Bought Was:
Morrissey- Live at Earls Court

Song playing right now:
?I Was Born (A Unicorn)? by The Unicorns

Five songs I listen to a lot or that mean a lot to me:
I couldn?t resist doing both separately. It was hard though, as they really ought to be at least 100 times longer. A difficult task this was!

Mean a lot:
1. ?Discolite? by Teenage Fanclub
2. ?Leave? by R.E.M.
3. ?Wishing Well? by Terrance Trent D?Arby
4. ?Nothing Better? by The Postal Service
5. ?Signal To Noise? by Peter Gabriel

Listen to a lot:
1. ?Twenty Cell Revolt? by Menomena
2. ?He Knows I?d Love to See Him? by Morrissey
3. ?Love Spreads? by the Stone Roses
4. ?Beverley Hills? by Weezer
5. Prince ? most anything, most anytime

First concert I ever attended:
Bryan Adams. Hey, this was 1984 when he was fresh and cool. Besides, Autograph opened up for him and doesn?t that really just make it seem right?

In keeping with the nature of this exersize I need to tag three other folks. If I passed it along, it would go to:
Donna F.
Michael S.
Chris P.


Song and Song Site of the Day

Check out the new edition of AMG at Search by genre, mood, country, instrument, wow! Librarians gotta love this. Cataloging anyone? Be prepared to register now though.

Song of the day:
“Computer Love” by Zapp.

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