Link roundup – July 16, 2014

Been a long time since my last post – we’ve had a lot of changes at the UMF library, and that’s taken much of my time and thought. (And my current knitting project has taken a lot of what’s left…) But I had one link I particularly wanted to share today, so you get a few others too.

 

Libraries:

For science! (and technology)

The online world: 

Like a lot of people, I’ve been following the various stories about Facebook manipulating feeds for research purposes (and the problematic construction of that research.) DearAuthor had one of the better summaries I’ve seen of the issues, danah boyd has some great thoughts as usual, and the Atlantic’s article also had some specifics I hadn’t seen many other places.

In somewhat happier news, I have been playing with Evernote (which I’m currently using to store books I want to read and some trip planning things for an eventual trip to England whenever I can figure out the scheduling.) I found these 31 tips on Evernote had some things I hadn’t figured out yet (including some interesting search combos) and Michael Hyatt’s post on how he uses tags got me thinking about tags versus notebooks.

For fun:

Recent reading: 

I’ve been in that weird headspace where I have not been picking up fiction, but I did recently reread Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time. Another recent read was The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum, which is one part poisons, one part forensic science, one part history, and one part biography, and all entirely fascinating. Before that, I had a string of books about reptile smuggling, and some pleasant but unremarkable YA mysteries.

I’m currently working on danah boyd’s It’s ComplicatedThe Social Lives of Networked Teensand I’ve been saving Katherine Addison’s (also known as Sarah Monette) The Goblin Emperor for as soon as I have the attention to appreciate it properly. (Everyone I know who’s read it says it’s fabulous and it is so right up my narrative trope alley.) 

My watching habits have been all about the good knitting watching – several sets of Netflix documentaries, a complete rewatch of Leverage, and really enjoying Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries once I’d finished the books. (The series is different, but I find the ways it’s different interesting rather than annoying.)

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Hi, I’m Jen

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