(My current reading is at the end, since discussing it got long, because I’ve been reading awesome things.)
Library and tech things:
- The Magpie Librarian did a survey about this year’s ALA conference and behaviour to support the need for codes of conduct and a discussion about what to do about harassment at professional events. Part one has numerical findings, part two has stories from respondants, and part three looks at other larger issues, like comments from trolls on the survey itself.
- Leigh Honeywell has a discussion of how to deal with harassment related to discussions in the computer security community.
- How do I keep my children safe online? The Guardian has a round-up of various security experts on the topic. (Some of whom I agree with and some of whom I don’t, but seeing the responses in one place is fascinating.)
- Tor.com has a roundup of librarians in science fiction and fantasy. (Note the comments have a lot more, also that not all librarians consider the ones named to be good at the job.)
- An interactive guide to blog typography.
- Free tech learning resources, a list from Jessamyn West.
- A review of the ebook subscription services from DearAuthor. (I am still using Oyster, and for my use, I still find it better than the others. Your mileage may very well vary.)
Academia in various forms:
- Excellent tips (from a community college dean) for people going back to school in higher education – many of them just as relevant for 4 year or graduate programs as community college.
- Mansplaining is being added to the Oxford English Dictionary: here’s the origin of the term.
- How to mount a horse in armour and other chivalric problems: a presentation by Dirk H. Breiding, assistant curator of the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (Link goes to MetaFilter, which has links to several other of his presentations.)
- Reconstructing an ancient Sumerian song. (There’s a video, so you can hear it too.)
- Applying social network analysis to Vikings. No, really.
Other links of interest:
- Want to look at amazing art online? Here’s an index of online museums and exhibitions.
- The history of scissors. (This link’s inclusion in my list may have been its proximity to a day spent with friends and their 5 and 2 year olds.)
- Knitting animation: a story told by animated knitting.
Current reads and watches:
I finished danah boyd’s It’s Complicated: the social lives of networked teens about a week ago, and I highly recommend it to anyone who uses the Internet, is a teenager, knows a teenager, or has any interest in the topic at all. Exceedingly readable, and with danah’s usual skill at combining solid research with very accessible looks at what it means. (danah lowercases her name intentionally, for the curious.)
Read about it at her website, and it is available for free if you click the download link (though obviously, buying it makes it easier for her to do more awesome research and make books out of it in future.) I want to do a longer response than “It is fabulous, read it!” but that day is not today.
I also read The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan, which is one of the variety of historical books I like best: a close look at a half-dozen or so individual stories in the context of a larger one (in this case, the refining of uranium at Oak Ridge for the Manhattan Project in World War II.) Like many books of this kind, I was left wanting
I got an advance copy of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) by Christian Rudd, one of the co-founders of OKCupid (via the LibraryThing early reviewer program). I’m most of the way done with it. He’s come under some criticism for the use of data and his reactions about it, but I’m also finding the book very interesting. Again, further review in the future. (There’s a just out New Yorker article about the book.)
On the knitting-watching front, friends told me, no, just go watch Elementary. They have been exceedingly right, and I love the complex mystery in combination with interesting (and often unpredictable) characters. I’ve also been rummaging through Netflix documentaries again.