As one of the DVR fanatics described in this article, I just want to note the price drops on ReplayTVs, augmented by a $50 rebate good for the two lower-end Replays if bought before January 1). The low end 40-hour version still needs to drop another $100 to gain some mainstream momentum, but it's currently at $300. The higher the model number, though, the bigger the price drop.
The 80-hour version is going for $400 (down from $550, plus you can get the $50 rebate bringing it to $500), the 160-hour version is at $600 (down from $1000), and in a pretty stunning freefall from earlier this year, the 320-hour version (with ethernet port and commercial skip) is just $999 (down from $1300 last month and down from $2000 when it was introduced a little over a year ago). And they are once again available through retail outlets like Best Buy. All of which would help if the economy was better.
Most of the presentations from this month's Internet Librarian conference are now available online, which means you can view my presentation with Barbara Fullerton about The Wacky World of Gadgets (note: it's a 2.5MB Powerpoint file). Warning: not all of them are library-related. Some are just plain fun.
I recently made some new additions to my NetFlix rental queue, and today I got the following email from them:
How cool is that? Kind of the anti-
This made the rounds of the library blogosphere last week, but in case you haven't seen it, Mattel is holding a vote to determine Barbie's next career and one of the choices is librarian. I went ahead and voted for my vocation because I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt and hoping that they'll use the opportunity to extend Barbie beyond just "Barbie" for a new generation of kids.
For example, I'd love to see them evolve the Talk With Me Barbie concept to make Librarian Barbie an interactive guide for information literacy. Barbie could surf with kids and prompt them to think about the sites they are visiting. However, if Mattel fails to take advantage of this opening, I'd love to see a Smartee Librarian.
Right now, librarians are leading the vote with 47%.
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Spreading the meme:
Why You Should Fall to Your Knees and Worship a Librarian