Today I found Galaxy in my referers log, which was quite the shock because I didn't realize that it's still around. It's like seeing an old friend from high school!
This is brilliant and I love the idea. We're definitely in for some seismic cultural shifts over the next few years.
My question is which American news group will be the first to realize the potential of true interactivity with its readers and implement this type of service here?
This will be an excellent resource for libraries interested in this type of program because Peter will be expanding this resource into a full how-to:
Peter also notes that the University of Calgary has an online eBookstore. It will be interesting to see how this fares!
"eBooks are a portable, versatile, and interactive new technology with the potential to dramatically improve learning. We carry a growing number of eBook titles in the Microsoft Reader, Palm Reader, and Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader formats."
"Thought for the day: More bacteria are alive in your mouth right now than the number of people who have ever lived on Earth. And if you're swimming in the ocean and take an accidental gulp of seawater, some of those bacteria in your mouth are the very ones that may control global warming." [Sci-Fi Today]
Along with the new back-end comes a new RSS feed. I'm just happy to have LS back in my aggregator!
Last week I highlighted the Sunderland Public Library's web site because it's gone blog. Bruce O'Leary notes that the Town of Sunderland's site is a blog, too. This is exactly what I want my own community to set up locally!
Of course, I humbly suggest that the Town's site link to the Library's site....
Can someone please explain to me why I can now buy a 32MB MP3 player - similar to the one I bought in 1999 - for $100 on sale, but yet the price of CDs has gone up?
(That's a rhetorical question.)
Every day now Kailee is asking for a Nintendo GameCube and the game Animal Crossing. A friend of hers got both for Christmas, and Kailee is totally hooked on it. This is the first console video game that she's really wanted to play, and now not a day goes by that she doesn't remind us that her birthday is coming up next month. She has the Mary-Kate and Ashley horse riding game for Playstation, but she's only played it a couple of times. Clearly, this game is different.
Then I read that Eric got a Playstation 2 for his family, but he doesn't note which games he bought for the kids (what did you get, Eric?). I'm interested in recommendations for good console games, particularly for grade school girls. We have a Playstation 2, but I might consider a GameCube since I think there would be more games of interest for her (and me, since I'm not really into shooter or sports games). I know she'd save up her allowance to buy something like Animal Crossing.
Heh-heh. Another message noted that Valenti would probably like to see library resources locked down in a way similar to Steve Mann's 2001 exhibit SeatSale: License to Sit.
Licensing (as we are already finding out with the spiralling price of serials and ebooks) could well be the death of libraries in a Heavenly Jukebox future, especially if there is no provision for fair use of copyrighted materials by library patrons.
The lesson here is to think about contacting a librarian when you find yourself spending too much time researching something, whether it's for work or personal knowledge! The minute you feel the first hint of frustration, contact a librarian! (The Illinois Compiled Statutes and more have been available online for some time now, too.) Illinois residents can Ask the Illinois State Library questions via email or telephone. A statewide online chat service should be up and running later this year, but of course you can always start with your local public library, as well.
Unfortunately, it looks like someone has removed the Illinois State Library from the list of Illinois State Agencies. This is shameful. If state governments continue burying library resources on their sites and cutting funding for them altogether, the bigger shame will be that the type of service Ernie highlights won't even be available, let alone the norm. You need to let your legislators know that you value library services at every level - local, state, and federal. These things matter.
Have you seen the Cheer commercial in which a boyfriend and girlfriend are talking on the phone about a black shirt she gave him? He says it's faded from all of the times he's worn it, so she tells him to wear it the next time they meet. He grabs the sweater and washes it repeatedly to make it fade, but because he's using Cheer, it doesn't.
Have you also noticed that they've added some fine print at the bottom of the screen that you can go to http://www.cheer.com/song to hear the full version of the tune that plays during the commercial? If you follow that link, you're re-directed to the main page, the song automatically starts playing, and there's a link to download the full version (for Windows or Mac). Did people contact them asking about the song, or did the company proactively push the envelope of advertising for laundry detergent?
It's not a particularly great song, but it's interesting that they're making it so prominent on their television commercial and web site. I can't remember where I saw it last week (I hate when that happens), but there was an article noting that there haven't been any good advertising jingles lately, in part because companies are licensing real songs by real artists and attaching their brands to them. The Cheer song (which I assume is an original since there are no credits available for it) is an interesting combination of this phenomenon, and a good use of their web site. It made me visit.
That's a pretty small sample, but if the statistics hold up when scaled, it would show that people are truly creating their own content, rather than just sitting back and letting the internet become a one-way (corporate) medium. And 77% of them are publishing via a dial-up connection, so they don't need broadband to do it. I have to think that blogs will only increase those numbers, as will photoblogging for families.
Of course, they may also be getting domain names in order to maintain a stable email address. Will Cox pointed me to a notice that Comcast will maintain AT&T Broadband email accounts through 2004 because so many customers complained about having to change their address yet again. I'm glad they're listening, a nice change in this industry.
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