Sophistick

Feb 25

Goruck SD20 backpack with three days’ worth of conference gear.

Goruck SD20 backpack with three days’ worth of conference gear.

Jan 14

“Geekdom is not a club; it’s a destination, open to anyone who wants to put in the time and effort to travel there.” —

In which alpha geek John Siracusa says anyone can be a geek. See also John Scalzi pulling rank on someone who claims to speak for all geeks.

John Siracusa (via merlin)

(via merlin)

Oct 24

Web conference anomie

Web conference anomie

Oct 04

Obituaries for a Vietnamese general

General Vo Nguyen Giap, head of the Vietnamese military which drove the French and Americans out of his country, died today at the age of approximately 102.

A world historical figure of his stature deserves a better obituary than this New York Times piece, which rambles and repeats itself and spends more time quoting Giap’s enemies than anything else.

The Associated Press’s version, as reprinted in the Irish Times (and everywhere else right now) is better, and provides more context.

Sep 01

kate vs. west: i feel like a lot of the academic dismissiveness towards web-based... -

thecardiganlibrarian:

lecieltumultueux:

healthscireflib:

oeste:

i feel like a lot of the academic dismissiveness towards web-based sources originates from students relying on heavily biased, misinformed, or inaccurate sources.

which i think could be circumvented in a more lasting and useful way by teaching students how to pick and choose sources, and…

BLESS THIS POST.

Love, your academic librarian.

Thoughts: instead of just banning Wikipedia, I had a prof that thoughtfully suggested I look at the sources listed on Wikipedia while I was writing this ridiculous paper on Renaissance trade guilds in Florence. I was struggling to find sources, and with his tip, I ended up finding an 800 page PDF of an entire book related to the subject that I hadn’t found anywhere else. 

Less banning! More guiding!

I use wikipedia a TON when I am trying to discover search terms and starting point searches, especially for reference questions far out of my frame of reference. There’s a place for wikipedia and online searches, they just aren’t an end destination, most of the time.

Wikipedia has the very real advantage of being something everyone can use and refer to. The perfect library source, hidden away behind a paywall, is not as useful.

Because of the collaborative editing it has some weird problems that traditional encyclopedias don’t have, but on the whole it’s no more or less trustworthy than any given Britannica article. And it tends to be more detailed and interesting.

(via idea-lab)

Jun 17

Travelogue. Last flight out.

Travelogue. Last flight out.

Jun 12

I approve.

johnxlibris:

libraryjournal:

The Library Journal / Tumblr  ALA meet up is HAPPENING and I am going to be raffling off 10 of these babies. Pencil in Saturday, June 29 between 7-9pm. More details to come!

It is happening.

I approve.

johnxlibris:

libraryjournal:

The Library Journal / Tumblr  ALA meet up is HAPPENING and I am going to be raffling off 10 of these babies. Pencil in Saturday, June 29 between 7-9pm. More details to come!

It is happening.

Apr 24

CIA pushed to add Boston bomber to terror watch list - The Washington Post -

Intelligence work is hard. I get that. But I would think that anybody who gets referred to both CIA and FBI might be more important than whether I take off my shoes when I fly.

Apr 10

History vs. Art History

**How Florentine history sounds to an art historian**:

blah blah blah Medici blah blah Botticelli blah blah art blah blah
sculpture blah Michelangelo

**How Florentine history sounds to historians**:

blah blah coup blah blah blah Medici blah blah uprising blah blah
conditierri blah Julius II blah blah

Apr 06

Lydian Quartet, Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis

"Just play the goddamned fugue by itself."

A two-part program which included:

There was some chatter behind me about the brutality of putting a new piece on the program with one of Beethoven’s best. The consensus was that if it’s going to last as a piece of quartet repertoire it’d have to do that eventually anyway. The quote above is also from them, after the concluding Great Fugue.

Rohde’s Treatises were in the modern style where everything seems short and sharp and harsh, and the instruments appear to be playing at cross-purposes. The effect is disconcerting, which is probably part of the point.

I don’t think I’d ever heard the Beethoven piece either, so both were premieres for me. It’s very nice, and very lyrical. It comes in six movements which on first hearing don’t appear to bear much resemblance to each other. And it concluded with the Great Fugue, which Beethoven’s publisher reacted to originally by making him write something more pedestrian.

A very pleasant evening, and sold out for twenty dollars a ticket on a Saturday night.