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

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)

(Reblogged from merlin)
Web conference anomie

Web conference anomie

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.

(Reblogged from idea-lab)

Travelogue. Last flight out.

I approve.



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.

(Reblogged from johnxlibris)

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

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.