Walking Paper

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6 Dec 11

New to Me Library Sites that I Like

Library News is a port of Hacker News for library content. It has potential to be interesting and it needs more people posting and voting. Consider contributing so we can all be smarter. Library as Incubator Project. You’ll find articles about the intersection of art and libraries and programming. Visually appealing! Jessamyn wrote about it …

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27 Feb 09

walking paper scraps

→ Need a way to format some text and capture the corresponding the CSS? Try CSS Type Set It works rather well.   → What everybody else is doing is irrelevant. Related to something I’ve been mulling over recently. What would libraries look like if they cut half of their services and concentrated on doing …

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2 Dec 08

walking paper scraps: pretty in your browser edition

→ Host your own muxtape style MP3 player with OpenTape. This is a .12 release, bit it works for the most part. I made walking paper music in about as much time as it took to upload three mp3s. → Make Google Reader easier on your eye with Helvetireader, a userscript for any browser that …

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19 Nov 08

walking paper scraps

→ Don’t talk to strangers — scan them instead. 2D codes + fabric + mobiles phones = people wearing hyperlinks to their social networking profiles. Next up is RFID chips broadcasting your profile wherever you go. It could make for serendipitous connections! → Why Apple is great at interfaces when others are not Short answer: …

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22 Oct 08

walking paper scraps

→ Gr8 db8r takes on linguistic luddites Language guru David Crystal tells John Crace that txt spk is responsible for neither bad spelling nor moral decay → Multicolr Search Lab Flickr Set Search Flickr photos by color by selecting up to 10 colors.

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10 Oct 08

walking paper scraps

→ Planes fly into virtual doughnut People flying virtual planes race meatspace pilots flying through virtual hoops. → Rules for Computing Happiness A few from the list: Do not buy a desktop computer unless your daily computing needs include video/audio editing, 3D rendering, or some other hugely processor-intensive computing task. Buy a portable computer instead. …

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16 Apr 08

walking paper scraps

→ Zkimmer Browse magazines with Google Maps controls. It actually works pretty well. → The hours of operation are perhaps not the sexiest aspect of a library website, but they are nonetheless a “killer app,” providing a small, crucial bit of information for your users. Great intro to the article Using Google Calendar to Manage …

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19 Mar 08

walking paper scraps

→ Downloadable audio content from the library on iPods?!?! Holy smokes. OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks will go on sale in May at Borders.com and should be available to libraries by the end of June, to be followed with the release of OverDrive Media Console for the Mac. OverDrive CEO Steve Potash said the policy change emerged …

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13 Mar 08

walking paper scraps

→ Indiespensable. Small box retail from Powell’s Powell’s new subscription club delivers the best new books, with special attention to leading independent publishers. Signed first editions. Inventive, original sets. Exclusive printings…. Every six weeks, another installment to read and admire. All titles are thoughtfully selected by Powell’s staff. PLUS: Every shipment is stocked with exciting …

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1 Mar 08

walking paper scraps

→ So many good things happen with a WordPress based OPAC. Like easily creating the ability to text item location information to your cellphone. So cool! → Google Book Search Adds a Social Layer → I Repeat: Do Not Listen to Your Users is a post that provides some real world examples of Jakob Nielsen’s …

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