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Do Not Feed the Bird Small Slices of Bread

do not feed the birds
Those little slices are bread are adorable.

Lost in Chair

The Lost in Chair turns something annoying and turns it into a feature. This could be a neat way to merchandise some books around the library.

There’s also the Bibliochaise.

Walking Paper Audio Winter 10

Only 29 days until more hours of daylight! Need some new tunes to get you through these wintry days? Download Walking Paper Audio Winter 10. There are guitars, there are beats, there’s old stuff, new stuff, and there might be something you like.


It’s Not Meant To Be – Tame Impala
Sleep Forever – Crocodiles
Evergreen – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Home – Glasser
Drink drank drunk – A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Sunburn – Beat Connection
Primal – Slowdive
Leaves Me Cold – Lush
Desire Lines – Deerhunter
Take ‘Em Up – S Robot
Shipwreck Glue – Kelpe
Train to Baltimore (Original Mix) – Ambivalent
C-Beams – Pariah
Hearts – oOoOO
Redlights – Salem

Rotten Apples

Okay. Maybe these photos are a statement about consumerism. I get it. Could still be a bit wasteful.

I feel a bit awful for liking them so much.

More destroyed Apple stuff.

Sketching Today

Playing around with visualizing DCPL computer usage data.


Apple refurbished the North/Clybourn stop of the red line in Chicago and it looks much nicer than it did before. It also opens up to a plaza at which an Apple store sits on the other side. Convenient, that!



I haven’t been to the stop yet but imagine that it’s lovely. A win/win for the citizens of Chicago and Apple or corporate co-opting of the public? I don’t know. It makes me uncomfortable. Would it feel even creepier if the corporation involved was one that people loved to hate, like Walmart or McDonald’s? Oh wait, some people do love to hate Apple.

Every day people are voting for Apple (and Microsoft and whatever else) with their dollars. It would be easy to just wish that they’d cast their some of their votes for public services but that’s asking a lot. Too much. Libraries need to first be worth voting for and then demonstrate that they’re worth voting for. The real rub is that it would be easier for us to do this if we had more money in the first place, right?

Right. But we also know that there are plenty of things we can do to endear our libraries to the communities they serve.

Trees of Code

I don’t have a strong desire to read this book but I might anyways just because it is an amazing artifact. Insert obvious ebook joke here.

Trees of Code by Jonathan Safran Foer was written by removing words from his favorite book, The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz.

More photos at Visual Editions

The Best of Google Street View

More at The Nine Eyes of Google Street View by Montreal artist Jon Rafman

High School Grads Eligible!

Stephen Abram scooped this great matchbook.

Kik-Step® Stool

Every library I’ve worked in as an adult has had these step stools but they still remind me of being a kid in the library.

I’d never thought about having one around the house until I saw one on Amazon the other day. This lead me to the manufacturers website where there’s a 50th Anniversary Library Edition .