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Archive for January, 2009

Equal Pay Legislation – passed and signed

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The Lilly Ledbetter Act was passed and signed. So fuck off, Justices Alito, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy. Your utterly superficial and mean (as in, scanty, beggarly, stingy) interpretation of the Equal Pay Act managed to hurt some people but did not carry the day. Jackasses. Also, a big fuck you to the Republicans (including […]

data privacy day — no, i did not know

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Someone twittered today, “Did you know today was Data Privacy Day?” No, I did not know. But indeed it is. Behold! On January 28, 2009, the United States, Canada, and 27 European countries will celebrate Data Privacy Day. One of the primary goals of Data Privacy Day is to promote privacy education and awareness among […]

sweet (day 1: stop the bush regulations)

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

sweet: Obama halts all regulations pending review 17 hours ago AP 2009/01/20 WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Barack Obama’s first acts is to order federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until his administration can review them. The order went out Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Obama was inaugurated president, in a memorandum signed by […]

marital happiness, kids, and, umm, housework

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

The New York Times covers research showing that marital happiness increases when the kids leave home. Contrary to popular opinion, which has suggested that parents — particularly moms — suffer depression from “empty nest syndrome”, research published in November in Psychological Science found that “marital satisfaction actually improves” when the kids leave home. But if […]

the giant hologram theory of the universe

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Yes, yes, the Inauguration is a big deal. And I am soooo glad that our long national nightmare is finally over. But. There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our politics, fellow Horatios. Recent physics results help stitch together a number of findings, unexplained phenomena, and the usual bizarre […]

Google Book Search panel at ALA Midwinter

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

The ALA’s Copyright Subcommittee (Committee on Legislation) is hosting a panel on the Google Book Settlement at ALA Midwinter this year — Saturday at 1:30 at the Grand Hyatt. (I’m on the committee and on the panel.) Should be interesting. Come to the Google Book Settlement Session at ALA Midwinter Conference January 24th, 2009, 1:30-3:30, […]

oclc will take member feedback on catalog records policy change

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

OCLC will take member feedback on its recent proposed change in licensing terms on cataloging records. See OCLC’s press release from yesterday, “OCLC Board of Trustees and Members Council to convene Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship.” link from librarythingtim yaay. update 2009/1/15: Salon on OCLC at Radical Reference, Friday, Jan. 23, 8 […]


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