My credo

Jul. 11th, 2008 10:36 pm
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I tinkered with the look of my LJ tonight, and decided to use a style that allows custom text. Here's what I put there:

I believe in humanity: our indwelling capacity for good, our insatiable desire to make ourselves known to one another, our coruscating passion for knowledge, our ability to handle the truth, and our capacity for learning from really dumb mistakes.

I believe in humor as the universal solvent of ignorance, grief, and fear.

I believe in public libraries.

I believe in using intellectual property rights to establish a sustaining wellspring for the creative endeavors of others; I believe in the Creative Commons license.

I believe in putting final punctuation outside the quotes unless it was present in the original.

I believe in the Oxford comma.

I don't believe in rigid gender lines, violence as national economic policy, or any particular religion (though I'm congenial to many).

A friend of mine took a religious education class at a Unitarian Universalist church. No, seriously. One of the products was her own personal credo. This is mine.
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Arthur C. Clarke, of blessed memory, predicted a world in which people would have classes over satellite communications—only he pictured it being over the television. What he could never have predicted was the way in which so many media have combined. I was listening to a lecture that was originally recorded who knows where. I was listening on CD as I was driving around. I heard the professor mention a book called Way Up North in Dixie about the possibility that the Southern anthem "Dixie" was actually written by a couple of African Americans living in Ohio. I used my cell phone to find out over the Internet that that book was available at the DeKalb library system. I then called the library to ask them to hold it for me. It happened to be on the shelf and using an elevator—a regular elevator, not a space elevator, I'm afraid—I went up to the 3rd floor when I got to the library, and picked up my book, and checked it out, and just that fast, within the space of an hour, I heard about a book that had more information and now I've got it right next to me. I love this world.
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If you've got a library card and can send me some mp3s, I've got a request for you. I don't think they'll interlibrary loan a new CD to Tampa.


May. 1st, 2006 03:59 pm
sylvar: (Breakfast Club: Brain)
With #code4lib's help, I've now got an XSLT stylesheet that lets browsers turn the existing RSS feed into something resembling HTML. This is a big step for all of the work I'm planning to do, since it means I can apply that knowledge to all the rest of the XSLT stuff.

Huzzah! I really need to cacheize the script so I can share the URL with everyone. I've gotten a lot done today and I'm proud of it.

From an email to the stakeholders (hey guys, put those stakes down, I haven't even got my game face on):
A letter to the webmaster, my boss, and her boss )

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May. 1st, 2006 01:24 pm
sylvar: (B5: Sheridan: Big Damn Hero)
My Perl script returns valid RSS for items added in the last 7 days at any given SunCat library. I need to make it cache results and use the cache, or else I can't share the URL without getting our database slammed by broken RSS aggregators querying once per minute. But I've got valid RSS, which is a good start.

Next parts of the project:
  1. Get a scratch PAC working so we can monkey around with it.
  2. Cache-ize the RSS script.
  3. Add more useful information; currently it's only displaying an ISBN and an image.

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sylvar: (Buffyverse: Giles: Hmmm.)
I don't know what this means, but I know it contains a typo:

"pour croire à Lamarck, me disait-on aux Etats-Unis, if faut vraiment être Français."

I'm pretty sure that should be il faut. Why? I don't really know...

And now back to being a volunteer research assistant. 17 citations explored, 34 yet to explore. Thank heavens I'm only doing a first-order retrieval and not recursing down into this stuff...
sylvar: (Oh purr!)
I have never seen another library with a better music collection. I'm seriously considering hacking together an RSS feed of all the new CDs they buy just so I can find out about good music. Music lovers in Tampa, it's worth the drive. Bring your Tampa library card. You can check out up to 10 at a time per person, so get picky, bring a laptop, or bring lots of friends and have a CD-importing party when you get home.

Here's what I got:
CDs I got from Dunedin Public Library )

And that's just the CDs that they had on the shelf before I ran out of room in the crook of my arm. (Yes, they have shopping baskets, too, but I didn't want to be too greedy.) I still have to come back and get some They Might Be Giants. And their Dashboard Confessional, All-American Rejects, and Decemberists CDs are checked out -- to name a few out of many I'd like to listen to.
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