It's probably not wise for a bibliophile to admit, but I've never been much of a fan of Dorothy Parker or Lillian Hellman. That said, this article by Marion Meade in the latest Book Forum was fascinating all the same. Enjoy!
Worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Worship It! Now!
All right, fine, don't worship it . . . but don't dismiss it out of hand, either. Faith is one of those wacky things of which only humans are capable, and it's a delicate balance between making sense of the universe in which we live, and coming off as stark raving mad. That goes for all of us professing belief in God, Jesus Christ who was his son and died for our sins, except for Jews who don't, and Muslims who do but believe in His Prophet Mohammed, more, Evolution (note the capital E there), Quantum physics, General and Specific relativity, Buddha, Zen, various Hindu deities, Orishas, Lwas, Science, Satan, or what have you. I didn't care for Hebrew school much (washed out after two and a half years) but I did come away with this notion: Faith is good, idolatry is bad. Questioning authority is good, blind obedience is bad.
Either we're all crazy or we're all sane. If my observation is worth anything, then God's Children, we surely all are, but some of us are consistently more childish than others.
My point here is that religion is inherently funny. Laughter is inherently spiritual. Spirituality is inherently mind-expanding.
Just my two cents. </sermon>
For the record, I agree with the sentiment that children and pornography don't mix. Heck, adults and pornography don't mix half the time. Having said that, I'm convinced there has to be a better method of keeping the two away from each other (kids and porn) than this. (Dare I suggest more involved parenting?)
While we're on the subject of Google (again), take a look at this relationship chart of the biggest search engines. It's an interesting way to think of the gestalt of who pushes data to whom and for what reason. Not a bad way of getting an instant reality check on why some results appear more or less frequently than others depending on who's pushing and/or paying for what. I put this one in the Reference Resources TypeList for safe keeping, so if you can't be bothered to bookmark it, it's here if you need it.
New projects are making their needs felt: I'm working on an article about the Academy's Grey Literature Report and I've got a deadline that isn't approaching too quickly, but it's sooner than I'd thought (thank God for desktop calendars) so that's being dealt with. I'm also expanding the list of E-journals (a whole bunch of BMC titles and plenty more) into our Serials Solutions account, but that's not as pressing. And, I just did the quarterly batch activation of XML targets for Link Finder Plus, which means I'm going to have to spot test a few of them early tomorrow. (I like to wait a day or so just to make sure everything has passed through the pipeline, which is probably a tiny bit paranoid on my part.) This all while keeping up with 4-6 MARC records a day to keep from either getting rusty or falling too far behind in the Grey Lit.
I'm back to work.
I like the Center for American Progress. I really do, for the sheer level of research they utilize when writing any given bulletin they send out. I am in awe. Having said that, I'm not sure how I feel about their latest posts on what they call the Two-Tiered Internet. The NY Times has a better written account of what it means and why.