Submitted by soharborcoat
Ain’t no party like a party where the host’s book shelves are properly organized even if you have to do it yourself and no one thanks you because a party where the host’s book shelves are properly organized is conducive to quick and easy fact checking using the host’s reference materials during lively debates and thus don’t stop.
Common Core: lesson planning with the Oxford African American Studies Center -
Sarah Thomson, a former North Carolina public school teacher, put together an amazing lesson plan on the Fugitive Slave Act following Common Core Standards. Teachers: What advice and lessons plans do you have to share?
A warning: If you rip, tear, shred, bend, fold, deface, disfigure, smear, smudge, throw, drop, or in any other manner damage, mistreat, or show lack of respect towards this book, the consequences will be as awful as it is within my power to make them. —
Irma Pince, Hogwarts Librarian (via themindofafictionbooklover)
not really, though. eat ice cream while reading and dribble on the page. spill coffee. break the spine. read in the tub. some books are impossible to put down, and ice cream must be eaten and coffee must be drank and sometimes people who live with you absolutely demand that you bathe.
as a librarian, i mostly care that you read. i’d rather replace a book that has been read and dog-eared and underlined and well-loved than have a pristine copy sit unread on a shelf.
respect books, but don’t treat them as sacred (unless they are rare texts and all). life is messy, and if books are a part of your life, they might get messy. and that’s okay with me.(via mollyiswrappedupinbooks)
^ This! Books are not sacred! Absorb those ideas any way you can! A shell is a shell!
(Source: facingthewaves, via mollyiswrappedupinbooks)
the answer is to always google you will feel empowered
good luck with that creepy mccreeper
This flow chart is faulty. The answer is always yes.
Digital Passivity -
I wish I could separate the two big trends of the year in computing — the cool gadgets and the revelations of digital spying — but I cannot.
Back at the dawn of personal computing, the idealistic notion that drove most of us was that computers were tools for leveraging human intelligence to ever-greater achievement and fulfillment. This was the idea that burned in the hearts of pioneers like Alan Kay, who a half-century ago was already drawing illustrations of how children would someday use tablets.
But tablets do something unforeseen: They enforce a new power structure. Unlike a personal computer, a tablet runs only programs and applications approved by a central commercial authority. You control the data you enter into a PC, while data entered into a tablet is often managed by someone else.
(Source: azspot, via gourdblossom)
Today, as you see whitewashed images of a post-prison, unarmed, grandfatherly Mandela, please remember that he was someone who had the pride and courage to take up arms against his oppressor. Mandela fought in a guerilla war against white supremacy in South Africa, as did many others all across the world. Our own CIA alerted the SA authorities to Mandela’s location, which is what led to his 27 years behind bars and the medical condition which felled him today. Our government was responsible for that crime, and still holds our own anti-apartheid militants behind bars. So when you see Obama crying his crocodile tears later today remember that he would imprison a modern Mandela, that he arms the apartheid government of Israel, that he refuses to pardon those who fought against the corporations propping up the South African government here in the US, and that he has done everything he can to crush the kind of dissent that Mandela stood for. — (via angry-hippo)
You have online practice tests?! That’s what’s up. — A patron, after explaining that he could prepare for the GED online through the library’s website. (via thelibrarygirl)
Here is a piece of writing that has attained a certain length—a form that you can read, secure in the knowledge that someone did a lot of typing, and that you are doing a lot of reading. Everyone recognizes that there is virtue, or an approximation of virtue, in doing a lot of reading. Share it, this quantity of reading. —
On Smarm by Tom Scocca
I am thinking so many thoughts about this smarm article. Also I think this excerpt is pretty true.(via mollitudo)
Date a girl who reads, spins vinyl, and whose thighs double as mittens when your hands are cold.
R. Kelly, is that you?
Big Data's Other Privacy Problem by James Grimmelmann :: SSRN -
A very quick and enjoyable read, and an eminently quotable paper:
"Big Data is recursive: it tends inevitably to convert its users into its subjects."
"[W]hen you gaze long into Big Data, Big Data also gazes into you."
And I can’t
but to run my fingers
down your spine
like you are my
book. But I still
cannot read you,
your own language.
Your pages are
tired and torn,
but I want you,
I want it all. — Michelle K., (via confusingmisery)
(Source: michellekpoems, via intelligibledirigible)