22 4 / 2014

"The library’s one of the few civic spaces we have left. People are feeling like there’s no other ways for these online platforms and services to be run, it’s our destiny to have them be privately run, and yet we invoke the analogy of the library or archive all the time. To me it says that we find it realistic that Google will be our archive when it’s an advertising company. We’ve seen them get rid of services that are not profitable (Google Reader), and we’ve seen them demote things like Google Scholar. That’s realism, where it’s unrealistic to think we’d build on the success of the library with a national repository for knowledge, arts, and culture? Libraries exist and they’re open. Libraries exist with all these values we invoke in the digital sphere, but there are very few people thinking about how we might build upon them."

Astra Taylor (via azspot)

Library mission statements are a lot more reliable than ‘don’t be evil.’

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

22 4 / 2014

slowartday:

Letha Wilson

That third piece is going to be in the Art & Nature Center’s “Branching Out: Trees as Art” show, opening in September.  I’m so excited for this show, and so glad it’s getting close enough to talk about. (http://pem.org/exhibitions/175-branching_out_trees_as_art)

14 4 / 2014

myjetpack:


My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461043UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1770461043Other stockists and info at www.tomgauld.com


In the throes of editing today, and boy does this feel familiar…

myjetpack:

My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:
US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461043
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1770461043
Other stockists and info at www.tomgauld.com

In the throes of editing today, and boy does this feel familiar…

13 4 / 2014

thelesbianguide:

hotrufftrade:

sonofbaldwin:

#Facts

Think about this shit.

This is the third time the bill has failed, following defeats in 2010 and 2012.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would require employers to disclose payment and demographic information and prevent them from punishing workers who discuss their salaries. It would also allow civil pay discrimination lawsuits to be filed against employers.
Republicans opposed the bill, arguing it would encourage “frivolous” lawsuits and deprive women of workplace flexibility.- MSNBC

We need more women in Congress.  And board rooms.  And executive chairs.  And protesting in the streets, if that’s what it takes to be treated like equals.

thelesbianguide:

hotrufftrade:

sonofbaldwin:

#Facts

Think about this shit.

This is the third time the bill has failed, following defeats in 2010 and 2012.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would require employers to disclose payment and demographic information and prevent them from punishing workers who discuss their salaries. It would also allow civil pay discrimination lawsuits to be filed against employers.

Republicans opposed the bill, arguing it would encourage “frivolous” lawsuits and deprive women of workplace flexibility.
- MSNBC

We need more women in Congress.  And board rooms.  And executive chairs.  And protesting in the streets, if that’s what it takes to be treated like equals.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

11 4 / 2014

massachusettspoetry:

Not into this one bit. Do you agree? Check out what you can do!

*sigh* Seriously, I’d be happy to not get my $96 tax return if I had the option of earmarking some or all of it to supporting the arts at the state level.  Arts, parks, and fair elections, how about it?

09 4 / 2014

brainpopcorn:

Welcome, new followers!  As you’ve no doubt noticed, Brain Popcorn (tumblr edition)  is a collection of thoughts about art, museums, education, and liberally interspersed with politics and geek humor.  For more collected thoughts on the above topics (mostly minus the politics), check out brainpopcorn.com 
Thanks for diving in!  (And yes, that is me in the Living Seas at Epcot, making heart-eyes at the turtles in the tank and the tourists (and family!) outside it)

*waves at new followers*  Hello folks, thanks for taking the plunge!

brainpopcorn:

Welcome, new followers!  As you’ve no doubt noticed, Brain Popcorn (tumblr edition)  is a collection of thoughts about art, museums, education, and liberally interspersed with politics and geek humor.  For more collected thoughts on the above topics (mostly minus the politics), check out brainpopcorn.com 

Thanks for diving in!  (And yes, that is me in the Living Seas at Epcot, making heart-eyes at the turtles in the tank and the tourists (and family!) outside it)

*waves at new followers*  Hello folks, thanks for taking the plunge!

09 4 / 2014

Build Your Own App

mwinikates:

I haven’t had a chance to do a ton of exploring of this yet, but I definitely will! Sounds like a great option for pairing with programming in PEM’s new MakerLounge (http://pem.org/learn/maker_lounge)

Originally posted on Teen Zone:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has released a website that allows you to create your own app. It’s free to use and relatively simple. The…

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09 4 / 2014

Found Poetry in un-Altered Books

Last year’s found poetry experiment required altered books (Post 1 on Brain Popcorn, Post 2 on Sea Dreams).  This year, inspired by the remarkable photopoetry of Nina Katchadourian (see her Sorted Books Project and accompanying book), I decided to mine my own shelves for poetic assemblages of titles.  Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of epic sword-and-castle type imagery, both historic and…

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09 4 / 2014

writeworld:

How to Build a Fictional World - Kate Messner

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling?

The full TedEd lesson may be found on their website.

A fairly basic introduction to world building, but really fun animation and would probably be great as a way to start a class discussion about either writing or analyzing a fantasy/spec-fic text.

(via bibliophilefiles)

09 4 / 2014

"When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation."

Jorge Luis Borges (via observando)

(via bibliophilefiles)

07 4 / 2014

Poetry works its way into many of my postsNational Poetry Month is one of my favorite times of year, and every year I find something new to get excited about.

This year it’s building blocks and poetry.  Not in the form of stanzas, rhyme schemes or metaphors, but creative ways to inspire, actual physical ways to randomize words, create sequences of ideas, and give poetry a visual heft that…

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04 4 / 2014

A Good Month for Writing

March is over, I’m back from vacation, my taxes are filed, and it’s National Poetry Month (not to mention another round of Camp Nano)–clearly, April is meant to be a good month for writing.  I actually have several projects on the front burners (going to need a bigger mental stove…), but until I have news about those, I thought I’d share one of the fun writing exercises from this week’s writers’…

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03 4 / 2014

whenyouworkatamuseum:

Or, sometimes back-to-back-to-back programs… 

Apply to your own professional situation as needed, but I’m dedicating this one to my boos in Public Programs. 

image

(Source: whenyouworkatamuseum)

01 4 / 2014

27 3 / 2014

museumnerd:

She’s brilliant. Stop and READ THESE! You’ll thank me.

visual-poetry:

»sorted books project« by nina katchadourian