Bobbi L. Newman
Speaker. Writer. Pursing PhD in Communication at CU Boulder. MA PoliSci, MA LibSci. Dog owner, runner, gamer, knitter, lover of whiskey, & beer.

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xkcd, wry as ever, considers the oft-debated impact of texting on writing skills. The xkcd book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, is out today and a must-read. 
explore-blog:

xkcd, wry as ever, considers the oft-debated impact of texting on writing skills. The xkcd book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, is out today and a must-read. 

explore-blog:

xkcd, wry as ever, considers the oft-debated impact of texting on writing skills. The xkcd book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, is out today and a must-read. 

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A library needs librarians. This is a box of books.
A library needs librarians. This is a box of books.

A library needs librarians. This is a box of books.

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Libraries are organizations or buildings, and can do nothing but exert gravity and shield you from the rain. It is librarians, and more broadly library staff that make the difference.
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Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that their ability to think creatively fell markedly if their working days were punctuated with meetings. They did far better if left to focus on their projects without interruption for a large chunk of the day, and had to collaborate with no more than one colleague.
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broadband is not a finite resource. Network limitations are largely the result of business decisions to not keep pace with subscriber demand in a world where the Internet increasingly is the main vehicle for all kinds of entertainment, from gaming to movies to video chats with loved ones.

IT WOULD BE BETTER TO HAVE NO RULES THAN THE ONES BEING PROPOSED BY THE FCC, WHICH SIMPLY LEGALIZE DISCRIMINATION ON THE INTERNET.

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Why are libraries so important? If the Kindle can provide immeasurable books at a fraction of the cost, why not simply turn to this option? Setting aside the fact that the Kindle is laden with problematic Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology, which limits individual freedoms, people don’t just go to libraries for books, and technology isn’t the solution to every problem. The library is a social gathering place, used to conduct classes and provide people with public resources — including computers and wireless networks for those who can’t access them at home, and struggle to find their footing in a world dominated by technology. Librarians also provide highly unique and specialized services, benefiting from years of training to learn to serve patrons. It’s not just that a library provides access to books, but that it also offers access to brilliant individuals who provide research assistance, guidance, book recommendations, and tools to help people empower themselves when it comes to researching and locating information. Giving everyone a Kindle doesn’t solve that problem. The library has historically been and is today a resource for low-income people, including members of the homeless community, who can’t afford individual access to what libraries have to offer. It’s not just tangible things like books, magazines, and research materials such as old newspapers and property records, but the intangible: The experienced librarian, the tax preparer who provides advice, the community lectures. These are things that cannot be replaced by mere technology — not even with Kindle Fire’s much-vaunted Mayday Button.
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We are all sexters now: America’s favorite amateur porn

Sexting is going suburban and vanilla.  Like “adult” pornography, it is being accepted as just one more of the “50 shades” of sexual titillation. 

McAfee, the cyber security firm, released a study earlier this year of “more than 1,500 consumers” and found that more than half (54%) “send or receive intimate content including video, photos, emails and messages.” It found that one in three American adults have filmed sexual content on their mobile devices.

Pew Research reported that “sexting … is practiced by couples and singles alike” and has nearly doubled since its last survey in 2012. The most active adults engaged in sexting were between 25 and 34 years of age. “Married and partnered adults are just as likely as those not in a relationship to say they have sent sexts,” the report noted, adding, “single adults are more likely to report receiving and forwarding such images or videos.” Pew’s research also found the following among adults: 20 percent of “cellphone” owners have received a sext of someone they know; 9 percent have sent a message of themselves to someone else; and 3 percent have forwarded a sext to someone else.

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Tagged: #book humor
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Summer Reading Week 13

With the move I haven’t been online much and didn’t post weeks 11 or 12 so this is catch up! 

Currently Reading:

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  1. Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, Book 2)
  2. Kushiel’s Chosen (Kushiel’s Legacy)
  3. A History of the World in 6 Glasses - listening
  4. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
  5. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Finished:

  1. The Red Queen (The Cousin’s War) 5/20
  2. The White Queen (The Cousins’ War) 5/27
  3. The Lady of the Rivers: A Novel (The Cousins’ War) 6/4
  4. A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) 6/4/2014
  5. The Kingmaker’s Daughter (The Cousins’ War 4) 6/14/2014
  6. A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) 7/2/2014
  7. A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) 7/8/2014
  8. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) 7/24/2014
  9. Kushiel’s Dart (Kushiel’s Legacy) 8/6/2014
  10. The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive) 8/13/2014

You can see my (very ambitious) complete list her

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