I think I’ll be largely unplugging myself this weekend. Cell phone off, limited computer checks beyond coursework issues, less gaming time, etc. Just enjoying plenty of time with family and friends.
I’ll probably have a big (for me anyway) announcement here sometime soon.
Oh, but of course I’ll make an unplugged exception for my shiny new iPod 🙂
I just noticed today that the Wired NextFest is coming up! Better yet, its in Chicago at the same time as the ALA conference! Best yet, that Friday is a students and press only day!
I really hope I can fit in some time to attend.
It was sunny and all around beautiful out today for what might be the last time in a while. I felt the need to do something outside, and settled on a trip up Mount Washington. The view of downtown from there (though at night) was ranked the #2 most beautiful place in the country a couple years back by USA Weekend. It still looks pretty during the day too.
Pittsburgh has these things called “inclines” that go up the big hill. There’s two of them, the Duquesne Incline and Monongahela Incline (or “The Mon” as locals know the namesake river). I rode the Duquesne, which has been in operation since 1877!
I took tons and tons of pictures. If you want to see them all, go here. But I’ve filtered down the best:
Inside the Duquesne Incline, looking out over Heinz Field and the three rivers.
Exterior view of a Duquesne Incline car. The Mon cars look very different both outside and inside.
View of downtown from the top of the Duquesne Incline. Imagine it all lit up at night.
There’s all these neat observation decks scattered around the top.
My mom now owns an iPod. I’m jealous.
The RSS problem I mentioned the other day was not limited to just me. The WordPress 1.5.1 upgrade had a major RSS bug. If I understand correctly, the RSS feed was only generated for 24 hours after a new post was made. After that, it just returned a blank page.
Official bug fix:
Replace your wp-blog-header.php in your root WordPress directory with this one.
I ran across this fix here. Thanks for the pointer!
Over at Walking Paper, Aaron details his library’s initiative to build up a gaming program.
Exciting stuff! I’d love to work at a library that embraced programs like this.
A few thoughts that one of the comments brought to mind for me:
While I love the idea of library-sponsored video game tournaments, I would be reluctant to let patrons use library consoles online – keep the tournaments local instead.
I don’t think Aaron was suggesting allowing internet play, but just my 2 cents. My experience with Xbox Live has been that anonymity does bad things to people. A good chunk of players are unfortunately out there mainly to swear excessively and cause trouble for others.
If you allow the public online gaming privleges via consoles, this will become an issue sooner or later. One patron being unsociable (or cheating on a game) could easily get the account banned and ruin things for countless other patrons.
A while back I posted links to a couple of leaked Episode III images. As we approach the release date of the film, I notice more and more referrals to that entry from Google Image Search. They all go to the thumbnail of Darth Vader that I used. Today alone saw dozens of hits, a growth from one or two a day a couple months ago.
My rudimentary referral tracking unfortunately doesn’t capture the search string used to find the thumbnail. I’d be curious to know what it is.
Heh every time I get one conference trip ironed out another pops up that I want to get to.
Internet Librarian is the choice this time. It looks really exciting and interesting, plus I’ve heard nothing but praise for it from the LIS blogosphere.
With a little luck I’ll have a full time job lined up by then (after graduating in August), maybe even one that’d pay me to go!
I seem to be having problems with my RSS feeds on the site today…. they’re showing up blank. Are they working for anyone else?
Then again those of you who read my posts through RSS won’t see this if the problem is indeed widespread. Hmm, conundrum!