Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Round-up

July 27, 2008

Hello readers! Its been ages since I’ve posted here, so I thought I would do a round-up post, detailing some stuff I’ve been up to recently. In no particular order:

  • Reading Dan‘s new blog, Stephen King Reviewed, in which Dan is reading and reviewing in order every book written by (you guessed it) Stephen King. I’m not a massive fan of King, but Dan makes them sound more interesting than I remember from the few I’ve read.
  • Watching Iron Maiden at their recent Twickenham show, which was great fun, and not least to people watch. They played stuff from their classic run of 80s albums, meaning the dread words “this is a number from our new album” weren’t uttered once.
  • Visiting Dublin for the BIALL Conference. Dublin is an interesting place, and it reminded me a lot of northern industrial cities like Manchester or Glasgow. We did all the touristy stuff like visiting the Guinness brewery and the zoo, as well as eating very well, and drinking a fair amount of Guinness.
  • Going to Devizes to visit Kate and Will. Devizes is a nice little town, and is home to Wadworth brewery, meaning that there is seemingly a pub on every corner, all of which serve very good beer.
  • Listening to a bunch of different music, including: Prins Thomas’ Cosmo Galactic Prism mix, an excellent Steinski compilation, Neu!, the new Girl Talk record, (available on a pay-what-you-want basis here), and Studio’s Yearbook 2, which is a compilation of remixes. Currently on my shopping list are the new Hold Steady record, and Harvey Milk’s new one, which sounds like it will be pretty interesting stoner/doom metal.
  • Getting to grips with the new version of last.fm. Pros: seems to load a lot faster than the old version. Cons: not so sure about the layout, and it seems that they’re moving away from using the software as a player, a feature I liked. There’s been a great deal of discussion (read: moaning) about it here.
  • Getting excited about the upcoming Green Man Festival. There are a record number of people I know going this year (probably about 25!), including my brother, Tom P and Tom A, meaning that it should be great fun. Also, the line-up is looking particularly strong this year, with late announcement of the Junior Boys as the icing on the cake.
  • Reading some good books, including the excellent Warlock by Oakley Hall (thanks again Tom!) and a collection of J.G. Ballard short stories which I picked up for 50p at a local fete.
  • Reading the always-interesting Potlatch‘s thoughts on Wetherspoon’s pubs and Stoke Newington. He characterises the campaigns to keep the likes of Nando’s and Tesco out of Stokey as employing “leftwing radical rhetoric, but with rightwing exclusionary goals.” This is a really interesting idea, but not one I’m sure I agree with. Anyone else?

Okay that’s all I can think of for the mo. It may be an empty promise, but more updates to follow!

Blog in abeyance

April 29, 2008

I know, I know, its been far too long. I have a few topics in mind at the moment, so expect something in the not too distant future.

Collaborative blog!

February 5, 2008

If you want to see what law librarians talk about when they get together, have a look here. It’s a new collaborative blog about all things law library!

Not blogging…

September 24, 2007

…at the moment much, it’s the busiest time of year here at work, meaning that I have very little time and even less energy. Come the end of the week, things should quieten down a bit, meaning that exciting posts will follow!

Enquiring Minds mk II

September 10, 2007

The excellent Enquiring Minds Want to Know blog has moved. You can now find it here.

Great design job on the new site, ladies!

Fame at last!

September 6, 2007

A big thanks to James Mullan over at LI Issues, who has mentioned this blog in an interview with the Information World Review blog. You can read the interview here, which is very interesting in its own right, and he also mentions some of my fellow law librarian bloggers, some of whom are on the blogroll to the left.

Facebook: the internet’s black hole

September 3, 2007

Not much seems to be going on amongst my circle of friends on the internet at the moment, in terms of blogging and the like. As Tom mentioned in conversation recently, this seems to be because of the omnipresent Facebook, which is sucking up everyone’s internet-surfing time. I for one have been spending far too long staring at a Scrabble board, via the horribly addictive Scrabulous application (Charlie Brooker of the Guardian writes about this well here).

Whether this trend is a good or a bad one is difficult to say- I’m tending towards bad, though. Facebook is fundamentally a boring platform, allowing people to say basically nothing, and then shutting this information in (the walled garden effect). I personally value a friend’s new blog posts a great deal more than 50 status updates on Facebook.

Historical blogs

July 20, 2007

A couple of good blogs of a historical nature that I’ve been reading recently. Firstly, the well-known Pepys’ Diary, which reproduces the famous diarist’s doings. The second is a much newer blog, started this July, called The Natural History of Selborne (link to this found via Boing Boing), which is a transcript of the musings on all things nature-related of the naturalist Gilbert White.

Both make for excellent reads, and welcome diversions from the usual blog fare of library- and internet-related stuff. Also, the re-publishing of old diaries online strikes me as an excellent use of the blogging format, and I’m surprised there aren’t more out there. Maybe someone will put online Anthony Powell’s diaries- now that I would read- although I may have to wait a while until they go out of copyright.

Twitterfeed

July 9, 2007

Right, this is getting really self-referential, so look away now if all things web 2.0 bring you out in hives. You have been warned!

So, I’ve just signed up for a service called Twitterfeed. This allows you to feed blog posts to Twitter in the form of the first few words and a link, meaning that this very post should appear on my Twitter updates shortly. Pretty cool!

Alan Johnston freed!

July 5, 2007

As you’ve probably seen, at least if you follow UK news, Alan Johnston has been released by his kidnappers after 114 days in captivity. As such, I’ve taken down the banner that I blogged about here.