Archive for the ‘News’ category

Destroy the Libraries? The words of a complete and utter idiot!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008 — 20:11

I won’t give energy by providing a link to the imbecilic ranting of a computer sub-geek who wrote that it would be a good idea to destroy the libraries of the world now they’re no longer needed.
Alexandria Bibliotheca

This is a person who most erroneously believes that all of the world’s knowledge and information can be retrieved from the laptop he brings to Starbucks.

Google and Wikipedia are the fonts of all wisdom in his small and stagnant brain.

Google and Microsoft, along with many school libraries are busy transferring information from books, but have barely touched the surface of the books held by universities.  Even so, even if every book in the world had been scanned, would it still be a reason to destroy the libraries?  Of course not.

If this person had bothered to visit a library recently he would have seen that public book stacks are the thin skin made visible.  In geek language, they are the Favorites.

I won’t go into a long defense of an institution in its many incarnations, but will invoke the ghost of Andrew Carnegie and direct him to this man’s front door. I am sure Mr. Carnegie’s shade will know what to do next.

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A Focus for Grazing Press

Sunday, March 23, 2008 — 13:10
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Until now we have used Grazing Press as a backup for the Belltowernews.com blog.  This started during the Blogger.com reorganization into the Googlesphere.  Because we had an extremely configured blog that did not comply with the laws set down by the new masters, Belltowernews.com was down for a few months.

So as not to be off the grid entirely, we published here.  Now that Belltowernews has its own domain and seems to have stabilized, we plan to return this blog back to it original intent, to comment on the news.

We were inspired to get around to do doing this by a recent Twitter comment made by Dave Winer on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees blog.

It had given me pause for thought to believe man who presents himself as an open thinker as Mr. Obama would subscribe to mentoring from a man who has been profiled by the common press as something close to a monster.  In reading the above mentioned piece I saw an entirely different slant to the purpose of his sermon.

So, this blog will now be devoted to commenting on the three to four hundred news hits in my Google Reader each morning.  It will not focus on politics, celebrity, money or yellow journalism, but on what I personally think is a story of some interest.

Don’t expect there to be any great number of blog entries in the near future.  There are six other Famous Grazing Blogs up that too are seeking a focus away from Belltowernews.  Let us bring the sheep into the pasture and see on which plants they feed.

23 Hour Graze.

Sunday, March 9, 2008 — 21:45

Why do they have to steal the hour from the Weekend!!??  The law should be changed to take the hour off of Wednesday and, with the next change, add one hour to the weekend. Think of how happy that would make everyone, except those who work the graveyard shift…then…there is always the overtime.

The first Graze of the evening is for my novel-writing friend.  This is a list of the 50 Tools to help you write. The obvious question to me: while you are reading all of these lists, you’re not writing, are you?  Therapy?  Works for me!

We have another time warning.  The Urban Dictionary, where we went to look up Intertubes.  

It is one of those sites where, if you start clicking on links, you will fall down into the rabbit hole and not be seen again for days.  Consider yourself warned.  Being wide open to words on the Internet, there are also some silly naughty bits here.  Second warning.

We tried to sign up for Plaxo using our OpenID. 

All looked well, filled in the forms, got the confirming ID, but, after hitting the link, it said we didn’t provide the proper information…no, wait!  On refresh it loaded!!!  Be back in a few moments…

Whoo!  In the last hour I installed Plaxo and Pownce AIR. It was the hour of the I’M tools beginning with P. 

Twitter still seems simpler.

Back to Grazing… Torchwood Spoiler: Dead Man Walking

There is a lot of chatter, twitter entries and blog photos of interactive beer parties all over the Internet today.  This graphic by Sunni Brown seems to sum it all up.

Ames Estate, another wallpaper?

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The Mysterious Object Identified!

Monday, December 31, 2007 — 9:22

In an earlier article on BBC News, a mysterious object over 27 meters long had washed up on the shores of Stinky bay on the west of Benbecula.

The good news is it has been identified.  The very good news for our fellow Scots is that it is a fermentation device used to make beer.  Though it hasn’t been claimed by the Colorado brewing company, the BBC News reports it is very similar to the type they used.

When I first saw the article, I was convinced it was of some sort of military creature right out of Dr. Who or its anagram spin-off Torchwood, where alien articles mysteriously appear on the British Isles, mostly around Cardiff.  But the more mundane use for brewing beer; now that’s something I never would’ve guessed. 

Well, ye inhabitants of the Western Isles, Hogmanay!
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Link About Living Longer

Sunday, December 30, 2007 — 13:10

This link found Lifehacker.com lists way to live longer.  We found the part about dark chocolate to be of the most interest.

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So There are Rats in Sumatra, Indosnesia at Least.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 — 21:37

Fans of the canon will be glad to hear of the recent discovery of a giant rat in Indonesia, of which Sumatra is a part. 

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