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December 16, 2004

Are You A Pope?

Norton I, by the grace of God, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico meet everybody.

Everybody meet Norton I, by the grace of God, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.

See what I'm talkin' about (I'm really just spitting back other's words). Reality just might be what you can get away with, a line in the sand representing (rather poorly) the latest cessation of contest between rival gangs of shamans (or so I've been told).

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December 14, 2004

Project Ocean

I can't wait to find out this morning if John Batelle's got the real scoop on Google's latest collaboration with Academic Libraries/Repositories. (found via Boing Boing)

This announcement, following so closely on the heels of Google Scholar (via metafilter), might frighten some librarians, who imagine themselves being chased into obsolescence by computer scientists throwing processing power at the web's information organization challenge.

In fact, these efforts should serve notice that Google "gets" information access and retrieval, and that they view themselves as the library's ally, not competitor. All of their services value and build upon our information organization work. I'm going to have to visit my colleagues up the road and find out who's running this project.

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December 13, 2004

Rings of (Nerd) Power

Some poor soul was brave enough to post a LOTR related question to AskMetafilter and I just had to represent.

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December 01, 2004

Did somebody say Mutual Aid?

Kropotkin Rides Again

Not that I've been haranguing all my friends with the current culture's fundamental misunderstanding of the process of natural selection or anything.

Clearing up misunderstanding #1:

In this big wide world, competition does not seem so prevalent between members of the same base unit of selection (gene, species, community) as it is between those members and 'capital N' Nature.

Clearing up misunderstanding #2:

The evidence seems to favor the gene (as defined by Dawkins and others) as the base unit of selection.

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