Category Archives: Internet

Everything Is Too Complicated – What Are Tech Companies Assuming We Know?

A good article which is especially relevant to libraries where we hear many tech-related questions every day and struggle with how far we go with our tech-support role, how we train staff to answer tech questions and whether “Tech Help Desk” is the new “Reference Desk” for the modern library. Think of the tech industry […]

Friday Fun Link – Merriam-Webster “Time Traveller” Tells You What Words Were Coined The Year You Were Born

…or any year you enter for that matter.  (h/t to library school colleague, ML)

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – If You Look At The Non-Mobile Version Of This Blog…

…you might notice that I’ve been playing around a wee bit with the design of this blog which, after an update in 2010 when I moved to www.headtale.com has otherwise been basically unchanged since inception. I’ve always liked the very simple basic look of the blog but I’ve added lots of plug-ins and other crap that […]

A Couple Good Articles About Why You Should Give Up Social Media For The New Year

Because of how the timing worked out when I went back to university to complete my MLIS, I was fortunate enough to be able to join Facebook when it was still restricted only to people with educational institution email addresses. (That blog post is dated 2007 but how it’s written makes it pretty clear I […]

[SPOILER ALERT] 10 Things I Liked (And 10 Things I Didn’t) About “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

I didn’t get a chance to see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” on opening day like I have for many of the other recent releases in the series including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. But after seeing enough quasi-spoilers on social media over the weekend (including one picture which showed Luke Skywalker and evil Lord […]

Friday Fun Link – The Eric Andre Show Compilation

I stumbled across this performer while surfing around YouTube…which is always a dangerous thing to do. 😉 Eric Andre is a nihilistic anti-comedian who has a surreal, absurdist talk show on the late-night “Adult Swim” block of the Cartoon Network in the United States. The show parodies everything about talk shows from the set to the […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – Google’s “2017 Year in Search”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for all the many “best of” retrospective lists and articles and posts that come out. The Google Search compilation is usually one of the best (the YouTube Rewind one, not so much!)

“I Made My Shed The Top Rated Restaurant on TripAdvisor” (And Some Quick Thoughts on Fake News)

At RPL’s recent Staff Development Day, I was asked to moderate a panel discussion on fake news.  The panelists included a local education prof who specializes in social media and digital technology, a journalism prof who specializes in mass and alternative media and a journalist who is the assignment producer as well as having responsibility for […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – Promoting “Library Behind The Scenes” on CTV (Two Weeks Ago)

Since I’m in the midst of a series of daily tweets about a big community event we’re having at my library branch this Saturday, I might as well double-up and use the same link I posted earlier today to also give me content for today’s #tbt blog post – namely, an appearance I did on […]

The Cult of Instant Pot

It was one of this year’s hottest Black Friday items online and the Instant Pot ™ combination pressure cooker/slow cooker, invented by a group of former Nortel engineers in Ottawa, has been compared to a cult for its fanatical following. What’s the appeal?  It quickly cooks food that’s tasty, healthy and, compared to the 1970’s pressure […]