Category Archives: Technology

The @NHLFlames Are Winning a 2-2 Game Against @GoldenKnights #SayWhat #nhl #espnhky #NewMeaningForCoachesChallenge

[Edit: Dammit!  Literally two minutes after I hit “Post”, the Knights scored two goals ten seconds apart and my ha-ha funny joke about them being so good they even tie games they’re actually losing due to an ESPN typo is meaningless.  And now, as I’m typing they’ve now scored an empty netter – 4-2 Knights […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – @ryanmeili Embraces Latest in “Poli-Techs” Once Again With Facebook Live Event #skpoli #skndpldr

Since he first ran for the leadership of the Sask NDP nearly a decade ago, Ryan Meili has been incredibly adept at harnessing new technologies to achieve political goals. In 2009, he ran Canada’s first-ever political “money bomb” fundraiser which was a huge success, raising (if memory serves) something like 1/6 of all the money Ryan […]

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 […]

Music Monday – “Here we are now/Entertain us”

I’ve seen this new version of Nirvana’s biggest hit, Smells Like Teen Spirit” described a few different ways – changing all minor keys to major keys, the original being auto-tuned but, as noted in the edit on a Kottke.org post about the new version, it’s a bit more complex than that – the chord progression and […]

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 […]

Promise Made, Promise Kept.

Shea opened this on Christmas morning (it’s hard to see but that’s an apple and a kid’s toy watch taped in a box)… …and picked this up on Boxing Day. (Uhm, I had it in my head that the only day Apple discounts their products is Black Friday and Boxing Day but apparently not.) 🙁 […]

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 […]

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 […]