Saturday, August 30, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/30/2014


Daily Thoughts 08/30/2014

I am on vacation right now.  I am in Seattle taking care of some personal things.  I spent eight hours on an airplane on Thursday.  I finished a book, The Circle by Dave Eggers which was an interesting warning about what could happen if social media got completely out of hand.

I also read another novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  It was a novel about a bookseller before the age of the internet and e-books.  A.J. Fikry is the classic slightly grumpy old fashioned bookseller.  He adopts a baby which is left in his store.  There are many very literary references throughout the book.  Each chapter begins with a summary of a classic work.  It was very enjoyable reading this novel.

I bought a book in the airport bookstore when I was in Atlanta on a stopover.  It is an action spy novel by Mark Sullivan called Outlaw.  The story is a fairly pure piece of fantasy.  Mark Sullivan cowrote a few books with James Patterson.

I have not been doing a lot of reading.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/27/2014


Daily Thoughts 08/27/2014

I checked the Facebook and Twitter pages for the library.

I am reading more of The Circle by Dave Eggers.  I rather like some of the slogans in the book, Secrets are Lies,  Sharing is Caring, and Privacy is Theft.  The last statement is a reminder to me that your personal information is valuable to corporations and hiding it from public view is a way to protect a private asset.  There is also a bit on the idea of the slogan Information Wants to Be Free in this book.  This is a famous quite from the open source software movement.  This is a Wikipedia article on the statement.  In this case Wikipedia in some embodies the statement.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_wants_to_be_free

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/26/2014


Daily Thoughts 08/26/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Circle by Dave Eggers.  It is about an imaginary social media company that tries to encompass everything, remove transparency, and collect all information they can on everything.  Mae Holland, the main character in the book is a member of the customer experience team that joins the company.  She soon finds she has not just joined but has to become a complete member of the community with little outside life.

This book is fascinating. It draws on ideas like the social graph which is total graph of everyones connections on the internet. So What the Heck is the 'Social Graph' Facebook Keeps talking about. http://www.businessinsider.com/explainer-what-exactly-is-the-social-graph-2012-3 
The book also touches on the concept of the transparent society where there is no privacy which many people consider a social good.  It is a very uncomfortable idea. The Transparent Society by David Brin http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/4.12/fftransparent_pr.html

I was at the library today. I went in for a meeting to discuss the library survey.


Web Bits



The Guardian View on the Loss of Public Libraries

Libraries Remain In Demand



Monday, August 25, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/25/2014


Daily Thoughts 08/25/2014

I read a little bit more of Dave Eggers, The Circle Today.

I also checked the library Twitter and Facebook pages.

Web Bits


Hard Books for Hard Times Literary Experimentation Gains Popularity

How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Daily Thoughts 08/24/2014


Daily Thoughts 08/24/2014

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I also finished reading No Place to Hide Edward Snowden and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald.  The last part of the book writes about what happens when journalists step outside the boundary of traditional journalism into grey areas like state surveillance, espionage, and direct challenges to government.  It describes how Glenn Greenwald became a target for smear campaigns and questions about his ethics.

There were some things that bothered me about this book.  It came across  as polemical and purposefully partisan as well as aimed at creating a point.  There was  not the slightest attempt  at appearing to be unbiased.   There were  parts of the book  that  I felt were questionable. I especially did not like that Glenn Greenwald put the index for the book and the notes on a separate website http://www.glenngreenwald.net This made it appear less authoritative.  I do not want to have to download content.

I started reading Dave Eggers, The Circle.  One of our patrons checked out Dave Egger's autobiography which had a great title, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius which sounded interesting.
There was also this recent article.  Dave Eggers: Don't Write Off Publishing Yet http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/dave-eggers-dont-write-off-publishing-yet-20140822-1068fw.html