Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Daily Thoughts 12/27/2011

Gerard Ter Borch The Younger, 1675, Portrait of a Man Reading

Daily Thoughts 12/27/2011

This morning, I looked through the gift books.  There were a number of classics as well as several books on religion and mysticism like Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and The Essential Rumi.  I also checked the displays and updated the Twitter and Facebook accounts.

We also some time discussing the logo for the library and the Jr. Trustees program for the library. http://www.mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/node/343  We also discussed the library newsletter which is here.

I am looking at the From Earth to the Solar System Exhibit available from NASA.  It is very interesting.

The computer classes are tonight.  The teacher is working on opening a computer training center in Yonkers which is kind of interesting.

The book, The Filter Bubble What The Internet Is Hiding From You by Eli Pariser has come in for me to read. This book writes about how companies like Google and Facebook are personalizing their services to match individual users.  While this helps block out unwanted information, it also can be excessive.  One thing that occurs to me is that a person who has their web address and personal information filtered by a web company will have a more difficult time conducting research that is unbiased because the results are alredy filtered.

This is why I think it is often important to use more than one search engine to see different results and sometimes use desktop search applications like Webferret or Copernic which are not personalized.
I have been reading Forecast from Baker and Taylor.  Two books which are coming out in February which look interesting are The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers-- and the Coming Cashless Society by David Wolfman and Arctic Rising by Tobias Buckell. 

Board of Estimate and Contract Special Meeting Notice for Decmber 28, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
The meeting on December 29, 2011 is canceled.

Web Bits

Occupy Wall Street Organizer to Speak at Larchmont Library
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