From the ALIA lists, this link to a nice article on why George Bush says 'nucular' instead of... you know. Thanks to the poet who never fails to cheer up the library list with some intelligent and witty flimflammery.
I like this, from the word list at the end - 'Blog - a syllable whose time has come'. Hehe.
There's a New Kid In Town. And she looks so shiny ( my Polyester Girl). Also her website designer has a link to a tremendously important quiz on "Which File Extension Are You?" which is way riveting. (Haven't done it yet, though. I reckon I might be a .dll somehow - add one letter in Australian and that makes you a bit of an idiot.)
This ole syllable, I dunno- just when you're about to chuck it in, it starts looking fun all over again.
Not all of this post is frivolous, however... from Freepint, an online journal for information managers and librarians (which has a suspiciously obvious Lexis Nexis/Butterworths logo at the head of the website), comes this book review by Martin White of Steve Arnold's book on Google, which is only available as a download of 24MB so far and will be updated before its final release:
This excellent book really goes behind the scenes and it is a tribute
to Steve Arnold, that he has managed to write a book of such detail
and insight without the cooperation of Google itself. Indeed, I would
not be surprised if Google employees were among the early readers of
This is not a journalistic approach to Google but the outcome of the
author's lifetime involvement with search applications. The result is
a level of technical detail and analysis which I cannot see ever being
bettered. Equally valuable is that Steve Arnold looks at some of the
issues that might yet derail the Google train. After all, I can
remember the days when no one could conceive of there being a
competitor to AltaVista.
I don't know much about Freepint, however there is a link to a shop, so how independent is this reviewer, I wonder? We've been given two articles from SearchEngine Watch about the deviousness of Google this semester, so it would be interesting to see if Arnold has in fact managed to open the company up a little to the outside world.