The vast interweb has not been my friend lately. It has failed me 3 times in the last few days. Maybe that means the end of failure for a while. I can only hope….
The other morning I completed an online reservation for a Budget truck for my impending move. Shortly after I completed it, I realized that I had made it for a day earlier than I needed. I waited a couple of hours to make sure it propagated through whatever back end system it needed to. To change my reservation I had the option of calling either the local dealer or the national 866 number. I chose the 866 number and tidily got my reservation shifted one day for the correct days.
The next day I got a call from the local dealer saying that there was "absolutely no way" he was honoring that reservation. He started giving me a lecture about what a busy time it is locally, how the computer should not have let me make that reservation, blah blah. No crap, dick! I’m not one of those egghead academics that doesn’t know what goes on around him. I’m moving because my lease is up just like 1000s of others. And, Christ dude, I’ve lived in major college towns for 8 years now! I think I know when the busy time for moving is. Especially since almost everyone of my friends and/or coworkers are also moving around this time.
Anyway, no use arguing over it as he has the truck I need. We worked it out, but I ended up with the same equipment for half the time at a bit over the original price. So internet convenience is not always what it’s cracked up to be.
While our TypePad blogs were up and available all day Wednesday, our host was completely hosed! No posting, not even their main page was available. At least I didn’t have Liz Lawley’s problem.
I have my doubts about the availability of commenting or trackbacks also. And while it isn’t really a big deal, stats were clearly hosed. In fact, as of an hour or two ago they still seem to be hosed. My numbers haven’t changed at all since I 1st got back in and just a bit ago. Hell, I viewed my blog at least 5 times since TypePad was back on line and no change at all. [Stats seem to be back as of about 10 PM last night and I see they are claiming that comments and trackbacks have been fixed, but I still have my doubts about them working during the outage; not that I think it affected me.]
I am going to have to figure out how to move this puppy soon. Does anyone know how easy or not it is to move from TypePad to WordPress? My friend Richard recently moved a blog from Blogger to WordPress and found it quite easy. Anyone with experience moving a TypePad blog to WordPress please contact me! [I did a bit of research last night and it isn’t looking easy at all. Doable probably, but not for me by myself at this point. I have no doubt I could learn all of the stuff needed to get it done, but not quickly. And from all the info I saw, no one has migrated a blog as big as mine successfully. Crap!]
Yesterday morning I found out Ani DiFranco is playing the Chicago Theatre on 13 Oct. I tried to get tickets but ran into various issues even knowing how to use Ticketmaster. Don’t even get me started on the freaking thievery that is Ticketmaster! I tried a few times and finally just gave it up. I was successful at one point later in the day but said "Screw it!" when 2 tickets ($70) came to over $95 after Ticketmaster, taxes and whatever other thievery they applied.
But my son had already bought me tickets anyway. I’m not sure how many and it seemed rude to ask. But I will get to see Ani this year! Yay me! And thank you so much son!
Some may wonder why I care so much, but Ani’s music has literally been one of the very few things (3 or 4 maybe, including real flesh and blood friends) that has kept me alive the last several years of living with major depression. That is not hyperbole or exaggeration; it is a simple truth.
I have also cited her songs as references in most of my major academic writings prior to coming to library school (philosophy—ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science; sociology ex1, ex2, …; history, anthropology). Hmmm? Why not LIS writings? Maybe because we rarely write anything of real substance. What a shame! [Put that on the to do list boy—find a way to work in an Ani reference in the fall.]
BCBC reference and lack of analysis
Wednesday night while broadcasting LIS578LE Technical Services, the Calhoun Report came up again. Reference was made to the Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millenium (2000) (BCBC as I lovingly call it). Steve mentioned how it had generated the Calhoun Report among other reports and how the proceedings had been published. I immediately set off to get the reference to send the students. I mean, I am currently reading said proceedings after reading so many of the reports to have come about due to it.
Well, of course I had options. But I also knew that it is linked on my blog in my Current/Recent Reads. So, why search? I knew where to find a working link to a reference. Well, TypePad TypeLists only use Amazon data, which IMHO is a major failing. Not much I can do about it though. For what it’s worth, I always use Open WorldCat in the blog itself when I can [See. Also see previous two links.].
Well, Steve and a few students immediately picked up how I had sent an Amazon link instead of a catalog link. I have to admit that on a (very) shallow level it seems to support Karen Calhoun’s (and other’s) point.
But it does not support their point at all. Well, it does maybe; but only if you use the same level of extremely shallow "analysis." That is to say, that you use absolutely no analysis at all. I must say in Steve’s defense that he realizes this; although I have no doubt he’d say it in a more "friendly" way. He said, and I believe him, that he was not picking on me. I also believe he understands the limitations of my blogging software.
The analytical part comes from realizing that I already have, and am well aware that I have, an easy link available to me for some bibliographic data to this work. Why the heck should I go search it elsewhere when I have a known good link to some data for it? Especially when there is a very short timeframe involved. It is not because I think Amazon is better or has superior bibliographic data. I do not! It was just easy as it was already in place. And if TypePad allowed me to link to Open WorldCat data in such an easy manner I most certainly would! Even if that took more work initially.
This sort of extremely shallow analysis of user behavior (of which I am not accusing Steve) is what drives me most crazy with the Calhoun Report and others of her ilk.
Yes, I use Google. But I also use my library catalog and other library catalogs, to include Open WorldCat; which I only hope becomes even more user-friendly and useful.
Wednesday night I watched Around the Fire. It was a fairly decent movie about growing up. Great soundtrack! Any movie that opens with Dire Straits’
"Down to the Waterline" "Water of Love" has me hooked [16 Jul 06 Just realized I put the wrong song title in even though I wrote it down correctly. <sigh>]
Crane Alley [picture]
Last night I went to Crane Alley for dinner and beers as a soon-to-be moving away present (and I had a coupon). I had some absolutely heavenly pork tenderloins stuffed with mild feta and fresh spinach, with potato pancakes and asparagus. I also found out my favorite waitress, Alea, is moving to Denver to attend pharmacy school about the same time I move. I wrote a note to the manager about how much I appreciate Crane Alley, but especially about how much I appreciated Alea (and I decided to do this before I learned she was leaving). Seemed like the proper thing to do. Also gave her a very nice tip.
Sara MySpace invite
When I got home from the Alley I found a request from my daughter to be friends in MySpace. Of course I approved it. As I’ve said, I only joined MySpace when my son invited me in. I knew my daughter had an account and took a peek once, but I did not go back after that as I figured she needed her own space and that it wasn’t "proper" for me to be hanging out without her explicit permission. Now I seem to have it; and I couldn’t be happier that both of my children have given me explicit permission to be involved in this way in their lives.
That’s all for now. Off soon to offer more help and handholding to our great new students as we teach them basic web page skills today, but more importantly (for some of them anyway) to show them that there are people here who believe in them and their ability to suceed in this adventure. Man, do I have a great job! Too bad it isn’t what I want for a career….