Thursday, November 30, 2006

Wireless Libraries: Wireless Libraries Blog Nominated

Wireless Libraries: Wireless Libraries Blog Nominated

Congratulations to Bill Drew! Bill's blog and his discussion list, LibWireless, are both great sources of information and assistance. If you use wireless anywhere in your library or bookmobile, this is the resource for you. Bill is even available through IM... and he's responsive.

Another FCC abuse

One of the services you support when you pay your monthly phone bill is the TTY service for the hearing disabled. A news report appearing on the Nov. 29 "Today Show" has exposed a terrible abuse of this much needed service (see the video).

This service for the deaf and hearing disabled is poorly regulated. Because it uses the Internet, anyone can type in a message. And the operators who receive those messages must, by law, repeat every word as it is written, to the indicated party. Lastly, it is against the law to retain records of any of these messages. Privacy issues.

Watch the video....

As a librarian who works with E-Rate, and deals with privacy issues, filtering, etc., etc., (you librarians know exactly what I'm saying), I am amazed at the absence of accountability by the FCC for the abuses of this service. And I pity the officials who will be getting phone calls.... Ha. No, I don't!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite

During a visit to Second Life, I was turned on to this song... This was my first succesful trip, and I met John Galland, with whom I had a wonderful conversation. Our conversation lasted several hours. I hope you enjoy this song/video... and be sure to listen closely to the words of the first verse... Here are the lyrics:
blame you for the moonlit sky
and the dream that died
with the eagles flight
blame you for the moonlit nights
when i wonder why
are the seas still dry?
don't blame this sleeping satellite
did we squander the chance
in the rush of the race
the reason we chase is lost in romance
and still we dry
to justify the waste
for a taste of man's greatest adventure
have we got what it takes to advance?
did we peak too soon?
if the world is so great
then why does it scream under a blue moon
we wonder why
the earth's sacrificed
for the price of it's greatest adventure
and when we shoot for stars
what a giant step
have we got what it takes
to carry the weight of this concept
or pass it by like a shot in the dark
miss the mark with a sense of adventure

I found them at this site: