“Fables for children work not by pointing to a moral but by complicating the moral of a point. The child does not dutifully take in the lesson that salvation lies in civilization, but, in good Freudian fashion, takes in the lesson that the pleasures of civilization come with discontent at its constraints: you ride the elevator, dress up in the green suit, and go to live in Celesteville, but an animal you remain—the dangerous humans and rhinoceroses are there to remind you of that—and you delight in being so. There is allure in escaping from the constraints that button you up and hold you; there is also allure in the constraints and the buttons. We would all love to be free, untrammelled elephants, but we long, too, for a green suit.”—
-BBC News “The internet needs a way to help people separate rumour from real science, says the creator of the World Wide Web.”
So, while I have been really enjoying the LHC-world-ending hand wringing, it is a good example of just plain bad information that is so prevalent online. On the other hand, I don’t think this is the best way to go about changing that. I am biased, to be sure, but it seems that educating folks to vet websites would be more preferable to a top down organization that tells us what is and it not “good information”.
Didn’t we just go through this w/ the Current Occupant? I wish there was a records management super hero team that could sort this question out quickly, and give us their super tools w/which they accomplished the task.
“Mrs Palin’s personal style is also finding imitators. Her rimless glasses - made in Japan, where the frames sell for about $300 - are flying off the shelves, US media say. Fashion watchers say her sexy-meets-librarian upswept hair is also a hit.”—
BBC News “In Pictures” feature on Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin.
I as a member of the library/information professions am greatly offended by the inference.
The Scene: T-intersection at Longwood near the Longwood T stop, with cars backed up in all directions. The crossing sign has just gone red, there is a woman standing in the middle of the traffic trying to decide whether or not she, her husband and the twins in the double-wide (who are smart and have stayed on the sidewalk) can still make it safely across.
Bicyclist (who now has a green, but no cars are moving due to said traffic) politely says, “Please don’t stand in the middle of the road.”
Self-Righteous Woman startled, says in a sarcastic tone, “Please don’t run red lights.”
Now she couldn’t have seen that he had a green light, and he couldn’t have been more polite about it, but the fact was that he was the first of about half-a-dozen cyclists coming through the intersection at that time. Made me want to hug him, and yell at her in a self-righteous manner myself that not only did he have the right of way, but that she was a self-righteous booger who wasn’t teaching the twins very good manners.
MMMmmm…an egg scramble with CSA summer squash, basil and goat cheese (not from the CSA). We had it over a fat slice of beefstake tomato from the farm. Soo tasty, I got the idea from a breakfast I had at Park Chow last week. I think it will become part of our quick meal routines.