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And Now From the People Who Gave Us 'Smart Tags'...

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/20/13 (1:38am)

Kind of ironic ad considering it's from the people who (almost) gave us 'smart tags'. See: http://www.pcworld.com/article/54004/article.html

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Turning Dates to Places on UIC's Recruitment Calendar (Presentation)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 2/14/13 (11:05am)

Talk I'll be giving in April at the UIC IT Professionals Forum :

Turning Dates to Places on UIC's Recruitment Calendar - Mapping with Drupal

Location mapping presents a world of possibilities particularly when wedded with a powerful content management system. We will discuss some of the possibilities particularly in relation to UIC's Recruitment Calendar. This calendar takes advantage of the relatively simple Leaflet mapping library together with the highly configurable Drupal CMS. This dynamic combination allows for staff input of all content, location mapping at different levels (city, state, world) and other advantages such as a built-in reporting mechanism.

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Billboard: Color TV Film Won't Oust B&W (1953)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/13/13 (7:46pm)

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Tint Talk : Color TV Film Won't Oust B&W

HOLLYWOOD, July 11. -- Like motion pictures, television will continue to use a great amount of black and white film even when color becomes a regular feature in the new medium. This is the opinion expressed by veteran TV producer Jerry Fairbanks prior to his departure for Europe where he's filming a public relations film for Miller Brewing Company.

Expense of filming in color and the superiority of black and white for certain types of productions are the factors which will dictate use of b.&w. for TV, Fairbanks declared. Fairbanks cited the motion picture industry's predominant use of black and white film despite the advent of color.

Color filming is between 25 and 35 per cent more expensive than b.&w., Fairbanks pointed out, while color release prints are between four and five times as expensive. This factor, in addition to what he termed the superiority of b.&w. for low key mystery dramas, will limit the application of color film for showing on television.

"[Source: Tint Talk: Color TV Film Won't Oust B&W", Billboard (7/18/1953): p. 12.]

Perils of 21st Century Communication

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/8/13 (1:30pm)

No wonder no one could hear me on Google Hangout -- I forgot to plug in the USB part of the headphone. Shucks.

Current Cites for January 2013

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/31/13 (6:38pm)

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Current Cites for January 2013 is out! You can find the issue here...

I wrote about this refreshingly idealistic article, "The Consequences of a Life in Scholarly Publishing" by Morris Philipson who sadly passed away in 2011.

To be honest, I didn't realize while reading the piece that it actually was a reprint from 1995. The author mentions "tapes or CDs of music" and that seemed a bit 'old school' but as the author explains in his conclusion: "The scholarly experience as I now understand it transcends format innovations, market changes, and fashion changes, for they are all the means. The enrichment of mind, soul, or intellect is the end." Fine stuff.

Two Pictures, Same Street, Then & Now

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 1/30/13 (12:45am)

I caught a video clip from WTTW about the Great Snow Storm in Chicago of 1967. One of the photos (see above top) which came in at around 2m30s in the clip looked familiar. I could make out the Kroger's Supermarket sign and off to the left on the storefront were what looked like the final few letters of 'Barry Regent' [Cleaner's]. That would place it on Broadway just north of Wellington. I'm not 100% sure but the 2nd photo (courtesy of Google Street View) is a bit more recent. The supermarket is long gone -- replaced by Dominick's which later (2005) succumbed to fire -- but the Cleaner's is still there. All of this is just around the corner from where we used to live on Broadway & Barry.

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Aggregation without Consolidation

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/21/13 (2:50pm)

Aggregation without Consolidation -- can lead to confusion. Check it out...

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Drupal in Academe

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/7/13 (7:25pm)

Nice graphic (from a couple of months ago) by the people at Acquia. "71 of 100 Top Universities" run Drupal? I have a feeling that if any sub-unit is running Drupal, the University then qualifies -- so this shouldn't be a surprise. Still.

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The World is My Reference Desk?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/5/13 (11:52am)

Um, the world is my reference desk? First day back!

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Messing Around with WordPress

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/3/13 (9:54pm)

wordpress-logo-circle.jpg Yeah, I know: why bother? Still, I can imagine loads of instances where the client/friend/member-of-your-family just requires a simple site where they can add content on their own. In any case, it's open source, uses PHP and mySQL, etc. So, in a sense, it's family.

Anyway, I went through the "Famous 5-Minute Installation". It worked about as smoothly as a Drupal Install. No problems setting it up. The message at the end about expecting more steps and 'sorry to disappoint' was kind of cute. On the other hand, simply installing the thing is still a long way from actually putting something together that approaches a final product even for a simpler site.

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