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  • Ra•kl (Raquel) 23:08:44 on 2015-08-03 Permalink
    Tags: petzval, zuma   

    Nephew at play #zuma #petzval

  • David 21:00:45 on 2015-08-03 Permalink
    Tags: economics, , , sports   

    Most Professional Athletes Are Not Overpaid and Top Ones Are Often Underpaid 

    The National Basketball Association began its free agency period on July 1st and coaches, management and owners immediately began…
  • mummaknows 17:30:00 on 2015-08-03 Permalink
    Tags: beginner bloggers, , , ,   

    Moving From Free Blog to Self Hosted | What To Expect 

    A few days ago I wrote about the Pros & Cons of a Hosted (free) Site which outlines my reasons for switching to a self-hosted site. At that point, I had purchased a plan with hosting company and was on my way to my very own self-hosted blog. The main objectives I wanted out of a hosting company were: […]
  • mummaknows 17:00:00 on 2015-08-03 Permalink
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    Toddler Diaries | The “Bummie” Chair 

    Little N (aka Toddler) narrates her week: 1. I have named my baby sister’s chevron chair (well, it’s mine actually…every toy is mine): “the bummie chair”. This is why: My favourite thing in the world is to be naked. I frequently put up a fight when mum insists I put on some clothes. After going pee, I generally put […]
  • davidw 17:20:52 on 2015-08-02 Permalink
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    [2b2k][liveblog] Wayne Wiegand: Libraries beyond information 

    Wayne Wiegand is giving the lunchtime talk at the Library History Seminar XIII at Simmons College. He’s talking about his new book Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library.

    NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people.

    He introduces himself as a humanist, which brings with it a curiosity about what it means to be a human in the world. He is flawed, born into a flawed culture. He exercises his curiosity in the field of library history. [He’s also the author of the best biography of Melvil Dewey.]

    People love libraries, he says, citing the Pew Internet 2013 survey that showed that almost all institutions except libraries and first responders have fallen in public esteem. His new book traces the history of the public library by listening to people who have used them since the middle of the 19th century, a bottom-up perspective. He did much of his research by searching newspaper archives, finding letters to the editors as well as articles. =People love their libraries for (1) the info they make accessible, (2) the public space, and (3) the stories they circulate that make sense of their world.

    Thomas Edison spent as much time as possible in the library. The Wright Brothers came upon an ornithology book that kindled their interest in flight. HS Truman cited the library as influential. Lilly Tomlin, too. Bill Clinton, too, especially loving books about native Americans. Barack Obama, too. “The first place I wanted to be was a library,” he said when he returned from overseas. He was especially interested in Kenya, the home of his father.

    For most of its history, library info science discourse has focused on what was “useful knowledge” in the 19th century, “best books” in the 20th century, or what we now call “information.” Because people don’t have to use libraries (unlike, say, courts) users have greatly influenced the shape of libraries.

    “To demonstrate library as place, let me introduce you to Ricky,” he says as he starts a video. She is an adult student who does her homework in the library. When she was broke, it was a warm place where she could apply for jobs.” She has difficulty working through her emotions to express how much the library means to her.

    Wayne reads a librarian’s account of the very young MLK’s regular attendance at his public library. James Levine learned to play piano there. In 1969 the Gary Indiana held a talent conference; the Jackson brothers didn’t win, but Michael became a local favorite. [Who won???] In another library, a homeless man–Mr. Conrad– came in and set up a chess board. People listened and learned from him.

    “To categorize these activities as information gathering fails to appreciate the richness” of the meaning of the library for these places.

    Wayne plays another video. Maria is 95 years old. She started using the library when was 12 or 13 after her family had immigrated from Russia. “That library was everything to me.” Her family could not afford to buy books “and there were some many other servicces, it was library library library all the time.” “I have seen many ugly things. You can’t live all the time with the bad.” The library was something beautiful.

    Pete Seeger remembered all his life stories he read in the library.

    The young Ronald Reagan read a popular Christian novel, declared himself saved, and had himself baptized. He went to his public library twice a week, mainly reading adventure stories.

    Oprah Winfrey’s library taught her that there was a better world and that she could be a part of it.

    Sonia Sotamayor buried herself in reading in the public library after her father died when she was nine. Nancy Drew was formative: paying attention, finding clues, reaching logical conclusions.

    Wayne plays a video of Danny, a young man who learned about music from CDs in the library, and found a movie that “dropped an emotional anchor down so I didn’t feel like I was floundering” in his sexuality.

    Public libraries have always played a role in making stories accessible to everyone. Communities insist that libraries stock a set of stories that the community responds to. Stories stimulate imagination, construct community through shared reading, and make manifest moral weightings.

    In his book, Wayne gives story, people, and place equal weight. “Stories and libraries as place has been as important, and for many people, more important than information.” We need to look at how these activities product human subjectivity as community-based. We lack a research base to comprehend the many ways libraries are used.

    The death of libraries has been pronounced too early. In 2012, the US has more libraries than ever. Attendance in 2012 dipped because the hours libraries are open went down that year, but for the decade it was up 28%. [May have gotten the number wrong a bit.] In 2012, libraries circulated 2.2B items, up 28% from 2003. And more. [Too fast to capture.] The prophets of doom have too narrow a view of what libraries do and are. “We have to expand the boundaries of our professional discourse beyond information.”

    Libraries fighting against budget cuts too often replicate the stereotypes. “Public libraries no longer are warehouses of book” gives credence to the falsehood that libraries ever were that.

    He ends by introducing Dawn Logsdon who is working on a film for 2017 titled Free for All: Inside the Public Library. (She’s been taping people at the conference and assures the audience that whatever doesn’t make into the film will be available online.) She shows a few minutes of a prior documentary of hers: Faubourg Treme.

    The post [2b2k][liveblog] Wayne Wiegand: Libraries beyond information appeared first on Joho the Blog.

  • Ra•kl (Raquel) 04:42:13 on 2015-08-02 Permalink

    The sun finally came out at noon today at the beach. #selfie with the man (at Zuma Beach Malibu Califorina)

  • Ra•kl (Raquel) 20:41:49 on 2015-08-01 Permalink

    Beach day got me thirsty #beerstagram (at Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie)

  • Ra•kl (Raquel) 18:43:21 on 2015-08-01 Permalink
    Tags: beach,   

    Overcast #beach day w/ the #fambam (at Zuma Beach Malibu Califorina)

  • davidw 13:46:46 on 2015-08-01 Permalink
    Tags: , blogging, blogs, everythingismisc, everythingIsMiscellaneous, free-making software, hoder, microformats, old days,, , social networking, ,   

    Restoring the Network of Bloggers 

    It’s good to have Hoder — Hossein Derakhshan— back. After spending six years in an Iranian jail, his voice is stronger than ever. The changes he sees in the Web he loves are distressingly real.

    Hoder was in the cohort of early bloggers who believed that blogs were how people were going to find their voices and themselves on the Web. (I tried to capture some of that feeling in a post a year and a half ago.) Instead, in his great piece in Medium he describes what the Web looks like to someone extremely off-line for six years: endless streams of commercial content.

    Some of the decline of blogging was inevitable. This was made apparent by Clay Shirky’s seminal post that showed that the scaling of blogs was causing them to follow a power law distribution: a small head followed by a very long tail.

    Blogs could never do what I, and others, hoped they would. When the Web started to become a thing, it was generally assumed that everyone would have a home page that would be their virtual presence on the Internet. But home pages were hard to create back then: you had to know HTML, you had to find a host, you had to be so comfortable with FTP that you’d use it as a verb. Blogs, on the other hand, were incredibly easy. You went to one of the blogging platforms, got yourself a free blog site, and typed into a box. In fact, blogging was so easy that you were expected to do it every day.

    And there’s the rub. The early blogging enthusiasts were people who had the time, skill, and desire to write every day. For most people, that hurdle is higher than learning how to FTP. So, blogging did not become everyone’s virtual presence on the Web. Facebook did. Facebook isn’t for writers. Facebook is for people who have friends. That was a better idea.

    But bloggers still exist. Some of the early cohort have stopped, or blog infrequently, or have moved to other platforms. Many blogs now exist as part of broader sites. The term itself is frequently applied to professionals writing what we used to call “columns,” which is a shame since part of the importance of blogging was that it was a way for amateurs to have a voice.

    That last value is worth preserving. It’d be good to boost the presence of local, individual, independent bloggers.

    So, support your local independent blogger! Read what she writes! Link to it! Blog in response to it!

    But, I wonder if a little social tech might also help. . What follows is a half-baked idea. I think of it as BOAB: Blogger of a Blogger.

    Yeah, it’s a dumb name, and I’m not seriously proposing it. It’s an homage to Libby Miller [twitter:LibbyMiller] and Dan Brickley‘s [twitter:danbri ] FOAF — Friend of a Friend — idea, which was both brilliant and well-named. While social networking sites like Facebook maintain a centralized, closed network of people, FOAF enables open, decentralized social networks to emerge. Anyone who wants to participate creates a FOAF file and hosts it on her site. Your FOAF file lists who you consider to be in your social network — your friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, etc. It can also contain other information, such as your interests. Because FOAF files are typically open, they can be read by any application that wants to provide social networking services. For example, an app could see that Libby ‘s FOAF file lists Dan as a friend, and that Dan’s lists Libby, Carla and Pete. And now we’re off and running in building a social network in which each person owns her own information in a literal and straightforward sense. (I know I haven’t done justice to FOAF, but I hope I haven’t been inaccurate in describing it.)

    BOAB would do the same, except it would declare which bloggers I read and recommend, just as the old “blogrolls” did. This would make it easier for blogging aggregators to gather and present networks of bloggers. Add in some tags and now we can browse networks based on topics.

    In the modern age, we’d probably want to embed BOAB information in the HTML of a blog rather than in a separate file hidden from human view, although I don’t know what the best practice would be. Maybe both. Anyway, I presume that the information embedded in HTML would be similar to what does: information about what a page talks about is inserted into the HTML tags using a specified vocabulary. The great advantage of is that the major search engines recognize and understand its markup, which means the search engines would be in a position to construct the initial blog networks.

    In fact, has a blog specification already. I don’t see anything like markup for a blogroll, but I’m not very good a reading specifications. In any case, how hard could it be to extend that specification? Mark a link as being to a blogroll pal, and optionally supply some topics? (Dan Brickley works on

    So, imagine a BOAB widget that any blogger can easily populate with links to her favorite blog sites. The widget can then be easily inserted into her blog. Hidden from the users in this widget is the appropriate markup. Not only could the search engines then see the blogger network, so could anyone who wanted to write an app or a service.

    I have 0.02 confidence that I’m getting the tech right here. But enhancing blogrolls so that they are programmatically accessible seems to me to be a good idea. So good that I have 0.98 confidence that it’s already been done, probably 10+ years ago, and probably by Dave Winer :)

    Ironically, I cannot find Hoder’s personal site; is down, at least at the moment.

    More shamefully than ironically, I haven’t updated this blog’s blogroll in many years.

    My recent piece in The Atlantic about whether the Web has been irremediably paved touches on some of the same issues as Hoder’s piece.

    The post Restoring the Network of Bloggers appeared first on Joho the Blog.

  • Grith 11:39:19 on 2015-08-01 Permalink
    Tags: blueberries, , , pancakes, protein   

    Healthy protein pancakes with blueberries 

    Your search for the healthy breakfast solution is over, I present you with healthy protein pancakes! OK, I know what you’re thinking. Healthy pancakes? Who am I trying to fool? The two words rarely get along in the same recipe.

    However, times have changed. Gone are the days when the pancake was simply a porridge of flour delivering a huge portion of carbohydrates. So, here is a very quick (you’ll make it in less than 30 minutes) and exclusively tasty (they remind me a taste of cake) pancakes recipe for two. One portion of pancakes contains only 269 calories, 3 g fat, 23 g carbs and 35 g protein.Healthy protein pancakes with blueberries

    Here’s what you need:

    • 1 cup of raw oats (uncooked)
    • 1 cup of cottage cheese
    • 2 scoops of protein powder (it ISN’T a must ingredient, so you can skip it, however protein powder gives not only more protein, but also more nutrients and sweetness)
    • 1/2 cup of egg whites
    • 1/2 cup of blueberries

    What’s next?

    1. Blend all the ingredients until a batter forms. Pour over a hot griddle.
    2. Flip when the edges start browning.
    3. Serve with a berries and apricots or tablespoon of natural peanut butter and top with almonds.

    That’s it folks, your healthy protein pancakes are ready to taste!

    The post Healthy protein pancakes with blueberries appeared first on gym junkie's girl.

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