I began visiting Gawker.com regularly when it first launched. Like Sherlock Holmes and his passion for the “agony aunt” columns, I have had a gossip habit (deemed variously healthy and unhealthy by people who, you know, judge these things) practically all my life. I was a devotée of Spy Magazine (and even appeared in it… Continue reading Note from a Gawker
So it looks like Numerical Gurus is an actual entity – I filed the paperwork for the LLC a little while ago and am waiting for New York State to take its sweet time reviewing it for approval. I’m blogging there every day about book/library/information industry topics, and sometimes revisiting old posts from this blog.… Continue reading Reinvention & Renewal
This morning I was informed that my position was being eliminated at ProQuest. As of 2/9 I will be unmoored and untrammeled. So on to the next thing! It’s only a few hours later, so I’m not sure how things will shake out with regard to my involvement with ISNI. There are a lot of… Continue reading Adventure Is Out There…I Guess?
Chris Kubica, founder of NeverEnd Media, editor of “Letters to J. D. Salinger”, and associate producer of the documentary “Salinger”, convened a group of book industry mavens (recruited primarily via a listserv called “Reading 2.0,” which is hosted by Peter Brantley) in New York City on July 29-30, to discuss what he called “building a… Continue reading Two Days in a Dream Bookstore
In the course of my career in the book industry, I have: Been asked if the reason I was having trouble negotiating a deal was because “you’re a woman and she’s a woman.” Had a vicious rumor spread, after a conference in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, that I had taken off my top in… Continue reading Sexism in the book industry
W3C has just released EmotionML – a markup language expressing emotions. From their recommendation: Human emotions are increasingly understood to be a crucial aspect in human-machine interactive systems. Especially for non-expert end users, reactions to complex intelligent systems resemble social interactions, involving feelings such as frustration, impatience, or helplessness if things go wrong. Furthermore, technology… Continue reading Marking Up Emotions
The Place Where I Come From is FREE on Amazon Kindle today! If you like small-town fiction, go snap it up! This means that the book is temporarily unavailable at BN and Kobo, but if you require an EPUB version, let me know and I’ll make sure you get one.