Harvard is making public the information on more than 12 million books, videos, audio recordings, images, manuscripts, maps, and more things inside its 73 libraries. Harvard can’t put the actual content of much of this material online, owing to intellectual property laws, but this so-called metadata of things like titles, publication or recording dates, book sizes or descriptions of what is in videos is also considered highly valuable. Frequently descriptors of things like audio recordings are more valuable for search engines than the material itself. Search engines frequently rely on metadata over content, particularly when it cannot easily be scanned and understood. Harvard is hoping other libraries allow access to the metadata on their volumes, which could be the start of a large and unique repository of intellectual information. “This is Big Data for books,” said David Weinberger, co-director of Harvard’s Library Lab. “There might be 100 different attributes for a single object.” At a one-day test run with 15 hackers working with information on 600,000 items, he said, people created things like visual timelines of when ideas became broadly published, maps showing locations of different items, and a “virtual stack” of related volumes garnered from various locations.

Harvard Releases Big Data for Books - NYTimes.com (via dwattersw)

(I have heard about this and find it very exciting! See here and here!)

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I bought these books to have something nice to read to my grandkids. I had to stop, however, because the books are nothing more than advertisements for “Turkish Delight,” a candy popular in the U.K. The whole point of buying books for my grandkids was to give them a break from advertising, and here (throughout) are ads for this “Turkish Delight”! How much money is this Mr. Lewis getting from the Cadbury’s chocolate company anyway? This man must be laughing to the bank.

Amazon Review of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by CS Lewis. (x)

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Please don’t take it personally if I just unfollowed you on this blog!

I moved my personal blog over to survivablesituation and am probably following you there.  I unfollowed all non-book blogs on this account.  Let me know if I was following you here and didn’t follow you on the new blog so I can fix that!

[image description: graphic of The Hunger Games movie.  The biggest part of the image is mostly white space.  At the center bottom, and roughly half the height of the image is a greyscale image of Katniss standing in profile, preparing to shoot an arrow towards the right side of the image.  Above this image is a high contrast, highly saturated, head-and-shoulder photo of Katniss looking down, some of her hair falling loos from her braid and over her face.  Between the two images is a yellow box with grey text over it that reads “THE FACE OF THE REBELLION.”]

#SYMBOLOGY #i have so many feelings about how katniss everdeen is erased so that a symbol bearing katniss everdeen’s face can take her place #and the truth of her doesn’t matter #it will never matter#and she will be remembered in history books the way all (good) women are remembered in history books #as a saint or as a girl in love or a statue with wings on her back #and the actual truth of her—who she really was—will be buried under the memory of the symbol she turned into #importance other people assigned to her that she didn’t want #but she got it anyway and that’s the way the world works sometimes #other people decide that you are important even when you didn’t mean to be important#and then you live with it #whether or not katniss is a symbol of the revolution is not the question. she is one. the question is how she’s going to fight it. #'it' being the revolution and 'it' being the perceptions of her #she fights the revolution #she doesn’t fight the perceptions #she tries for a little while but then she gives up #she rescinds into the trauma of her own life and only the symbol is left standing #the symbol which tells a very different story than the story of a girl who would drown cats if her sister didn’t cry #a girl who maneuvered her feelings for a boy to win a game long before she fell in love with him #a girl who needed to choose between human beings and whose life was at times not heroic at all#history will remember katniss everdeen far more kindly than katniss everdeen will remember her own history #it will erase all the bad parts of her and turn her into that lady liberty painting from the french revolution #which is by the way the painting i forever associate with katniss everdeen #because of symbol problems and the way women are portrayed in revolutionary moments: saints or whores always #and THAT i am obsessed with #symbology #the girl on fire #may the odds be ever in your favor

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Made the new tumblr.



Haven’t done anything with it yet, but it’s here and you’re welcome to follow it if you want.

I will still be active on mark-it-fab, but only with book related things.  Survivablesituation will be my personal blog.

Reblogging for those who missed it.



the little fish eats the tiny fish,

the big fish eats the little fish—

so only the biggest fish get fat.

do you know any folks like that?

—Shel Silverstein

  • James: Heyyy bff you should totally be our secret keeper yeah??
  • Sirius: Nah dude. My animagus form, the reflection of my innermost soul, is a dog, the most loyal animal ever. You should probably go with guy who turns into a rat instead, the universal symbol for betrayal.
  • James: Ahh yeah dude you're right omg kay cool thanks bro

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pizza cone!


Alright, this isn’t even fair. 


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Not to drive the toothpaste thing into the ground…

but I want to know if someone from the company actually hugged the toothpaste.  Like, did they just hug the vat it was made in?  Did they hug the individual tubes?  Did they hug all the ingredients before they were mixed?  Did they hug them in their packing boxes?

Inquiring minds need to know!


My mom bought new toothpaste.

One of the listed ingredients is “Hugs”.

Not even joking.

The listed ingredients are:

  • mountain spring water
  • calcium carbonate
  • peppermint
  • spearmint
  • sage
  • ratany root
  • geranium
  • clove stem
  • birch tree extract
  • eucalyptus leaf oil
  • papaya extract
  • menthol
  • hugs
  • long life
  • strength
  • you’re the best! 


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MSNBC Talks To And About Trans People For An Hour, Doesn’t F*ck It Up

We’re only about 30 seconds into MSNBC’s 20-minute “Transgender in America” segment when host Melissa Harris-Perry describes herself as “cis,” explaining that “cis” means that “the sex of the body I was born with, the gender I was assigned at birth, and my personal identity all match. She then pointed out that “being ‘cis’ does not make me “normal” or “natural,” it just makes me cis.” After last week’s shitshow with Barbara Walters and Jenna Talackova, the last thing anybody expected from a mainstream (if left-leaning) news organization was to hear the definition of “cisgender” on National television. It gets better from there.

The National Center for Transgender Equality, in its press release, said of the MSNBC program that:

“For the first time in recent memory, a major television network will dedicate an hour-long panel to discussing transgender social and political issues. NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling will be a featured guest on the show joining other recognized experts on trans issues. The panel will focus broadly on advancing transgender equality and other political issues.”

“When we see transgender people like Chaz Bono or others in the media, we’re often encouraged to see the spectacular, not the person,” Harris-Perry explained before introducing three guests: author and activist Kate Bornstein, the aforementioned Mara Keisling and Mel Wymore (a Democratic candidate for the New York City Council). She later brings out Allison Kilkenny of Citizen Radio who also chimes in on issues within the LGBT community that don’t really apply to the “T.” The importance of non-discrimination policies were addressed at length, including the Prison Rape Elimination Act, as well as the importance of inclusiveness within the LGBTQ community. They went into how issues like same-sex marriage and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell have very different impacts on different segments of the LGTBQ umbrella and how crucial it is that the LGBs understand that.

After going over some of the harrowing statistics about discrimination against transgender people in housing, employment, school and the criminal justice system, the story of African-American transgender Crishuan “CeCe” McDonald is introduced. CeCe was, as Kate Bornstein describes it, “beaten savagely by a group of folks and she fought back and ended up, in self-defense, killing one of her attackers. She was charged with second-degree murder, and put in the slammer, and that’s that.”  Harris-Perry compares CeCe’s situation to that of Trayvon Martinand Kate mentions the online petition that you should all sign to get her out of jail.

“Transgender people are just normal people in most ways,” Keisling declared. “but nature loves diversity.”

The ensuing 15 minutes, which were devoted to discussing the Obama administration’s refusal to sign the executive order against discrimination by employers with federal contracts based on gender identity and sexual orientation, which Jillian T.Weiss writes about on the Bilerco Project today.

All-in-all, a pretty solid program and an excellent antidote to the Barbara Walters situation. (Although I was a little surprised by the section where Kate and Melissa seemed to imply that most trans people don’t use/like binary-identified pronouns — what did y’all think of that part?)  In response to the Jenna Talackova 20/20 interview, many hoped that the sort of horrifying way in which that was covered would at least open up a door to discussing trans issues in a more serious and less sensationalistic way. This piece would suggest that the door is opening, and that people are walking through it. And that’s pretty fucking awesome.

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Either my gall bladder or spleen or some othersmall organ is mad at me

Ow ow ow ow everything hurts :(

Owwwwwwwwwwwwwww :(

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

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