01 October 2014

Starters for tools that read markup session


Kindle and the future of reading : The New Yorker Can the Kindle really improve on the book? by Nicholson Baker, 03 Aug 2009

Googled again

If you want to get even more deeply into Word and its possibilities, Microsoft engineers are providing online help


Radio France International offers its services in 19 different languages or you can wander around the French radio dial. If your interest is in jazz - you can try TSF Jazz, broadcasting on 89.9 or Frequence Jazz, a station in Lyon that you can listen to all over France, as well as all over the world. Radio Campus Paris - sort of like campus radio here.


Beginner's Guide to Google Analytics: What to Track Sarah Carling, February 15, 2012. You may want to try and track a number of things with Google Analytics. Before you can do anything else, you need to understand what you're trying to track and why.[Search Engine Watch]


The Medium: Magic and Loss, by Virginia Heffernan in the New York Times, 18 Feb 2011. But whether we admit it or not, the Internet and its artifacts are not just like their cultural precedents. They’re not even a rough translation — or a strong misreading — of those precedents. The Internet has a logic, a tempo, an idiom, a color scheme, a politics and an emotional sensibility all its own. Tentatively, avidly or kicking and screaming, nearly two billion of us have come to take up residence on the Internet, and we’ve adjusted to its idiosyncratic ways. This transformation of everyday life includes moments of magic, and an unavoidable experience of profound loss. Any discussion of the Internet that merely catalogs its wonders and does not acknowledge these two central themes is propaganda, and it no longer does it justice.

Another perspective

How the Internet gets inside us. by Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker, FEBRUARY 14, 2011. And, if it was ever thus, how did it ever get to be thus in the first place? The digital world is new, and the real gains and losses of the Internet era are to be found not in altered neurons or empathy tests but in the small changes in mood, life, manners, feelings it creates—in the texture of the age. There is, for instance, a simple, spooky sense in which the Internet is just a loud and unlimited library in which we now live—as if one went to sleep every night in the college stacks, surrounded by pamphlets and polemics and possibilities. There is the sociology section, the science section, old sheet music and menus, and you can go to the periodicals room anytime and read old issues of the New Statesman. (And you can whisper loudly to a friend in the next carrel to get the hockey scores.) To see that that is so is at least to drain some of the melodrama from the subject. It is odd and new to be living in the library; but there isn’t anything odd and new about the library.

Yet another interesting one

'Plotto': An Algebra Book For Fiction Writing : NPR. It's been said that there are only seven basic plots in fiction. Pulp novelist William Wallace Cook would beg to differ.According to Cook, there are a whopping 1,462 plots, all of which he laid out in his 1928 book, Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots


Safe driving: Keep your mind on the road. Hands-free texting is more distracting to drivers than using a mobile phone. Jun 22nd 2013 |From the print edition [you can also read this via UNC Libraries' e-journals]

Issues to ponder

What is fair use and how can you use it?  This is a fairly comprehensive discussion from the University of Texas.

Issues to ponder when pondering fair use

Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. People to know on the topic of copyright and fair use: Lawrence Lessig; James Boyle; and yet more, from Creative Commons


Brewster Kahle and Riding along with the Internet Bookmobile

Data Display

11. The World’s Busiest Air Routes in 2012


SILS Seminar Friday Oct 3rd: Nick Belkin--A Brief History of Interactive Information Retrieval Research

An invitation from Dr. Brad Hemminger

We hope you can join us this Friday for the SILS CRADLE Seminar featuring Nick Belkin from Rutgers University. 

Friday Oct 3rd, 12pm-1pm
Manning Hall room 208

Title:  A Brief History of Interactive Information Retrieval Research
Presenter: Nick Belkin, Rutgers

Abstract:  One might well wonder why it is necessary to qualify the concept "information retrieval" with the adjective "interactive", when it is clear, in our contemporary environment, that information retrieval, as practiced, is inherently interactive. One might also wonder why, if this is the case, research in interactive information retrieval is understood to be a relatively new phenomenon. In this presentation, I explain how there came to be a distinction between information retrieval and interactive information retrieval, and argue that, in fact, there is a long and fairly distinguished history of research in interactive information retrieval that has largely been ignored by the information retrieval research community, and seems also to be largely unknown to the contemporary interactive information retrieval community. To support my argument, and provide a context in which to understand contemporary interactive information retrieval research, I present an overview history of research (and some practice) in interactive information retrieval. 

Bio:  Nicholas Belkin is Distinguished Professor of Information Science in the Department of Library & Information Science, Rutgers University, where he has been since 1985. He is a recipient of the ASIS&T’s Outstanding Teacher award, its Research Award, and its Award of Merit, for Outstanding Contributions to Information Science. He is one of the founders of the “cognitive viewpoint” in information science, and is the co-author of one the first books to explicitly investigate and describe the process of interactive information retrieval. Professor Belkin has served as the Chair of the ACM SIGIR, and President of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Professor Belkin has conducted ethnographic, sociological, behavioral and experimental research, including twelve years in the TREC Interactive Track. His most recent projects have focused on personalization of interaction with information, in particular, personalization of information retrieval based on searchers’ current and past behaviors, and on methods for evaluation of whole-session search.

30 September 2014

GNU Project FTP application

I gave the starter today where I talked a little bit about the GNU project. As I said this morning, I want to demonstrate an application you can use to download an entire website. So I’m posting a full tutorial here for future reference. This tutorial is with a Windows OS. Mac users:
install homebrew: http://brew.sh/

GNU website’s free software page:

This link will bring you to a bunch of free applications. Wget is the application this tutorial will demonstrate. Wget is a great FTP program that uses Unix-y command line script to download a lot of data and files, such as everything a website is comprised of, from the world wide web. So Wget gets or transfers information from the web.

Wget application download:

There are plenty of links here you can try. For this tutorial, I used this:

Put the wget.exe in your C:\Program Files file. Go to Start or type Windows button + R. Type cmd to get to your command line. Type wget -h. This should show a list of the arguments you can attach to the wget command. Use the cd command to change the directory where you will implement your wget command. Best to make a directory with the md command to store your downloads.

The following two screenshots show 1) a single webpage from our class’s website downloaded, and 2) our entire class website downloaded.

1) wget -E -H  -k  -K  -p url puts a webpage in my website_downloads directory

2) wget -r url puts entire website (up to five levels) in my website_downloads directory

See the full Wget manual to learn more:

Hey! Don't forget to come out Friday evening to Fetzer Field (located behind Woollen Gym) to see UNC Women play Virginia State at 4 PM. The home games I've attended this season have all been really well attended (there's even a pep band!), so it'd be good to get there a bit early in order to get a seat. You can probably buy tickets at the gate, but you can also buy them online at

and have them emailed to you or available for pick-up at will call.

After Friday, there are only 4 more home games in the regular season, so now's the time: http://www.goheels.com/SportSelect.dbml?SITE=UNC&DB_OEM_ID=3350&SPID=12982&SPSID=667901

Here's Fetzer Field within Google Maps, in case you need some directional/parking context: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Fetzer+Field/@35.908542,-79.044554,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89acc2eb74edfdab:0x3d425c87f2b2da35

Twitter if that's your thing ;) https://twitter.com/UNCwomensSoccer

And finally, some numbers to just thoroughly blow out your brain:

Jim Calhoun: .701 (UConn Men's Basketball for 26 years)
Dean Smith: .776 (UNC Men's Basketball for 36 years)
Mike Krzyzewski: .786 (Duke Men's Basketball for 34 years)
Roy Williams: .792 (UNC Men's Basketball for 11 years)
Pat Summitt: .841 (Tennessee Women's Basketball for 38 years)
Geno Auriemma: .869 (UConn Women's Basketball for 29 years)
Anson Dorrance: .935 (UNC Women's Soccer for 34 years)

The team has won 20 of the 22 Atlantic Coast Conference championships, and 21 of the 31 NCAA national championships. As of 2011, Dorrance had led his team to a 101-game unbeaten streak, had a win-lose-tie ratio of 719-39-24, and had coached 13 different women to a total of 20 National Player of the Year awards. And again as of 2011, North Carolina has had 70 players gain first-team All American recognition; the next two schools with the greatest number of All Americans were tied with twenty-two each...all of which is probably why the team currently has someone on roster who came all the way from New Zealand to play soccer here.

Appy Geek

This is a great app for keeping up with breaking news in technology, as well as staying well informed about technology related issues (such as net neutrality).  Created by News Republic, this app allows you to customize your interests and and share your comments, mood, etc through social media platforms.  The links are below, so download and enjoy!

Android Download:

iOS Download:

Appy Geek Website:


Duolingo is a language website and app that you can use for free!

It has multiple languages to choose from (I use it to learn French). It has many themed levels, you have to perfect lower levels to open upper levels, but you can always go back and work on completed levels whenever you want. It looks lovely and functions great.

And it really is free. The site pays for itself by having more advanced users translate web content such as articles for practice. They then sell these translation services to the content owners.



Tricky Malware

I've run across a problem recently, and I wanted to share with the class in case there are some who, like me, don't know much about this sort of thing.

Recently I've been having problems watching videos online. The video will play for a few minutes, but then a screen pops up saying I need to update my video player, and it won't let me go back to my video unless I do. The screen looks like it's coming from Google Chrome, so it looks pretty legitimate. I posted a picture of what it looks like below.

You all may have known this was a scam, but I had to do some research before I knew to NOT click on the download button. Just thought I would give you all a heads up. Also, if anyone knows more about this, is there any way I can get it to stop popping up while I try to watch videos? I have my pop-up settings on the strictest level, but it keeps getting around it.