Oh, my goodness, the whiplash Instagram has given me this week:
- ReadWrite, Why I Quit Instagram And Am Moving To Flickr
- GeekMom, Dear Instagram, We’re Through
- GigaOM, Instagram’s new terms of service clarify how it uses your data for advertising,
- 3 Geeks and a Law Blog, Terms of Service Aren’t Just Read by Lawyers Anymore
- GigaOM, Who’s to blame for the Instagram debacle? Take a look in the mirror
- ReadWrite, Instagram Rolls Back Terms Of Service Changes, Rolls Out New “Mayfair” Filter,
- GigaOM, Instagram changes course and reverts to original terms of service for advertising
- Android Phone Fans, Instagram reverts back to old Terms of Service – Quells user complaints but are we really better off?
- Constitution Daily, Update: Instagram gives in on privacy issues
Meanwhile, Flickr, the place where I’ve stored all my photos for the last four years (in addition to my computer, of course), has a new iPhone app that is really pretty cool: GigaOM, Flickr belatedly joins the mobile photo wars with new iPhone app.
It’s actually been kind of a slow week, starred-blog-items-wise. In real life, of course, I’m deckin’ the halls and all that jazz. By the way, Happy start of Hanukkah, for those of you who celebrate!
There are a few things I found interesting this week, however. As usual, in no particular order, you may enjoy:
- Instagram Blog, Millions Drawn to Lyon’s Fête des Lumières. Pretty pictures of pretty lights! In France! Really, what more could you want?
- Library Stuff, Bedbugs Hitch a Ride on Library Books. Okay, well, this is just horrific. I may never go to the library again. Or to work!
- HelloGiggles, 20 Years of Awesome: A History of Lomography Cameras. For a while there, the “Lomo Fi” filter on Instagram was my favorite filter, and I didn’t know there was a real-life camera (and movement, I guess) from whence it got its name, the Lomo Kompakt Automat.
- The Flickr blog. I’m all about photography today, I guess! I save all of my photos to Flickr. I know it’s not the most social-media savvy of photo sharing sites, and that’s not primarily how I use it – it’s my back-up repository, for the most part. But I am pretty loyal to it, and they have a great blog with gorgeous photos. You should subscribe to their RSS feed now. A daily dose of beautiful shots! What a nice thing to look forward to every morning!
- And lastly:
This is my new favorite Christmas video of all time:
Bookmark it now for whenever you need a lift.
NaBloPoMo is over for a while. I’ve still got my Saturday Evening Posts for you, though!
Happy December! I doubt I’ll be posting every day for a while, but you never know …
Was in Wausau, WI for the holiday. Cold and grey.
It was a short week. I didn’t mark too many things in Google Reader as being worthy of passing on. Here are a few that made the cut:
And that’s all, folks! Hope you’re having a scrumptious weekend.
Sometimes I star things in Google Reader or Twitter or wherever because I want to be sure to mention them in my Saturday Evening Post, and sometimes I do it to remind myself to read something, and sometimes I do it to save “important” things. Then the starred items are automatically sent to Evernote, where I forget about them until Saturday, when I’m looking for something to post. Point is, I cannot remember which particular bucket these items fall into.
This week, it seems especially heavy on the “save ‘important’ things” bucket, so sorry if legal research isn’t one of your major interests. I don’t actually talk all that much about work on my blog, so this provides you with some insight on a lot of the things I think about all day.
That’s all for now. Am planning on writing tomorrow about a meeting I had earlier today with a group of students I like to call LSOT, who tell me everything I need to know about kids these days.
Realized Thursday that I didn’t remember starring anything in my Google Reader or Twitter feed this week. Was nothing interesting, or did I forget about my weekly round-up? Luckily, a few things caught my eye in the last couple of days.
- Yes, We’re A Tech Site. Yes, We’re Suggesting You Spend Less Time Online. I really need to go on some kind of internet break or something. One of these days.
- The Ethics of Twitter Research: A Topology of Disciplines, Methods and Ethics Review Boards. This kind of looks like it could be interesting, but could be one of those things that has little usefulness in my reality. Still, bookmarking it for when I have some time.
- Grammar Gap. I hate to be one of those, get-offa-my-lawn, when-I-was-a-youngster types, but what they’re suggesting about the lack of basic grammar teaching in schools would explain a lot.
- London’s Subterranean Secret: The Forgotten Mail Train. Have I linked to Messy Nessy Chic before? She’s an Englishwoman living in Paris, and there’s something about her site that I just love. A little bit of fashion, a little bit of architecture, a lot of French culture, and all, of course, très chic. Read it, you’ll like it!
- Four Sisters Recreate Childhood Photos Taken Decades Ago. This is one I starred back in August, when I was keeping up on my starring duties, but slipping in my posting duties. The pictures are delightful and slightly wacky. Makes me want to dig up some of our old family photos and recreate them.
That’s all for now; off to enjoy this bizarre 60-degree and sunny weather we’re having. ‘Til next time!
Haven’t done one of these in a while, but here are some gems I came across in various places online this week:
- Make Sure to Have Fun and Other NaNoWriMo Tips. This is about the whole “writing a novel in November” thing, but I’ll try to keep some of the tips in mind while blogging this month.
Write for ten minutes a day. … The idea is to create a habit. And ten minutes a day is the beginning of that. On days when I despair because I have accomplished nothing, I take those ten minutes and feel much better afterward.
- #instacane. The story of Hurricane Sandy as told through Instagram. There are other good places to go to find amazing and horrible photographs of the hurricane’s damage, but I like this site because most of the photos are not taken by professional photographers. Of course, as with all things Instagram, some of the photos leave me shaking my head at why the photo-taker tagged them the way that they did, but I guess there’s no Instagram-hashtag police out there. Yet.
- Guiding Principles for Enhancing Classroom Experiences. Trying to keep some of these in mind as I gear up for co-teaching Advanced Legal Research next term.
Give Up Fear. Law school is a breeding ground for fear and anxiety. Some of that is necessary—just the nature of the beast, but encouraging students to give up fear in the classroom is important.
- Internet Librarian: 50 Great Mobile Apps for Libraries. Am always on the lookout for useful mobile apps. Mostly I use my smartphone for taking pictures. And then manipulating the heck out of those pictures. This brings me to
- My Mobile Legal Apps Libguide. We did a Tech Petting Zoo at work this week (more on that tomorrow? Maybe?), and I’ve been working on a research guide for mobile apps that I think law students would find particularly useful. I really wanted to have it finished last week, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. If you have any ideas for apps that I’ve missed, or can add some short reviews to some of the apps I have here, let me know!
That’s all for now. See you tomorrow!
Ugh. It’s too darn hot. Perhaps you’d like to peruse some things that I found interesting on the web this week?
- ReadWriteWeb, OpenSky is Pinterest For Shopping (But Wait, There’s More: Frictionless Sharing!). I love shopping on the internet, but I don’t think I’m going to sign up for this thing (also, isn’t Pinterest “Pinterest for Shopping”? I thought I read all those blog posts about how retailers were getting significant traffic from Pinterest). I friggin’ hate frictionless sharing. Mostly posting this because it reminded me of something I heard about on MPR yesterday – I can’t remember what program – a service called “Personal.com” that is intriguing to me.
You create valuable data every day.
And yet, it seems like everyone but you has access to your data. Take control of your digital life and own your private information by storing it in a single place you can access anywhere: a secure data vault.
And what, you might say, does this have to do with shopping? Well, on the radio program, they were saying something about how you could sign up with the service and put in your preferences, sizes, etc., and retailers would contact you with deals, instead of you contacting them. But now that I try to search for the radio program to get the full deets, I’m not finding it, and I may be mixing up social media sites here. But still – doesn’t that sound cool?
*Sigh.* I really gotta do a social media audit and figure out what I got goin’ on out there and what I want to do with it all.
- ReadWriteWeb, Avoiding Password Breaches 101: Salt Your Hash. In response to the LinkedIn password breach. This – perhaps combined with Personal.com? – may help me to re-think my whole password situation.
- Ecouterre, Goodebox Delivers Eco-Friendly Beauty Samples to Your Door Every Month. Okay, so my “beauty routine” pretty much consists of slapping on some sunscreen-enriched moisturizer, but some of you may be interested in this. I think if it were $5/month, rather than $16, I’d be seriously tempted. I loves me some good-smelling lotions and hair products.
beSpacific, A Study of “Churn” in Tweets and Real-Time Search Queries (abstract and link to article).
The real-time nature of Twitter means that term distributions in tweets and in search queries change rapidly: the most frequent terms in one hour may look very different from those in the next. Informally, we call this phenomenon “churn”. Our interest in analyzing churn stems from the perspective of real-time search. Nearly all ranking functions, machine-learned or otherwise, depend on term statistics such as term frequency, document frequency, as well as query frequencies. In the real-time context, how do we compute these statistics, considering that the underlying distributions change rapidly? In this paper, we present an analysis of tweet and query churn on Twitter, as a first step to answering this question. Analyses reveal interesting insights on the temporal dynamics of term distributions on Twitter and hold implications for the design of search systems.
I’m not sure I’ll actually read this. But I feel I should.
- ReadWriteWeb, Millennials: They Aren’t So Tech Savvy After All. (I’m really RWW heavy this week. Y’all should totally follow this blog; it’s quite useful and informative.) One of these articles seems to come out every six months or so. Seeing as how one of the things that most excited my Internet Legal Research students last term was learning about “Ctrl-F,” I can’t say I disagree with many of the findings here.
Stay cool out there, guys!
It’s my anniversary weekend! Spousal unit and I got hitched 12 years ago tomorrow. To celebrate, we’re dropping AG off at my parents and going to see The Avengers, ‘cuz we’re romantics like that.
Still have not gotten my IFTTT recipe for posting blog posts directly from Flickr photos the way I want it yet. It keeps wanting to make the photo too wide for the theme that I’ve chosen. I suppose I could change my theme, but that seems like too much work right now.
I finished and turned in my book review on Tuesday, so I feel like I have a lot more time on my hands to read. I’m finding myself drawn to all the other books out there about Supreme Court law clerks. As I suggest in my book review, for something allegedly so secretive, there are a lot of such books out there. I’ll let you know which is the juiciest.
Meanwhile, here are some things that caught my eye this week:
- Ecouterre, Charlize Theron Wears Dress Made With Beetle Wings in “Snow White and the Huntsman”.
Trimmed with thousands of discarded jewel-beetle wings from Thailand, where the insect is a delicacy, the dress is a brittle, decaying carapace that mirrors Queen Ravena’s own physical and psychological deterioration.
As an entomophobic, this kind of grosses me out. But it’s also sort of beautiful.
- ReadWriteWeb, 9 Photo Filter Apps to Enhance Your Mobile Photography. I’ll basically get any photo app Read Write Web tells me to (I’m not downloading the Facebook photo app, though. That just seems stupid).
- GeekMom, Battle of the iPhone Cases. Just ‘cuz.
- ReadWriteWeb, Mary Meeker Re-Imagines Nearly Everything. Bits and pieces from a presentation at the D10 Conference (I have no idea what that is) on internet trends.
- Free Range Librarian DPLA West: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an API!. I subscribe to a few “regular” librarian-type blogs (read: public library, rather than law library), and I always feel like I should be paying more attention than I do to what’s going on in that realm – especially with regards to eBooks. Even if I don’t work in a public library, I use one pretty much every week. This post is about the Digital Public Library of America movement.
The event displayed “a cacophony of wildly disparate visions.” Stakeholders were not in agreement on “the whatness of the thing,” to use an old literary expression, nor were they aware of this.
As became clear in the discussions, what public libraries (ahem — real public libraries) want, for the most part, is the ability to purchase/license and share current ebook titles: the much-coveted product of the Big Six publishers. They want Hunger Games, not someone’s pre-1923 travelogue. The think-tank nerds want government documents digitized (and who can disagree with that, even though it’s not the top priority for public libraries). The developers want an amazing tool, and so on.
- The Tangential, What It Means To Be 36. I am … a little bit older than 36, but this post resonated with me and how I’ve been feeling lately.
[At 36,] I’m now just six years younger than Alan Alda’s character in The Four Seasons. I sure don’t feel nearly as old as he does, and I don’t think I’m the only 30-something who feels that way. In fact, I know it: in a recent New Inquiry post, Autumn Whitefield-Madrano considers the changing face of 36, which is her age as well as mine. The header graphic for the post shows three women at the age of 36: Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson (!) in The Graduate, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Huxtable in The Cosby Show, and Reese Witherspoon today. Not only do today’s 36-year-olds feel younger than Clair Huxtable and a lot younger than Mrs. Robinson, Whitefield-Madrano points out, they’re still treated as young in pop culture.
Every 30-something has surely felt a version of what Whitefield-Madrano describes: a weird sense that 36 is “supposed” to look and feel older than it does.
When my mom was my age, she had a 16-year old. I, on the other hand, still often feel like I don’t really know what I’m going to do with my life!
With that parting thought, I’m off to get ready to celebrate my marriage by seeing a movie about a bunch of comic book superheroes.
Long weekend! Hot weather! Reflection time!
If you follow my blog, you’ll notice a lot of photo posts recently. There are a few reasons for this: (1) I take a lot of photos, and they make for an easy blog post, (2) I’ve gotten addicted to several iPhone photo apps, and (3) As mentioned earlier, I’m experimenting with IFTTT to see what I can automatically post from where.
IFTTT is this really cool application (stands for “if this, then that”) whereby you can essentially create kind of a mashup of other applications that you use. For example, if I add a certain tag to a photo I post on Instagram, I can have it automatically post that photo to my blog. I can have articles I’ve favorited on Google Reader automatically go into an Evernote notebook, to be saved for my weekly round-ups of interesting blog posts. And so on.
It’s not working quite as smoothly as I would have liked, and thus I’ve got a lot of random posts on my blog. But, oh well – constant beta and all that. I know I need to do a social media review ‘n’ purge, but, I also have six boxes of photos that I should shift through, not to mention the CDs that need to be assessed and gotten rid of,* so this is not going to happen any time soon.
I am grossly behind on both my Fashion Friday and my Saturday Evening Post posts; apologies to those of you who come here looking for that. Haven’t been feeling the clothes bug lately; not sure why. But here are some of the articles that caught my eye in the past few weeks:
- Ecouterre, Coach Turns Vintage Leather Baseball Gloves Into Billfold Wallets. Okay, well, this would be an awesome Father’s Day present if we weren’t essentially talking about a $350 wallet.
- New York Times Magazine, How Roland Barthes Gave Us the TV Recap. This is a really interesting article.
Instead of just passively absorbing a series of broadcasts from Planet Media, consumers today participate directly in the creation of culture.
To my mind, the thing that’s exploding into relevance in our era is not mass culture but the critique of mass culture — the Barthesian dissection of everything, no matter how trivial. This happens everywhere now, often in real time. And this critical analysis is often as vital and interesting and consumable as the culture it discusses.
- RIPS Law Librarian Blog, What Do Law Librarians Do?. In case you’ve ever wondered:
We tend to be humbly willing to do things that may seem at first glance to fall far outside of the job we signed up. We do all of this, not always because we have to, but sometimes, because we can see that it needs to be done, and we can see that if we do not do it, then no one else will.
- Ecouterre, 10 Eco-Friendly (and Vegan!) Flip-Flops to Slip Into This Summer. Who doesn’t love flip-flops? Well, I mean, other than people at work who are driven mad by the constant thwip-thwopping noise they make. Some of these are really cute, though.
I finished my book review on In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices. Look for it soon in a Law Library Journal near you!
* Shout out to the little scamps who rummaged through our cars early the other morning and ran off with a collection of our CDs! Thanks for doing the work for us, jerks!