Archive for February 2006
The failed academic blacklist from last year still exercises people’s mind and two articles came to my attention:
2) Prof. Geoffrey Alderman’s “The gesture politics of an Israel boycott” brought up an issue from 2001, the treatment of Egyptian scholars:
“For example, last year, the Egyptian government put 28 scholars on trial for “impugning Egypt’s international reputation.” Many were imprisoned, some with hard labour. Why didn’t the AUT or NATFHE demand a boycott of Egyptian universities? Why did Professors Hilary and Steven Rose, who have taken a leading part in the Israel boycott movement, not demand a cessation of all academic links with Egypt?”
I had high hopes for www.bibliophil.org, as I am a fan of cooperative software but some of the basic design seems lacking and it seems way too American-centric.
Cons: Difficult to enter non-US based ISBNs, not possible to manually enter books. Design of indexing needs reworking.
Pros: Ease of data entry, possible to manually enter non-ISBN books. Community of books lovers and browsing of other people’s book catalogues. Free up to 200 books
Con: Costs over 200 books, export should allow for non-CSVs formats. Search of ISBN catalogue should be automated according to user profile.
I shall be looking at Online Library 1.0 from www.creatisoft.com
The idea of catalogue all of my books appealed to me, in a strange way
Two sites seem to offer that ability:
Google directory lists a wide range of alternatives
Still to decide which is better tho.
It is easy to blame US Presidents and deservely so, but what to blame them for? That’s harder, so a group of American scholars have made it easier!
The list, from most egregious to least egregious:
1. James Buchanan (1857-1861), for failing to keep the Union together before the Civil War.
2. Andrew Johnson (1865-1869), for failed post-Civil War reconstruction policies.
3. Lyndon Johnson (1963-1969), for letting the Vietnam War escalate.
4. Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921), for refusing to compromise on the Treaty of Versailles after World War I.
5. Richard Nixon (1969-1974), for his involvement in a Watergate cover-up.
6. James Madison (1809-1817), for getting the United States into the War of 1812 with Britain.
7. Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), for the Embargo Act of 1807, a self-imposed prohibition on trade with Europe during the Napoleonic Wars.
8. John F. Kennedy (1961-1963), for the Bay of Pigs Invasion that led to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
9. Ronald Reagan (1981-1989), for the Iran-Contra Affair, an effort to sell arms to Iran and use the money to finance an armed anti-communist group in Nicaragua.
10. Bill Clinton (1993-2001), for his involvement with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.”
After generations of earnest middle-class trendies sought enlightenment in Buddhism, so now Buddhist monks are seeking solace in trade union, according to a report in the Times:
“AN AGGRIEVED monk and his band of truculent acolytes have brought Bolshevism to Buddhism and formed the first Japanese trade union for temple workers.
Toshio Sugata, the chairman of the Nagano Zenroren, said: “This is the first time that monks have been unionised. We learnt that they were employed by Daikanjin, the main temple of the Tendai sect, under labour regulations in which their payment and working hours were formally laid out. In that sense, monks have the same employment status as salarymen.”
The monk’s flying pickets must be a spectacle to behold!