Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Unusual juxtaposition - afternoon tea and tanks.
You can find out about the book from Black Swan Press.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I presented a paper on Implementing a Next Generation Library System, a topic on which I could speak for some time and which seemed to engage my audience. The paper and my slides are now available.
I also presented a poster on Virtualising the Bookshelf. I'd not done a poster before and despite the inconvenience it caused me in transportation the conversation and interest that it generated made it a worthwhile exercise. The poster is also available.
For interest my earlier 2012 paper on Visualization for New Generation Users in the Age of the Electronic Book is also still in print ; )
Friday, July 18, 2014
At my place of work there are a many artworks including some installations by the great local artist Howard Taylor.
I'm not sure this is one that really works for me, but it has a certain presence and has stood the test of time!
If you want to learn more about the artist try this website from the WA Art Gallery. It also links to a self portrait this is one of my favourite works in the gallery.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
I've added another Heinlein to my bookshelf. This one from 1957 but with a very new cover. I thought I'd read it but as I started I realised that this one, whose title I knew, had passed me by and I didn't know the story at all. What a treat. Not a long treat as I read it in the afternoon, and it had the unmistakable themes and characters of Heinlein, but a treat nonetheless.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
I am intrigued sometimes, like this book about Shakers, what is that all about? And then later I see a second book on the same topic and realise someone is doing teaching or research in this area. And what is it with the green cats?
I love window shopping.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Monday, July 07, 2014
Ready for the oven.
On the go.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Friday, July 04, 2014
I had the pleasure (or drew the short straw depending on your point of view) of making the farewell speech for my boss today at a whole of staff morning tea. She is leaving us for the ranks of the retired after a long and distinguished career.
I couldn't help but think of the eulogies that I have delivered, fortunately only a few, and how I've always tried to reflect the whole person. If you ignore or gloss over all imperfections then you rob the eulogy of authenticity and you do a disservice to those who knew the person and to the person, who is after all composed of all the highs and lows that make us human.
However this wasn't quite a eulogy, as the person was right in front of me, occasionally interjecting, looking thoughtful or laughing. She also had the right of reply!
All in all it was more fun than a eulogy.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
I must admit I watch the rose bushes in the neighbourhood and those council rose gardens I drive past on the way to work. When I see them chopped then I know that I am running with the herd and it must be time to prune. Are we all waiting this year for someone else to go first?