the usual deliciousing of links has paused for a while, but things still need to be linked; here’s a brief narrative.
Festifools 2008 photos are up (thanks to Myra Klarman) – quite a few awesome puppet pictures.
I missed Festifools this year for a memorial service for Wilfred Kaplan, University of Michigan math professor emeritus and long time friend.
If you have a Mac with no passwords, you can still get in by booting to single user. These Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts detail many "special" commands you can do.
A query on Twitter (thanks @awd) led me to the MELCAT collection of books and materials with the catalog subject Telegraph – History. The AADL only has 4 titles with that topic, but state-wide there’s lots more.
Generally, Twitter is awesome for reference questions, esp. when you manage to collect reference librarians as friends who are working desk shifts. With the Twitter mobile interface and the right people on the other end of the line it’s way better than Google (since at worst people Google for you and sort through the results).
The Early History of Data Networks tells a story of the (optical) telegraphs that went through Sweden and France starting as early as 1794. The Swedish system of Edelcrantz was a 10-shutter system connected by telescopes, capable of sending coded messages a distance of 10 km between stations whose operator would then set up the same configuration for the next station in line.
The 2008 Burns Park Run is Sunday, May 4. If all goes according to plan I’ll be walking the 5k. There’s nothing better than walking briskly past a runner who has slowed down to catch their breath.
The last lecture in the "Wikipedia and Academia" series is scheduled for
this Thursday night. Marshall Poe will be doing the honors with a talk called
"Please Listen to Me: Wikipedia, Web 2.0 and Human Nature." Thursday, April 10th, 7:00 p.m., 201 Pray-Harrold Hall, EMU
Metascope is a new tool for visualizing and analyzing networks of up to 10000 nodes. There are versions for Windows and for Mac, and the download includes a dataset based on network data extracted from the Enron corpus of 200000 emails. (via ona-prac)
Everything’s Cool is a documentary on the impact of the media on the public perception of climate change. (Sent to me by my cousin who has a PhD in clouds.)
thus ends the emptying of the inbox into the blog