The Aftermath

DragonCon was another “success(Dragon Con celebrates state of the fantastic arts)”:http://www.timesdaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030829/NEWS/308290302/1004. And while I have not spoken to our network administrator, it “sounds like(Burning Man counterculture seeks social, political influence)”:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2003/09/01/state1707EDT0076.DTL he probably had a good time as well. Oh, and on the very morning I “left(Off to DragonCon)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/archives/2003/08/28/index.html for Atlanta, the Internet connection for the library cooperative went down.

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Unfortunately, Roddy was detained elsewhere. But we did get to her some entertaining stories by another wrestler, Freddy Valentine.

Richard Hatch

While he is obviously disappointed about the “new version(Battling Galactica)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/archives/2003/07/12/index.html#002419, he does have other things in the works. Last weekend he had dinner with Galactica creator Glen Larson and Tom DeSanto, who was originally going to work with Bryan Singer on his version.

Off to DragonCon

I am off to “DragonCon(Dragon*Con: America’s Largest SF and Popular Arts Convention)”:http://www.dragoncon.com/ again today. I may try some more of my “feeble(Judith Krug at Nimbus 2003)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/archives/2003/07/18/index.html#002431 “attempts(How not to run advance ticket distribution)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/archives/2003/03/02/index.html#002130 at “moblogging(On the Mississippi)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/archives/2003/04/10/index.html#002227. The difference between this year and last is that unlike last year, our network administrator is not hard at work.

Conferences want to be Free

The title of this post would seem to be the latest “sentiment(Webloggers deal Harvard blog-bores a black eye)”:http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/32315.html from Andrew Orlowski, in which he editorializes in yet another (supposed) news story. I haven’t been to a conference lately that did not have some sort of cost associated with it.

Impressions of Nimbus 2003

I see that the conference got some national attention as an “event(Fans Gather for Harry Potter Convention)”:http://www.ajc.com/living/content/living/ap/ap_story.html/Entertainment/AP.V3392.AP-Harry-Potter-Co.html and for the “scholarship(The Phenomenology of Harry, or the Critique of Pure Potter)”:http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/19/arts/19POTT.html?ex=1059278400&en=4fb19b00f42a7a07&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE. Many of the sessions really were fantastic. To hear John Granger explain the influence of “alchemy(The Hidden Key to Harry Potter: Understanding the Meaning, Genius, and Popularity of Joanne Rowling’s Harry Potter Novels)”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0972322108/libraryplanetcom/ref=nosim/ on Rowling’s writings really gives you new insight into the series.

Nimbus 2003

If you are a Harry Potter fan , you may be interested in attending Nimbus 2003: A Harry Potter Symposium .

Changes to FirstSearch

One thing I learned that was interesting was a change that OCLC has made to FirstSearch. When someone was doing a search in WorldCat, if the interface is setup correctly, you could click a link and go to your local catalog.

Portals and Search Engines

Marshall Breeding did a presentation entitled Portals and Search Engines: State of the Art and Florida’s Options. One point was how valuable is metadata if it is ignored by search engines. The other was informing users just what a search is actually searching.