links for 2007-02-28


in which a point is missed

Neil Gaiman takes on the idea that

“surely saying “It won the Newbery Medal. We order the books that do that. It’s been the most respected guide to quality children’s literature since 1922,” would fend off most threats to a school librarian’s job… wouldn’t it?”

isn’t really enough. I have to agree with the opposition on this one, especially given his example:

Well, twenty years ago, when I was younger, quite poor, had two small children and a mortgage, I quit the best job I’d had to that point — writing for a national UK paper — because I didn’t want to write a front page article that editorial had concocted that was obviously untrue.

There is a big difference between attaching your name to a story in a national newspaper, a story that you know to be untrue, and defending a children’s book in your local library. One of those could cost you your current job, the other could cost you your career, in addition to any legal remedies that might result.

While I agree in principle that there is a special obligation I can’t argue with someone who doesn’t want to sacrifice their job to it over this.




Originally uploaded by paulbeard.

outside my house. Not sure how I didn’t get the edge of the roof in the frame . . .

from a roll of Holga-riffic images taken during the snowstorm of mid-December.

I’m starting to tire of the chanciness of the Holga, the missed images. Some of this roll looks fine, some is way underexposed. Same day, same light. [grumble]


akismet kicks


That’s more like it ;-)

This is just the first 24 hours or so. That’s about 1 every 2 minutes.

The biggest benefit? I don’t get a million confirmation emails to read through. I think more than half my email was spam confirmation requests.