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Friday Fun: The Syndrome Syndrome and the Rise of the New World Disorders

The Syndrome Syndrome and the Rise of the New World Disorders

“Below, you will find my guide to 14 of the most recently identified medical conditions. Study them carefully. If you have one of them, please check your health insurance policy immediately to see if it will cover the cost of the medicines you will soon feel compelled to buy.

1. FSGDD (Five Star General Distraction Disorder): The involuntary tendency of high ranking military officials to throw away their careers and share classified information with well-dressed socialites looking for diplomatic immunity so they won’t have to pay their parking tickets or wait on line at Wal-Mart.

2. CFSUD (Chronic Facebook Status Update Disorder):
A debilitating disease that shuts down the immune system whenever a person’s need to change their Facebook status update supersedes their need to change their underwear, breathe, or have a meaningful conversation with another human being.

3. RAQS (Reflexive Air Quote Syndrome): The simultaneous extension of the index and middle finger, of both hands, to signal to anyone in one’s visual field that the word or phrase about to be spoken is either inconsequential, hyper-inflated, or attributed to someone from an opposing political party.

4. TGRES (Teenage Girl Rolling Eye Syndrome):
The upward, lateralized movement of eyeballs in the presence of parents, teachers, or guidance counselors in the still forming cerebral cortex of teenage girls. Or like, whatever.

5. CPD (Compulsive Photoshop Disorder): A distortion of the visual field in which people, objects, animals, or natural expressions of Mother Nature are perceived to be deficient, requiring immediate digital manipulation.

6. MPS (Marital Projection Syndrome): A compensatory nervous system reaction triggered whenever a husband or wife believes so strongly in their own concepts of right and wrong that all they can do is criticize, judge, and wallow in self-righteousness for extended periods of time, resulting in high therapy bills, the sensation of walking on eggshells, and the cessation of sex for 30 days.

7. PID (Premature Intervention Disorder):
The hallucinated belief by war-mongering American politicians that invading and occupying other countries for ridiculously long periods of time will increase national security, distract people from thinking about the economy, and lower gas prices.

8. VCD (Virtual Connection Dysfunction): The involuntary flapping of opposable thumbs, accompanied by the sudden, compulsive search for the nearest Smart Phone during early or late stage lovemaking.

9. RCOD (Remote Control Overload Disorder): A state of bi-polar catatonia triggered by the inability to make sense of all those tiny, misplaced buttons on one or more remote control devices, none of which correlate to anything in the known universe.

10. ITILLJDD (I Think I Look Like Johnny Depp Disorder): The irrational belief by men over 40 that just because they have a wispy mustache, slick their hair back, and have seen Pirates of the Caribbean twice, women will want to have sex with them.

11. MGITOGD (My God Is the Only God Disorder): A fanatical mindset in which one’s certainly about their own belief system can only be validated by making others wrong and, depending on the need for more oil, real estate, or power can lead to the death of thousands of innocent people.

12. FMYS (Four More Years Syndrome):
The sudden, song-like repetition of the phrase “Four More Years, Four More Years” by straw hat-wearing, overweight, ridiculously optimistic followers of incumbent presidents at political rallies held in convention centers, state fairs, or parking lots.

13. CLS (Compulsive Like Disorder): The involuntary need to ask everyone you know to “like” your Facebook Page even if they don’t like it, don’t like you, or have already liked your page due to your incessant badgering and self-promotion.

14.BYHFSWAYTWSMLBBIAITHYSYACTHTLFSKOTOEWARLNEBATBOHND:(Blaming Your Husband For Snoring When Actually You, the Wife, Snore Much Louder, But Because It’s Almost Impossible to Hear Yourself Snoring, You Are Constantly Telling Him to Look for Some Kind of Treatment Or Else Wear a Ridiculous Looking, Nostril-Expanding Bandaid Across the Bridge of His Nose Dysfunction.) Just what it sounds like.”


Posted on: July 31, 2015, 6:50 am Category: Uncategorized

Why You Should Care About Google’s New Open-Source Bluetooth Beacons

Why You Should Care About Google’s New Open-Source Bluetooth Beacons

“This vision isn’t new, of course — Apple said the same stuff when introducing iBeacons back in 2013. But Eddystone has the potential to catch on where Apple’s beacons fell flat: by open-sourcing the project, Google has left beacon hardware, firmware, and the user experience up to other companies; Google’s just providing the parts that let beacons talk to phones with the least possible effort.”






Posted on: July 31, 2015, 6:33 am Category: Uncategorized



Article in the new issue of the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS)  – special supplement on international issues in LIS education.

“Participatory and Transformative Engagement in Libraries and Museums: Exploring and Expanding the Salzburg Curriculum

R. David Lankes, Syracuse University

Michael Stephens, San Jose State University

Melissa Arjona, San Jose State University


During a program titled “Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture,” co-sponsored by the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), one of the discussion groups developed recommendations for skills needed by librarians and museum professionals in today’s connected and participatory world. The group focused on the concepts, knowledge, and processes that both librarians and museum professionals need to understand and know, realizing that participatory culture has ramifications both for traditional functions and emerging skills. The initial framework was an overview. This paper expands on the work started in Salzburg and calls for further discussion. By opening the conversation to the library and museum worlds, it is proposed that the two systems of education and continuing education will experience positive and possibly unexpected synergistic benefits.”


Posted on: July 30, 2015, 6:54 am Category: Uncategorized

How libraries can compete with Google and Amazon

How libraries can compete with Google and Amazon

“Throughout the country, library initiatives are emerging to keep up with technological advances. And libraries are finding that one population they can serve better than anyone else is low-income Americans.

We think of libraries as a public service, full of nostalgia and old books. That may be true. But librarians, and the people running large library systems, think of their users as customers, which means companies like Google and Amazon are competition—not for profit, but for users.”


Posted on: July 30, 2015, 6:24 am Category: Uncategorized

15 inspirational public library quotes for the summer

15 inspirational library quotes for the summer
“Here are a few inspirational quotes for the summer holidays from both library leaders and the famous.

  1. “A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.” Germaine Greer
  2. “An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.” Stephen Fry
  3. “Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” Sidney Sheldon
  4. “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” Walter Cronkite
  5. “Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.” Anne Herbert
  6. “What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.” Harold Howe
  7. “The health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested how well we support our libraries.” Carl Sagan
  8. “A great library is one nobody notices because it is always there, and always has what people need.” Vicki Myron
  9. “Great libraries have always looked to both the future and the past.” Laura Shapiro
  10. “To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so many roads.” Jon Bing
  11. “Our traditional model was one in which we thought of the user in the life of the library … but we are now increasingly thinking about the library in the life of the user.” Lorcan Dempsey
  12. “We are coming out of a period of let a thousand flowers bloom, which has been amazing … since the network really got stable and got out there to scholars to the way they do their work and communicate their work.” Clifford A Lynch
  13. “A library implies an act of faith.” Victor Hugo
  14. We are going to see a lot more collaboration and joint work among groups of libraries. … We are going to see a lot more emphasis in scale and integration between systems.” Clifford A Lynch
  15. “To be a librarian is not to be neutral, or passive, or waiting for a question. It is to be a radical positive change agent within your community.” R. David Lankes”


Posted on: July 30, 2015, 6:12 am Category: Uncategorized

A Brief History of Open Source Code Infographic

A Brief History of Open Source Code

A Brief History of Open Source Code infographic


Posted on: July 29, 2015, 6:35 am Category: Uncategorized



The rise of Learning Resource Centres


Posted on: July 29, 2015, 6:20 am Category: Uncategorized