New Pages at Exploring Our Matrix

Some of you may have experienced slow load times or error messages on this blog in the past. The cause was apparently my sidebar widget which shared interesting posts elsewhere. If the RSS feed that it was trying to pull failed to respond, the widget would wait for it and the blog page would fail [Read More...]

Reminder: Google Reader is Closing!

If you are reading this in Google Reader, you probably need this reminder. Google Reader will cease to be available on July 1st and you will lose all your feeds and other data if you have not exported them before then. I have been using The Old Reader, because I want to be able to [Read More...]

Safety in the Cloud

For those who are students, or who do research and/or write for a living, the data we have – papers that are due, articles that we are working on – is more valuable than the devices we use to write on. And so anyone who is not currently using Dropbox, or Google Drive, or some [Read More...]

The Old Reader (and the Blog Sidebar)

We sometimes complain about unnecessary resistance to change, but not all change is good. When Google Reader eliminated the share function, it was a nuisance. Now that Google Reader is getting ready to go defunct, many are equally frustrated. Fortunately, there seems to be a viable solution already available: The Old Reader. I’m not sure [Read More...]

Goodbye Google Reader

It seems that Google Reader is being done away with¬†(“retired” seems to be the preferred term). I suppose that means that I will have to find another feed reader for all my blogs and news feeds that I read – which almost certainly includes yours, if you have one. And so if you want me [Read More...]

The CRAP Test

As I focus in my classes on the skills needed to search for and find relevant and reliable information, that topic in the news. Bill Tai was quoted in the New York Times today as saying the following: When there is too much information, there is high value in search, navigation and discovery. This is [Read More...]

My Course on How to Use the Internet

The new semester at Butler University begins on Monday. My course on the Bible is at the same time a course on how to use the internet. The need for training in such skills is illustrated well by this image that has been circulating on Facebook: Whether or not to take advantage of the accessibility [Read More...]

Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library

Remember when getting all the Dead Sea Scrolls published and available to scholars and the public was a frustrating issue? How times have changed! Now significant numbers of the scrolls are available online, thanks to a partnership between the IAA and Google, as many bloggers and news sites have been reporting. Click here to visit [Read More...]

Google Chrome’s Advanced Settings are a Threat to the Universe

If you don’t think so, you’ve clearly never looked at them carefully: No human being should have the power to obliterate¬†anything from the beginning of time… [Read more...]

What is a Library?

I spent a day during ¬†Butler’s Fall break at a strategic planning retreat for the Butler University libraries. Being rather philosophically minded, I asked a small group I was in “What is a library?” as a way of trying to generate discussion on our assigned topic. The answer was multi-faceted, and included not only a [Read More...]

Happy Anniversary, Star Trek!

I wasn’t about to let the day end without wishing Star Trek a happy 46th anniversary. Presumably everyone saw the Google doodle for the occasion. In other news, the next Star Trek movie is going to be called Star Trek Into Darkness. [Read more...]


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