Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Legal Beagle: Somewhere* it's National…, in reply to Pete Sime,

    Tome it may concern...

    But it was a hoarder’s mentality. I was asking what if someone needs these books? instead of are they being used?

    Ta for that Pete - and I do confess to being a default 'book orphanage' / hoarder - something that has been useful to various folk in this parish, often with books that not many others would have found useful,
    But I feel that most library users are shelf browsers, the mysteries extant in 'The Stack' will ever remain thus and sadly then be seen as not 'used' - much the same as many 'collections' (of both books and papers) where one can never easily find out what is in there, but can't browse and must know a specific item to ask for - which to my way of thinking hobbles the whole process of retrieval or potential use.

    I also have a problem with the Library of Congress classification system as it seems to be down to the whim of individual librarians as to what goes where - at the CPIT library I can find books on Yoga in health and fitness/medicine areas, philosophy, and I think anthropology and recreation - I find this confusing and irritating - though I can see why they may have made those choices, they are not clear cut or intuitive (well to me).

    We need a Tardis for a library!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5563 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Somewhere* it's National…, in reply to Steve Curtis,

    But it appears that despite the red sticker they were able to retrieve the collection

    Phew - thank <insert preferred deity> for that...
    (ta Steve, one less apocryphal regret to carry about, at this rate I could go 'clear' in a decade or two...)

    I do know the demo guys got all the Asian Warehouse's stock...

    and I remember playing on that site when it was being built as a car yard and showroom.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5563 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Breaking: John Key tells Newstalk ZB that Campbell Live plays no role in holding the government to account, and is purely for entertainment.

    Key thinks the Fourth Estate is no longer relevant and he is apparently happy to carry on with his Fifth Column action against anyone who thinks in NZ...

    ... he really doesn't get it does he?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5563 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Somewhere* it's National…, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    Book 'em, Danno...

    As ever, this is much longer than I thought it was going to be :-)

    In keeping with the prevailing ANZAC spirit it is always 'a long long way to Tipperary'...

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/AlbertFarrington-ItsaLongLongWaytoTipperary1915a.ogg

    here's a couple or so links that may be relevant:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11422274

    Fears the e-book revolution would mean the end of libraries were far from being realised, says Tauranga City Council's libraries' manager.

    http://educators.co.nz/story/teachers-left-fend-themselves-national-library-cuts-lending-kiwi-schools/

    The National Library of New Zealand, which lends books and resources to schools across New Zealand, is changing its services to Schools programme ‘in reponse to library and education directions’.
    It means student access to specialist non-fiction National Library books will be cut, and teachers who order books for specialist topic studies will no longer be able to do so.

    Noooo! - but then a coupla months later - this:
    http://educators.co.nz/story/national-library-does-about-face-services-schools-cuts/

    National Librarian Bill Macnaught says he changes to the 60 year-old service will be phased in over three years, with the aim of getting more books into the hands of students and supporting online learning in schools.
    Macnaught says, “Following discussions with people in the education sector I have decided to extend the current service to the end of the 2015 school year while we roll out changes gradually.
    “Teachers and school librarians will still be able to request loans based on curriculum topics until the end of the year,” he says.

    Hmm slightly better, but....

    and I have in the past been shocked at some of the books sold by libraries, stuff that should still be publicly accessible - gone for a song (or less) - I also believe they need to keep hard copy and electronic versions - I still believe the proprietary electronic media environment and culture is an evolutionary dead end, retrieval of information needs to be simple and books are as simple as it gets.

    Also, I have heard that the earthquake damaged National Library building in Chchch was demolished with all the books and photo collections etc still there - disappearing as salvage to a demolition firm - I'm hoping that that isn't true, but some really dubious and egregious shit happened in Chchch in the aftermath does anyone here know what happened to all that material?
    These were to all intents and purposes National Taonga!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5563 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: We don’t make the rules, we're…, in reply to John Rankin,

    undesirable characters lurking about...

    Similarly, ’http://example.co.nz’ ought to exclude the trailing quote mark from the link, since the ’ character is not allowed in a URL.

    Looks like it tries to process it though, link came up -- albeit nonexistent - in chrome browser as: http://example.co.nz%27/

    as an aside I have noticed a weird thing with the 'Quote' instructions (below the Response box) sometimes it says Quote: < q > text < / q >
    and then sometimes (well yesterday) it says Quote: < quote> text < /quote>
    which actually works also - am I feverish or losing my mind?
    (note I have added gaps to prevent it doing what it should)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5563 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    we all have our live cross to be aired...

    Honestly if you wanted to save bucks on the news etc you’d kill almost all those live crosses.

    That's if the 'live crosses' don't kill them first -I felt for those poor reporters standing round in arctic temperatures last night - stuck-a-bed with a cold, as I am... ( a veritable drip-fled phlegmish panter!)
    But seriously you are so right, there is much that could be pared down rather than the constant hunt for 'novelty' - novelty is not news, just new and usually transient...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5563 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Newzak...

    We tend to have it on in the background while we make dinner and then switch to something recorded when we sit down in the lounge to eat.

    What no conversation and commentary about the news of the day - what's Mark Weldon gonna do now he knows that?
    :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5563 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Cecelia,

    Kim Hill, Morning Report, now = I feel less Barbarians at the gate-ish

    I know!
    just hearing her there today made me feel years younger and more optimistic - some weird deja voodoo going on there...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5563 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: We don’t make the rules, we're…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    1. don’t understand a new area of business
    2. set up a flawed operation
    3. get the government to bail us out
    4. profit!

    Remember Telecom T3G

    and Novopay...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5563 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: We don’t make the rules, we're…, in reply to Martin Brown,

    Teensy weensy timely fail there, then.

    Aye its a game of thorns, all right...

    I can't help but feel that LightBox, Neon, etc are a bit like all those people rushing into setting up one hour photolabs - on the cusp of a major technology sea change...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5563 posts Report Reply

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