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Joshua Chalifour
Errant Being
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I dunno Google, these new Google+ changes strike me as mostly bad. This trend (not just Google) to make the site so stripped down that you cannot figure out what anything does or how to make it do stuff, is no good.

There are buttons that are not obviously clickable, others with no help on what they do, and features that are hard to find. The profile display is completely confusing, especially with its double right scrollbar and no way to make it go away. Menu options for posts don't appear unless you happen to click on a blank space of the post. Why anyone would ever think to do that, aside from accidentally, is not clear.

One of Google+'s most innovative and useful features, Circles, has been progressively downplayed to the point where it's now practically invisible. I bet most people don't have a clue how to establish circles much less use them. The use case for Collections remains ambiguous.

And just because people are using tablets and phones a lot doesn't mean it's a good idea to hobble the desktop functionality. Make responsive interfaces that are appropriate for the different usage techniques of these devices. Maybe it's time to finally give up on Google+.

The Canadian Library Association has posted its new statement on intellectual freedom (PDF). I like how they've approached the issue, stating:

".. the Canadian Library Association affirms that all persons in Canada have a fundamental right, subject only to the Constitution and the law, to have access to the full range of knowledge, imagination, ideas, and opinion, and to express their thoughts publicly."


That libraries have core responsibilities to

"...safeguard and facilitate access to constitutionally protected expressions of knowledge, imagination, ideas, and opinion, including those which some individuals and groups consider unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable."

"...safeguard and foster free expression and the right to safe and welcoming places and conditions."

" safeguard and defend privacy in the individual’s pursuit of expressive content."

and that

"...libraries resist efforts to limit the exercise of these responsibilities while recognizing the right of criticism by individuals and groups."

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Photos from today's strike against QC's austerity measures. The government needs to wake up and treat education properly. Take a lesson or two from Finland.
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I've often thought of using phones as sucking us into a different space. Geiger's photos show it

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A trunk of 2600 dead letters that were saved by a 17th century Netherlands postmaster are being digitized at The history for how this came to be is interesting. That we have these now is essentially a side-effect of the delivery system of the time (and one person's ambition).

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I've watched some Sesame Street now as a parent and I think I like it better than when I was a child. The Pox news incident is excellent. 

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Investor State Dispute Settlement is quite a sick thing with respect to "intellectual property" in the #TPP

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