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Fair Use Week!
Yesterday evening I saw a tweet zip by in which some very smart people I know and respect appeared to be arguing about the color of a dress. It seemed like a weird thing, so I went and looked and saw what appeared to be a white and gold dress. No...
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I don't really have a dog in this fight, but I'm finding it interesting how many ads this year are being skewered on the Web.  Maybe it happens every year and I'm just noticing it more right now.
Breaking down Bud's $9 million anti-craft beer Super Bowl ad--don't worry, they're totally not feeling threatened.
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Another space gif taken from my driveway in denver. This time it's an asteroid.
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A few years ago, we wrote about some research by Paul Heald that did an astounding job visually demonstrating how much copyright law today harms the dissemination of content. The key graphic was the following one: What it shows is that while...
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Donate to the EFF -- they do good work.
Last chance to donate to EFF in 2014! Give during the Year-End Challenge to strengthen the digital rights movement and unlock bonus grants for EFF.
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That's too bad -- ipl2 gave me my first taste of reference work and revealed to me how much I enjoy it. 
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You know, I'm not sure that I ever read the boilerplate Google text in front of public domain books.
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That's amazing -- 2,385 old DOS games playable in your browser. 
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What Could Have Entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2015? Under the law that existed until 1978 . . . Works from 1958 Tweet. Works that could have entered the public domain on January 1, 2015. The Once and Future Public Domain The films Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, ...
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Donate to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  Birds are cool.  And until Dec 31 your donation is triple-matched.
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The only long-term answer to this sort of asymmetric threat is to make it increasingly harder to find vulnerabilities in systems, and reduce the risk associated with a successful attack. That means that companies and academic institutions—and software and hardware companies that supply their IT departments—are going to have to step up to actually make their networks less vulnerable to these sorts of attacks.

Of course, the other option is to let government exercise more control over the security of the Internet. But that’s exactly what media companies like Sony wanted in the first place when the MPAA and RIAA pushed for legislation like SOPA and PIPA.
If DPRK was really behind the Sony hack, “proportional response” is pointless.
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  • Columbia University
    Staff Associate, 2005 - present
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William Beretta Vanti
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There's too much to learn about, so you can't ever stop
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Hi, I'm Will.  I like information, finding out things, and letting people know where to find said things.  It took me a while to realize this, which is why I'm becoming a librarian a bit later in life. 


Education
  • Rutgers University
    MLIS, 2012 - 2014
    Human Information Behavior, Information Technologies for LIS, Cataloging and Classification, Principles of Searching, Information Visualization, Reference Sources and Services, Foundations of Big Data Curation and Management, Library Design, Metadata for Information Professionals, Digital Libraries/Digital Library Technologies, Management of Libraries and Information Centers
  • University of Toronto
    MSc, 2000 - 2003
    Master of Science in the Department of Pharmacology
  • York University
    BSc, 1995 - 1999
    Biology undergraduate
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Google Lat Long: Roam the Arabian desert with Street View
google-latlong.blogspot.com

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 11:00 PM. Imagine sitting atop a camel looking across a vast expanse of desert dunes. A glimmer of green flashes

The Aereo Ruling Is A Disaster For Tech, Because The 'Looks Like Cable' ...
www.techdirt.com

Following the Aereo ruling in the Supreme Court this week, lots of folks are sifting through the decision and opining on what it all means.

Digital Public Library of America to add millions of records to its archive
arstechnica.com

At one year old, DPLA makes some big partnerships and looks back on its growth.

Google Play Music
market.android.com

Google Play Music makes it easy to discover, play and share the music you love on Android and the web. With our new All Access service, you

Thanks, Textbooks. - I was going to solve this the easy way, but this...
thankstextbooks.tumblr.com

I was going to solve this the easy way, but this is much more difficult. Thanks.

» Blog Archive » Fair! Google Books case dismissed.
www.librarian.net

Folks can read the actual ruling (pdf) if they'd like. This is a very big deal. Thanks to folks who worked so hard on getting us to this pla

Google Gets Total Victory Over Authors Guild: Book Scanning Is Fair Use ...
www.techdirt.com

This one has been a long time coming, but this morning, Judge Denny Chin (who actually has a long history of siding with copyright holders)

How Chris McCandless Died
www.newyorker.com

A new paper presents hitherto unknown evidence that appears to close the book on the cause of Christopher McCandless’s death…

CloudFlare and Free Speech | CloudFlare Blog
blog.cloudflare.com

To: CloudFlare Media Relations From: James Cook Cc: Milo Yiannopoulos Date: Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM (PDT) Subject: Press enquiry - Cloud

Why Your Airplane Ticket is So Expensive
www.nomadicmatt.com

A lot of people wonder why airline tickets cost so much money. There are many factors that go into airline pricing. This article explains th

16 Things BuzzFeed Doesn't Know About The Ocean - Science Sushi
blogs.discovermagazine.com

BuzzFeed's 16 Things No One Knows About The Ocean was full of flaws. I set out to correct them and show that the truth is way better than fi

Wordpress Plugins I Use And Why
www.jamiesanford.com

Talking Wordpress plugins – my favorites!

Applying science to communicate science
arstechnica.com

Right now, it's hard to find relevant information on how to do it well.

Nickerblog: 11 things it took me 42 years to learn
hollywoodlog.typepad.com

As I round the corner towards the still youngish age of 42, I’ve had some time to reflect upon what’s worked and what hasn’t in my life. Per

In the future, astronauts might play MMORPGs to fend off boredom
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My newest column for The New York Times Magazine is about the risks associated with boredom on long-distance space journeys, like the one as

Why librarians are needed more than ever in the 21st century
boingboing.net

In a 2010 interview with The Book Page, Neil Gaiman neatly set out the case for libraries and librarians in the 21st century; the remarks ar

T. rex leaves tooth in would-be lunch’s tail, paleontologists find it
arstechnica.com

A tooth embedded in a hadrosaur's tail shows T. rex hunted, didn’t just scavenge.

Swiss Army Librarian » Reference Question of the Week – 7/7/13 :: Brian ...
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Swiss Army Librarian is a blog by Brian Herzog mostly about library and technology issues relating to public libraries

Opinion: As a former rail engineer, I need to speak out
www.montrealgazette.com

Opinion: As a former railway engineer, including for the MMA predecessor company, my view is that what killed those innocent people in Lac-M