Category Archives: opinion

the value of free speech

Most­ly I find the com­ments on the larg­er blogs to be so much me-to-ism but this after­noon I came across this com­ment on a post about a sil­ly anti-non-Chris­t­ian (yes i made that word up) adver­tise­ment used by a Cal­i­for­nia car deal­er­ship that was in boing-boing.

One of the great­est gifts of tru­ly under­stand­ing the notion of free speech is being nei­ther offend­ed nor par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed when some­one exer­cis­es their right to say some­thing inflam­ma­to­ry. Their speech is, after all, free. And you like­ly under­stand by this point that, except in rare cas­es, you get what you pay for.

I think I got much more than the usu­al val­ue for this one.

cred­it goes to one air­pool (com­ment #23)

the survey says…

Right now the Library Research Ser­vice is con­duct­ing a sur­vey on the worth of an MLIS. (I got in mine 1996.)

For the final com­ment I had to sum up my thoughts about my exper­ince in the lit­tle box at the bot­tom of the sur­vey. I said:

As a pro­fes­sion­al degree an MLIS is ter­ri­bly per­ish­able. The only things poten­tial (library) employ­ers are ask­ing me about are what data­bas­es can I search and what soft­ware do I know. They don’t see that there is any last­ing ben­e­fit to the edu­ca­tion I got and how I have used it — out­side of libraries — for the last 10 years. Non-library employ­ers are the same — dif­fer­ent soft­ware — but the same ques­tions.

That and the per­ceived lia­bil­i­ty of hav­ing a mas­ters degree and no “paid job expe­ri­ence” for the last 10 years pret­ty much makes me unem­ploy­able. Damn what am I going to do with all this free time?

Pellon (sewing products) is not well served by it’s web presence.

BTW find­ing on-line infor­ma­tion for Pel­lon sewing prod­ucts is dif­fi­cult. When I was work­ing on the pre­vi­ous post I want­ed to put in a link to the prod­uct page for the inter­fac­ing that I was talk­ing about. Clar­i­ty and all that…

Not so easy it turns out.

www​.pel​lon​.com is the home page of Finnish com­pa­ny that pro­duces farm­ing equip­ment. (Well worth a cou­ple of min­utes rum­mag­ing through the pig­gery equip­ment…)

www​.pel​lonideas​.com is the bad­ly orga­nized, un-proof-read, con­sumer prod­ucts site. A bit of shov­el­ware, some press releas­es, and a hand­ful of craft projects. When I entered Pel­tex in the search box it came back emp­ty, and the menus… The Infor­ma­tion Archi­tect is cry­ing…

www​.shop​pel​lon​.com aka Prod­ucts A La Carte actu­al­ly has prod­uct infor­ma­tion and will sell you Pel­lon prod­ucts. But bloody hell — it doesn’t even show up on the first page of Google results for “Pel­lon Inter­fac­ing.”