Power to the People of our fair city.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Personalize Your Penguin

Penguin Classics, celebrating their 60th anniversary this year, have launched a new feature - My Penguin - a series of six Classics published with naked front covers, including Emma, Meditations, The Waves, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Magic Tales and Crime and Punishment. You can purchase a copy and have it personalised with your own illustration.
Some of the results are displayed on an online gallery.

what to know


A list of some other libraries blogging

what do they do well - bad
who has guidelines?

CU - see email

What voices do we want to have
real names/personas
relationship with fitch/e lists website/editions

Do we need topics/groups/categories/threads

Should we now invite others to contribute/feedback/comment

How many posts would we need to do per day/week to keep cool/ok

being in the blog space/rssability

on our domain - or away in some other ownership

use covers like WCL - click to amazon

offer tools

Friday, December 15, 2006

bests of musics

Dub dot dash has a list of best 2006 New Zealand releases from a hand picked list of contributers - including our very own fraserhead. Our lists will be coming soon

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Tyrannicide Brief

Geoffrey Robertson, an Australian who is an internationally renowned human rights lawyer (and incidentally married to novelist Kathy Lette) has written a fascinating book about John Cooke, the Puritan lawyer from a humble background who prepared the case against Charles I. He paid terribly for this - the account of his trial and death after the Restoration of Charles II is horrific reading - but he established tyranny as a crime and conducted the first trial of a Head of State for waging war on his own people - a forerunner of the prosecutions of Pinochet, Milosevic and Saddam Hussein. He originated the right to silence, the 'cab rank' rule of advocacy and the duty to act free-of-charge for the poor.

Called The Tyrannicide Brief the book is scholarly but full of fascinating detail about the troubled times of the English Civil War.

Monday, December 11, 2006

How to do?

Just came across this new Web2.0 attraction today - the idea behind it is that "Everyone in the world is an expert on something" so this is a site where people can contribute instructions on how to do things. There is some control though - you have to sign in and create a bio that explains why you are an expert in the areas that you want to write in and you have to be approved by the editors. Then each how-to also goes through and editorial process.

Thus far is very US-centric, well what isn't? It will be interesting to see what happens when two people make How-tos for different parts of the world which are both correct - maybe they'll label them with geographical information?

There's a bit there now - have a poke around.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Smile, you're on Candid Camera

In case any of you have nothing to do and would like to fill their time with some aimless amusement, you may wish to read this story.
Apparently, the Swedish town of Gavle constructs a giant goat to celebrate Christmas and to see in the New Year. However, the goat has become a popular target for budding arsonists. Over the last 40 years, all but 10 goats have been set alight way before their time. To ensure this year's goat will see 2007 uncharred, the local authorities have gone to great lengths. They also have a web camera aimed at the goat at all times. So, if you have nothing better too do, you can keep an eye out for anybody attempting the unattemptable, i.e. set fire to the goat.