Category Archives: food for thought

Join us in the AfterWords Cafe today

Hosted by the Zinzendorf Society.

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Let’s Talk Turkey

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture 13.3 pounds of turkey was consumed by the typical American in 2009, with no doubt a hearty helping devoured at Thanksgiving time.  Also, per capita sweet potato consumption was 5.3 pounds.*  For more Thanksgiving Day facts and fun see the following links:

Profile America: Facts for Features—Thanksgiving Day http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb11-ff21.html 

 U.S. Census Bureau Multimedia Gallery—Thanksgiving http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/profile_america/profile-odd-24.php

 National Archives, Center for Legislative Archives Congress Establishes Thanksgiving  http://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/thanksgiving/

 The Nest—Topics to avoid at Thanksgiving dinner http://ideas.thenest.com/dinner-recipes/entertaining/Articles/topics-to-avoid-during-the-holidays.aspx 

 Aristotle’s Thanksgiving –Thanksgiving Trivia Quiz http://home.aristotle.net/Thanksgiving/trivia.asp

 

*Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012, Tables 217 and 218, http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/

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Fortune Cookies, tea, and tai chi

Chinese New Year Celebration!   Join us on the main level of Reeves Library Friday, February 4 from 10:00 AM – Noon to kick off the year of the rabbit.  We’ll celebrate with tea, fortune cookies, and a tai chi demonstration by Shifu Zach Miller and Shigung Paul Miller from Lehigh Valley Martial Arts (demonstration at 11:30).

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half-life of technology

What will be known about the modern world in the centuries to come? “Not much,” say some, mostly because so much information now is created and stored solely in digital form . . . and so much of it is disappearing as a result of the rapid obsolescence of software and equipment.

How big is this problem, really?? Well, it’s getting some serious attention from the Library of Congress. Read more and watch the recent CBS Sunday Morning show segment here.

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wikitruth

Simson L. Garfinkel in Technology Review argues that Wikipedia has refined truth. From “Wikipedia and the Meaning of Truth:”

“On Wikipedia, objective truth isn’t all that important, actually. What makes a fact or statement fit for     inclusion is that it appeared in some other publication–ideally, one that is in English and is available free online. ‘The threshold for inclusion in Wikipedia is verifiability, not truth,’ states Wikipedia’s official policy on the subject.”

Read on. What do you think? Is this an accurate description of the situation? Does this match your own thinking?

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Web evaluation, Google, and real life consequences

Just in case you ever wondered how those skeptical, evaluative, critical thinking skills as applied to web sites (skills that you practice often in library instruction classes) would have anything to do with real life, read this blog post about Google and the financial consequences of outdated, incorrect information. It’s a sobering account of a very preventable situation. And one, I would submit, that will probably be occurring more often, unfortunately.

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digital does not mean forever

Librarians know it, archivists know it – digital does not mean forever. And, attempting to make digital last forever is ridiculously expensive.

So, what does that mean for the preservation of culture? Are we living in a society whose history will be lost for future generations?

Intrigued? Read more: “The Digital Ice Age,” by Brad Reagan. Popular Mechanics, published in the December issue.

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