Sunday, December 31, 2006

I'm a sucker for these quizes

Your results:
You are Green Lantern

Green Lantern
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Hot-headed. You have strong
will power and a good imagination.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Naughty Librarian Month

Naughty Librarian Month returns to BookTelevision this January with a library full of sultry, smart, and stimulating programming sure to add some heat to those cold winter nights. The Naughty Librarian throws open the doors to the forbidden with a playful look at the life of a Swedish porn king, a tryst with 'the world's greatest lover,' and a romp with the creator of infamous playboy-spy 007.

Sizzling movies, provocative documentaries, steamy biographies – it'll be the hottest month you ever spent at the library.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

The electronic journal is a practitioner’s journal of The Partnership published twice a year. Articles may be contributed at any time for publication consideration. Potential articles are reviewed by members of an editorial review committee. Articles fall into several categories. Feature articles on theory & research and on innovations in practice are in-depth, peer-reviewed articles and fall in the range of 1,000 to 5,000 words. Other types of articles include viewpoints, conference presentations, profiles, news& announcements, professional development and reviews.

Our first issue is now available -- just click on CURRENT to check it out!

The deadline for submissions to Innovations in Practice, Theory and Research and Conference Spotlight for the Spring 2007 issue is February 28, 2007.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Materials Matters

From a post by Robert Michaelson on CHMINF-L

A new free publication from Aldrich

This publication is dedicated to addressing your research needs in materials science and technology. The issues, published quarterly, will be thematic in content, and will feature technical reviews, application notes, and highlight new products and relevant services.

already up to v.1 #3

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Search for U.S. patents on google patents but beware what you find

Official Google Blog: Now you can search for U.S. patents: "Now you can search for U.S. patents

12/13/2006 05:40:00 PM
Posted by Doug Banks, Software Engineer

"Today, we're excited to be releasing the beta version of Google Patent Search, which makes it easy to search the full text of the U.S. patent corpus and find patents that interest you. Start your exploration at or visit the Advanced Patent Search page to search by criteria, including patent number, inventor, and filing date. You can view images of original patents online."

So the first thing I do to see if this is a valuable addition to my tool box is search Xerox! 1164 patents. OK. We get more than that each year. So off to the advanced search to put Xerox as assignee. Better, I now get just over 1200!!!

BEWARE when searching this.

The same search at USPTO diectly gets

Results of Search in US Patent Collection db for:
AN/xerox: 18940 patents.
Hits 1 through 50 out of 18940

And that is a number I can believe.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Core jounals in CAPlus

In case you were curious, the list of journals in CAPlus was updated in December.

Monday, December 4, 2006

RSS and eBay

Until now I have been getting my once-per-day email from eBay updating me on my favourite searches. Sometimes people have already bid on things I am interested in and I like to be first.

I noticed the other day that at the end of all searched done on eBay there is a "RSS" button. I have added all my favourites as RSS feeds to my bloglines account and get updates as soon as something is added instead of once per day.

I like it.

Saturday, December 2, 2006

I've been in Portland OR

November 27 flew from Toronto to Chicago to Portland. All went well. Movies: Lady in the Water - strange, I fell asleep; My Super Exgirlfriend - this was much better than I thought. Picked up rental car and GPS (way cool) and drove to hotel. Checked in, no problems.

November 28, meetings with Xerox staff in Wilsonville OR. All going great.

November 29, meetings with Xerox staff and lunch with the librarian from Mentor Graphics. Had a great time. Thanks to all.

November 29 to airport for 8 pm flight. Stop and go traffic the entire way -- very glad I had the GPS. Got the the airport finally and was told the flight to Vancouver was cancelled. It snowed and was windy in Vancouver you know. Very nice woman at the United counter rebooked me via LA.

Portland to LA was ok. Got to LA and had to go from terminal 6 to terminal 2. That means a walk, a wait, a bus, security again, and just made it to the plane. The layover in LA should be more than 50 minutes to ensure you have time to change planes.

LA to Toronto was not great. Air Canada for this leg of the trip. No food -- had to buy. No blankets or pillows and this is the red-eye. And my seat did not recline. And the movie - You, me and Dupree - not funny!

Got to Toronto at 6 am. Waited and waited and then gave up -- no bags. Seems I made the connection in LA but the suitcases did not :( Suitcases made it to Toronto 12 hours later and were dispatched via FedEx. Since FedEx did not pick them up until Friday morning and the service is overnight priority and they don't work weekends, I was told I had to wait until Monday for the bags to be delivered. However, something happened and one bag was delivered Friday and one will show up sometime on Monday. The one with important things and my prescriptions was the one delivered already.