Replicant Ideas

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I walked out of Alien: Covenant this morning with a few thoughts about the movie, the main one being that this new move (sequel of a reboot) is really a Blade Runner replicant [redux].

I was all keen on writing a little blog post on this, when I did a search and found, of course, even my ideas are copies. Josh Spiegel, over at The Hollywood Reporter, says basically the same thing. His article explores the way in which hollywood tends toward continual expansion of more sequels and over-explanation – even to the point of ruining the movies they are trying to promote. I believe this trend started down this path with Star Wars when the plot involved analysis of mitochondria in the force etc. Points like this are laughable and in no way make the movies better – or at least that seems to be Spiegel’s point.

Fundamentally I agree. I will not belabor the point. But I will simply quickly conclude by reiterating that our thoughts, though seemingly original, are probably being thought already – which leads me to wonder about creation, creativity and our stubborn reliance on our own uniqueness. Maybe it’s time to move on. I feel that somehow, by moving past our own egos – that we might also be able to create better movies with fewer sequels or reboots – if that era of film-making, we would neither need another Blade Runner nor six Alien films.



Freelance #Writing for #Librarians

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I am looking to join the writing game…

Any ideas?

I am currently evaluating FreelanceWriting as well as UpWork.

I am open to other suggestions.

Thank you

PS: I am also wondering how best to use one’s blog as content carrier and vehicle for self-promotion.

DC/SLA Board of Directors 2017

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For archival purposes mostly…

Link to newsletter here.

Yes, I am on the board for 2017-2020 on the chapter president track.


Post-Twitter #SocialMedia Landscape

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Amidst the highs and lows of content, uses and sentiments expressed using the platform, Twitter, there has also been slow growth of the same platform – to the point that Twitter is in the process of cutting as much as 8 % of its worker-base to ease the cost of flat-lined growth.

We could get into the labour issue here of course (and all the assumptions tied up therein), but instead I just want to point out that librarians, information dissemination companies and organizations (libraries and for-profit institutions) all use Twitter to push content.

Of course there is Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat as alternatives – but all except for one of these companies is very image-centric in its bias and content distribution. Facebook seems to be the only company that allows for significant text-based posts (articles, essays etc), but even Facebook has tweaked its platform to handle increased video content (news, or…whatever).

Where else might we go to push content relevant to libraries, information centers, academic environment etc that in their very nature use and circulate A LOT of text-based material (even if digital)?

Please discuss.

How do we tweak, build or find a social media platform that allows for decent text-based content models?

Thank you for reading.


Deleted #Serials in Academic #Libraries

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Just curious, in a law library, there are continual replacements of serials with updates – all year long….

I wonder…in an ideal world of copyright respect, are there any creative ways of reusing that material for education (or something like that) that might reduce the sheer number of items being thrown in the trash or recycling?

Has anyone tried anything?

Thank you,


#Copyright and #CopyrightX

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Good morning everyone.

I am planning to apply to the Harvard law School / HarvardX / Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University’s networked course, CopyrightX.

The application process involves several long questions to justify interest, sort of like a personal statement when applying to graduate school.

Has anyone out there applied to this course in the past who would be willing to offer any advice?

Thank you in advance,