Category Archives: puttin on my ranty pants

Why don’t you wear white gloves? [rant]

The White Gloves thing came up again because Chicago Magazine used it while promoting an article about the Newberry. Rare book people often feel the same way about white gloves as when archives are referred to as “dusty.” This is a … Continue reading

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In Which I Have An Article on The Mary Sue

I wrote a thing over on The Mary Sue about inclusive SF/F, the Uncanny Magazine Kickstarter and accidentally sparking a culture war.

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An Imaginary Dialogue in My Head About Academic Journal Publishing [rant]

An imaginary dialogue has been rolling in my brain for a little bit, prompted in part by a rhetorical question by Nancy Sims on twitter. Yes, yes, “expensive journals drive academics to break copyright law.” WhyTF doesn’t this drive ’em to … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Deep Breath

I just watched “Into the Dalek” last night, and will share my thoughts on that on the next Verity!. 🙂 I have some first impressions, and some nitpicks about “Deep Breath.” In general, I really liked most of the episode. … Continue reading

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A Romance Manifesto

[This is a reposted rant from a few years ago–LMT] Okay, so many of you know that I end up hanging out on a lot of SF-related blogs as part of my job. It’s fun, the people are nice, and … Continue reading

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Link on parenting and disability and conversations

If I had more energy, this might be more of a rant. I’m just going to leave this here: Dear People Who Do Not  Have a Child With Disabilities. Please read it if you are so inclined. Much of this rings … Continue reading

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You will notice less of NIU Rare Books on Social Media these days…

Our institution has launched new reporting requirements for all NIU social media accounts that are, to put it mildly, onerous to the point of ludicrous. They want us to count all interactions. And document whether they are positive, negative, or … Continue reading

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5 Things Make A Post full of Minor Grumbles

Sure, why not? I’ve been a bad blogger. 1. There is an Forbes article today suggesting that libraries and publishers should not be arguing about ebook purchasing, but rather, ebook licensing. My reaction: NO. Licensing of ejournals bankrupted libraries as … Continue reading

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Readercon: A Coda

So, after much hue and cry and a petition from many of Readercon’s regular attendees, possible attendees, former GoHs, etc. about the Board’s decision on the harassment case, Readercon has done an about face, issued a truly contrite apology, banned … Continue reading

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Readercon follow-up: still not going.

So, the Readercon Board made a statement about the incident in question. Yeah…not impressed. They are worried about his having a chance to reform, and he said he’s sorry…to the Board. …so they are more worried about how he feels, … Continue reading

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