25 March 2009

Of maps and books

There is something about maps that grabs the imagination. I love strange maps, I love games with maps, I have always loved poring over maps of the world and dreaming of roads, villages, cities, and how people live. And as I was looking for a book (and I love books even more than I love maps...), I sat mesmerised, watching people buying books all over the world with the Book Depository map...

13 March 2009

WWW @ 20

Twenty years ago today, I'm not sure what I was doing. I know I was working part-time, and that I spent a lot of time playing with my two little girls. What I wasn't doing, was sitting in front of a laptop, accessing far-away libraries and journals, and reading today's paper. But twenty years ago today (give or take), Tim Berners-Lee, the mind behind the web, was setting us all on the path to a new way of life. Today, in CERN, they are celebrating.

They are having a party, which will be open to all as a webcast:

It will consist of short presentations from Web veterans, a keynote speech from Tim Berners-Lee with a demonstration of the original browser, and a series of presentations from people that Tim believes are doing exciting things with the Web today.

Although the event is by invitation only, everyone will be able to follow the event:

The celebration will be webcast (streamed both by CERN and the French newschannel lci.fr from 14:00 CET).

Happy Birthday, World Wide Web!

(picture: free clipart from Webweaver)

09 March 2009

Things I like about academia

There is a serious, academic journal called Journal of Happiness Studies. And amongst the fascinating articles (easy to lose track of time and of your own studies), I found this one, on narrative identity, written by Jack Bauer.

03 March 2009

Best job in the world, the vote

For the Best Job in the World, it's too late for me. However, 50 applicants have been shortlisted, and among them is George, and Irish guy from co. Meath. 10 applicants will be chosen by Tourism Queensland, and one will be chosen by popular vote. They will then go to Queensland for an interview and a chance at The Best Job in the World. All applicants have created a 1 minute video, and votes are open for another 21 days. The rest of us can dream of sunny islands.