Lame Duck?


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Bush may be lame but he still can duck!


And now there’s people brandishing shoes in the streets of Bagdad!
Is this the beginning of a new cult? “The shoe! The shoe!”
They want the shoe-thrower, document.write(“”); Muntadhar “Brian” al-Zeidi, to be freed.
You really couldn’t have a more Pythonesque moment than that!

Images © Associated Press and Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP / Getty Images.

Slippery

Apparently the guy managing the city’s blue collars made the mistake of putting the people who used to take care of the ice rinks in charge of cleaning the sidewalks. Now they are extremely slippery. I know that City Hall talked about cutting cost by stopping cleaning sidewalks, document.write(“”); but there’s a limit! If I hurt my back once more by slipping I think I’ll sue them!
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On top of that the landlord didn’t repair the front-door stairs and they keep getting dangerously icy and slippery. I am spending a fortune in salt just to increase the chances of NOT breaking my neck each time I’m going out.

Image © Acreage Living.

ANN will stream two anime TV series

Anime News Networks has announced on 2008-12-10 that it will stream two more anime, document.write(“”); Girl’s High and Ramen Fighter Miki. Starting December 15, both series will be available as free, ad-supported VOD streams, with one new episode being posted every Monday for 12 weeks. The series were licensed from North American anime publisher Media Blasters, and as such will only be available to viewers in North America (US & Canada). Justin Sevakis, ANN director of New Media, has stated that “There’s more coming”.
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ANN is already streaming the OVA Kite Liberator.

(Source: ANN).

ANN launches its streaming anime service

Anime News Networks has launched its streaming anime service on Tuesday 2008/12/09 with Kite: Liberator. The OVA, document.write(“”); released on DVD by Media Blasters, is streamed (in six parts) in both subbed and dubbed versions, but only for North American viewers (US & Canada).
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Give it a look!

(Source: ANN).

Boxee etc

I have previously mentioned that we now can easily hack the Apple TV with atvusb-creator which install both XMBC and Boxee. Now that Boxee has been updated and that I have finally received an invite for the testing, document.write(“”); I would like to talk a little more about it.
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Boxee is a social media center based on the popular XBMC. It allows you to play videos, music and pictures from your own computer or from the internet (streaming content from websites like Hulu, CBS, BBC, Comedy Central, Last.fm and flickr). Its “social” aspect means that you can share with your “friends” whatever media you’re listening to or watching and send them your recommandations. So, basically, it is exactly the same type of media entertainment center than XBMC, but with a fancier interface and the social twist.


I like the general look of Boxee, particularly the way you can browse through your media library, but I prefer the XMBC video player which is simpler and seems to provide a better picture. Like XMBC, it is controled through the ATV remote which is too simple to offer a comfortable experience (but apparently you can pair it with a different remote). I particularly like the fact that Boxee offer much more streaming websites and a much easier interface to browse them, but unfortunately many of those websites (like Hulu) have geofilters and can be watched only from the USA. All in all, I prefer XMBC. I don’t feel I have any use for Boxee, but I’ll continue to play with it once in a while (after all atvusb-creator install both Boxee and XMBC) and it might grow on me. In any cases, I recommand you to try it.

Apple recently updated the AppleTV operating system to version 2.3, which forced me to use the Terminal application for the first time (to send to the ATV commands in Unix source code) in order to prevent my ATV to auto-update until a newer version of atvusb-creator was created. Then I had to send the code to force the ATV to update its OS, before finally installing the new version of atvusb-creator compatible with the new OS. Complicated for someone who’s not used to deal with those command codes. But I survived and the ATV is now working again (with XMBC).

I also discovered that atvusb-creator now also install SofwareMenu, an application that facilitate the installation and update of plugins like ATVfiles (a file browser), CouchSurfer (a web browser) and nitoTV (a video player, which would allow to play video without the need of XMBC). Unfortunately, most of those plugins are still not compatible with the ATV OS 2.3 and their installation made the ATV crashed, so I had to use Terminal again to remove them (not without difficulty, but I finally succeeded thanks to the help from atvusb-creator’s developpers). Once this problem is fixed, those plugins will be quite useful for sure, but for now I’ll be more prudent and avoid install new stuff.

Unshelved

My latest reading (well, document.write(“”); beside the daily newspaper and Time magazine) was pretty funny. It’s a daily web comic strip created by Gene Ambaum (writer) and Bill Barnes (co-writer & artist) that I discovered by chance a few years ago. It has been published daily since 2002 and has been compiled, so far, in six volumes (and a seventh should be released in spring 2009). In 2006, I ordered from the publisher, Overdue Media (www.unshelved.com), the first three compilations: Vol. 1: Unshelved (2003); Vol. 2: What Would Dewey Do? (2004); Vol. 3: Library Mascot Cage Match (2005). I liked it a lot.
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Written by a real-life librarian (but Gene Ambaum is not his real name) and illustrated by his friend, Bill Barnes, Unshelved tells the story of the people surrounding the Mallville Public Library. The main character is named Dewey! (for more details see the story primer or the Wikipedia entry). The art is rather simple, but the story is hilarious, educating and profess a great love for books. Despite the humorous situations that develop between the characters, it gives a good idea of the inner workings of a library. It could be a librarian training manual… Unshelved seems pretty popular: over 26,000 email subscribers. It’s also published on its own website, as well as on the American Library Association website and CogNotes newspapers. The creators must be quite busy because (beside having day jobs) they tour lots of bookfairs, conferences and conventions!

Last month I found out that three more compilations had been published since I first discovered the series. Here they are:

“What happens in the library stays in the library. But oh, what happens in the library! Dewey has a book club, and you do not talk about Book Club. Colleen has a blog, but she doesn’t know everyone can read it. Someone gave vegan Tamara a membership to the ham-of-the-month-club. And Merv reserved every copy of the new Harry Potter for purposes nefarious. This fourth Unshelved collection also features dozens of full-page full-color comic-format book talks, plus a very special storytime zombie nursery rhyme.” (From Amazon.com)

This volume includes the usual strips, plus some Library conference tips, but the most interesting feature is the dozens of full-color “Unshelved Book Club” book talks where the library staff introduce on each page a new book. A kind of weekly book review, in color and often hilarious!

Unshelved Vol. 4: Book Club, by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes. Overdue Media, 2006. 10.9 x 8.3 in, 120 pgs., $17.95 US / $22.42 CDN. ISBN-13: 978-0974035338.

“The fifth year of strips includes the famous “Pimp My Bookcart” sequence and a year’s worth of full-color full-page “Unshelved Book Clubs” featuring the greatest books every written. Plus, never-before published strips and more!” (From Amazon.com)

Unshelved Vol. 5: Read Responsibly, by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes. Overdue Media, 2007. 10.9 x 8.2 in, 144 pgs., $17.95 US / $22.42 CDN. ISBN-13: 978-0974035345.

“No one gets asked questions more frequently than a librarian, and no librarian answers them with more attitude than Dewey! The latest Unshelved collection features a year’s worth of daily comics and Conference Tips, plus the full-color Unshelved Book Club. Also features the Great Plastic Coffee Cup Lid Challenge between Unshelved and Sheldon, refereed by comics journalist Gary Tyrrell.” (From Amazon.com)

Unshelved Vol. 6: Frequently Asked Questions, by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes. Overdue Media, 2008. 10.9 x 8.2 in, 136 pgs., $17.95 US / $22.42 CDN. ISBN-13: 978-0974035352.

Unshelved © 2002-2008 Overdue Media LLC, all rights reserved.

If you are a fan, you can sign up for “Unshelved Readers,” the Facebook group.

Salon du livre de Montréal

La 31e édition du Salon du Livre de Montréal s’est terminée en début de semaine. Comme à toute les années je suis allé y faire mon tour, document.write(“”); histoire de jeter un coup d’oeil sur les nouveautés, y trouver quelques idées de cadeaux pour Noël et renouer contact les gens du milieu de l’édition.
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Le vendredi 21 Novembre, j’ai fait un premier survol du salon à l’occasion de la Journée des Professionnels. J’aurais bien aimé ramasser quelques catalogues mais la plupart des éditeurs n’en avaient pas ou plus (c’était pourtant juste la troisième journée du salon et ils auraient dû penser à s’en garder pour les professionnels du milieu de l’édition). Ils y avaient également quelques ateliers et tables rondes (Le feuilletage Numérique et la Recherche en Ligne, Communication-Jeunesse: Des Livres qui ont du Genre, Édition Numérique et Monde du Livre: Entrevoir l’avenir, Les Revues Culturelles à l’Heure du Numérique) aux quelles j’aurais bien assisté si j’avais reçu mon carton d’invitation à temps. Mais bon, j’ai tout de même recueillis de la documentation et quelques catalogues, observé les nouveautés manga, salué quelques amis, découvert une nouvelle collection intéressante et économique,
Librio, un magazine manga, Canal BD Manga Mag, ainsi qu’une nouvelle librairie spécialisée en BD, PlaneteBD. Cela valait donc tout de même la peine.

Je suis repassé au salon le lendemain pour deux raisons.

D’abord, pour passer quelques heures au kiosque des Éditions Alire (dont le site internet n’est malheureusement toujours pas équipé pour les commandes en ligne!) et rencontrer quelques-uns des merveilleux auteurs de science-fiction et fantasy Québécoise et Canadienne-Française: Francine Pelletier, Daniel Sernine (qui a d’ailleurs fait l’object d’un récent article dans La Presse), Jean-Louis Trudel, etc. J’ai également pu rencontrer et discuter avec les trois auteurs derrière le blog Fractale Framboise: Éric Gauthier, Christian Sauvé et Laurine Spehner. Vous trouverez quelques photos de mon samedi chez Alire sur ma Gallerie MobileMe.

Ensuite, pour assister à une table ronde organisée par la Librairie Monet, sur “Le livre électronique: L’avenir du livre?” Je dois avouer que la discussion était plutôt rhétorique mais elle a tout de même soulevé le point important que l’édition électronique fait partie de l’évolution inéluctable du livre et qu’elle préoccupe de plus en plus les éditeurs. La preuve en est les nombreux ateliers du salon (et même un récent article du Devoir) consacré à ce sujet. Personnellement, je ne crois pas que le livre imprimé disparaisse de si tôt, mais j’ai la conviction que l’internet et l’édition électronique sont des outils essentiels à la diffusion du livre et des revues culturelles et littéraires. Protoculture Addicts est d’ailleurs disponible en format électronique (eBook en format PDF) depuis de nombreuse années—sur le site de Drive Thru RPG—et nous étudions en ce moment de nouveaux formats possible pour une diffusion plus large. Le kiosque de la Librairie Monet faisait également la démontration de la technologie e-Ink et de plusieurs lecteurs électroniques: le iRex Illiad, Les Echos e-paper, et le (laid mais pourtant si cool) Amazon Kindle—absent de la démontration mais pourtant incontournable, je dois noter le Sony Reader Digital Book et le polyvalent Apple iPod Touch. Vous pouvez visionner la table ronde en son entier (une cinquantaine de minutes) sur ma page Blip.TV: