February 19th, 2014 Brian Herzog
After shoveling until 11pm last night, today's post was going to be about the relentless tyranny of snow - but happily, here's something more interesting.
Yesterday, BoingBoing pointed to a new comic book called The Transpacific Partnership and "Free Trade," that explains, in understandable comic book fashion, the secretly-being-negotiated-behind-closed-doors Transpacific Partnership trade treaty. If you've been picking up on the snippets of news about the TPP that have been leaked in the past months, you may have a general feeling that the TPP is A Bad Thing. Not unlike the relentless tyranny of snow.
Bad, but how? Well, this comic does an excellent job of explaining - not only why it's bad, but how. And how bad. Here's one example, about Intellectual property:
The 27-page comic is by Michael Goodwin and illustrated by Dan E. Burr, and really is excellent. Even for someone with no economics knowledge, it helps breakdown how international trade works, what "free trade" is and is not, and how the TPP would fit in. It also examines the current political environment in which things like this can exist.
Even if you don't read the whole thing, at least read up to the part where corporations can dictate laws in other countries by suing those governments that have laws the corporations don't like.
Spoiler alert: this already happens under NAFTA. Also under NAFTA, it snows. A lot.
November 6th, 2013 Brian Herzog
Here's another great take-away from the NELA conference a couple weeks ago - this awesome comic:
Thanks to Meena Jain for including this in her Ebooks as an Adaptive Technology, and to Gerbil with a Jetpack for coming up with this in the first place. Oh, hipsters.
Tags: comic, ebook, funny, gerbil with a jetpack, hipster, humor, kindle, libraries, Library, nela, nelib, public
February 22nd, 2012 Brian Herzog
A coworker sent this to me - I've been enjoying these on failblog, but I hadn't seen this one yet:
Here are a few others:
More about these at KnowYourMeme.com. Thanks Sharon.
August 27th, 2009 Brian Herzog
You may have already seen this, as it was published a few days ago (which on the interwebs is like being over 30), but it is so true that I had to share. And add XKCD to your feed reader.
Tags: comic, comics, computer, computers, libraries, Library, public, support, tech, tech support, xkcd
August 22nd, 2009 Brian Herzog
A patron calls in asking for information on a wedding announcement. When I asked for the names of the couple, he said:
Patron: Archie and Betty... no, no, Archie and Veronica. [pause] I don't know their last names.
Me: ...um, do you mean the comic book?
I hadn't heard this, but apparently Archie has finally chosen between Betty and Veronica. The news leaked in May (covered by CNN and MSNBC) that the big proposal would take place in Issue 600, on sale Sept 1, 2009. NPR also aired a story recently, and more information is available at ArchieComics.com.
Not a difficult reference question, but I do find it interesting what I learn from patrons.
Tags: 600, archie, betty, comic, comic book, comics, libraries, Library, proposal, public, Reference Question, veronica, wedding