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Thinking

November 5, 2009

I think my current mood can be summed up by the quote by Don Marquis that says, “If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you. But if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.” Can we tell that it is the middle of the quarter here on campus? Sometimes it seems that thinking gets the short shrift on campus where frenetic movement and the appearance of busyness count more than actually taking the time to think and ponder before acting. I try to instill in my students, and those I help at the reference desk, the acknowledgement that thinking before action will ultimately save time in their school work and that this is a good idea to take out beyond the campus’ boundaries too.

But I hate to be gloomy so here are some great resources that will make you think and that might just be good conversation starters for those times when you can’t think of anything else to say.

Windows 7 is out, which is lovely. And, as always, Lifehacker is making our lives easier by its post on the Best Window tweaks that still work in Windows 7. Definitely a must read if you are considering (or already have) switched over to Windows 7.

This is kind of a scary article, but a definite must read for those of us who are teaching others how to evaluate sources: 1 in 3 kids think top search rankings most truthful. This is definitely a good talking point for a discussion on search engines and result rankings.

And, finally, because we all need a good laugh, here is a post on 100 hilarious college courses that really exist. Seriously, this is a fabulous list and great for a few laughs before getting back to work.

I hope everyone is having a terrific week and I’ll be back sooner rather than later (I hope) with more great tools and tricks for your techie, library-oriented life.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Lori permalink
    November 18, 2009 9:31 pm

    Thinking and busyness – reminds me of the myth of multi-tasking – and of why I like the Slow Food movement – I talk fast, but I also admire the more mindful among us. Thanks for the link to the scary article about search engines and kids.

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