Monthly Archives: August 2010

MDPLS Search Plugin Repaired

Only a few days after I contacted them to report a problem with the browser search plugin, the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) has come through with a fix via Sr. Systems Analyst/Programmer Jose J. Rivero.

If you go to the MDPLS Library Tools & Gadgets page, you'll find a repaired and working search plugin, as well as an IGoogle Catalog Gadget and a Windows Vista Library Catalog Gadget. The search plugin works in IE and FF, and offers search completion too. But if you had the broken version, be sure to delete the old version before you install the new one.

Thank you, Mr. Rivero!


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Blog Headline of the Day

Paul Krugman, I Am A Psychotic Ferret.

The underlying debate is pretty good too (in that I think my side wins), but takes some economics to follow.

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Another Real Estate Slump

We have concrete evidence that the big three fantasy cover clichés (“castles”, “glowy magic”, and “swords”) are in decline. The 50% reduction in castles can only mean one thing.

Orbit Books, The Chart of Fantasy Art, 2009

(spotted via Boing Boing via Making Light)

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None Dare Call It By Name

There's a small war breaking out in the comments to my post Dream On.

So here's a small contribution to that debate, courtesy of Media Matters.

Paging Father Coughlin…

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Dream On

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Today a group of neo-fascists are holding a poke-you-in-the-eye DC rally to take advantage of the anniversary.

So here's a link to the MLK Glenn Beck Flow Chart and to

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Early Tributes to Bruce Winick

Links to a few of the early tributes to Bruce Winick:

There are some video interviews with Bruce at Cutting Edge Law, Bruce Winick: An Agent of Social Change.

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Bruce J. Winick

It grieves me to report the death of Bruce J. Winick, a long-time and extraordinary professor at the University of Miami School of Law. Bruce was an amazing man, passionate about his commitments, generous with his time, consistently a highly productive scholar despite long-standing and progressive vision troubles ending in near-blindness.

Bruce held an appointment as Professor of Law and also as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He was the co-founder of a legal approach called “therapeutic jurisprudence” whose effects can be seen in, for example, the proliferation of Drug Courts in which judges try to intervene in the life and care of offenders rather than simply sentence them to confinement. Bruce established and directed our Therapeutic Jurisprudence Center. He was the first recipient of the Laurie Silvers & Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professorship.

True to form, despite serious illness Bruce was writing multiple works (and planning a trip to present to a conference abroad!) right up until the last. You can read about his many, many awards, books, and articles here.

Dean Patricia White's announcement earlier today noted Bruce's “extraordinary courage and grace” which she said “should serve as an inspiration to all of us” and promised more information about the commemorations when they are available.

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