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Bookmarklet for the Toronto Public Library

Thanks to Simon Ditner for this totally cool bookmarklet!

Did Dan mention the bookmarklet creator compatible with the TPL? This will suck up ISBN numbers on a page (i.e. Amazon), and search the TPL catalog:

http://hip.tpl.toronto.on.ca‘+’/ipac20/ipac.jsp?index=ISBN&term=’+isbn,’LibraryLookup’,'scrollbars=1,resizable=1,location=1,width=575,height=500′))}”>Library Lookup bookmarklet

Created from:
http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/stories/2002/12/11/librarylookupGenerator.html

(Awwww, he reads my blog! ^_^)

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Raided the library

Having discovered the joys of the online book request system, I raided
the library for 22 books on various topics including networking.
Mwahahaha! I could barely restrain my glee. Kid in a candy store,
really…

Props to Wayne Young for helping me get all
those books to Graduate House! =) He’s awesome.

Must be a better way to reserve books at the library

I’m going on another reading spree, this time on relationship
marketing.

At some point in time, I will be annoyed enough to write a non-(mouse
and pageload)-intensive way to say “Request all selected books and
have them delivered to my nearest branch.”

Argh. Little inefficiencies like that annoy me. That is so getting
hacked. Probably during CASCON, even.

Random Emacs symbol: Info-edit – Command: Edit the contents of this
Info node.

I heart the Toronto Public Library

Did you know that the Toronto Public Library is the largest in North Americ in terms of circulation, with 19 million circulated items? (Source: Wikipedia) *Shiver.* What luck!

Random Emacs symbol: delete-other-frames – Command: Delete all frames except FRAME.

Should track library subjects

You know what I’d like? An easy way to keep track of the topics I’m
reading about, and a way to visualize that over time. LibraryThing or
some other Amazon-hooked services wouldn’t be a bad way to get the
data in. Then it’s just a matter of looking up the category. I can
also keep track of links between books and people, and also links
between books and other books.

First things first: find an unobtrusive way to get the data into the
system. I’ll need it datestamped and indexed by ISBN. Ideally, I’d
have this just automatically hooked into my library checkout page, but
I haven’t checked if they’ve embedded ISBNs into the checkout list. If
not, I can enter them in manually, although numbers are a bit of a
pain to type accurately.

Hmmm…

Random Emacs symbol: floor* – Function: Return a list of the floor of X and the fractional part of X.

Library run

We exercised by running to the library. Running with a full backpack
of books turned out to be interesting—and tiring! It was good to
exercise, though. I look forward to doing that again tomorrow,
although maybe to somewhere else.

Random Emacs symbol: insert-monthly-bahai-diary-entry – Command: Insert a monthly diary entry for the day of the Baha’i month corresponding