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Birthday Muses

Submitted by Tom Peters on September 19, 2006 - 10:52pm

Happy birthday to the ALA TechSource Blog, which turned one-year old today. My great colleague Lori Bell, of the Alliance Library System, commented to me that she thought my dog Max had emerged this year as my bona fide muse. I often think about library and information technology issues as Max and I take our daily, early morning walks through the neighborhood.

Max the MuseSo, to honor my muse, I asked Max which walk was his favorite during the past twelve months. He fondly recalled a May morning when an entire family of raccoons sauntered across the darkened street before our wakening eyes.

Raccoons probably are much more fun to chase than rabbits and cats, so Max was barking loudly and frantically tugging at his leash. It must have been a Tuesday morning, because all the trash was curbside, which undoubtedly attracted the raccoons.

Max almost began drooling as he remembered that memorable morning of strange little critters and the smorgasbord of smells.

Max thinks the next big frontier for library and information technology will be the largely unexplored realm (scroll down to abstract 13) of digital olfactory sensations. In fact, he and I are working on a mashup that will incorporate a top-secret, scratch-and-sniff technology. That hint should get the Google goons sniffing around our house!Technorati tags: ALATechSource, Blog, Blogs, Library, LIS, technology

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My muses nap while I'm

My muses nap while I'm working... reminds me of Life Beyond The Web. I'm convinced when I go out they get on the Web and order anchovy pizzas...

Wow, that could get pretty

Wow, that could get pretty smelly!

Thanks, Meredith. Max has

Thanks, Meredith. Max has inspired me to wonder why it is that, of the five generally-acknowledged senses, sight and hearing have grabbed such large market shares of our collective net-attention. In the early years of networked digital information sight acted like a vain, boorish, iPoddish sense, quickly getting all the attention and stubbornly refusing to share the wealth with the other four senses. Hearing is the Johnny-come-lately, but what about smell, taste, and touch? Are they chopped liver? (Max thinks, "Mmmmm, chopped liver!")

Congrats on a year of many

Congrats on a year of many terrific blog posts! Yeah, I really think the big barrier to dogs using the Internet is that there just aren't enough smells to engage them. If that pets.com sock puppet smelled like snausages, the company probably wouldn't have gone under. Gotta know your market! If I had a muse, I think it would look a lot like Max too.