Sunday, October 31, 2010

United 610: ORD to DCA

United 7476: AUS to ORD

So long Austin!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


And MCN braintrust

Driskill Longhorn

Anonymous @ The Arthouse


Vikki Carr, sidewalk star

Austin, Texas

Getting ready for A Great Debate @ MCN

Erin Coburn,  Nancy Proctor,  Bruce Wyman, talking about "Inside/Pit's Pros And Cons. Robert Stein, Beck Trench, Leonard Steinbach not pictured. Susan Chin, moderator.

Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear, Austin, Texas edition

There was a satellite version of the Rally for Sanity/Fear here in Austin, TX. In between local music and speakers, there was a big screen feed from the event on the National Mall.


Presentation for the Museum Computer Network conference, 2010

Building Biodiversity Data Communities: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Museum Computer Network. 30 October 2010. Austin, TX.

Stubb's BBQ

Pulled pork tacos and slaw

Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear, Austin edition

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bat watching in Austin

Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic
Went out to the Congress Ave. bridge to see the famed Mexican Free-tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) take flight at dusk. It was quite a spectacular site.

First there were just a few, and then a torrent of bats flying out from under the bridge! The photo here doesn't do it justice. Here are  some more pictures, that also show the human watchers (on land and water).

Learn more about this bat at the Encyclopedia of Life and read more at the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Texas State Capitol

Hickory Street Bar & Grill

Brisket in Austin, and some good live music!

Restricted Landscape


Continental 1583: IAH to AUS

On to Austin

Continental 559: DCA to IAH

And then to AUS for MCN2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sharing Data for Biodiversity: Presentation at the Internet Archive

Sharing Data for Biodiversity: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Leaders' Forum: The Internet Archive. 21 October 2010. San Francisco, CA.

Presentation given at the "Leaders' Forum" sponsored by the Internet Archive (held at the Richmond branch of SFPL). Also, held at the same time, was the "Books in Browsers" meeting, also sponsored by the Internet Archive (held at the still new Internet Archive HQ).

I was able to slip between both. Though quite different, both had a lot of great information.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Books in Browsers

Tufted Puffin

Puffins, the new black

Mang demos new book reader

Brewster Kahle & Tom Sawyer

See's Candies: a happy habit

Clement and 9th

Yet another group photo

At the Internet Archive

Googling around

Had a chance to visit Google today and met the giant Android!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

QotD: Anything that's the something of something isn't the anything of anything

Anything that's the something of something isn't the anything of anything - Lisa Simpson
Nice little quote from the always quotable Lisa Simpson. The MoneyBART. Season 22, Episode 3. Available via Hulu.

The opening scene is particularly interesting, but then anything with a unicorn is interesting.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

QotD: When reality is labeled unthinkable, it creates a kind of sickness in an industry.

Protect yourself
Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic
Great quote from Clay Shirky (on the newspaper industry) from 2008.03.17

Complete quote is:
When reality is labeled unthinkable, it creates a kind of sickness in an industry. Leadership becomes faith-based, while employees who have the temerity to suggest that what seems to be happening is in fact happening are herded into Innovation Departments, where they can be ignored en masse. This shunting aside of the realists in favor of the fabulists has different effects on different industries at different times. One of the effects on the newspapers is that many of their most passionate defenders are unable, even now, to plan for a world in which the industry they knew is visibly going away (Shirky Blog) [emphasis added]