I'm trying to clean out my inbox, close Firefox tabs, and in other ways organize my life. I've still got like 15 open tabs, but here are five I managed to close after writing a little summary about them:
"docstoc is a user generated community where you can find and share professional documents. Find free legal documents and free business documents. Upload your documents for all the world to share."
I wondered if it could be used to store and organize library documents like collection development policies, mission statements, subject guides, and whatever all else people might want to share and compare.
Zineopedia is "designed to serve as a cultural compendium for Melbourne (and Australia's) zine culture." It's an A to Z (also 0-9, π, &, and ? kind of deal. I think the U.S.'s ZineWiki is possibly a better tool, but of course not while it's hacked!
I learned about New America Media, "The First & Largest Collaboration of Ethnic News Organizations" from a visitor to the Radical Reference table at the Grassroots Media Conference. Their mission statement is pretty awesome, "NAM is dedicated to bringing the voices of the marginalized - ethnic minorities, immigrants, young people, elderly - into the national discourse. The communities of the New America will then be better informed, better connected to one another, and better able to influence policy makers."
Hilarious infighting and reconciling in the NYC Anarchist community on libcom.org. This fight started with an open letter that even the sender eventually admitted was dumb. It helps if you know the players, but I only know a few of them face to face, and a few more from the NYC Anarchist list on riseup, and I still found this discussion both laugh out loud funny and also touching at times and generally encouraging that people could work out their problems in an only semi-inflammatory manner and often with a sense of humor and a genuine desire to--get along--in a consensussy, mutual aidy sort of manner in accordance with libcom's aboutness, "libcom.org is a resource for all people who wish to improve their lives, their communities and their working conditions."
To read: Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity by Anne Elizabeth Moore. I wanted to see her reading at Bluestockings the weekend before last, but I was sick and pathetic and didn't go. I'll probably see her at WAM weekend after next where I can find out what it's all about.