Friday, March 28, 2014

How copyright laws keep e-books locked up

Interesting article under the heading The Digital Paradox: How Copyright Laws Keep E-Books Locked Up available here.

Quote: Many publishing houses don't allow their products to be lent out by digital libraries for fear of piracy. Articles and books by researchers are also affected. Readers are the ones who have to pay the price.

Reading the article had the added benefit that I learned a new word: heretofore

It's a Hard Life

Methinks this photo, taken in our back room a few days ago, speaks for itself.

Not sure whether they were thinking of Queen – who knows.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hubris Syndrome

Very interesting article on The Conversation website under the heading "Hubris, power and the correct way to topple dictators: an interview with David Owen".

Quote from the article:
Owen has established the Daedalus Trust to raise awareness about the phenomenon of hubris. “It must not be seen as purely negative – it is essential to risk taking. But we must become aware of it as a problem in every domain of life … business for instance. It has taken post-traumatic stress disorder 20 years to become accepted as a real, genuine phenomenon which needs treatment and attention. It may take another 20 years for the hubris syndrome to be similarly recognised as an acquired personality change – and as a huge problem.”

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Life and Work of Arthur Wakerley

Today's Leicester Civic Society's spring lecture on The Life and Work of Arthur Wakerley, delivered by superb speaker Neil Crutchley at Leicester's splendid Guildhall, exceeded expectations. Anyone who missed it should look out for a repeat and make sure they attend!

There is a Wakerley Trail on the Leicester University website.

The Wikipedia page on Arthur Wakerley seems a little sparse and could do with 'cranking up'. Any volunteers?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pine Marten!

Caught on camera near the HE Translations Scottish office...