Archive for July, 2007

Zotero testing

July 7, 2007

So, as I occasionally return to follow new developments in the blogging world, I hopped on a link chain from If:book blog about Thomas Mann’s Pelopponesian War query through that Everything is Miscellaneous fellow, into the WP of one the imaginary thousands of librarian-minded gentlemen who quote Goethe and have solid logic (ps. how many blogs have pictures of card catalogs by now?) finally landing up at a Zotero post about something called COinS. Earlier today I was talking on a cell phone to my brother about new cell phone technology specifically about Verizon’s V-Cast television on your phone and mentioned how sad it is that the power of this technology is limited to such ‘sure fire’ money makers as dating shows and MTV reality-orgies. Why not movies of books in slow motion? A few days before this I was scanning over the archives of the John St. Church in the Methodist Episcopal Church records looking for the emancipation records of a Preter Williams and marveled at the joys of watching microfilms reels glide by at a rate slow enough to read the passing pages. The fact is, and here comes my popular refrain, there is a wild possibility of technology circa 1789 that has yet to be realized, let alone the mind numbing power of technology in 1859 and again in 1909.  Heck, how many of us could even build a boat? Have I told the story of the photocopier and Worthing Chauncey Ford? Must I? Yes, I must because it is not technology or gadgetry or bibliographic controlled vocabulary that does a single thing.  Sure there are fine gentlemen making nice livings off of these technologies, giving speeches at annual meetings to boot, but there is also a noted shortage of people who apply themselves to learning in such a way that learning becomes a fun thing to do, more so, than say dating games or watching 77 drummers.  Which brings me quickly, before I run off to read and study, to this Zotero bibliographies thing. I created a small one and wish to see how it works. It contains a list of the Aristotle volumes in the library of George Bancroft. I am not sure the best way to point to it, or even what the heck it can do without a legitimate mind of a soul desirous of reading, thinking, or understanding why this list is of such importance to American history, intellectual history, 19th century cultural history, American-European relations or just plain old philosophy. But here it is… a smart bibliography for the taking. Is there anyway to find others?

Aristotle in Bancroft