Indiana University tech tool ‘Hoaxy’ shows how fake news spreads

Hoaxy is a new tool created to assist in retarding the spread of false news stories by figuring out where the roots lie.  The software/program attempts to analyze the news without a political bias.  Social networking sites such as Facebook are going to try and employ fact checkers to stop the spread of fake news, and the German government is planning on bringing about legal consequences for fake news.

“The role of Hoaxy, in contrast, isn’t to determine what’s real or not. Instead, it provides users a physical map of how each unverified article has spread, and provides related links to fact-checking websites, allowing users to draw their own conclusions”

Hoaxy is not intended to be a complete solution to the problem of fake news, also though open to the public will probably only be used by news people and researchers.  If we know how news is spreading then we can figure out how to stop some of it at the source and develop countermeasures.

(This seems like a good idea, of course it will have some bias but everything has some form of bias.  Like Snopes this can be another useful tool for librarians to use and point their patrons toward so they stop believing some of these frankly stupid stories going around.)


Stressors and Librarians

One of the common reasons given for a desire to become a librarian is a need to help others.  A survey was launched to see how many librarians are aware of mindfulness practices and specifically those related to librarianship.  Over 3/4 of the respondents stated that they engaged in mindfulness practices and lover 25% of those respondents stated that they did so for 2 hours or more a week. Over a quarter of the respondents stated that their library provided support/access to mindfulness resources for the staff and 21% of the respondents stated that support/access was provided for patrons.

The top two stressors seemed to be a lack of sufficient staff, the second main stressor is interactions with other librarians.  Another stressor tends to be patrons, but really everyone expected that.  lol.  Some of the recommendations of these authors include; Breathe, spend time in nature, don’t rush through chores, take time in the morning, be mindful of your thoughts, etc.

*Fascinating article, I am not entirely surprised by the number of librarians that take part in some form of mindfulness practices.*

Maintaining Your Drum Carder

Pick out any loose fiber tangled around anything and clean off your drums.

Oil moving parts with spinning wheel oil, machine oil.

Make sure that everything is dust, screws tightened, and belts where they should be.

Use Howards feed and wax, see if anything is getting warped/etc.

I Have also read an article that suggests sanding microscopic burrs from the teeth of your drum carder before you begin using it.  I intend to do so before starting to use my new drum carder.


How to Keep a Handspun Journal

This is an article that I also pinned to my Pinterest Page on spinning.  The first point that struck a note with me is that with a wheel spinning large quantities for a bigger project suddenly seems like a possibility, whereas with a spindle it seems like an impossible goal.  With this in mind it becomes more important to maintain a consistent yarn from skein to skein.

Start with a date of fiber prep, Information about the fiber, who made it; what it is made of; rolags, batts, etc, Project name, what the skeins of yarn are like (tpi, epi, yardage, weight, etc).  How were they plied, how were they spun, why am I spinning this, etc.

By putting down page numbers you can use the first page as an index.

Create a spinning bucket list.  Set goals.  Label your hand-spun yarn.

This is a great reminder that even though spinning is a ton of fun, for the best results striving to ensure that your materials are useful is a wonderful goal.  I really enjoy spinning simply for the sake of spinning, but if I can use my end product toward something that can be enjoyed for years to come, so much the better.

The New Year, Now With More Spinning


Many people have decided to spin at least 15 minutes a day for the entire year.  They have created a Hashtag; and will post their photos to instagram.  This author mentions using this as a form of meditation rather than 10 minutes of meditation, 15 minutes of mindful spinning a day.

“The ever-wise Jillian Moreno has some words of wisdom in her video Spin Your Stash. The first, she says, is to have no stash shame. Think of it as a collection. Imagine reveling in your stash the way the adventurers embrace the piles of gold hoarded by the dragon in the movies. Get it out, look at it, evaluate it . . . and then spin. Fifteen minutes a day.”

I first discovered this movement on Facebook, there the person suggesting this added incentives for accomplishing a month toward their goal and realistically mentioned that they would probably not make it every month.  I believe that this is a good idea, take 15 minutes, probably at the beginning or end of the day, to spin and relax a bit.  What a nice idea.

Hidebound The Grisly Invention of Parchment

Hidebound: The Grisly Invention of Parchment

This is a fascinating account of how people had been writing on leather for centuries even before papyrus came into being.  As a brief exploration of human ingenuity while under pressure, a conflict with Egypt about papyrus, this is amazing.  It is fascinating that a simple difference in mechanics can change a material from leather to parchment, also that this medium becomes an amazing force for change in regards to literacy and more.  The historical aspects are fascinating, though history that ancient is something I find fascinating and hard to relate to.  I Did not realize that though the Jewish people made great use of parchment, Dead Sea Scrolls, they also created rules about what kinds of parchment could be used.  There are different types of parchment, I ‘knew’ that they were used for windowpanes in earlier times but it never really clicked with me.  The ancient peoples even colored their parchment purple and wrote on it with gold and silver inks (and we thought writing on black paper with gel pens was a new idea).

If you are at all interested in ancient arts, parchment, writing and more this is a wonderful article.  The last quarter of the article does mention the grisly origins in fairly graphic detail.  Despite the graphic nature of the last part of the article any history fan, book fan, or person interested in art would be fascinated by this article.