Thank you for celebrating in National Library Week with Oxford University Press. We have seen a huge response to our promotions with record high site traffic. Unfortunately, we have also detected suspicious site traffic behavior, so we are ending the free access period two days early.
Fellow geeks - Oxford University Press is opening up all of its databases to the public in honor of National Library Week, until Sunday, 4/19. It’s a great opportunity to check out scholarship and research you would normally have to get through your library or university, or pay for a subscription to.
The credentials are: libraryweek / libraryweek and will work with any of OUP’s online sites listed at the link above. (Remember, if you’re being prompted for an email address, you’re signing in at the wrong place!)
Here are some geeky titles you may want to check out:
As of now and I assume until Friday when the next episode airs, this link will show you the Kids in the Hall reunion on “Spun Out”. (It’s not geoblocked, so if you’re in the US you can still watch it. Canadians are nicer than we are, guys.)
@Mark_DMcKinney’s playing his goth character as Darrill is breathtakingly hilarious. And Kevin’s character is a riff on Dean, his “King of Empty Promises”. This is fucking delightful.
“Mann: We both strive to make the song as good as possible, and part of rubric to do this is to have the rhymes be perfect. A nice little thing happens in your brain when the rhyme is perfect. Stephen Sondheim has this great book called Finishing the Hat where he talks about… Leo: Oh, here we go with the Sondheim again! Here we go with the Sondheim again!”—
“For the first six months, a person (male or female) used to be called a ‘neofan’. A full-fledged fan needed to be active in fanac [“fan activity”] (social groups…) and apas [“amateur press associations”]. Fans who acquired reputations for ajay (amateur journalism) on a country-wide basis were called WKF (Well-Known Fan). Fans, like Asimov, who made a living writing SF, came to be known as BNF (Big-Name Fans).”—
My father on the Acronyms of Science Fiction Fandom, in an almost unreadable email he wrote to my boyfriend