New addition for Movable Type

From the Movable Type (makers of Typepad) newsletter: Movable Type just celebrated its six year anniversary on October 8, which is described as “Ben and Mena’s baby”, since it was originally created by our co-founders Ben and Mena Trott. And then, there was an even better birthday that we’re delighted to announce. Also created, designed, developed and launched by Ben and Mena is a new arrival: Penelope Frances Trott, born early in the morning on October 10. Baby, Mom, and Dad are all doing well, though they’re a little too tired to do much blogging themselves. We’re sure Ben and Mena will want to say something when they’re back in the loop in a little while, but until then, congrats! Click here to meet Penelope.

Mena has designed many very nice headers for Vox blogs. Not sure if she’s designed the one currently at Maxine’s Book Reviews — it is so easy to change designs on Vox that I do it all the time, and lose track — they are always adding new ones, including "the Tudors" — but have a look, it is very pretty. You can always read a few book reviews while you are there, as well as see all the books I’ve read, and films I’ve seen, recently.

Fresh in from OWL post

Sex, Drugs and Bombs: Confessions Of A Librarian – Editor’s Choice – News – The Daily Record.

Dave Lull sends me the above link, which takes you to a review of a book called (inevitably) Library Confidential. (Subtitle: Oddballs, Geeks and Gangstas in the Public Library – Puts the shh! in Shocking.) It is by Don Borchert and available from 15 November, published by Virgin Books, £12.99. (Or, if you get it from Amazon, £8.57.)

From the review: "Early one Tuesday morning, Don’s colleague found a scrap of paper with the message "there is a bomb in the men’s room" on it. Thankfully, nothing happened but Don was utterly bemused when the head librarian refused to call the police, believing she could handle anything. Two drug dealers were convicted after they were discovered to be keeping their drug stash behind the vent in the men’s toilets and using the library as a distribution point for methamphetamines. They would come in, read the papers and wait for phone calls on the pay phone from prospective buyers."

I’ve always thought it would be fun to be a librarian, and now I know it.

Typepad working on its GR display

I posted two days ago that Google Reader is displaying some blog posts with the HTML code showing, and that I could not find any way to inform Google Reader or find out from them about this fact. Later that night, someone from the Google Reader team left a comment to my post, pointing me to a GR forum and a possible explanation. According to the GR forum, the problem is with atom feeds from typepad blogs– there is a generic corruption or error in the code. The recommended solution is to switch the feeds from atom to rss. I tried this with a couple but no better. The other recommended solution is to inform Typepad, as the problem seems limited to this blogging platform. I therefore opened a Typepad help ticket last night, pasting in the GR forum post explaning the coding problem. Today I received an email from Colleen of Typepad saying they are working on the problem and hope to have it fixed soon.

Thank you to Google Reader (and my apologies for being short with you in my earlier post, but I had spent some time failing to find any way to solve the problem) and thank you to Typepad for your prompt response.