JPEG, GIF, & PNG: Know Your File Types | Who Is Hosting This?

Trying to save space on image files? It can be tough to know exactly which filetype is the best to use. If you save your image as the wrong type, you could end up blurring a beautiful photo, losing all the detail of your logo, or turning a transparent background black.

If you’d like to know exactly which is the perfect image filetype to use for which images, and save a lot of space and bandwidth in the process while maintaining a quality image, check out the handy reference below for the facts.

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A Better Way to Think About the Genre Debate | The New Yorker

A very thoughtful essay questioning the distinction between genre versus literature, using Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel as an example. Well worth the read.


It’s hard to talk in a clear-headed way about genre. Almost everyone can agree that, over the past few years, the rise of the young-adult genre has highlighted a big change in book culture. For reasons that aren’t fully explicable (Netflix? Tumblr? Kindles? Postmodernism?), it’s no longer taken for granted that important novels must be, in some sense, above, beyond, or “meta” about their genre. A process of genrefication is occurring.

That’s where the agreement ends, however. If anything, a divide has opened up. The old guard looks down on genre fiction with indifference; the new arrivals—the genrefiers—are eager to change the neighborhood, seeing in genre a revitalizing force. Partisans argue about the relative merits of “literary fiction” and “genre fiction.” (In 2012, Arthur Krystal, writing in this magazine, argued for literary fiction’s superiority; he fielded a pro-genre-fiction riposte from Lev Grossman, in Time.) And yet confusion reigns in this debate, which feels strangely vague and misformulated. It remains unclear exactly what the terms “literary fiction” and “genre fiction” mean. A book like “Station Eleven” is both a literary novel and a genre novel; the same goes for “Jane Eyre” and “Crime and Punishment.” How can two contrasting categories overlap so much? Genres themselves fall into genres: there are period genres (Victorian literature), subject genres (detective fiction), form genres (the short story), style genres (minimalism), market genres (“chick-lit”), mode genres (satire), and so on. How are different kinds of genres supposed to be compared? (“Literary fiction” and “genre fiction,” one senses, aren’t really comparable categories.) What is it, exactly, about genre that is unliterary—and what is it in “the literary” that resists genre? The debate goes round and round, magnetic and circular—a lovers’ quarrel among literati.

READ MORE: A Better Way to Think About the Genre Debate | The New Yorker

What Book Should You Read Next? Putting Librarians And Algorithms To The Test | Co.Exist

What Book Should You Read Next? Putting Librarians And Algorithms To The Test | Co.Exist | ideas + impact


When I received the Brooklyn Public Library’s recent email newsletter promoting a new service called BookMatch, I was both delighted and dismayed.

On the one hand, it was a great idea. All I had to do was fill out a short web form letting the librarians know a bit about what I wanted to read and what I liked to read, and one promised to write back with five personalized recommendations tailored to my interests and tastes. On the other, the fact I was so delighted was exactly what was dismaying.

Clearly, the librarians believe that human tastes and discretion are still relevant, even as automated algorithms are influencing an increasing portion of the media we consume, whether in the form of news, books, music, or movies. But are a book expert’s personalized suggestions really better than what I might get from Amazon, a site that hasn’t employed a human editor for its home page in 14 years? It’s very possible my positive feelings about the BookMatch program are sprung from mere sentimentality.

READ MORE: What Book Should You Read Next? Putting Librarians And Algorithms To The Test | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

5 Best Yoga Poses for Reading | BOOK RIOT

My two most favourite activities! I definitely think butterfly pose should have been included on this list though.

The holiday season is a great time to carve out some stress-free time with a book. If you want to take that relaxation a step further, or work on some tighter muscles, some yoga poses are actually perfectly suited for reading time.The majority of these poses work better when you give your body some time to ease and settle into them. I usually give myself a two page time limit before switching to the other side, but you can do more or less depending on your body. Benefits of each yoga pose are listed below, along with links to more in-depth articles about how to practice them correctly.

READ MORE 5 Best Yoga Poses for Reading | BOOK RIOT.

50 Great Dark Books for the Dark Days of Winter | Flavorwire

The only books I have read on this list are Macbeth and American Psycho (I recommend both). I would have included Perfume: The Story of a Murder by Patrick Suskind.

We’ve reached the time of year when the days seem impossibly short and the nights never ending. Good if you’re a vampire or like to go to sleep early, less exciting for the rest of us. So what is one to do with all this extra darkness? Well, read some dark books, of course. After all, there’s nothing better to cut through the literal gloom than to curl up with some intellectual doom. All you need is a tiny light to see your book by. After the jump, 50 gloriously dark novels to read during these dark days. After a while, you may even stop wishing for the light to come.

via 50 Great Dark Books for the Dark Days of Winter | Flavorwire.

This Font Could Help Dyslexics Read Better | CNET + A Typeface For Dyslexics? Don’t Buy Into The Hype | FastCompany

This Font Could Help Dyslexics Read Better | CNET
Inspired by his own experiences with dyslexia, Dutch designer Christian Boer developed a font to make reading easier.

and a rebuttal…

A Typeface For Dyslexics? Don’t Buy Into The Hype | FastCompany
Lucida creator Chuck Bigelow argues that dyslexie and other similar fonts are statistically no better than Arial.

My Brief and Curious Life As a Mechanical Turk | Gizmodo

As accomplished as modern-day computers are, there are some very basic things even the smartest machines have yet to master: tough judgment calls, advanced image recognition, making goofy faces, conducting psychological surveys. These are an assortment of tasks we humans can still claim as our own. Or at least, that we can outsource to other, less fortunate humans. Like me.

In Amazons words, Mechanical Turk is “a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence.” But in reality its even simpler than that description implies: Its a job board where the pay is low and the jobs are dumb. If you have a functional cerebral cortex, an internet connection, and a few minutes to spare, you can pick up a handful of odd jobs—the oddest of jobs—and make a few bucks, pennies, and nickels at a time. But whats it like to be that “human intelligence?” As I found out last year, its weird, fascinating, perplexing, and a little depressing, all at once.

READ MORE:  My Brief and Curious Life As a Mechanical Turk | Gizmodo

How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To | Harvard Business Review

There’s that project you’ve left on the backburner – the one with the deadline that’s growing uncomfortably near.  And there’s the client whose phone call you really should return – the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time.  Wait, weren’t you going to try to go to the gym more often this year?

Can you imagine how much less guilt, stress, and frustration you would feel if you could somehow just make yourself do the things you don’t want to do when you are actually supposed to do them?  Not to mention how much happier and more effective you would be?

The good news and its very good news is that you can get better about not putting things off, if you use the right strategy.  Figuring out which strategy to use depends on why you are procrastinating in the first place…

READ MORE: How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To | HBR

Role of the Corporate Library in the Information Management World | Netspeed 2014 Conference Presentation

Here is a link to the presentation my colleague and I gave at Netspeed 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta. First time ever presenting in public. We worked really hard and felt we gave a great presentation. The presentation focused on evolving roles, competencies and skillets of information professionals working within corporate libraries. Attendees really listened and didn’t spend the whole time fiddling on their smartphones. Practice makes [almost] perfect. I can now cross this accomplishment off my bucket list!

E4: Role of the Corporate Library in the Information Management World | Netspeed 2014 Conference Program | The Alberta Library

Presenters: Margo Price and Nicole Mullings, Talisman Energy Inc.

Information management is an interdisciplinary field which combines skills and resources from librarianship, information technology, records management, and archives. The Information & Research Centre at Talisman Energy Inc. is part of a newly created Information Management team comprised of the corporate library, records management, and enterprise content management ECM groups. Learn more about the unique benefits and challenges that go along with aligning these synergistic roles and functions under one umbrella and how it speaks to potential trends in the special library field.

Direct link to pdf of presentation slides.

via Netspeed 2014 Conference Program | The Alberta Library

10 Amazingly Useful Spreadsheet Templates To Organize Your Life | makeuseof

Is your life a hotch-potch of missed deadlines, forgotten shopping and reneged commitments? Sounds like you need to get organized. Where better to start than with hard numbers and figures? For this, you might want to take advantage of the many spreadsheets available on Vertex42 that allow you to keep track of your time, belongings, projects and money. Here are 10 of the best.

READ MORE: 10 Amazingly Useful Spreadsheet Templates To Organize Your Life | makeuseof