Today and tomorrow, every public library in the Twin Cities metro is closed (and public librarians deserve a break!), so I thought I’d give you all something to read while you wait.  Theme:  all new!

There’s a new online history and philosophy of science journal with an excellent title, Spontaneous Generations (which would also make a good band name), published by grad students at the University of Toronto.  The first issue looks heavy on the philosophy side, and also has Sage Ross talking about Wikipedia.  I admire his ability to get published talking about HST and Wikipedia in every possible forum.
The Chemical Heritage Foundation has a new podcast, also with an excellent name.  Distillations: Extracts from the Past, Present, and Future of Chemistry covers contemporary scientific issues, with a focus on the history of chemistry.

Nina Simon announced that the Tech Museum in San Jose has launched their Virtual Museum Workshop.  This would be a great opportunity to play in Second Life.

The Tech Virtual is a project that allows people to conceptualize and prototype exhibits online. The online platform has two parts: a website, where all projects originate, and a Second Life presence (“The Tech” in Second Life), where participants can communicate in real-time, share ideas, and build virtual prototypes. All participation is under a Creative Commons attribution license, which means that all ideas are available for use by anyone with no financial obligation–only an obligation to credit the originators of said ideas.

For The Tech, this is a new way to conceptualize exhibits. We don’t have traditional designer/developers on staff; instead, we have a team facilitating this process and liaising between project participants and fabrication staff to develop these virtual ideas into physical reality. To that end, there’s an added incentive for this pilot stage (through June 2008): $5000 to any exhibit concept deemed spectacular enough to develop into a real exhibit here at The Tech. To be eligible for the prize, your exhibit must be on the theme of “Art, Film, Music & Technology.”

Metadata 4ever!:  A new list of metadata events.  Collect them all!  (via hanging together)

History Nexus is like digg for history articles and places on the web.  For some reason, the tags are divided into these categories: “England and Wales,” “Scotland,” “Ireland” and “Rest of the World.”  And they say Americans are parochial!  (via found history)

Happy holidays to all.  I’m going to go read the new Kiki Strike.