On this episode of The Geek In Review, Tom O’Connor, Independent Litigation Technology Consultant, talks to us about his recent blog post, What in the Wide World of Sports is Going on at ILTA?
In addition to ILTA’s woes, Tom covers other issues regarding member associations, and how new entries into the legal vendor market are changing the vendor-customer relationship… and not for the better.

Continue Reading Podcast Episode 7 – Tom O’Connor Wonders What’s Going on at ILTA

On this week’s episode, Greg speaks the couple of words of French he learned on vacation.

Marlene talks about mentor/mentee relationships and Sheryl Sandberg’s discussion on how the #MeToo era places an external strain on promoting these relationships. Marlene touches on the three founders of Black Women Talk Tech, Esosa Ighodaro, Regina Gwynn, and Lauren Washington, as well as Sophia Amouruso and others on the importance of mentoring.

Continue Reading Podcast Episode 6 – Law Librarian Helps Streamline a Texas Court

It took us a week to recover from all the fun in Baltimore, but here’s a review of some of the highlights of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Conference.

We’ll discuss some of the things we learned from our fellow information professionals and other presenters at the conference. Such as: Continue Reading Podcast Episode 5: AALL Review, Vendor Product Launches, Privacy, and John Waters

Mysteries, the law and movies: podcasts for everyone by @Lihsa

A quick post: I’m not feeling very well–Houston allergies.

Fun fact: if you move to Houston, you will develop allergies within 2 years of moving here. Because it is abnormally warm, allergy cycles are accelerating. Tomorrow it is going to be 84 degrees Fahrenheit with 71% humidity. Ugh.

Nevertheless, the post must go on. Today’s topic? Podcasts.

Here’s a quick and dirty list of the podcasts I’m currently obsessed with:

  1. S-Town
  2. 99% Invisible
  3. You Must Remember This
  4. Lawyer 2 Lawyer
  5. This American Life
  6. Hidden Brain
  7. RadioLab
  8. The Moth
  9. The Daily
  10. My Favorite Murder
S-Town, produced by Serial and This American Life, is a deep-dive romance, mystery and legal conundrum of a small Alabama town and its amazing citizen, John. 10 episodes.

99% Invisible explores the thought, science and design behind items we may otherwise not notice. Weekly.

You Must Remember This gives behind-the-scenes glimpses into the Hollywood film history. Weekly.

Lawyer 2 Lawyer is hosted by Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams and presents current events through the filter of the law, bringing on industry experts. Two to three times a month.

This American Life is practically an NPR institution, developed by Ira Glass and showcasing slices of America. Ira picks a theme and presents 3 acts that address the topic. Weekly.

Hidden Brain is hosted by Shankar Vendatam,explaining things like what your parking habits say about you. He weaves neuroscience, psychology, anthropology and economics into compelling stories. Weekly.

RadioLab addresses the intersection between science and philosophy. One of my favorites examined the ethical decisions raised by autonomous vehicles. Weekly.

The Moth is a story lover’s dream. Themed episodes feature 3 stories by individuals from around the world. Weekly.

The Daily is produced by the New York Times. Covering a top story, it takes a deep-dive with the reporting journalist and adds additional color and background. Five days a week.

My Favorite Murder captures personal tales of brushes with murderers and mayhem. It’s almost too scary for me and I have to take long breaks between listening. Some may have a stronger constitution and can handle it. Beware: very quirky and giggly. Weekly.

So there you have it. Good night, dear readers. Share your favorite podcasts in the comments–I’d love to learn about some new ones.

A snappy review of Amazon’s Fire 7 by @Lihsa

Come on baby, light my Fire: reading, listening and playing on my Amazon tablet
Amazon Fire 7 screenshot
of the cozy mystery,
The Case of the Fallen Hero

Admittedly, I am late to the game on buying an Amazon Fire. I’ve been cheating, downloading the free Kindle app onto all of my devices, even reading on my browser rather than buying yet another device. I couldn’t justify owning a laptop, a phone, a tablet and a reading device.

Amazon Prime Day

But then Amazon had its eponymous 2017 Prime Day last July (oddly, it fell on an even day).

For, not only am I a film buff, I am also an avid reader—you kind of have to be if you are going to play on social media because, well, that’s all it is: reading. Plus, I have to read a book once a day because it is the only way I can fall asleep.

Which leads me to why I ended up buying a Fire on Amazon Prime Day for the very low price of $30. My tablet was too big and my phone was too small for reading in bed. In true Goldilocks form, the Kindle Fire was just right.

Amazon Fire apps and features

And I’ve been super-happy with it. It fits easily into my hand. I like to give one final peek at my email and social media accounts, play one (yes, only one!) word game, then lull myself to sleep by reading some horrible cozy mystery—the book can’t be too good or it will keep me up at night. Thank goodness for free @BookBub downloads or I would be robbing the proverbial Peter to pay Jeff Bezos.

Fire and Alexa

The Fire also syncs up with Amazon’s Alexa and I love talking to her in the morning, telling her “good morning” to await her always chipper response. But I really love the news app, Alexa Flash Briefing. I’ve customized it to listen to apps and/or podcasts. My line-up is The Skimm, the Houston Chronicle—both the general and local sections,  Jimmy Kimmel Live Monologue, KPRC-2 Houston News, NPR, a Bible verse and the best part: The Daily from the New York Times.

The Daily from New York Times runs for 15 minutes, five days a week. Hosted by Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb), he interviews reporters and often reveals the back story on the biggest story of the day. Giving an insightful analysis of the top story du jour, you are treated to reporter insights you might not get from TV, the paper or radio.

Fire and light

So all of this sounds fantastic. But my library friend, Saskia (@sioslo), and I were discussing the pros and cons of using Fire as a Kindle reader and she had one final question: how easy is it to read outside? Does the glare get in the way?

So I ran a very scientific test to determine the Kindle’s legibility in daylight. I stood next to my office window and looked at my Fire. It was an easy read, both in the white background and the black background (the black background is my preferred mode since I read mostly at night). There is a glare but then I recommend wearing a big floppy hat to shade it, which you should be wearing anyways to protect yourself from UV rays.

So there you have it. My review and usage report on my Amazon Fire.