February 26, 2005

U.S. Budget in Oreo Cookies!

Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream stars in a great Flash animation of how to understand and fix the U.S. Budget, done in easy-to-grasp Oreo cookie chunks.

Posted by leita at 08:00 AM

November 11, 2004

Virtual Planetarium Skymaps

Your Sky lets you produce sky maps for any time and date, observing location, and viewpoint. Terrific! Each map you make includes an ephemeris for the Sun, Moon, planets, and any tracked asteroid or comet.

Posted by leita at 12:05 PM

November 04, 2004

Yahoo! Images Search

Yahoo! Images Search has expanded their image collection to 1 billion images (vs. 880 million that Google has). Why am I telling your this? Because you should remember to try it if your habitual Google Images search doesn't find exactly what you want.

Posted by leita at 09:55 AM

October 01, 2004

If she blows Now that she has

This U.S. Park Service site is the one to remember if/when Mount St. Helens erupts again, especially if as large as last time. It opens on the webcam photo of the volcano (photo updated every 5 minutes) and links to a great deal of information on the volcano and the park. There is a link to their "Special Conditions" page for current activity, but I would advise going right to the primary source for the most current information on this volcano.

Posted by leita at 08:46 AM

September 16, 2004

Wikipedia as an authority

Read an interesting post over at Web4Lib about Wikipedia being used as an authoritative source at the Library of Congress.

The record cited:


010 sh2004001503
040 DLC ?b eng ?c DLC
005 20040325160112.0
150 Hinnies
550 Livestock ?w g
550 Donkeys
550 Horses
670 Work cat.: 2003070232: Grovet, Heather. Beanie, the horse that wasn't a horse, 2004.
670 Wikipedia, Feb. 12, 2004 ?b (Hinny: the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey)
670 Am. heritage dict. ?b (Hinny, n., pl-nies: The hybrid offspring of a male horse and a female donkey)

Posted by leita at 05:25 PM

August 15, 2004

Being hip or connecting with your users or both, or neither?

So I wasn't sure what the LibrarianInBlack meant when she wrote "So, what's the dilly yo with women bloggers?" Nothing of much use in Google, other than finding the most common usage is "What's the dilly, yo?" The LII found 17 slang dictionaries and the 9th result, Galaxy Dictionaries directory led me to this.

The College Slang Page
We got the 411 on the hip talk in the hallowed halls. Check it out! Way Cool FAQs About College Slang: What is college slang What do we slang Why do students speak slang What's the hardest working word in college slang Wanna know more About the Project The Cal Poly Pomona Dictionaries Savvy Reading on College Slang Surfing for Slang Mini-dictionary from Da Bomb Wanna ...

Most of the words and terms in the dictionary of this project run by a Cal Poly professor were collected by her students from around the country in 1997-98. The top 20 list, tho, is up-to-date through 2003, but just from Cal Poly students. The terms and their use of them is interesting -- reflecting the community at Cal Poly? -- and the animated loading of the page is annoying.

Posted by leita at 05:55 PM

August 04, 2004

Open Directory Project

From ALA's Tool Kit for the Expert Web Searcher by Pat Ensor.

Subject Guides

Subject guides involve human intervention in selecting and organizing resources, so they cover fewer resources but provide more focus and guidance for topics they cover. Use them to start searching for broad topics.

Open Directory Project Another human-edited subject resource with well-chosen and annotated sources. My first stop in any general search.

Librarians' Index to the Internet Organized and maintained by librarians, aimed at information of interest in public libraries.

WWW Virtual Library A sprawling network of information guides in a huge array of academic topics.

Internet Scout Project More oriented toward academia, covers resources in business and economics, social sciences, and science and engineering.

Academic Info Not as large as some of the other directories, but a laudable attempt to gather resources of interest in academic research.

BUBL LINK / 5:15 Catalogue of Selected Internet Resources Limited in scope -- tries "to guarantee at least 5 relevant resources for every subject included," but no more than 15 to 35 -- but a good place to go for "a few good resources on" an academic topic. Usable arrangement and good annotations.

Interesting, first stop because of its size compared to the LII? And, where's INFOMINE?

Posted by leita at 08:36 PM

August 01, 2004

Arthritis anyone?

This website from an orthopedics clinic in Gastonia, North Carolina, OrthoGastonia.com provides easy-to-read patient education information on hip replacement and other orthopedics from ankle to hand and everything between. I read the article on hip dislocation precautions and scared myself.

Posted by leita at 10:50 AM

July 19, 2004

Medical Metasearch Engine

This new resource looks like a keeper. I'm facing a hip replacement and have been doing some extensive research on the web. A search or two on this new engine has found great material I'd not yet found.

OmniMedicalSearch.com, a medical metasearch engine, has launched. Targeted for both the general public and medical professionals, OmniMedicalSearch.com covers 25 databases including medical search engines, image libraries, and health and medical news. OmniMedicalSearch.com search options include: 12 Medical Search Engines (Default Search); eight Health and Medical News Sources; five Medical Image Libraries; MedPro Search for medical professionals; Basic Search for the general public; Related Search Options; Single Site Search Focus; and One-Click Dictionary look up. [from EContent]
Posted by leita at 07:45 AM

July 13, 2004

Copyright Duration Chart

Peter B. Hirtle has just published an updated version of his copyright duration chart, Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States. "The section on unpublished works has been updated to reflect copyright status as of 1 January 2004. A new section on the U.S. copyright status of works published outside of the U.S. has also been added. And in order to facilitate printing, a PDF version of the file is available as well." From Mary Minow's LibraryLaw Blog.

Posted by leita at 06:23 AM | Comments (1)

July 10, 2004

Ask a Librarian in Spanish

Servicios de referencia en español. From the New York Public Library. I think this is the only service of its kind in the U.S. In addition to offering Spanish language chat reference (without requiring the user to be from the NYPL system), there is also a good list of Spanish language websites, classified under thirty plus subject categories, entitled "sitios del Web." Useful to Spanish-speakers for answering a range of questions. Both services are available from the link, Información en Vivo.

Posted by leita at 07:54 AM

May 20, 2004

How I get my local news

Topix.net monitors breaking news from more than 6,000 sources and lets users filter results by ZIP code. Available via an RSS feed.

Posted by leita at 10:19 AM