Monday, February 28, 2011

eBook Users Bill of Rights

Librarian in Black has posted the eBook Users Bill of Rights. Please read them and disseminate these ideas. Not only do libraries depend on these ideas, but so does education and all information culture.

Paintings inspired by films

Quite a few more here.

2011 books into film lineup

NPR has the complete lineup with synopses and comment, but these are on the horizon.....

  • Jane Eyre (March 11)

  • Desert Flower (March 18)

  • The Adjustment Bureau (March 4)

  • The Lincoln Lawyer (March 18)

  • Water For Elephants (April 22)

  • Something Borrowed (May 6)

  • One Day (July 8)

  • The Help (Fall 2011)

  • Moneyball (Sept 23)

  • Too Big To Fail (Fall 2011)

  • We Need To Talk About Kevin (Fall 2011)

  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (December 21)

Friday, February 25, 2011

The art of flight

Hi Def full-screen version

Now that's acting!

Photographer Howard Schatz took this idea one step further, place actors in a series of roles and dramatic situations to reveal the essence of their characters.

30 more at Vanity Fair

WWII posters updated

A few more

SweetSearch is a Search Engine for Students.

From the site:
"It searches only the 35,000 Web sites that our staff of research experts and librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved when creating the content on findingDulcinea. We constantly evaluate our search results and "fine-tune" them, by increasing the ranking of Web sites from organizations such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, PBS and university Web sites.

SweetSearch helps students find outstanding information, faster. It enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources. We exclude not only the spam sites that many students could spot, but also the marginal sites that read well and authoritatively, but lack academic or journalistic rigor. As importantly, the very best Web sites that appear on the first page of SweetSearch results are often buried on other search engines."
Also offered are:

SweetSearch4Me is our search engine for emerging learners.

SweetSearch2Day is where students Learn Something New Every Day.

SweetSearch for School Librarians for content that helps students use the Web effectively.

SweetSites for teachers and students, organized by subject and academic level.

SweetSearch Biographies for profiles of 1,000+ significant people.

SweetSearch Social Studies for our best social studies content.

And they offer a Widget

Organizing the bookcase

Massive Solar Flare in High Def on 2/24/2011

A Thousand Kisses Deep - Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen - A Thousand Kisses Deep

(Spoken poem)

Don’t matter if the road is long
Don’t matter if it’s steep
Don’t matter if the moon is gone
And the darkness is complete
Don’t matter if we lose our way
It’s written that we’ll meet
At least, that’s what I heard you say
A thousand kisses deep

I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat
You see, I’m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet
Who loved you with his frozen love
His second hand physique
With all he is and all he was
A thousand kisses deep

I know you had to lie to me
I know you had to cheat
You learned it on your father’s knee
And at your mother’s feet
But did you have to fight your way
Across the burning street
When all our vital interests lay
A thousand kisses deep

I’m turning tricks
I’m getting fixed
I’m back on boogie street
I’d like to quit the business
But I’m in it, so to speak
The thought of you is peaceful
And the file on you complete
Except what I forgot to do
A thousand kisses deep

Don’t matter if you’re rich and strong
Don’t matter if you’re weak
Don’t matter if you write a song
The nightingales repeat
Don’t matter if it’s nine to five
Or timeless and unique
You ditch your life to stay alive
A thousand kisses deep

The ponies run
The girls are young
The odds are there to beat
You win a while, and then it’s done
Your little winning streak
And summon now to deal with your invincible defeat
You live your life as if it’s real
A thousand kisses deep

I hear their voices in the wine
That sometimes did me seek
The band is playing Auld Lang Syne
But the heart will not retreat
There’s no forsaking what you love
No existential leap
As witnessed here in time and blood
A thousand kisses deep

Reblogged from Artemis Dreaming

The William Faulkner FAQ

Do you have a question about William Faulkner? Wondering about his war record? Curious about his drinking habits? Intrigued/Confused/Confounded by his style of writing? The answer to your question may be here.

Found at Coudal PArtners

Great American Writers and Their Cocktails

Famous writers and drinks are inseparable, despite the price some paid for the vice. Ernest Hemingway loved the Mojito, William Faulkner had his mint juleps, and F. Scott Fitzgerald was convinced gin was the way to go (he thought its smell would be undetectable on his breath).

Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide (excerpted at the link by NPR) delves into the drinking habits of America's top writers to reveal their favorite cocktails. Steve Inskeep talks with author Mark Bailey and illustrator Edward Hemingway — grandson of the writer — about their new book.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Google launches "Recipe View"

Google today unveiled Recipe View. The new search option will be a choice in the left rail that appears after entering a Google search. You can search for recipes by entering the name of a dish or food type, an ingredient, or just an occasion, such as Cinco de Mayo. The results can be further filtered by preparation time, ingredients, or calories. Result recipes also sport star ratings and user reviews, so you can see which ones have been hits.

Mother Jones and the distribution of wealth in America

Mother Jones has a very illuminating series of charts that clearly depict the distribution of wealth in America. The two below are particularly interesting.

The 50 Greatest Opening Title Sequences of All Time

IFC has posted their choices for the 50 greatest film opening sequences ever. Let's start with my favorite (which they rate as #2).

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bookshelf Porn

Porn for book lovers. A photo blog collection of all the best bookshelf photos from around the world for people who love bookshelves.

Visual evidence that movies are getting worse

The Moki Blog has looked at the 20 most popular movies each year for the past 20 years and documented at how polarizing each movie is by measuring the standard deviation of the ratings for each movie.They have a fascinating interactive graph (statically pictured above) that can be filtered in many interesting ways.

Quick Cite: Photograph a barcode, get a citation

A group of students at the University of Waterloo have released Quick Cite, which lets you use the camera on an iOS or Android smartphone to scan a barcode and have the app email you a properly-formatted entry (in MLA, APA, Chicago, or IEEE formats).

QuickCite searches a number of online databases to find the book to be cited. The application works off of ISBN codes, so journals pose a bit of a problem.

Apple product placements dominate Hollywood

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Intererbrand's Brandchannel has released a report on product placement to reveal Hollywood's preferences in the 33 films that hit the US box office number one slot in 2010. Brandchannel identified 591 total brand or product appearances for an average of 17.9 placements per film, with Apple appearing in ten of the top films for a 30 percent share -- Nike, Chevrolet, and Ford each appeared in eight.

Found at Engadget

Complete guide to ammunition

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What can you learn on YouTube?

What can you learn on YouTube?

How to print your own T-shirt:
How to speed read:
How to look like @ladygaga:
How to tie a tie:
How to make fresh pasta:
How to make fire without matches or a lighter:
How to open a beer with a pen:
How to knit:
How to cut your own bangs:
How to make ice cream in a bag (preschool edition):
How to do a banana kick:
How to count to 20 in Japanese:
How to peel a melon:
How to get better mileage:
How to create perfect red lips:
How to escape from handcuffs:
How to flirt like a pro:
How to surf:
How to train your dog to stay:
How to make a bacon-infused cocktail:
How to build your self confidence:
How to beat writer's block:
How to be funny on a first date:
How to be a DJ:
How to make mac & cheese, mmm:
How to use gel liner:
How to give a presentation:
How to make a how to video:
How to do the Windmill:
How to get watermelon nails:
How to shoot penalty kicks:
How to wrap a gift professionally:
How to make your own bicycle crank:
How to make chicken biryani:
How to make wine:
How to draw a "realistic" manga face:
How to understand integrals:
How to look sharp for a job interview:
How to play violin - lesson one:
How to properly chop vegetables:
How to make a camisole in one minute:
How to grow strawberries indoors:
How to shave:
How to crack a coconut:
How to buy a house:
How to make Rigatoni Carbonara:
How to make a BristleBot:
How to do makeup for small eyes:
How to make a custom beer pong table:
How to fuse plastic grocery bags into a reusable shopping bag:
How to fold a fitted sheet:
How to save money:
How to improve your memory:
How to sew a dress:
How to backflip:
How to curl hair:
How to recycle beer bottles with limes:
How to hem pants:
How to make a green screen:
How to polish shoes:
How to repair a bicycle puncture:
How to make kimchi:
How to recycle used computers
How to make veggie sushi:
How to record better webcam videos:
How to speak French - meeting and greeting:
How to make a "Where the Wild Things Are" Halloween costume:
How to do yoga:
How to cook Cola BBQ pork chops:
How to deliver a baby in an emergency:
How to melt away pounds:
How to wear different types of scarves:
How to Casper:
How to fold origami:
How to do self-defense when confronted with a gun:
How to make a camisole in one minute:
How to make ramen noodles:
How to care for a pet shark:
How to apply fake eyelashes:
How to make a card:
How to make simple, delicious compound butters:
How to dye your clothes:
How to transform a boring school uniform:
How to plant a vegetable garden in 30 minutes:
How to solder copper pipe:
How to make an upholstered headboard:
How to dress appropriately (according to Tim Gunn):
How to make sage risotto (as taught by a kid):

The world is obsessed with Facebook

An informational motion graphics piece by Alex Trimpe
Music by RJD2
Info provided by

A region in turmoil

The world’s attention has been focused on a handful of countries - Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Libya - since the first popular protests broke out in Tunisia in December. But nearly a dozen countries in the region have seen political unrest, and the protest movement shows no signs of stopping.

Al Jazeera has a clear, concise and fairly presented summary of the demonstrations.

Kindles in Minnetonka Public Schools

Found at The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian

Generations and their gadgets

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Found at Celias
Via Pew Internet

2010 Nebula Award Nominees

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is proud to announce the nominees for the 2010 Nebula Awards.

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. The awards will be announced at the Nebula Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, May 21, 2011 in the Washington Hilton, in Washington, D.C..

Social Media Counts

The bridge at Hoover Dam

Many more here

Amazon launches free movie stream for Prime members

Complete info here.

The 90-SECOND NEWBERY Film Festival

Author James Kennedy and the New York Public Library have announced "The 90-SECOND NEWBERY Film Festival".

From the The 90-SECOND NEWBERY Film Festival site:
The Newbery Medal is the most prestigious award in children’s literature. The American Library Association has awarded it every year since 1922. (This year it went to Clare Vanderpool’s Moon Over Manifest. Congratulations, Clare!)

That’s a lot of Newbery winners. Maybe too many? You can’t read all 90 books! (Well, maybe you can.)

But you do have 90 seconds to spare, right? So here’s our contest, open to anyone: make a video that compresses the story of a Newbery award-winning book into 90 seconds or less.

It turns out that any book, no matter how worthy and somber, becomes pleasingly ludicrous when compressed into 90 seconds. Please watch our very first entry, in the video above (below): a 90-second version of A Wrinkle in Time (1963).

Reason or Force?

"Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it."

reblogged from Reason or Force
Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. The country has a population of six million, and there are more than two million publicly-owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols. Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture - but the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept.

Switzerland's unique system of national defense, developed over the centuries, requires every man to undergo some form of military training for a few days or weeks a year throughout most of their lives.

Men between the ages of 21 and 32 serve as front line troops. They are given an Sig SG-550 assault rifle and 240 rounds of ammunition which they are required to keep at home.

Once discharged, men serve in the Swiss equivalent of the US National Guard, but still have to train occasionally and are given bolt rifles. Women do not have to own firearms, but that is encouraged.

Edward Hopper: Solitary Figure in Theatre, 1904

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Posted because it deserves it...

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Day Made of Glass...



Advise the Advisor

Advise the Advisor is a new program to help senior staff at the White House stay connected to the American people.

This week, Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, is asking for feedback from small business owners and entrepreneurs about some of the challenges they face. Next week, Austan will travel with President Obama to Cleveland, Ohio for the Winning the Future Forum on Small Business. At the Forum, the President will talk directly with small business owners and leaders about their ideas for how America can continue to grow the economy.

You can add your voice to the conversation by answering one or all of the following questions:

  • Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship is important in driving innovation and growth. When you first had a new idea for a business how did you convert that idea into a growing business?

  • Access to Capital: The President has focused on increasing access to capital and tax breaks for small businesses. What role does access to capital play in your small business, and how can the government help small businesses ensure they can access the financing they need to grow?

  • Workforce Development: As different industries in our economy grow, the workforce must adjust. How can government and business work together to better prepare the next generation workforce for the jobs of the future?

  • Exports: Promoting U.S. exports is an effective way to grow businesses and create jobs. What obstacles does your business face in exporting goods and services to foreign markets?

  • Clean Energy: In the President’s State of the Union he emphasized that an investment in clean energy technology will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create new jobs. How can your business benefit from opportunities in this growing industry?

Obama hosts tech CEOs

At this very moment we're millions of miles
from a doomed planet Earth!

image and idea from Engadget

Stranger and Stranger - a brilliant design firm

Stranger & Stranger is a packaging design and branding company specializing in alcoholic drinks. Their designs are stunning as you can see from the shot above. Many more here.

The face of Watson

The National Broadband Map

The National Broadband Map is a tool to search, analyze and map broadband availability across the United States. Simply select the type service you want to see visualized - a single service or combination of many - and the map displays visually where the services are available. You can scale the map down to the neighborhood level.

Quotes about libraries

What is more important in a library than anything else - than everything else - is the fact that it exists. ~Archibald MacLeish, "The Premise of Meaning," American Scholar, 5 June 1972

Libraries: The medicine chest of the soul. ~Library at Thebes, inscription over the door

A library is thought in cold storage. ~Herbert Samuel

The best of my education has come from the public library... my tuition fee is a bus fare and once in a while, five cents a day for an overdue book. You don't need to know very much to start with, if you know the way to the public library. ~Lesley Conger

Libraries are the one American institution you shouldn't rip off. ~Barbara Kingsolver

Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest. ~Lady Bird Johnson

As a child, my number one best friend was the librarian in my grade school. I actually believed all those books belonged to her. ~Erma Bombeck

We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth. ~John Lubbock

A library is but the soul's burial-ground. It is the land of shadows. ~Henry Ward Beecher

To those with ears to hear, libraries are really very noisy places. On their shelves we hear the captured voices of the centuries-old conversation that makes up our civilization. ~Timothy Healy

A man's library is a sort of harem. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life, 1860

My experience with public libraries is that the first volume of the book I inquire for is out, unless I happen to want the second, when that is out. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Poet at the Breakfast Table

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~Cicero

Libraries are the wardrobes of literature, whence men, properly informed may bring forth something for ornament, much for curiosity, and more for use. ~William Dyer

Here is where people,
One frequently finds,
Lower their voices
And raise their minds.

~Richard Armour, "Library"

A great library contains the diary of the human race. ~George Mercer Dawson

I love the place; the magnificent books; I require books as I require air. ~Sholem Asch

The richest person in the world - in fact all the riches in the world - couldn't provide you with anything like the endless, incredible loot available at your local library. ~Malcolm Forbes

My books are very few, but then the world is before me - a library open to all - from which poverty of purse cannot exclude me - in which the meanest and most paltry volume is sure to furnish something to amuse, if not to instruct and improve. ~Joseph Howe, 1824

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. ~Jorge Luis Borges

There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration. ~Andrew Carnegie

A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them. ~Lemony Snicket

Th' first thing to have in a libry is a shelf. Fr'm time to time this can be decorated with lithrachure. But th' shelf is th' main thing. ~Finley Peter Dunne

The library is not a shrine for the worship of books. It is not a temple where literary incense must be burned or where one's devotion to the bound book is expressed in ritual. A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - a place where history comes to life. ~Norman Cousins

A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone. ~Jo Godwin

Consider what you have in the smallest chosen library. A company of the wisest and wittiest men that could be picked out of all civil countries, in a thousand years, have set in best order the results of their learning and wisdom. The men themselves were hid and inaccessible, solitary, impatient of interruption, fenced by etiquette; but the thought which they did not uncover to their bosom friend is here written out in transparent words to us, the strangers of another age. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Books," Society and Solitude

No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library. ~Samuel Johnson

What a place to be in is an old library! It seems as though all the souls of all the writers that have bequeathed their labours to these Bodleians were reposing here as in some dormitory, or middle state. I do not want to handle, to profane the leaves, their winding-sheets. I could as soon dislodge a shade. I seem to inhale learning, walking amid their foliage; and the odor of their old moth-scented coverings is fragrant as the first bloom of the sciential apples which grew amid the happy orchard. ~Charles Lamb, Essays of Elia

No possession can surpass, or even equal a good library, to the lover of books. Here are treasured up for his daily use and delectation, riches which increase by being consumed, and pleasures that never cloy. ~John Alfred Landford

Librarians are almost always very helpful and often almost absurdly knowledgeable. Their skills are probably very underestimated and largely underemployed. ~Charles Medawar

For him that stealeth a Book from this Library, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with Palsy, and all his Members blasted. Let him languish in Pain crying aloud for Mercy and let there be no sur-cease to his Agony till he sink in Dissolution. Let Bookworms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his final Punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him for ever and aye. ~Curse Against Book Stealers, Monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona

A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. ~Shelby Foote

Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark.... In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed. ~Germaine Greer

There are 70 million books in American libraries, but the one I want to read is always out. ~Tom Masson

Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind. ~Richard Powers

The student has his Rome, his Florence, his whole glowing Italy, within the four walls of his library. He has in his books the ruins of an antique world and the glories of a modern one. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nutrimentum spiritus (food for the soul). ~Berlin Royal Library, inscription

Shera's Two Laws of Cataloging: Law #1, No cataloger will accept the work of any other cataloger. Law #2: No cataloger will accept his/her own work six months after the cataloging. ~Jesse Shera, 1977

The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries. ~Carl Sagan, Cosmos

image reposted from Artemis Dreaming

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Now Relevant Search

By using advanced cloud computing algorithms, the worldwide software project known as "The Internet Time Machine", when flipped around, is also a high powered search engine that has now opened up to the public. is the link to The Internet Time Machine's back end search engine that gives you every written word about a subject for the past 14 days. It monitors millions of sources and feeds to give you the most up to date and pertinent information on your subject.

The photography of Wolf Suschitzky

Wolf Suschitzky created a legacy of socially engaged photography and film work known for its integrity and compassion: he has worked on over a hundred documentary, feature and commercial films. His photographs are held in collections worldwide. In London alone galleries including the Photographers’ Gallery represent him. In 2002 a major retrospective of his work was held at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh and most recently in Vienna.

There is a very nice collection here, and a bit of detail here.

Back to the Future.

Irina Werning, a Buenos Aires Photographer asked friends and family to “re-enact” old photos of themselves for an ongoing project, which she christened “Back to the Future.” I have no idea how she recreated all the locations, clothing, etc. Astounding! More at the link.

Vintage Future: Cool vintage posters predict our future

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Many more here.

I'd give credit for the referral, but I have forgotten where I found this. Thanks to whomever it was!!

Google Public Data Explorer

The Google Public Data Explorer makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand. You don't have to be a data expert to navigate between different views, make your own comparisons, and share your findings.

Found at The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarian

2011 Horizon Report

The 2011 report spotlights six technologies as the ones to watch:
  • electronic books and mobiles in one year or less
  • augmented reality and game-based learning in two to three years
  • gesture-based computing and learning analytics in four to five years
Key trends identified in the report include:
  • People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want
  • The world of work is increasingly collaborative, giving rise to reflection about the way student projects are structured
And these challenges are identified:
  • Appropriate metrics of evaluation lag behind the emergence of new scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching
  • Economic pressures and new models of education are presenting unprecedented competition to traditional models of the university
  • Keeping pace with the rapid proliferation of information, software tools, and devices is challenging for students and teachers alike
  • and finally, the concept of learning analytics offers a future where a student’s education is custom tailored for their lives, learning styles and pursuits via “data mining, modeling and interpretation

Full text of the report in PDF format is available for download here.

Vintage Bookmobiles

Many more here. Thanks Dave!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Find books (and other things) with Jan Hankl's Flank Pat System

Twelfth Night in one panel

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Found at Coudal Partners

Google offers every issue of Spy magazine

Smart. Funny. Fearless.
"It's pretty safe to say that Spy was the most influential magazine of the 1980s. It might have remade New York's cultural landscape; it definitely changed the whole tone of magazine journalism. It was cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed, and feared by all. There's no magazine I know of that's so continually referenced, held up as a benchmark, and whose demise is so lamented" --Dave Eggers.

"It's a piece of garbage" --Donald Trump.

The Mississippi basin as a transit map

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Found at Something About Maps, which also offers other river systems.


Maslow vs. Lennon

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Lendle: Interlibrary loan for the Kindle

Lendle lets you share books with other Kindle users. Simply search the site for the books you own using by entering their title or author, find your books in the results, and click the “I Own It” button. To borrow books, search for the book you’re looking for, or use the Available Now and Recommendations pages to find items that interest you.

If a fellow Lendler requests a book you own, you’ll get a notification asking if you want to lend it. When you lend a book, the borrower will have it for 14 days, and then it will be automatically returned to your Kindle.