Google Goodies

March 29, 2004 | Comment (1)

The Google “What’s New” page lists some coolio new stuff, the best of which (imho) is Google’s Personalized Search, in Beta. You first create a profile, telling Google what you want to search (say, Movies). Then you click on “Start Searching.” When the results come back, you can move this little slidey bar to see the effects that personalization have on the search. Very similar to a Yahoo-directory-based browse, except it’s a search. Pretty nifty, needs some usability tweaking (please make the steps more intuitive), but overall, a great Google beta.

Sweet mother of all that is Scots! Dundee University launched an online Scots language dictionary that uses as its sources the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and the Scottish National Dictionary. It’s fully-searchable, and an invaluable resource for those of us who read books in Scots (e.g. Irvine Welsh), but have to guess what the “feck” they’re talking about sometimes…

Link via ResearchBuzz

Python vs. Passion

March 29, 2004 | Comments (0)

I love the fact that Life of Brian is being re-released in theaters, specifically to combat the Passion frenzy. A durn-funny look at the New Testament, I can’t wait to see it on the big screen.

The International Edible Book Festival takes place April 1st in bookstores & other venues across the world. I was surprised to see there were none in Northern California. If I get ambitious, I’ll make one of these for my next dinner party…

via Librarian.net

SearchGunk

March 29, 2004 | Comments (0)

Friday’s Word of the Day at ResearchBuzz was searchgunk–all the irrelevant results returned from a search query. Now, if only we can turn that into a verb somehow…

Hello readers. Your faithful LiB has just gotten out of a two-day Franklin Covey training on The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. LiB is restraining herself greatly, but let me sum up:

1) Franklin Covey training is a waste of my time.
2) Franklin Covey training is a waste of my employer’s money.
3) Franklin Covey training artificially compartmentalizes things in a way that weakens meaning and promotes conformity.

You all have no idea how hard it was to write this post without cursing. Thank Jeebus it’s the weekend.

Well, if I was a junk pack-rat and still had all the CD players I’ve thrown away because they stopped reading CDs, I’d use this Kuro5hin article on how to fix your CD player. Apparently, the little laser-eye head just gets misaligned. Since I don’t have any lying around (because I’m a compulsive cleaner/throw-away-er), I’ll just have to print it out and save it for that inevitable day when another CD player breaks…

Jack lost his crown? Oh dear…close the children’s ears. A librarian at the University of East London has written a new book, Heavy Words Lightly Thrown, that examines nursery rhymes in a new light. After reading this article, you’ll never think of the term “goose bumps” the same way again…

via Bookslut.

The Shifted Librarian has a wonderful article on a new virtual reference pilot program for the visually impaired. The service is offered through InfoEyes. This is definitely a step in the right direction–more of our online services need to be accessible to our special needs populations. ALT tags simply aren’t enough anymore.

Good article on the benefits of federated searching from TechNews World. I_want_this_in_my_library_NOW! For all the money we spend on our e-resources/databases/online databases/what-have-you, we’d get a lot more use of them if we had federated searching. People don’t search what they don’t know is there…
Link via Gary Price’s Resource Shelf.