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OK, I don’t know why I’m posting so much on paper models of late (some kind of deep-rooted neurosis, I’m sure), but here’s a keeper: Star Wars Paper Models so real you’ll want to hop in and ride around in them.

From Reuters, via CNN, a Hong Kong boy went berserko with a knife after his dad unplugged his video game. Let this be a warning to all parents (and significant others who might not appreciate certain librarians in black staying up at all hours of the night gaming). Deny us food, water, anything else–but don’t mess with the game.

From YourDictionary.com, this Top 100 List is a sure win for any wordsmith or pronunciation guru. I’m curious where they got their list–I don’t agree with a lot of these. But hey, “libary” is on there, so it’s still blog-worthy :)

HowToons

March 18, 2004 | Comments (0)

One-page cartoon-panel PDFs that show kids how to build things like a mega-air cannon and a balloon hovercraft. Hey, I might want to make some of these…

While I will post the occasional political piece, I have avoided the flat-out Bush-bashing sites. However, this one is just too fun to keep to myself.

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The San Francisco Chronicle has a great article on all the Star Trek gadgets that have become a reality. And they interviewed certain tech innovators (like Woz) who say they were inspired by Star Trek when creating their tech-inventions. The article also includes a nice photo line-up comparing Star Trek shots to modern day devices.

A “Special Skills Draft” is being considered by the US Department of Defense, targeting geeks & linguists. The Pentagon apparently noticed that the military is lacking in staff with high-level computer and language skills (hmmm, I wonder why) and wants that to change. The answer? Not training folks already in the military. Not beefing up recruiting efforts. “Let’s do a draft! But, not just a general draft. Let’s go find smart people with computer and language skills, and force them into miltiary service.” Well, hell.

Free Paper Toys

March 15, 2004 | Comment (1)

This Paper Toys site is a good one for children’s librarians and paper afficionados alike. I particularly like Bill Gates’s House and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

I, Robot Trailer

March 15, 2004 | Comments (0)

Check out the I, Robot trailer. Very Will Smith, but that’s alright. It’s still Asimov–can’t complain.

The Smithsonian Institution Library has created a searchable directory of almost three thousand online exhibitions, the Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web. What a wonderful way to give access to all the hidden jewels on our libraries’ web pages.