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 Off on I, Robot Trailer

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.

Waves, Thunder, and Birds–oh my!

March 15, 2004 | Comments Off on Waves, Thunder, and Birds–oh my!

Tech TV’s Call for Help’s Free File of the Day is Atmosphere Lite. Totally free, this program has sounds of nature–crickets, birds, frogs, cows populate landscapes of waterfalls, woodlands, jungles, etc. You can use the pre-sets (coast, downpour, country, fireside) or you can create your own, adding sounds of whatever you like. You can even record your creation as a .wav file. Very cool. I downloaded it this morning, have been listening for three hours, and feel rather calm, depsite the influx of e-mails about database weirdness, software glitches, and numerous vendor phone calls (oh, the humanity!). I can proudly recommend this for anyone who loves those sweet sounds of nature.

Fresh Goo(gle) Not All That Nifty

March 15, 2004 | Comments Off on Fresh Goo(gle) Not All That Nifty

So, Fresh Goo(gle) claims that it can run searches for you that shows you “what’s new,” AKA “sites that have been added” today, yesterday, in the last week, or in the last month. This is a GREAT idea. But, it doesn’t work. For example, if I do a phrase search for “Librarians Index to the Internet” and limit to Today, I get 2,250 hits. Now, I know Karen Schneider is good, but she’s not that good. Granted, the more you expand a search (to 7 days, to 30 days, to a regular Google search), the more hits you get, but I think what it’s looking at are pages that Google recently crawled, not pages that have been newly added. Would be cool if it worked though.

The Lipstick Librarian has a nice piece on Richmond (CA) students protesting the school board’s attempt to close libraries.

Gaping Maws

March 12, 2004 | Comments Off on Gaping Maws

Hundreds of photos of different species yawning are available at Gaping Maws. There’s something that makes me sleepy about seeing a few dozen snakes, a hundred house cats, and some lions yawning. And, something so very, very creepy at the same time.

*yawn* Thanks to Lady Crumpet’s Armoire for the site.

Huge MSN/Hotmail Outage

March 12, 2004 | Comments Off on Huge MSN/Hotmail Outage

Six hours into the outage, Microsoft still doesn’t know what’s going on, or so they’re telling the public anyway. Darn it…one more reason to move to EudoraMail.

Pledge to be sensible when you drive, and Avis & Cingular will send you free ear buds, regardless of whether or not you are a customer with Avis or Cingular. If you read their suggestions for safe wireless driving (e.g. don’t have your hand up against your ear while you’re driving so you can talk to Aunt Martha about her Chicken Pot Pie recipe), then you fill out a little form, and get free ear buds. Nice thing for them to do, and driving safely is a good thing to promote anyway. Yay free stuff!

Paper and CD Shredders

March 11, 2004 | Comments Off on Paper and CD Shredders

TechTV’s Andrew Hawn tested five shredders for sheet capacity, pages per minute, maximum operation time, and what things (other than paper) they could shred—like staples, CDs, floppies, and credit cards. For my money (and I just happen to be in the market for a shredder right now), I’m going for the Royal 80X for a mere $70. It’s funny—I always meticulously removed all staples before shredding stuff in the past. Strange that it seems that all of these can manage staples—ahh, all that wasted effort that could have been spent elsewhere.