Sounds Online

February 5, 2004 | Comments (0)

Find sound clips of musical instruments & sound effects at FindSounds. Thanks to Chris Sherman of for highlighting this spiffy site.

Star Trek Next Generation‘s Captain Jean Luc Picard, the oh-so-dapper Patrick Stewart, spoke out against manned space exploration in a BBC interview, stating “I would like to see us get this place right first before we have the arrogance to put significantly flawed civilizations out onto other planets.” He continued, “It would take up so many resources, which I personally feel should be directed at our own planet.” Damn tootin’. When school and library budgets are being slashed, health services are being cut, and Mother Nature is screaming out in pain, it is unconscionable to be spending billions to send people out to other worlds. I’m as die-hard a space-buff as the next person…but let’s focus our attention inward first. Okay George? Thanks to Dr. Web for bringing this to my attention.

Trying to get an answer to a question?
Plan A: Google the ba-jeezus out of it.
Plan B: Uhhhhhhh……
Unless you’re a Librarian, then you have a Plan B, a Plan C, and so on. Why? Because that’s your job. The New York Times has a thoughtful article written on DC-area Librarians and life beyond Google.

A new online ad network, RSSAds (based in San Francisco), is working on simple ways to incorporate text ads into RSS feeds. No ads for me please. My RSS feeds are currently ad-free, and I like them that way. That’s one of the reasons I prefer RSS to site-surfing–I don’t have to deal with those god-awful flashing ads in the margins distracting me from the content.

Google Guide

February 4, 2004 | Comments (0)

Nancy Blachman’s Google Guide is by far the best guide to using Google, for beginners & more intermediate users, that I’ve seen so far. I see great potential here for plopping patrons down with this self-guided tutorial, instead of the 20 minute “This is Google, this is how you search” lecture. Thanks to beSpacific for the link.

I’ve seen this in a few different places now, and although it’s pretty dumb, as a mind-hack it’s pretty funny.

While sitting in your chair, lift your right foot slightly off the ground and move it in clockwise circles. Now draw the numeral “6” in the air with your right hand. Your foot will involuntarily reverse direction.

“Whoa” (in a Keanu Reeves Bill & Ted voice).

Test Your Geekiness

February 3, 2004 | Comments (0)

This test is really long, but the questions are fun– I caught myself smiling several times… My rank is Major Geek. I tend to think I really rank higher, but perhaps I am not as geek-chic as I thought.

Oooooh, a new way to waste time….Thanks Libraryman!

Google Class

February 2, 2004 | Comments (0)

Speaking of Google, UW’s LIS program is now offering a graduate-level class in Google. The Seattle Times reports that the class “explores Google as a cultural phenomenon, Google the business, the technology behind Google — and ‘Google the Ravager of Worlds.'” Hell, when a product name gets its own verb (google me), I think it’s ok if it gets its own class too. OK, alma mater UIUC, whatcha got? A class on e-bay? Amazon’s Search-Inside-the Book? Don’t let the Seattle-ites have all the fun…

Gary Price guest-writes for The Pandia Post and highlights some of the Google-glitches that annoy both basic and advanced users. “A Couple of Comments About Google” is a must-read for reference librarians particularly. I must admit, I didn’t know that all backlinks are not shown when you run a <>link: search. Stuff like this is good to know…