Toyota is offering an “auto-parallel-park” feature on their Prius model. As someone who lives in San Francisco, and can’t parallel park worth a darn, this is mighty tempting. It’s $2200 more, which is somewhat un-tempting. Oh well, perhaps with time the price will go down. Incidentally, growing up in the midwest, and having taken my driver’s ed test there, no one ever tested us on, or even taught us, parallel parking. It’s a skill I had to master later in life….well, errr, not “master” maybe. Was this just a lapse in my particular suburb’s driver’s education? Or is this a common thing?

Wormy Worm

January 21, 2004 | Comments Off on Wormy Worm

It’s heeeeeere! The “Bagle” or “Beagle” worm arrives as an attachment to an e-mail with the subject line “Hi” and “test : )” in the body text. The worm is activated when a user clicks on the attached file. Check out the Washington Post article (via Yahoo) for more info.

Today’s Newspapers Around the World

January 21, 2004 | Comments Off on Today’s Newspapers Around the World

“Want to see what today’s print version of your favorite newspaper looks like online? Two services offer reproductions of dozens of newspapers from around the world. ” Thanks to Chris Sherman from for writing this article, and highlighting this important resource. As we in Marin County (home of Muir Woods, Sausalito, Mt. Tamalpais, and one of the best parts of Hwy 101 for biking) have a lot of travelers coming through, a good # of them international, this is of particular interest to me. By the way, when in Marin, McClure’s Beach near Point Reyes is the best beach if you’re looking for something secluded. How’s that for off-topic?

A longitudinal study of Web pages, contd.

January 21, 2004 | Comments Off on A longitudinal study of Web pages, contd.

Information Research just published Wallace Koehler’s article on document persistence on the web. The verdict (short version)? Some types of web documents are more stable than others.

Harry Potter Trailers

January 21, 2004 | Comments Off on Harry Potter Trailers

Some teaser trailers for the new Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Neil Gaiman just had his photo taken for an ALA Read poster. Yay! That one will certainly find its way into my office somehow or another… He mentioned it in his journal, which is always a good read. Any Sandman or Neverwhere fans out there? has a list of the 100 most frequently misspelled words, with tricks for remembering how to spell them correctly. Don’t just rely on spellcheck people!

Website Mixmaster

January 18, 2004 | Comment (1)

TopFX has created a truly unique way to waste time. You pick one website for layout, another for content, and combine the two! Now, this can be useful if you want to see what your content would look like in a site that has a super-awesome design. It’s also good for complete procrastination.

Google Deathmatch

January 18, 2004 | Comments (2)

Cheese enchilada vs. french onion soup? George Bush vs. Osama Bin Laden? Cats vs. dogs? Marilyn Manson vs. Marilyn Monroe? Now you can find out who would win! Googlefight is pure unadulterated fun.

Building the Perfect 404 Error

January 17, 2004 | Comments Off on Building the Perfect 404 Error

Ian Lloyd’s article on building the perfect 404 error is wonderful. Now, if only I had control over our web server, perhaps I could employ some of these suggetions… Alas, part of being a county library is that our site sits on the county server. I think it’s the same pretty much everywhere. But, for those of you lucky ducks who do run your own server, this article will prove to be most helpful.