Archive for October, 2007

New blog, Old Fry

October 31, 2007

As if there weren’t enough to keep with!

But this looks like it could be interesting:

and appears to be the web version of Stephen Fry’s Guardian column.  Or is it the other way round?

Anyway, just one excerpt:

“You’d be amazed … by how often friends of mine say they can’t find something on the net, simply because they haven’t stopped and thought about how to frame or phrase input search terms. Hold that thought.”

Already – a post to look forward to!

We Feel Fine

October 30, 2007

This can take a while to load but its worth it.
At first it appears to be just another bit of web silliness, but when you take a look at what it’s doing, how it’s doing it and how it presents the information you can see why this is a great example of a TOTD.


October 29, 2007

Here’s a curious search engine:
It appears to be searching based on colour (if shape is involved it’s difficult to see).  But could be particularly useful for art students – or those just looking for inspiration.

Labour of Love

October 26, 2007

This has been around for a while but is suitably astonishing:

New this summer is a recreation of Jerusalem’s Second Temple:

and not quite on the same scale, but impressive nonetheless:
A (Buddhist? Daoist?) Lego Temple:
and a Lego Mosque:

Reasons to check out your library #473

October 25, 2007

“An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.”

Stephen Fry (recently voted ‘greatest living wit’).

21 things you should know about the internet

October 24, 2007

You probably don’t need to *know* all these things, but being aware of them is certainly useful.

Although this is a couple of years old now, it’s still worth a look.  If anyone can find an update for the couple of questions that have aged, do shout.

Information R/Evolution

October 23, 2007

One of those marvellous videos which is a good reminder of why libraries of all stripes need to get with the plot or be left behind.

Indeed, Ken Chard was reflecting recently on what will happen to libraries if they fail to respond to the ‘threat’ of Web 2.0:

“I believe they will become increasingly marginalised, though probably not quite extinct.  I see them possibly viewed with affection and even revered as a piece of street furniture like the old red telephone boxes: useful very occasionally and smelling pungently of a lost past.”

Chard, K. (2007). ‘Are you missing the point?’ Library and Information Gazette, 21 September – 4 October 2007, p.2


October 22, 2007

Project Gutenberg has been around for a long time making out of copyright books available freely over the internet.

Here’s a site which attempts to do the same thing for audio books.

While the collection isn’t vast (it relys on volunteers reading the texts) there are some real gems here, and not all in English if you want to, say, hear the beautiful Finnish language being read aloud.

Random Words

October 19, 2007

Just occasionally in Word it’s helpful to have some text to manipulate as part of a test or demonstration. 

You can type in some garbage quickly or use an old text file, but one quick way of generating lots of text  is to type:

=Rand (200,99)

This certainly works in Word 2003.  Comments welcome on whether it works in other versions of Word.

Country codes of the world

October 18, 2007

What could be duller?  But this is an interesting map of the world showing the relative sizes of the top level domain country codes.  The commentary also includes some snippets on domain names that have been hijacked into service that wasn’t quite intended.

Older postings to this blog are also worth a look.

For more information on the University’s map library, look here: