Archive for November, 2007

Invention

November 30, 2007

Technological advance is a marvellous thing:

http://treebeard31.wordpress.com/2007/11/23/%e2%80%9cif-e-mail-had-been-around-before-the-telephone-was-invented-people-would-have-said-hey-forget-e-mail-with-this-new-telephone-invention-i-can-actually-talk-to-people%e2%80%9d/

Rich Pictures

November 29, 2007

Not quite mindmaps, but an attractive way of presenting information, rich pictures are described as helping to identify players in a process as a start to high level analysis.

http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/InfoKits/process-review/rich-pictures

The second ‘rich picture’ on the page is one presented by Gilly Salmon at a recent lunchtime workshop on ‘Learning Futures’ which seemed to capture people’s imaginations at both the content level and the ‘art’ level.

Collective nouns

November 28, 2007

Many of us are keen on collecting things – no more so than those who collect collective nouns.  Those words for groups of things – like a parliament of owls.

Here are just a few:

http://www.ojohaven.com/collectives/

http://www.rinkworks.com/words/collective.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_collective_nouns_by_collective_term

http://www.herbweb.org/animals-collective-nouns.html

and so on.  Of course, it doesn’t take long to spot that different lists sometimes include different words.  Sometimes it depends whether they’ve been ‘suggested’ or actually found in a dictionary (though even the latter can vary).

Thanks to the Science Librarian for this.  Who presumably now needs a collective noun for lists of collective nouns.

Anamorphic illusions

November 27, 2007

If you’ve not come across Julian Beever’s artwork before, they’re worth checking out.  In particular his anamorphic illusions which regularly do rounds of the web:

www.julianbeever.net

And to think it’s so ephemeral (photographs aside)… till the next rain or pedestrian traffic…

Library Thing

November 26, 2007

You’d think it was only librarians who wanted to catalogue books – but apparantly not.  Library Thing has over 300,000 users who have more than 20,000,000 books listed between them!

http://www.librarything.com/

Scary!  But sometimes useful and often interesting.

Uncyclopedia

November 22, 2007

Amongst lots of discussion about whether Wikipedia is a good thing or a bad thing, whether it should be used or banned in academic work, and how it might be used (or abused), comes this urh… spin off:

http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Mr Bean in the Library

November 21, 2007

Probably best to get this out of the way sooner rather than later:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sWArmefCFk

Too painful to watch for some.

Last literate person

November 20, 2007

Delightful contribution someone’s dug out of the internet’s ‘archives’ this morning.  Quite as relevant today:

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/30146

virtual identity

November 19, 2007

Discussing virtual identity, someone mentioned they’d read this over the weekend:

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/0,,2210318,00.html

Presumably with the rise of virtual worlds such as Second Life – where avatars don’t necessarily genuinely represent the real humans behind them – this kind of thing will become more and more common.

But still one of those ‘you couldn’t make this stuff up’ stories.

Mountains… mind map

November 16, 2007

Not everyone responds to the graphical nature of mindmaps, but for those who do this is an attractive example.  And shows that it’s not just libraries who have mountains of information that is ‘buried’ and ‘underutilised’.

http://ca-global.biz/images/mindmap.jpg