Archive for December, 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 25, 2007

On the sledFor more work by Jon Everitt:

http://www.throughdifferenteyes.co.uk/

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Life Hack

December 21, 2007

With new year resolutions just around the corner, how about improving study/organization/life with this ‘life hack’ blog that lets you tweak your habits, skills and get more things done?

http://www.lifehack.org/

TOTD is now shutting down for the holiday break.  Perhaps just one more on Christmas Day.  See you in the New Year.

Hot for Words

December 20, 2007

Several have suggested Hot for Words as a TOTD.  Mainly, I’m told, because it’s a good example of making ‘academic’ things fun.  So here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO72SYKcTZ8

how could any word lover not like it!  Hot for Words has covered lots of word meanings but this one for some unknown reason is particularly favourite.

More than words

December 19, 2007

And continuing on a theme for this week, it would be remiss not to mention:

http://portal-live.solent.ac.uk/library/library_tours/library_tour_home.aspx

(the video is the top link to suite of University tours including the Library’s ‘More Than Words’).

This started life as something that was going to be a narrated PowerPoint and morphed into something entirely different as you can see!

or perhaps…

December 18, 2007

… this offering from De Montfort University is more your cup of tea:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpGDWaxiq4A

Quite approachable, if somewhat loosely structured.  Is it too long?

(Alternatively and presumably not endorsed by the library try this much much shorter piece tagged ‘contemporary entertainment’ from the library entrance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bORz119025k    – WARNING: potentially offensive title screen).

Library tours for those who don’t like library tours

December 17, 2007

Quirky, funny, surreal or just plain odd?

Is this how you’d like a tour of the University Library on YouTube to look?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS28qydjfsg

Comments please!

EUpedia

December 14, 2007

A few days ago TOTD included a page from this site, but on further inspection the whole site ought to get a mention.  For all things “European”:

http://www.eupedia.com/

Web of lies?

December 13, 2007

The web is great for looking for one thing and finding something (of interest) completely different.  Here’s one such that was written a year or two back and isn’t quite the ‘quick fix’ that previous TOTD entries might have been.  But it rewards the reader with a fascinating look at how web search might develop as the web grows, how software tools can overcome the inaccuracies found on the web, and how it might even be possible to develop something like a calculator for history students!

http://www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue10_12/cohen/index.html

Thanks for your emails

December 12, 2007

[This was one of the more amusing humour/junk? emails that have arrived recently.  Think before you “forward”!]

I must send my thanks to whoever sent me the one about rat droppings in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet towel with every envelope that needs sealing. Also, I now have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason. I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny Brown); who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time. I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program ….. Or from the senior bank clerk in  Nigeria who wants me to split $7 million with me for pretending to be a long lost relative of a customer who died intestate. I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me, and St Theresa’s novena has granted my every wish. I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day. Thanks to them, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes. Because of their concern, I no longer drink Coca-Cola because it can remove toilet stains. I no longer can buy petrol without taking a man along to watch the car so a serial killer won’t crawl in my back seat when I’m filling up. I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me. I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica , Uganda , Singapore and Uzbekistan. Thanks to them, I can’t use anyone’s toilet but mine because a big brown African spider  is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my bum. And thanks to their great advice, I can’t even pick up the $5 I found dropped in the car park because it probably was placed there by a sex molester waiting underneath my car to grab my leg. If you don’t send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhoea will land on your head at 5:00pm this afternoon  and the fleas from 12 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door  neighbour’s ex-mother-in-law’s second husband’s cousin’s beautician.

By the way… a South American scientist after a lengthy study has discovered that people with low IQ who have infrequent sexual activity always read their e-mails with their hand on the mouse.

What Uni?

December 11, 2007

Here’s a site which lets you ‘review’ your university.  There are various categories – some less serious than others.

http://www.whatuni.com

UoP gets an overall rating of 95% from 41 reviews and the Library comes out of it very well with lots of positive comments.  Many thanks to those who took the trouble to mention the facilities.