Archive for October, 2008

overdue book?

October 31, 2008

If you have kept your book out longer than the due date, don’t be shy – bring it back before there are ‘issues’ over it.  Sorry, bad pun.  You might want to avoid this:

http://www.newson6.com/global/story.asp?s=9269138

(Don’t forget you can renew University Library books in person, by phone, or via the catalogue on the web site.)

Brain games

October 30, 2008

And for anyone that missed exploring yesterday’s page a little further, this might help exercise those little grey cells:

http://www.gamesforthebrain.com/

Turn your name into a face

October 29, 2008

It’s been a while since we’ve had anything that’s just plain weird.  This must count:

http://turnyournameintoaface.com/

Lego lover

October 28, 2008

Weird, funny, or ‘ahhh’ – you decide…

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2008/10/28/lego-lover-finally-finds-a-girl-he-loves-as-much-as-his-bricks-115875-20845890/

For once a Lego item NOT sent in by our resident lego enthusiast.

search strategy

October 27, 2008

OK, it’s not as exciting as a YouTube video, it’s not as funny as _Dinner for One_, it’s not as helpful as Snopes et al, and it’s certainly not as weird as Hats of Meat (how did we miss that out in our round up of the year?!), but judging from the number of students asking for help on this and related subjects, perhaps this would be of use:

http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/IBSS/pdf/strategy.pdf

Deletionpedia

October 24, 2008

And in a tangentially related way, but also to be handled with care, this site can prove interesting:

http://deletionpedia.dbatley.com

Strangely fascinating.  Got lost in the Es particularly:
   Elvis sightings and
   Echidnas (Sonic the Hedgehog)

But thought the list of movies with particularly long titles deserved deletion for not including the well known example _The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds_.  How could it be missed?!

Wikileaks

October 23, 2008

In a similar vein, this can be a helpful site:

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Wikileaks

To be handled with care.

Snopes.com

October 22, 2008

Following on from yesterday’s scam site, impossible to over-recommned:

www.snopes.com

for finding out if the latest email you’ve been sent is genuine or not.

Either browse or use the search box on some keywords from the email:
e.g. ‘craig shergold’
http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/medical/shergold.asp

‘nigerian scam’
http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/nigeria.asp

‘gorsky’
http://www.snopes.com/quotes/mrgorsky.asp

Watch out – scams

October 21, 2008

TOTD readers are probably far too astute to fall the usual scams doing the rounds, but should you wish to direct friends to help on the subject because you’re fed up with them passing them onto you, try:

http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/watch_out/scams/

which gives advice on spotting and avoiding all sorts of scams.

International Reflections

October 20, 2008

Portsmouth has a large (and growing) number of international students which makes for a great feel around the campus, in training session and even in the Library.  But we’re not the only university who cater for all comers.  Leeds Metropolitan not only seem to specialize in it, but have a daily posting called ‘International Reflections’.  These must be a strict count of 200 words apparently and offer the chance for staff (and others) to reflect on what they’ve learned from work/travels/experience abroad.

http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/internat/reflects/index.htm

Some are great, most are interesting, none are mundane.