Archive for April, 2009

First World War Digital Poetry Archive

April 30, 2009

Based at Oxford University and funded by the JISC, this digital archive is a collection of poetry, prose and other writings by soldiers and people who lived during the First World War. This archive is available to the public and is invaluable to teachers, students or those with an interest in the First World War.

http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/

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International Noise Awarness Day

April 29, 2009

Today is the Center for Hearing and Communication’s International Noise Awareness Day which shows the potentially damaging effects noise can have on hearing. Here is the link for more information:

http://www.lhh.org/noise/

For those of you who like to dance whether it be twisting, jiving, traditional dances, tap or to do the fandango you may be interested to learn that today is also the International Dance Council’s Dance Day. The International Dance Council is within UNESCO and represents the art of dance across the world:

http://www.cid-unesco.org/_site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=108&Itemid=71

RSPCA Week

April 28, 2009

This week is the RSPCA’s national fundraising and awareness campaign where there are many opportunities to get involved and help raise money. Here are more details on their website:

http://www.rspca.org.uk/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RSPCA/RSPCARedirect&pg=rspcaweek

World Graphic Design Day

April 27, 2009

Today is World Graphic Design Day which is also the anniversary of the founding of Icograda, the world body for professional communication design. Here are further details of the event on their website which has links to a blog and a FaceBook group:

http://www.icograda.org/events/events/calendar531.htm

On the subject of communication, today is also the 218th birthday of Samuel Morse, the creator of Morse Code used for telegraphs and radio communications.

Flora London Marathon 2009

April 26, 2009

It’s that time of year again…

For all the news and latest updates, see link below:

http://www.london-marathon.co.uk/site/

Virtual drumming

April 24, 2009

Continuing yesterday’s music theme, the budding John Bonhams and Steve Gadds among you may have some fun with this virtual drum kit.

http://www.virtualdrumming.com/drums/windows/drums-free-drumming.html

You can even produce your own patterns using the sequencer function, although the ability of the metronome to keep steady time leaves something to be desired.

Spotify

April 23, 2009

This may be ancient history to many of our readers, but TOTD only recently discovered Spotify, a superb site for listening to a huge library of music. TOTD even found obscure material, like Don Ellis’s “33 222 1 222”, which has 19 beats to the bar!

http://www.spotify.com/en/

Spotify is free and legal (artists receive a royalty fee for the music you choose to listen too), which is a fact worth pointing out on World Book and Copyright Day.

http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=5125&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

April 22, 2009

TOTD is still recovering from an Easter visit to Disneyland Paris. This site was Europe’s second most expensive construction project (the Channel Tunnel being at No.1). Looking at the scale of the operation in this time-lapse sequence, which shows the construction of Main Street and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, you can begin to understand why.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RGWiknDR2g

Land of Books

April 21, 2009

It’s some months since we last looked at an offering from the Stange Maps site, so here’s a cartographic curiosity that depicts Bücherland (the Land of Books).

http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2009/04/08/373-a-map-of-the-land-of-books/

One thousand paintings

April 20, 2009

Following up the comments about Bomono, TOTD came across onethousandpaintings.com

http://www.onethousandpaintings.com

It has been running for a few years now and was described as a global art project, although it looks to TOTD like a clever wheeze to generate lots of money. Painting No.1 appears to have been on offer for $5000, however there are plenty still available for under $500. Is it me?