Archive for February, 2010

Presentation to give?

February 26, 2010

Worries about speaking out loud?

Want more confidence in seminars?

Try these resources: http://www.port.ac.uk/staffessentials/whatson/frontpagenews/newsdetails,108192,en.html

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Flying cars

February 25, 2010

Have we really not covered flying cars before?  Let’s rectify that immediately:

http://www.gizmowatch.com/entry/top-ten-flying-cars/

which includes some favourites from TOTD’s distant memories of youth.

Are ‘everyday’ flying cars closer than ever or further off than ever?  Comments please!

A brief history of pretty much everything

February 24, 2010

Thanks to C for this:

http://laughingsquid.com/a-brief-history-of-pretty-much-everything

Hate mail from 3rd graders

February 23, 2010

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pluto/mail.html

The Pluto Files shows that it wasn’t just the old fuddy duddies ‘unlearning’ that Pluto was a planet that proved difficult.

Opera en el mercado

February 22, 2010

Courtesy of Mr Stephen Fry (so you’ve probably all seen this!) who writes:

“Art truly proves its power when it’s taken out of its usual sphere and seen somewhere ordinary.”

we have this delight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds8ryWd5aFw

Artist Server

February 19, 2010

Looking for music?

Try Artist Server which releases a variety under various creative commons licences.

http://www.artistserver.com/index.cfm

Is Google good for history?

February 18, 2010

This blog entry from if:book: a project of the Institute for the Future of the Book looks at how useful Google is for historians:

http://www.futureofthebook.org/blog/archives/2010/01/is_google_good_for_history.html

Taking a particular look at Google Books.

Yummy Pancakes

February 16, 2010

Today is Shrove Tuesday,  the day for pancakes. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. Pancakes are eaten to use up all those ingredients that traditionally we give up for Lent.

To find out more about Shrove Tuesday

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

To make great pancakes check out

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/news_and_events/events_pancakes.shtml

Scamnesty

February 15, 2010

Consumer Direct are running what they call a Scamnesty – Between the 1-26 February 2010, Scamnesty bins will be placed around the country in public places so you can bin those pesky scam letters you have received in the post.

As well as letters and mailers some scammers send emails, text messages or will call you at your home. Now you can report these phone calls and forward your suspected scam emails and websites and help us beat the scammers!

http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/scamnesty

There are 4 bins close to the University Library at

  • Southsea Community Centre , PO5 4EE
  • Central Library , PO1 2DX
  • Civic Offices, PO1 2AL
  • John Pounds Centre , PO1 3HN
  • Winter Olympics

    February 12, 2010

    Today marks the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. With a range of sports including skiing, bobsleigh and ice hockey, here is the official site of what is going on:

    http://www.vancouver2010.com/