Archive for September, 2010

tower climbing

September 30, 2010

You may have seen the video of a tower climb that circulated the internet three weeks ago.  It was here:

http://www.theonlineengineer.org/TheOLEBLOG/?p=545

but it’s gone now.  (The video has been replaced with a photo).  It wasn’t pulled because it was scary.  There were other concerns.  You can read the story in subsequent blog posts:

http://www.theonlineengineer.org/TheOLEBLOG/?p=551
http://www.theonlineengineer.org/TheOLEBLOG/?p=561
http://www.theonlineengineer.org/TheOLEBLOG/?p=573

Or simply scroll through the blog here:
http://www.theonlineengineer.org/TheOLEBLOG/

Russia in colour (100 years ago)

September 29, 2010

Some fascinating and beautiful photographs here in case the animated artwork of yesterday wasn’t quite to your taste:

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/08/russia_in_color_a_century_ago.html?ref=nf

Thanks to L for sending this in.

collusion, collaboration and plagiarism

September 28, 2010

As lots of new students get in induction sessions which will no doubt include references to plagiarism, and students entering their final year really start getting to grips with research, literature and bibliographies, this is a timely video giving pause for thought on whether what’s being done is actually collaboration or collusion: 

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

This slightly longer animation from Kingston called ‘Prof S on Plagiarism!’ gives more advice: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxO8KEp3v78

You might also want to check out xtra normal if you’d like to make an animation of your own: http://www.xtranormal.com/

All you need to be able to do is type!

Reader rights

September 27, 2010

As a Library we couldn’t miss this delight from Quentin Blake:

http://www.walker.co.uk/UserFiles/file/Rights%20of%20the%20reader/NYOR_ROTR.pdf

And of course it’s particularly relevant as ebooks achieve critical mass and possibly deprive us of the ability to loan a book to a friend, pass it on when we’re finished with it, keep it for more years than the current technological ‘fad’…

Fresher’s Week

September 24, 2010

Now, we know the week is nearly over but we couldn’t let it pass without a mention that all our students have return and we also have many new starters. We welcome everyone back to the Library and here, for the Freshers, is a site to help them out during their first few weeks of University life:

http://www.port.ac.uk/library/helpyourself/induction/

Autumnal Equinox

September 23, 2010

Today, as you would have seen from yesterday’s post, marks the Autumnal Equinox. Here is Wikipedia again with lots of links and information, both scientific and mythological:

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

中秋節

September 22, 2010

As you can see from the title, today is Zhongqiujie, or the Chinese Moon Festival. This is held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar and is held at a similar time as the Autumnal Equinox (as you will find out tomorrow!) Here is something from Wikipedia with links and more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Autumn_Festival

H. G. Wells

September 21, 2010

Today would have marked the 144th birthday of the British Author, H. G. Wells. Wells, along with writers such as Jules Verne, was one of the first authors of science fiction with titles such as The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The First Men in the Moon and War of the Worlds. Here are a few links from Wikipedia that may be of interest:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._G._Wells

Jimi Hendrix

September 20, 2010

Saturday marked the fortieth anniversary of the death of the legendary guitarist, Jimi Hendrix. In tribute to one of the world’s greatest guitar players, here is his official site:

http://www.jimihendrix.com/uk/home

What they know

September 17, 2010

When you visit a popular website, that visit may trigger hundreds of tracker files that are used by other companies to track what you are doing across the web. This nice visualisation from the Wall Street Journal clearly shows the extent to which you are more or less exposed to such tracking on a variety of sites.

http://blogs.wsj.com/wtk/

[Thanks again to LJ for this suggestion]