Archive for January, 2011

Gorilla who walks like a man!

January 31, 2011

This week Britain has a new superstar and his name is Ambam, the Western Lowland gorilla at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. Unlike most gorillas, who knuckle walk on all-fours, Ambam walks upright like a man.

Check out the videos below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrQf6cogMuI&feature=fvwk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kva_HlMk498

Forgotten Books

January 26, 2011

If you’re short of something to read or just want to expand your reading repertoire and explore subjects you might not have considered before, take a look at Forgotten Books which publishes PDFs of, well, forgotten books.
http://www.forgottenbooks.org/
You can even sign up for a daily email linking to a free copy of one of their hi resolution copies.

Flurrious

January 25, 2011

Probably not quite cold enough out there for snow – although it can feel like it if the wind gets up – but this site reminds us of the beauty of snowflakes rather than the obstacle too much snow becomes:

www.flurrious.com

Clearing the shelves!

January 24, 2011

Back on the 16th we mentioned a Twitter campaign to save (public) libraries. 

Now, over on the Isle of Wight, Newport library users have taken very direct action by clearing the shelves of books – borrowing right up to their limit of 30 and starting with the crime section (as it’s a crime to close libraries!). 

http://www.iwcp.co.uk/news/news/protesters-clear-out-newport-library-36875.aspx

Our thanks to J for spotting this and if you find a Library protest for TOTD – do let us know!

Making a Successful Speech

January 20, 2011

Fifty years ago President John F. Kennedy made his inaugural address. Here is an article from the BBC about it and tips on making a good speech:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12215248

Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe

January 19, 2011

Today marks the 202nd birthday of the writer Edgar Allan Poe. Here is a Wikipedia entry about his life along with links to other sites about him:

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

A New Kind of History Book

January 18, 2011

It’s widely known that books are usually made from trees (except for electronic ones, of course). However, it now seems that books actually can be trees. Researchers for the Internet Journal Science have found a very interesting way to trace the rise and fall of civilisations and sudden changes in climate simply by looking at tree rings:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12186245

Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 17, 2011

Today in the United States marks the Martin Luther King Jr Day federal holiday which is held on this day each year on what would have been his birthday. Here is some more information about the day and the man himself:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr._Day

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

save our libraries

January 16, 2011

Just because Universities aren’t likely to completely dispose of their libraries overnight, doesn’t mean that the cuts to public libraries won’t affect them or the students who use them.  Libraries, learning, the love of books and reading – as well as wider community implications are at risk.

And people care!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jan/17/twitter-support-libraries-worldwide?CMP=twt_fd

Show you care, too, before it’s too late.  Tweet, blog, email and talk – tell people how much libraries mean to you and the society you live in.  Oh – and add your comments to this blog entry!

Changing Education Paradigms

January 14, 2011

Here’s a thought provoking talk that will make you think about our education system. The accompanying animation by Cognitive Media is entertaining too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

[Thanks to BJ for this suggestion]