Archive for January, 2011

Coincidence

January 13, 2011

Our Map Librarian dreamt just before Christmas that a student would walk into the Map Library with £100 in hand and ask for ten A0 colour prints (it’s extrmemely unusual for us to receive such a large order from an individual student). We were all highly amused to learn that, the following day, that is exactly what happened. Coincidence?

Here’s a site that lists some astonishing coincidences concerning Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy.

http://surftofind.com/coincidence

[Thanks to BJ for this suggestion]

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Google Labs Ngram Viewer

January 12, 2011

With this fascinating tool you enter words or phrases and the Ngram Viewer produces a graph to show how those words or phrases have appeared in a corpus of books over a period of time.

http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/

You can read more about it on the Culturomics site http://www.culturomics.org/

[Thanks to JM for this suggestion]

A World of Tweets

January 11, 2011

It’s some time since we had something on Twitter statistics. Here’s an interesting visualisation that takes advantage of HTML5 and cloud computing to show where in the world people have been tweeting in the past hour.

http://aworldoftweets.frogdesign.com/

Story Book England

January 10, 2011

This nice site was produced by the team at Enjoy England and features an interactive map that allows you to explore some of the places associated with works of children’s fiction. You can locate books by title or author and it comes with a downloadable teacher’s pack.

http://www.storybookengland.com/index.php