Archive for February, 2011

Lego Oscars

February 28, 2011

Thanks to L, our regular Lego fan, for spotting that our little plastic friends are also celebrating:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/249836

After Colin Firth’s well deserved win, it’s great to see him represented there as well!

Book Wallpaper

February 24, 2011

Yesterday TOTD featured some amazing celebrity libraries, but what to do if you can’t afford such luxury. Answer: Book Wallpaper!

http://remodelista.com/posts/walls-windows-floors-bookshelf-printed-wallpaper-roundup

Fool your friends with some of these fab wallpapers, TOTD particularly likes the last one.

Celeb Libraries

February 23, 2011

The common view of celebrities is that they spend their time partying and socializing and general being fabulous. We probably don’t think of them curled up  at (their incredible gorgeous and expensive) home with a good book!

It turns out however that many celebs have wonderful libraries and you can view some of them here

http://flavorwire.com/141846/celebs-theyre-geeks-like-us-libraries-of-the-rich-and-famous

(Thanks to LG for the suggestion)

Monitter

February 22, 2011

The current protests across the Middle East have highlighted how important social networks have become in both helping people to organise themselves and also allowings us to know what is happening in a country where offical media channels have been cut off or restricted.

Monitter is a website that works with Twitter and  allows you to enter keywords and see the tweets that contain those words in real time. You can also specify a geographical location so that you can find the tweets being made by those experiencing events on the ground.

http://www.monitter.com/

PhotoTuts+

February 21, 2011

Phototuts+ is a brilliant resource for all photographers whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned professional there is a wealth of articles and tutorials to be found here covering every aspect of photography.

This site will help you improve every aspect of your work and if your looking for some honest criticism why not submit your work for the Friday Critique!

http://photo.tutsplus.com/

Old words / new words?

February 19, 2011

As the post says, it’s not hard to find people complaining about newly coined words.  But are they really new?

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/page/whichwordolder/which-word-is-older

Quick Cite

February 18, 2011

It would have been great if the student built app for Referencing@Portsmouth (finished last summer) could have been made live, but sadly – despite our best efforts – it wasn’t to be.  However, this now exists:

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/smartphone-app-makes-book-citations-a-snap/29768?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en#

which might be worth taking at look at.  However, it does cost 59p (our app would have been free), relies on a camera (which rules out older iPod Touches, iPads etc), relies on ISBN barcodes (which rules out books published before 1970 or so), and the screenshots don’t reveal whether their output styles match our guidance or not – so let the buyer beware!

To Lie or Not to Lie

February 17, 2011

Here’s an interesting game from the Open University allowing you to think about your responses to various scenarios:

http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/philosophy/lie-or-not-lie

Book of the Dead Game

February 16, 2011

Here is a game from the British Museum website to go with their very interesting Book of the Dead exhibition:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/all_current_exhibitions/book_of_the_dead/puzzle_game.aspx

Decimal Day

February 15, 2011

Today marks forty years since the United Kingdom switched to a decimal currency system, a change from the pounds, shillings and pence that had been in use since Anglo-Saxon times. Here is a Public Information 
Film from the National Archives to tell people about the new system:

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/films/1964to1979/filmpage_decimal.htm