Archive for April, 2011

Rare Books Room

April 21, 2011

The “Rare Book Room” site has been constructed as an educational site intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the world.

Over the last decade, a company called “Octavo” digitally photographed some of the world ’s great books from some of the greatest libraries. These books were photographed at very high resolution (in some cases at over 200 megabytes per page).

This site contains all of the books (about 400) that have been digitized to date. These range over a wide variety of topics and rarity. The books are presented so that the viewer can examine all the pages in medium to medium-high resolution.

Thanks to LG for the suggestion


April 19, 2011

Historvius describes itself as ‘a community-based historic destinations directory run by history enthusiasts who are passionate about the web.’

It is still in beta at the moment but is shaping up to be a great website. You’ll find a directory of historic sites from the world famous to the hidden gem. Each site includes historic information, directions, entry and contact details and comments and photos from other users.

You can also build a custom itinerary if you’re off on holiday or just explore the historic sites from the comfort of your computer.


April 18, 2011

The recent warm weather may have encouraged you to tell your children to ‘go play outside’. The British Library has launched a new microsite looking at play through the ages and is also packed with games to play outdoors.

There are also some wonderful film clips of play in the past which made us here at TOTD nostalgic for the playground!

A New Way to Catch Pirates

April 15, 2011

Here is an interesting way of dealing with copyright theft:

Thanks to L for suggesting.

Recut Trailers

April 14, 2011

Ever wonder what Mary Poppins would be like as a scary horror film or The Shining as a romantic comedy? If you edit the footage a certain way and use the right music, you could get some very interesting results for a trailer:

The Caravan Gallery

April 14, 2011

Later this month the mobile art exhibition, the Caravan Gallery, will be putting on a display at the University. Here’s the link to what looks to be a very interesting exhibition:,131007,en.html

Yuri Gagarin

April 12, 2011

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s journey into space. For 108 minutes, Gagarin was the first human to complete an orbit of the Earth and return. Here’s something from the BBC with links and clips:

Parkinson’s Disease Day

April 11, 2011

Today is Parkinson’s Disease Day which marks the beginning of Parkinson’s Disease Week. Here is the Parkinson’s Disease UK website with more information:

Social media search engines

April 8, 2011

Library staff had an opportunity this week to hear a talk by Karen Blakeman from RBA Information Services at which she talked about some alternatives to Google. Among these were some search engines for social media. She recommended this presentation, which covers some of the best.

The Oramics Machine

April 7, 2011

It was reported recently that a machine created by the founder of the BBC Radiophonics Workshop has been acquired by the Science Museum in London. The device, invented by Daphne Oram, created sounds that were dependent on waveforms hand-painted on 35mm film.

You can view a short documentary about the machine here