Archive for July, 2011

Searching for an app?

July 29, 2011

Whether it’s an app to use on your shiny new iPad, your old Palm, your desktop PC – this might help you find what you need:

http://www.quixey.com/
 
Give it a go and let us know what you think.
 
Thanks to J for finding this.
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StormTracker

July 28, 2011

The Met Office has launched a tool that allows users to monitor tropical storms around the world. You can also view the tracks of thousands of historical storms from 1850 until the present. A simple registration form must be completed for access to the free version.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/premium/stormtracker/

Thanks to S for finding this.

Tunnels – Hindhead vs Laerdal

July 27, 2011

After four-and-a-half years of work and an outlay of £371m, today sees the opening of the southbound section of the Hindhead Tunnel, the longest tunnel of its type in the UK on the A3 from London to Portsmouth. The 1.8km bore through the Devil’s Punch Bowl seems almost puny however when compared with the Laerdal Tunnel in Norway which, at 24.5km in length, is the longest road tunnel in the world. You can read more about the Laerdal Tunnel here

http://www.engineering.com/Library/ArticlesPage/tabid/85/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/60/Laerdal-Tunnel.aspx

New Lanark 3D animation

July 26, 2011

This excellent piece of 3D animation is part of  The Scottish 10, a project that uses 3D laser scanning to create exceptionally accurate digital models of Scotland’s five UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites, plus five international ones, as part of a process of conservation and management.

http://www.youtube.com/v/VJxLjqDJCM8

The Gough Map

July 25, 2011

The Gough Map of Great Britain, thought to date from the 14th century, is the oldest surviving road map of Great Britain and one of the earliest to show Britain in a geographically recognizable form.

An interactive, searchable edition of the Gough Map is now available online. Note that east is at the top of the map, not north!

http://www.goughmap.org/

Duck Duck Go

July 22, 2011

And for those who’d just like a direct link to a search engine that does put you in a filter bubble (see yesterday), here’s Duck Duck Go:

http://duckduckgo.com/

Remember – this doesn’t adjust your results according to what it thinks you’re interested in.  And don’t forget that no search engine, not even Google, covers the whole internet so it’s always wise to have more than one in your toolkit.

Filter bubble

July 21, 2011

Do you think that you get the same results from a search engine as your mates do?  Think again – unless you’re breaking out of your filter bubble.

This explains the problem as well as offering a solution:

http://dontbubble.us/

 

Drum magazine

July 20, 2011

This is going to be of limited interest perhaps, but for those who do care it’s a stunning free resource.  A new online drumming magazine called iDrum Maganzine:

read it here: http://www.idrummag.com/

Thanks to D for finding this.

Les Trois Petits Cochon do Gaga

July 19, 2011

In June of last year we reported on librarians doing Lady Gaga (https://reden.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/librarians-do-gaga/).  Now it’s the turn of the three little pigs!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qxnpz0z_hg

You might even learn some French watching this!

Thanks to S for finding it.

Visual.ly

July 18, 2011

The infographic we posted on Friday is a good example of ‘data visualization’ that seems to be all the rage.  There are some great examples at:

http://visual.ly/

They’re not quite ready to go yet with their aim to help you create infographics, but you can already try out:

http://visual.ly/twitter

which lets you create a visual of your Twitter presence.  Or even more fun, compare two Twitter accounts in a Faceoff!