Archive for April, 2012

Modest Proposal

April 30, 2012

This one’s a bit librariany but is great clip of someone speaking up about Canadian library cuts.

We make no apology for making this TOTD given the UK government cuts to public libraries which many have called stupid – Philip Pullman for example:

The title of this post of course comes from Jonathan Swift’s use of this type of argument in 1729:

War Horse

April 26, 2012

TOTD is very excited to be going to see the National Theatre production of War Horse this evening. Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, this production uses the most amazing puppets created by  Handspring Puppet Company.

To see how amazingly lifelike the horse puppets are check out this video

and find how they created the remarkable puppets here

and more about the production here



April 25, 2012

Klout is an American based company that provides social media analytics. Sounds a bit dull but what it means in practice is that they can tell you your influence on your social networks. Klout will analysis your influence and give you a score between 1 and 100 based on how influential you are. This is apparently based on ‘your ability to drive action’ – not sure what this means but we think it means getting people to engage with the content you create. Klout isn’t for everyone but if you’re using social networks to promote yourself or your business or you want to see what impact your views are having in the wider world then you may want to know what Klout you have!


April 24, 2012

Today TOTD is recommending an app. Flipboard is one of those apps that your iPad/iPhone/iPod just shouldn’t be without. Described as a ‘social magazine’ Flipboard allows you to create your own magazine full of the things that you like to read. It’s ultra customisable allowing you to select what fills your Flipboard. Whether it’s niche blog or content from magazines like Empire, NME and Lonely Planet. Get feeds from news organization from around the world tailoring your content to what interests you. You can also flip through your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds all in one handy place.

All this wonderful content is wrapped up in a beautiful, intuitive interface which is a joy to use. Here at TOTD we particularly like looking through the beautiful photographs from fotopedia magazine.

The icing on the cake – it’s free!

available to download from the iTunes app store for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch


World Book Night 2012

April 23, 2012

Today, or should I say tonight, is World Book Night. World Book Night is a celebration of books and reading which sees tens of thousands of people give books as gifts with their communities to spread the love of reading. This year world book night is being celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Germany and USA.

There are events all over the UK where copies of the 25 World Book Night Books will be given away for free.  You will find one such event in the University of Portsmouth Library where copies of Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens will be being distributed.

To find out more about World Book Night and events taking place near you got to

Three little pigs advert

April 21, 2012

In a TOTD extra, we could helping thinking this is a brilliant advert:

While it’s not TOTD’s place to endorse the Guardian in any way, we do wholeheartedly support the message of the advert – to get the ‘whole picture’.  Whether it’s jumping on some social media bandwagon before the facts are in, or fully utilising the Library’s resources so your assignment or dissertation can be as complete as possible, it’s important in all walks of life.

If you enjoyed that, you might then be interested in some of the behinds the scenes pictuers here:


National Flash Fiction Day

April 19, 2012

Next month will see a celebration of flash fiction. Also known as microfiction, these are very short stories, usually no longer than 750 words.

New Creatives

April 19, 2012

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries have recently started a new series of exhibitions led by artists, inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games in London.,148335,en.html

Brains: The Mind as Matter

April 17, 2012

The University of Portsmouth is involved in this exhibition at the Wellcome Trust about the human brain:


Harriet Quimby

April 16, 2012

Today marks one hundred years since Harriet Quimby’s flight over the English Channel, the first woman ever to do so:

Although she sadly died in an air crash a few months after this achievement, Harriet Quimby had a major influence in women and aviation.