Posts Tagged ‘USA’

Wind map

May 9, 2012

This art project uses data from the US Digital National Forecast Database to produce a zoomable map showing an animated tracery of lines to depict wind direction and speed.

http://hint.fm/wind/

 

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Making a Successful Speech

January 20, 2011

Fifty years ago President John F. Kennedy made his inaugural address. Here is an article from the BBC about it and tips on making a good speech:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12215248

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]

California Coastline

January 7, 2010

TOTD spotted this at No.2 in the Time 50 Best Websites 2009. Photographing the entire coastline of California from a helicopter flying as low as 500 feet sparked some controversy and, like Google’s Street View, it does raise some questions about privacy. There’s no denying though that the detail in some of the photos is very engrossing.

http://www.californiacoastline.org/

Log Cabin Day

June 25, 2009

Today our friends across the pond in the United States will be commemorating Log Cabin Day. This day looks back to a time when many Americans, who were moving west, would build their homes using the woods nearby:

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/June/logcabinday.htm

Groundhog Day

February 2, 2009

Today in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and in other locations accross America is Groundhog Day where their resident groundhog, known as Punxsutawney Phil, will predict how long to go before the Spring. So if you’re wondering how long it’ll be until you can turn the heating down have a look at this:

http://www.groundhog.org/

And here’s a video with Phil in action:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=1jVtx0o-Pn8

Groundhog Day also coincides with the Christain Festival of Candlemas and the Pagan festival of Imbolc. Here’s some information from the BBC about them:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/candlemas.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/imbolc.shtml

Legobama… America’s Finest Immortalised in… Lego!

January 31, 2009

It seems that you can make absolutely anything out of Lego – as this picture of Barack Obama demonstrates…

http://www.brickartist.com/portraits-and-logos/legobama.html

However, if you’re more interested in things made out of lego than you are in people made out of the stuff, take a look at these other works of art…

http://uaddit.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=132