Archive for August, 2010

I was going to get super-up-to-date online while convalescing at the farm after my wisdom teeth removal, but of course, that didn’t happen. Never mind, here’s what’s been keeping me entertained while I’ve been healing.




  • BBC – Dimensions – What a brilliant resource! Great for students. I like putting the Colossus at Rhodes in Cathedral Square. Via RS.
  • LRIS Portal – Environment and Land Data from Landcare Research. For sciencey folk needing NZ info. Via RS.

Fun or Funny

I’ve tried to remember where I sourced this info for you (in the little via:xx) but I didn’t record my path every time. Sometimes it was also straight from my RSS feed, so there was no need. I’ll try to get more diligent with my resources!

See you tomorrow!


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Books from Blogs

I’ve been reading some hilarious books which have grown out of blogs and websites. It’s interesting that the internet is feeding print media rather than killing it – at least in one way!

Does what it says on the box
Stuff White People Like is exactly what it sounds like. There’s something terrifyingly accurate about the stuff Christian Lander describes in here. Turns out I’m not unique in my love for fair-trade coffee and t-shirts from Threadless – it’s because I’m white. It’s also why I love Arrested Development, hummus, wine and dinner parties. I’m not sure if this book is racist or not.

It's just so... awkward
Awkward Family Photos is another aptly titled book/blog. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you’ll want to go through your own family photos to find the most awkward. My favourites include the donkeys getting it on the the fuzzy background of a loving portrait of a middle aged couple and the classic where the little girl has peed her pants. If you’re in need of a belly-laugh, grab this book.

Trouble making at its finestDavid Thorne is known as the number one internet trouble maker around. His email exchanges are hilarious – you just wouldn’t want to be on the end of his scathing wit. Having paid my fair share of over due fines myself, I think my favourite chapter would be the one where he tries to pay off his fines at the video store with a picture of a seven legged spider (that’s him on the cover). Do not make this man angry, you will not win an argument with him!

So, have you read any cool blogs lately? Reckon they’d make good books?

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Ah, there’s so much to look at online, isn’t there? Here’s what’s been catching my eye this week…

  • Check out this huge panoramic map of London in 1845. It’s presented Google Maps style and is really easy to navigate. (Sourced via BB)
  • What is Book Futurism? Have a look at the Book Futurism Manifesto. I think libraries are going down the same path. (Sourced via RS)
  • Oooops! Imagine cleaning up this mess!
  • The IFLA World Report 2010. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions have released this interesting report on internet use in libraries, which includes New Zealand.
  • And just for fun… Ever wanted to learn how to swear in a foreign language? YouSwear to the rescue! Warning: I was Web Marshalled when looking at this site on the desk. (Sourced via LH)

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  • The masterpieces of the Prado Museum (Spain) are now available to peruse via Google Earth. If this video is anything to go by, it’s a pretty amazing tool. While I believe that there is nothing better than the real thing, you’d probably get a better view of the paintings than you would if you were actually there, what with tourists blocking your view.
  • Toronto may be getting a library vending machine! It won’t replace branches, but I imagine it would be very handy for people on the go. I’d love to play with one.
  • Dan pointed out this post on LibraryJournal about freegal music being available in some libraries. Good for Sony, this looks like a positive way of getting around the massive problems facing the record industry. Turns out libraries can save the world.
  • And here’s a picture book we might not want to shelve in the Children’s area. All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John. Yes, it is a real book. Request to buy, anyone?

This has been a Rachael round-up. Thank you for tuning in.

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Here’s some of the stuff that has caught my eye over the last week or so….

  • Think that things haven’t really changed much over the last ten years?  Think again.  Take a look at this infographic:

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A Rachael Round-Up

Hello hungry clickers, hope you’re having a good day. Here’s what’s caught my eye from my library feeds this week.

So, what do you think? Click to comment – we won’t bite and you don’t need an account. 😉

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Gotta Keep Reading

This was originally Skype-d to Oprah, who donated heaps of new books to this school library. Talk about a feel good story! Also: I love group dancing.

Sourced via Jo, who watches Oprah. 😉

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