Posts Tagged ‘art’

My goodness, I’ve been trying to publish this post for AGES! Silly things keep getting in the way like, aftershocks and rehearsals for a play which opens tomorrow night! So, here are a bunch of links which I’ve been hoarding for your pleasure. Enjoy!

Facebook and Social-networking

    • Visualising Friendships – a world map created using links between people who know eachother on Facebook. via GRP
  • Libraries and librarians

  • Steampunk

  • Funny/cute

  • WikiLeaks

    • HaikuLeaks via bb. Haikus everywhere / If only you look for them / Throughout Wikileaks. (You see what I did there?! Via BB)
  • Art and design

    • Photoshop Disasters via bb. Oops, sloppy graphics! It’s fun working out what is wrong with each picture.
      Jellybean bikes – it’s so much fun designing your own bike! Can’t remember source, sorry!
  • RFID/Technology

    • Spacelog gives original transcripts for space missions. Geek out! Can’t recall source, sorry.
  • Books

  • And finally, from one of our newest followers we have How to Borrow a Person from the Library. Thanks, Laura!

    Sources… BB, @DavidFarrier, GRP, RS, LISNews, RWW, Google Blog, TTW.

    Edited to fix up all the broken links… cough cough


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    Ever wondered what you call a group of gnomes?  Or the correct term for a collection of archangels?  Don’t you just wish you had a handy chart to look up stuff like this?  Once again, we at Trolleyed are here to help.  Read on, dear Reader, read on.

    Books & authors

    • A couple of great posts on Scott Westerfeld’s blog recently.  The first one, Genre Cooties, addresses some of the negative press that steampunk had been attracting.  However it was this quote that really resounded with me:

    THIS is why I don’t write for adults. Their heads are all full of genre cooties and “Taj Mahal? Nah, don’t like tombs.” Whereas a kid will come home from the library with a mystery, an sf novel, an autobiography, and three books about sharks. That’s how kids read, and when something’s cool and fun and awesome (or weird and gnarly and thought-provoking)

    That got me thinking….why do we lose that open minded attitude to books?  We do tend to get set in our ways, and in the types of books we read.  So, how do we change it?  How do we challenge ourselves to be less adult (and boring) and more child-like in our selection of books?

    • Scott’s second post French Steampunkery is about his visit to Machines of the Isle in Nantes, France.  This photos in this post had me squeeing with delight.  The steampunk creations are just magnificent.  The elephant is awesometastic.



    • This may have already been included in a previous Roundup, but if so, it deserves to be included again…The Usable Library (via Librarian in Black)
    • YALSA (The Young Adult Library Services Association) now has an official research journal.  The journal is open access and is peer-reviewed.  It is sure to be a useful resource for those working and studying in the CYA area.

    Techy/interwebby stuff

    • Google’s 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web – this is full of useful answers to all sorts of computer stuff (y’know – all that stuff that you were too afraid to ask anyone in case it made you look stupid).  I love the presentation too – very nice.


    • This is just so heart warming.  Go on, click on it…it’s worth it.  You’ll smile, trust me.
    • And last, but definitely not least….a very handy chart for you to print out and stick on your fridge.  A list of the collective nouns for supernatural beings (and my apologies, I can’t remember the source for this chart).  My personal favourites are a lawn of gnomes, and that The Borg is just that – The Borg.  Not so sure about a fondle of unicorns  though.

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    Boing Boing

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    A lot has happened in our little corner of the world since our last post.  Thankfully, we are all still here, safe and sound, and I think we all have a new-found respect for Mother Nature.

    The trolley sustained very little damage – my life-size cardboard cut-out of Jensen Ackles fell over, and the glass broke in Rachael’s photo of Angelo, but other than that – all is well.  We have restocked our emergency kit, refilled the large plastic containers with wine, replenished the supplies of chocolate and we are ready to rock on!  Hmmm, maybe a bad choice of words.

    Contrary to popular opinion on my Facebook page, I have found time to look at other things on the interweb other than www.geonet.org.nz.  Here are some goodies for you, to take your mind off the aftershocks.

    Science & environment
    Books and reading


    What I would like to know is how on earth do you first find out that you are really talented at creating tiny little sculptures on a pencil tip?


    Fun stuff


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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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    YouTube – Literature gets a ride in the streets of Buenos Aires
    Miss Manners: Nosy librarian prods for personal info – San Jose Mercury …

    Quiet in the Library: An Urban Dilemma – homelessness in libraries

    Librarians do Gaga – wicked video take-off of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”
    CLIP P- Cooperative Library Instruction Project – Web-based tutorials to assist in library instruction and information literacy in school, but equally applicable in public libraries.
    Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki – Library Success: A Best … – There are some great ideas here; so many many ideas. Almost too many, need to refer back to this site often.  And, no reason why we couldn’t add some of our successful ideas/programmes here too
    The best personal library in the world – oh wow!!
    Books, reading & authors
    RIT Future of Reading Conference – Reading & Writing, Media & Technology, Science & Art of Literacy. Very tidy website.
    Mishaps and Adventures: Evolution of the The Strange Case of Origami Yoda cover – This book isn’t showing in our catalogue yet – hopefully it will be purchased. Look pretty cool, similar style to Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
    The World’s Best Bookstores | Spot Cool Stuff:

    Google, other search engines & other web applications

    Misspelled words in web searches
    Wikipedia FAQ for Librarians -Useful info on how to use Wikipedia in the library
    Recipe Chimp
    10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Google
    11 Helpful Cheat Sheets for Popular Google Products | Freebies
    librarian » Free Stock Photo Search Engine –  If you’re looking for high-quality images, but don’t want to pay for them, check out this new search tool.
    School resources
    Museum Box | Bright ideas – Cool tool for school projects!
    Novels – covers and beginnings, school library ideas
    Stop Disasters Game | Bright ideas
    The 3 Rs or the 4 Cs? | Bright ideas

    RFID/Techy stuff/online stuff
    RFID collar keeps dog away from chicken’s feed
    Glee vs Copyright
    In the news
    IfItWasMyHome.com – Visualizing the BP Oil Disaster – this really puts it in perspective
    Social media
    Anatomy of a wiki-hoax
    Main Articles: ‘Archives in Web 2.0: New Opportunities’, Ariadne Issue 63 – Marta Nogueira describes how three Web 2.0 applications (Facebook, Flickr, YouTube) can work as a virtual extension for archives and other cultural organisations, by identifying benefits obtained from the use of Web 2.0 applications.

    Art & Design
    12 awesome science fiction lunch boxes
    30 Years of BAD Pictures on Vimeo – Not ‘bad’ as in bad photos, rather BAD as in Bruce Albert Dale, National Geographic photographer.  Some amazing images.
    Secrets of the Vatican Archive Revealed!

    Cool stuff, cool stuff and stuff that didn’t quite fit anywhere else (a veritable pot pourri)
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    Editorial Anonymous: Fat Vampire: a Conversation with Adam Rex
    How we read online. – By Michael Agger – Slate Magazine – Interesting post showing how we read differently when we read online.
    iLibrarian » Best New Plagiarism Video – A fun vid on plagiarism
    Bookmate, The Multi-Tasking Book-Holder | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
    BP Fail Whale
    BP Global PR’s creator revealed – maybe
    Top 10 LEGO Movie Tributes on YouTube
    Vatican beatifies Blues Brothers… almost | Stuff.co.nz
    YouTube – BP Oil Spill – Clarke & Dawe lighter look at BP
    YouTube – Simon’s Cat ‘Cat Man Do’ – cos it has been a while since we have had a funny cat video – and these are a really funny series.
    http://www.boingboing.net/2010/06/23/doctor-who-vs-hitchh.html – Doctor Who: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Daleks

    And this was spotted on the Mashable site earlier in the week:

    “As if we haven’t been bearing the buzzing sound of vuvuzelas enough in the last couple of days, YouTube has decided to grace us with a dedicated vuvuzela button.  The football-shaped button sits in the lower right corner, and does precisely what you feared: It produces the dreadful vuvuzela sound.  If you haven’t been following the World Cup, and you’re not familiar with the term “vuvuzela”. It’s a plastic horn that produces a loud monotone that takes all of about five seconds to get on your nerves.  Oh well.  BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!”

    Items featuring some of our talented staff and their families

    Riccarton Players – CinderellaHighly recommended viewing these school holidays is the Riccarton Players’ Cinderella – starring our very own Rachael Chamberlain!! Do go along and support the talented Rach, and support our local theatres. Tickets are excellent value at $8.50 (plus a 50c booking fee),and you can book them through The Court Theatre’s KidsFest booking site .

    http://www.youtube.com/user/F5thDayOfMay – featuring Sally’s Williams’ talented offspring Adam & Emma. Check it out!

    And in the shameless self promotion category – I now have a blog The Book Witch . I have been on the latest CCL Learn wave – which I can highly recommend.  When you get a chance to do this – snap it up!  Part of it is to start a blog, which is a nerve wracking experience.  However, I must admit, I am a teeny weeny bit hooked, and I am now craving feedback.  If you have time, please have a look.  Keep in mind I’m just a newby – but any comments/constructive criticism would be most welcome!  Be gentle though, I’m a sensitive soul.

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    Wellington Libraries Concession cards

    Court Says Internet Filtering in Public Libraries Not Censorship

    Marian the Cybrarian – Advice – The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Librarian’s guide to gaming

    Are catalogues more than an inventory? Or, more than just a place to query library holdings?

    The Survey of Academic Librarians: Opinion of the Usefulness of Certain Library Technologies (2010)

    Facebook & other privacy matters

    10 Things You Need To Know About Today’s Facebook Privacy Changes

    How Facebook’s New Privacy Controls Work

    ReclaimPrivacy.org | Facebook Privacy Scanner

    5 options for Facebook privacy

    Books and authors – adults

    Tyra Banks Tries Hand at Fantasy Novels – ABC News

    Books and authors – young adults and children

    Booklist Online – Top 10 SF/Fantasy for Youth: 2010, by Ian Chipman (FEATURE)

    School resources

    Echuca College eLearning Wiki | Bright ideas

    ClassChats – connect with others classrooms around the world

    Gale Access My Library School Edition

    Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’: MJ in the Scholarly Literature: A Selected Bibliographic Guide


    Unusual Words

    Art & Design

    Imeüble 2.5 dimension shelf system by Bjørn Jørund Blikstad ” Yanko Design

    Archive Library Lets You Roll Your Books Home | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

    Techy/RFID stuff

    Take a Minute to Collect Your Thoughts With Evernote – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Sensor RFID Apps of the Future Part One

    Web Browsers Leave ‘Fingerprints’ Behind as You Surf the Net …


    48 Hour Magazine

    Cool stuff, fun stuff, and stuff that didn’t fit elsewhere

    Fake BP Public Relations Twitter Account a Viral Hit [INTERVIEW]

    “Sex and the City 2”: The 60-Second Version [VIDEO]

    YouTube – Matthew Reinhart Builds a Dragonwatch this and tell me you don’t smile at the face at the end

    Brontë Sisters Power Dolls – NeverEndingSearch – Blog on School Library Journal

    Fake Science (The volcano is my personal favourite -Sarah)

    Stunning time-lapse video of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, in action – Boing Boing

    Mr. Picassohead – go on, you know you want to

    Woman startled by demonic face on canned pear, wants recompense from company – Boing Boing – a New Zealand woman’s 15 minutes of fame

    One Across – Search for Crossword Puzzle Answers – Solve Crossword Puzzles Online, Find Anagrams, Cryptogram Help, Take the Crossword Purity Test

    A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette

    Star Wars trilogy retold in 2 minutes, 13 seconds using LEGOs – Boing Boing

    Ghostbusters improv in the NY Public Library

    Book Review Finder: Bookulating Suggest-O-Mometer — BlueRectangle.com

    Design the Haggis Beast competition winners – Boing Boing

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