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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.

Art

Libraries

  • 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.

Fun

  • 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.

Click to make biggerer

 

Sources:

Boing Boing

Librarian in Black

@jransom

@buffyjhamilton

@heyjudeonline

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Okay. First up, here’s a confession – it’s been two months since my last round-up. Be kind – there was an earthquake, and then I moved house, then I assistant directed a very successful children’s play, then I got a pet duckling, and then I got a shiny new cellphone to play with! Yeah, I’m not buying it either. Without any further ado, here’s what’s been keeping me entertained online…

Books

Libraries/Librarians

Techy/RFID

Just Plain Cool!

And finally…
…because that’s what it’s all about.

Sources:
BB
LISNews
RS
TTW

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Books & Reading

Adult
The making of a book cover Make sure you watch this full screen and with the sound on, the music is pretty cool.
Only the worst Sci-fi/Fantasy book covers
For Love Of Do-Good Vampires: A Bloody Book List Be sure to scroll down to the end of the article and have a look through the list.  Be aware that some of these may not be appropriate for a young teen audience.
Tables of vampire traits
How to read Sci-Fi
Discover Literary Oddities in the Weird Book Room on AbeBooks
Gail Carriger (author) on Steampunk (believe it or not, I restrained myself in giving you Steampunk info – R)
Steampunk: 20 Core Titles
Five Thoughts On The Popularity Of Steampunk

Young Adult & Children
ALA | Alex Awards -A handy resource that lists books that have been written for adults but have been eagerly snapped up by teens too. Have a check back through the previous years lists too. Books & reading – adults & young adults
Librarian’s Guide to Manga
GUYS READ Suitable for children as well.
Overview of YA social-media use | Pew Internet & American Life Project

 Libraries
Open Library – A webpage for every book… ever.
New York Library sorting machine
Art Brodsky: Our Public Library Lifeline Is Fraying. We’ll Be Sorry If It Snaps
Camp Library (Should have remembered this one for ANZAC day!)
Circulating Libraries and Video Rental Stores
Why Libraries Exist
Do you use your local library?
 

Librarians
The Three Simple C’s of Librarianship
Privacy Revolution -Choose privacy – American Library Association   Librarians in the Movies
Confessions of a Book Pirate
Best and Worst Jobs 2010 – The Wall Street Journal – Will Librarian make the grade? 

Authors and Fans
Yoko Ono Collects Rare Books:
Famous Literary drunks and addicts
The single mother’s manifesto | J.K. Rowling
 

Techy/RFID
RFID tagged cows start tweeting
Cattle rustling and RFID
When a Wine Loves a Robot (RFID)
10 Technology Ideas Your Library Can Implement Next Week
Facebook as a library tool
International Twittering Libraries
 

Language
The Alot is Better Than You at Everything
 

Funny and Videos
Which font? I’m looking at you, Leonie.
President Accused of Theft, Failing to Pay Massive Library Fines
YouTube – Your Life Work: The Librarian
YouTube – Gorilla Librarian
YouTube – Sesame Street: Cookie Monster In The Library
Typo of the day for librarians
 

History and Art Resources
Art: 21 | Bright ideas  -Excellent resource for art teachers History & Art Resources
Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel
3D tour of the secret annex
Vincent van Gogh The Letters

 School Resources
Free Technology for Teachers: Animated Web Search Tutorials -Four very accessible animated tutorials covering the credibility of information found on the web, the research process, how search engines function and how to avoid plagiarism.
MLHU Section List Canadian Sexual Education game – WARNING: contains male genitalia in cartoon form.

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