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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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    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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    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.

    Books

    Internetty/Techy

    Resources/Databases

    • 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)

    This Rachael RoundUp has been brought to you by the letter F and the number 3.

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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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    Libraries
    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
    Copyright
    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.
    YouTube – STAR WARS I-PAD BRIEFING
    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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