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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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    Friday 10th December was Melvil Dewey’s 159th birthday (apologies for the lateness Melvil, we were busy shelf checking).

    This from the OCLC website:

    Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey was born on December 10, 1851 to a poor family who lived in a small town in upper New York state. Keenly interested in simplified spelling, he shortened his first name to Melvil as a young adult, dropped his middle names and, for a short time, even spelled his last name as Dui.

    He was just 21 when he developed the Dewey Decimal Classification system we still use to this day.  Thanks Melvil!  Our libraries wouldn’t look the same without you.

    Thanks to LISNews for the heads up and links.

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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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    Need a break from the daily grind?  Never fear, the girls from Trolleyed are here!  Grab your coffee, and click away on some of these links.  But please, if you do discover some belly button fluff while you are navel gazing, keep it to yourself.  One librarian in the Guinness Book of Records for that particular collection is more than enough.

    And remember that comments are love…..show the love people!

    Libraries

    Here are a couple of innovative ideas for bringing the library to the people.  What are your thoughts?  Reckon it’d work at the local Countdown?

    Books & language

    • Out of Print Clothing – if you don’t want to go as far as the tattoo (see above) – you could just buy the t-shirt.  My personal fave is the Pride & Prejudice t-shirt.

    Fun & cool stuff

    • I love this literal movie trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – be careful Harry!

    Source: A Fuse #8 Production

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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

    Art

    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?

     Libraries

    Fun stuff

     

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    Library – The Game!

    Ooh, look what I just found on my LISNews feed! Order in the Library is an online game in which you pretend you’re a library assistant.

    So, if you get the need to shelf-check but you’re at home and your bookshelf is already in pristine order, now you can do it in virtual reality! Or, if RFID means we really won’t be doing any more returns, you can always turn to this game to get your fix.

    You get certificates as you complete each level. Maybe we should hold a staff competition?

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