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This week read up on gadgets, gardening, kite-flying, forensic science, high-efficiency vehicles, acronyms, Acropolis, tropical fruits, mortgage deductions, and--for those of you wondering if you can catch HDTV from shaking hands--several good sites on home entertainment systems. Bon appetit from the LII team: Karen, Wendy, Pat, Maria, Jennifer, Charlotte, and Tom.
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A website for middle school students about the visual and performing arts. "Students can closely examine important works of art and take part in activities that teach about styles, principles and processes of each art form." Topics include dance, theater, media arts, music, painting, and sculpture. Provides lesson plans and classroom materials. From the South Carolina Educational Television Commission (ETV).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20474
James River Plantations: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
This website explores the historic plantations located on the banks of the James River in Virginia. It offers an interactive map, background narratives on the Colonial lifestyle, and details about the architecture and history of the plantations (such as the John Tyler House and Appomattox Manor). Includes a section for related print and online resources. From the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20490
This site features an annotated bibliography of American Jewish mystery and detective fiction. The mysteries are divided into three categories "based on Jewish identity and the role of Judaism in each mystery": assimilation, acculturation, and affirmation. Also includes an introductory essay. From a rabbi who is the editor of anthologies of Jewish mystery stories.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20626
ConsumerReports.org: TVs & Services
Step-by-step guide to buying a TV. Topics include TV types (such as LCD, plasma HDTV, rear-projection, and front projectors), image quality (high definition versus standard definition), screen size, screen shape (regular or wide screen), connections for devices such as DVD players and cable boxes, and other features such as flat screens and aspect ratio controls. Note: product reviews and ratings require paid subscription. From Consumer Reports.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20702
PC World: Financial & Tax Software
Collection of reviews of personal finance, tax, and accounting software packages. Also includes how-to pieces and news items (such as bugs and fixes) related to financial and tax software. From the website for PC World magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20692
Blogossary: The Blogosphere's Dictionary
This informal site includes dozens of definitions for terms used in the blogosphere ("the entirety of the blogging community"), such as troll, pingback, permalink, and link love. Updated at least weekly. From Telian Adlam, a blogger who maintains a variety of blogs.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20719
Reports: Online Activities & Pursuits: Growing Numbers Surf the Web Just for Fun
February 2006 report about how "nearly a third of internet users go online on a typical day for no particular reason, just for fun or to pass the time. Two-thirds of all internet users have tried surfing the Web just to pass the time, according to a survey ... conducted in December 2005." From the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20670
Rocketboom: Daily Vlog With Amanda Congdon
"Rocketboom is a three minute daily videoblog [vlog, a blog that primarily uses video for its content]. ... We cover and create a wide range of information and commentary from top news stories to quirky internet culture." View on the website, or download to MP3 players, iPods, and other portable devices.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20696
Searchtools.com: Background Topics: Faceted Metadata Search and Browse
A brief but thorough explanation of faceted search, in which users can easily switch between searching and browsing "using their own terminology for search while recognizing the organization and vocabulary of the data." Includes a comparison with traditional parametric search engines, examples of faceted search, and key features of major faceted-search engines. From Searchtools.com, a website maintained by web search guru and consultant Avi Rappoport.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20709
Tax Software Review
A side-by-side comparison of 10 tax preparation software programs and electronic filing (e-filing) services. Factors include price, basic features, e-filing options, tax assistance support, and technical requirements. Also includes details about ratings for each program. From a publisher of product reviews for software and Web services.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20625
Web 2.0 for Designers
This May 2005 article explores the differences between so-called Web 1.0 (in which "a small number of writers created Web pages for a large number of readers") and Web 2.0, in which Web users are able to easily contribute and create content. Includes examples of Web 2.0 technologies, such as Flickr, RSS aggregators, and Google Maps. From Digital Web Magazine, "an online magazine intended for professional web designers."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20682
What is Web 2.0: Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software
This September 2005 article by some of the pioneers of the term "Web 2.0" attempts to clarify its meaning. The article notes that "in the year and a half since the term 'Web 2.0' [was coined]. ... there's still a huge amount of disagreement about just what Web 2.0 means, with some people decrying it as a meaningless marketing buzzword, and others accepting it as the new conventional wisdom." From O'Reilly Media.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20679
Essay about the use of medevac and mobile Army surgical hospital (MASH) helicopters to transport wounded troops during wars. Helicopters discussed include the Bell 47 (which appeared in the television show M.A.S.H.), the Sikorsky S-51, Bell Model 204 (the "Huey"), and others. From the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20678
FDA Centennial, 1906-2006
Historical articles and other material gathered for the 2006 centennial of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Features historical images, "This Week in FDA History," a quiz, and event listings. Includes a link to the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health's centennial page, with a timeline of milestones in the history of that center.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20683
Official website for the federally funded Children's Nutrition Research Center (CNRC), which conducts research on "the role of maternal, infant and child nutrition in optimal health, development, and growth." The site provides an overview of research, and offers hundreds of articles covering nutrition for children from infancy through adolescence. Also includes interactive nutrition calculators, posters, and links to related sites. From the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20447
WebMD: The Sonoma Diet: Promoting a Lifestyle
January 2006 overview and analysis of a "weight loss plan that promotes the healthy and flavorful eating style of the Mediterranean and Sonoma Valley [California]." This diet favors "top 10 power foods: almonds, bell peppers, blueberries, broccoli, grapes, olive oil, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, and whole grains."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20624
Women's Health Initiative: Dietary Modification Trial
February 2006 results from a clinical trial that concluded "following an eating pattern lower in total fat did not significantly reduce the incidence of breast cancer, heart disease, or stroke, and did not reduce the risk of colorectal cancer in healthy postmenopausal women." Includes a press release and links to reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). From the National Institutes of Health's Women's Health Initiative (WHI).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20622
Backyard Conservation Tip Sheet: Tree Planting
This fact sheet contains points to consider when planting a backyard tree, including tree choice (size, life expectancy, foliage and fruit, and other factors), placement, planting (of container grown, balled and burlapped, and bare root trees), and pruning. From the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20689
Digital Home DIY
Collection of do-it-yourself home technology projects, such as archiving VHS video to DVD, turning a computer monitor into a TV, choosing an HDTV (high-definition television) provider, setting up a wireless computer network, and connecting an iPod to speakers. Includes product reviews, instructional videos, examples, and related resources. Note: Includes links to product vendors. From CNET.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20699
EcoKids: Tree Planting Tips
Tree planting tips and related activities for children. Covers reasons for planting a tree, the basics of tree planting, planting seedlings, and tree care. Other projects include papermaking, a forest fundraiser, and tree adoption. From the website for Earth Day Canada.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20690
Florida Tropical Fruits
Brief illustrated descriptions of tropical fruits grown in Florida, such as the carambola, dragon fruit, guava, jackfruit, lychee, mango, papaya, and sapote. Includes links to related material on some of the fruit varieties, such as where the fruits are grown and when they are in season. From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service, Division of Marketing and Development.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20685
The website for this print magazine features equipment reviews, shopping tips, news briefs, blogs, and other home theater content. The shopping tips section provides articles on shopping for a television (with discussion of HDTV and flat-panel TVs), portable DVD player, digital video recorder (DVR), and surround-sound speaker system. Note: "AV Marketplace" section includes commercial content.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20700
A Houseplant Harvest: Tropical Trees That Really Do Fruit Indoors
Profiles of fruit-bearing tropical trees that can be grown indoors, including the Natal plum, Surinam cherry, Barbados cherry, rumberry (or guavaberry), Barbados gooseberry, and dwarf pomegranate. From the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20686
Save Your Pineapple Top
Illustrated instructions for growing a new pineapple plant from a pineapple top. Discusses conditions for growing the plant indoors and tips for forcing this tropical plant to bear fruit. From the website companion to the gardening book "You Grow Girl."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20687
Copyright Information & Education: Fair Use
Overview of the fair use doctrine "which allows users of copyrighted works to exercise some rights under certain circumstances without seeking permission or paying royalties." It is "probably the most important exemption to copyright protections for educational settings, allowing many uses of copyrighted works for the purposes of teaching and research." Includes a description of the four fair use factors and tools for evaluating the applicability of the doctrine. From the University of Minnesota Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20628
The Scholar & Feminist Online
Archive of issues of a "triannual, multimedia, online-only journal of feminist theories and women's movements." Topics of some of the issues include feminist television studies, Zora Neale Hurston, feminism and violence, the legacy of Margaret Mead, and feminist views of the family. Includes photos, videos of conference proceedings, and other material from the collection of the Barnard Center for Research on Women. From Barnard College.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20521
Millions of acronyms across a wide range of topics, carefully edited and maintained by item editors. Thousands of acronyms added monthly; "You can also search for more than 850,000 US and Canadian postal codes." Includes a blog and free toolbars. Maintained in various forms since 1985 by an entrepreneur specializing in acronyms.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/293
National Garden Month
"April is National Garden Month, a time to celebrate making our lives greener." The site features materials to help commemorate this event in your community. Includes instructions for activities (such as growing herbs in pots and making plant-based dyes), a calendar of garden-related events, and articles on topics such as community gardens, eating well, and security of our food supply. From the National Gardening Association (NGA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20675
National Kite Month
National Kite Month in April is "a month-long celebration of those things at the end of the strings." The site features a calendar of events, materials for organizing an event, an overview and timeline of kite history, materials for teachers (including four simple kite plans and images of kites from around the world), and games and activities for children. From a nonprofit venture co-founded by the American Kitefliers Association and the Kite Trade Association International.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20676
Alternative and Renewable Fuel & Vehicle Technology Program
Program that awards "grants, revolving loans, loan guarantees, and other appropriate measures to qualified entities to develop and deploy innovative fuel and vehicle technologies." Lists projects eligible for funding. Includes links to related initiatives and programs such as the Governor's Hydrogen Highway Initiative and Drive Clean California. From the California Energy Commission.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19902
Official material about the free program for California residents in which personal income tax returns can be filed online. Includes a description of eligibility requirements, a FAQ, links to California tax-preparation companies that offer online tax filing, and an option to begin the California e-file process. From the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20619
California Hunter Education Program
"The State of California requires all first-time resident hunters, regardless of age, to complete hunter education training or pass a comprehensive equivalency test before purchasing a hunting license." This site provides a FAQ about the requirements, a class schedule (including information about online courses), accident statistics, and materials for instructors. From the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20631
California Integrated Waste Management Board: Batteries
As of February 2006 "all batteries are considered hazardous waste in California when they are discarded. ... All batteries must be recycled, or taken to a household hazardous waste disposal facility, a universal waste handler (e.g., storage facility or broker), or an authorized recycling facility." Includes links to databases with battery drop-off locations, country household hazardous waste sites, and related sites about rechargeable batteries and alternative power products.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20618
Information Resources for Gardening in the Pacific Northwest
List of books about gardening in the Pacific Northwest, covering topics such as native plants, trees, fruits and berries, winter gardening, landscaping and garden design, and plant choices. Also includes a few periodicals and websites. Opens directly into a PDF file. From the Elisabeth C. Miller Library of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20706
Washington State Office of the Attorney General: Protecting Seniors
Consumer alerts and other publications about issues of concern to seniors in Washington state. Some topics covered include "con games that target older adults," making decisions before and after a death, Medicaid fraud, and prescription drug prices. From the Washington State Office of the Attorney General.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20705
WSU Extension Bamboo Research
Collection of publications on "bamboo varieties for shoot and pole production in the maritime Pacific Northwest." Features a list of Pacific Northwest bamboo nurseries, brochures on bamboo shoots, a bamboo research report, photos, and related resources. From Washington State University (WSU) Extension.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20707
Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body
Companion to a 2006-2008 exhibition that teaches about the history of forensic medicine, items in a forensic laboratory, and recent developments in forensic science. Features galleries of significant cases (such as the autopsy of President Lincoln), technologies, biographies of prominent scientists, and artifacts. Also includes lesson plans and other material for educators. Many of the descriptions are not for the faint-hearted. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20697
Wired: Gadget Lab
Blogged reviews of new tech toys, such as game controllers, iPod accessories, MP3 players, PDAs (personal digital assistants), cell phones, headphones, and digital cameras. Includes unique items such as a home weather station and a "spot-free" car wash system. Archives go back to 2003. From Wired Magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20703
The Face of the Prophet: Cartoon & Chasm
This February 2006 public radio show features an interview with Dr. Vincent Cornell about the unrest that followed the publication in Danish newspapers of editorial cartoons critical of the Prophet Muhammad. Includes an annotated guide to the radio program, program transcript, audio (available as streaming audio and a podcast), and related links. From "Speaking of Faith," a radio program produced by American Public Media.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20695
Intelligent Designs on Evolution
This 2006 documentary looks at the concept of intelligent design, "which argues certain aspects of the natural world are so complex they must have been the work of a designer." The companion website features articles on intelligent design in the classroom and religion in schools, interviews, audio and transcript of the program, and related links and readings on evolution and creationism. From American RadioWorks.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20285
Rethinking How We Provide Bibliographic Services for the University of California
This 80-page report should be required reading for every librarian. After making the case that "the current Library catalog is poorly designed for the tasks of finding, discovering, and selecting the growing set of resources available in our libraries," the report points out areas where libraries over-invest money and time, and describes lost opportunities to make our databases easier to use. Includes a concise but thorough executive summary. From the University of California Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20710
The Ritchie Boys
This site is a companion to a film and a 2005 book about a group of young men known as The Ritchie Boys, "who fled Nazi Germany and returned to Europe [during World War II] as soldiers in US-uniforms. ... In Camp Ritchie, Maryland, they were trained in intelligence and psychological warfare." Includes brief biographies of the men involved, vintage postcards of the camp, and a discussion forum. In English and German.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19873
Speaking of Faith
"'Speaking of Faith,' hosted by Krista Tippett, is public radio's weekly conversation about religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas. ... [It] does not always have 'religion' itself as a subject. Week after week, it grapples with themes of American life -- asking how perspectives of faith might distinctively inform and illuminate our public reflection." Archive goes back to 2001. Listen online or download podcasts. RSS feed available. From American Public Media.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20694
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